Friday | September 04, 2015
About Us | Contact | Subscribe

How was a mailman in a gyrocopter able to pierce the world’s best-protected airspace?

| | Apr 19 2015 - 12:05am | Comments

Doug Hughes, the letter carrier who piloted a featherweight gyrocopter over the treetops to alight on the Capitol lawn Wednesday, was acting out a one-man “voter’s rebellion.” In the name of campaign finance reform and “honest government,” he managed to slice through the world’s best-protected airspace no more molested than the birds who wheel and soar in the breeze.

  • | Posted: Sep 1 2015 - 1:30am

    It’s not unusual for political leaders in trouble to use diversionary tactics to turn their fortunes around. Hollywood capitalized on this theme in a popular 1997 film called “Wag the Dog” in which, right before an election, a political spin doctor distracts voters from a presidential sex scandal by engaging a film producer to create a fake war with Albania.

  • | Posted: Aug 31 2015 - 1:30am

    The fall of oil and natural gas prices is a boon to U.S. consumers and the economy. Americans should enjoy the break while it lasts.

  • | Posted: Aug 29 2015 - 1:30am

    As former Illinois Republican Sen. Everett Dirksen is credited with saying, “A billion here, a billion there, and pretty soon you’re talking real money.” Roughly 50 years later, the federal government’s spending binge has added some zeroes to its debts, and we now talk about liabilities in the trillions of dollars. The U.S. Congressional Budget Office’s latest budget and economic outlook does not inspire much confidence that the government will ever get a handle on its debts.

  • | Posted: Aug 27 2015 - 1:30am

    The soft-spoken older man in the gray suit had taught Bible classes before.

  • | Posted: Aug 25 2015 - 1:30am

    President Barack Obama’s gamble in Egypt — that stability would follow after tolerating the military coup that brought President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi to power — could soon become a failure.

  • | Posted: Aug 24 2015 - 1:30am

    It’s time for presidential candidates to pivot to Asia.

  • | Posted: Aug 23 2015 - 1:31am

    In June, a Southwest Airlines pilot looked down as he approached Love Field in Dallas to see a drone just “a few hundred feet” away.

  • | Posted: Aug 22 2015 - 1:30am

    Skeptics of the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision in 2010 warned that it would open the door to a handful of mega-wealthy donors to buy national elections. The consequences have been worse than anyone imagined.

  • | Posted: Aug 21 2015 - 1:30am

    For those who love the purity of youth and amateur sports, August is synonymous with the Little League Baseball and Softball World Series. Now those championships are becoming synonymous with cheating.

  • | Posted: Aug 20 2015 - 1:30am

    Insurance companies believe married people are better drivers — until death do they part. Then, a widow automatically becomes a higher risk, justifying a premium increase of up to 20 percent.

  • | Posted: Aug 19 2015 - 1:30am

    Does your child play sports? Then you know the curse of the participation trophy. Every kid on every organized team gets one. They multiply like rabbits in bedrooms and basements. And in the end, they are ingloriously discarded.

  • | Posted: Aug 18 2015 - 1:30am

    Fifty years ago hospital stays were longer, patient outcomes weren’t as good and health care in general was riskier business. So why does Medicare cling to a rule from 1965 that requires people to stay in the hospital for three days as an inpatient before being transferred to a skilled nursing care facility?

  • | Posted: Aug 17 2015 - 1:30am

    It’s outrageous that crews working for the federal Environmental Protection Agency carelessly unleashed 3 million gallons of toxic sludge from an abandoned mine recently in Colorado.

  • | Posted: Aug 16 2015 - 1:30am

    Social Security’s retirement system is like a speeding train full of happy passengers. It’s a comfy ride for the current leg of the journey. But the passengers may be clueless — or maybe don’t care — that a bridge is out just over the next rise.

  • | Posted: Aug 15 2015 - 1:30am

    Is there a beer-drinker anywhere who has not, at some point, pounded down a cold one before noon and burped, “Beer. Breakfast of champions”?