On March 14, 2003, John Yoo of the Justice Department's Office of Legal Counsel wrote a memo addressing military interrogation of alien unlawful combatants held outside the United States.
We here at the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy Office get numerous letters on a weekly basis. Some letters are profound and others profane, but almost all never fail to entertain.
Several years ago I attended the visitation for the deceased father-in-law of a co-worker. While the family seemed fairly desolate concerning the death, my Midwestern stoicism and logic found little to connote tragedy.
Amidst wallowing in the nirvana granted by the all but divine investiture of Barack Obama, liberals have seemingly abandoned a key element of democracy: dissent.
The Santa Clarita City Council recently approved the purchase of 140 acres in Placerita Canyon, located just east of the Walker Ranch trail head and Placerita Canyon Nature Center.
Plambeck belongs on the MRF committee Establishing a committee to recommend sites for a Materials Recovery Facility (MRF), doesn't seem like a controversial issue, but it has certainly turned out that way. MRF is a fancy name for the place that the city of Santa Clarita will take recycled materials to sort them. Burbank, as well as Beverly Hills, already have such facilities operating in existing industrial areas of their cities. The businesses around them ...
Go rent the movie, "Frost/Nixon." Whether or not you think Nixon was evil personified or a misunderstood saint - hit Blockbuster or e-mail Netflix.
I bought a gun. It's just a little .22 caliber rifle to teach the kids how to shoot. When it came, there was a National Rifle Association sign-up form in the box. I chuckled at the thought of me being a card-carrying NRA member. Our new squirrel gun sits next to Grandpa's old 12-gauge, double-barreled, side-by-side shotgun that I inherited several years ago. The shotgun is from the 1890s and has the words "King Nitro" ...
Sitting on the home side of Cougar Stadium at College of the Canyons on the cool May evening, looking out at the sea of purple and gold, many parents would simply state they did not believe this day would ever come.
The Redevelopment Agency of the city of Santa Clarita is continuing to actively implement the Downtown Newhall Specific Plan, which was approved by the City Council in December 2005.
If you ever visit the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, you will probably make your way to the Battle Monument.
Editor's note: As The Signal celebrates 90 years of service to the Santa Clarita Valley, we offer this peek into the SCV of days past. Following is from the first week of June 1934 in The Newhall Signal and Saugus Enterprise. Hot news: livestock report
The future of 'green' jobs Last week I attended a conference in San Jose aimed at building workforce partnerships. Sponsored by the APOLLO Alliance, several labor organizations and the Employment Development Department, among other groups, joined speakers on environmental issues surrounding climate change and jobs stimulus funding - I just couldn't resist the mix. I wondered how all these folks would react to these new ideas. Although the ideas weren't new for the environmental ...
"Just move along folks, there's nothing left to see." So says the clichéd copper in so many old cops n' robbers movies. The action already happened - the crime, committed. There's just the debris to pick up and the blood to wash off.
Most of my newspapers have been piling up lately, securely banded, wrapped and unread. Not eager to plow through the continuing saga of economic distress or the political footballs thrown by opposing parties, I've found myself ignoring what used to be my wakeup call each day. Alas, writing a political piece requires being informed, so why not check out the latest chapter in California's economic conundrum? Front-page center I read of Governor Schwarzenegger's possible plans ...
If you have children or grandchildren in school in Santa Clarita, I hope you will join me for the Literacy & Arts Festival on Saturday, Dec. 7.
So let's get some things straight right off the bat: Yes, Obamacare's rollout has been an unmitigated disaster. And yes, some people have lost their insurance plans despite President Obama's assurances that if they were happy with what they had they could keep it.
It is becoming more evident everyday. Our society is fracturing into little cliques of discontent. We are becoming a factious people. Cynicism might be nominated as our national hobby, and the criticism it breeds has turned us into a passionate yet mediocre debating society.
We turn up our collective noses at the brutality of Ancient Rome's gladiatorial combat games. These bloody, brutal and deadly contests were decadent displays of an indulgent, yet morally primitive culture, we tell ourselves. Athletes were slaughtered for the entertainment of the Roman citizens-sacrificed for their amusement. Every gasp in disgust at what the ancient Romans did in the Colosseum suggests that we somehow think we are better than that.
I love buying a new car. Yes, I know. Buying a used car makes better financial sense since new cars lose about 30 percent of their value when you drive them off the lot.
It would appear that there is some confusion as to the purpose of the essays that appear under my name on the op-ed page of the Mighty Signal.
Much has been written over the past few months regarding the GOP establishment's attempts to quiet the Tea Party/Conservative wing of the party.
Santa Clarita's community gardens are feeding local families - and not just the families of gardeners. Just like America's "war gardens" and "victory gardens" during World War II, Santa Clarita's gardens are providing pesticide-free, healthy food for families.
When smoke clears on this unfortunate period of American political polarization and congressional debauchery, we will learn the man most responsible for our modern dysfunctional political intercourse is George W. Bush's infuriatingly effective propaganda master, Karl Rove.
Veterans Day. 11/11. A special day, a time to honor our country's heroes. Those who have served this great nation have done so in times of peace and in times of war. They protect and defend our country and allow us to live our lives with the freedoms we all expect, enjoy, and all too often take for granted. We can live the American Dream thanks to these brave men and women. These fine citizens ...
At the very core of Liberalism is the idea that good deeds can only be achieved by legislating them. Strong arguments can be made that these "do-gooder" policies achieve the opposite and actually serve to hurt those they intend to help.
Words have meaning.
Flu season is officially here. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the season may begin as early as October, hits its peak in January and February, and can continue as late as May.
The latest conservative push for several years has been against "big government." Nobody likes to see our taxes wasted, resources plundered, and ineffective policies implemented.
Timeshare. Worst investment you can make. At least, that is what all of the financial planners tell us. The only problem is, we like ours. Trish says that if we didn't have it, we'd never go anywhere. I think she is right.