Michael Carey

Peter Dunlap Shohl: Three myths about the Charlie Hebdo murders...

Peter Dunlap-Shohl,Michael Carey

Asked about the "long run," British economist John Maynard Keynes said, "In the long run, we are all dead." Keynes lived in a 20th century democracy. If he had been born 400 years earlier in the kingdom of Henry VIII, he might have said, "In the short run, we are all dead."

The dead piled up in Henry's England. This is a fact, although novelist Hilary Mantel uses fiction to tell the story in "Bring Up the Bodies" (Henry Holt), the second volume in a planned series of three on the turbulence Henry's marriages inflicted on his countrymen during his reign (1509-1547)...

Michael Carey

From the moment the Wright brothers successfully launched their 21-foot Flyer at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, in 1903, aviation advocates began promoting the airplane as a weapon.

The 10 years before World War I were a decade of experimentation and innovation. It took the war to make the airplane a lethal force.

The Europeans were the leaders -- they were performing combat flying before the United States entered the war in April 1917. But a few Americans intoxicated with flight did not wait to discover whether Uncle Sam would join the conflict. In the days after the shooting began in the summer of 1914, they were off to fly for France in the Lafayette Escadrille...

Michael Carey

The kid who grew up eating moose meat in the shadow of his father's trap line is a senior citizen. He turned 70 on Nov. 17. He enjoys the geezer rate in museums, on buses and when ordering breakfast at Denny's Friday morning with graying friends.

I was born on a cold day near the end of a great war that reshaped the world. The local paper, announcing my birth, spelled "Carey" wrong but cheerfully noted the new parents were happy with their first baby and planned to keep the little guy. I am glad they did.

Looking backward, I feel a deep sense of gratitude. Not just for getting this far but for the people who were so good to me on the way. I wish I had sent more thank-you cards. Too many who deserved them are dead...

Michael Carey

On the landing between the first and second floors of the Boston Public Library, twin marble monuments pay tribute to Massachusetts men who fought in the Civil War. The short pillars are capped by lions. The text, honoring the Second and 20th Infantries, is simple, noting that the monuments were given by the people of Boston in honor of those who fought, those who died. The battles in which the units participated are listed on each monument.

The list for the Second Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry includes Winchester, Cedar Mountain, Antietam, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, and Sherman's Carolina Campaign during the last months of the war. The Second Massachusetts knew bloodshed in a war in which 620,000 people died...

Michael Carey

The election returns are a great teacher. Here's what they taught me...

Michael Carey

A newcomer to the Last Frontier asked my Dad, "Mr. Carey, just how long do you have to be in Alaska before you become a real Alaskan?" Fabian didn't hesitate - "Just long enough for your brains to freeze."

The back-and-forth over Republican Dan Sullivan's qualifications as an Alaskan brought this quip from yesteryear to mind. Sullivan isn't the first candidate for major office to face criticism of his pedigree. Republicans routinely called Sen. Ernest Gruening a carpetbagger during his campaigns in the 50s and 60s, although Gruening had arrived in the territory in 1939...

Michael Carey

In less than a month, Alaskans will once again re-elect Congressman Don Young. No disrespect to Forrest Dunbar, but the voters will say no to him as they have said to Democrats challenging Don since disco became an American craze.

Young, 81, won his first term in a 1973 special election after Congressman Nick Begich disappeared during a campaign flight. He has won every election bid since and is the longest-serving Republican in the House of Representatives.

It has been years since Young was a power in Washington, and his transgressions of decorum -- and the rules of the House -- are as legendary as his misuse of the English language...

Michael Carey

The General Election is approaching, and once again it is time to find out if you are an informed citizen. The HEPCAT (High Energy Politics Carey Awareness Test) will provide the answer. This incarnation of the test is shorter than the primary version , so you should be able to complete it before finishing your morning coffee. Those who answer all the questions correctly win a bologna sandwich at Tony Knowles' Downtown Deli.

I. FBI tapes of the Veco Room of the Baranof Hotel in Juneau caught lawmaker Pete Kott saying he aspired to become:...

Michael Carey

Perennial candidate Frank Vondersaar died Sept. 12. He was 64. Vondersaar filed for a seat in the U.S. Senate or the House of Representatives for 10 years. He ran as a Democrat and usually polled a few thousand votes in the primary election. He raised little money and did little campaigning beyond his televised appearance on the public broadcasting candidate show "Running." That's where I got to know him. I later learned he worked at the Salvation Army in Homer, his shoulder to the wheel in a modest endeavor to help his community. He had engineering and law degrees but apparently no longer used them. Vondersaar was a big man, humble and self-effacing off camera....

Michael Carey

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