Category Archives: Society and Politics

Why We Don’t Build iPhones Here

The New York Times ran a story this morning about how high-tech manufacturing has largely become an Asian industry, using Apple as an example: Not long ago, Apple boasted that its products were made in America. Today, few are. Almost all … Continue reading

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Football and Our Way of Life

Yesterday I was in attendance as the football team of my alma mater, the University of Michigan, beat our arch-rivals Ohio State 40-34 in the final regular-season game of the season. Moments before the opening kickoff I looked at the … Continue reading

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‘Capturing the Friedmans,’ and Unspeakable Crimes

Why does society consider child molestation the most heinous crime imaginable? We can all agree this is true, right? In my opinion, murder is still more heinous. I’ve never had anyone close to me commit murder or molest a child … Continue reading

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Don’t Ask Don’t Tell–Repealed

The military repealed ‘Don’t Ask Don’t Tell,’ effective 12:00 AM today. I usually try to be pragmatic and evenhanded about these kinds of hot-button issues, but I’ve believed all along that DADT was a travesty. Military personnel have known for … Continue reading

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Remembering 9-11, From Then to Now

          On September 11, 2001, I was three days into my senior year of college at the University of Michigan. I came home from an early-morning class at around 9:00, took a nap, and got a call … Continue reading

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Art and Work

Labor Day was officially recognized as a federal holiday in 1894, after the Pullman railroad workers’ strike.  President Grover Cleveland enacted the holiday into law as a gesture of reconciliation with the labor movement. Critics always complain that movies, television, … Continue reading

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Getting off the Bad News Train

The headlines for the past week have not been for the faint of heart. The Dow drops 600 points in a day; some dickheads at S&P decide to downgrade our credit rating (these are the same geniuses who were giving … Continue reading

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