The Daily Iowan

Rendezvous with inertia and inadequacy

HAROLD MEYERSON, SPECIAL TO THE WASHINGTON POST

April 2, 2009

“This generation,” Franklin D. Roosevelt said about his contemporaries, “has a rendezvous with destiny.” Our generation — at least, its leaders, judging by the likely results of this week’s Group of 20 meeting in London — is doing its damnedest to duck anything so momentous. Faced with...

Tough but fair: Obama’s response to automakers

EUGENE ROBINSON, WASHINGTON POST

April 1, 2009

President Obama this week delivered a believable, sharp and necessary ultimatum to U.S. automakers. “We cannot make the survival of our auto industry dependent on an unending flow of taxpayer dollars,” he declared. It wasn’t exactly rhetoric worthy of Dirty Harry, but we hope it will cause General...

Hawkeyehoneys.com a sad site

NICHOLAS KELLY

April 1, 2009

I admit I am aware of Internet Rule No. 34: “If it exists, there is porn of it.” I am also aware that it this rule is absolutely true (and if you don’t believe, go ahead and Google Image Search “Rule 34” with the safe-search turned off, go on.) However, when it comes to Rule 34, there are...

Let the first lady be, biceps, triceps, and all

MEGHAN DAUM, SPECIAL TO THE LOS ANGELES TIMES

April 1, 2009

I’m having a hard time forming an opinion about first lady Michelle Obama, mostly because there are already so many out there, and they’re almost uniformly inane. There’s the constant clucking about her wardrobe: the election night “lava lamp” dress, the Great J. Crew Debate, this week’s...

Four-letter therapy for hard times

DI EDITORIAL BOARD

March 31, 2009

As the economy continues to go deeper and deeper into the shitter, many Americans are finding themselves looser with their lips. A recent poll on MSNBC revealed that almost 40 percent of the respondents let obscenities fly in order to cope with the current economic downturn, and a little more than a...

Bail faster

BEAU ELLIOT

March 31, 2009

How do you say “Chrysler” in Italian? I don’t know, either, but it appears as though we’re going to get the chance to find out pretty soon. Now, I don’t really know that for sure, because I don’t speak Italian, beyond, say, “spaghetti” and “broccoli.” But I’m also willing to be...

Obama, Notre Dame, and commencement season

TIM RUTTEN, LOS ANGELES TIMES

March 31, 2009

These days, protests over college commencement speakers herald spring’s arrival as surely as longer days and greening leaves. The most interesting of this season’s controversies involves President Obama’s scheduled appearance at America’s most prominent Roman Catholic institution of higher learning,...

A week on the road: gator road-kill and shuttle launches

EMILEIGH BARNES

March 30, 2009

In Mississippi, we call this time of year spring, for which thesaurus.com offers these related words: bud time, flowering, prime, and springtide. Excellent. Better yet, in Florida, where I spent my spring break, they call this time of year hot. And, if you were lucky enough to spend the same week I...

Relax, administrators: It’s just a food fight

KATIE GADIENT

March 30, 2009

There is something strange in the sloppy joes being served at Dubuque Senior High School. A senior prank involving the saucy loose-meat sandwiches and a food fight in the school’s cafeteria resulted in the repainting of a wall and the replacing of some ceiling tiles, which were apparently stained beyond...

On condoms, the pope may be right

EDWARD C. GREEN, SPECIAL TO THE WASHINGTON POST

March 30, 2009

When Pope Benedict XVI commented this month that condom distribution isn’t helping, and may be worsening, the spread of HIV/AIDS in Africa, he set off a firestorm of protest. Most non-Catholic commentary has been highly critical of the pope. A cartoon in the Philadelphia Inquirer, reprinted in the...

Papa Obama knows best

CHRISTOPHER PATTON

March 27, 2009

It’s a good thing we have President Obama leading this country. Without his enlightened guidance, ordinary little people such as ourselves would likely wander blindly, unsure of what path our lives should take. But because we have Obama’s noble example to follow, we all know exactly what we should...

Healthy choices, healthy lives

KATIE GADIENT

March 27, 2009

Eating well and making healthy choices, forget about it. It’s too complicated and too contradictory. The seemingly easier solution is to consume a little bit of everything occasionally. If only it were that simple, but taking a look around at a random sampling of people suggests that most Americans...