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Ghosts on the farm

I have worked with ghosts for decades. They've been part of our family's fields, and on many farms across our lands. They want to remain undetected, laboring in the shadows,…

The sky really is falling

As if we didn't have enough to worry about, the government quietly passed word over the weekend that a 2-ton U.S. satellite the size of a small bus had gone…

Hunger in America

Because I'm an upper-class American, I often get expensive stuff for free. For instance, last weekend my friends Melanie and Dave took me to an NBA game. We had excellent tickets…

Elite and out-of-reach

One would think the move by the nation's most elite colleges and universities to become more affordable to the middle classes would mean opportunities for tens of thousands of needy…

Where, but where, to spend?

How would the U.S. government be spending money if it wasn't fighting the Iraq War? Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., raised the question during Monday's Democratic presidential debate in Myrtle Beach,…

A dark cloud settles over America

As America heads into perhaps its most pivotal Presidential election in modern times candidates for the highest office in the land face an angry, disillusioned, depressed electorate that fear hard…

More waste and fraud in Iraq

A defense contractor hired to repair combat equipment routinely failed to do the job right and then charged the government millions of dollars for the extra work needed to get…

The Jose Padilla debacle

The Bush administration's case against alleged dirty bomber Jose Padilla has sputtered to an inglorious close. Padilla, you'll remember, was supposed to be the leader, as the U.S. attorney general himself…

Progress for Islamic women

Saudi Arabian women are enjoying new freedoms. Reuters recently reported that, "Saudi authorities, breaking with religious codes that require women to be accompanied by a male guardian, have decided to…

The emperor has no brains

So it begins. Earlier this month, our emperor -- a man so upbeat that he could fall down a manhole and be glad in the gloom that he didn't wear…