Advice & Dissent: 2009

With the House version stacked bigger than Dolly Parton at about 2,000 pages, anybody who says they know for certain is lying. It's not just the verbiage but how it will be interpreted in the years to come. Still, there's more than enough to be alarmed enough to want to kill the…Read More
"The boogeyman will get you!" parents sometimes tell misbehaving children. With about 40% of parents saying "no!" to vaccinating their kids for swine flu, apparently health officials think turnabout is fair play. And the media seem happy to help. Of the many things that might…Read More
With unemployment up yet again, it must be reassuring to Americans that job-seeking veterans are being helped so much by the government, and by all those Web-based organizations with such names as,,,, and Military…Read More
Many of my feelings about what combat was like were difficult to describe but one was impossible until I read this quote from a Vietnam vet: Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class (Sea, Air, and Land) Michael Monsoor in combat in Ramadi, 2006 And what happens when that person dies, whether…Read More
I'm a hit in the Czech Republic, a land renowned for beautiful architecture and even more beautiful women. Well, at least I got mentioned in a Czech language publication, CDN.CZ, which roughly states: Actually, it never occurred to me that mildly ill people going to emergency…Read More
At a glance, though, the estimates look okay; it's the spin and the lack of perspective that I have trouble with. And while the media have missed it, they also show an extremely low case-fatality ratio compared to seasonal flu. According to the CDC, seasonal flu causes 15 to 6…Read More
"A cocktail of three flu viruses are reported to have mutated into a single pneumonic plague, which it is believed may be far more dangerous than swine flu," reports London's Daily Express. "The death toll has reached 189 and more than 1 million people have been infected, most of…Read More
There's been much in the news lately about the brown pelican being delisted as DDT delousing in Naples an endangered species since its recovery from the effects of DDT. There are people whose work I trust who disagree as to whether DDT actually thinned bird eggshells and thus…Read More
What's the greatest fear of the owner of a purely electric car? Running out of juice, of course! Feed the fat cats!Not even a tiny gasoline engine to chug on home or to the nearest gas station. This not only eliminates long trips but can induce a nervousness even around town…Read More
It's not exactly what Pogo meant when he said, "We have met the enemy and he is us." But it works out that way. The greatest threat to our national security isn't terrorist groups, rogue nations with nukes or China. It's an inability to stock our armed forces with top-quality men…Read More