What, in the name of God?
It is a question that demands asking, that haunts this most recent atrocity.
Last week, I spent a day at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, where some students and I talked about protest. Des Moines is six hours up the road from Ferguson, Missouri, the St. Louis suburb where Michael Brown, an unarmed teenager, was shot to death by a police officer in August, prompting weeks of often violent clashes between protesters, rioters and heavily militarized police.
Dear Republican Party:
Impeach President Obama.
The first time he said it was 10 years ago.
Back then, it seemed a brisk wind in a stuffy room, a reclamation of defining verities somehow lost in the smoke and haze of political expedience. He said it again last week and the effect was starkly different -- somehow forlorn, like birthday cake after the party, or a Christmas tree set out on the curb on Jan. 2.
They say they are going to rape Shoshana Roberts.
She's the star of a hidden camera video that has gone viral. Posted by Hollaback!, a group that campaigns against the street harassment of women -- "catcalling" -- it shows Roberts taking a silent stroll through New York City. Over the course of 10 hours, she records over a hundred instances of unwanted attention from unknown men.
You can't handle the truth.
There is a temptation to take that line from Jack Nicholson -- snarled at Tom Cruise in "A Few Good Men" -- as the moral of the story, the lesson to be learned from a new study on trustworthiness and the news media.
It was the summer of 1969 the first time I came here, two months shy of my 12th birthday.
Last week, a federal judge told us what we already knew.
Namely, that police in Ferguson, Missouri, violated the rights of protesters demonstrating against the shooting death of Michael Brown.
Our topic du jour: the latest stunning milestone in the march toward gay equality.
No, the other stunning milestone.
Let us give Sean Groubert every benefit of the doubt.
Let us assume he is a good person. Let us assume he is kind to children, well liked by neighbors. And by all means, let's assume he has a black friend. For good measure, let's assume he has two.
This is a tale of two countries.
The first country was built on a radical new promise of human equality and a guarantee of the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
With apologies to the United States Marines, Emma Watson is looking for a few good men.
My mother was a child abuser. I was, too. In fact, growing up, pretty much every parent I knew abused their kids.
Or so many of Adrian Peterson's critics would have you believe. Peterson, a star of the Minnesota Vikings, was arrested recently for child abuse after hitting his 4-year-old son with a switch.
"I think they're going too far with Ray Rice."
Two letters long, it is arguably the most fruitless word in the English language, an evocation of paths not taken, possibilities foreclosed, regrets stacked high -- and it lies like a pall of smoke over President Barack Obama's Wednesday-night announcement that this country is returning to war, albeit with air strikes only, in a place we just left behind in 2011 after spending almost nine years, over a trillion dollars and 4,425 lives.