By Mickey Walker on 10.12.14
A few mornings ago, Dennis called me from Billings to tell me that a Texas high court had overturned Tom DeLay’s convictions of money laundering and other high crimes. Dennis was an old friend who liked to talk irony when it came to government considerations and travesties.
“Tom Delay Gets Excused from his Crimes and Takes a Walk,” he said, “Sound familiar?”
By Donald B. Ardell - 10.07.14
The Pledge of Allegiance of the United States is an expression of fealty to the Flag of the United States and the republic of the United States of America, originally composed by Francis Bellamy in 1892 and formally adopted by Congress as the pledge in 1942. The official name of The Pledge of Allegiance was adopted in 1945. The last change in language came on Flag Day 1954 when the words "under God" were added.
By Michael Faulkner - 10.12.14
Nothing has exposed the bankruptcy of the main Westminster political parties as starkly as the recent referendum on Scottish independence. So confident was prime minister Cameron that the Scottish electorate would resoundingly reject the Scottish National Party’s case that he refused to allow a “devo-max” option to be included on the ballot paper. It had to be a straight Yes/No choice for or against independence. During the final weeks of campaigning the gap between the “yes” and “no” camps...
By Loren Adams on 10.12.2014
As the world is about to read the Democrats’ obituary for the 2014 Election, an autopsy has already begun to find the why’s and wherefore’s. Of course, there are several reasons for the leading party’s defeat despite its demographic advantage. In a nutshell, here’s the crux: passivity. Passion (on the right) vs. passivity (on the left): which do you think will win? The right expresses passion – however unfounded and artificial it may be – while the left shows passivity.
By Conn Hallinan on 09.15.14
Thinking about U.S. foreign policy these days brings to mind a line from songwriter/comedian Tom Lehrer: if you are feeling like a Christian Scientist with appendicitis you have good reason.
- The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) is creating a Rapid Reaction Force to challenge Russian “aggression” in Ukraine, and the U.S., the European Union, and Russia are lobbing sanctions at each other that...
By Steven Jonas, MD, MPH on 10.03.14
Elizabeth Kolbert is a science and environmental affairs writer for The New Yorker. She is also a master story teller. A book like “The Sixth Extinction” could be both dry and depressing. Depending upon your point of view, it certainly can be considered to be in the latter category, but dry, certainly not. Ms. Kolbert has a lot to tell us about science, our environment, and what our species, Homo sapiens, is doing to it. It could read like a doctoral dissertation, but it does not. She tells her story in a lively, engaging way, and indeed, for some readers at least,...
By Harry Targ - 10-12-14
From Wartime Alliance to Deadly Global Conflict
I do not believe history repeats itself but I find myself looking back to the past for lessons which might be relevant today. For example, during World War II an “unnatural alliance” between the United States (the new imperial hegemon), Great Britain (the old one), and the former Soviet Union (the revolutionary challenger to capitalist hegemony) formed to defeat fascism in Europe. It was in the interests of all three nations to do so.
By Iris Vander Pluym on 10.12.14
My dear readers, I’m afraid there might be something seriously wrong with me. Because when I read this, I laughed. Like, really hard. And then I could. not. stop.
One cost of war: U.S. blowing up its own Humvees
The United States is spending millions of dollars to destroy U.S. equipment in Iraq and Syria — gear the U.S. gave the Iraqi military that was later captured by ISIS forces. The U.S has hit 41 Humvees since attacks began in August, according to data from United States Central Command.