Washington’s China Syndrome

April 11, 2011
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In the 1979 film “The China Syndrome,” Jack Godell–played in a deservedly Oscar-nominated performance by Jack Lemmon–barricades himself inside a nuclear plant control room because company owners will not respond to his findings that the plant has bad pipes and will, in the event of a scram (emergency shut down) become unstable. The utility’s president, […]

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Detroit’s Dust Bowl

April 7, 2011
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The 2010 census reveals a human migration that is worse in significant ways than the infamous Dust Bowl of the 1930s and Great Depression. Immortalized in The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck and songs like “So Long, It’s Been Good to Know Yuh” by Woody Guthrie, the Dust Bowl encapsulated the overall trend of […]

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Did Corrie get what she deserved?

April 2, 2011
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Have you ever seen this picture of Rachel Corrie burning a flag before? If not, you also probably don’t know who Corrie was. She was a 23-year-old woman who was crushed to death eight years ago by an Israeli bulldozer while trying to block its path. Afterward when the photo above came out and some […]

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Libya: Somalia do-over?

April 1, 2011
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A first-term American President lacking in foreign-policy experience commits American forces to a civil war on the coast of Africa on an ostensibly humanitarian UN-directed mission of uncertain aims with an esoteric and incomprehensible code name: We’ve been here before, Somalia, 1993. Then it was Operation Gothic Serpent, now it’s Operation Odyssey Dawn.

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Obama’s Dukakis moment

March 30, 2011
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“This is another fine mess you’ve gotten us into,” Barack Obama may be telling Nicolas Sarkozy as he reads the latest reports from Libya: Hundreds of rebels fled Ras Lanuf Wednesday morning as pro-Kadhafi soldiers used tanks and heavy artillery to seize the port city. Some of them called on France to bomb their opponents […]

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Wheee! Cash for clunkers 2: Rise of the Green Machines

March 29, 2011
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Senator Debbie Stabenow–not content with the soaking American tax-payers took over the miserable failure known as Cash for Clunkers to prop up her home state of Michigan–has proposed that the horror-producing studio of our federal government greenlight its sequel, “Charging America Forward.” Although the “charging” there is supposed to refer to all the hours and […]

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Tall hat and lots of prattle

March 28, 2011
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Is there anything this dilettante isn’t an expert on? “Too often what we have been doing is using these tests to punish students,” the president told students and parents at a town hall hosted by the Univision Spanish-language television network at Bell Multicultural High School in Washington, D.C. Obama, who is pushing a rewrite of […]

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Our most ridiculous war

March 21, 2011

Given we are led by a President who thinks publicly filling out his NCAA bracket and golfing are high duties of office, it comes as no surprise that when committing our forces to yet a third front in the Middle East he immediately flies to Brazil to play street soccer. While bending it like ‘Bama […]

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Obama: Through the Constitutional looking glass

March 20, 2011
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“The President does not have power under the Constitution to unilaterally authorize a military attack in a situation that does not involve stopping an actual or imminent threat to the nation.” Thus spake presidential candidate Barack Obama. So according to his own words and stated beliefs, the current military action in Libya is unconstitutional. Dennis […]

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Sunset in the Land of the Rising Sun

March 15, 2011

One reason it is so enjoyable to read old newspaper stories published on the day of some great historical event is the pleasure comfortable hindsight affords us as we look back knowingly on the people who endured the crucible moment. We know how it all turned out, and thinking of their uncertainty affords the same […]

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