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Labor’s ‘card check’ tricks trap the workers

JONAH GOLDBERG, LOS ANGELES TIMES

March 27, 2009

At the end of the 19th century, unsuspecting workers were “shanghaied” to work on British ships heading for eastern Asia, which desperately needed the labor. All manner of tricks were used to hoodwink the poor souls into service at sea. According to one legend, press gangs, or “crimps,” would...

Skip your tickets, the state skips you

DI EDITORIAL BOARD

March 26, 2009

Pay your fines or lose your tax refund, because the state of Iowa is cracking down on overdue court fines and fees. Thanks to a computer-software upgrade, some Iowans won’t see their tax refunds. Instead, they will see letters in their mailboxes from the Iowa Department of Administrative Services,...

Piss on you, officials

NATE WHITNEY

March 26, 2009

Remember back when you were a kid and you were upset about bedtime being too early or not being able to go on the big kids’ roller coaster at Six Flags? Maybe you were one of those kids who was pissed at your parents because they wouldn’t let you eat cake and ice cream for breakfast. Then the inevitable...

Pakistan’s quite clear message to the West

MUSTAFA QADRI, SPECIAL TO THE LOS ANGELES TIMES

March 26, 2009

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — Politics is never dull in Pakistan. Recently, it has been inspirational, too. Last week, I watched people flock to the home of Iftikhar Mohammed Chaudhry. A tense standoff between the government and a coalition of opposition groups over Chaudhry’s reinstatement as chief justice...

Stay informed with DI Twitter accounts

DI EDITORIAL BOARD

March 25, 2009

Are you a news junkie? Do you love finding out the latest breaking information as soon as it goes public? Or are you just interested in following a particularly obscure topic that doesn’t get mentioned often in your area newspapers or TV news broadcasts? If you answered affirmatively to any of the...

Madness? This is Halo

NICHOLAS KELLY

March 25, 2009

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 in the nigh-ubiquitous game series from former Microsoft subsidiary Bungie...

Obama’s time to act on Darfur is now

BETH UREEL

March 25, 2009

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 the day. As a global leader, and member of the United Nations, we have an...

Spring into action

DI EDITORIAL BOARD

March 24, 2009

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 the couch potato and habitual exercise procrastinator have run out of reasons...

1-on-1 with Mr. B

BEAU ELLIOT

March 24, 2009

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 course. It’s just that I lived there once, and if you want to take the exoti...

Correalina, the way to spell ‘protectionism’

LAWRENCE DE GEEST

March 24, 2009

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 and economist Rafael Correa rises. The 2008 Feria de Quito — the 10-day...

Wacky Grassley, not tobaccy

DI EDITORIAL BOARD

March 23, 2009

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 the extent to which he is out of touch on this issue. During the course...

Embracing the WTF?

DEAN TREFTZ

March 23, 2009

[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 I usually take and compulsively make sure I drop little hints to my friends...