Insight on the News

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Articles from Vol. 18, No. 18, May 20

A Letter from the Editor
Dear Readers, Brian Lamb over at C-SPAN got a good chuckle on his morning show a few years ago when this editor was lambasted by scores of callers for saying that most civil servants, including members of Congress, are decent and hardworking....
Bush Challenges Terrorist Fronts: Federal Agents Have Turned Up the Heat by Raiding Terrorist Support Groups That Operate like Friends of Central American Revolutionaries Did in the 1980s. (Nation: Counterterrorism)
Federal agents raided more than a dozen homes and an Islamic institute in suburban Washington on March 20 as part of a continued sweep of organizations suspected of funding international terrorism. The raids were carried out by the U.S. Customs...
Can Cardinals Turn the Tide of Criticism? the Child Sex-Abuse Scandal Rocking the Catholic Church Has Left the American Faithful Confused but Defiant. (Religion)
American Catholics are taking in the daily headlines about sexual abuse in their church with stoic patience, waiting to see what action the hierarchy takes and worrying about the reputation of good priests. In dioceses where the scandal is bubbling,...
Cavemen Continue to Prove Elusive: Osama Bin Laden and Eric Rudolph Seemingly Have Disappeared Underground, Relying Only on the Support of Radical Sympathizers and Their Own Survival Skills. (Insight Exclusive)
Call them the cavemen. Osama bin Laden and Eric Rudolph may be the best spelunkers in the world, apparently moving from cave to cave to elude U.S. authorities. Coming from vastly different backgrounds, they share astounding similarities that have...
Clearing the Air of Nuclear Myths: Advocates of Nuclear Energy Say It Is More Efficient, Cheaper and Less Harmful to the Environment Than Fossil Fuels, but the Politics of Fear Still Overpowers Debate. (Nation: Nuclear Power)
Albert Einstein said in 1932, "There is not the slightest indication that nuclear energy will ever be obtainable. It would mean that the atom would have to be shattered at will." Before the decade was over, Enrico Fermi did just that, and today...
Congress Not a Path to Riches: Contrary to Conventional Wisdom Not All of Your Congressmen and Senators Are Members of the Millionaire's Club. Surprisingly, the Financial Condition of Your `Man' on Capitol Hill May Not Be Anywhere near as Good as What He Could Earn Elsewhere. Many Live in Modest Circumstances
With all the tuxedos, limousines and swank dinner parties associated with life on Capitol Hill, it's no wonder that so many Americans view their congressman and senators as members of a self-anointed elite. The U.S. Senate often is referred to as...
Criminals Couldn't Care Less about Antigun Legislation. (Correspondence)
Has the world gone completely nuts? Anyone can buy a gun on the street almost anywhere in the country for a fraction of what legitimate gun shops or vendors at gun shows must charge ["An Antigun Firefight," April 22]. Not too long ago in a syndicated...
Democrats Imitate Republican Slogans, but Not Their Agenda. (News Alert!)
Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery in politics as in the other fine arts, according to Rep. J.C. Watts (R-Okla.), chairman of the House Republican Conference. When Democrats blast-faxed their plans for "securing America's future for...
Dissing Online Is De Rigueur: Almost Anyone with an Athletic Ax to Grind Can Do It on the World Wide Web. (Sports)
As a long-suffering Cincinnati Bengals fan, Dave Young holds certain truths to be self-evident. Among them: The 1990s were a wash, the immediate future looks bleak and team President Mike Brown really, really, er, stinks. "I'm sure Mike Brown...
Europeans Would Duck War on Terror: The Latest Phase of President George W. Bush's Anti-Terror Campaign Is Getting a Cool Reception from Our European Allies, Who Do Not Think That Iraq Is a Threat. (World: Atlantic Alliance)
Remarks such as "No man is an island--and that includes the United States" might be expected from the insular and jealous parochialists of Europe or as ululations from the "Arab street." But the author of this one is a Conservative former British...
For-Profit PC Workshops Have No Place in Public Schools. (Fair Comment)
Homeschooling is looking more and more like the only sane educational option these days, if the latest news of the weird in our public schools is any indication. The Seattle Times reported in mid-April that nearly 300 students from two middle schools...
Germany Finds Ways to Censor the Internet. (Nation in Brief)
The lead item in nation in brief two weeks ago complained about the ease with which one can find on the Internet information on how to make explosives (see "It's Too Easy to Learn How to Make Bombs," May 6). Some concern was expressed about the...
Government Fails Fiscal-Fitness Test: Annual Audits Mandated by Congress of Federal Agencies and Cabinet Departments Reveal That Trillions of Dollars of Taxpayers' Money Is `Missing' or `Unaccounted For.' (Nation: Federal Finance)
If America learned anything from the Enron mess it is how easily the books can be cooked. After spending weeks reviewing the audits of federal departments and agencies, INSIGHT is convinced the U.S. government doesn't cook its books--your government...
Happy Valley Gets Giddy
A student group at Penn State University has sparked criticism for using student fees to pay a speaker who supports the North American Man-Boy Love Association (NAMBLA). "Would the university allow David Duke or Osama bin Laden to speak at an...
High Court Rubber-Stamps Regulatory Robbery. (Waste & Abuse)
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in a 6-3 decision that a home-building moratorium near Lake Tahoe, Calif., did not constitute a "taking" as defined by the U.S. Constitution. The decision elicited a sigh of relief from government officials and regulatorians...
Keystone Krooks Outdo Each Other in Half-Witted Holdups. (for the People.)
It hasn't been a good spring for wanna-be crooks. In Rochester, N.Y., for example, 16-year-old Brittany Bell allegedly tried to rob a branch office of the HSBC Bank, but failed because the holdup note she wrote was so illegible that the teller couldn't...
Nationwide Poll Catches Students Cheating
More than half of high-school students cheat on tests or homework and most of them aren't ashamed of it, a recent Rutgers University study has found. The survey of 4,500 pupils nationwide found 74 percent have cheated on a test at least once and...
North Korea's Nuclear Threat. (Fair Comment)
There is a new crisis looming for the Bush administration this summer, and it is not Iraq. But it does feature a harshly repressive regime trying to hide its weapons of mass destruction from international inspection. The crisis is brewing on the...
Politics of Health and Wealth. (Washington's Week)
Florida is at the center of another contentious battle, but this time it is pulp and not chad that is at issue. On April 24, consumer advocates from the Center for Science in the Public Interest, the Center for Florida's Children, the Children's...
Pontiff Should Demand Cardinal Law's Resignation. (Fair Comment)
At the center of the pedophile sex scandal in the American Catholic Church is Cardinal Bernard F. Law of the Archdiocese of Boston. He is accused of turning a blind eye toward the sexual abuse of children by priests serving in his archdiocese and...
Racial Tension Growing in California. (News Alert!)
The politics of race continue to nm wild in California, and once again race-mongers have their sights set on Ward Connerly. The outspoken advocate for a color-blind society was the force behind Proposition 209, a statewide referendum in 1996 that...
Report of Church Troubles Proved Prophetic. (the Last Word)
The title of the confidential report is: "The Problem of Sexual Molestation by Roman Catholic Clergy." It is a 92-page document extraordinary not only for its blunt review of "the problem," but also because it was written nearly 17 years ago by...
Small vs. Mall: Redevelopers Are Betting Main Streets Will Replace America's Dying Malls. (Business)
Shopping habits shape cities and reflect culture, and a sea change has occurred in how Americans try to buy. Declining malls are the latest trend. Once hailed as the new promise of American capitalism, the supermall is scaring away customers because...
Symposium
Q: Should Congress stay the course on education for sexual abstinence until marriage? YES: The myth of `safe sex' has led to an epidemic of STDs among young people. The term "abstinence-only education" is a straw man built by apologists for...
TSA Experiences Turbulent Takeoff. (Waste & Abuse)
Watching the new Transportation Security Administration (TSA) struggle to get off the ground, one can't help feeling like a witness to two other notable moments in aviation history. The first is the 1937 crash of the airship Hindenburg. The second...
Web Radio Faces Dead Air: Debate Rages over How Much Webcasters Should Pay Artists and Labels for the Right to Play Their Music. (Media)
Randal Allen's business has an address (Mount Vernon Avenue in Alexandria, Va.), but there barely is enough room to hang a mailbox in the closet-sized room that was home to an automated-teller machine before he moved in three years ago. The space,...
Western Civ Gets Downgraded: One of America's Most Prominent Universities Is Revamping Its Curriculum This Fall, to the Consternation of Conservative Students, Professors and Alumni. (Education)
The University of Chicago will replace a majority of Western civilization core classes with European civilization courses, while eliminating courses in early Christianity and late antiquity. Critics says the change neglects study of ancient Greece...
White Profs Cry Bias
Five white professors have filed a lawsuit against Livingstone College in North Carolina, claiming the predominantly black school discriminated against them because they are white. According to the lawsuit, white professors at Livingstone routinely...
Women Get Hate Male
Women's-studies programs on college campuses teach students that the modern female suffers in a male-dominated society, an analysis of the field's most widely used textbooks shows. Marriage is a burden and an "instrument of oppression," according...
`Working in the Eye of the Storm': Tim Goeglein Pretended as a Boy to Be a White House News Correspondent. Today He Finds Himself Working Inside Those Walls as a Special Assistant to the President
Tim Goeglein worked 10 years for Republican senator Dan Coats of Indiana, now U.S. ambassador to Germany. He a veteran of the 2000 Bush/ Cheney presidential campaign, for which he moved his family to Austin, Texas, to work for George W. Bush. Since...
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