Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Open the FloodGates

August 10, 2010

WALL STREET JOURNAL July 7, 2006 OPEN THE FLOODGATES JOHN J. MILLER When Warren Buffett announced his philanthropic merger with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation two weeks ago, Bill Gates described one of the motives behind dispensing untold billions: “We really owe it to society to give the wealth back.” His statement was a […]

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Book Review: The Master Plan

August 10, 2010

WALL STREET JOURNAL January 27, 2006 A DEADLY DESIRE TO DO SOME DIGGING JOHN J. MILLER THE MASTER PLAN By Heather Pringle (Hyperion, 463 pages, $24.95) Near the beginning of the 1981 film “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” two men from U.S. Army Intelligence confer with Indiana Jones, the relic-hunting professor. “Over the last two […]

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The Projects on the Prairies

August 10, 2010

WALL STREET JOURNAL January 27, 2006 THE PROJECTS ON THE PRAIRIES JOHN J. MILLER The fallout from the Jack Abramoff corruption scandal has all of Washington atwitter about congressional reform — everything from proposals to restrict travel perks and lunches with lobbyists to a potential shakeup in the Republican House leadership. A subtheme of the […]

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Book Review: The Mighty Fitz

August 10, 2010

WALL STREET JOURNAL November 5, 2005 GONE IN NOVEMBER’S GALE JOHN J. MILLER Mighty Fitz By Michael Schumacher Bloomsbury, 243 pages, $24.95 THEY SAY that Lake Superior doesn’t give up her dead. It’s so cold that when bodies sink they tend to stay down, as surface-seeking bacteria go into a deep freeze. When the Edmund […]

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Book Review: Bound for Canaan

August 10, 2010

WALL STREET JOURNAL March 29, 2005 DESTINATION, FREEDOM JOHN J. MILLER BOUND FOR CANAAN By Fergus M. Bordewich (Amistad, 540 pages, $27.95) On a cold winter night in 1838, a woman carrying an infant fled across the frozen Ohio River. The ice had started to thaw, but she could hear the dogs of her pursuers […]

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Catholics & Capitalism

August 10, 2010

WALL STREET JOURNAL November 26, 2004 WHEN THE FLOCK TAKES THE LEAD JOHN J. MILLER “Marriage is an adventure,” G.K. Chesterton once quipped, “like going to war.” At a conclave in Washington last week, America’s Catholic bishops decided to go to war over marriage — or, more specifically, to open a new front in the […]

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