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In his State of the Union address, President George Bush announced, "We have a serious problem: America is addicted to oil." Apparently, we were supposed to react to this revelation with astonishment. Either Bush really was the last person in the entire nation to recognize the oil problem, or he just used political Pig Latin to tell us what his administration thinks of our intelligence.
Iran's pursuit of nuclear technology has highlighted the venality, impotence and outright incompetence of the world's leading nations. While the Iranian nuclear scientists forge ahead on a program that almost certainly encompasses weapons technology, nearly every nation that has touched the situation finds itself tainted by failure of its own making.
Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig's dream of a "World Baseball Classic" between competing national all-star teams may join the XFL and the Lingerie Bowl in the pantheon of laughably misbegotten sports promotions. The WBC is unfolding as a wholly predictable disaster of truly international proportions as star players opt out, governments clash, and common sense questions about player health grow too loud to ignore.
The surprising development of most revolutions is not the overthrow of the old regime, but the speed with which the revolutionaries are discredited. "Moneyball," by Michael Lewis, was hailed upon its publication in 2003 as baseball's revolutionary liberation from big money teams, conventional wisdom and insider orthodoxy. Two years after the fact, "Moneyball" seems destined for irrelevance.
If "three strikes" were a universal rule, the United States' prison systems would be serving hard time. The latest U.S. government statistics reveal monstrous growth rates in U.S. jails and high rates of recidivism. Amid these grim revelations, U.S. prisons continue to foster environments in which commonplace violence, squalor and subpar rehabilitation programs offer few opportunities for inmates to reform. Despite falling crime rates, the U.S. prison population has swelled to shadow-state proportions. Over 2.1 million inmates, half of them nonviolent offenders often linked to low-level drug charges, live in a parallel and dystopic version of the United States. U.S. prisons' internal cultures are highly variable and rarely subject to competent oversight.
Last Thursday, General Motors announced that it would pull its advertising from The Los Angeles Times. Under fire from shocked investors, angry customers and the auto media, GM has announced its commitment to solving its problems at the root -- by attacking the press.
The Bush Administration's decision to sell modern fighter jets to Pakistan demonstrates total contempt for history and dark designs for the future. The danger of precipitating a regional arms race, the irrelevance of the deal to the "war on terror," and the administration's willingness to deal with any nation that "plays ball" according to Washington's new rules form a triple threat to global stability that cannot be overestimated.
The time has come to revisit the concept of the electric car. The triple bind of energy dependence, global warming, and toxic emissions should draw the concern of all Americans. The electric car, which has the potential to avert all of these crises, has received a bum rap.
Last year at this time, the Democratic Party had a different set of goals, a different champion and a different race to win. Howard Dean was a terrible presidential candidate and the wrong man for the job. Dean couldn't beat John Kerry, and John Kerry couldn't beat George Bush. Dean was too loud, too fiery, too polarizing -- and too early. A year later, Howard Dean is the right man for the job.
Meet "moral values," the Republican Party's imaginary friend. They go everywhere together, especially in the red states. Sometimes, when Rush Limbaugh is really loaded, he can actually see his imaginary friend.
Two month after the election, much of the grassroots energy that brought a supposedly unelectable liberal within one state of beating a wartime Republican incumbent has dissipated. This vacuum has allowed weak but vocal factions within the Democratic Party to lay claim to the party agenda. Although it has been quite some time since the unnecessary and murderously unsuccessful conflict in Iraq was considered a popular war, hawkish democrats are blaming John Kerry's defeat on his failure to support the protracted ordeal enthusiastically.
As a hard-charging John Kerry finished his closing statements, George Bush knew he had been beat. Reality was closing in for the kill as Bush delivered his final tepid argument. For the first time in almost four years as the most politically insulated president in memory, Bush was without a clever soundbite, whispering adviser or damage-control wizard. Left to his own faculties, the president could do little more than visibly labor, belabor his scripted catch phrases and make failed metaphors about labor. Debating John Kerry, the president discovered, was truly "hard work."
The proportion of black, American Indian and Hispanic students in U.S. medical schools remains lower than that of general minority populations nationwide, a recent study by the Institute of Medicine indicates.
Tuesday's set of presidential primaries -- the second in two weeks -- promises to help set the final tone in the battle for the Democratic nomination. Seven states will hold caucuses or primary elections, and over 260 convention delegate votes are at stake.
A panel of experts discussed the state of healthcare in America and critiqued the nation's primary healthcare solutions Thursday evening. The discussion examined the issues of rising costs, uninsured persons, and the plans that have been proposed to minimize these problems.
Some might say that when aspiring lawyers set their minds to something, they get it done. Whatever the case may be, the Dartmouth College Undergraduate Journal of Law has grown from a computer text file into a thriving publication with a 35-person staff.
Dartmouth College students braved chilly temperatures and snow yesterday to buy their Winter term textbooks as they waited in a line that stretched out the door of Wheelock Books Monday afternoon.
The 24 highest-ranked members of the Class of 2004 have been inducted into the academic honor society Phi Beta Kappa at a ceremony held at College President James Wright's house.
I was getting more flustered than Jeff Weaver in extra innings. Hitting the strike zone from 60 feet away is hard enough when nobody is watching, but I was looking down the barrel of a radar gun, the lens of a camera, and into the mitt of a kid who could catch better than I could throw.
President Bush is expected to sign into law the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act, following the bill's approval by the Senate on Oct. 21 and by the House earlier this month, to the dismay of abortion rights supporters.