FUBAR

So, who’s responsible?

Rather than do something productive to increase fuel supplies, Congress wastes time hunting bogeymen and fabricating distractions. Lately they have excoriated Big Oil for the cardinal sin of "under-investing" in alternative energy.

Our broken government

Every day there is another example of how our government is broken.

The presidential candidates are so busy assuring us that they have good values, love their country and will give us cheaper energy that they have no time to talk about broken government.

In Washington, hypocrisy is forever

Exactly a decade ago Washington’s social elites went into a pearl-clutching swoon over Bill Clinton lying to the nation — and, far less forgivably, to them — about the details of his sex life.

‘Tis better to flip than flop

As one who stands tall like a lighthouse in a storm, the waves beating futilely against my rock foundations, my literary lamp has always shone in regular intervals to keep simple mariners away from life’s shoals.

Another racial slur by Don Imus?

Don Imus is defending a remark he made about the arrests of suspended Dallas Cowboys cornerback Adam Jones, saying he was trying to "make a sarcastic point."

Imus spoke Tuesday on his morning show about the on-air comments that sparked a flurry of criticism. Months ago, he pledged to mend the wounds caused by a racist remark about a women’s basketball team.

The high cost of economic stimulus

Those "economic stimulus" checks Americans are getting aren’t coming cheap. The federal government now estimates the cost of printing, mailing and administering the program to reach as much as $1 billion.

Comedian George Carlin dead at 71

George Carlin, the dean of counterculture comedians whose biting insights on life and language were immortalized in his "Seven Words You Can Never Say On TV" routine, died of heart failure Sunday. He was 71.

Is everything out of control?

Is everything spinning out of control? Midwestern levees are bursting. Polar bears are adrift. Gas prices are skyrocketing. Home values are abysmal. Air fares, college tuition and health care border on unaffordable. Wars without end rage in Iraq, Afghanistan and against terrorism.

Horatio Alger, twist in your grave.

China hid true story of POW’s fate

After decades of denials, the Chinese have acknowledged burying an American prisoner of war in China, telling the U.S. that a teenage soldier captured in the Korean War died a week after he "became mentally ill," according to documents provided to The Associated Press.

China had long insisted that all POW questions were answered at the conclusion of the war in 1953 and that no Americans were moved to Chinese territory from North Korea. The little-known case of Army Sgt. Richard G. Desautels, of Shoreham, Vt., opens another chapter in this story and raises the possibility that new details concerning the fate of other POWs may eventually surface.