On June 28, 2012, two dozen colleagues were gathered in a Washington conference room to await the Supreme Court’s ruling on the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act. There were Democrats, independents, and disaffected Republicans gathered together in the knowledge that history was to happen in the next hour. A few friends of the group had… full story HERE »
On April 3, 2012, Guatemalan authorities displayed their latest trophy in the War on Drugs: Walther Overdick, handcuffed and behind bars in a jail cell. This man was the main contact in Guatemala for the Zetas. The Zetas, once the security wing and muscle of the Mexican Gulf Cartel formed their own cartel in January 2010,… full story HERE »
Well, even though our buddy Joe is dead, we just can’t get enough of him. Nor, it seems, can many of his other loyal readers. Thankfully, for those of us around the bar who miss his top-shelf wisdom and his speed-rack wit, Joe’s good friend Ken Smith compiled and published fifty of Bageant’s best essays in… full story HERE »
This series of commentaries now enters its fourth year in a continuing effort to achieve two goals. First, we hope that lay readers are provided insight on the latest efforts toward health care reform in the United States. Second, we hope that through the lens of health care reform those same readers can contextualize the competing… full story HERE »
Shall I part my hair behind? Do I dare to eat a peach? –T.S. Eliot
On, in my case, do I dare take on the Honorable Kevin Casas-Zamora, the former Vice-President of Costa Rica and Director of the Latin American Initiative at the Brookings Institution, whose article, Guatemala: Between a Rock and Hard Place, was reprinted in… full story HERE »
By the time you read this article, Guatemalans will have elected one of the two men pictured here as their new president. In this trenchant political analysis Kevin Casas-Zamora lays bare the challenges that leader will subsequently face. This article, originally published by The Brookings Institute in September, asks the reader to consider just how dire… full story HERE »
Guatemala attracts a multitude of tourists each year, drawn by its rich culture and traditions, varied landscapes and tropical flora and fauna. Few visitors, however, realise that its Pacific coastline is an important nesting site for the vulnerable olive ridley sea turtle, (Lepidocheyls olivacea) and for a small number of the last remaining critically endangered leatherbacks… full story HERE »
At times we do believe that there is, in fact, a collective unconscious at work in the deep background of the universe. Sometimes the world itself has a mood, a feeling, a thought process, a mania, a madness. There may even be practitioners of the esoteric arts who have developed a sensitivity to this cosmic… full story HERE »
Presidential candidate Herman Cain, at the Family Leader Presidential Lecture Series in Pella, Iowa, promised that in his Administration no congressional bill longer than three pages would be signed into law. It’s on YouTube, if you want to see it. If he is elected president, he will only pass “small bills” that “you’ll have time… full story HERE »
Oh, so funny . . .
I’m trying to think of something funny about the nuclear disaster unfolding in Japan. Something real ha ha, grab-your-belly, split-a-side-open funny. Because if I don’t think of something funny, I may just have to be carted off in a straight jack.
Hmmmm . . .(that’s me thinking)…. full story HERE »