Milley, speaking to reporters, attributed the lack of casualties to “a little bit of early warning,” and “normal defensive procedures” at al-Asad Air Base in Iraq, which was hit by 11 ballistic missiles. Asked to be more specific, Milley replied, “In my estimation from what I know now, I think it has more to do with the defensive techniques that our forces used as opposed to intent.” … [Read more...] about GOP Sen. Mike Lee furiously slams ‘worst military briefing’ ever on Iran, as meeting divides lawmakers
The other day, I planned a play date with my 4-year-old son's classmate and his mother. The mom and I used to hang out a lot more with our children when they were just born, so we had some catching up to do. When I asked her who her child hangs out with now, it seemed like her list was long. … [Read more...] about Is It Bad That My Child Doesn’t Have Many Friends?
No, Orwell and Bradbury prick a nerve deep in our souls. Especially for people who haunt libraries, nothing is as hypnotically horrific as the incineration of books that Bradbury imagined. And Orwell's "1984" elaborates on that terror in ways we never forget. Writing in the ashes of World World II, he described a totalitarian society under constant surveillance and devoted to a cult of personality that suffers no dissension. The terrified citizens of Oceania endure such a torrent of deceptive language from their leader that facts become infinitely flexible, essentially irrelevant. On one hand, it's encouraging to see such a politically incisive book garner a wide readership over many decades. But on the other, it's distressing that the popularity of "1984" has not been enough to keep it from coming true in America. … [Read more...] about Book World: New York Public Library’s most checked-out books say a lot about what we read and why
Two suspects were arrested and charged in the slaying last week. Byron O.J. Reed Jr., 22, faces a count of murder in the course of robbery, and Javon Eugene Lee, 21, faces a count of involuntary manslaughter. Both are charged with second-degree robbery in addition to several special allegations. They appeared in Alameda County Superior Court on Friday but did not enter pleas. Lee is scheduled to return to court Monday morning to continue his arraignment. … [Read more...] about Vigil held for man killed in laptop heist at Starbucks in Oakland
"He called me, and we talked, and I told him I loved him and to be careful. And he said he loved me, too," she said, her voice awash in sorrow. "That very same day when I came home, they told me he had passed away." … [Read more...] about WILLOWS, GLENN COUNTY / Army specialist, 22, killed in Baghdad / He was due to complete his service this week