The Daily Iowan

Seeing red in the U.S.A


March 10, 2009

Well, comrades, how do you like your socialism now? Oh, I know — any real, self-respecting socialists would look at the United States and see a capitalistic titan (though some might prefer the term “capitalistic monster”). But given the size and scope of the Obama administration’s economic-stimulus...

Iowa’s ‘herstory’ and the women who mattered


March 10, 2009

A year and a half ago, I was accepted as a student member on the Council on the Status of Women. At my first meeting up on the top floor of the Blank Honors Center, I found myself feeling slightly powerless surrounded by a group of austere professionals who knew more about the university and the women...

A toe in the foreign-policy water


March 10, 2009

The Obama administration’s opening forays into foreign affairs have been as calibrated and cautious as its domestic policy has been bold. Last month, President Obama laid out a strategy for Iraq that tracked more closely with that recommended by the military commanders appointed by President George...

Watchmen reminds one of a forgotten threat


March 9, 2009

More Americans watched the Watchmen this past weekend than any other movie. Though primarily valuable as an artistic work, this film should spur us all to reconsider a threat many seem to have forgotten: nuclear holocaust. A substantial majority of UI students are too young to have any memories of the...

Internet graddiction


March 9, 2009

I’ve applied for a lot of things in my life, scholarships, jobs, fellowships, internships, college, etc. But this year, applying to graduate school has been somewhat distinct. I can track every painful moment on the Internet. This is the drawback of my generation, of instant communication across...

Solidarity with the student press


March 6, 2009

From The Daily Californian On Wednesday morning, the entire editorial staff of the Daily Emerald — the independent student newspaper of the University of Oregon — went on strike in protest of the attempts of its Board of Directors to install a publisher with control over the paper’s editorial content....

Keep Salvia legal


March 6, 2009

When smoked, Salvia divinorum can yank out the rational mind, throw it to the ground, stamp on it and finally rub one’s nose in the resulting mess. I recommend giving it a try — especially because the experience only lasts a few minutes. But adventurous Iowan psychonauts who are interested in exploring...

Lent and the shackles of cyberspace


March 6, 2009

For some, favorites are chocolate and snack food. Some give up driving for biking or even walking. Some choose cigarettes, just when the glaciers have finally retreated and it’s finally warm enough step out of the bar for an enjoyable fix. Maybe 40 days of sobriety on top of that. Or no reality TV. A...

Democrats trying to change the subject


March 6, 2009

In the first two months of 2009, the Democratic Congress and the White House have spent more money than the combined cost of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars and the response to Hurricane Katrina. After they doled out taxpayer dollars at such a blistering pace, the instinct of many inside the Beltway is...

Point-counterpoint: The popular-vote conundrum


March 5, 2009

Point — National popular vote is good for Iowa Be brave, Iowa senators. Approve the national popular-vote bill, and take Iowa into the next American political era. Send a message to the Electoral College that its antediluvian system is no longer wanted or needed to elect the president of the United...

Banning Barbie


March 5, 2009

BIt’s a warm June day in 2010, and in Huntington, W.V., a Toys ’R’ Us store is quiet save for a handful of customers slowly wandering the aisles. An employee is standing idly at the register, another is unloading a box of video games, and somewhere in the back of the store, a young boy is loudly...

Obama should move on Colombian free trade


March 5, 2009

President Obama’s trade agenda is nothing if not ambitious. His just-released policy statement, titled “Making Trade Work for American Families,” ties trade to energy efficiency and environmental concerns, entrepreneurship and market competition, workers’ rights and global competitiveness. Of...