The so-called terrorist "watch list" is supposed to protect us from those who want to destroy our way of life.
Yet the Government Accountability Office says the Department of Homeland Security, the agency that watches these folks, could not stop 90 percent of them from buying guns after they were placed on the "watch list."
Which begs the question: Who's watching the watchers? Or is anyone watching anything?
The National Rifle Association, which can come up with an excuse to allow anyone -- at any time and for any reason -- to buy guns, says there's nothing wrong with suspected terrorists buying guns because the NRA believes most of them are law-abiding citizens anyway.
Maybe the NRA is right. Or maybe they're not. Who knows who to believe in these maddening times?
The ever-opressive Federal Government, not content to tightly regulate banks, auto companies, smoking and God-knows-what-else, now wants to extend the controlling hand of Big Brother to the blogging community.
Under new buidelines proposed for the Federal Trade Commission, bloggers will be watched by Uncle Sam for potential conflicts of interest and ethical lapses. The agency will soon have the power to go after bloggers who make false claims or fail to disclose conflicts of interest.
The hits just keep on a-coming.
During the 23 years that my wife and I lived in the National Capital Region, we often used Metro, the subway system considered to be the nation's most modern and safest.
Accidents, Metro officials assured us, could not happen because designers put too many redundant fail-safe safety features into the system.
That's what they said. As I recall, owners of the White Star Line said the Titanic could not sink.Read More
In the new reality of Barack Obama and Democratic control of our government, health insurance will not be an option: It will be the law.
Whatever bill emerges from Congress will almost certainly include a require that all Americans have health insurance -- whether they want it or not.
In theory, those who can't afford health insurance will get government help obtaining it.
In reality, the theory of legislation doesn't always translate easily to actuality.
But a government-run health care system will require health insurance...or else.Read More
One contributor to global warming — bigger than coal mines, landfills and sewage treatment plants — is being left out of efforts by the Obama administration and House Democrats to limit greenhouse gas emissions.
Cow burps and farts.
Belching from the nation's 170 million cattle, sheep and pigs produces about one-quarter of the methane released in the U.S. each year, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. That makes the hoofed critters the largest source of the heat-trapping gas.
Iran spent nearly twice as much on U.S. imports during President Barack Obama's first months in office as it did during the same period in 2008, showing that despite trade penalties and tense relations, the two countries are still doing business.
The pharmaceutical industry agreed Saturday to spend $80 billion over the next decade improving drug benefits for seniors on Medicare and defraying the cost of President Barack Obama's health care legislation, capping secretive negotiations involving key lawmakers and the White House.
"This new coverage means affordable prices on prescription drugs when Medicare benefits don't cover the cost of prescriptions," Sen. Max Baucus, chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, said in a statement announcing the accord.
When the FBI investigated the landmark 1972 porno movie "Deep Throat," the case touched the highest levels of the FBI, even its second-in-command W. Mark Felt, the shadowy Watergate informant whose "Deep Throat" alias was taken from the movie's title.
The FBI documents newly released to The Associated Press reveal the bureau's sprawling and ultimately vain attempt to stop the spread of a movie some saw as the victory of a cultural and sexual revolution and others saw as simply decadent.
An Illinois prosecutor investigating the appointment of Roland Burris to President Barack Obama's vacant U.S. Senate seat said on Friday there was insufficient evidence to charge Burris with perjury.
Some of Burris' answers to questions posed by an Illinois legislative committee in January were vague, but he did not lie about his discussions with then-Governor Rod Blagojevich's aides concerning his appointment, Sangamon County Prosecutor John Schmidt said in a statement.
Trying economic times have prompted many Americans to search the financial horizon for positive signs we may be pulling out of the recession. But sometimes what looks like good news can also be bad news. This week's release of housing starts was just that, good news bearing potential hidden bad news between the lines. In May, housing starts jumped 17 percent above the year before, exceeding expectations in a housing market that seems to have bottomed out and which may soon start to produce rising home prices.