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  • Abolish West Point--and the other service academies, too

    Most Americans are familiar with the prestige that surrounds the United States military service academies. Various names and phrases, spoken like solemn incantations, attest to their sacrosanct status: the Point, the Long Gray Line, Annapolis, cadets. Their graduates constitute a who's who of American greatness, including Ulysses Grant, Jimmy Carter, novelist James Salter and sci-fi writer Robert Heinlein, to name only a few. Gen. Douglas MacArthur, in a 1962 address at West Point, typified the veneration that's usually heaped on the academies when he told the cadets that they were "the leaven which binds together the entire fabric of our national system of defense."
  • Boy Scouts membership falls 7 percent in decade-long decline

    Boy Scouts membership falls 7 percent in decade-long decline
    The Boy Scouts of America's youth membership fell 7.4 percent last year, continuing a decade-long decline for one of the nation's oldest youth organizations, a spokesman said Friday. More than 2.4 million youth participated in its programs in 2014, along...

    Pastor Terry Jones, who made headlines burning Qurans, back in the news with al-Qaida's hit list

    BRADENTON, Fla. The Florida pastor who is near the top of an al-Qaida hit list is now running a french fry stand at a Bradenton mall. The Rev. Terry Jones has opened Fry Guys Gourmet Fries in the food court at DeSoto Square mall. When customers arrive at...

    Golden silence, thy name is W

    Golden silence, thy name is W
    'A salute to George W. Bush — along with hope that, when he leaves office, Obama will follow the example.' In the domain of foreign affairs, 2014 has brought heated national debates on an impressive range of subjects: Russia, Ukraine, Iran, Syria,...

    The other America

    Germany's first chancellor, Otto von Bismarck, supposedly once said that there was "a special providence for drunkards, fools and the United States of America." Apparently, late 19th century observers could not quite explain how the U.S. thrived when...