July 30, 2013 |
His grandfather escaped from the Treblinka death camp, his grandmother died there. Decades later, when Witold "Vic" Walczak returned to his family's native Poland, a young man amid the Solidarity protests of the 1980s, he got knocked around and strip-searched by police. "At that point, I knew I wanted to be a civil liberties attorney," said Walczak, legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania. Today, Walczak helps lead the legal fight for what is fast becoming Pennsylvania's preeminent civil rights issue: gay marriage.
February 19, 2013 |
Think Martin McDonagh without the accents. Think Quentin Tarantino without the cars. Think, in other words, about stupid people with foul mouths, big guns, and big ideas. What you have is Jason Wells' The North Plan , a very scary and very funny political satire that just opened at Theatre Exile. The place is a jail in a tiny town in southern Missouri. In one cage is a self-justifying drunk named Tanya Shepke (Madi Distefano at her yeehah! motor-mouthed best). If there's a lesson to be learned here, it's do not mess with Tanya Shepke.
July 2, 2012 |
After the memorable preamble to the Declaration of Independence — "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness" — comes a list of charges against King George III. Find the word or phrases missing from some of those charges below. 1. "He has refused his [ ], the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.
June 27, 2012 |
CAIRO - A move by Egypt's ruling generals to revive martial law was blunted Tuesday by a court that struck down a government decree that had allowed soldiers and military intelligence services to arrest civilians during the nation's political turmoil. The decision by an administrative court, which followed an outcry from human-rights groups, was a rebuke to the ruling generals, who have tightened their hold on the country to prevent newly elected Islamist President Mohammed Morsi from accumulating power.
June 14, 2012
Venezuela makes military drones CARACAS, Venezuela - Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said Wednesday that his government has begun to assemble Kalashnikov assault rifles with assistance from Russia and has started making surveillance drones. Chavez said Venezuela has produced three drones. One of the small planes was shown on television atop a truck. Chavez also said that Venezuela has assembled 3,000 Kalashnikov AK 103 rifles and has started making grenades and ammunition for its military.
January 25, 2012 |
CAIRO - Egypt's military ruler attempted to bolster public support Tuesday by partially lifting a reviled 30-year-old emergency law the day before the anniversary of the revolution that overthrew Hosni Mubarak's police state. In a nationally televised address, Field Marshal Mohamed Hussein Tantawi said: "I have taken a decision to end" emergency law. The general quickly noted, however, that the measure would still apply to "thuggery," a catchall term used to target activists and antigovernment demonstrators.
March 16, 2009
To save a life A letter Wednesday, "Lifting the stem-cell funding ban," is in error when it comes to beliefs about the morality of abortion. Catholics believe that the soul is infused at conception; Jews mainly believe that this occurs at birth. The letter's argument that an embryo is "merely an undeveloped baby" simply does not hold universally as religious doctrine. Catholics believe that the fetus (as a being untainted by voluntary sin) has priority for life over that of the mother.
January 4, 2008 |
Americans are focused this week on the presidential primaries, but an election campaign halfway around the world will have enormous impact on their lives. I refer to elections in Pakistan, from which I just returned after a sobering two weeks. Pakistan just deferred its ballot from Jan. 8 to Feb. 18, after the assassination of Benazir Bhutto. Her country has become the key sanctuary for al-Qaeda and Taliban forces, along with other jihadis trying to seize control of portions of a nation that has nukes.
November 19, 2007
AS I READ in the Daily News about the murders and assaults on police and citizens, I ask, what's wrong with Mayor Street? Does he not see that he needs to call a state of emergency or have Philadelphia put under martial law? If I had my way, I'd shut this city down. Bring in the state troopers as well as the National Guard. Set a curfew and enforce it at whatever cost. I know this sounds harsh, but something has to be done NOW. Stricter gun laws and getting these guns out of the wrong hands should take priority.
October 30, 2006 |
Some on the left believe this election has been stolen in advance. Races are tightening, as they always do - ergo the fix is in. What to do? Braving the inevitable midnight knock on the door, Lyn Davis Lear, the wife of activist/TV genius Norman Lear, proposed on the Huffington Post blog that angry citizens "take it to the streets" if the sweet anticipated victory is snatched away by the Cheneyburton overlords. Lear quoted Gore Vidal's dark view: If the election went against them, "the Bush-Cheney henchmen could simply call on martial law. " No doubt.