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The hysteria business

Welcome to the National Hysteria Museum here in Washington. Our tour will take only a short time. After that you may wander among the exhibits. Or spend time re-examining one ... read more...


Theft or boondoggle?

Her idea sounds so obnoxious I felt it deserved a second column. You maybe read last week’s column. About Hillary’s remarks about Big Oil’s record profits. “I want to take th... read more...


Creeping toward your money

Suppose you own a business. You invest, take risks. You labor. You make handsome profits. And now a politician walks into your business. He or she says “I want to take those ... read more...


Self-destruct gene

“This is working so well. Let’s do away with it.” That is a message I hear all too often. In one guise or another. You probably hear it too. I hear it so often I wonder if a... read more...


Who is minding the store?

“We at the Obsession Clinic clinic would like to welcome our latest patients: Sen. Clinton, Sen. Obama, Gov. Richardson. Would you mind taking your seats behind ex-Sen. Edward... read more...


A nation of experts

Here’s one thing Americans can boast about. Everybody is an expert here. Look at the Iraq situation, for instance. We are all experts in this. From politicians on down. We h... read more...


Unbelievable efficiencies

How about we start a business today. This very hour. We should have our first sales by this evening. Sure it can be done. Thanks to computers and the worldwide web. In some ... read more...


A rhinoceros powdering her horn in the bathroom

We are not going to talk about God and war. That, apparently, is the attitude and policy of many of our universities. They have stopped teaching students about God or religio... read more...


Windmills and rutabagas

Why is it that so many windmills get planted where rich people don’t live? That is, in fact, where most of them are built. Is this because the most reliable winds happen to ... read more...


A true emergency program

Imagine one drug that would kill that headache. And fix your upset tummy. And help your breathing. And fill your bod with more energy. And cure your athletes’ foot. Imagine a... read more...


The better result

This question never goes away. People wrestle with it. They win and lose fortunes according to how they handle it. I came upon it many years ago. When I dealt with the head o... read more...


The Roman Weslowski Bulletin Board

The ghost of Roman Weslowski took a few bows the last few weeks. Roman owned the supermarket I worked in as a kid. He beat the pants off chain supermarkets that tried to compe... read more...


Get out of the way

“Now wait a minute, lady.” This was the man who delivered the commentary. When I recently toured the parts of New Orleans that were devastated by Katrina. In the worst-hit a... read more...


Gobbled up!

Price gougers! Conspiracy! Crisis! In January they were charging just $2.10. By the end of October they were gouging us for $3.47. That is a massive increase. Just since mid-... read more...


Veterans’ Day evokes powerful memories

Veterans’ Day stirs up three memories: A boy tugs open a dresser drawer to talk to his dad. A man named Bucky beckons from a photo on a wall half a world away. A strange man t... read more...



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