The Daily Iowan

The confusion doctrine

CHRISTOPHER PATTON

February 20, 2009

Naomi Klein revealed through her demeanor a solid sense of self-confidence as she took the stage to speak at the IMU on Wednesday. Proving her rhetorical prowess, she skillfully directed her audience’s palpable populist indignation against her carefully chosen target: free-market economics. But beneath...

Holding fast in stormy times

JUDY POLUMBAUM

February 20, 2009

Sometimes, classes take a timely unplanned detour, and that happened in one of my journalism classes a couple of days ago. Instead of our ostensible focus, commentary and column writing, discussion turned to the changing media environment and the uncertain future of news. Iowa journalism students are...

Is Obama ready for a Middle East Change?

MAJD S. HADDAD

February 20, 2009

On Saturday, the Arab Student Association will host Dr. Hussein Ibish, a senior fellow of the American Task Force for Palestine in an event titled “Is Obama Ready for a Middle East Change?” via video conference from Washington, D.C. The event will be held on Saturday at 6 p.m. in 2520-D University...

Possible cell-phone ban a drop in the bucket

DI EDITORIAL BOARD

February 19, 2009

It’s a Thursday evening. You have just gotten off work, and you are making your way home on Interstate 80. You’re driving the speed limit, jamming to the latest Kanye West tune and minding your own business, when from out of nowhere, an SUV pulls out in front of you. You slam on your brakes, and...

Filtered news: Taxes, promises, and nuts

NATE WHITNEY

February 19, 2009

• UI Faculty Senate President Michael O’Hara spoke with the media Tuesday before a meeting of the Faculty Senate regarding options for budget cuts. “This is going to hurt,” he told the Press-Citizen. “We just have to figure how to make it hurt without affecting our central mission.” O’Hara...

Letter to the Editor: Help Iowa’s working families

DI READERS

February 19, 2009

We have a Democratic majority in the Iowa Legislature and a Democratic governor. Yet, they’ve not passed legislation that helps working Iowa families, except a minimum-wage increase. It’s time the Legislature and governor started helping working Iowans with legislation to bring fair share, prevailing...

Facebook farce

LOS ANGELES TIMES

February 19, 2009

Be honest. Sometime soon, you — like millions of others around the world — are going to log in to your Facebook account to announce what you’re doing, upload a few photos from your weekend escapades, write a “25 Random Things About Me” note, or find some other way to avoid the work you’re...

Lost for words in flood aid

DI EDITORIAL BOARD

February 18, 2009

On March 3, citizens of Linn County will throw open their curtains, greet the swelling airs of spring, and trudge out into the blizzard-melt to cast their votes on the proposed local-option sales-tax increase. Designed to help combat the seemingly endless costs of last summer’s flood, the 1-cent,...

In memory of TV

NICHOLAS KELLY

February 18, 2009

TV, we must talk. TV, I thought we were OK. Remember the good times, TV? When I wrote the columns about how you were swell? How I spoke in your defense, told people you weren’t completely evil, the idiot box they’d called you so many times before? And now here we are, TV. Me, hunched over the...

The ‘speaking truth to power’ gap

JONAH GOLDBERG

February 18, 2009

“Speak truth to power,” a phrase of Quaker origins adopted by campus radicals, Hollywood gadflies, and establishment journalists, has become something of an abracadabra slogan to justify criticizing government or big corporations. But I don’t know many journalists who are afraid of the government,...

Marijuana legalization would create jobs, government income

DI EDITORIAL BOARD

February 17, 2009

With Iowa’s state government facing a budget shortfall of approximately $600 million and an increasing number of people looking for work, there is an exceedingly practical strategy for economic recovery that very few people are discussing: the legalization, regulation, and taxation of marijuana. Most...

Hit like a roid

BEAU ELLIOT

February 17, 2009

So it turns out that the economic meltdown (I wonder if we can call it the China Syndrome without irritating the nuclear-power industry, Hollywood, or the Chinese — people are so sensitive these days) has been good for one thing: similes. Oh, sure, I know — you say, Who can care about similes at...