Lady Justice, Justitia, depicted as a blindfolded statue since the 15th century, illustrates John Rawlâ€™s conception of justice as requiring a veil of ignorance (A Theory of Justice, 1971). Such a veil of ignorance means that, in order to be just, we must ignore the differences between people, such as their identity, power or weakness.
The crisis in Gaza is horrific and the conflict between Israel and Palestine is ongoing. Yet the latest killings seem to be so heinous and out of proportion that the US must consider our part in this. The dominant media narrative is that Hamas kidnapped and killed three Israeli settlers and for that reason, people in the Gaza Strip must be punished.Â The not-so-mainstream narrative is that there was no proof that the kidnappings and/or killings were instigated by Hamas, who has denied involvement, when the bombing began.
On August 3, 1914, British Foreign Secretary Edward Grey gave a speech before Parliament that â€śproved to be one of those junctures by which people afterward date events,â€ť according to Barbara Tuchman in her magisterial â€śThe Guns of August.â€ť The dour Secretary appeared â€śpale, haggard, and worn,â€ť as he dutifully explained â€śBritish interests, British honor, and British obligations,â€ť all of which conspired to produce a commitment to defend Belgium against the militarism of the continentâ€™s mightiest power: Imperial Germany.
I'm going to pass on trips to Israel for a few weeks. Walking around the Gaza strip looking for some good Arabic food would be crazy right now.
Thousands of Americans each year travel to see the sights of Old Jerusalem and walk in the places where Jesus once walked from the Sea of Galilee, Nazareth and any place that a tour bus can travel. I have only been to Israel once and loved every minute of the trip. The places I saw where beautiful and inspirational.
Sixty-nine years agoÂ this Tuesday, the first atomic bomb was dropped onÂ Hiroshima,Â killing 80-140 thousand people immediately. Three days later on August 9th, a secondÂ U.S.Â nuclear bomb was dropped overÂ Nagasaki,Â killing an additional 74,000 people. From that week to the present moment the world has been held hostage to the insane threat and potential annihilation by these weapons that now number in excess of 17,000 worldwide.
Flying never happens until the bird leaves the nest.
President Johnson's Great Society is just over fifty years old. During this very long period America's great society nest has become huge and yet crowded.
President Lyndon Johnson declared war on poverty in January 1964. He then needed a poster child for his new campaign and chose my hometown - Inez, Kentucky. The famous TIME Magazine picture of Tom Fletcher and his family sitting on a porch with the President happened about two miles from my boyhood home.
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â€śPeople have homeowners insurance to protect against fires and floods,â€ť notes independent financial planner Stephen Ng, founder and president of Stephen Ng Financial Group, (www.stephenngfg.com). â€śThey buy insurance to replace their car if it gets wrecked and they buy health insurance to protect themselves from medical costs.
I've never lived in poverty. However, like most Americans I have known a few tough times. I do know that poverty is not pretty. I've never been around a hungry family that was dancing in joy because of their dire situation. Poverty is hard.
I grew up in Martin County, Kentucky. We were supposed to be the poorest county in the United States in 1964 when President Johnson began his campaign against poverty.
Wikipedia has called it the Veterans Health Administration Scandal of 2014. An audit released in early June found that more than 120,000 veterans were left waiting or never got care, and that records were intentionally vague, misleading, and falsified. More recent reports, as announced by CNN, indicate that at least seven times in the last year, records that showed that veterans died while waiting for care were altered or rewritten by someone else; the changes listed the veterans as living, not deceased, essentially hiding their deaths.
The rollout of the Environmental Protection Agencyâ€™s new draft regulation to limit greenhouse gases was accompanied by a brilliant political cartoon that showed a pair of hapless fellows with automobile mufflers protruding from their mouths, apparently to prevent any renegade CO2 exhalations from polluting the atmosphere with their climate-changing carbon halitosis. Call this part of the agencyâ€™s 97 percent solution, based on the frequently made claim that the number represents the percentage of scientists who blame climate change on human activity.