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Ak-Sar-Ben Itself Merits Praise Along With King Dick And Queen Suzanne - 10-14-10

Come Election Day, White And Terry Can’t Duck Party Labels Any Longer - 10-07-10

Today, Second-Guessing Other Sports Commentators But Some Thoughts On Current Political Issues, Too - 09-30-10

Gates Gives Somber Non-Political Appraisals Of Iraq, Afghanistan - 09-23-10

At Last, A Prominent Moderate Muslim Speaks Out Against Muslim Terrorists - 09-16-10

Today, It’s All About College Football With Some “As I See It” Commentary - 09-09-10

Danes’ Sensible Approach To Immigration Won’t, Unfortunately, Fly In The U.S.A. - 09-02-10

Mosque Controversy Isn’t About Legal Rights; It’s About Moral Use Of Those Rights - 08-26-10

Time To Answer The Obvious Question: What Chance For Success In Afghanistan? - 08-19-10

Two-Paragraph News Story Offers Scary Prospect For World’s Future - 08-12-10

Outdated Constitutional Language Adds To Today’s Illegal Immigration Mess - 08-05-10

Not Wall Street But Democratic Policy Caused Mortgage Market Crash - 07-29-10

Windfarm Promoters Need More Facts, Less Rhetoric - 07-22-10

Nebraska Democrats’ ‘Find A Candidate’ Problem Began Long Months (Years?) Ago - 07-15-10

When The Subject Is Disasters,Obama Needs A History Lesson - 07-08-10

McChrystal’s Firing Spotlights Afghan War And The Slim Chance Of U.S. Victory There - 07-01-10

Advice For An Egocentric President: “I, I, I” Suggests One-Man Team - 06-24-10

Texas Decision Good For Big 12 But Even Better For The Longhorns - 06-17-10

Europe Is Sobering Up From 'Welfare' Binge; Obama-Led U.S. Moving Toward Similar Crises? - 06-10-10

A New Issue: Does ‘Don’t Ask/Don’t Tell’ Make Military Service Easier For Gays? - 06-03-10

Do State Officials Really Understand The Challenges Faced By Omaha Schools? - 05-27-10

Democrats Continue Cheap Shot Campaign Against Republican Congressman Lee Terry - 05-20-10

Cartoonist Koterba Says It Clearly: Don’t Put All The Blame On Schools - 05-13-10

Citizenship For Immigrants Is Inevitable But Start By Closing The Border - 05-06-10

Punish Wall Streeters If They Deserve It But Liberal Dems Spawned The Mortgage Mess - 04-29-10

Did Legislature, Speaker Mike Flood Deserve All Those Kind Words? - 04-22-10

Tiger Sulks His Way Through Masters— Is Obama Gambling On The Nuclear Issue? Rogue States And Terrorists Won’t Sign Up - 04-15-10

Did Obama/Pelosi ‘Sausage Factory’ Produce A Debt-Increasing Unpopular Health Plan? - 04-08-10

The Stories Behind Some Disturbing Headlines And Some Advice For Avoiding National Bankruptcy - 04-01-10

Four-Vote House Margin Makes Americans Swallow Trillion-Dollar Pill They Don't Want - 03-25-10

Insurance Pays 96% Of Family’s Cost For Seven Years Of ‘End Of Life’ Treatment - 03-18-10

President Angry Replaces President Cool; ‘ObamaCare’s’ Chances Helped Or Hurt? - 03-11-10

Americans To Get ‘ObamaCare’ Even If They Don’t Want It? - 03-04-10

Despite The Headlines, There’s Progress In Curbing Violence In North Omaha - 02-25-10

Corporate Expenditures Bad For Politics Except When They Benefit Liberal Candidates? - 02-18-10

Wind Energy Industry Faced Disaster; V.A. Hospital Not Personal Obama Choice - 02-11-10

Some Remarkable Legislative Comments And Some Questionable Media Performance - 02-04-10

When The Subject Is Nebraska Wind Energy, ‘Green’ Is The Color Of Money - 01-28-10

The “Teddy Kennedy Seat” Lesson Might Benefit Both Democrats and Republicans - 01-21-10

Some Legislative Issues—Like Gambling—Deserve Quick Death But Water Issues Deserve Careful Attention - 01-14-10

Today: ‘Big Daddy’ Government Wrong Again, And How Justified Is Cornhusker Title Talk? - 01-07-10

Dan Neary Worthy Of The Honor--
Today Some Upbeat Comments But "Obama Care" Debate Demands Attention
- 12-30-09

Even Without That Health Bill Vote, Another Term For Nelson Was Questionable - 12-23-09

Let’s Talk Football And Why Nebraska’s Suh Deserved The Heisman - 12-17-09

Image of Immigrants Would Be Helped By Less Cinco de Mayo, More 4th of July - 12-10-09

Image Of Islam Is Badly Damaged By ‘God-Approved’ Slaughter Of Non-Muslims - 12-03-09

Close Call For NU Research, Reputation; Thanksgiving Reminder: Count Your Blessings - 11-25-09

NU’s Reputation And Research Role Are Both At Stake When Regents Vote - 11-19-09

Obama’s ‘Yes We Can’
Changing To ‘Maybe We Can’t’?
- 11-12-09

Review The History Before Renaming A Street; Memories Of Sarah, Our Sweet Senior Dog - 11-05-09

“Socioeconomic Diversity” More Important Then Academic Achievement In “Learning Community”? - 10-29-09

A Visiting Sports Columnist Agrees: ‘There Is No Place Like Nebraska’ - 10-22-09

Might Obama Wish He Had A Chance To Say ‘No, Thanks’ To Early Nobel Prize? - 10-15-09

Don’t Overlook The Variety Of Aid Which Goes To ‘Poverty Level’ Families - 10-08-09

Smorgasbord Today: From UN’s “Nutcake Day” To Obama Performance Here And Abroad - 10-01-09

Must Defense Continue To Cover For Huskers’ Anemic Red Zone Offense? - 09-24-09

'Energizer Bunny' President Continues To Add Proposals For Reform - 09-17-09

Today, Variety: Football, Golf And Why No President Should Televise Himself Into The Nation’s Classrooms - 09-10-09

Massachusetts Gave Kennedy Significant Second Chances - 09-03-09

Obama’s Problem Not Just With GOP
But With A Great Many Americans
- 08-27-09

Tiger Could Use Sportsmanship Lesson—And Less Coverage From Fawning Media - 08-20-09

Gallup ‘Competitive’ Label, If Accurate Long Term, Is Good News Not Only For Nebraska Democrats - 08-13-09

Democrats Go All-Out Negative:
Trash Private Insurance Industry
- 08-06-09

Journalistic Watchdogs Turned Lapdogs When Obama Called That ‘News Conference’ - 07-30-09

Look Back, Mr. President: Opposition Is Catching Up - 07-23-09

Dem Lynch Mob Might Hang President’s Hopes - 07-16-09

Dems Start Oust-Terry Effort In The Political Gutter - 07-09-09

Despite Liberal Media's Views, Nation Better Served By Viable GOP - 07-02-09

A Varied Menu For You To Consider - 06-25-09

Freshman President Learning Some Political Realities? - 06-18-09

Voices Of Reason Raised Too Late To Slow Rush To Wind Power? - 06-11-09

Public Will Be Watching Prosecution Of Three Teen-Age Creatures - 06-04-09

Wealthiest Paying Less, In Taxes?
It’s Simply Not True
- 05-28-09

Notre Dame And Obama
Offer A Splendid Lesson
- 05-21-09

Special-Interest Liberals
Shouldn’t Badger Obama
- 05-14-09

A Surprising Source: Obama
Cites Positive Results of Iraq War
- 05-07-09

Media Transfer Their Love
From Candidate to President
- 04-30-09

Suttle Campaign Subtly Two-Faced? Or ‘Just Politics’? Voters Will Decide - 04-23-09

If America Is "At War
With Islam," It's Self-Defense
- 04-16-09

Seven Iowans Change Marriage
Tradition For 3 Million Others
- 04-09-09

Will Liberal Democrats Continue
Escaping The Verdict Of History?
- 04-02-09

Multi-Focused President
Upsets Even Liberals
- 03-26-09

Richard Nixon—Appropriate To Recall The Good As Well As The Dark Side - 03-19-09

Not Reducing Mortgage Costs; We’re Simply ‘Modifying’ Them - 03-12-09

Fair Warning From NY Times: Obama’s “Breathtaking Plans” Would “Transform American Society” - 03-05-09

A Look At Academy Awards Nastiness, But First A Plug For My Book, “Life With Marian” - 02-26-09

Let’s Not Move Slot Machine Cancer From Iowa Casinos To Nebraska Race Tracks - 02-19-09

Whiteclay Is Wrong Target;
Aim At Alcoholism Problem
- 02-12-09

For The Best “Stimulus” Formula:
Put Economic Recovery First;
“Remaking USA” Can Wait
- 02-05-09

Journalistic Hounds Are Still
In Full Pursuit Of Bush
- 01-29-09

‘First Black President’ Celebration
Shouldn’t Further Distract Us
From Job We And Obama Face
- 01-22-09

‘Adults In Wonderland’
Need To Get Real
- 01-15-09

Advice For Husker Fans:
Rejoice—But Be Realistic
- 01-08-09

Kennedy Dynasty History
Includes Shameful Chapters
- 12-31-08

Today Some Merry Christmas Thoughts But A Few Political Barbs, Too - 12-24-08

This Time It’s Indians
Who Break The Treaty
- 12-18-08

Me? A Grumpy Old Man?
One Reader Thinks So
- 12-11-08

Obama Steers A Moderate Course
But Congressional Democrats Veer Left
- 12-04-08

Too Many "Non-Blessings"
This Thanksgiving Week
- 11-26-08

Let’s Hear More About
The Principal ‘Crisis’ Victims
- 11-20-08

Color-Blind Issues Voting
Showed No Turn To The Left
- 11-13-08

Election Made History
But Big Questions Remain
- 11-06-08

Today, A Choice of Topics:
Politics Or Football—Or Both
- 10-30-08

Splitting Electoral Votes Good Idea? Then Why Do 48 States Reject It? - 10-23-08

Dems Take 11th Hour Low Road
In 2nd Congressional District Race
- 10-16-08

Another Government “Welfare Program,” Bargain Mortgages, Caused The Crisis - 10-09-08

Words Can Lose Their Meaning
When A Government Program Is Involved
- 10-02-08

—Have We Learned This Lesson?— Crisis Results When Individuals, Encouraged By Financial Institutions, Try To Live Beyond Their Means - 9-25-08

Bonds To Build Four-Lane Highways?
Where Would The Money Come From?
- 9-18-08

Today, a Large Load of Political
Commentary After a Brief Plug For
My Book, ‘Life With Marian’
- 9-17-08

Major News Media Look Bad
In Non-Coverage of
Edwards’ Sex Affair Story
- 9-11-08

Disadvantaged Students Can Be
Helped Without Discriminatory ‘Affirmative Action’
- 9-04-08

My Favorite Olympic Champion?
It Wasn’t Michael Phelps
- 8-28-08

Will Chinese Get Away With
'Out Air Is Clean' Scam?
- 8-21-08

Windmills, Solar Won't Do It;
Time To Get Real On Energy
- 8-07-08

I Doubt That God or Jesus
Have Heavenly Money on Either Team
- 8-07-08

‘Pop Star’ Obama Lacks Experience,
McCain Lacks Clear Campaign Strategy
- 7-31-08

Top Athletes Should
Know When to Quit?
- 7-24-08

Would Odor of Politics
Taint Fire Chief Choice?
- 7-17-08

Will Hospitality, Qwest Center
Lure Swim Trials Back to Omaha?
- 7-09-08

Omaha Stars Again
On National TV Stage
- 7-02-08

Omaha's CWS Reputation
Gets New "Rave Reviews"
- 6-25-08

S.D. Vote Could Lead
To National Abortion Battle
- 6-18-08

Don’t Let Niobrara Go The Way
Of The Republican And The Platte
- 6-11-08

Voters Didn’t Impose Term Limits
To Rid Legislature of Chambers
- 6-04-08

“It’s Our Turn” Pitch Might
Not End With Hillary Defeat
- 5-28-08

Prime Nebraska Political
Battleground This Year:
2nd Congressional District
- 5-21-08

The 'Browning' of America:
How Far Will It Go?
- 5-14-08

Obama ‘Stumbling’ To Victory? - 5-08-08

"Does Homebuyer Bailout
Reward the Irresponsible?"
- 4-30-08

"Was McCain, Not Clinton,
The Real Winner in Pennsylvania?"
- 4-25-08

"Cleaner Skies Advice For Gore:
Pressure On China, More Nuke
Power If Jane Fonda Will Allow It"
- 4-16-08

"Why The Big Fuss Over
Tiny Gasoline Cost Increase?"
- 4-09-08

"Quietly, Nebraska Yields
All-Public-Power Status"
-  4-02-08

"Obama’s ‘Historic’ Speech Left
Big Questions Unanswered "
-  3-25-08

"Overweight Moore Produces
“Sicko,” Finds An Ally In Creighton Doctor"
-  3-19-08

"Bush Sings, Praises Press
At Annual Gridiron Dinner"
-  3-12-08

"Obama Would Be Least
Formidable Opponent For McCain"
-  3-7-08

"‘Charisma’ Not Always a Good Thing" -  2-27-08

"Could Citizen ‘Packing Iron’
Have Stopped Von Maur Killings?"
-  2-20-08

"Obama’s Style Without Substance
Exciting, But Is It Presidential?"
-  2-13-08

"Barack Obama and John McCain:
A Major Contrast in Egos? "
-  2-07-08

"‘First Black President’
Emphasis Wouldn’t Help Obama"
-  1-30-08

"Kimball Lauritzen: Think of Her
As Joyous on Some New Dawn"
-  1-23-08

"What 'Tough' Election Contest
Was Ben Nelson Talking About?"
- 1-16-08

"Overhyped New Hampshire
Offsets Overhyped Iowa"
- 1-10-08

"Coach Bo Now Well Welcomed;
Time to Start Thinking of NU Wins"
- 1-2-08

"Words of Jews Most Moving
To Me This Christmas Season"
- 12-25-07

"AT LAST: TALK OF PREVENTION
JOINS MOURNING OVER KILLINGS"
- 12-19-07

"Killer Is Getting Just What He Wanted;
Let's Add Anger and
Action to Our Sorrow"
- 12-12-07

"Bo Brings Emotional Fire to NU Job;
Scary News: Huckabee Gain in Iowa"
- 12-05-07

"Callahan Outclasses Loudmouth Critics;
Tom Osborne Treated Him Fairly"
- 11-28-07

"A Thought for Thanksgiving Day:
Tell Them You Love Them"
- 11-21-07

"Callahan Critics: Is Loss to CU
The Only Way to Satisfy Them?"
- 11-16-07

"Crybaby Fans, Sports Commentators
Distracting Players From Their Job?"
- 11-09-07

"Did Bob Kerrey’s Decision Avoid
the Likelihood of Defeat?"
- 11-02-07

"Nosy Congress Makes
Three Bad Calls"
- 10-26-07

"Is This The Way to Run UNL´s
Athletic Program?"
- 10-19-07

"Right Decision Could
Help Both Fair, UNL"
- 10-12-07

"Stop Trying To Make God A Republican" - 10-6-07

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As I See It
Harold W. Andersen is a retired Publisher and Chief Executive Officer of the Omaha World-Herald Company. Full biography.

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Tiger Sulks His Way Through Masters—

Is Obama Gambling On The Nuclear Issue?
Rogue States And Terrorists Won’t Sign Up

April 15, 2010

Even the liberal New York Times has reservations—apparently serious reservations—about the prospects for success of President Obama’s effort to win international agreement to start significantly reducing  and ultimately banning nuclear weapons.

The Times gave top play in a recent edition to a story under this headline:  “Agenda of Nuclear Talks Leaves Out a New Threat.”  There followed this subhead:  “Growing Arsenals in Pakistan and India Show Limits of Negotiations.”

The Times story appeared on the day Obama convened a two-day international gathering in Washington with 47 nations called together to discuss the question of how to keep nuclear materials out of the hands of terrorists

Short-term goal of the Washington summit meeting was to increase security around global stockpiles of nuclear material—enough, by some estimates, to build more than 100,000 nuclear bombs.  Obama cited nuclear terrorism as the most immediate and extreme threat to global security, with the terrorists potentially using nuclear material stockpiles which in some cases are far from securely protected.

With rogue countries like Iran and North Korea building their own nuclear weapon capability and with bomb-potential nuclear material stockpiles available, how realistic is it for an idealistic president with no experience at all in such matters to push for nuclear disarmament?  How assure that rogue states and terrorist groups would not only continue to develop nuclear weapon capability and take advantage of the United States and Russia’s striping themselves of the potential peace-keeping power of nuclear weapon retaliation?

In the best of all worlds, of course, there would be no nuclear weaponry, no rogue states, no terrorists committed to killing as many Americans—or Russians—as they can.

But this is not the best of all possible worlds, never has been and never will be, and the young idealistic liberal in the White House had better confront that realty. 

Reduce our nuclear weapon capability as far as is sensible and practical, but not at the expense of our national security.

* * *

Tiger Woods And Phil Mickelson—
What A Contrast On And Off The Course

Not too late, I believe, for some 19th hole commentary on the proceedings in connection with the (“Tiger is back!”) annual Masters golf tournament last week.

I would not offer this as any sort of a scientific poll, but I can report that I discussed Tiger’s participation with 20 or so of my golfing acquaintances, and one—exactly one—said something like he wouldn’t be unhappy if Tiger won but he wasn’t necessarily rooting for him.  Others said they hoped he played well enough to make the cut (but didn’t win), because his presence certainly would increase interest in the tournament.  A few others said they hoped he missed the cut.

In terms of manners on the course, Tiger utterly failed to prove that he has learned anything about good behavior.  Despite cautions to the contrary—one is assuming that Tiger is aware of all the criticism of his course manners—Tiger still, clouded up in anger, tossed his clubs towards his caddie and mouthed obscenities when he hit a shot that displeased him.  Some of the obscenities were picked up, incidentally, on national television.  A disgraceful performance—there is really no other way to describe it. 

As one of my golfer friends put it, in golf the “f… word” should stand for “fun.”  I doubt that at the big-money professional level, many players think of playing for fun but they don’t—with a rare notable exception—throw a foul-mouthed temper tantrum when things go wrong. 

One of my golfing friends seemed to be suggesting that the life of a professional athlete like Woods can be compartmentalized between performance as an athlete and performance in private life.  At the Masters, the argument would go, Tiger’s performance as an athlete should be the only consideration. 

But how can you truly separate the two personalities?  Wasn’t there some connection between the even-tempered class act performance of the winner, Phil Mickelson, on the course and his performance immediately upon leaving the green and embracing his wife who has been battling the effects of cancer?

It’s quite possible, as people like Phil Mickelson and Ben Crenshaw and Ernie Els demonstrate, to be a nice guy—an admirable guy—both on and off the golf course. 

Eldrick Tont “Tiger” Woods may have given up his liaisons with companions of questionable virtue.  (I could have used stronger language, of course.)  But nothing in his performance during the Masters tournament indicated that he is making progress towards developing golf course behavior remotely approaching the level of his golfing ability.

The surly behavior extended into a post-round TV interview in which he mostly complained about the level of his game.  He shot 11 under par, tied for fourth place and won $330,000—this after a layoff of several months—and he was pouting about it.

Incidentally, friends of mine who were at the tournament said—contrary to television reports—that the crowd response to Tiger’s remarkable good shots was not what it has been in the past and was noticeably less than the crowd response when other golfers like Mickelson and Fred Couples made especially good shots. 

* * *

Same-Sex Marriages In Iowa
Proving Not Worth The Controversy?

“Iowa draws a trickle of same-sex marriages,” the headline read.

When the Iowa Supreme Court a year ago overturned a 1998 law banning same-sex couples from marrying, a flood of applicants was predicted—involving both lesbian and homosexual and lesbian couples from Iowa and from surrounding states, certainly including Nebraska, where such so-called marriages are banned by a state constitutional amendment approved by the voters. 

But across Iowa, among the 17,604 marriages recorded in the state’s 99 counties, between April 27 and December 31, 2009, 1,783 same-sex marriages were recorded or slightly more than 10% of the total.

It is important to remember that this was in the first seven months of the new law’s effect and would presumably have included a large backlog of same-sex applicants. 

Over time, the number of same-sex marriages can reasonably be expected to level out at a considerably lower percentage. 

This blip on the marital radar screen may not be worth continuing to battle over. 

But before leaving this subject, it seems appropriate to observe that same-sex couples should be forever grateful that their parents believed in the kind of marriages that produce children.

* * *

Let’s Say Fond Farewell To Rosenblatt
But Remember Focus Is On CWS

As we say goodbye to old Rosenblatt Stadium, the home of the Omaha Royals baseball team and the College World Series for these many years, we are hearing talk, of course, about ways to celebrate the life of this “icon” and mourn its passing, to be replaced by a new downtown ballpark.

I believe that if there is an “icon” involved here (my dictionary defines “icon” as “an object of critical devotion”—it is the College World Series, not Rosenblatt Stadium.  I think it is fair to say that the College World Series made the ballpark popular rather than the other way around.

So say goodbye to a stadium which served well for a good many years but has become hopelessly obsolete in its superstructure and concession area and its location so far removed from the impressively revitalized downtown riverfront area.  But our thanks to Rosenblatt need not involve an overdose of sentimentality or any continuing criticism of the decision to move downtown.

The opening game of the Omaha Royals 2010 home season got a good deal of advance publicity as an occasion to turn out goodly numbers to show appreciation and respect for what one commentator described as the “icon on the hill in South Omaha.”   The game drew attendance of 6,159—in the neighborhood of the attendance which the University of Nebraska at Omaha hockey team routinely draws several times a season.

After the final-opening-night hype, the crowd attracted to Rosenblatt for a Royals game had fallen to 2,032 on Monday of this week.  In four days, the story of the Royals final season in “iconic” Rosenblatt had moved from the top of the first sports page to a 9-inch smaller-type story in the last position in the sports section—bottom right-hand corner of the back page.

The College World Series, the real attraction connected with Rosenblatt over the years, will continue to attract crowds of more than 20,000 in Rosenblatt this final year and in the new downtown stadium under a new, 25-year agreement with the National Collegiate Athletic Association.

* * *

U.S. Junkies Are Responsible
For Mexican Border Warfare

A continuing news story for a good many months has told of what amounts to escalating warfare between Mexican police and army forces and well-armed paramilitary drug cartel gunmen, particularly in border areas across which drugs flow into the United States. 

A recent Associated Press dispatch reported on apparently coordinated assaults on Mexican soldiers, including road blocks near an army barracks and spraying check-points with automatic weapons fire.

Neither this extensive news story or any other that I have seen places the final responsibility for this outrageous violence where it clearly belongs—on the American side of the border.

Without the big-money appeal of a very significant market for illegal drugs in the United States, Mexican drug lords wouldn’t be fighting for control of the areas through which those drugs flow to junkies in this country.

What a sad commentary on American society that we have so many illegal drug users that the profits from feeding their addiction are so great that Mexican soldiers have to die in what amounts to a civil war in which the insurgents—the drug lords—are richly financed by money from American drug abusers.

* * *

Image-Building, Mongol Hordes Style

To finish today with a lighter touch, one of my all-time favorite cartoons.  My executive assistant, Jackie Wrieth, says that we have used this before, but I consider it something like one of those old jokes that you like to repeat from time to time, so here it is again.

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