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EDITORIAL: Greedy autoworkers

The good news in the domestic auto industry is that Ford Motor Co. posted a $1 billion profit for the third quarter this year. After 17 straight quarters of red ink, any profit is a sign of progress. Ford sales were up 3.3 percent last month compared to October 2008 (contrasted to Chrysler, which saw sales plummet 30.4 percent year-to-year), market share is increasing, quality has improved to Japanese standards and the blue oval has a new fleet of attractive models hitting showrooms. Published November 6, 2009

GM highlights progress of business plan

GM has outlined progress it has made toward reaching commitments in its business plan, including a leaner structure, stronger brands, and changing the company culture. Published November 6, 2009

EDITORIAL: The grass roots keep growing

Tens of thousands of people from across the country made a "House call" on the west side of the Capitol yesterday. These Americans traveled to Washington to register their objections to the mammoth government health care bill that Democrats are rushing through Congress. The size and spirit of the rally were a testament to the explosion in grass-roots activism opposed to the expansion of government under President Obama's and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's watch. The silent majority is silent no longer. Published November 6, 2009

Dodge Challenger taps into nostalgia

The 2009 Dodge Challenger delivers the best of modern American muscle-car characteristics: unmistakable design, world-class handling, powerful engines and technology. Published November 6, 2009

Manual an option for 2010 Acura TL

Acura takes performance to the next level and aims straight at the heart of the enthusiast driver with the addition of a manual transmission model to the TL lineup for the 2010 model year. Published November 6, 2009

EDITORIAL: Freedom: 9, cameras: 0

If you listen to elected officials as they extol the virtues of traffic cameras, you could be forgiven for thinking that the devices are universally popular. After all, the skewed opinion polls they trumpet describe a public standing behind a remarkably effective product that saves lives. After Tuesday's election, the time has come to dispense with this superficial and demonstrably untrue claim. Published November 5, 2009


Consumers nationwide should protest to a hyperactive California regulatory agency on the verge of ruining automobile global positioning systems and other safety features. Because California is such a large market, car manufacturers trying to comply with Golden State mandates might change auto designs nationwide. Published November 5, 2009

EDITORIAL: Eat your pets, save the planet

Want to save the planet? Kill your pets. Or better yet, eat them. This radical new suggestion comes from New Zealand professors Brenda and Robert Vale, architects who specialize in sustainable living. Their research has found that pets create tremendous strains on the environment and that a truly green world would have no place for these carbon-emitting parasites. Published November 5, 2009

EDITORIAL: Lax airport security

The problem-plagued Transportation Security Administration is a study in bureaucratic ineptitude. Since 2002, TSA has spent more than $795 million on new air-passenger screening technologies. Despite this massive expenditure and the passage of seven years, the agency has not deployed the technology and isn't even sure any of the 10 new systems can address the greatest threats. According to a recent investigation by the Government Accountability Office (GAO), there may not be any benefit from any of this any time soon. Published November 4, 2009

EDITORIAL: As Virginia goes ...

We knew it was going to be a bad election night for the Democrats when former Obama campaign manager David Plouffe announced on NBC's "Today" program that "the results of these elections tend to be overread." Certainly that was not the prevailing opinion in Democratic circles in 2008, when giddiness over Barack Obama's election reached manic proportions. Published November 4, 2009

EDITORIAL: The U.N. housing police

The United Nations is fretting that the United States might be violating human rights by not providing adequate housing. To get to the bottom of the issue, the U.N. Human Rights Council has dispatched Brazilian architect and urban planner Raquel Rolnik, the Special Rapporteur on Adequate Housing, to our shores. We apologize for being unwelcoming hosts, but she should go back from whence she came. Published November 3, 2009

EDITORIAL: Jesus, no, but yes to Allah

Senate Democrats are proving once again that no judicial nominee is too extreme for them to stomach. A move seems to be afoot to open debate on the Senate floor this week on the nomination of David Hamilton of Indiana to the 7th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals. This judge is a radical's radical. Published November 3, 2009

EDITORIAL: The myth of preventive care

House Democrats are preparing to vote as early as Friday on a massive package to sneak the camel's nose under the health care tent. The price tag is going to bust the bank. The legislation makes a number of faulty spending assumptions that will ensure the plan far exceeds its already bloated estimate of more than $1 trillion. Published November 3, 2009

EDITORIAL: Too much mercy for Illinois terrorist

The price for joining al Qaeda, training to kill Americans and then secreting yourself on an Illinois college campus to wait for orders is a mere eight-year prison sentence. That's a light punishment for a man who pled guilty to a charge of conspiring to provide material support or resources to a foreign terrorist organization. Published November 2, 2009

EDITORIAL: Old-school corruption

Before taking control of the House, Speaker Nancy Pelosi said, "Democrats intend to lead the most honest, most open, and most ethical Congress in history." However, with dozens of mostly Democratic lawmakers and various staff under investigation by the House's twin ethics bodies, the majority clearly values political power over clean government. Published November 2, 2009

EDITORIAL: Stop suing yourself

It's a neat racket when you're a lawyer who can file class-action suits against a corporation, supposedly on behalf of the company's shareholders, who will end up paying themselves the judgment if they win. The whole exercise is nonsensical. Published November 2, 2009

EDITORIAL: The chamber's voice

"Over the last 10 years, the Chamber of Commerce alone spent nearly half a billion dollars on lobbying - half a billion dollars," blustered President Obama on Oct. 9. The faux outrage exposes some false piety. Published November 1, 2009

EDITORIAL: A pay-to-play White House

Finally, it is clear what President Obama meant when he said this would be the most "transparent administration in history." He wasn't saying that his White House would be open and accountable; he was saying that his administration didn't feel much need to come up with plausible lies, they'd be fine using the transparent kind. Published November 1, 2009

EDITORIAL: Dawdling on trade

President Obama says he is for free and fair trade. Yet amidst an economic downturn, his trade policy in action is a mix of nice rhetoric, small protectionist payoffs for political supporters and inexcusable inertia that together hobble prospects for a strong global recovery. Published November 1, 2009