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  • Torture is normal. You should know this

    Torture is normal. You should know this
    Today the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence released (here's the PDF) a voluminous report on the U.S. military and intelligence community's torture of suspects during the ongoing "War on Terror." The CIA and its minions are reportedly releasing a counter-narrative, arguing that "enhanced interrogation techniques" save lives and led to the capture of Osama Bin Laden.
  • Tourist Attractions

    Tourist Attractions
    Beware getting too attached to Baltimore, as doing so may ruin your love of anyplace else. It happened famously to the late poet Ogden Nash, who, in explaining why he and his wife cut short their Manhattan residency to return to her hometown, wrote,...

    Baltimore for Kids

    Baltimore for Kids
    As a kid, I thought Baltimore sucked. I grew up in the Northwest suburbs and only ventured into “the city” for O’s and Colts games at Memorial Stadium—where I thought I was slick using the binoculars to ogle cheerleaders until...

    Operation CeaseFire is Back! (Yet again!)

    Operation CeaseFire is Back! (Yet again!)
    Yesterday's dual city council meetings were both yawners; the new budget passed with only Councilman Carl Stokes voting "nay," as usual. ("Too few dollars for youth opportunities, too many dollars for law enforcement," he said afterward. "I've never voted...

    ON THE WARPATH

    ON THE WARPATH
    When North Point was invaded 200 years ago this September by about 4,500 British soldiers and marines during the War of 1812, the Toms and Jollies rowed ashore in small boats from their warships, anchored in Old Road Bay, just inside the mouth of the...