The Minnesota Daily

All content by Karl Noyes

A chip in the shoulder

April 26, 2006

I was laughed at a month ago when I suggested a little-known federal government program known as the National Animal Identification System was akin to modernizing Nazi holocaust practices. After all, who...

If I were an Iraqi, because I’m part Filipino

March 22, 2006

Last December I went back to the Philippines, and the urban rot of Manila, the separation of the castle-dwelling rich looking down upon the miles of tin shantytowns disgusted my heart. The Philippines...

Matches to Muhammad

February 22, 2006

As Editorials and Opinions editor, I read every comment sent to the Daily concerning the Editorials and Opinions pages. The most common questions of the past two weeks touched on my decisions to not publish...

Why the numbers?

October 26, 2005

It's a depressing little war isn't it? The faces that have died aren't to be seen, hidden behind draped flags, burned and mangled beyond recognition or too dark-skinned to be considered human. Every morning...

An independent voter’s lament

July 14, 2004

The party spirit which regards party success not merely as a means to a higher end, but as the end itself, and which puts abject obedience to party behest above the moral law and the dictates of conscience,...

White House ‘Wicked Witch’ dulls image

March 29, 2004

After former counterterrorism chief Richard Clarke got done putting a knife in President George W. Bush's back that went clear through his heart, national security adviser Condoleezza Rice had a few sharp...

Fortunate sons and phonies: president’s claims are disrespectful

February 19, 2004

My dad went to Vietnam. He doesn't like to talk about it so I don't ask him about it. Whenever the subject comes up, his eyes cloud up and become distant. When I hug him I can feel the lumps on his body,...

The League of Pissed-Off Voters tries to save democracy

January 26, 2004

Gazira's is a humble Somalian restaurant on Chicago Avenue where you can get goat meat, salad and a generous plate of rice and chili for $7. Abdi, an energetic little boy with curly hair, greets everyone...

‘Wilsongate’ could become Pres. Bush’s Waterloo

October 2, 2003

There is a developing story about intentional leaks of sensitive CIA personnel information, which might become "Wilsongate." Although it took a few months for the story to catch fire, events are easy enough...

Mourning Johnny Cash, ‘The Man in Black’

September 15, 2003

You can always tell the life a man has lived by looking into his eyes. Nothing is so clear as the truths revealed in their glistening light. You can see it in Abraham Lincoln's portraits or in the portraits...

Why is Bush protecting Saudi Arabia?

August 11, 2003

Not since Lee Harvey Oswald has there been a patsy so easy to pin as Saddam Hussein. No tears will be shed over Saddam's departure. However, if not for the events of Sept. 11, 2001, he would still be in...

Be wary of the liberal-conservative trap

July 28, 2003

The liberal versus conservative "debate" has ignited talk radio and print for many years now and has inspired the genesis of countless organizations, rants and bumper stickers. The political volleying...

A few hours with Mary Jo Copeland

June 16, 2003

When I meet Mary Jo Copeland, a ring with about a thousand keys on it weighs her down. She's constantly reaching in her pocket to feel for her cell phone as a swirl of volunteers moves around her. For...

Lynch, lies and videotape

June 11, 2003

Good-old American integrity used to demand that truth be superior to all else and lies be exposed and condemned. But in a world where doctored stories have the power to influence and are perceived to sell...

FCC needs to control media conglomerates

May 27, 2003

On June 2, the Federal Communi-cations Commission will make the most important decision concerning the American democratic voice since the Founding Fathers penned the First Amendment. The upcoming decision...

New Hampshire lost part of its identity

May 7, 2003

I've never been to New Hampshire, and I don't believe I know anybody from New Hampshire either. Being from and living in Minnesota, I tend to forget some states so small and so far away. In fact, I only...

The recording industry goes to court

May 2, 2003

The attitudes surrounding music file-sharing have been diverse to say the least. College students love it. Madonna hates it. The Flaming Lips encourage it. The RIAA claims they are losing money because...

U.S. public should question Iraqi civilian deaths

May 1, 2003

It didn't take long for U.S. occupational troops to switch from liberating the Iraqi people to military suppression of them. As you've probably not heard, at least 25 innocent Iraqi civilians were killed...

Faulty contracts shackle students

April 17, 2003

The University thought it hit the gold mine with long-term multimillion-dollar contracts with Coca-Cola and Aramark in 1996 and 1997. As a result of those contracts, all aspects of beverage retailing on...

Kirby struck out

April 7, 2003

Three hundred eighty-six Kirby Puckett cards bide their time in books stowed in the webs of my basement. The cards are worth about 19 cents now. My sister asked if I was going to eBay them because of the...

Bush deserves Nobel Prize

April 3, 2003

President George W. Bush should win the Nobel Peace Prize. Wait, hear me out. If all goes well in this war, it will mean the blissful liberty of the Iraqi people. The Kurds will be rid of their oppressor...

Letter from a Dormitory Cell

March 4, 2003

Dear Gov. Pawlenty: While contemplating Henry Miller here in my dormitory cell, I was struck by the severity of your proposed cut to the University. Seldom do I pause from the work that is my education....

An argument for closing the General College

February 11, 2003

With proposed budget cuts in the millions and more severe cuts expected soon, the University finds itself in a financial trap. Desperate deeds are pending and the University will have to consider gnawing...

Comparing Bush to past presidents exposes shortcomings

January 30, 2003

All the bullish talk by President George W. Bush conjures images of the United States's strong-arm presidents - Reagan, Jackson - and most interestingly, Teddy Roosevelt. Consider the similarities: Both...

Bush administration embraces hypocrisy

December 3, 2002

The term "hypocrite" used to be a derogatory term but the George W. Bush administration has embraced the term as an anthem. Numerous accounts for the administration's past hypocrisies exist. Take for example...