Founders' Second AmendmentThe Founders’ Second Amendment: Origins of the Right to Bear Arms, by Stephen P. Halbrook, Chicago: Ivan R. Dee, 2008, 425 pages, hardcover.

Mikhail Gorbachev“I think history will be very kind to Gorbachev.” That’s the opinion of 84-year-old ex-president George H.W. Bush concerning former Soviet dictator Mikhail Gorbachev, as expressed recently to reporters at the Bushes’ luxurious Kennebunkport manor.

Indiana JonesNostalgia for previous Indiana Jones productions guaranteed that the fourth film in this series would be a box-office success. Starring an aging Harrison Ford, the two-hour, action-packed Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull starts in Nevada, visits a mythical U.S. university, takes the viewers to Peru, and winds up back at the university where “Indy” is a professor of anthropology. Filled with an almost never-ending string of improbable escapes from capture and death, the Spielberg-Lucas production doesn’t disappoint lovers of adventure fantasies. However, its portrayal of Soviet forces as brutal savages in a major Hollywood action flick is unique.

Demographic WinterIf you’re like most alive today, you grew up with Paul R. Ehrlich’s Malthusian idea of a “population bomb.” It just seems like common sense that man will increase his numbers inexorably until, one day, we find ourselves living a real-life Soylent Green scenario, sans drama and Charlton Heston to sound that indelible alarm about the real source of a futuristic, overpopulated world’s food supply, “Soylent Green is people!”

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