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  • Our Era of Reputational Beheadings

    04/23/2015 8:57:46 AM PDT · by Aspenhuskerette · 6 replies
    The Aspen Times ^ | April 23, 2015 | Melanie Sturm
    Fleeing East Africa for Italy in a rickety rescue boat, 15 Christian asylum seekers were thrown to their deaths last week by fellow refugees because they weren’t praying to Allah. We’re shocked by reports of innocents murdered for their beliefs and orange-jump-suited victims marching to their deaths because, as Americans, we’re safe from such persecution. Our freedoms evolved in part from an infamous, hysteria-induced episode in 17th century Puritan Massachusetts where anyone suspected of witchcraft was persecuted. The Salem Witch Trials became a cautionary tale about the dangers of false accusations and contempt for due process, and an allegory for...
  • Applying Lincoln to our Culture's Civil Wars

    04/09/2015 9:53:10 AM PDT · by Aspenhuskerette · 1 replies
    The Aspen Times ^ | April 9, 2015 | Melanie Sturm
    Last week, as radical Islamists slaughtered 148 Christian students at a Kenyan university, America’s faithful celebrated Easter and Passover in tranquility, demonstrating why religious liberty is not the eccentric uncle in the human-rights family — it’s the matriarch. Yet with demonic evil spanning the globe, and religion a life-and-death matter, punishment for defending one’s faith is now acceptable in America. Our “live and let live” ethic is increasingly imperiled. Witness the firestorm after Indiana became the 20th state to enact its version of the 1993 Religious Freedom Restoration Act. In our morally upside-down world, we accommodate the nuclear ambitions of...
  • I Witnessed a Speech That May Change History

    03/11/2015 8:06:50 PM PDT · by Aspenhuskerette · 6 replies
    The Aspen Times ^ | March 11, 2015 | Melanie Sturm
    “All the world’s a stage,” Shakespeare penned, and last week I was fortunate to behold a performance for the ages, one that moved its standing-room-only audience. Sitting in the gallery above a joint session of Congress and feeling history’s weight at our civilization’s fateful crossroads, I watched Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu enter the House chamber to thunderous bipartisan applause before delivering a gracious, credible and consequential speech. Defending our common heritage and interests, Netanyahu received 43 ovations from ideologically diverse lawmakers, reflecting our countries’ durable bond — for which he expressed fervent gratitude — and our mutual desire for...
  • Sturm: The Jew-hatred Behind the World's Problems

    02/26/2015 3:13:26 PM PST · by Aspenhuskerette · 19 replies
    The Aspen Times (CO) ^ | February 26, 2015 | Melanie Sturm
    There’s an old political saying that if your opponent is committing suicide, get out of the way. Yet professor Sean Elias requires a response, so hateful was his odious retort in The Aspen Times to my column, “Why coexist with a mortal Iranian threat?” Evidence that society’s oldest prejudice endures after a post-Nazi dormancy, Elias’ letter to the editor reflects the bigotry that’s inciting lethal anti-Jewishness in Europe and existential threats to Israel, the only nation-state of the Jewish people and the sole democracy in the Middle East’s radicalized swamp. No other nation is surrounded by as much hostility or...
  • "The Other Islamic State We Should Be Most Worried About"

    02/12/2015 7:41:59 AM PST · by Aspenhuskerette · 14 replies
    The Aspen Times (CO) ^ | February 12, 2015 | Melanie Sturm
    Imagine catching a lethal, fast-growing, yet operable cancer in a child before it’s spread. The doctors assure a high survival rate, assuming traditional protocols. Meanwhile, a third opinion proposes no treatment, believing the child can coexist normally with cancer. Entrusted with the awesome responsibility of ensuring the child’s healthy future, how long would you Think Again before opting to remove the cancerous “Sword of Damocles” — and fear — hanging over precious life? Alas, too often leaders charged with safeguarding life have sacrificed it on the altar of “normalization,” preferring inaction to threat-mitigating, albeit difficult, operations. Regretful that Western powers...
  • The real deflate-gate: the depressed state of our union

    01/29/2015 10:16:06 AM PST · by Aspenhuskerette · 10 replies
    The Aspen Times (CO) ^ | January 29, 2015 | Melanie Sturm
    Aired-out uproariously on “Saturday Night Live,” “Deflategate” has been a national fixation since word broke that the New England Patriots used underinflated footballs in their Super Bowl-berth-clinching victory over Indianapolis. The alleged-cheating controversy has even pumped up the loveability of the oft-despised Seattle Seahawks. However, Think Again if you believe Deflategate is merely hot air. Though overblown, Americans’ disquiet reflects our fairness instinct and commitment to equality of opportunity — the ideal that all competitors in the race of life, no matter their status, can succeed on a level playing field. Sensing a slanted NFL field, Seahawk Richard Sherman questioned...
  • The Joke Must Remain On Radical Islam

    01/15/2015 4:44:59 PM PST · by Aspenhuskerette · 17 replies
    The Aspen Times (CO) ^ | January 15, 2015 | Melanie Sturm
    So a priest, an imam and a rabbi walk into a bar. The bartender says, “What’s this? A joke?” Yes, and it’s funny, so accustomed are we to religious humor and wit that pokes fun at humanity and the powerful who govern it. Though humor is in the eye of the beholder, its historic purpose is to induce us to Think Again. Truth-telling with laughter — whether by medieval court jesters, cartoonists, humorists such as Mark Twain, Charlie Chaplin impersonating Hitler in “The Great Dictator,” comedy troupes such as Monty Python or sitcom actors such as Archie Bunker — pushes...
  • The Stupidity of Gruberism and Executive Amnesty

    12/04/2014 10:33:42 AM PST · by Aspenhuskerette · 7 replies
    The Aspen Times (CO) ^ | December 4, 2014 | Melanie Sturm
    In an ironic twist, the long-awaited sequel to the cult classic “Dumb and Dumber” opened as Americans discovered that in the eyes of our political class, we’re like the film’s low-IQ duo — “stupid voters.” Caught dropping truth bombs in a series of videos, MIT professor and Obamacare co-architect Jonathan Gruber describes how policymakers hid the Affordable Care Act’s true nature. “Call it the stupidity of the American voter,” Gruber chortled, since “that was really, really critical to getting the thing to pass.” But who’s the dunce, considering Gruber is now persona non grata in capitals where he’s earned millions...
  • Midterm Message: Respect, don't dis, the People

    11/06/2014 4:45:20 PM PST · by Aspenhuskerette · 5 replies
    The Aspen Times (CO) ^ | November 6, 2014 | Melanie Sturm
    “The people have spoken, and they must be punished,” former New York City Mayor Ed Koch famously vented in defeat. In sweeping away waves of Democrats in Tuesday’s midterm election — even in blue states like Maryland, Illinois and Massachusetts — a punished and disrespected American people have vented, silencing the politicians whose agenda and tactics they soundly rejected. In this collective Think Again election, Harry Reid was demoted for allowing hyper-partisanship to trump the constitutional integrity of the Senate, known as the “world’s most deliberative body” — except under Reid’s leadership. Though Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu’s fate awaits a...
  • "What's Worse Than Ebola? A Brain-dead Polity

    10/23/2014 8:22:35 AM PDT · by Aspenhuskerette · 3 replies
    The Aspen Times (CO) ^ | October 23, 2014 | Melanie Sturm
    It’s been an October of surprises. As U.S. health officials’ mistake-riddled handling of the deadly Ebola virus topped newscasts, the Denver Post editorial board captured headlines for its denunciation of Sen. Mark Udall’s campaign tactics, helping subdue the fevered politics that’s plagued us. Insisting that Udall ­— dubbed “Mark Uterus” — Think Again about his fixation on gynecological issues while “a great deal is at stake,” the Post’s endorsement of challenger Cory Gardner injected truth serum into a poisonously dishonest election season. Noting Udall’s lack of leadership in Washington and his “obnoxious one-issue campaign” in Colorado, the Post contends that...
  • The Archie Bunkers of Settled Science

    10/09/2014 6:25:41 AM PDT · by Aspenhuskerette · 11 replies
    The Aspen Times (CO) ^ | October 9, 2014 | Melanie Sturm
    As if on cue, settled-science believer Auden Schendler delivered a punishing retort in The Aspen Times to my recent column “Inconvenient Truths Denied By Climate Faithful.” Archie Bunker-like in frustration, Schendler wants me to stifle myself. If I don’t “dummy up” like Archie’s wife, Edith, he suggests Aspen Times editors Think Again before publishing my commentary without peer reviews or risk “being complicit in promoting falsehoods.” Schendler calls this “ground-truthing of scientific claims,” noting that the Los Angeles Times doesn’t publish pieces that “deny established climate science.” Like Robert Kennedy Jr., who recently called for the jailing of treasonous nonconformists...
  • Joan Rivers’ life lessons — can we talk?

    09/25/2014 10:36:53 AM PDT · by Aspenhuskerette · 18 replies
    The Aspen Times (CO) ^ | September 25, 2014 | Melanie Sturm
    God knows Joan Rivers had much to atone for every Yom Kippur, considering her trenchant wit, off-color jokes and celebrity takedowns — though sidesplitting. Never deferential to fame and status, Rivers claimed, “I succeeded by saying what everyone else is thinking.” Hence, Liz Taylor was “so fat, she puts mayonnaise on aspirin” and “hamburgers on hot dogs,” and HBO-star Lena Dunham’s ever-present breasts “look like Michael J. Fox drew them and Stevie Wonder filled them in.” Alas, the trailblazing performer can’t Think Again and repent this year. Known for resilience and career rebirths springing from fearlessness, a legendary work ethic...
  • Inconvenient Truths Denied By Climate Faithful

    09/11/2014 8:06:34 PM PDT · by Aspenhuskerette · 6 replies
    The Aspen Times (CO) ^ | September 11, 2014 | Melanie Sturm
    At the tumultuous summer’s close, when throat-slashing, genocidal jihadists and economic malaise dominated headlines and our psyches, Hillary Clinton announced her preoccupation. “Climate change is the most consequential, urgent, sweeping collection of challenges we face,” she proclaimed, adding, “no matter what the deniers try to assert” — thus dismissing from polite society those inclined to Think Again about America’s greatest concerns. Like Clinton, members of the “Church of Settled Science” invoke the moral equivalent of Holocaust denial to reject those deeming climate change less dangerous than other threats, such as the Islamic State, a nuclear Iran, a debt-laden stagnant economy...
  • When Hamas succeeds, innocent people die in Israel and Gaza

    08/02/2014 5:41:46 AM PDT · by Aspenhuskerette · 6 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | August 2, 2014 | Melanie Sturm
    Asked by a convert to distill the Torah’s essence, Rabbi Hillel — Judaism’s great sage — taught, “What is hateful unto you, do not do unto your neighbor.” Like the Golden Rule that roots most ethical traditions, Hillel’s first-century precept aimed at inspiring a better society, one that brought order, dignity and peace to an otherwise cruel and warring world. That too much of the world still inhabits a darker moral universe — preferring violence, hate and death — is perhaps humanity’s greatest challenge. As Nazi refugee Albert Einstein understood, defending our collective values is the humane response. “The world...
  • Confronting Evil in Gaza -- If Not Now When?

    07/31/2014 7:31:57 AM PDT · by Aspenhuskerette · 3 replies
    The Aspen Times (CO) ^ | July 31, 2014 | Melanie Sturm
    Asked by a convert to distill the Torah’s essence, Rabbi Hillel — Judaism’s great sage — taught, “What is hateful unto you, do not do unto your neighbor.” Like the Golden Rule that roots most ethical traditions, Hillel’s first-century precept was aimed at inspiring a better society, one that brought order, dignity and peace to an otherwise cruel and warring world. That too much of the world still inhabits a darker moral universe — refusing to Think Again about its preference for violence, hate and death — is perhaps humanity’s greatest challenge. As Nazi-era refugee Albert Einstein understood, defending our...
  • Our Era of Manufactured Social Strife

    07/18/2014 8:30:39 AM PDT · by Aspenhuskerette · 1 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | July 18, 2014 | Melanie Sturm
    “Too often … we enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought,” President John Kennedy famously asserted before Yale's class of 1962. Denouncing political debates that “bear little or no relation to the actual problems the United States faces,” Kennedy urged policymakers to think again before engaging in “false dialogues” that “distract our attention and divide our efforts.” “The very future of freedom depends,” he believed, “upon the sensible and clearheaded management of the domestic affairs of the United States” and a “vigorous economy” -- quaint concerns 52-years hence. Because today's political discourse is so dishonest and domestic...
  • The Era of Intended Adverse Consequences

    07/17/2014 9:33:53 AM PDT · by Aspenhuskerette · 4 replies
    The Aspen Times (CO) ^ | July 17, 2014 | Melanie Sturm
    “Too often … we enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought,” President Kennedy famously asserted before Yale’s class of 1962. Denouncing political debates that “bear little or no relation to the actual problems the United States faces,” Kennedy urged policymakers to Think Again before engaging in “false dialogues” that “distract our attention and divide our efforts.” He believed “the very future of freedom depends upon the sensible and clearheaded management of the domestic affairs of the United States” and a “vigorous economy” — quaint concerns 52 years hence. Because today’s political discourse is so dishonest and domestic...
  • Who are the real extremists?

    07/03/2014 7:03:14 AM PDT · by Aspenhuskerette · 6 replies
    The Aspen Times (CO) ^ | July 3, 2014 | Melanie Sturm
    Imagine a Fourth of July tradition like Hollywood’s where each year the Oscars pay homage to fallen stars. Liberty-loving Americans would fete public servants who’ve honored Thomas Jefferson’s rule to “leave no authority existing not responsible to the people.” Might celebrating trustworthy stewards inspire Americans to Think Again about our Founders’ insights, ingraining a culture that prizes democratic accountability and lawful government, the one that transformed our risky political experiment into history’s freest and most prosperous society? We’d be celebrating two recently passed stalwarts who put country and constitutional order before party: Sen. Howard Baker, the Senate Watergate Committee’s ranking...
  • National Interest Or Self Interest? Not A Hard Choice

    06/20/2014 5:02:37 PM PDT · by Aspenhuskerette · 1 replies
    The Aspen Times (CO) ^ | June 20, 2014 | Melanie Sturm
    If character is doing the right thing when nobody’s looking, World War II Gen. Dwight Eisenhower radiated it on D-Day’s eve, writing that “any blame … is mine alone” in never-delivered remarks known as “In Case of Failure.” In making one of history’s toughest and most consequential decisions — unlike those chronicled in Hillary Clinton’s new memoir “Hard Choices” — Eisenhower prepared for the worst as 150,000 men readied for a veritable suicide mission 70 years ago this month. Willing to shoulder failure’s blame, even without knowing its reason, Eisenhower publicly attributed the anticipated victory to liberty’s cause and the...
  • Why There Are More Scandals These Days

    06/07/2014 2:10:45 PM PDT · by Aspenhuskerette · 12 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | June 7, 2014 | Melanie Sturm
    "I’m not young enough to know everything," Peter Pan’s creator, J.M. Barrie, observed, as if reflecting on the Great Commencement Speaker Flap of 2014. Even so, Jimi Hendrix was young when he reputedly offered advice heeded by too few students today – "knowledge speaks, but wisdom listens." Aware that wisdom comes from asking the right questions, not identifying the wrong answers, Professor Allan Bloom blasted American universities in 1987 for exacerbating youthful indiscretion. In his seminal book, The Closing of the American Mind: How Higher Education Has Failed Democracy and Impoverished the Souls of Today's Student, Bloom argued that students...
  • Why are there more scandals these days?

    06/05/2014 7:40:13 AM PDT · by Aspenhuskerette · 20 replies
    The Aspen Times (CO) ^ | June 5, 2014 | Melanie Sturm
    “I’m not young enough to know everything,” Oscar Wilde observed, as if reflecting on the Great Commencement Speaker Flap of 2014. However, Jimi Hendrix was young when he offered advice that today’s college students should heed — “knowledge speaks, but wisdom listens.” Unmindful that earned wisdom is derived from asking the right questions — not identifying the wrong answers — too many students graduate into a complex and conflict-riddled world without the insights that come from the clash of opposing viewpoints. Is it surprising then, that so many intractable problems plague our society, like military veterans dying from government-provided health...
  • "Kermit Gosnell Reminds Of the Necessity Of Bearing Witness to Truth"

    05/15/2014 8:56:31 AM PDT · by Aspenhuskerette
    The Washington Examiner ^ | May 15, 2014 | Melanie Sturm
    There are childhood memories so penetrating that they run like movie reels in the mind’s eye, molding our character. My vintage 8mm features my European-born grandmother turning tearful and tongue-tied upon mention of her family, lost in the Holocaust. Her heartbreak, and the gruesome photos I ogled in my parents' edition of The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich, were mind-boggling. When I was 13, Holocaust survivor Gerda Klein appeared often in my thoughts, helping me process the unfathomable. Like a narrator, she recounted her death-defying odyssey from an idyllic childhood through ghettos, slave-labor camps, and a three-month “death...
  • The Importance of Bearing Witness

    05/08/2014 6:33:17 AM PDT · by Aspenhuskerette
    The Aspen Times (CO) ^ | May 8, 2014 | Melanie Sturm
    There are childhood memories so penetrating they run like movie reels in the mind’s eye, molding our character. My vintage 8mm features my European-born grandmother turning tearful and tongue-tied upon mention of her family, lost in the Holocaust. Her heartbreak, and the gruesome photos I ogled in my parents’ edition of “The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich,” were literally mind-boggling. When I was 13, Holocaust survivor Gerda Klein appeared in my biopic, helping me Think Again about the unfathomable. Like a narrator, she recounted her death-defying odyssey from an idyllic childhood through ghettos, slave-labor camps and a three-month...
  • Hydra-headed Bureaucracy Threatens American Liberty

    04/25/2014 8:39:25 AM PDT · by Aspenhuskerette · 8 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | April 25, 2014 | Melanie Sturm
    Intro: “You can’t handle the truth!” Jack Nicholson shouted at Tom Cruise during the climactic court-martial scene in the movie “A Few Good Men.” Caught in a lie that exposed his “above-the-law” mentality, Nicholson’s character, Col. Nathan Jessup, justifies his lawlessness by declaring, “I have neither the time nor the inclination to explain myself to a man who rises and sleeps under the blanket of the very freedom that I provide, and then questions the manner in which I provide it!” It’s a riveting scene, pitting security against the rule of law. But before agreeing with Jessup that lawfulness conflicts...
  • The Truth About Lying's Consequences

    04/24/2014 6:28:07 AM PDT · by Aspenhuskerette · 6 replies
    The Aspen Times (CO) ^ | April 24, 2014 | Melanie Sturm
    “You can’t handle the truth!” Jack Nicholson shouted at Tom Cruise during the climactic court-martial scene in the movie “A Few Good Men.” Caught in a lie that exposed his “above-the-law” mentality, Nicholson’s character, Col. Jessup, justifies his lawlessness, declaring, “I have neither the time nor the inclination to explain myself to a man who rises and sleeps under the blanket of the very freedom that I provide, and then questions the manner in which I provide it!” It’s a riveting scene, pitting security against the rule of law. But before agreeing with Jessup that lawfulness conflicts with freedom, Think...
  • First Amendment freedom can't survive 'war on women' mobs

    04/14/2014 11:42:02 AM PDT · by Aspenhuskerette · 5 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | April 14, 2014 | Melanie Sturm
    Shouldn’t college students know as much about American civics as they do about pop culture? Media Research Center TV went to American University last month to find out, discovering few who could name a single U.S. senator or the number of senators from each state. But most knew the Oscar-winning song “Let It Go.” Equally surprising are polls showing only one-quarter of Americans can identify Joe Biden as the vice president or name more than one of the five freedoms guaranteed by the First Amendment (religion, speech, press, assembly, petition). Just under a quarter of Americans could name all five...
  • Sturm: Who’s imposing their values on whom?

    04/10/2014 8:09:56 AM PDT · by Aspenhuskerette · 3 replies
    The Aspen Times (CO) ^ | April, 10, 2014 | Melanie Sturm
    Shouldn’t college students know as much American civics as they do pop culture? MRCTV went to American University to find out, discovering few students who could name a single U.S. senator or the number of senators from each state, though most knew the Oscar-winning song “Let It Go.” Equally surprising are polls showing that only one-quarter of Americans can identify the vice president or name more than one of the five freedoms guaranteed by the First Amendment (religion, speech, press, assembly and petition), though over half knew at least two cartoon characters from “The Simpsons.” Before suggesting Americans’ ignorance is...
  • Sturm: Countering Lawlessness, Putin's and Obama's

    03/27/2014 6:07:38 AM PDT · by Aspenhuskerette · 2 replies
    The Aspen Times (CO) ^ | March 27, 2014 | Melanie Sturm
    Since Teddy Roosevelt counseled, “Speak softly and carry a big stick,” U.S. presidents mostly have followed his advice, cautioning adversaries to resolve conflicts peacefully or suffer consequences. Even President Carter brandished America’s big stick upon learning that bad things happen when you’re not respected, prompting him to Think Again about deterrence given “the Soviets’ ultimate goals.” But today, after unilaterally “resetting” relations with repressive regimes including Iran and Russia — whose Ukraine incursion is “the gravest threat to European security and stability since the end of the Cold War,” proclaimed NATO’s chief — America’s posture is more akin to “speak...
  • Opposing Lawlessness, At Home and Abroad

    03/24/2014 6:02:21 PM PDT · by Aspenhuskerette · 1 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | Melanie Sturm
    Since Teddy Roosevelt counseled, “Speak softly and carry a big stick,” U.S. presidents have mostly followed his advice, cautioning adversaries to resolve conflicts peacefully or suffer consequences. Even President Carter brandished America's big stick upon learning that bad things happen when you're not respected, prompting him to reconsider deterrence, given “the Soviets' ultimate goals.” But today, after unilaterally “resetting” relations with repressive regimes, including Iran and Russia -- whose Ukraine incursion is “the gravest threat to European security and stability since the end of the Cold War,” proclaimed NATO's chief -- America's posture is more akin to “speak loudly and...
  • Economic Freedom Fuels Drive From Food stamps To Facebook

    03/04/2014 3:18:57 PM PST · by Aspenhuskerette · 2 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | March 4, 2014 | Melanie Sturm
    Last month, as Ukrainian émigré-turned-tech tycoon Jan Koum prepared to cash a multibillion-dollar check from Facebook -- acquirer of his startup WhatsApp -- then-Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych was checking out of the Gatsby-esque estate where he'd cached his stolen plunder. That the two Ukrainians derived their riches under diametrically opposed systems -- free enterprise versus banana republic -- illustrates why all income inequalities are not, shall we say, created equal. Most don't resent the rich -- only the undeservedly rich -- as a recent Venezuelan protest sign conveyed: “These Castro-Chavistas speak like Marx, govern like Stalin and live like Rockefeller,...
  • Resenting the Rich: Is All Inequality Created Equal?

    02/27/2014 6:55:51 AM PST · by Aspenhuskerette · 13 replies
    The Aspen Times (CO) ^ | February 27, 2014 | Melanie Sturm
    Last week, as Ukrainian emigre- turned-tech tycoon Jan Koum prepared to cash a multibillion-dollar check from Facebook — acquirer of his startup “WhatsApp” — Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich was checking out of his Gatsby-esque estate where he’d cached his stolen plunder. That the two Ukrainians derived their riches under diametrically opposed systems — free enterprise versus banana republic — illustrates why all income inequalities are not created equal. Most don’t resent the rich — only the undeservedly rich — as a recent Venezuelan protest sign conveyed: “These Castro-Chavistas speak like Marx, govern like Stalin, and live like Rockefeller, while the...
  • Exposing the "War on Women" Lie

    02/18/2014 5:34:24 AM PST · by Aspenhuskerette · 5 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | February 18, 2014 | Melanie Sturm
    “Life’s greatest happiness,” Victor Hugo wrote, “is to be convinced we are loved.” But as most experienced couples know, love-induced happiness is a year-round triumph, not the outcome of a singular, mass-marketed Valentine's celebration - the one Jay Leno calls “Extortion Day.” But men ignore this expectation-filled Hallmark holiday at their peril, which is why it’s become a $16 billion industry. More than heart-shaped bling, women savor attention — a lesson also noted by politicians. Just as women should be wary of transient Romeos, they must think again about politicians who whisper sweet nothings into their ears, over-promising before an...
  • Women:Looking For Love In All the Wrong Places? Will the War on Women meme work again?

    02/13/2014 7:03:09 AM PST · by Aspenhuskerette · 23 replies
    The Aspen Times (CO) ^ | February 13, 2014 | Melanie Sturm
    “Life’s greatest happiness,” Victor Hugo wrote, “is to be convinced we are loved.” As most experienced couples know, love-induced happiness is a year-round triumph, not the outcome of a singular, mass-marketed Valentine’s celebration — the one Jay Leno calls “Extortion Day.” But men ignore this expectation-filled Hallmark holiday at their peril, which is why it’s become a $16 billion industry. More than heart-shaped bling, women savor attention — a lesson noted by politicians. Just as women beware of transient Romeos, they must Think Again about politicians who whisper sweet nothings into their ears, over-promising before an election and under-delivering after...
  • Peyton Manning and Richard Sherman, United in Super Bowl Greatness?

    02/02/2014 7:36:14 AM PST · by Aspenhuskerette · 14 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | February 2, 2014 | Melanie Sturm
    “It's hard to be humble,” Muhammad Ali rationalized, “when you're as great as I am.” In Sunday's contest between No. 1s, the Super Bowl's two most visible faces - Bronco Peyton Manning and Seahawk Richard Sherman - are case studies of Ali's theory. Manning is football's undisputed heavyweight champion whose "aw-shucks" humility belies - and explains - his unrivaled ownership of five NFL MVP awards. Quick to credit his teammates, even after a seven-touchdown performance, the 13-time Pro-Bowler and comeback king leaves it to others to laud his game. With his legacy on the line in his third Super Bowl,...
  • Sturm: Manning and Sherman: Profiles in Greatness

    01/30/2014 5:35:17 AM PST · by Aspenhuskerette · 9 replies
    The Aspen Times (CO) ^ | January 30,2014 | Melanie Sturm
    “It’s hard to be humble,” Muhammad Ali rationalized, “when you’re as great as I am.” In Sunday’s contest between No. 1s, the Super Bowl’s two most visible faces — Bronco Peyton Manning and Seahawk Richard Sherman — are case studies of Ali’s theory. Manning is football’s undisputed heavyweight champion, whose aww-shucks humility belies — and explains — his unrivaled ownership of five NFL MVP awards. Quick to credit his teammates, even after a seven-touchdown performance, the 13-time Pro Bowler and comeback king leaves it to others to laud his game. With his legacy on the line in his third Super...
  • We're Losing the War On Poverty Because Our Schools Turn Boys Into Eunuchs

    01/19/2014 8:05:37 AM PST · by Aspenhuskerette · 39 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | January 18, 2014 | Melanie Sturm
    As a binge-TV watcher, I’ve relished devouring serial dramas in advertising-free gulps. But “Breaking Bad” — the story about a cancer-stricken chemistry teacher turned clandestine meth-cooking badass – didn’t appeal. Then Anthony Hopkins declared it an “epic work” with “the best actors I’ve ever seen.” Midway through season two, I understand why Walter White is heroic. As men increasingly check out of work, marriage, and fatherhood, it’s hard not to root for a man fiercely determined to secure his family’s future before dying – despite his morally abhorrent methods. That there are dramatically fewer men willing and able to safeguard...
  • Masculinity and The War on Poverty

    01/16/2014 10:08:08 AM PST · by Aspenhuskerette · 15 replies
    The Aspen Times (CO) ^ | January 16, 2014 | Melanie Sturm
    As a binge TV watcher, I’ve relished devouring serial dramas in advertising-free gulps. But “Breaking Bad” — the story about a cancer-stricken chemistry teacher turned clandestine meth-cooking badass — didn’t appeal. Then Anthony Hopkins declared it an “epic work” with “the best actors I’ve ever seen.” Midway through Season 2, I understand why Walter White is heroic. As men increasingly check out of work, marriage and fatherhood, it’s hard not to root for a man fiercely determined to secure his family’s future before dying — despite his morally abhorrent methods. That there are dramatically fewer men willing and able to...
  • Iran and Obama's 'Lie of the Year'

    12/24/2013 2:37:56 AM PST · by Aspenhuskerette · 3 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | December 23, 2013 | Melanie Sturm
    Unable to ignore millions of cancellation letters and a rare presidential apology, fact-checkers at PolitiFact and the Washington Post designated “If you like your health care plan, you can keep it” as 2013's “Lie of the Year.” Repelled by Obamacare's deceptive sales tactics, Americans dread its fallout, but know our system allows us to think again. We can repeal and replace bad laws. But we can't reverse the fallout from Iranian nukes, which explains President Kennedy's warning that while “domestic policy can defeat us; foreign policy can kill us.” It also explains the backlash from allies and Congress to the...
  • Spinning White House Yarns and Iranian Nukes

    12/19/2013 7:55:59 AM PST · by Aspenhuskerette · 2 replies
    The Aspen Times (CO) ^ | December 19, 2013 | Melanie Sturm
    Unable to ignore millions of cancellation letters and a rare presidential apology, fact-checkers at PolitiFact and the Washington Post designated “If you like your health care plan, you can keep it” as their “Lie of the Year.” Reeling from Obamacare’s deceptive sales tactics, Americans dread its fallout but know that our system allows us to Think Again. We can repeal and replace bad laws. But we can’t reverse the fall-out from Iranian nukes, which explains President Kennedy’s warning that while “domestic policy can defeat us, foreign policy can kill us.” It also explains the backlash from allies and Congress against...
  • If You Like Your Freedom, You Can Keep It

    12/05/2013 8:15:58 AM PST · by Aspenhuskerette · 4 replies
    The Aspen Times (CO) ^ | December 5, 2013 | Melanie Sturm
    In the waiting room of Memorial Sloan-Kettering’s radiation treatment center, I discovered that in the race of life, those running to stay on the track are among the most determined, hopeful and courageous. They’re also grateful, for it’s in the sanctuary of sympathetic and expert care where cancer patients experience calm and clarity after the storm of diagnosis and decision-making. As if living with cancer-induced anxiety weren’t enough, many Sloan-Kettering patients must Think Again about their treatment since the cancer center is among many prominent hospitals no longer “in network” for most Obamacare-compliant insurance plans. Americans already have the world’s...
  • High Noon Lessons For America's Lawmakers

    09/26/2013 7:21:21 AM PDT · by Aspenhuskerette · 3 replies
    The Aspen Times (CO) ^ | September 26, 2013 | Melanie Sturm
    With several political climaxes looming, it serves to recall “High Noon” starring Gary Cooper as Will Kane, the beleaguered marshal who single-handedly confronts paroled murderer Frank Miller and his gang. As civil society’s elected protector, Kane is a reluctant hero, abandoned by his cowering and self-interested townsfolk. Improbably victorious, he departs town, flinging his badge with contempt for the citizens who wouldn’t defend the rule of law on which their freedom, prosperity and security depend. Though protagonists in our national Kabuki Theater claim to care about us, Think Again before allowing them to join Kane on the moral high ground....
  • Sturm: Who are we to judge?

    09/12/2013 8:21:03 AM PDT · by Aspenhuskerette · 31 replies
    The Aspen Times (CO) ^ | September 12, 2013 | Melanie Sturm
    On a glorious springtime visit to San Francisco — where the “if it feels good do it” culture is reflected in the bumper sticker “Your body may be a temple, but mine’s an amusement park” — I was struck by the tattooing trend, as if body art is the modern version of big shoulder pads or miniskirts, not a sign of rebellion. Personally, I prefer art on a canvas, not a human chest, though in healthy societies, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Then I encountered a scantily clad, tattoo-festooned woman on whose neck and jaw was emblazoned
  • Sturm: Injustice isn’t ‘Justice For Trayvon’

    07/18/2013 9:18:21 AM PDT · by Aspenhuskerette · 11 replies
    The Aspen Times (CO) ^ | July 18, 2013 | Melanie Sturm
    “Show me a hero and I will write you a tragedy,” remarked F. Scott Fitzgerald, as if alluding to the fatal confrontation between George Zimmerman, the watch guard of a beleaguered and oft-burglarized neighborhood, and the unarmed, 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, who President Obama said would look like his son if he had one. To prevent this painful case from jeopardizing social cohesion, Americans must Think Again before lining up behind their preferred tragic hero like rabid fans of opposing sports teams. All the world’s a stage, and on the rainy night of their deadly clash, neither Martin nor Zimmerman followed...
  • Immigration reform: What would America’s supermen think?

    07/04/2013 6:15:22 AM PDT · by Aspenhuskerette · 3 replies
    The Aspen Times (CO) ^ | July 4, 2013 | Melanie Sturm
    The summer blockbuster “Man of Steel” reveals why Superman is an American icon, like the courageous revolutionaries who declared American independence. They couldn’t leap tall buildings in a single bound, but our founders’ steel-like resolve forged an against-all-odds victory over a Kryptonically powerful British military in pursuit of radical ideas — human liberty and self-government. Breaking with history’s repressive norms, they declared the uniquely American idea that everyone is born free and equally entitled to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. In order to prevent future Lex Luthors from tyrannizing the people, they established a constitutional system whose powers...
  • No Cones of Silence in the Surveillance State

    06/20/2013 8:12:04 AM PDT · by Aspenhuskerette · 13 replies
    The Aspen Times (CO) ^ | June 20, 2013 | Melanie Sturm
    In the madcap TV series “Get Smart,” secret agent Maxwell Smart evades surveillance — and archnemesis KAOS — with an array of clandestine gadgets including a shoe phone and the legendary “Cone of Silence.” Americans once laughed at Smart’s privacy-enhancing schemes. But recent revelations about America’s ever-widening surveillance state have stirred many to Think Again about their privacy rights — and pine for their own Cone of Silence. Originally designed to spy on foreigners and track the foreign correspondence of suspected terrorists, today the National Security Agency digitally frisks U.S. citizens, capturing and storing their communications data for as long...
  • Sturm: Tyranny of bureaucracy

    06/06/2013 7:13:17 AM PDT · by Aspenhuskerette · 14 replies
    The Aspen Times (CO) ^ | June 6, 2013 | Melanie Sturm
    In his 1980s comedy routine, Yakov Smirnoff celebrated America’s free society and equality before the law, joking, “In America, you can always find a party. In Russia, party always finds you! In America, you break law. In Soviet Russia, law breaks you!” In the wake of scandals involving the abuse of governmental power, Americans must Think Again about Smirnoff’s ironic wordplays. As we’re learning, the ruling party can find and break you — despite constitutional protections. Today, our federal government is the nation’s largest spender, debtor, lender, employer, contractor, property owner, insurer, health care provider and pension guarantor. What it...
  • Leonard: ‘Everyone’s a winner’ comes of age

    05/30/2013 6:58:32 AM PDT · by Aspenhuskerette · 5 replies
    The Aspen Times (CO) ^ | May 30, 2013 | Charlie Leonard
    The economy has been stuck in a ditch for more than six years, and our national debt has exploded to unmanageable proportions. We have no coherent policy for dealing with conflicts in the Middle East, Africa or the Korean Peninsula. And scandals have erupted in the Internal Revenue Service, the State Department and the Justice Department. Moreover, the three things the president said he would focus on the most in his second term — jobs, immigration reform and global warming — get barely a mention by the White House. Those are not just my opinions. By clear majorities, most Americans...
  • "The Unbearable Lightness of Being Indebted"

    05/23/2013 10:41:24 AM PDT · by Aspenhuskerette · 4 replies
    The Aspen Times (CO) ^ | May 23, 2013 | Melanie Sturm
    “Fat, drunk and stupid is no way to go through life,” counseled Faber College’s Dean Wormer in “Animal House.” For the collegiate class of 2013 — until next year the most indebted ever — add “in hock” to that immortal list. Compared with their parents, current graduates are paying four times more in inflation-adjusted terms for their diplomas while suffering substantially inferior job and income prospects. Like “Animal House’s” witless frat brothers, those who believe college is a last hurrah before plunging into adult reality must Think Again. For generations, Americans practiced what Benjamin Franklin preached — “An investment in...
  • Going Galt

    05/16/2013 8:36:42 AM PDT · by Aspenhuskerette · 5 replies
    The Aspen Times (CO) ^ | May 16, 2013 | Glenn Beaton
    President Obama a few months ago signed a bill to increase taxes by $600 billion. The title of the bill is the American Taxpayer Relief Act. As for the fourth word of that title, if you’re Obama, apparently you spell “relief” as follows: T-A-X-I-N-C-R-E-A-S-E. The president thereby achieved his goal of transferring more money away from the people who earned it with their labor over a lifetime and into the hands of people who earned it with their votes in November. As he relieved the former of the burden of their money, he thanked them: “I just want to thank...
  • "The Media: What Difference, At This Point, Does it Make?"

    05/09/2013 6:36:07 AM PDT · by Aspenhuskerette · 14 replies
    The Aspen Times ^ | May 9, 2013 | Melanie Sturm
    Stretching Oscar Wilde’s adage “I never put off til tomorrow what I can do the day after,” some in the mainstream media have finally started to Think Again about the Benghazi attack launched last year on the anniversary of 9/11 — thanks to new revelations by high-ranking State Department whistle-blowers including experts in security, counterterrorism, and the No. 2-ranking diplomat in Libya under slain Ambassador Christopher Stevens. Contrary to the “spin” that the U.S. Consulate assault was a spontaneous response to an anti-Islam YouTube video, the truth is that American officials knew “from the get-go” that it was a premeditated...