The Beltway Sniper: Can’t We All Just Get Along?

[HUMOR] If I have learned anything from world leaders over the past several decades, it is that the war-mongering methods of people like Montgomery County Police Chief Charles Moose just don’t work. Police and government officials should stop their oppressive, mean-spirited hunt for the elusive “beltway sniper” and settle the sniper-victim conflict through peaceful negotiations, […]

Capitalism Key to Ending Poverty

At about the same time a hodgepodge of protesters descended on Washington, D.C. last month to protest capitalism, globalization and free trade, the United Nations and the Institute for International Studies released a triad of studies declaring that humanity is, for the most part, in the best condition it’s ever been. World poverty is down. […]

INS In Denial

The very first line of defense for the U.S. homeland consists of those who issue visas (the consular division of the State Department) and those who control the borders (the Immigration and Naturalization Service, or INS). Trouble is, neither of those agencies has understood its security role. Their disastrous mistakes became painfully evident with two […]

When will Africa Discover Capitalism?

Bono still hasn’t found what he’s looking for in Africa — a place free of poverty and the disease and famine that often accompany it. That’s why the lead singer of the rock group U2 has crisscrossed the continent with several key Western policy-makers, including Treasury Secretary Paul O’Neill. While on these visits, Bono has […]

Big Plus Rich Equals Evil: How Hollywood Dug Its Own Grave

As executives from almost every studio chatter nervously about the need for better “content protection” technology, those responsible for piracy continue to hide somewhere Hollywood hasn’t bothered looking: the mirror. “Piracy is a huge issue,” warned John Mass, Senior Vice President at William Morris Consulting, as he addressed the audience at the Digital Hollywood conference […]

The Sniper and the Gun Controllers

It was perhaps inevitable that the recent sniper killings in the Washington area suburbs would be seized upon by advocates of gun control. Like so much in the agenda of the political left, gun control arguments would collapse like a house of cards if people just stopped to think through what is being said, instead […]

Where’s the Elusive Break Even Point for Telecoms?

In an episode of Cheers, a slot machine is accidentally shipped to the bar. Everyone starts playing and winning – everyone except Rebecca, that is. Finally, after investing a fortune in the machine, she puts in a quarter and wins a quarter. “I’m not a loser,” she cries. “I’m a break-evener.” I bet the CEO’s […]

Unfiltered Intelligence

Who knows more about the latest Hollywood blockbuster — the people who read the reviews or the people who see the movie? The second group, obviously. The others must depend on the reviewer, who decides what’s worth going to see and what isn’t. Second-hand information is never as good as first-hand information. Yet second-hand information […]

High tech tools to stop the Washington Sniper

I live in Northern Virginia and today I caught myself doing something I never have done before–actively scanning my surroundings for signs the DC sniper. Be it dumb luck or whatever, I have been a customer to four of the locations that the sniper has struck prior to his reign of terror, and I visited […]

The White-man-Holds-You-Back-Don’t-Trust-Republicans Mindset

Singer/activist Harry Belafonte viciously lashed out at Secretary of State Colin Powell, calling Powell a house slave and a lackey to “master” George W. Bush. “You got the privilege of living in the house,” said Belafonte, “if you served the master exactly the way the master intended to have you serve him. Colin Powell’s committed […]

Investing Strategy: Swap Up

You probably know the old joke: “How do you make a small fortune in the stock market?” “Start with a large fortune.” After three years in which the market has lost between a third and a half of its value (depending on your favorite index), this bit of humor hits too close to the bone. […]

America’s State Sponsored Terrorists: The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency

This time, it’s a traveling museum exhibit entitled “Target America: Traffickers, Terrorists and You.” The exhibit harmonizes chunks of World Trade Center rubble and pictures of the scarred Pentagon with paraphernalia seized in international drug busts, and offers a “history” of the links between the drug trade and terrorism. The aim? Stain the hands of […]