Insight on the News

Insight on the newspaper is a magazine specializing in General topics.

Articles from Vol. 18, No. 22, June 17

Accountability Begins at the Bottom in the U.S. Forest Service. (Waste & Abuse)
The U.S. Forest Service has temporarily suspended or reassigned nine firefighters and firefighting commanders following an investigation of last summer's "Thirty-Mile Fire." The tire claimed the lives of four young firefighters--and easily might...
A Letter from the Editor
Dear Readers, News of a death can leave you speechless, and yet blabbering in ways that make no sense other than in the deepest recesses of the heart where our common vulnerability resides. Michael McConnell Rust (1961-2002) had a knack for news...
Cable Calling: New Players Are Emerging in the Area of Local and Long-Distance Phone Service. (Technology)
It's not just Ma Bell and her babies anymore. After some delays in deployment and customer reluctance, cable telephony finally is emerging as a viable alternative to local and long-distance service. Both Denver-based AT&T Broadband and Atlanta-based...
Clinton Undead Haunting Pentagon: Antimilitary Holdovers and Entrenched Bureaucrats Are Using Pentagon-Funded Platforms to Undermine National-Defense Policies of President George W. Bush. (Nation: Defense Policy)
Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and his team are pulling their hair out trying to bring the Pentagon's policy apparatus into line with the president's wishes. At every turn, it seems, they run into entrenched bureaucrats, Clinton holdovers and...
Conservatives Question Dubya's Direction. (Political Notebook)
Is George W. Bush becoming the president who just can't say no? Democrats like to paint him in dyed-in-the-wool conservative colors and portray him as even more of an ideological warrior than was Ronald Reagan. Few would disagree that he is more...
DOT, FAA and Airlines Share Blame for 9/11 Security Lapses. (Fair Comment)
Transportation Secretary Norman Y. Mineta was on the hot seat before the Senate Commerce Committee on May 21 and attempted to explain why the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) failed to include security recommendations when it sent multiple...
Euro Failing First Tests: A Lack of Fiscal Discipline Is Jeopardizing the Credibility of Europe's New Currency. (Money)
Soaring national debt in Italy, pre-election tax cuts in France and a stagnant German economy are threatening to bust the European "stability pact" on reducing budget deficits. The danger in this failure to maintain promised fiscal discipline by...
Forgotten Flier: U.S. Navy Pilot Michael Scott Speicher Was Shot Down during the Persian Gulf War and Classified as `Killed in Action' despite Reports That He Survived. Did He Ultimately Die Because of Pentagon Inaction, or Could He Still Be Alive in an Iraqi Prison More Than a Decade Later? (Cover Story)
A decade ago Lt. Cmdr. Michael Scott Speicher was the forgotten man. The 33-year-old U.S. Navy pilot, whose friends called him "Spike" was shot down in his F-18 Hornet over west-central Iraq on the first night of the Persian Gulf War on Jan. 17,1991....
Is Torture an Option in War on Terror? Interrogators Increasingly Frustrated with Hardened Al-Qaeda Terrorists Are Considering the Use of Tactics Once Unthinkable for U.S. Law-Enforcement Officers. (Nation: Terrorist Interrogations)
The scenario, seemingly impossible before Sept. 11, now is the stuff of dark and lurid conjecture. Credible intelligence sources say a recently detained immigrant has specific knowledge about a terrorist cell that has obtained a suitcase nuclear...
Mike Wallace Changes His Tune. (News Alert!)
At a media forum at the Brookings Institution, Mike Wallace of 60 Minutes was, for a change, on the hot seat, answering questions about the past, present and future of broadcast news. Like many of those he interviews, Wallace did a bit of a reversal...
Omission of Krall from Documentary Rubs Some the Wrong Way. (News Alert!)
A few weeks ago INSIGHT reported on the phenomenal jazz singer and pianist Diana Krall, whose intimate interpretations of American popular standards by songwriters such as George Gershwin and Irving Berlin have resonated with American audiences...
Osprey Set to Fly Again, but with Clipped Wings. (Defense)
The V-22 Osprey soon will take to the skies again as the U.S. Marine Corps attempts to salvage an experimental-aircraft program that offers the promise of revolutionizing military operations but also shows the perils of rushing weapons systems to...
Putting the Brakes on Photo Radar; Authorities Claim Surveillance Cameras Are Slowing Traffic, but Opponents Say These High-Tech Speed Traps Are More about Raising Revenue Than Increasing Safety. (Nation: Camera Rage)
A battered speed-enforcement camera called a Gatsometer has been smashed and strewn along a lonely stretch of A40, a major road that runs from London westward toward Oxford. According to the British Website www.speedcam.co.uk, these surveillance...
Salton Sea Is Stylishly Demented; the Filmmakers Combine Inflammatory, Sardonic and Rhetorical Motifs with Hilarious Impudence and Finesse
The Salton Sea, a stylishly convoluted and sinister revenge melodrama written by Tony Gayton and directed by D.J. Caruso, both relative newcomers, should endear itself to connoisseurs of the hard-boiled and outrageous. Although Warner Bros. doesn't...
`Scapegoat Paradigm' Drives Islamist Hatred
David Brooks, a senior editor at the Weekly Standard magazine, calls it "bourgeoisophobia"--a hatred of success, most particularly the hatred of commercial achievement. In no small part it's the kind of mind-set that pushed Mohammed Atta to ram...
Security and Social Security. (Washington's Week)
For a moment it appeared to be a redefining turn in the presidency of George W. Bush. Was there really evidence the administration was aware that passenger planes were about to be hijacked and flown by al-Qaeda suicide bombers into American landmarks...
Suspicious? Check out These Schemes and Scams. (Nation in Brief)
Apparently there are a couple of different types of official-looking tax forms making the rounds with a few questions that go beyond even what the IRS might ask. Such as, "What is your bank-account number, and what is the personal identification...
Symposium
Q: is the American economic embargo of Fidel Castro's Cuba on the right track? YES: The embargo has forced some needed reforms and has restrained Castro's subversion projects. In the wake of former president Jimmy Carter's visits to Cuba, ...
The Damage Done by PC Journalism: Author and Media Critic William McGowan Details How `Identity' Politics Has Overtaken American Newsrooms, Turning Journalists into Cheerleaders Instead of Skeptics. (Picture Profile)
In his new book Coloring the News: How Crusading for Diversity Has Corrupted American Journalism, William McGowan exposes in impressive and damning detail what George Orwell called "the smelly little orthodoxies" that today pervade the American...
Tunnel Vision for Disaster: One of America's Best Hopes to Handle a Terrorist Attack Lies in West Virginia Coal Country, Down a Dirt Road Cradled between Huge Shoulders of Mountainside. (Security)
U.S. officials claim monitored communications among members of the al-Qaeda terrorist network suggest preparations are under way for another attack against the United States--which is "almost a certainty," Vice President Dick Cheney told Fox News...
Watch Your Back Line! the U.S. Squad Must Tighten Its Defense If It Wants to Advance in the World Cup. (Sports)
In 1998, the U.S. World Cup team lost all three games in France and caught an early plane home. In the last four years, however, things have changed dramatically. More American players are honing their skills in overseas leagues, while others have...
Well, What's the Truth about Social Security? (the Last Word)
Americans talk more and know less about Social Security than about any other program that closely concerns them. They are aware that they contribute part of their wages into a fund labeled "FICA," a contribution matched by their employer, and that...
What They Knew; When They Knew It: Despite the Hue and Cry from Partisan Democrats and the Media, the Bush Team Did Not Act Irresponsibly before the Attacks on New York City and Washington. (Investigative Report)
A fountainhead of new clues to the Sept. 11 attacks and the far-flung international network that spawned them is becoming public, apparently fed by heavily partisan cries of a massive intelligence failure on the part of the Bush administration....