From its beginnings just over a century ago the unique power of cinema has been its capacity to engage audiences emotionally in a manner quite unlike any other medium. By that standard “Lone Survivor” is very likely one of the most memorable movies you will ever see. Continue reading
(BOSTON) – Technically the “Great Recession” ended in June of 2009, but Gallup reports that 66 percent of Americans say it’s not over yet. Economists tell us the economy is starting to look good (manufacturing & housing starts, up; gasoline prices and unemployment, down) but 68 percent of the people tell pollsters the economy is bad, and 67 percent say the country is on the “wrong track.” Continue reading
Recent local elections and policy shifts in Colorado and across the nation are reflective of some worldwide trends in educational choice that are often unknown or ignored in the United States. Continue reading
The crushing defeat of Amendment 66 was a seismic event in Colorado politics that will also reverberate nationally. By virtue of its size, audacity, and above all its setting, Amendment 66 was a potential template for those committed to growing government and redistributing wealth. As noted by 66 opponent Kelly Maher of Coloradans for Real Education Reform Colorado, Amendment 66 could answer a question long-posed by liberal political strategists across the country: “How do you sell a massive tax increase?” Continue reading
(Denver) I once lived in London for five years and one of the many things I admired about the British was the extraordinary speed and efficiency with which they conducted national elections: Six weeks of intense campaigning to fill all 630 seats in Parliament and then it was over for another five years.
By contrast in the United States the day after a new President is inaugurated every news program in the country is breathlessly reporting which future Oval Office aspirant was seen at a chicken bake in Iowa or snowshoeing through New Hampshire. Continue reading
(Sedona, Arizona) Here in one of America’s truly spectacular beauty spots it is possible to forget the outside world while hiking the remoter trails of Arizona’s Red Rock State Park lands. Occasionally “reality” intrudes (e.g. U.S. Park service personnel performing the “essential” task of towing the cars of “lawless” citizens who had the effrontery to hike into “closed” Federal Park Lands). Continue reading
By the time you read this, “The Shutdown” may be over, but the first ten days did reveal some things worth noting. In purely random order they include the following:
The conventional wisdom endlessly trumpeted by the “mainstream media” is that the shutdown is a disaster for Republicans. Yet the very fluid first week polls on “Blame” averaged 44% of the people pointing the finger at Republicans, and 35% at Democrats- bad numbers for the GOP, but hardly catastrophic. Continue reading
(New York City, Sept. 4) Last Sunday’s irreverent Daily News headline said it all: “Ready, Aim, Hold Fire”. If this city’s beloved writer Jimmy Breslin redid his satirical 1970 novel The Gang That Couldn’t Shoot Straight, it would be about the Obama Administration’s slapstick antics regarding Syria.
But the real issue is not whether Continue reading
NANTUCKET—While this island’s most famous summer resident –Secretary of State John Kerry- tirelessly pursues a matter of comparative irrelevance- Israeli-Palestinian peace talks- the entire Middle East is turning into a blazing conflagration the likes of which we have not seen since the end of the Second World War. Continue reading
(Washington, D.C.) From the first panoramic overview of Washington during the descent into Reagan National Airport one is reminded of how varied are the ways in which we can look at and think about the Great City and the nation of which it is the Capital. Continue reading