America’s commitment to missile defense
Earlier this summer, Panamanian authorities seized missile radar systems from a North Korean freighter traveling from Cuba — clear evidence that Pyongyang is continuing its aggressive pursuit of a nuclear missile program. Meanwhile, Iran’s extremist government shows no signs of slowing the development of its nuclear program and could have a weapon within a year.
These dual developments highlight the chief threat to American security in the 21st century. With unparalleled military might, America has little to fear from conventional warfare with sovereign states. However, we remain shockingly vulnerable to attacks from rogue states that have acquired a nuclear weapon capability and the systems to deliver it.
The lost man who ate his dog
Canadian outdoorsman Marco Lavoie spent three months stranded in the wilderness of the Nottaway River in Western Quebec. Eventually Lavoie, starving and dehydrated, struck his pet German shepherd on the head with a rock and ate him.
EDITORIALS: NFL players are people too; Get serious on financial crimes
Pro football has never been more popular, but our society is beginning to have serious discussions about the game and its future. Or at least it should be having them. / The U.S. Department of Justice has taken a serious and significant step to finally treat financial crimes in the same aggressive way it would treat drug cartels, environmental abusers and anti-trust cases.
LETTER: School funding vs. corporate incentives
To the Editor:
Lately, our state has been in the news regarding cuts in funding for schools. By some reports, funding per pupil has been reduced more than 20 percent between fiscal years 2008 and 2013. I am sure there is room for debate on the actual reduction, but it certainly seems that school funding is not a priority for our elected officials.
The rest of the story about big pay hikes
Oklahomans are shocked and disappointed as press accounts describe massive pay raises being rapidly handed out to state agency executives. In some cases those raises have amounted to more than $40,000 per year.
What follows are the behind-the-scenes details of this maddening saga that you may not have read about in the papers.
Education: A vital lifeline
It was a long and hard struggle for Kashmiris to come out the quagmire of illiteracy, political marginalization, cultural sterility, and social decrepitude into the enlightening institutions of education, spaces of democratic debate, political enfranchisement, cultural revitalization, and social progressivism.
U.S. foreign service officers face difficult situations
At a recent presentation on the campus of the University of Central Oklahoma, John Limbert, who served as a U.S. diplomat in Iran at the time that Iranian militants seized the American Embassy there, spoke of a series of conversations that took place between the Shah of Iran, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, and President Jimmy Carter in 1979.
Iran at that time was gripped by mass demonstrations where people were demanding that the Shah give up his throne and leave the country.
“What should I do” the Iranian leader asked President Carter on several occasions. The American president always replied that the Shah was the leader of Iran and that he could not tell him what to do. But Limbert said that Pahlavi had been put in power by a U.S. sponsored coup in 1953 and had depended on U.S. support since that time. Carter should have provided him more support and guidance and it is possible that if Carter had been more proactive, the radical regime that is currently ruling Iran that took Limbert and his colleagues at the American Embassy hostage for 444 days, would not have come to power after the Shah left Iran.
Are democracies better at dealing with disasters?
Will improving democratic conditions in the country make any difference in the country's disaster relief efforts? They could.
The myth that Christmas season starts earlier every year
It's the kind of jump-the-gun October ad that brings the same excuse, year after year: "This may SEEM a little premature to you - but it really is NOT . . . " Ah, yes: It's once again the time of year when retail giants begin their insistent reminders that there are "not many days left in which to do your Christmas buying."
AS I SEE IT: Today’s deceitful world makes granddad twitch
My granddad was a stern, judgmental man who paced the house thundering what I supposed were Scriptures directed at me. He was especially keen on the ninth of the Ten Commandments and such rumblings as “Children, obey your parents” as though he’d been lurking in corners to catch me at my worst — maybe reading my mind. I didn’t much like my granddad, but his words did stay with me and made me wonder what he’d have to say from his present vantage point about today’s goings-on. Probably something like this:
Lies, lies, lies. Ah yes, my children, there was a time when “Read my lips, no new taxes” meant no new taxes and “is” meant is, but that changed years after I was gone.
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