Wednesday, December 28, 2005

Technical Difficulties

If you've been trying to access the main web site over at, you're probably wondering why there is a "Happy Thanksgiving" message.

Welcome to the club.

We are working with the web hosting company to find out what's going on.

Friday, December 23, 2005

Homeland Security: Mission Not Accomplished

The Washington Post has a troubling account of the Department of Homeland Security's first few years in business.

The basic point is that the fiasco we witnessed on the Gulf Coast was the result of a dysfunctional bureaucratic culture and a White House that careened between disregard and micromanagement.

Read the piece here.

Thursday, December 15, 2005

William Proxmire

Former Senator William Proxmire of Wisconsin dies earlier this morning.

Sen. Proxmire was independent, ornery, curmudgeonly, and probably the best friend the American taxpayer ever had.

Proxmire's "Golden Fleece Awards" shone a spotlight on governmental waste and inefficiency that had reached a sublime lever of idiocy. Among the gems uncovered by Proxmire were the Army's 17 page set of instructions on how to purchase worcestershire sauce, a federal study on why tennis players cheat, and the Environmental Protection Agency's allocation of $1.2 million to preseve a New Jersey sewer line as a historic monument.

Of course, Sen. Proxmire never got too upset about milk price supports, but I suppose we can indulge him for a bit of pariochialism.

In an a day when partisan loyalty seems to have replaced principle, independence and old fashioned common sense, we would be wise to look back on the example set by Bill Proxmire. This weekend, raise a glass of egg nog to someone who exemplified what's right about politics.

Tuesday, December 06, 2005

"Junkyard Dogs of War"

One of the brightest new stars in the Democratic firmament is teaming up with a respected Republican voice on foreign policy to tackle an issue that has received far too little public attention.

In a Saturday op/ed in the Washington Post, Sens. Barack Obama and Richard Lugar cal for a major initiative aimed at securing conventional weapons caches in the former Soviet republics and in other dysfunctional states across the globe. The program would be modeled on the Nunn/Lugar initiative, which has sought to secure nuclear, chemical and bilogical weapons stockpiles in the former Soviet Union.

When you consider the prospect of a terrorist organization running loose in America with surface to air missiles, the importance of the Obama/Lugar initiative quickly becomes apparent.

This is an idea whose time has come. It is heartening to realize that at least two members of the Senate are willing and able to put partisan gamesmanship aside for the sake of national security.

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