The Minnesota Daily

All content by Darren Bernard

Java programmers go home

April 26, 2007

The U.S. Congress has on display a glimpse of an odd and eerie future: Two newly printed bills, both introduced by both a Republican and a Democrat, with polar proposals for overhauling U.S. high-tech...

Define a new kind of politics

April 5, 2007

Don't get me wrong; I have nothing against Barack Obama. Illinois' junior senator has made a heck of a name for himself in only a few short years. He's stolen the youth vote from the angry likes of Howard...

Victimization claims sow alienation

March 26, 2007

The U.S. Islamic community stands to lose face yet again in upcoming months as two frivolous cases of "discrimination" that have taken headlines finally gain some closure. For all the bad press and embarrassment,...

Responsibility and education

March 1, 2007

I have a question for the student body. I'm sure every student in higher education can relate to it, and I'm sure every student has an opinion on it. Try to answer it before you read on: If professors...

Read no evil, hear no evil

February 15, 2007

Administrators at Wando High School of South Carolina have a unique problem this spring. The school's drama teacher and students have chosen Harper Lee's "To Kill a Mockingbird" for the spring play production....

Why climate change is not selling

February 1, 2007

It is a big week for the environmental movement. Friday the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change will issue its newest assessment on global climate change - the latest in four reports stretching back...

The dishonesty of the majority

January 18, 2007

Just say it, Nancy. Grin that big, fake grin and say what Democrats want to say about the war in Iraq but can't. Say exactly what the Sadrists and Iranians and Sunni terrorists are killing people just...

On Iran, diplomacy is dead

November 30, 2006

It has been three months now. Three months since the expiration of the U.N. Security Council's deadline for Iran to halt its uranium enrichment, and three months since Mahmoud Ahmadinejad merely waved...

China and the new protectionists

November 16, 2006

Rep. Nancy Pelosi and Sen. Harry Reid have not put trade policy at the top of their agendas for the 110th Congress, but it is an issue Democratic leaders are surely thinking about. Today, a congressional...

Three choices for Iraq

October 30, 2006

Three schools of thought are forming on how to fix Iraq. The first is the Democrat-endorsed "phased withdrawal." The second is the Bush administration's myopic "change tactics, not strategy." The third...

A tale of students, snooping recruiters and Facebook

October 19, 2006

If you spend much time on Facebook or MySpace, I'm sure you've heard the warning. It's not just friends, fellow students and family members who could be browsing your account - college recruiters and school...

Now or never for Iraq’s leaders

October 12, 2006

The Iraqi government has three months. Just three more months to debate over flags, walk out of parliament sessions and bicker over details of good security plans, because even Republicans have finally...

Terrorists’ rights – if there is such a thing

September 21, 2006

It is nice to know that five years after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, Congress might pass legislation this week dictating how the executive branch can interrogate and try suspected terrorists. Of course,...

Sacramento’s Kyoto

September 7, 2006

California's newest environmental law shows what happens in an election year when political parties cannot agree on details: They avoid them. The Global Warming Solutions Act is the truce brokered between...

About that jobless recovery

May 4, 2006

Friday, when the U.S. Labor Department releases its monthly employment report and Capitol Hill erupts in its ritualistic rounds of finger-pointing and credit-taking, I want just one congressman to step...

The Wal-Mart way

April 27, 2006

I have an ad campaign for Wal-Mart Chief Executive Lee Scott. Every day next week, take out two-page spreads in the major newspaper of every state. On the left side, put a picture of Wal-Mart's price-cutting...

Priming the Iraqi economy

April 20, 2006

When Iraq's squabbling political parties finally put together a government - and that can happen any day now - Iraqi leaders will need to make up for lost time. Security situations and problems with corruption...

America, the hypochondriac

April 13, 2006

Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is boldly going where no Republican has gone before: Universal health care. A bill passed by the Massachusetts Legislature last week requires every man, woman and child in...

Taking civil rights leaders to task

April 5, 2006

Reason No. 5,168 many black "civil rights" leaders have lost all credibility: Rep. Cynthia McKinney, D-Ga. In case you've been paying attention to more important news this week, McKinney is the black Georgia...

Back to Mexico, Jose Cuervo

March 30, 2006

Boy, it sure is nice Congress finally decided to take up this pesky illegal immigration problem. And just think - it only took the influx of an estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants and the deaths...

Where the ports have no name

March 23, 2006

Sen. Chuck Schumer's bright decision last week to liken Arabs to "skinheads" pretty well sums up the alarmist opportunism U.S. lawmakers used to kill the Dubai ports deal. But in case you thought the chest...

Finding balance in corporate accountability

March 9, 2006

The news is never interesting when you know how a story is going to end, which makes this week's show trials of former Enron executives Jeffrey Skilling and Kenneth Lay hardly worth the public's attention....

How to trash a world body

March 2, 2006

Secretary-General Kofi Annan can't retire soon enough. Second-term leaders tend not to be popular anywhere, but Annan's tenure brings new meaning to the expression "lame duck." Annan's gig as U.N. chief...

An ode to Vice President Dick Cheney

February 23, 2006

.Whoever once said There's an end to bad luck Never met Dick Cheney And had enough time to duck He emerged from his cave Dick's castle pretend And with a kilo of birdshot Popped an old friend Hallelujah,...

Washingtons animal farm

February 16, 2006

Four years before he published ì1984," George Orwell wrote a short book with similar overtones called ìAnimal Farm." The story is ostensibly about a group of farm animals that become fed up with their...

Good business be damned

February 9, 2006

Pity Big Oil. Exxon Mobil released news last week of a record-shattering $36 billion profit for 2005. United Kingdom-based Royal Dutch Shell announced a striking $25 billion profit in its fiscal 2005....

The ugliest blessings in disguise

February 2, 2006

It's been a tough few months for Arab reformers. Iranian voters elected an ultra-conservative president last June, who, in his latest stunt, announced his intention to convene a conference on what he calls...

Bush’s reactive, fire-fighting presidency at home

January 26, 2006

When President George W. Bush delivers his annual State of the Union address Tuesday, Americans should expect lots of information on Iran and North Korea, even more on al-Qaida, and a healthy devotion...

An accountability double standard

January 19, 2006

No member of the largest U.S. worker groups has ever had trouble detecting the official political stances of his or her union. The United Auto Workers keeps a link on its Web site that lets visitors calculate...

Consequences of a Justice Alito

December 8, 2005

As soon as The New York Times, American Civil Liberties Union and other fringe leftists grow tired of attacking Christmas this holiday season, President George W. Bush's U.S. Supreme Court nominee will...

Poland in the Middle East

December 1, 2005

Here we go again " another repressive, fanatical regime, another leader bent on acquiring weapons of mass destruction, another people desperate for change. And another trip to the United Nations to barter...

Check this balance

November 17, 2005

Thomas Jefferson once wrote, "In times of peace the people look most to their representatives, but in war, to the Executive solely." I guess someone forgot to tell Congress. All this week lawmakers have...

Reforming the Security Council

November 10, 2005

If you thought the United States had it bad at the United Nations, consider this: The Japanese government has the second largest share of financial contributions to the United Nations, coming in second...

The anti-war left, spiraling into parody

November 3, 2005

So let me get this straight. Anti-war protesters want us to abandon our education system to oppose the war in Iraq, which could have been avoided had more people been better educated? And anti-war liberals...

Responsibility and the obesity crisis

October 27, 2005

If you think back a little more than a year and a half ago, you will remember a guy by the name of Morgan Spurlock - the subject and director of the documentary "Super Size Me." In the film, Spurlock spends...

Reading, writing and equations

October 20, 2005

Did you know U.S. companies spent more money on tort litigation than in research and development initiatives in 2001? Did you know U.S. high school seniors recently performed below the international average...

Where geek meets bully on the world’s stage

October 13, 2005

If President George W. Bush really nominated a "pit bull in size six shoes" to the Supreme Court, he should appoint a 1,200-pound grizzly to be the next Federal Reserve Chairman. After 18 years under the...

A lip-service energy policy

October 6, 2005

Two months after passing the broadest oil, nuclear power and fuel efficiency legislation in United States history, the White House and the Republican-controlled Congress are back on the energy stump. With...

A fascinating and friable China

September 29, 2005

China has a problem. Actually, the communist Chinese government has a few more than 200 million problems. There are unemployed Chinese peasants, laborers and middle-class workers who will roam the streets...

Addressing a flawed approach to Africa

September 22, 2005

The United Nation's 2005 Human Development Report could be the gloomiest document written in decades: "The overall report card on progress makes for depressing reading," the paper says with remarkable...

A continent and a house of cards

September 15, 2005

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez's favorite nickname for President George W. Bush is, "Mr. Danger." In speeches across the South American country, Chavez bashes Mr. Danger to ennoble his cause and warn...

Minimizing poverty takes more than a Ted Kennedy solution and hope

September 8, 2005

It's the economy, stupid. Now if only lawmakers knew something about it. For what feels like the 100th time in five years, Sen. Ted Kennedy, D-Mass., is ready to propose a substantial hike in the national...

Tumbling Tories and Democrats

May 5, 2005

In the last six months, British Tories have fallen into the same desperate political trap U.S. Democrats did in the months preceding November, with the same disastrous results. Tory and Liberal Democrat...

The value of religion

April 21, 2005

The best way to project the social problems of tomorrow is to look at the youth of today. You'd be surprised to see what the newest generation has geared up. Don't look to television for confirmation but...