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Homeowner bailout draws ire

As Congress moves to aid distressed US homeowners, the prospect of a new rescue is drawing fire from a diverse array of activists, economists and consumers opposing what they call…

Scum, thy name is terrorist

Recently the Department of Homeland Security came out with a report on the proper verbal etiquette federal agencies should use in talking about the murderous scum who are trying to…

Have moms lost their legacies?

With Mother's Day coming on Sunday, I'm again missing my own mom (who died in 1995), but I'm also asking, and more fervently with each passing year, "what kind of…

Flying the not-so-friendly skies

An old commercial for an airline we can't remember depicted first class as the place of champagne and revelry while business class passengers brought picnic baskets, chickens and their…

A breakdown on national TV

The science fiction writer Theodore Sturgeon famously observed that "90 percent of everything is crap." His aphorism was intended to defend science fiction from the charge that most of it…

End the mistreatment of race horses

If you, as I, cannot get that horrific image of Eight Belles being put to death at Churchill Downs last weekend out of your head, you can take action to…

The mother of all regrets

Among the many "thou shall nots" of the Ten Commandments, the Almighty in his wisdom threw in a couple of positive ones to keep folks from becoming too depressed. It so…

Time for a cosmic perspective

Here's one way of looking at our solar system and our place in it: If the vast span of time between the two events that bookend the lifecycle of our…

A nation of hysterical cowards

Lenore Skenazy, a columnist for the New York Sun, caused quite a stir earlier this month when she wrote about letting her nine-year-old son take a subway and bus by…

Putting it into context…or not

I saw my old pal Context the other day. He seemed very low. He hasn't been the same since our mutual friend Irony died. "Hey, Connie," I said, "Why the long…