Current Affairs


Beauties Behaving Badly

As you all know, the world has been riveted in recent days by an ongoing struggle against oppression and injustice. Also, I think there is something going on in Iran. Here at home, tensions continued to escalate as Carrie Prejean,…



Ohio Court Says It Can’t Afford Any More Paper

Things are tough all over, including in the nation's courthouses.  A court in Ohio is so strapped for cash that it has announced that it will not accept new case filings starting today (March 16) because it only has enough…


Author of “Why We Get Duped” Admits He Got Duped

I guess it can happen to anybody, but still it is awfully ironic that the author of a book on the phenomenon of "gullibility" would later end up losing thirty percent of his life savings to Bernard Madoff's Ponzi scheme….


Iraqi Shoe-Thrower Evolving Into Mythic Hero Symbol

The story of the journalist who threw his shoes at President Bush the other day has now become entirely surreal, with the shoe-thrower being hailed as a hero throughout the Muslim world, and the shoe itself adopted by crowds as…


O.J. Simpson Convicted of Murder

He was actually charged with stealing some footballs, and I suppose it is possible that this jury was upset about that crime.  Remotely possible. Still, note to self: if acquitted of double murder in controversial case, avoid writing book called…


What Could Possibly Explain the Market Crisis?

Now that the bailout has gone down in flames, and the nation’s soup kettles are starting to heat up, it is worth taking a moment to wonder why so many people seem to be wondering how this all came about. …


Draft Law Precludes Any Review of Government Bailout Decisions

Here’s my summary (which I know you’ve been waiting for) of the proposed mortgage-bailout legislation: The Secretary of the Treasury is authorized to purchase "mortgage-related assets from any financial institution having its headquarters in the United States." He can do…


McCain Sued by Jackson Browne Over Use of “Running on Empty”

John McCain’s latest campaign ad continues the pop-culture theme of his Britney/Paris ad, this time using the song "Running on Empty" to mock Obama for proposing gas conservation through tire inflation.  That’s my song, said Jackson Browne, who is not…