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This video, which is pretty funny since it didn't turn out tragically, is still a good reminder that it's rarely good idea to get up on your roof in the winter.(1 Comments)
This story is breaking this morning. The feds are charging a commodities trader with, basically, putting a bounty on the heads of government officials and other officials.
WNBC in New York reports:
The FBI arrested the head of an asset management firm for allegedly threatening 47 government officials with the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Commodities Futures Trading Commission.
Officials said Vincent McCrudden posted a $100,000 reward on a website for information that proved these officials had been "punished." Federal prosecutors also said he sent numerous emails threatening individual workers.
McCrudden is expected to be arraigned in federal court in Central Islip Friday afternoon, a spokesman for U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch said.
The story might continue the story line of "heated rhetoric." The Federal Elections database shows a Vincent McCrudden of Long Island (listed as a self-employed trader) contributes to national Democratic organizations, though it's not clear it's the same Vincent McCrudden that was arrested at Newark Airport last night.
Update 1:02 p.m. -Reader Bob Moffit has found the "elusive Minnesota connection," according to McCrudden's Web site:
Mr. McCrudden is a former soccer player at the University of Rhode Island, and then played professionally for the Tampa Bay Rowdies and Minnesota Strikers of the NASL.
When a columnist at the Washington Post recommends you go read something in the New York Times, it's probably a pretty compelling column.
That's what the Post's Jonathan Capehart did today, recommending David Brook's column in the Times:
Who knows how long the calls for civility will last? Who knows how long it will take for some modicum of civility to take hold? Civility is more than talking nicely with one another and about one another. It's a standard that requires listening to, respecting and maybe even understanding other points of view. And it's about leading others in that direction when their better angels are pushed aside by anger, fear or frustration. Even when it's hard, even when you know you yourself don't quite meet the standard you hold dear.
In his column, Brooks argues for a return to modesty:
The problem is that over the past 40 years or so we have gone from a culture that reminds people of their own limitations to a culture that encourages people to think highly of themselves. The nation's founders had a modest but realistic opinion of themselves and of the voters. They erected all sorts of institutional and social restraints to protect Americans from themselves. They admired George Washington because of the way he kept himself in check.
But over the past few decades, people have lost a sense of their own sinfulness. Children are raised amid a chorus of applause. Politics has become less about institutional restraint and more about giving voters whatever they want at that second. Joe DiMaggio didn't ostentatiously admire his own home runs, but now athletes routinely celebrate themselves as part of the self-branding process.
Is he right? Is the problem with the lack of "civility," our obsession with ourselves?
Brooks is a fine writer, to be sure, but his points in his Times' column often grate more than when he speaks. Fortunately, he spoke this week in a speech carried by MPR's Midday this afternoon. In it, he emphasized that civility isn't about "tone." It's about deeds. Give it a listen.
He said everyone he talks to in Washington believes there will be a national bankruptcy, and every politician says there won't be action until there is. "There will be a mass movement at a time when soldiers are sacrificing themselves in Iraq and Afghanistan," he said are you really not willing to give up a cost of living adjustment?"
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There are too many different angles in this story to know how to feel about it. A grandfather rushing home to see his dying grandson one last time, the TSA agents who didn't care, the man who caused the child's injuries by throwing him across the room, or the pilot of an airplane who delayed it for 12 minutes to accommodate the grandfather:
The airline hasn't publicly identified the pilot.(2 Comments)