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  • FACTS TRUMP HYPERBOLE

    By  David A. Lehrer

    3 weeks ago

    Wednesday, the first of October, was a day that federal and state laws came to meeting point. Under federal law, colleges and universities across the country were required to report the incidence of crimes on campus (under the Clery Act).

    The data touches especially on California... read on

  • The City Council’s Decline

    By  David A. Lehrer

    3 weeks ago

    Today’s Los Angeles Times had an op/ed which ought to set off alarm bells throughout Los Angeles---our city council ignores data to enact legislation that is counter to common sense, facts and the proferred reason for the legislation itself.

    The passage by the City Council of... read on

  • The World As It Is—Part 2—President Obama’s View

    By  David A. Lehrer

    September 24, 2014 | 11:00 am

    Yesterday we blogged about the optimistic analyses of Tom Friedman and David Brooks about America’s place in the world and our commitment to diversity and pluralism. We concluded the piece with an affirmation that “by virtually every measure, America and much of the world is in... read on

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  • The World As It Is

    By  David A. Lehrer

    September 23, 2014 | 12:27 pm

    I began writing this blog late last week with the intent to focus on some good news amid the dreary news that has dominated the headlines over the past few weeks----from ISIS and its murderous ways, to the Ukraine, to Ebola in Africa, to countless other horrible stories that have... read on

  • An academic ego run amok

    By  David A. Lehrer

    August 27, 2014 | 12:42 pm

    I have been a close reader of the news, opinion pieces and general commentaries on current events for decades. When I was with the Anti-Defamation League, monitoring extremist groups’ musings and their hateful screeds was a daily activity---in addition to reading the general... read on

  • Ideology vs Reason

    By  David A. Lehrer

    August 7, 2014 | 11:06 am

    Thursday, August 7, 2014 

    Human Rights Watch and Columbia Law School’s Human Rights Institute recently published a report, “Illusion of Justice: Human Rights Abuses in US Terrorism Prosecutions” that is, in the words of The Washington Post, “a blistering assessment of the Justice... read on

  • Fanaticism Has a Price

    By  David A. Lehrer

    July 31, 2014 | 11:03 am

    Our recent blog, the “Numbers Racket,” regarding the “civilian” casualties count in Gaza merits a follow-up. The fanaticism that animates Hamas reflects itself not only in their cavalier treatment of facts for PR purposes, but more profoundly in how they treat their own people who... read on

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