June 2012

Sophistry

In August 2009, here’s how New York Times reporter and Supreme Court correspondent Adam Liptak first described the unleashing of a monster.

“The Supreme Court will cut short its summer break in early September to hear a new argument in a momentous case that could … Read More

Viral Spiral

On Monday I received the following e-mail from a friend requesting that I pass it along to at least three others:

“In 1952 President Truman established one day a year as aNational Day of Prayer.

In 1988, President Reagan designated the first Thursday … Read More

What the Public Should Expect

In order to understand why some in the media don’t like the new HBO series The Newsroom, here’s how TIME magazine’s James Poniewozik began his review:

“The fourth episode of Aaron’s Sorkin’s The Newsroom is called ‘I’ll Try to Fix You.’ That may as … Read More

Us vs. Them

Ten years from now, historians may look back and label this period as the “reality show” era of politics.

I’ve already talked about the reality show “quality” surrounding banker Jamie Dimon’s testimony before a Senate banking committee. Well, Dimon was on Capitol Hill again, … Read More

The Show

After learning that histrionic personality disorder would be used as part of the defense to explain, in part, the behavior of former Penn State Coach Jerry Sandusky’s alleged sexual abuse of at least 10 young boys, I began to see suspicious indicators in a number … Read More

Is This the Face of Humility?

Last month (May 14) after JPMorgan Chase Chief Jamie Dimon acknowledged “sloppy, stupid” mistakes that led to a $3 billion (maybe more) loss by the big and risky bet division of the United States’ largest bank, I wrote that “Dimon needs a lot more intelligent … Read More

The Pill

“I was thinking faster, harder, there was no fog – and nothing could distract me. I felt like Sherlock Holmes.”

That’s what an 18-year-old high school student reported after taking a 36mg. tablet of Concerta, a drug used to control symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity … Read More