Paris, Baghdad. Paris, Baghdad. As winter looms, the savvy traveler begins meditations on spring break and summer vacation. Naturally, I'm torn between springtime in Paris or ... Baghdad, the world's newest and unlikeliest fun spot for those who like a little adventure mixed with their relaxation. If you like paintball, you'll love the Green Zone! Coming soon to a brochure near you is a five-star, 23-story hotel in central Baghdad. With a new constitution under way and more elections down the road, tourism is freedom's inevitable offspring.
Excerpts from recent editorials in newspapers in the United States and abroad: On fixing gas shortages: With motorists fuming in hours-long lines for fuel, a law requiring all gasoline stations to install electric generators sounds good at the moment.
The Department of Human Services once again has shocked local state employees and officials involved in the Willmar Regional Treatment Center and the state's initiative of community-based adult mental health programs. In a recent letter from Department of Human Service's State Operating Services, employees were informed that as of June 30, 2007, the state "will cease the practice of employing state staff to serve in the adult mental health initiative." So the 70-plus state employees who have supported the state's new adult mental health initiative by transferring to new off-campus in
Here are some excerpts from recent editorials that appeared in Minnesota newspapers. On political campaigns: Minnesotans will elect a governor and senator next November.
"So was the feminist movement some sort of cruel hoax? Do women get less desirable as they get more successful?" Columnist Maureen Dowd posed those questions in Sunday's New York Times Magazine in an essay adapted from her forthcoming book: "Are Men Necessary: When Sexes Collide." Entertaining as usual, Dowd explored her premise that many women end up unmarried and childless because they're successful by reviewing women's evolution since her college days, which happen to have coincided with my own.
The same blogs that registered extreme opposition to the nomina tion of Harriet Miers for the Supreme Court are overjoyed by President Bush's selection of Sam uel A. Alito Jr. to replace Justice Sandra Day O'Connor.
What a difference a president and a special prosecutor make. During the Clinton presidency, Democrat partisans James Carville and Paul Begala slandered Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr as a sex maniac with a politi cal agenda, despite his selection by Attorney General Janet Reno. Much of the media approvingly and uncritically passed along the sliming of this decent man, asserting that Clinton's problems were about sex and that "everybody" lies about sex. Thus, Clinton's lies under oath on his affair with Mon ica Lewinsky were not a big deal.
WASHINGTON -- Has anyone noticed that the cover-up worked? In his impressive presentation of the indictment of Lewis "Scooter" Libby last week, Patrick Fitzgerald expressed the wish that witnesses had testified when subpoenas were issued in August 2004, and "we would have been here in October 2004 instead of October 2005." Note the significance of the two dates: October 2004, before President Bush was re-elected, and October 2005, after the president was re-elected.
SAN DIEGO -- Ronald Reagan said that Hispanics don't have to be told to vote Republican. Given their conservative values, they already are Republican. They just don't know it. In his 1984 re-election, Reagan got nearly 40 percent of the Hispanic vote.
Athletes and parents from t-ball baseball and youth hockey to college basketball and professional baseball need to pay attention -- concussions are becoming a major issue in sports at all levels. There are examples of the seriousness of athlete concussions everywhere you luck. Minnesota Twin's Justin Morneau suffered a concussion on July 7 and then missed the rest of the 2010 baseball season due to post-concussion syndrome. The National Football League this week issued fines, one reaching $75,000, for head-to-head hits and told players that suspensions will occur in the future. This week e