Insight on the News

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

Articles from Vol. 18, No. 40, November 12

Ads Treat Voters as Consumers. (Washington Diary)
Expressing disgust for political-campaign ads in the early days of television, the eloquent Democratic presidential candidate Adlai Stevenson disdainfully drew a distinction between consumer and political ads. "I think the American people will be...
A Letter from the Editor
Dear Readers, Let's be frank about that murderous shooting spree by two thugs who killed 10 and critically wounded three more, including a 13-year old child, in the Washington area. To paraphrase President George W. Bush, we have to track down...
Al-Qaeda Finds a Friend in Iran; Iran Continues to Provide a Western Haven for Al-Qaeda Terrorists Fleeing Afghanistan, Even as the U.S. Military Attempts to Cut off Southern Escape Routes to Pakistan. (Nation: War on Terror)
"Tomorrow I will travel to Nimruz province [on the Afghan border] for meeting in Iran.... It is easy to find place of appointment by using the measuring device.... If we don't meet in this world, we will meet in the next." Thus wrote someone called...
A Poultry Era in American History. (for the People)
Want to read a sketch on the origins of that very American invention, the frozen TV dinner? You'll find it in The Old Farmer's 2003 Almanac by Robert B. Thomas to which for the people first introduced its readers in the last issue but through which...
Armentrude Lives in Language of Red Tape. (for the People)
Books about words are favorites of for the people. Dictionaries are fun in a pinch. But best of all are books such as Paul Dickson's Family Words which deal with those that aren't familiar but perhaps should be, or special constructions that someone...
China Makes Spying a Company Policy; by Purchasing High-Tech Firms in the United States, China Gains Access to Advanced Weapons Technology Which Then Is Duplicated on Chinese Production Lines. (World: Espionage)
A U.S. high-tech firm bought in 1995 with Clinton-administration approval by a consortium that included two Chinese companies is proving to be a threat to U.S. national security, according to senior government analysts. The Anderson, Ind., based...
Combatting Terrorism with `Payback Coin'. (Nation in Brief)
Back before the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, the Department of Defense (DoD) designed a commemorative coin recognizing America's fight against terrorism. That coin became a part of history when the first sample impression of it survived the attack...
Development Banks Should Be Subject to Greater Scrutiny. (Correspondence)
Thank you for the interesting article "Corruption Corrodes Development Banks" [Oct. 15-28] by Martin Edwin Andersen. The Inter-American Development Bank is not yet well-known and has escaped the intense study experienced by other multilateral development...
Economic Warfare Can Win Terror War: Ronald Reagan Personally Crafted a Security-Minded Economic Strategy That Toppled the Soviet Union-A Blueprint George W. Bush Could Use to Defeat Terrorists. (Special Report)
Al-Qaeda recently announced economic warfare against the United States and other Western countries. U.S. intelligence expects years of attacks on the economic infrastructure of the civilized world. For its part, the United States has an arsenal...
Gun-Control Crowd Misuses Fear Factor to Distort the Truth. (Fair Comment)
It perhaps was inevitable that the recent sniper killings in the Washington-area suburbs would be seized upon by advocates of gun control. Like so much in the agenda of the political left, gun-control arguments would collapse like a house of cards...
Harrelson Has a Plan to Save Us from ... Us. (Nation in Brief)
We knew, of course, that actor Woody Harrelson was a paid-up member of the blame-America-first club. He's in London for three months, acting in a play. Apparently that leaves him some time for thinking grim thoughts and writing heated letters to...
Harris Is Proud She Followed Law: Katherine Harris Proved Her Mettle in the Crucible of the Florida Recounts, and Says Values Instilled in Her as a Child Kept Her Going during That Trial by Fire. (Picture Profile)
The liberal national media tried their best to depict Katherine Harris as a "partisan hack" during the vote recount following the 2000 presidential election. As Florida's secretary of state, Harris was right in the Center of the Storm, which is...
Indians Upset with Reid's Shoshone Land-Rights Legislation. (the Watchers)
Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) appeared to be up to a little historical re-enactment from his part of the country on the Senate floor recently. The theme: gold rushes and land grabs. As the legislative session drew to a close, Reid raised eyebrows as...
Iowa's Main Street Republican: Sen. Charles Grassley Has Made a Name for Himself by Fighting for the Little Guy and Reminding the Federal Government It Is Accountable to the American People. (Nation: U.S. Senate)
It is 2:30 p.m. in the atrium of the Hart Senate Office Building in Washington and a group of 50 retired United Auto Workers from Iowa already are 15 minutes late for a meeting with their state's senior senator. Sen. Strom Thurmond (R-S.C.) is on...
Is Hollywood Finally Tuning Back in to American Dream? (Fair Comment)
Several years ago I met a man with an extraordinary story. "Ernesto" (since he would request anonymity, I'm not using his real name) was a Mexican who had migrated to the United States and applied for citizenship. Living in Houston and waiting for...
North Korea Will Pose the Next Problem
North Korea has nukes? I am shocked. North Korea admits it has been building nuclear weapons and administration officials state they already have assembled a couple! The news hit like a thunderclap on official Washington. How could they be doing...
President Targets Child Predators; Tim McVeigh, Christian Terrorist? (the Insider)
President George W. Bush has called his top law-enforcement people to the White House and ordered them to go after the Internet pornsters and seducers who target kids. * The president said, "When anyone takes a child's life or innocence an unforgivable...
Reinventing the Old Patent Building: Washington's Old Patent Office Building Is Due for a Complete Overhaul after Demolition Work Offered an Unexpected Glimpse of the Building's Former Beauty. (Nation: Federal Architecture)
Changes can take place even in Washington. The original renovation plans for the capital city's Old Patent Office Building called for nothing more than a standard makeover: a cleaning of the building's facade and a renewal of its well-worn interior--things...
Schroeder Must Face Facts in Rift with U.S. (the Last Word)
It is easier to forgive an enemy than it is a friend, noted William Blake. The questions being asked about German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder are: Is he a friend or an enemy? And, will he be forgiven? President George W. Bush has every reason...
Seattle Puts Walls around `Skid Row'. (Nation in Brief)
"Mostly older men, they panhandle on Pine Street, act belligerent in Belltown and pass out on Pioneer Square." With that little snapshot of the situation, Stuart Eskenazi of the Seattle Times introduces a story on how the city of Seattle intends...
Should Ultrak Guard U.S. Nuclear Labs? Former Associates of Niklaus Zenger, a Swiss Resident with Ties to the Russian Government, Are Worried That His U.S. Company, Ultrak, Has Access to U.S. Nuclear Facilities. (Nation: National Security)
A month ago INSIGHT revealed serious concerns about the new computerized access-control system for the White House built in the final months of the Clinton administration and put in place right after George W. Bush took office [see "Security Cracks...
Stodgy `Big Media' Should Be Wary of Bold Newcomers. (Correspondence)
As a former employee of a large media company, I routinely saw bias, ignorance and manipulation trump intelligent, savvy, daring and honest reporting. Stories were canceled or pulled until later so they wouldn't affect the outcome of a Democratic...
Symposium
Q: Should Congress step in to reform the current system of class-action lawsuits? YES: Lawyers game the rules, enriching themselves but not the injured consumer. BY SEN. CHUCK GRASSLEY Grassley, an Iowa Republican, is serving his fourth term...
Terror's Blueprint
While citizens and law-enforcement officials in metropolitan Washington breathe a huge sigh of relief that the snipers apparently have been apprehended, some authorities fear that the sharpshooters ultimately may have provided a game plan for al-Qaeda...