Movie review: “American Hustle” depresses

Bradley Cooper, Jeremy Renner, Christian Bale, Jennifer Lawrence in "American Hustle."

By Pete Zarustica, E Pluribus Unum If you don’t believe in heroes, “American Hustle” is the movie for you. In this comedy-drama set in the late Seventies and early Eighties, everyone is on the make from crooks to government agents to elected officials. It’s technically proficient, but downright depressing. David Russell directs this story about […]

And now a word in favor of capitalism …

Is Scrooge (from "Disney's A Christmas Carol") a typical capitalist?

By Jim Tortolano, E Pluribus Unum ‘Tis a rough time of the year to be a capitalist.  First the Pope takes a broad swipe at the practice of free enterprise in the world today, and now, of course, the constant repetition of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol,” which paints a successful businessman as the embodiment […]

Breathe easy, and don’t mind the raccoons

A smokestack in Detroit.

By Jim Tortolano, E Pluribus Unum A raccoon walked into our house. Brazenly strolled through the open casement doors one morning and looked around like he was a potential buyer. Then, he strolled back out. That might not seem like a big deal if you live in the back country, someplace rural and rustic, but […]

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 […]

Should you be a veteran?

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By Jim Tortolano/E Pluribus Unum Are you a veteran? Should you be? Monday is Veteran’s Day, an observance that began after World War I as Armistice Day.  It is an event featuring remembrance of Americans who served in the armed forces in our many wars, with speeches, flags and ceremonies. But the number and percentage […]