Insight on the News

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Articles from Vol. 18, No. 42, December 10

Aguilera Is Embodiment of Sexual Liberation Run Amok. (Fair Comment)
Look, Mama, she's naked!" I'm waiting in line at the newsstand with my very observant 2-year-old daughter, and she is pointing to Rolling Stone magazine. On the cover is 21-year-old singer Christina Aguilera, sprawled on a red velvet blanket, wearing...
A Letter from the Editor
Dear Readers, News often comes across this desk that is infuriating and astonishing. A few such items recently stood out involving everyday people. For example, some readers we know got stuck in a fiery quagmire over faulty information in credit...
Black Hole of Boston: Boston's `Big Dig' Is a Wonder of Engineering and Construction, but Even More Astounding Is the Alleged Serpentine Scandal Engaged in by Government Officials and a World-Famous Firm with Political Clout to Hide the True Cost of the Project from American Taxpayers.
No government boondoggle in the history of man comes close to the cost of the Black Hole of Boston. INSIGHT has learned that, for years now, key Massachusetts officials and a world-famous engineering-construction firm are alleged to have labored...
Bubble May Burst in Housing Market; the Strength of the U.S. Housing Market Has Defied Recession, Plunging Stocks and Business Scandals, but Signs Indicate That the Hot Market Soon May Cool. (Nation: The Economy)
Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan has sounded sanguine enough in recent weeks about the long run-up in house prides, but fears are mounting that the U.S. property market may be in a price bubble that could burst if the labor market doesn't...
Burying Muslim Terrorists; the Inside Track to Be House Speaker. (the Insider)
Planned Parenthood is selling holiday cards beating the outside inscription "Choice on Earth, with nothing inside. Makes sense. * Reviving a method used under the British Raj to deal with Islamic assassins, the Russians buffed the 41 Chechen terrorists...
Business Gets Murky with IDB; an American Business Executive Claims His Company Was Subjected to Shady Bank Procurement Practices during a Consulting Contract Financed by the IDB. (World: Development Banks)
For perhaps the first time, an American business executive is going public with allegations of fraud and other misconduct on a consulting contract financed by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). The whistleblower hopes that by challenging...
By Taking Initiative, GOP Seized the Day; the Republican Party Pre-Empted the Usual Democrat Racial Politics by Carrying Its Message of Economic Empowerment Directly to Black and Hispanic Voters. (Special Report: Election 2002)
Pundits predicted 2002 would be the first time the growing number of nonwhites in the "emerging Democratic majority" would put the Democratic Party over the top. Instead, Republicans won handily and both sides still are trying to figure how the...
Children Are Being Used as Soldiers; Third World Countries Increasingly Are Coercing Child Soldiers into Military Action, Raising Moral Dilemmas That Can Be Matters of Life and Death for Western Troops. (World: Military Tactics)
He never saw it coming. On Jan. 4, 2002, Sgt. Nathan Ross Chapman was the first U.S. serviceman to be killed by hostile fire in Afghanistan. A 31-year-old Green Beret who also served in the Persian Gulf War, Chapman was killed by sniper fire after...
Corps of Engineers Tried Its Best to Put Gag on Economist. (the Watchers)
If a camel is a horse built by a committee, what part of that horse was built by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers? If that question has you stumped, here are some clues. Donald Sweeney, a corps economist, is being threatened by his superiors...
Daschle Still in the Driver's Seat. (Fair Comment)
So Republicans will control the Senate (and the House of Representatives) in the 108th Congress. The Democrats controlled the lame-duck session because the interim senator from Minnesota, Dean Barkley, decided not to join either party's caucus....
Don't Count on That Company Pension; the Soft Economy Is Taking a Heavy Toll on Defined-Benefit Retirement Plans, with 240 Corporations Reporting That Their Plans Are Underfunded by More Than $300 Billion. (Nation: Retirement Planning)
Although Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan claims the economy is a little soft, millions of employees counting on guaranteed retirement benefits, as well as shareholders looking for a substantial return on investments, might argue that it...
Dream Bill Could Become Nightmare. (the Furies)
LAURA INGRAHAM, THE LAURA INGRAHAM SHOW, (LAURAINGRAHAM.COM) When most people think about the American Dream, family, hard work, God and love of country come to mind. But if immigrant-rights groups and their supporters in Washington have their...
Economist Says War with Iraq Could Play Havoc with Economy. (the Business)
Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan was almost nonchalant when testifying in November before the Joint Economic Council about the possible impact on the economy of a war with Iraq. "I would be very doubtful if the impact on the economy is more...
`Facts' Behind Oil-Company Boycott Prove Very Slippery. (Nation in Brief)
One of the more popular chain-letter e-mails zipping around the Internet these days asks recipients to join a boycott of oil companies that do business with Middle Eastern countries. The letter says this boycott will cut off funding to those who...
Gadfly Contest: Make Your Pick: Irritating? Sometimes ... but Also Absolutely Necessary for Maintaining the Nation's Ideological Health. Insight Presents 10 Political Protagonists We Can't Live without. (Nation: Political Personalities)
Defining a Washington Gadfly is a bit like identifying pornography: You know it when you see it. Unlike the Ritz Barfly, the Washington Gadfly is not always well-dressed. They do, however, have elegantly tailored ideas, which they produce in every...
Greenspan's Gloom Alarms Wall Street. (the Business)
For most of the year Alan Greenspan has tended to be upbeat in his assessments of the U.S. economy. But when testifying on Capitol Hill before the Joint Economic Council he didn't say what the markets wanted to hear--that the economy is well-positioned...
Hollywood: Bastion of `Hate-Americanism'. (the Last Word)
Jessica Lange, a movie actress of no particular distinction, told the press at a film festival this year in Spain, "I'm ashamed to come from the United States," where it is "poisonous, intolerable for those of us who are not right wing." She thanked...
Jihadists Change Terror Stereotype; Iran and Al-Qaeda Have Been Recruiting and Training Brigades of Blond, Blue-Eyed Jihadists with Bosnian Military Experience to Wage War against the West. (World: War on Terror)
On Oct. 24, police arrested two men they believe to be the Beltway snipers of Washington. At least one of them, John Allen Muhammad, is a Muslim. For now, authorities are not commenting on published reports that Muhammad and his juvenile accomplice,...
Legal Reform in Congress' Lap. (Washington Diary)
Congress may have fallen silent upon conclusion of the 107th legislative session, but it did not do so quietly. The election returns inspired Republicans and Democrats to reach an agreement on civil-service protections to be provided in the Department...
Morally Blind Bishops Fail to See the Evil Lurking in Iraq. (Fair Comment)
The total moral blindness of the collected Catholic bishops continues to stagger the imagination. On Nov. 13, the bishops met in Washington to hammer out the final rules for dealing with pedophiles in their midst. Not able to limit their moral preening...
Nuggets of Wisdom Gleaned from the Fertile Mind of George Eliot. (for the People)
Most Americans at some point in their school days read (or were supposed to have read) George Eliot's short and sad Silas Marner. If they were lucky they later picked up and read her much longer Middlemarch, one of the world's great novels. Eliot,...
PRC Hopes to Enter Sewer Age; China Is Importing State-of-the-Art Technology and Know-How to Advance Its Waste-Treatment Infrastructure as It Prepares to Host the 2008 Summer Olympic Games. (World: People's Republic of China)
The People's Republic of China is enlisting some of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) critics for help in bringing the land of night soil into the sunlight of modern plumbing. Apparently motivated by being selected to host the 2008...
Symposium
Q: Does America have a strategic interest in defending Taiwan's national sovereignty? YES: Draw a line in the sand now, before the mainland's strategy of coercion becomes a fait accompli. BY DON FEDER Feder, a former syndicated columnist,...
Terrorist Warnings Wear on Officials' Nerves. (Political Notebook)
Both the White House and Downing Street have become defensive about the flurry of formal terror warnings issued recently--warnings that have increased in the wake of the broadcast of a threatening audiotape message made, apparently, by Osama bin...
The Many Faces of Homeland Security. (the Furies)
RUSH LIMBAUGH, THE EXCELLENCE IN BROADCASTING NETWORK The New York Times and the Associated Press, and therefore the cable networks, got it all wrong on this homeland-security bill, predicting major defections and a tough party-line vote. Three...
When Young People Care about Life: Anna Halpine and the World Youth Alliance Are Working with the United Nations and European Union to Protect the Dignity of Every Human Life. (Picture Profile)
If all one had seen of the world's youth were the pelvis-thrusters on MTV and the pubescent darlings of Teen Beat, one might wonder whether they had just arrived from hell in a handbasket. Images of Britney Spears, Eminem and black-hooded protesters...
Yankee Doodle: Lover of Pasta or Fashion Icon? (for the People)
Remember this refrain from that familiar old song "Yankee Doodle"? "He stuck a feather in his cap/And called it macaroni." No doubt many people wonder what the heck Yankee Doodle was doing when he stuck a piece of curved and hollow pasta into his...

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