“The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” was best known for the two words on its cover, “Don’t Panic!” Of course, when you have Vogons wandering around destroying entire planets to make way for galactic highways it’s hard to remain calm. Anyone familiar with the “Hitchhiker” as a book or a movie would be well advised to consider its advice as the nation’s financial system deals, once again, with another greed-driven calamity.
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.
September 17, 2008, 11:52 AM EDT
September 15, 2008, 10:50 AM EDT
There’s a wonderful irony in the fact that back in the 1970s, the Greens were issuing warnings and even writing books about the coming Ice Age. They would abandon this issue, based in well-known and accepted solar science, in favor of a vast international hoax alleging man-made global warming. As the global warming hoax begins to lose its power to influence public opinion and policy, the Greens are not likely to be heeded for a long time to come because they were right about an Ice Age and lying through their teeth about global warming.
September 9, 2008, 6:51 AM EDT
Lost amidst the many speeches delivered at the Democrat Convention was one by Sen. Harry Reid of Nevada. He is the Senate Majority Leader and, as such, controls the legislative agenda in that upper house of Congress. Harry Reid hates oil, but then, so does the Democrat Party.
September 2, 2008, 9:48 AM EDT
In mid-August Barack Obama had this to say about a White House decision regarding the Endangered Species Act: “After over 30 years of successfully protecting our nation’s most endangered wildlife like the bald eagle, we should be looking for ways to improve it, not weaken it.”
August 26, 2008, 10:07 AM EDT
As a dues-paying member of Hillary Clinton’s Vast Right Wing Conspiracy, it came as a revelation of sorts to learn about the parallel universe in which a Vast Left Wing Conspiracy exists. Within it, liberals do endless battle with one another for control of the Democrat Party.
August 18, 2008, 11:13 AM EDT
These days you can read as many different scenarios regarding the likelihood that Israel will attack Iran’s nuclear facilities as there are experts putting them forth. History, past and present, may have already written the script.
August 11, 2008, 10:58 AM EDT
Electricity is so commonplace that no one gives any thought to not having access to it. Few give any consideration to how it is generated, but we are now being inundated with the most virulent nonsense about how wind or solar power is “clean” and practically “free.” Every week there’s some new proposal to cover the nation with wind farms and solar panels.
August 5, 2008, 7:58 AM EDT
“The Arctic may hold 90 billion barrels of oil, more than all the known reserves of Nigeria, Kazakhstan, and Mexico combined, and enough to supply U.S. demand for 12 years.” One would have thought Joe Carroll’s Bloomberg News report would have evoked some interest by the public and other media outlets. Instead, news of the U.S. Geological Survey was greeted mostly by a giant collective yawn.
July 25, 2008, 7:51 AM EDT
For political theatre, there is no denying that the speech Sen. Barack Obama delivered in Berlin this week drew a huge, adoring crowd and was filled with the kind of talk intended to impress not just Berliners, not just Europe, not just America, but the entire world that a new leader has appeared on the scene to work miracles.
July 22, 2008, 6:56 AM EDT
Why is the United States still a member of NATO, an alliance that initially was intended to exist for twenty years, but whose life and mission have been expanding now for nearly sixty years? Since the Soviet Union collapsed in the 1990s and the Cold War is over, why does the U.S. or Europe need NATO? Those questions were posed in a commentary by E. Wayne Merry that appeared in The Journal of International Security Affairs. The author is a former State Department and Pentagon official who is now a Senior Associate of the American Foreign Policy Council.
July 17, 2008, 5:22 AM EDT
I received my stimulus check yesterday. It was $600 and I put it into my checking account and immediately paid a bill that accounted for half of it. I have serious doubts that it did anything to stimulate an economy that is undergoing a crisis of confidence in its financial and government institutions.
July 15, 2008, 7:40 AM EDT
Two states on opposite sides of the nation represent the most fertile ground for stupid proposals. I speak, of course, of New Jersey and California. I happen to know a lot more about New Jersey, since I was born, raised, and am still residing here in my old age despite all the hype about retiring in Florida. I hold a degree from the University of Miami, Coral Gables, so I have fulfilled my Florida quota, but if you want a front row seat to idiocy, there is no better place than my home state or California.
July 10, 2008, 2:02 PM EDT
The process that began in the 1960s to transform America’s elementary, middle and high schools into places where students could literally graduate without being able to read their diploma, where the teaching of mathematics was reduced to mush without rules, and where it was more important for students to feel really good about themselves than having to measure up scholastically with millions in foreign nations, has now reached the campuses of America’s colleges and universities.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
New Jersey has a multi-millionaire Governor, Jon Corzine, whose monthly energy bill is not a problem. That leaves the rest of the State's citizens out in the cold because, as the largest daily newspaper recently noted, "New Jersey already is one of the most expensive states for business" and, may I add, for auto insurance, property taxes, and a sales tax.
July 7, 2008, 8:18 PM EDT
I often fear that the vast ignorance of Americans and others around the world concerning the history of Islam condemns them to be pawns in the hands of the Iranians and other Muslim leaders who reflect why Islam came to be and how it has conducted itself since the death of Muhammad.