FUBAR

Craziness at the gas pump

During the gas shortages of the ’70s, some states came up with a plan to cut the long gas lines. Drivers whose license plates ended in an even number could buy gas only on even-numbered days of the month; drivers whose plates ended in an odd number only on odd-numbered days.

The real truth behind the 9/11 attacks

Every month I get a few e-mails from people who want to reveal to me the real truth about the 9/11 terrorist attacks. The truth, according to my correspondents, always involves some incredibly elaborate conspiracy theory in which the U.S. government staged the attacks to justify the so-called war on terror and the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq.

The case for energy abundance

People say we’re addicted to oil but that’s imprecise and unfair. Our automobiles are addicted to oil. And America has been designed around the automobile.

VA blocks voter registration

The recent ban by the Veterans Administration on allowing voter registration in its facilities has a familiar ring to it. All this has happened before.

Gays marry: World doesn’t end!

The news that the California Supreme Court had ruled in favor of gay marriage came on my 32nd wedding anniversary last month. As over-excitable conservatives rushed through the streets shouting, "The gays are coming! The gays are coming!" I kept calm.

I did not react with a superior attitude of "there goes the neighborhood." My personal marital neighborhood does not depend on what other people do, thank you very much.

Exams prove abuse, torture by U.S.

Medical examinations of former terrorism suspects held by the U.S. military at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, found evidence of torture and other abuse that resulted in serious injuries and mental disorders, according to a human rights group.

Our vets: Homeless, broken and alone

His lifelong dream of becoming a soldier had, in the end, come to this for Isaac Stevens: 28, penniless, in a wheelchair, fending off the sexual advances of another man in a homeless shelter.

Olbermann: The mouth that bored

Keith Olbermann, MSNBC’s pied piper of partisan political punditry, may be starting to wear thin with the very people who made him a star — the political left wing.

After trumpeting a meaningless ratings win over right-wing Fox News blowhard Bill O’Reilly, who was on vacation, Olbermann’s tiresome self-promotion act went into overdrive.

Olbermann: Worst taxpayer in the world?

MSNBC pundit Keith Olbermann, who spotlights misbehavior nightly with his "Worst Person in the World" recognition, owes New York state for unpaid business taxes, according to a tax warrant notice.

And his conservative counterparts and bloggers are making sure the debt is fodder in the ongoing political commentators’ feud.

So much for conventional wisdom

For nearly a decade now, I’ve been writing about controversies regarding the relationship between weight and health. In the course of studying the matter, I’ve concluded that much of the conventional wisdom about the subject is simply wrong.