The conundrum of Crimea

The Crimean War of 1853-56 cost over 700,000 lives.

By Jim Tortolano  E Pluribus Unum The latest crisis in the Ukraine and Crimea has brought about a lot of chattering and finger-pointing from the professional blaming class. It’s very high-decibel woofing, which is interesting because two weeks ago most Americans couldn’t find Crimea on a map of Crimea. Most of this manufactured anxiety seems […]

Drones: hit or myth?

A MQ-9 Reaper drone

By  Jim Tortolano/E Pluribus Unum Nikola Tesla thought up the idea.  A hobbyist named Reginald Denny built the first one, and Barack Obama’s military is making them a household name. Officially, they are unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV); you and I know them as drones. Not only is Uncle Sam using these sleek, menacing-looking aircraft in […]

Obamacare’s “Mickey Mouse” rollout

Walt Disney shows plans for Disneyland to Orange County officials in 1954.

By Jim Tortolano/E Pluribus Unum A charismatic leader overreaches, or seems to.  His biggest accomplishment starts disastrously.  Poor planning, a fistful of first-day glitches and disappointed customers.  Media criticism, finger-pointing and near-panic. Sounds an awful lot like a description of the bumpy rollout of “Obamacare,” as one portion of the Affordable Care Act is popularly […]