The Daily Iowan

Madness? This is Halo

NICHOLAS KELLY

March 25, 2009

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Spartans, what is your profession? The day may have come when this question — posed by bethonged King Leonidas in the film 300 — has reached its ironic apex. At least if you’re familiar with a game called Halo. Halo as...

Obama’s time to act on Darfur is now

BETH UREEL

March 25, 2009

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There is a crisis occurring in Sudan, and many Americans are unaware of it. More than 300,000 Darfurians have died; up to 2.5 million have been displaced. The situation in the Darfur region of Sudan is getting more desperate by...

Spring into action

DI EDITORIAL BOARD

March 24, 2009

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All across Iowa City, spring is here. Temperatures are rising, the days are getting longer, and the flowers are blooming. Now is the perfect time for the community to get out and enjoy the sunny skies and warmer weather. Even...

1-on-1 with Mr. B

BEAU ELLIOT

March 24, 2009

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Some week, huh? Well, yeah, I know — many of you spent the last week in blissed-out wonderment (Performance-enhanced? Hmmm.) in some exotic location, Texas, maybe, or Florida. Perhaps Mexico. No offense to Maryland, of co...

Correalina, the way to spell ‘protectionism’

LAWRENCE DE GEEST

March 24, 2009

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There are those in Ecuador who say that life is too short to be the bull in a bullfight. But in South America, the lessons of the bullfight are fading as the popularity of the sport wanes and the popularity of Ecuadorian President...

Wacky Grassley, not tobaccy

DI EDITORIAL BOARD

March 23, 2009

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Republican Sen. Charles Grassley of Iowa has indicated that he opposes President Obama’s recent changes to how the federal Drug Enforcement Agency approaches medical marijuana. Grassley’s tired, predictable response demonstrates...

Embracing the WTF?

DEAN TREFTZ

March 23, 2009

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[Editor’s note: Dean is going to temporarily ignore his fear of coming off as a massively arrogant prick for this week’s column. Enjoy.] So I’m smart. I mean that in the most informal way possible: I’m good at the classes...

TV on the Internet

NATE WHITNEY

March 23, 2009

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We’re freaks for media. We watch TV while we eat breakfast, listen to the radio on our drive to work or our iPod while we walk to class. We’re connected through Facebook, My Space, and Twitter. Some are more “in tune”...

Not a bigger thimble, a smaller ocean

GEORGE F. WILL, WASHINGTON POST

March 23, 2009

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Phoenix Police Chief Jack Harris, a solid block of a man with a shock of thick gray hair, is stolid and patient, but there are limits. Clearly, he is weary of explaining that this is one of America’s safest large cities, with...

Grand old jesters

CHRISTOPHER PATTON

March 13, 2009

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Republican Party of Iowa Chairman Mike Strawn has a new comedy routine that he’s taking on the road. Filled with ironic self-deprecation, the act is bound to be a hit. “We don’t need to change who we are to win elections,”...

Home is what the heart defends blindly

C.T. GILBERT

March 13, 2009

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What do you call home? Is it your place of birth, the family house? Or maybe less literal, the “home is where the heart is” kind of deal: the ragged and rotting bedroom in a five-person one-bathroom leased house made precious...

Obama’s way paved with good intentions

GEORGE F. WILL - WASHINGTON POST

March 13, 2009

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Charles Dickens, who visited in 1842, described Washington as a “city of magnificent intentions” because of the incongruity between the city’s grand aspirations and muddy, swampy actuality. Today, Washington’s discrepancy...