Obama’s Iago – The ‘Indispensable’ Man

November 22nd, 2011 in Political by Dorian Dale

True to his Harvard Law School roots, the current occupant of the White House opted for an elitist approach to the worst economy since the Great Depression. He signed up central banker types, including a former Treasury Secretary and a former Fed Chairman.

Culture of Corruption

November 5th, 2011 in Guests by Dorian Dale

U.S founders maxed individual liberty, freeing Americans, “to give full vent to the good, bad and ugly behavior of which people are capable,” Walter McDougall observes. “Americans became past masters at hustling: both in the pejorative sense of scofflaws, speculators, imposters, tricksters, self-reinventors, and conmen, but also in the positive sense of hard workers, strivers, builders, doers, joiners, and team players.”

They Are Not Like Us

October 25th, 2011 in Guests by Dorian Dale

For average folks, money is not some abstraction, it is literally a matter of survival. For the well-to-do, money is figurative, a measure of who they are and what they can do.

A Tale of Two Concords

October 4th, 2011 in Guests by Dorian Dale

concord: n. a state of agreement; harmony; union “What I love about New Hampshire and what we have in common is our extreme love for liberty. You’re the state where the shot was heard around the world in Lexington and Concord.”   So Michele Bachmann went to Concord, NH and mistook it for Concord, MA.  [...]

Doth We Protest Too Little?

September 26th, 2011 in Guests by Dorian Dale

After interning for Morse in ’68, I served as a Philadelphia parade marshal for the half-million protesters who descended on Washington for the Peace Moratorium in 1969. The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff characterized us as, “interminably vocal youngsters, strangers alike to soap and reason.”

Fat Cat Manifesto

September 2nd, 2011 in Guests by Dorian Dale

Dorian Dale examines the success of Grover Norquist’s No Tax Pledge and argues that the benefits should extend to everyone. Why waste perfectly good tax cuts and loopholes just on the rich?

Gangsta Prankstas: Citizen Murdoch and Bill Oh’Really?

July 18th, 2011 in Journalism by Dorian Dale

The actions of those involved in the evolving News Corp scandal are hardly surprising given the arrogance endemic to the organization as a whole.

Founding Father’s DNA

June 28th, 2011 in Musings by Dorian Dale

One might ask how is it that the Greatest Generation begat a Generation of Whining Juveniles? Men who prevailed through the Great Depression and World War II, not to mention the 91% top income tax rate in the ‘50s without weeping in public sired kids who tuned-in, dropped out then either Oprified into support groups or Rushed into tea baggers, victims all.

Crowning Joules

June 2nd, 2011 in Oil by Dorian Dale

This proposal was not unprecedented. In the depths of the Great Depression with oil going for 10¢/bbl, a group of industrial engineers proposed that currency be based on units of energy, like a joule, which is the amount of energy required to lift the weight of one Newton, i.e. a small apple, one meter.

Mayday Mayday May Day

May 13th, 2011 in Guests by Dorian Dale

The eclipse of John Paul’s beatification by the elimination of bin Laden, is a striking reminder, if one were needed, of conflicting forces of good and evil a rage in our world.