Ever since mankind discovered that the Earth is round, daring souls have attempted to get to the east by going west and vice versa. Columbus was one of them. When in 1492, he sailed the ocean blue, he was looking for a western route to India. There was a lively trade between Europe and India, especially in luxury items like silks and spices. If Columbus could find a western route to India by water, he would have revolutionized the trade between Europe and the East.
Circumcision has a long and fascinating history. The latest chapter is being written in Africa. The Wall Street Journal reports “circumcision dramatically reduces the risk of contracting HIV.”
In the last national election in 2006, the Democrats captured control of both houses of Congress. Their margin of victory, however, was insufficient to override a presidential veto that requires a two-thirds vote. Which means that the Republican Party really was still in control of legislation.
In mankind’s struggle to head off the use of fossil fuels, the U.S., as well as other countries, have turned to the use of energy derived from plants. In the U.S., we have turned to ethanol, a corn derivative. Needless to say, the supply lags far behind the demand.
In our economy that some call free enterprise and others call capitalism, the concentration of ownership in which fewer and fewer own more and more took a giant step forward in late August when Bank of America Corp. acquired a $2 billion equity stake in Countrywide Financial Corp. The meaning of this move, as reported in The Wall Street Journal, “is to dispel a crisis of confidence among creditors and investors in the nation’s largest home mortgage lender.”
The world economy is in a dangerous state. In no small measure it is due to the outsourcing of jobs by the leading nations, including the United States. When jobs are outsourced they are moved out of the mother country to lands where cheap, child and even slave labor are available.
Once upon a time when the sun never set on the British Empire, the crown jewel in the imperial crown was a country called India. There were many agricultural products that the empire derived from India, including opium. When the power loom for weaving textiles made its appearance, the native Indians started up a lively business. To the British Empire this was a direct threat to their textile trade. So the Brits proceeded to destroy the power looms.
Foreclosures of homes are the big pain of the day. Millions of families who once proudly boasted that they had reached a level of earnings that allowed them to buy a house are now squirming as lending institutions threaten foreclosure. What happened?
There is a guy whose name is Rove
Some say that he’s the guy who drove
The Bush regime to do its deeds
It was Rove who sowed the seeds.
He really proved that he was smart
When he pushed Bush’s campaign cart
For reelection midst a war
For then Bush merely had to scream,
“You don’t change horses in mid stream.”
But then alas all things went wrong
Although our fighting men were strong
“Surge” on “surge” just didn’t work
Insurgents said “You are a jerk.”
“The time has come,” said Rove to Rove,
“When I feel I am on a stove.
“No longer can I take the heat
“I guess it’s time to change my beat
“And find myself a cooler spot
“Where others reign and Bush does not.”
For many years, lobbyists in Washington have had a free hand in the ways they employed to influence Congress. One of the most blatant was conveyed in a tactic called “bundling.” The lobbyist would solicit support for a candidate observing carefully the legal limits on how much an individual contributed. But, the lobbyist bundled the separate gifts and delivered the impressive total to the candidate who indeed felt indebted to the lobbyist for the support. But, in addition, lobbyists treated candidates to meals, to trips, to membership in country clubs, etc.