My father used to say that there was no defense against stupidity. He was a very smart man. When he entered kindergarten in the early 1900’s, he spoke his parents’ native language of Italian. The teacher seated him beside a boy who spoke both English and Italian, and he learned English. Nobody gave it any more thought than that.
Alan Caruba is the founder of The National Anxiety Center (www.anxietycenter.com), a clearinghouse for information about "scare campaigns" whose purpose is to influence public opinion and policy. He blogs daily at http://factsnotfantasy.blogspot.com.
February 16, 2009, 9:55 AM EST
February 9, 2009, 8:09 AM EST
On the quiz show “Jeopardy,” there is a category called “Stupid Answers” in which the answer is so obviously posed in the question, that it is virtually impossible to get it wrong. Unfortunately, we are afflicted by too many stupid answers to very real issues and needs, the most fundamental of which is energy. At the very heart of our society and economy is the dependence upon and need for uninterrupted and increased energy, primarily electricity.
February 2, 2009, 6:26 AM EST
In 1939, ten years after the crash on Wall Street, then-Secretary of the Treasury Henry Morgenthau, Jr., told the House Ways and Means Committee:
January 26, 2009, 10:41 AM EST
I began 2009 praising carbon dioxide as the gas, along with oxygen, upon which all life on Earth depends. Now I praise coal and for reasons the mainstream press and other media will studiously avoid telling you. Coal, as you may recall, is on the Obama hit list because its use, according to the environmental loonies, will doom the Earth to a global warming that is not happening.
January 19, 2009, 10:59 AM EST
There is one aspect of President Obama’s proposed agenda that I like very much and it has to do with investing in the nation’s infrastructure of highways, bridges, ports and airfields. As a youth I can recall President Eisenhower and, from the vantage point of many decades later, I am amazed at how effective and foresighted he was. As President, perhaps his greatest legacy was the creation of a system of interstate highways. He funded it with a gas tax and it literally transformed the nation economically and socially.
January 12, 2009, 7:55 AM EST
We are well into a major recession, and I think most people are betting on the stupidity and cupidity of our nation’s leaders, elected and appointed, to ensure that it happens. One need only look at previous efforts to effect some control over the economy while at the same time running it into the ground. From the day—August 15, 1971—that President Nixon took the nation off the gold standard, detaching the dollar from the enduring value of gold, America became a place where the dollar was worth whatever anyone thought it was worth.
January 5, 2009, 5:43 AM EST
Okay, children, let’s all sit up straight at our desks. We are going to begin 2009 with a lesson about carbon dioxide (CO2). Why do we need to know about CO2? Because the President-elect, several of his choices for environmental and energy agencies, the Supreme Court and much of the U.S. Congress has no idea what they are talking about and, worse, want to pass legislation and regulations that will further bankrupt the United States of America. Do I have your attention now?
December 22, 2008, 6:25 AM EST
My Mother was a “flapper” during the Roaring Twenties of the last century. She didn’t need a woman’s movement to assert herself. She drove a car, held a job, but—I was assured—did not dance on table tops, nor smoke, nor anything else that today would be taken for granted. She married a Certified Public Accountant and that tells you what a level-headed a girl she was. They stayed married for over sixty years. She would live to age 98!
December 15, 2008, 6:14 AM EST
They are called “Millennials” and, with the election of Barack Obama, have been dubbed “Generation O.” Born from 1980 to 2000, they are as different from their parents as previous generations were different from theirs. It is common that older generations frequently look at the new one as creatures from another planet. Every new generation develops its own slang, has its own cultural heroes, and most importantly has been imprinted by the events of their early years as well as the kind of care they received from their parents.
December 8, 2008, 6:29 AM EST
When I heard President-elect Barack Obama speak casually of “bankrupting” the coal industry because it is a source of greenhouse gas emissions, I knew that he would become a serious threat to the economy of the nation.
December 2, 2008, 7:38 AM EST
After 9/11 much of my thinking reflected the general view that Al Qaeda had to be found and destroyed. I thought, too, that Saddam Hussein had to be removed as an obstacle to stability in the Middle East given his invasion of Kuwait and general belligerence. Since those days I have had plenty of time to reassess my views of U.S. policies and to educate myself regarding the Middle East. A lot of my thinking had been based on the inescapable fact that the U.S. and the West needs access to Middle Eastern oil.
November 24, 2008, 9:42 AM EST
Charles Darwin got it wrong. This is not to disparage the man. Science is an ever evolving process and scientific theories are subject to being replaced by newer knowledge. Most certainly, Darwin (1809-1882) got everyone thinking about evolution, but the problem is that evolution is not a slow process. It happens very fast.
November 17, 2008, 8:20 AM EST
Energy is called “the master resource” because every other aspect of life operates off of it. Nations that are rich in energy resources such as oil, natural gas, and coal, grow wealthy.
November 10, 2008, 5:33 AM EST
Many of those who helped elect Barack Obama as the next president represent a very different generation of Americans from earlier ones. They have passed through the politically correct indoctrination of government/union controlled schools and have little accurate knowledge of history, geography, or civics with which to make informed judgments. They are more the product of popular media and culture than any previous generation.
November 3, 2008, 8:32 AM EST
The next president of the United States of America must decide whether to withdraw our troops from Afghanistan or expand our involvement there. Having lived through the long years of the war in Vietnam, I can tell you that Afghanistan looks and smells like Vietnam. It is the classic wrong war in the wrong place.
October 27, 2008, 11:32 AM EDT
In the 1980s I found myself traveling all over the United States in the employ of a corporation’s quarterly newsletter. I visited many cities and places, discovering the unfailing courtesy and good will of Americans everywhere I went. One of my favorite places was San Francisco. It is picturesque, sits beside a bay spanned by a marvel of engineering, and has great restaurants, hotels, and other attributes.
October 20, 2008, 8:31 AM EDT
How do you know when a Green—hardcore environmentalist—is lying to you? When his lips are moving. Okay, it’s a cliche used in other cases as well, but it is especially true when the latest absurd claim comes flying at you courtesy of the mainstream media.
October 13, 2008, 8:39 AM EDT
Energy consumers in ten northeastern States are going to see their bills rise and probably not even know why. They will assume that it is tied to the cost of oil, natural gas, or coal, but that is so only obliquely. If you believe that the use of these energy sources are producing huge amounts of carbon dioxide (C02) and other greenhouse gases that will doom the Earth, than surely the purchase of—and I kid you not—“pollution credits” to somehow curb global warming is worth the expense.
October 6, 2008, 8:06 AM EDT
The issue of the nation’s financial and economic security is likely to dominate the November 4 election. Earlier in the campaign cycle we might have assumed that foreign affairs and energy would be uppermost on the minds of voters, but we’re told that, ultimately, voters vote their pocketbooks.
September 29, 2008, 8:42 AM EDT
Aside from the fact the Democrats in Congress are trying to fool Americans into believing they are “lifting” the ban on off-shore exploration and drilling for oil, the opposition to our domestic oil companies by both Democrats and radical environmental groups lies at the heart of why America is so dependent on foreign oil.