Archive for April, 2011

An alien in my own land

Sunday, April 24th, 2011

I was born in April, many years ago, at Grace New Haven Hospital in New Haven, Conn. Or so I am told, on good authority. That explains why I got a little postcard from the Nevada DMV a few weeks ago, reminding me it’s been eight years since I last had my picture taken, that […]


Monday, April 18th, 2011

Yes, turning a didactic book with complex political, economic, and ethical themes into a fast-moving story was a challenge. “Atlas Shrugged The Movie Part I” looks sometimes rushed, and the necessity to push a lot of Rand’s secondary characters to the rear behind the foreground Hank Rearden-Dagny Taggart romance in order to pick up the […]

Sidestepping the studios to bring ‘Atlas’ to the screen

Friday, April 15th, 2011

Ayn Rand attempted something so massive in “Atlas Shrugged” that, for 50 years, no one could figure out how to film it. And I don’t mean just that it’s a thousand-page book. Growing up in late Czarist Russia, Rand saw how socialism could destroy not just an economy, but the moral framework of a nation. […]

What the congresscritters think Uncle Sam is for

Tuesday, April 12th, 2011

As Republicans, and especially Democrats, put on a show of brinksmanship last Friday, pretending to go “down to the wire” in a face-off to determine whether the federal budget would be slashed, slashed to a Draconian degree (in fact, not even Republicans were any longer holding out for a 1 percent cut, while spending reductions […]

Avoiding economic suicide
Luddites in a new, ‘scientific’ guise

Sunday, April 10th, 2011

Introduced by Republican Congressman Fred Upton of Michigan, a bill that would prevent the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency from placing limits on carbon dioxide emissions from power plants and oil refineries passed the House of Representatives 255-172 on Thursday. Nineteen House Democrats joined in support. The EPA is preparing to set limits on emissions of […]

What a real ‘shutdown’ would do

Saturday, April 9th, 2011

What would people in Washington City be doing right now, if they were really preparing for the federal government to be “shut down” thanks to the refusal of Democrats to trim spending by even 1.5 percent — the pathetically inadequate goal held out by the supposed “radical, Tea-Party” GOP? (And if you want to hear […]

And it’s five, six, seven, open up the Pearly Gates

Sunday, April 3rd, 2011

The president went on TV Monday evening and explained to the American people why we had to bomb Libya to keep Mohamyar Quadaffy (editor: check this week’s AP spelling style, please) from using military force against his own people, the same way Libya bombed the hell out of Texas in the spring of 1983 to […]

The reign of the Dim Bulbs

Saturday, April 2nd, 2011

So widespread is the outrage over the absurd federal ban of Americans’ familiar incandescent light bulbs, closing domestic factories and throwing Americans out of work while requiring consumers to buy less popular and more expensive Chinese-made bulbs full of toxic mercury vapor, that individual states are starting to act in defiance of the federal power […]