Thank You For Smoking

With gluttonous non-smokers pushing U.S. healthcare costs higher, it may be time to re-think banning smoking in restaurants

By Edwina Zaiser

Weight Watchers says,”Diets don’t work.” So what does?

Smoking.

Fashion models, college students and the French all know that you can subsist on coffee and cigarettes and stay a svelte size two. Remember the delightfully catty book French Women Don’t Get Fat, in which the author attributes the enviable Gallic slimness to high quality fresh foods lacking preservatives? Continue reading “Thank You For Smoking”

(Almost) Parallel Lives with John McCain

Former U.S. Senate candidate Adm. LeRoy Collins reflects on John McCain’s transformation from Navy officer to politician beginning with a posting as Navy liaison to the U.S. Senate

Irreverent View: You and John McCain both served as Navy liaison to the U.S. Senate. Did that pique your interest in a career in politics?

It was of special interest because my friend, Navy Captain, and a fellow submariner, Jim High, preceded John McCain in this Navy Liaison Officer billet in the Russell Senate Office Building; as a Navy Reserve Commander, I was in that job for two weeks in 1976…..less than a year before John McCain arrived. That job had a similar stimulus to me, but alas, I was not able to convert it into political success like Commander McCain did. Continue reading “(Almost) Parallel Lives with John McCain”

Reaganisms

“Here’s my strategy on the Cold War: We win, they lose.”
– Ronald Reagan

“The most terrifying words in the English language are: I’m from the government and I’m here to help.”
– Ronald Reagan

“The trouble with our liberal friends is not that they’re ignorant; it’s just that they know so much that isn’t so.”
– Ronald Reagan

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Keeping Up Appearances

Sen. Obama’s comments at a San Francisco fundraiser show he could learn a lot from our current president about how to succeed at being an elitist

By Elan Barnehama

Senator Obama recently opened up a can of bitterness and could not get the lid back on before that damning “elitist” label spilled all over him.

Most elitists are taught that they should never be smug (in public) about their elitism. We know that elitists know that we know that elitists have better lives than the rest of us, but some things are better left unspoken. Most of our nation’s elite go out of our way to stay out of our way. Continue reading “Keeping Up Appearances”

GOP’s Squandered Opportunity

Despite Obama gaffes, Democrats’ hopes to regain White House this fall remain strong thanks to failures of Bush and GOP-controlled Congress

By Chris Ingram

Despite the Pennsylvania Primary and the self-inflicted implosion of the Democrat Party, I really wanted to write something this week about how disappointed I am with the Republican Party. Specifically, how Republicans (President Bush, the GOP Congress and Republican voters) have squandered such a terrific opportunity to do great things over the last eight years. Continue reading “GOP’s Squandered Opportunity”

Keeping Up Appearances

Sen. Obama’s comments at a San Francisco fundraiser show he could learn a lot from our current president about how to succeed at being an elitist

By Elan Barnehama

Senator Obama recently opened up a can of bitterness and could not get the lid back on before that damning “elitist” label spilled all over him.

Most elitists are taught that they should never be smug (in public) about their elitism. We know that elitists know that we know that elitists have better lives than the rest of us, but some things are better left unspoken. Continue reading “Keeping Up Appearances”

Happy Birthday, Earth Day; You’re On Your Own


The nation that invented the atom bomb to end World War II could take on global climate change with the same kind of drive and innovation

By Elan Barnehama

I’m thinking that President Bush had the annual celebration of Earth Day in mind when he announced last week that the U.S. strategy for tackling global warming was to pretty much do nothing for the next dozen years. It could be that he was reacting to the news that China has overtaken the United States as the world’s leader in carbon emission. I mean, really, how many more setbacks can one administration take? Continue reading “Happy Birthday, Earth Day; You’re On Your Own”