June 10, 2013
By Clive Crook The works of Edmund Burke, an 18th-century British politician and political writer, are no longer as widely read as they should be. Here's hoping a fine new biography by Jesse Norman, an academic philosopher and a Conservative member of Parliament, will help put that right. As Norman explains in Edmund Burke: The First Conservative , his subject was not just an engaging man and an unusually deep thinker for his time. He also has good answers to questions that politics still poses 21/2 centuries later.
November 2, 2012
WHEN I WAS IN my early teens and working at a Maine amusement park, a friendly man came around frequently, painting this magnificent picture of mountain-climbing and outdoor camping and adventure. He would take me on such an excursion, he said, and I remember asking my parents if I could go, and I remember they said yes, as long as they could meet the guy. I told the guy this and he said that would be no problem, but days dragged on with no meeting and soon the big weekend was upon us and he was pushing for me to go. I would like to tell you my parents forbade me to go, but what I remember is I kind of forbade myself.
February 3, 2012 |
WE KNOW that absolute power corrupts absolutely. But could it also corrupt Matt, Drew and Steve? This is the question posed by "Chronicle," a smarter-than-average sci-fi movie about three high school boys whose contact with a mysterious object gives them telekinetic powers. At first, power is not much of a priority. The savvy script by Max (son of John) Landis understands the male teen brain - we see them goofing around, making videos, concocting pranks, thrill-seeking, and of course, using their abilities to get girls.
October 2, 2011
Kevin R. Johnson is the senior pastor of Bright Hope Baptist Church The Philadelphia community and its children are once again the casualties of political war. The report to Mayor Nutter on the selection of a charter operator for Martin Luther King High School released last month unveiled another tragic story of discord and power plays among the city's leaders and politicians. As a pastor and father, I am grieved by the political infighting. Sadly, buried under this mountain of political debris are our children's futures.
May 20, 2011 |
In 1971, Henry Kissinger said: "Power is the great aphrodisiac. " Two years later, he pumped it up: "Power is the ultimate aphrodisiac. " Since David first set eyes on Bathsheba, powerful men have been doing foolish sexual things in a sybaritic salsa across the world's pages. Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger admits to having a child, by housekeeper Mildred Baena, threatening his marriage. Dominique Strauss-Kahn, who resigned Wednesday as head of the International Monetary Fund, is indicted on charges of sexual assault and attempted rape.
September 15, 2010
IWAS taken aback when Gov. Rendell referred to Republicans as "fruitloops" and other non-flattering terms. Perhaps he's never heard the saying about people in glass houses. Since Rendell became governor in '03, unemployment in the state has risen steadily. Pennsylvania is no longer a receptive state for business - and businesses are leaving Pennsylvania because of the policies that Rendell has imposed. Under Rendell, seven out of eight state budgets were delivered late. Instead of attacking Republicans, Rendell should take a look at his own "fruitloop" policies and his own "fruitloop" party, and see where Pennsylvania is today because of their actions.
May 21, 2010 |
If money is power, and power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely, and money is the root of all evil, then Alex Gibney's documentary about the superlobbyist and convicted felon Jack Abramoff illustrates these cautionary koans with alarming, and damning, detail. A twisting tale of ambition, greed and hypocrisy, of moral lassitude and bold-faced chicanery, Casino Jack and the United States of Money focuses on the chameleonlike Abramoff, a charismatic mover and shaker who shook down American Indian tribes, Asian clothing factory owners and members of Congress, pocketing millions in the process.
February 14, 2008 |
In "Jumper," the fantasy of teleportation grows stronger by the moment - after just a few scenes, you want to be somewhere else. This fantasy/adventure hybrid from Doug Liman (the first "Bourne") is about a young man named David (Hayden Christian- sen) who discovers he can teleport to any location just by wishing he were there. He uses this skill to get money, clothes and material things, becoming the sort of well-heeled international man of mystery who can pick up girls with ease.
February 19, 2007 |
Both men are larger-than-life figures in elected office for nearly 30 years. Both bring home the pork in prodigious barrels, ensuring local popularity. Both wield tremendous clout as powerful state senators in charge of appropriations. And both, after years of imperial leadership - tinged with hubris, critics say - may have blurred the line between public service and private agendas. Pennsylvania has Democrat Vincent J. Fumo, 63, under federal indictment for financial fraud.