Month: April 21, 2009

Apr 21,2009

Demolish West Point!

Yes, serious journalist Thomas Ricks really did propose shutting down the United States Military Academy, aka West Point. Ricks wants to shut down the Naval Academy (aka Annapolis) and the...

Apr 21,2009

Torture

I’m trying to get my head around both the recently released memos and the issue as a whole. I believe that torture is wrong and that it doesn’t work. But...

Apr 20,2009

A health care follow up

Let me second David’s call for a streamlined health care system; having spent a year on a COBRA program (at something like $500 a month, IIRC), I can attest to...

Apr 20,2009

Naive questions about healthcare reform

My knowledge of our healthcare system is basically limited to my own experience as a patient. The actual health care has been quite good. But my experience with health insurance...

Apr 19,2009

That promised longer post (Updated)

I wound up working through most of my thoughts in the original post on the torture memos from Thursday, and I’ve been immersed in Dave Cullen’s new book “Columbine” for the...

Apr 16,2009

“Torture” (Updated)

It’s probably not all that surprising that I most strongly identify with this reaction, from Abe Greenwald, about the “torture” memos: Try not to weep for your country’s lost ideals as...