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An ode to cruising

High gas prices are threatening an almost sacred American tradition -- driving around aimlessly, cruising, if you will.

Driving around aimlessly is such a part of our culture that it has…

Knowledge: An outdated concept?

When he became president of the University of Chicago, Robert Hutchins is supposed to have remarked that a college administrator's job was to provide sex for the students, football…

The insanity of Mike Savage

Michael Savage, whose last name incorporates the concept of truth in advertising, recently went on a rant against autistic children, apparently because other innocents were not readily available to vilify…

Did federal employees buy diplomas?

Immigration officials are looking through a list of more than 9,000 names to see how many federal employees may have bought a phony high school or college degree from a…

Driving less to save money

High gas prices have convinced Americans to do what ceaseless carping by the greenhouse-gas scolds has failed to do -- drive less.

Another record deficit

The White House has disclosed that the Bush administration will be leaving behind a nasty house-warming gift for the next president: a record budget deficit of $482 billion in fiscal…

Accepting moral responsibility for Iraq

A successful surge in Iraq is welcome news, but legislators, the media, and average Americans should exercise caution and some skepticism before accepting any news about Iraq that they're already…

Lies, damn lies and the Web

When I was a college teacher a few years ago, I got an education, a harsh wake-up call, on the subject of identity and the Internet.

Millions lost on construction projects

Millions of dollars were likely wasted on a 900 million dollar army contract to build courthouses, prisons, police and other security facilities in Iraq, an audit released Monday has found.

Iraq prison a $40 million failure

In the flatlands north of Baghdad sits a prison with no prisoners. It holds something else: a chronicle of U.S. government waste, misguided planning and construction shortcuts costing $40 million…