A DrLorax Film: Preparing for the Someday Missile War: Episode: It’s a Simulation!

Congressman Dennis Kucinich’s War Powers Resolution: Libya

Congressman Dennis Kucinich’s War Powers Resolution: Libya

Promote The General Welfare: Part 1

When did war stop being inherently governmental?

In Congress, nine years after the initial engagement of military operations in Afghanistan, moral and strategic questions are being raised about military contracting in combat zones. Centrally, when it comes to war, what are inherently governmental functions? What war-related governmental functions are being outsourced and how does the expanded use of contractors and subcontractors affect … Continue reading

Missile Defense: Like in “Spies Like Us”

Toward the end of the Congressional work day, Members of the House of Representatives will often call for one-hour Special Orders sessions during which they talk about various legislative issues. On May 6, 2009, Congressman Todd Akin of Missouri, led the following session on Missile Defense. An interesting piece of political theater for one who … Continue reading

The Separation of Church and State: John Roberts Confirmation Hearing, Sept. 15, 2005

  Dr. Susan Thistlethwaite, a Professor of Theology at Chicago Theological Seminary, testified at U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts’ confirmation hearing.  She gave testimony on the separation of church and state, and got into a brilliant exchange with Senator Jeff Sessions. This is one of my favorite videos.  

Pawns and Other Endangered Wildlife

In response to the BP oil spill disaster, a panel of environmental experts were invited to testify before the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure on Wednesday, but the room was virtually empty and the panel received very little attention. Three witnesses provided the committee with substantive and science-based testimony on the potential environmental impact … Continue reading

Reflections from the Alaskan Oil Spill, April 7, 1989

On April 7, 1989, President George H.W. Bush held a press conference to discuss the then current Alaskan oil spill crisis. It has been 21 years since the crash of the Exxon Valdez and today the Prince William Sound continues its struggle to endure the damage inflicted by the spill. In lieu of events currently … Continue reading

Preparing the Depths for Perpetually Irresponsible Energy Policy

In a hearing this last Monday, Senator Lieberman asked if we need to develop deepwater oil spill preparedness plans. Considering that the current disaster is still unfolding and growing as we speak (and no one knows what to do about it), my two questions for the Senator and Chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental … Continue reading