M.W. Guzy http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Commentary: The Palin Prophesies And Russians In Ukraine http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/commentary-palin-prophesies-and-russians-ukraine <p>Sarah Palin has profoundly influenced my view of politics. She persuaded me, for instance, to vote for Barack Obama in 2008.</p><p>Before her introduction as the GOP’s vice-presidential candidate, I’d thought the resume of the first-term, junior senator from Illinois was a bit thin for the Oval Office and his vision for the nation’s future seemed disturbingly vague. The prospect of Sarah sitting a heartbeat away from the nuclear launch codes, however, convinced me that it was indeed time for change…</p> Thu, 06 Mar 2014 03:54:01 +0000 M.W. Guzy 34190 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Commentary: The Palin Prophesies And Russians In Ukraine Commentary: The Economy Is Starting To Look A Lot Like 2007 http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/commentary-economy-starting-look-lot-2007 <p>There is a discouraging circularity to folly. The tendency to repeat mistakes, I suspect, is born of forgetfulness. We usually remember the catastrophic failure itself, but often overlook the seemingly minor missteps that led to calamity.</p> Thu, 27 Feb 2014 11:16:00 +0000 M.W. Guzy 34020 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Commentary: The Economy Is Starting To Look A Lot Like 2007 Commentary: Of Vitamins and Wage Hikes, Evaluating Stimulants http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/commentary-vitamins-and-wage-hikes-evaluating-stimulants <p>Epistemology is the study of knowledge. The dictionary defines it as “that department of philosophy which investigates critically the nature, grounds, limits, and criteria, or validity, of human knowledge; Theory of cognition.” Woody Allen once called it the intellectual discipline that asks the question, “can we know what we know and if not, how do we know that?”</p> Thu, 20 Feb 2014 02:56:25 +0000 M.W. Guzy 33840 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Commentary: Of Vitamins and Wage Hikes, Evaluating Stimulants Commentary: Da Luge Is Not A Flood: One Viewer’s Guide To The Winter Olympic http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/commentary-da-luge-not-flood-one-viewer-s-guide-winter-olympic <p>Allow me to confess that I am a Winter Olympics junkie. This is an unlikely affliction for a man who doesn’t ski or skate and hates cold weather. As is often the case with perplexing addictions, I got hooked as a kid.</p> Thu, 13 Feb 2014 03:53:29 +0000 M.W. Guzy 33662 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Commentary: Da Luge Is Not A Flood: One Viewer’s Guide To The Winter Olympic Commentary: Rams Fans Want to Know What Stan’s Doing With the New Deed http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/commentary-rams-fans-want-know-what-stan-s-doing-new-deed <p>Stan, baby, you’re busting my chops. Every time I write about your Rams and their on-going stadium contretemps, I go to great lengths to remind the readership that without you, the team would have never come to St. Louis in the first place. Back in the day, you were a civic hero.</p> Thu, 06 Feb 2014 06:06:54 +0000 M.W. Guzy 33480 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Commentary: Rams Fans Want to Know What Stan’s Doing With the New Deed Commentary: As We Learn More About Adam Lanza We Consider The Devil's Workshop http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/commentary-we-learn-more-about-adam-lanza-we-consider-devils-workshop <p>It’s been my experience that people are normally murdered for one of two reasons: money or sex. When I share that observation, somebody will invariably suggest that I add narcotics to my short list of prime motives for slaughter. That idea seems reasonable at first but upon further review, it turns out to be redundant.</p> Thu, 30 Jan 2014 04:33:15 +0000 M.W. Guzy 33314 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Commentary: As We Learn More About Adam Lanza We Consider The Devil's Workshop Commentary: Echoes Of Gunfire -- A Man Dead, FBI To Investigate Police http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/commentary-echoes-gunfire-man-dead-fbi-investigate-police <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Let’s begin by acknowledging that the words “legal” and “wise” are not synonyms. It would be legal, for instance, to install aluminum siding on my brick home but that would probably not be a wise course of action. Just because there is no legal barrier to doing something, it does not necessarily follow that it’s a good idea to do so.</span></p> Thu, 23 Jan 2014 13:20:56 +0000 M.W. Guzy 33200 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Commentary: Echoes Of Gunfire -- A Man Dead, FBI To Investigate Police Commentary: Cursing Toddler And Chris Christie Stories Show Harm Done By Thugs http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/commentary-cursing-toddler-and-chris-christie-stories-show-harm-done-thugs <p>In America, we celebrate our thugs. They’re entrenched in the popular culture as familiar threads in the social fabric —collectively speaking, an integral part of who we are. After all, who didn’t like Tony Soprano?</p><p>Because they exist in the shared imagination as mythical figures, it really doesn’t matter that much whether the thugs are real or fictional. Al Capone and Don Corleone are equally well remembered.</p> Thu, 16 Jan 2014 10:00:00 +0000 M.W. Guzy 32986 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Commentary: Cursing Toddler And Chris Christie Stories Show Harm Done By Thugs Commentary: Sports Teaches That All Can Be Replaced Even Michigan State Leaders http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/commentary-sports-teaches-all-can-be-replaced-even-michigan-state-leaders <p>You may not have heard of him but baseball historians well remember Walter Clement “Wally” Pipp.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">He was the starting first-base man on the 1925 New York Yankees.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">One day, the story goes, he arrived at the ballpark complaining of a terrible headache. Manager Miller Huggins overheard </span>Pipp<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> asking the trainer for aspirin and subsequently told him to take the day off to recuperate.&nbsp;</span></p> Thu, 09 Jan 2014 03:56:03 +0000 M.W. Guzy 32800 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Commentary: Sports Teaches That All Can Be Replaced Even Michigan State Leaders Commentary: Of Criminal Justice And Executive Reprieves http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/commentary-criminal-justice-and-executive-reprieves <p>You can be just or you can be merciful but it’s damned hard to be both simultaneously. Barack Obama may have pulled off that difficult trick when he recently commuted the sentences of eight people serving extended time for crack cocaine violations.</p><p>Perhaps moved by the holiday spirit, the president exercised his constitutional authority to “grant Reprieves and Pardons for Offenses against the United States” and released the federally imprisoned octet in time for its members to be home for Christmas.</p> Thu, 02 Jan 2014 05:25:08 +0000 M.W. Guzy 32656 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Commentary: Of Criminal Justice And Executive Reprieves