Outsourcing our military responsibilities

by Ellen Ratner -- My cousin, a "hawk" and previous supporter of the war in Iraq, returned from being an embedded correspondent a year ago. This war, he said, is a "contractors" more…

New election, new world

by Ellen Ratner -- Many of the traditional press at the White House and around Washington have been discussing what this presidential election year is going to be like. The one thing more…

The folks who really did 'a heckuva job'

by Ellen Ratner -- I attended the groundbreaking for the Marsha Barbour Community Resource Center in the Gulf Coast of Mississippi last week. The center, located in Pass Christian-DeLisle, Miss., is named more…

Pundits: Deaf, dumb and blind

by Ellen Ratner -- After watching the Democratic presidential debates last week , I saw a side of the media that I would like to pretend I had not seen. Anyone who more…

Harry Reid and the 'lost' war

by Ellen Ratner -- In politics, honesty is never the best policy. If you doubt that, just ask Democrat Sen. Harry Reid. He simply gave voice to what 99 percent of the more…

Failing grade for abstinence education

by Ellen Ratner -- Blogs have changed what we get for news and fortunately the website rhrealitycheck.org picked up what otherwise would have been a buried story. This story was not about more…

The tears of a clown

by Ellen Ratner -- President Bush gave a short stand-up comedy speech at the Radio TV Dinner last week in Washington, D.C. He delivered funny line after funny line: ''Well, where should more…

Gen. Pace deserves the boot

by Ellen Ratner -- Donald Rumsfeld left the Pentagon and so far no one has been very sad about it. The new Defense Secretary Robert Gates has been showing that leadership doesn't more…

Bush bags his trophy terrorist

by Ellen Ratner -- This week the Pentagon released the Guantanamo hearing of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed (KSM). Two senators went to Guantanamo to witness his hearing via closed circuit television. The senators more…