Archive for the 'History' Category

Si, se puede

Sunday, July 1st, 2012

In twin op-eds in the Las Vegas Review-Journal of June 22, Patricia Vazquez, a professor of English at the College of Southern Nevada, and Fatma Marouf, co-director of the Immigration Clinic at UNLV’s Boyd School of Law, argued that illegal immigrants should no longer be referred to as “illegal immigrants.” “Our country has a principle […]

Get a job

Tuesday, June 19th, 2012

Summer jobs for teen-agers are disappearing. Fewer than three in 10 American teenagers will hold jobs such as running cash registers, mowing lawns or busing restaurant tables from June to August, this year. The decline has been particularly sharp since 2000, with employment for 16-to-19-year-olds falling to the lowest level since World War II. “Older […]

Better run for your life if you can

Thursday, May 24th, 2012

After a time, it became difficult for anyone to leave the Soviet Union or its captive slave states: You could be shot. Initially, though, Comrade Lenin’s Bolsheviks were somewhat more sweet-tempered: For a few years after 1917, greedy capitalists who owned things were free to depart — just as long as they left all their […]

A nation of thieves

Sunday, April 29th, 2012

Derek Thompson, senior editor at The Atlantic, wrote on April 16 (citing an analysis from the Joint Committee on Taxation) “Half of American taxpayers owe no federal income tax, and most of those filers actually net tax benefits from federal income taxes.” In fact, though, Mr. Thompson is at pains to point out “The majority […]

`I’ll be home for Christmas, you can plan on me’

Saturday, December 24th, 2011

And now the bustling streets and malls fall strangely quiet. In many a home the living room rests ankle-deep in an effluvia of ribbons and bows, while in the background someone has left the TV running — Alastair Sim throws open his window on a bright and shining world for the 56th time, and asks […]

A doctrine ‘most false and unfounded’

Sunday, December 18th, 2011

America’s great national holiday is July 4 — celebrating the signing of the Declaration of Independence. But how long did that confederation of sovereign states, founded to fight the Revolution, really last? Only the brightest of today’s young scholars are likely to recall that it passed away after only a dozen years, on June 21, […]

God bless America

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011

And so, as beefy gladiators chase a pigskin down the field in Miami or Detroit, we settle into our living rooms, loosen our belts, wave off a second helping of pie, and remind the little ones this is the day we echo the thanks of the Pilgrims, who gathered in the autumn of 1621 to […]

How many U.S. Marines does it take to hold a hill?

Sunday, October 23rd, 2011

I see where Paramount has announced an Aug. 10, 2012, release date for their upcoming sequel to 2009’s “G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra.” Stephen Sommers has reportedly bowed out; Jon Chu will direct the follow-up special effects extravaganza. I reported back in 2007 that Hollywood had already decided a movie based on the Hasbro […]

Only a few billion left: Quick, let’s subsidize a perpetual motion machine!

Sunday, October 16th, 2011

Imagine some Great Reformer back in 1650 had decided we needed to replace sailing craft, since it took so many men to run a sailing ship that they had to live crammed together in wall-to-wall hammocks, with little hygiene and even less privacy, under a discipline little better than slavery? Imagine a powerful government at […]

And now, it’s illegal to possess the silver coins

Sunday, September 18th, 2011

I’m a tad too young to remember nickel Cokes, though I can remember when they were a dime. It’s tempting to say that in vending machines today “they’re now a dollar.” But in fact the four quarters you’re shoving in the slot consist mostly of copper and contain not a smidgen of silver, so your […]