U.S. Marine Corp Lt. Col. Oliver North was indicted on sixteen felony accounts stemming from his involvement in the Iran-Contra Affair.  In his testimony before a joint Congressional Committee, he admitted to lying and to shredding government documents, and he said he joined the covert Iran-Contra operation because he thought it was a neat idea. Hunter Read More →

Lt. Col Oliver North, who was a key player in the Iran-Contra arms-for-hostages deal that supplied arms to the Nicaraguan rebels has criticized President Obama for not getting congressional approval to join the allied forces in a strike against Qaddafi in Libya. Congress explicitly prohibited U.S. involvement in the Nicaraguan war, and the Reagan Administration Read More →

It‘s all so painfully familiar.  A newly elected, Republican majority in the House of Representatives, filled with zealotry, hubris and self-righteousness, sets its sights on the relatively paltry amount of taxpayer funds (0.012% of the federal budget) that go to National Public Radio and the Public Broadcasting Service.  It’s 1994 all over again, except that the Read More →

This week citizens of the world witnessed the powerful Japanese earthquake and disastrous tsunami that followed.  It was a shocking lesson in the physical sciences of gravity, motion, and plate tectonics.  Republicans haven’t repudiated the findings of scientists in these fields because they can see that, although scientists can’t yet predict when earthquakes will occur, Read More →

For the past year or so the business magazines have discussed the way in which U.S. corporations use offshore shells to dodge some $60 billion in U.S. corporation taxes each year.  The most prevalent strategy has earned the sobriquets “Double Irish” and “Dutch Sandwich” because they rely on the laws of Ireland and its relationship Read More →