Heroism and Doing Your Job

I once argued with my former coworker about firefighters. She didn’t consider them heroes, as they were widely and properly called after September 11, 2001, because on that day, like any other, “they were just doing their jobs,” she said. Obviously, the firefighters who climbed 70 or more stories inside towering infernos were doing their […]

Watch Out for the Pander Bears

I hate to say it, but it’s looking like my technician friend Fred Goodman was right when he issued a sell signal a couple of weeks ago. Yes, earnings are surging and the economy-wide recovery is accelerating, with the technology sector leading the way. But in case you haven’t seen the tickertape this week, the […]

What is Poor?

The Census Bureau recently released its annual report on poverty in the United States. It was widely reported that the number of people officially defined as poor rose by 1.7 million, raising the poverty rate from 11.7 percent of the population to 12.1 percent. None of the stories I read called attention to another Census […]

Pentagon Jihadis

The news last week that two Muslim military personnel, James Yee and Ahmad al-Halabi, had been arrested on suspicion of aiding Al-Qaeda prisoners at Guant

Cancun’s Green Carnival of Death

Like most people, issues of world trade and economics tend to go over my head. The only thing I do understand is that world trade spreads prosperity wherever it is permitted to flourish. Tariffs and other impediments just drive up the costs of everything for everyone. There is, however, another aspect to world trade that […]

P.C. Religious Police vs. America’s Military

There’s something terribly wrong when an American soldier overseas can’t receive Scriptures in the mail, but a Muslim chaplain can preach freely among al Qaeda and Taliban enemy combatants at Guantanamo Bay. This is a story of two soldiers, one Christian, one Muslim. It’s a cautionary tale that suggests how religious double standards and politically […]

Is It Permissible?

We all can agree that having money to pay our mortgage or rent on time is very important. Since some people are spendthrifts and don’t manage their money well, what about a congressional mandate whereby mortgage or rent money is deducted from our paychecks each month and sent directly to our mortgage holder or landlord? […]

Condi’s Accurate History: Sorry Slate, Iraq is Something Like Postwar Germany

What irony: In opposing President Bush’s actions in post-war Iraq, some critics who accuse the administration of engaging in “revisionist history” are rewriting history themselves. What sparked their charge was a pair of speeches given Aug. 25 to the Veterans of Foreign War by National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice and Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld. […]

Random Thoughts for September 2003

Random thoughts on the passing scene: If you have a right to respect, that means other people don’t have a right to their own opinions. My computer operating system is so out of date that people don’t even write viruses for it any more. If the debate among candidates for governor of California did nothing […]

Higher Productivity Creates Opportunity

The slow pace of job creation is clearly the most serious political and economic problem in the country today. Although Democrats and the press continue to focus on Iraq, President Bush and congressional Republicans know that the sluggish economy is a far greater threat to their re-election than anything going on in the Middle East. […]

The Tax-Exempt Destruction of our Forests

A friend of mine from Montana said to me recently, “the State’s on fire again”, referring to the catastrophic loss of vast areas of its forests this year. The same can be said of New Mexico, Colorado, and other States for whom these forest fires have become an annual event. Everyone knows that our national […]