car·riage re·turn

n. the lever or mechanism on a typewriter that would cause the cylinder on which the paper was held (the carriage) to return to the left margin of the page

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A Non-Partisan Federal Government Shutdown Thought Experiment

Photo courtesy the United States Marine Corps. Reused with attribution in compliance with Creative Commons.

Consider the following for a moment:

You are a military spouse. While your husband/wife is on the other side of the world,you remain behind,raising your children,paying your mortgage or rent,car notes,etc. You Read on…

Good riddance:the death of a war criminal

One of the world’s most deplorable (and unfortunately,untried) war criminals,former Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara,died in the early hours of the morning today,aged 93 years.  McNamara’s New York Times’obituary names him “the most influential defense secretary of the 20th century,”a fitting epithet for Read on…

Filling the New Cabinet,Part IV:Defense

The Contenders

- Senator Chuck Hagel (R-NE,1997-present):President,McCarthy and Company (1991-1996);President and CEO of United Service Organizations (1987-1990);Deputy Director/Chief Operating Officer,Economic Summit of Industrialized Nations (1990);Deputy Administrator of Veterans Affairs (1981-1982);Sergeant,2nd Battalion (Mechanized),47th Infantry Regiment,9th Infantry Division,IV Corps,Vietnam,United Read on…

Good evening,I’m Wyl. Tim has the night off.

Tim’s taking the rest of the week off,so I’m going to try to fill in for him a bit. It’s finals week for me here in Madison,which means I’m not going to go link crazy,but I thought I’d at least keep the chair warm for Tim until he’s back.

Time Magazine Read on…

In which I am in disbelief of my own convictions.

I came to the most disconcerting realization this weekend,one I will share with you in a paragraph or two. First,some brief context:

I’m against the war in Iraq. I recently joined the IVAW after many months of deliberation. As a member of the Individual Ready Reserve (IRR),it’s not a decision Read on…