Our fascination with super-sized families.
Imagine a 17-year-old who does not want to attend college (or at least not right away); who finds parsing Macbeth maddeningly immaterial; who yearns to learn a practical skill and put it to use; who feels his personal strengths are being ignored and wasted. Too often, such a pupil has no other options. He has no educational choice.
The fact that John Updike, who died January 27 at age 76, spent so much of his time reviewing books rather than writing more novels says something about how important he considered literary discussion and debate. We’re likely to see less of both with the announcement that the Washington Post is ceasing publication of its Sunday stand-alone book review section.
A “new era of responsibility” has quickly emerged as the tagline for President Barack Obama’s inaugural address. Yet new eras of responsibility seem to begin every four years in Washington. La plus ça change…
With wars, famines, plagues and even pirates besetting Africa, the continent desperately needs the world’s help. Although it hasn’t gotten much attention—or praise—for its efforts, the U.S. has been providing lots of help in recent years. In fact, for all its flaws, the beleaguered Bush administration deserves credit for elevating Africa to more than a foreign policy footnote.
There seems to be no dirtier word in the English lexicon today than “neocon”. To the Left, neoconservatism is tantamount to fascism or Nazism; to the traditional Right, it is pure heresy. But the recent glut of obituaries is premature. The neoconservative school of thought still has a lot to teach us.
The man sitting next to me is having a rough day. Bleary-eyed, shirt untucked, hair in mild disarray: He looks like life is moving faster than he’d like. Apparently, he thinks so as well; he’s reading a piece of Jehovah’s Witness literature on “How to Take Control of Your Life.” He’s sucking down his second beer with obvious relish, and it’s enough to make me think about getting a pint. But I won’t. Because we’re on a bus, and it’s 6:45 in the morning. Just another day on Foothill Transit, Line 187: the Murder Bus.
Having exhausted bluster, jingoism, personal attacks, incessant accusations of media bias and outright dishonesty, the appeal to history seems to be the only arrow left in the neoconservative quiver. Yet given how poorly people comprehend current events, is it hard to believe that history won’t be that cruel to George W. Bush?
Churches today risk losing their tax exempt status when they preach about politics from the pulpit. What most Americans don’t realize is that this state of affairs is a result of past partisan posturing, not constitutional principle.
A little more than a month has passed since the FBI released its cache of evidence against Bruce E. Ivins, the Army microbiologist accused of planning and executing 2001’s anthrax attacks-by-mail. A closer look at what we know doesn’t exactly instill confidence in the Bureau’s case.
In the minds of many, Obama’s accomplishment represents the fulfillment of the dream Martin Luther King Jr. articulated in August of 1963. Yet while Obama’s skin color may indeed make his nomination unprecedented, whether his candidacy actually embodies the principles that make Dr. King’s dream inspiring to so many is another matter.
The fascinating untold story of Big Dairy, Big Government, and the war on unboiled milk.
Tax policy has unforeseen consequences, oftentimes most hurting those it is designed to benefit. Strip club taxes are a case in point.
With the recently-passed FISA legislation, Congress has in large part forfeited its ability to check the power of the Executive. This should worry us much more than any specific rights we might have lost as citizens.
Source: AFF Doublethink Online | Andrew Stiles
Source: AFF Doublethink Online | Kathlyn Ehl