Bruce Walker

Fifty years ago, on May 12, 1962, Douglas MacArthur bade farewell to the cadets at West Point, an academy that he attended and graduated first in his class. In his final roll call with the cadets, he reminded them about "Duty, Honor, Country" — hallowed words that define what all future military officers should aspire to be and what MacArthur was.

The California Legislature is seriously considering making it hard or impossible for parents to help minor children who may become practicing homosexuals.

Wednesday, 09 May 2012 06:26

Obesity Is National Security Problem

It's becoming a common refrain, echoed by Michelle Obama and even U.S. military generals: Obesity is a threat to our nation's security. But is there truth to the claims?

Airship travel was a big success, until that fateful day in Lakehurst, New Jersey, May 6, 1937, when the Hindenburg met her fate.

Friday, 04 May 2012 02:06

Euro Zone Manufacturing Down Sharply

The "Euro Zone" is faltering, as  Markit’s Eurozone Manufacturers Purchasing Managers’ Index or PMI dropped to 45.9 points in April, which was lower than the preliminary estimate and a decline from 47.7 points in March. 

Governor Dayton of Minnesota has vetoed a bill passed by the state legislature that would have required that any facility that performs ten or more abortions per month to be licensed by the Minnesota Commissioner of Health and that the annual licensing fee be $3,712, which would be used to cover the licensing process and the inspections of the abortion clinics.

Canada, like the United States, has struggled with federalism. Twenty-five years ago, with the Meech Lake Accord, it looked like the problem had been solved.

Tuesday, 24 April 2012 11:10

German People Not Happy With Bailouts

The sovereign debt crisis in the European Union can be summed up fairly simply: The governments of overspending nations are asking the governments of fiscally prudent nations to prop them up. The prudent nations, whose governments pay their obligations out of revenue, rather than by selling bonds, tend to be those in the more financially conservative parts of Europe, such as Finland, Holland, and Germany. Those nations that are waist deep in debt, whose bond offerings have in some cases been reduced to junk bond status, tend to be in the south of Europe around the Mediterranean Sea.

Wednesday, 11 April 2012 10:53

Newborn Girl Rescued from Toilet in China

Cao Qulin went into labor last Saturday, which was nine days before her due date. She went to the toilet before reaching the hospital and, unexpectedly, gave birth into the toilet.  Her husband called the police. The Chouyang Fire Brigade explained what happened next.  “The rescuers could see the baby and hear her crying sometimes in the pit. They broke the pits by hand so they could reach the baby without endangering her.”

Wednesday, 25 April 2012 11:55

New Company Plans to Mine Space for Wealth

A new company, Planetary Resources, intends to go into outer space and mine minerals and even water from asteroids near our planet. The Platinum groups of metals, which include ruthenium, rhodium, palladium, osmium, iridium as well as platinum, are found in small concentrations on Earth, which is one reason that these metals are so valuable, but on asteroids the metals can be found in almost pure form and in huge masses.