If environmental regulators get their way, small businessman John Thoburn will spend this Earth Day weekend in jail. The northern Virginia father of three has already been behind bars for more than two months, including a stint in solitary confinement.
The Bush administration has been so sure-footed in so many areas that it's a shame to notice an exception. But the pronouncements issuing from the State Department are so familiar that it almost seems as if the Clinton folks were still in charge at Foggy Bottom.
I hadn't intended to save the world just yet, but my weekend is free so here goes. Having pondered the many problems plaguing America - from teen delinquency to pregnancy and drug abuse to, well, urban sprawl - I've finally figured out a single solution that will solve most of them.
Not many secretaries of state are immortalized with an eponymous doctrine even before they become secretary of state. But when Colin Powell was General Powell he enunciated the rule that the key to success in any military conflict was the use of overwhelming force.
People say there are a lot of kooks on the Internet, but I don't know. The anti-abortion Web site Nuremberg Files is an excellent concept. It provides a list of abortionists in anticipation of "the day when these people will be charged in PERFECTLY LEGAL COURTS once the tide of this nation's opinion turns against the wanton slaughter of God's children (as it surely will)."
Not so long ago Chicago was a man's town of booze and blues, wicked and tough, the palaces on the prairie that made up what Carl Sandburg called "The City of Big Shoulders." Men wore hand-painted ties, wide-brimmed hats and swaggered through the speakeasies with molls on their arms and big guns in their belts.
Easter brought to television the pilot of the Navy P-3 still on Hainan Island. Big, broad Lt. Shane Osborn, the Cornhusker who found The Force just in time to muscle the gyrating plane gently onto the deck, is a revivifying dream who found the right words, too:
President Bush's new family initiatives, which promote such antiquated notions as marriage and fatherhood, have the Rad Fems in high dudgeon, charging that the seedpods now occupying the White House are fundamentally sexist.
The moment is not far away when we will face what is most conveniently referred to as the Taiwan Question. The tense fortnight following the EP-3 incident taught us nothing conclusive, but demonstrated once again the profound nationalistic mood of the people of China.
Sen. Don Nickles, the assistant majority leader, on Feb. 6 wrote Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neill requesting a reversal of Clinton administration support for a global offensive against "harmful tax competition." The answer, some two months later, was less than reassuring.
For nearly 18 months now, the news media have been trying to brush off complaints about their non-coverage of the Jesse Dirkhising murder, but the issue won't go away.