Osama bin Laden in death continues to be one of the few unifying factors between President Obama and congressional Republicans.
Even before news emerged Wednesday afternoon that Obama had decided against releasing death photos of the arch terrorist (he was said to be leaning against it before then) Speaker John Boehner let it be known that he didn't need to see the photos to know bin Laden was dead though he didn't have an opinion one way or another on a release.
That was a strong indication that he, for one, wasn't planning on politicizing the issue.
I've been absorbed in Roger Nichols' fine, if somewhat exhaustively attentive, new biography of a composer nearly universally regarded as one of the greatest of all French artists: Maurice Ravel, who not incidentally was actually born to a poor Basque mother and a Swiss engineer father.
Like the phrase "turn the other cheek" in Christianism, there's a central tenet in Buddhism that teaches forgiveness. It's in the Dhammapada, a book thought to come from the Buddha himself, he teaches: "'He abused me, he struck me, he overcame me, he robbed me' — in those who harbour such thoughts hatred will never cease."
The courier who inadvertently led U.S. intelligence agents to Osama bin Laden also played host to high-level al-Qaida operatives and helped facilitate communication among the 9/11 hijackers, according to secret military documents on Guantanamo Bay detainees.
The documents obtained last month by NPR and other news organizations suggest that a man who went by the name Abu Ahmed al-Kuwaiti played a variety of roles as a close associate of the al-Qaida leader. He also was one of several people killed in the assault on bin Laden's compound early Monday in Pakistan.
There are at least four things to note about this live remix/mashup of "Acknowledgement," aka part one of John Coltrane's A Love Supreme.
The first thing is that it's actually pretty cool. There's some electronic music out there which sounds like "jazzy," lounge-y wallpaper — which takes, say, a Sarah Vaughan sample and layers it over a plodding beat. This is, at least in my estimation, a good deal more creative than that.
The integration of Brazilian art in the Latino scene has always been an interesting topic of discussion and debate. Even today, Brazil still struggles to be recognized as part of Latino culture. Brazil's official language (Portuguese) is still the main cause for the ethnic differentiation; that disparity is felt on every Latin Grammy ceremony and still holds Brazilian records outside the Latin shelves and digital catalogs.
The campaign woes continue for Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer, who is featured in a Washington Post story for being a drag on the gubernatorial ticket with state Senate President David Williams, R-Burkseville, in the upcoming Republican primary.
"I'd never heard of the city of Abbottabad" before Sunday, UCLA professor Thomas Gillespie said with a laugh after he got on the phone with us this afternoon.
So much for the rather breathless blogging yesterday after Science Magazine's initial story about work done by Gillespie, fellow professor John Agnew and students in 2009.
At first, some readers thought Science had made it sound like Gillespie's team had said two years ago that there was an 88.9 percent likelihood that Osama bin Laden would be hiding out in Abbottabad, Pakistan.
You might think that Osama bin Laden's death would serve as a game-changer — and perhaps in some ways it has — but if you look at what lawmakers are saying and doing, it's politics as usual.
Let's start with who lawmakers credit for this win.
"Nearly ten years ago, President Bush stood before the nation after 9/11 and pledged to the American people that we will not tire and we will not falter and we will not fail in our quest to defeat those who intend to do us harm through acts of terror," House Republican Leader Eric Cantor said.
Old songs provide a lens through which we can view lifestyles and work-ways, now passed into history, when manual labors filled the day. Hear of horse drawn ploughs, handloom weavers, coalface workers and fishing under sail with Davy Steele, Dick Gaughan, Christine Kydd and many more.
This episode originally aired the week of April 21.