21 Jul 2009

If We Can Put Men On The Moon …

With the passing of the fortieth anniversary of the first Moon landing, the question naturally presents itself. Can a country that has learned to embrace shortsightedness and selfishness learn to share the health care load?

17 Jun 2009

Catching Up On Iran

Back from a vacation that kept me out of range of the Internet, I’m trying to catch up on what’s going on in Iran. If you’re wondering what it’s all about, you can get caught up right along with me.

23 May 2009

What Geology Can Teach Us

There are two very important lessons that we must learn from geology if we are to survive as a nation and as a species. The first is that calamity can happen to anyone, as it did to the Romans, the Akkadians, and the Minoans. It has happened to many others. It can happen to us. The second is that the reason we do science is a simple one: to survive what is to come.

21 May 2009

Some of Us Aren’t There Yet, But It’s Time They Caught Up

In an era when most of Western society accepts lesbian, gay, and bisexual people as equals, the United States military still drums them out whenever it finds them. It has treated genuine heroes with disrespect merely due to their sexual preference.

18 May 2009

America’s Opinion On Torture

In contrast to what one sees in the news and elsewhere, it seems clear that America at large is pretty affirmatively interested in some form of investigation into the torture practices of our government.

11 May 2009

No Square Deal Today

A century ago, the Republican Party had very different priorities when it came to working people. Then again, the Democrats used to be more interested, too.

07 May 2009

Gay Marriage And How Democracy Works

Far from being an undemocratic thing, courts deciding that gay marriage is a right have been performing one of their most important functions in a democracy – protecting the rights of a minority and enforcing the Constitution.

05 May 2009

Group Think Begins Regarding Sonia Sotomayor

In the case of a badly-researched article by a DC insider, we once again see that utter nonsense can be concocted and then echoed before there’s time to look things up, much less debunk them.

30 Apr 2009

Chrysler Goes Under

The Chrysler Corporation filed for bankruptcy today, after efforts led by the Obama Administration to cut a deal that would relieve Chrysler of much of its debt obligations fell short. What will be the fallout from all this?

24 Apr 2009

Mitch McConnell: Stop Me Before I Filibuster Again

Today, Mitch McConnell threatened to use “procedural weapons” in retaliation for being frozen out of the decision process on health care. What weapon was he referring to? The same one he’s been using all along, the filibuster.