Bring back the draft!

by Ellen Ratner -- I can't stand Saddam Hussein, the self-styled neo-caliph of the Arab street. He's a people-gassing, dissident-crushing, Kurd-killing war criminal of the worst kind – a fiend whose personal more…

The Traficant railroad

by Ellen Ratner -- The other evening, I watched the greatest hypocrisy-fest ever committed to public video since Nixon declared he wasn't a crook and Marc Rich received the best pardon money more…

Gambling: A scam against the 'little guy'

by Ellen Ratner -- In the year 2000, the American people – mostly the little guys – sunk some $866 billion into "it," most of which was lost. The dollars thrown into more…

Keep Harvey Pitt!

by Ellen Ratner -- While stock frauds look bad these days, it is a pittance compared to what Franklin D. Roosevelt faced during his presidency. Besides the worst depression in American history more…

All politics are international?

by Ellen Ratner -- The late, great Tip O'Neill once famously observed that all politics are local; but in our post 9-11 world, it seems some politics are less local than others. more…

Our Declaration

by Ellen Ratner -- WE hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable Rights, that among these are more…

Watch your dollars!

by Ellen Ratner -- If there's one thing that unites Americans even more than religion, race, creed or political party, it's concern for their money. And I don't care if you call more…

Janet Reno for governor!

by Ellen Ratner -- We live in an age of blow-dried, face lifted, hair transplanted and botoxed politicians, who poll their way to their opinions and whose fingers are in the wind more…

What happened to rule of law?

by Ellen Ratner -- "While people may fear a downward spiral toward brown-shirts and book burnings, the truth is that an American police state may show up in a Brooks Brothers suit more…

Summer of our discontent

by Ellen Ratner -- This year threatens a long, hot summer. This time however, the action's not in America's inner cities, but around the world. Consider the reasons for worry: 1,000,000 nuclear-tipped more…