The Palouse Pundit Nick Gier (personal home page)

In June 2011 the Palouse Pundit received a Bronze Medal (sounds better than 3rd place, doesn't it?) for column writing from the Upper Intermountain Associate Press Annual Awards.  After four years of submitting political/religious topics, this year he entered his personal/humor columns, and that was the trick.

The columns below start every week as a radio commentary on Radio Free Moscow (KRFP 92.5 FM). To play the MP3s click here. 

For columns on the 2008 election click here. For columns on higher education click here.

For columns on my trip to Southern Africa click here. For columns on civil rights click here.

For columns on green energy, global warming, and the environment click here.

For columns on "The Third Way" between communism and capitalism click here.

For columns countering the hysteria about Muslims click here  Ronald Reagan here.

For Christmas columns click here

July 6, 2011: Is the Royal Couple Really on a "Mystical" Journey?

ARCHIVES

December 25, 2005: The Christmas Story and Other Redeeming Myths 
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December 28, 2005: The Deceptions of War: Cooking the Intelligence on Iraq
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January. 4, 2006: Why Not Democracy in the Workplace?
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January 14, 2006: Gandhi, King, and Thoreau: Three Principles of Civil Disobedience 
(PDF File)

January 18, 2006: A Woman's Right to Choose Hangs in the Balance 
(PDF File)

January 25, 2006: Happy 300th Birthday, Ben!  Franklin and Religious Liberalism 
(PDF File)

February 1, 2006: The Many Sins of Moscow's New St. Andrews College 
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February 8, 2006: A Runaway Train: Administrative Salaries Steam Ahead of Faculty 
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February 15, 2006: Was Katrina the Wrath of God? (PDF File)

February 22, 2006: Happy 274th Birthday, George! (PDF File)

March 1, 2006: Karma, Character, and America's Destiny (PDF File)

March 8, 2006: We Are All Liberals: Well, Almost All (PDF File)

Marh 15, 2006: The Wonder that Was--and Still is--India

March 22, 2006: Would Saddam Have Been Better? Three Disastrous Years in Iraq
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March 29, 2006: Anti-Intellectualism and America's Future (PDF File)

April 4, 2006: The Gospel of Weak Belief (PDF)

April 11, 2006: Mad Max Meets Jesus Christ (PDF File)

April 18, 2006: Chilling Parallels between Christian and Islamic Fundamentalists
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April 25, 2006: Why Reagan Can't Save the Republicans (PDF File)

May 2, 2006:  The Real Meaning of Sodomy (PDF File)

May 9, 2006: Mongolia: The Land of Chinggis Khan  (PDF File)

May 17, 2006: The Moment of Truth for America's Death Penalty
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May 23, 2006: The Brutality Connection: Abu Ghraib and America's Prisons
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May 30, 2006: Is the Gap so Great between Retro Red and Metro Blue? (PDF File)

June 6, 2006: "Happy Hour" Is Not What Aristotle Had in Mind (PDF File)

June 13, 2006: Liberals: Take Back the Flag! (PDF File)

June 20, 2006: "Bring Them On!" Al-Zarqawi Heeds Bush's Call  (PDF File)

June 27, 2006: Good King Now, but Bad King Later? Bhutan, Nepal, and Democracy
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July 4, 2006: Thank Adams and Jefferson for 230 Years without Religious Conflict
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July 11, 2006: Long Live the Braceros: Essential Guest Workers not Felons
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July 18, 2006: CIA Torture in Vietnam, Latin America, and Iraq, Part I
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July 25, 2006: CIA Torture, Part II  (PDF File)

August 1, 2006: Historical Revisionism at Moscow's Trinity Festival
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August 8, 2006: Moscow School Among the Top 40 Bible Colleges (PDF File)

August 15, 2006: Iraq: One Step Forward; Three Steps Back (PDF File)

August 22, 2006: Vietnam, Iraq, and Lebanon: Superpower Overkill Backfires (PDF File)

September 5, 2006:  Truth, Goodness, and Beauty  (PDF File)

September 12, 2006: Un-Declaring the War on Terror (PDF File)

September 19, 2006: The Woman Who Drew the Boundaries of Iraq (PDF File)

September 26, 2006: You're Doing a Heckuva Job on the Economy, Bushie! (PDF File)

October 3, 2006: Happy 137th Birthday, Gandhi!  (PDF File)

October 10, 2006: Afghanistan as Narcostan as well as Jihadistan (PDF File for 2006 version)

October 17, 2006: Congress Caves Into Bush on Detainee Bill (PDF File)

October 24, 2006: Should Former Deans Retain Their High Salaries? (PDF File)

October 31, 2006: What Part of Equality Don't You Understand? (PDF File)

November 7, 2006:  Convergence not Conversion: Religious Unity in India (PDF File)

November 14, 2006: Some Reflections on Veterans Day, 2006  (PDF File available)

November 21, 2006:  Buddhist Nationalism and Religious Violence in Sri Lanka (PDF File)

November 28, 2006: Their Souls Live on the Cemetery of Books (PDF File)

December 5, 2006: Virtue, Morality, and Expediency (PDF File)

December 12, 2006:  The Man Who Brought the Spanish Inquisition to Chile (PDF File)

December 19, 2006: Whistleblowers Need More Protection at the University of Idaho (PDF File)

December 26, 2006: The Palouse Pundit Looks Back at 2006  (PDF File)

January 2, 2007: Danish Social Democracy and "The Third Way"  (PDF File)

January 9, 2007: America's Health Care is a National Disgrace  Part 1 (PDF)

January 16, 2007: How Did We Lose Our Racial Color Blindness? (PDF File)

January 23, 2007: Happy 270th Birthday, Tom Paine: Patriot and Vilified Theologian
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January 30, 2007: Selling Latah Health Services to Gritman Medical Center is a Wise Idea
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February 6, 2007: A Runaway Train 2007: Administrative Salaries Outstrip Faculty by 99%
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February 13, 2007: Happy 198th Birthday, Charles Darwin  (PDF File)

February 20: Two Presidents Named George and the Golden Rule (PDF File)

February 28: The Deceptions of War Reconfirmed  (PDF File)

March 6, 2007: The Queen's "Tribe" is leaving Iraq (PDF File)

March 13, 2007: Ed the Viking, Greenland, and Global Warming (PDF File)

March 20, 2007: The Need for Liberation Theology is Greater than ever (PDF File)

March 27, 2007: Tolerance for Islam in the Early American Republic (PDF File)

April 3: Woman, Bonobos, and Peace  (PDF File)

April 10: Mary Magdalene: Apostle to the Apostles (PDF File)

April 17: What Ever Happened to the Last Judgment? (PDF file)

April 24: America's Moral Responsibility for Global Warming (PDF File)

May 1: New St. Andrews College Must Earn the Respect of Other Institutions PDF File

May 8: The Imam of Ait Kassem Serves Lunch (PDF File)

May 15, 2007: A Chilling Connection between Nanjing (1853) and Moscow (2003) PDF

May 23, 2007: Catholics May Have Good Reason for Abortion Reform PDF

May 30, 2007: The Passing of an Ugly Giant of the Religious Right PDF

June 6, 2007:  Christ is Commander-in-Chief: Relative Violence in Islam and Christianity
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June 13, 2007: God is Dead (Again!): Secular Fundamentalists Fight Back  PDF  JPEG

June 20, 2007: The Global Peace Index: Norway #1; USA #96  JPEG PDF

June 27 2007: King of Morocco Takes His Country in a New Direction  JPEG PDF

July 4, 2007: Senator Sam Brownback is Confused about Evolution JPEG  PDF 

July 11, 2007: The Living Goddess of Bhaktapur Loses Her Job  PDF

July 18, 2007: America's Health Care is a National Disgrace  Part 2  PDF

July 25, 2007: The Overuse and Abuse of Part-Time Faculty  PDF

August 1, 2007: Moscow's Trinity Festival Features Fraudulent Calvinists and Questionable Trinitarians   PDF

August 8, 2007: Academic Tenure is Not Sacrosanct: The Cases of Professors Churchill and Maki PDF

August 15, 2007: Muslim Democrats and Republicans Have Ignorant Idaho Detractors PDF

August 22, 2007: Soles Hundreds of Feet Thick: Visualizing Economic Inequality in America PDF

August 29, 2007: Faulty Historical Parallels: Bush, Once Again, Draws the Wrong Lessons PDF

September 5, 2007: Lost in a World of Red and Green: Colorblind Males as Neglected Minority  PDF

September 12, 2007: Here's to Good Royalty: A Defense of Constitutional Monarchy PDF

September 19, 2007: IKEA: The Progressive Big Box Store from Sweden PDF

September 26, 2007: Celebrating our Muslim Neighbors by Acknowledging Their Cultural Heritage PDF

October 3, 2007: Moscow's Calvinist College Makes the The New York Times PDF

October 10, 2007: A Denmark Retrospective: Fond Memories for Me and 41 Years of Socio-Economic Progress for the Danes PDF

October 17, 2007: The Three Ironies of Ed Iverson's Report from Eastern Johnbirchistan PDF

October 24, 2007: The 454th Anniversary of the Burning of Michael Servetus  PDF

October 31, 2007: Vote for Smart Growth in the City Council Election  PDF

November 7, 2007: Benazir Bhutto Returns Home to Cheers and Bombs PDF

November 14, 2007: Station Closed Because of Asbestos Abatement

November 21, 2007: The Failure of Abstinence-Only Sex Education PDF

November 28, 2007: Face to Black Face with King Tut PDF

December 5, 2007: India's Day of Infamy: The Destruction of the Babri Mosque  PDF

December 12, 2007: A Sad Chronicle of Complicity: Buddhism and Japanese Nationalism PDF

December 19, 2007: Civility is a Two-Way Street: Moscow's Christ Church and Her Detractors PDF

December 26, 2007: Pontius the Pilot and the Flight to Egypt  PDF

January 16, 2008: Bayard Rustin: The Gay Man Who Organized the 1963 March on Washington PDF

January 23, 2008: The Tribulations of Providing and Obtaining a Legal Abortion PDF

January 30, 2008: Why Not Democracy in Higher Education Workplaces? PDF

February 6, 2008: Indonesia: Rich Hindu Past and Moderate Muslim Future PDF

February 13, 2008: Quick Settlement of Wal-Mart Worker Strike is Suspicious PDF

February 20, 2008: Liberal Religion and Abraham Lincoln PDF

February 27, 2008: The Meterley Report: Always Giving 3.37 Inches More Than Yardley PDF

March 5, 2008: "Don't Tread on Me": Americans Rise Up Against Alien Invaders PDF

March 12, 2008: Progress in Iraq is only Temporary or Illusory PDF

March 19, 2008: Tibetans Struggle in Dealing with an Orwellian Government PDF

March 26, 2008: Olympia Brown: Leading Suffragette and First Ordained Woman Minister PDF

April 2, 2008: On the Importance of Three Cups of Tea PDF

April 9, 2008: The Meandering Maverick: No Straight Talk from McCain on Religion PDF

April 16, 2008: One Haitian Woman's Struggle to Save Her People and Her Land PDF

April 23, 2008: Rapa Nui: Case Study in Ecological Disaster PDF

April 30, 2008: Graduate Teaching Assistants: Exploited Labor on America's Campuses PDF

May 7, 2008: The Doctrine of Discovery and the Christian Conquest of the World PDF

May 14, 2008: Good Manners, Civility, and Diplomacy PDF

May 21, 2008: Dear President White: You Owe Us Another Five Years PDF

May 28, 2008: Sandpoint Nurses May Lead Idaho Unions in a New Direction PDF

June 4, 2008: Two Himalayan Kingdoms Decide on Their Kings PDF

June 11, 2008: The U. S. Starts Killings Its Own Again PDF

June 18, 2008: Our Troops Deserve Better When They Come Home PDF

June 25, 2008: Detainees Are People Too: The Supreme Court Upholds the Magna Carta PDF

July 2, 2008: Let's Not Forget the Ladies of the American Revolution  PDF

July 9, 2008: Denmark Leads the World in Wind Power PDF

July 16, 2008: Warning to the GOP: Don't Mess with Medicare  PDF

July 23, 2008: The People of Moscow Raise $35,000 for Schools in Afghanistan and Pakistan PDF

July 30, 2008: The Lake Woebegon Blues: Where Can I buy a Good Green Car? PDF

August 6, 2008:  Barack Obama is Right about the Surge PDF

August 13, 2008: Headscarves, Secularism, and Religious Freedom PDF

August 20, 2008: Please Register Here to Protest, but We Might Arrest You if You Do Please click this PDF

August 27, 2008: Krishna and Christ: Hindu and Christian Saviors PDF

September 3, 2008: Restoring Democracy in the American Workplace  PDF

September 10, 2008: Obama's Health Plan is Working in the Bay State; McCain's would be a Disaster PDF

September 17, 2008: McCain's Pit Bull Is Waging Cultural War on America PDF

September 24, 2008: Will Sarah Palin Go the Way of Spiro Agnew? Troopergate May Speed Her Departure PDF

October 1, 2008:  Gandhi's Deep Religious Pluralism

October 8, 2008: Memo to McCain: The Economy Tanked Long Ago PDF

October 15, 2008: McCain's Straight, but Unwise, Talk on Foreign Policy PDF

October 22, 2008: Palin Destroys McCain's Credibility on Energy and the Environment PDF

October 29, 2008: Why I'm voting for Barack Obama and Joe Biden PDF

November 5, 2008: Hate Crimes Continue Against Gays; Necessary Legislation Stalled PDF

November 12, 2008: The Persecution of Christians in India, Sri Lanka, and Iraq PDF

November 19, 2008: Muslim Challenge Spurs Inter-Faith Dialogue PDF

November 26, 2008: The Persecution of Quakers: Shame on our Puritan Forefathers

December 3, 2008: The Gateway of India becomes a Gateway of Death PDF

December 10, 2008: The Day Confucius Went to the United Nations

December 17, 2008: Happy 405th Birthday, Roger Williams!

December 24, 2008: The Christ Child, Illegitimate Children, and the Meaning of the Gospel  PDF

December 31, 2008: UI Athletics Get Big Breaks During Financial Crises

January 7, 2009: Is Forgiveness Really Human and not Divine?

January 14, 2009: The War in Gaza: "Bombing 1.5 Million People in a Cage"

January 21, 2009: The Naked Emperor "Decider" Retires to His Ranch

January 28, 2009: Idaho's University Program Reduction Procedures "Severely Deficient" PDF

Obama's Strengths: Superb Intellect, Openness, and Pragmatism (Los Cabos Daily News) PDF

February 4, 2009: High-Speed Rail is Key for Infrastructure Renewal

February 11, 2009: Brave Somali Woman Rejects Islam with a Vengeance

Februrary 18, 2009: Interrogations Need To Be Humane not "Enhanced"

February 25, 2009: Drug Policy Failures from Nixon to Bush

March 4, 2009: 500,000 Frozen Embryos Cry Out to be Born PDF

March 11, 2009: The Iraq War was not Worth the Sacrifice

March 18, 2009: Internal Pick Best for New University of Idaho President

March 25, 2009: The Bamiyan Buddhas: The Destruction of Afghan Cultural Treasures PDF

April 1, 2009: Animals are People, Too: Overcoming the Myth of Human Uniqueness

April 8, 2009:  Palouse Pundit out with a bad cold/flu

April 15, 2009: Happy Birthday, Thomas Jefferson: "Atheist and Leveler from Virginia" PDF

April 22, 2009: State Faculty Union Responds to Financial Crisis

April 29, 2009: When Good Fishermen Became Bad Bankers: The Collapse of the Icelandic Economy

May 6, 2009: The Power of Pride: Vice or Virtue? PDF

May 13, 2009: Malvina Reynolds: The Poetess of Protest PDF

May 20, 2009: The Party of Nehru and Gandhi Win Big in India PDF

May 27, 2009: Union Cards Instead of Credits Cards PDF

June 3, 2009:  U.S. Loses Lead in Higher Education PDF

June 10, 2009: Neo-Puritans Rewrite Salem Witch Trial History PDF

June 17, 2009:  University of Idaho Wastes Time and Money on "Chief Inspiration Officer" PDF

June 24, 2009:  The Parma Research Station Must Continue Its Essential Work PDF

July 1, 2009:  Do You Want Wall Street to Control Your Health Care? PDF

July 8, 2009:  The World's Largest Island Closer to Independence PDF

July 15, 2009:  Should the Head of Nefertiti and the Elgin Marbles be Returned? PDF

July 22, 2009:  Could King Hussein Have Stopped Saddam Hussein? PDF

July 27, 2009:  Has Obama Taken His Eyes Off the Prize? PDF

August 2009: Lost in the Bush of Southern Africa

September 9, 2009:  Southwest Africa: A Century of Brutual Occupation PDF

September 16, 2009:  The Preacher, the Congressman, and the Neo-Confederacy PDF

September 23, 2009:  Tutu, Boesak, and Mandela: Giants of South African Liberation PDF

September 30, 2009:  Not Yet the Mahatma: Gandhi in South Africa  PDF

October 7, 2009:  The Constituiton, the University, and Freedom of Speech PDF

October 14, 2009:  Afghanistan, Vietnam, and Obama  PDF

October 21, 2009:  The Crisis in Idaho Higher Education PDF

October 28, 2009:  A Tribute to the Rev. Forrest Church: Theologian, Historian, Humanitarian PDF

November 4, 2009:  A Great Dream Unfulfilled : The Martin Institute at 30  PDF

November 11, 2009:  An Update on the Habib Sadid Case  PDF

November 18, 2009:  We Are All Bushmen and Women  PDF

November 25, 2009:  The Military, Religion, and Mental Health PDF

December 2, 2009:  HIV-AIDS in Southern Africa: The World's Highest Infection Rates PDF

December 9, 2009:  Copenhagen: Climate Conference's Well-Deserved Host PDF

December 16, 2009:  The Myth of the Copenhagen Conspiracy PDF

December 23, 2009:  "Do You Hear What I Hear?" Said the Little Lamb PDF

December 30, 2009:  Ed Board Risks Legal Action and National Censure PDF

January 6, 2010:  Dennis Brutus (1924-2009): South African Poet and Freedom Fighter PDF

January 13, 2010:  Claudette Colvin: The Brave Young Woman Who Went Before Rosa Parks PDF

anuary 20, 2010:  The "Colored " People of South Africa

January 27, 2010:  Did Jesus Pray to Allah?

February 3, 2010:  California Gays Seek Marriage Rights under the U.S. Constitution

February 10, 2010:  Taliban on a Teeter Totter: How Schools Pacify Jihadists

February 17, 2010:  The Huge Social Costs of Economic Inequality

February 24, 2010:  The Entangled (and Sometime Violent Web) of Dali Lama Politics

March 3, 2010:  Ten Myths of the Ronald Reagan Presidency

March 10, 2010:  Karl Marx and Adam Smith: A Tale of Two Great Economists

March 17, 2010:  Pear Blossoms, Accordions, and Side Zippers

On Tour in Vietnam

April 21, 2010: Who is Responsible for Cambodia's Killing Fields?

April 28, 2010: The Long Suffering Vietnamese Have Economic Liberty but No Political Freedom

May 5: Vietnamese Buddhists: Standing Against Dictators

May 12,2010: Riding the Rails with Dad (No, We Were Not Hobos!)

May 19, 2010: Social Democrats Are Not Responsible for Greek Crisis

May 26, 2010: Thailand's Buddhist King Cannot Save the Day

June 2, 2010: Alberta's Tar Sands and Idaho's Widerness Gateway

June 9, 2010: The Danish Island that went Carbon Negative

June 16, 2010: Don't Drink This Brew: The Tea Party and "Austrian" Economics

June 23, 2010: The Touchdown Jesus, Gigantic Statues, and Spiritual Titanism

June 30, 2010: Idaho's Wilderness Highway and Exxon-Mobil's Mega-Loads

July 7, 2010: The Follies of Document Fundamentalism: Originalism in the Bible and the Constitution

July 14, 2010: Obama is Pragmatic, Overly Cautious, and Distressingly Centrist

July 21, 2010: "Character is Destiny" for Both Persons and Nations

July 28, 2010: Is Hong Kong Actually a Free Market Shangila?

August 4, 2010: Singapore: Economic Freedom but Political and Social Repression

August 11, 2010: Celebrating America with Garrison Keillor

August 18, 2010: Some Choose Hate During Islam's Holiest Month

August 25, 2010: The Big Fire of 1910 in Northern Idaho

September 1, 2010: The Untruths of Glenn Beck and America's Honor

September 8, 2010: Fear and Ignorance Fuel Immigrant Hysteria

September 15, 2010: Germany Leads Europe's Recovery

September 22, 2010: ISU Report Undermines Faculty Governance

September 29, 2010: Two Mahatmas: Gandhi and the Buddha

October 6, 2010: The "Third Way" and Israel's Economy

October 13, 2010: The Sadhu, Meter Guage, and the Bangalore Express

October 20, 2010: The Big Scare over Sharia Law

October 27, 2010:  L-5 S-1 (Need I say more for those who know the spine?)

November 3, 2010: Onward Christian Soldiers: Christian Supremacists in the U.S. Military

November 11, 2010: A Salute to Women in the Military: Veterans Day 2010

November 17, 2010: The Three Amigos and Interfaith Harmony

November 24, 2010: Prodigal Sons: Big Bankers and the Great Recession

December 1, 2010: Crusaders vs. Infidels: Moscow's Muscular Christianity

December 8, 2010: Just Plain Ignorance Fuels Islamophobia

December 15, 2010: Four Levels of Global Warming: A Climate Change Update

December 22, 2010: "Death" Panels and Four Other Health Care Myths

December 29, 2010: The Three Kings, A Star Child, and Universal Religion

January 5, 2011: Prayer and Politics in the Early American Republic

January 12, 2011: Gandhi and King: Saints of Non-Violence

January 19, 2011: Abortion, English Common Law, and Fetal Pain

January 26, 2011: How Many More Jared Loughners?  America's Mental Health Crisis

February 2, 2011: The Bicentennial of America's Largest Slave Revolt

February 9, 2011: The Youth-Driven Revolution in the Middle East

February 16, 2011: Defense, Deception, and Deficits: Reagan's Unnecessary $1 Trillion Military Build-Up

February 23, 2011: George Washington's Religion Revisited

March 2, 2011:  The War on Unions is an Attack on Democratic Principles

March 9, 2011: National Sanction Looms for Idaho State University

March 16, 2011:  My Very Own "Silver Streak" Adventure

March 23, 2011:  What Have We Accomplished in Iraq?

March 30, 2011: The Truth about Death and Taxes

April 6, 2011:  TARP Saves Banks and GM, but not Home Owners

April 27, 2011: Christianity without Crucifixion in the Early Church