Monthly Archives: June 2011

No ‘czars’ needed, thank you

By |June 27th, 2011|

(’76 Contributor) In the June 2011 issue of Natural History, Stanford University biology professor Deborah Gordon explains, “Ant colonies work without central control … No ant gives instructions to another, or decides for another what needs to be done … Without anyone in charge, colonies respond effectively to a changing world. Stuff happens to an ant colony … and the colony reacts by adjusting … An ant makes moment-to-moment decisions …” […]

After the Web, can a ‘worldwide mind’ be far behind?

By |June 26th, 2011|

(Centennial Fellow) Something like the noosphere of a vast, interconnected human consciousness may soon be with us, or maybe not, but watch out as amazing things come our way, mind–over–matter things that will make some of the Internet and Google surprises of today seem as outdated as my old, dusty Underwood typewriter. […]

A lioness in the White House?

By |June 26th, 2011|

(Denver Post, June 26) “The best man in the cabinet.” That’s how Golda Meir was described by her colleague, David Ben-Gurion. She went on to lead Israel to victory in one of its darkest hours, the Yom Kippur War of 1973. Meir once attended Denver’s North High School, and you can visit her girlhood home in Auraria. […]

Bias in the news? Yep.

By |June 19th, 2011|

There was NBC’s Andrea Mitchell a while back, huffily saying that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had treated President Barack Obama “like a schoolboy” in disagreeing publicly about enemy–surrounded, tiny Israel giving up borders providing it with a crucial buffer zone in event of war. […]

Our Summit won’t muzzle satire or dissent

By |June 19th, 2011|

So an Obama impersonator, Reggie Brown, got the hook at a GOP leadership conference when his jokes hit too close to home?

None of that at Western Conservative Summit 2011, July 29-31 in Denver.

Our program includes […]

Climate alarmists prefer ad hominem to argument

By |June 14th, 2011|

(Centennial Fellow) If you are not among the global warming alarmists scared to death about a plague of boils, frogs, lice and locusts, as well as tornadoes, hurricanes and other weather events, you are to them a “denier,” which is different from being a skeptic. […]

Fiscal suicide of great nations: Will America succumb?

By |June 14th, 2011|

(’76 Editor) Listening to Ken Buck, the Weld County DA and 2010 GOP Senate nominee, make the case at CCU yesterday for a constitutional stopper on deficit spending, I kept thinking of the Tytler Thesis. Whether not the authorship of this famous warning is accurately cited, its ring of truth is convincing and—amidst our present circumstances—chilling. […]

Why does US recruit teachers from bottom third of class?

By |June 14th, 2011|

(Centennial Fellow) As the hard–won accomplishment that is SB–191 moves deliberately towards fulfillment, it is important to remember that however admirable, it is but a single element in the more comprehensive challenge of improving teacher quality. […]

Time has come for a Balanced Budget Amendment

By |June 14th, 2011|

Ken Buck spoke yesterday at a Centennial Institute forum on the federal–level Balanced Budget Amendment. While Congress debates raising the debt limit yet again, the long–term strength of our economy becomes ever more threatened. […]

Economic growth: Texas shows how & Calif. how not to

By |June 9th, 2011|

(Centennial Fellow) So what example should America follow, that of deficit–slaughtering, budget–cutting, seriously limited government in Texas, which has added 730,000 jobs in the past decade, or that of regulation–happy, spend–mercilessly, owe–everything, flee–this–place–quickly California, which has lost 600,000 jobs during the same period? […]