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Wednesday, June 29, 2016
Round Two
Posted Wednesday, September 23, at 1:41 PM
12:15 a.m. Sept. 17 The second Republican Presidential Primary debate is over. My first thought is that the Democratic hierarchy has made a poor decision in trying to shield their chosen candidate rather than let the voters hear from their candidates then decide. ...

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The First Debate Is Over
Posted Tuesday, August 11, at 10:17 PM

  There is no doubt that Carley Fiorina made the best showing in the Republican primary debate undercard. There is a good chance that her pole numbers will go up and she will make the next main event. Now the question is, which of the people in the top tier will drop off. I have no idea. My crystal ball is on the fritz. (Gosh, I hope that isn't a politically incorrect phrase!)...

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Puppy Tales - Outnumbered Again
Posted Sunday, August 2, at 7:58 PM

Some would call us "empty nesters." However, our home is anything but an empty nest. My wife and I have our "fuzzy children." Two years ago, our yellow labrador retriever, Rocky, died from cancer. We have never suffered the loss of a real child. Losing Rocky, like Rebel before, was really hard. We still tear up a bit when we talk about him...

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Let the Games Begin
Posted Sunday, August 2, at 7:56 PM

We are on the eve of one of what may be shaping up to the biggest gladiatorial event since the Colosseum in Rome. If you have seen the movie "Gladiator," think to the scene when Russell Crowe and his co-stars walk onto the sands of the Colosseum for the first time. Now think of the sixteen (more or less) Republican presidential candidates heading to the stage for the first set of debates. I can almost hear "We who area about to die salute you!"...

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Donald Trump
Posted Thursday, July 16, at 5:36 PM

Let me first state that among the sixteen announced Republican candidates for President [number subject to change between date of writing and publication] I have no favorite. Unlike the Democratic primary, I haven't the foggiest clue who will win. I can only say that I just don't believe that Americans are willing to create a dynasty by electing a third Bush...

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Environmental Pope - Church and Science
Posted Wednesday, July 1, at 4:59 PM

 The last time that the Catholic Church took a definitive stand on matters of science, it nearly excommunicated Galileo for observing spots on the sun, moons orbiting Jupiter, "ears" around Saturn, and for agreeing with Copernicus that the Earth orbited the Sun...

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Martin O'Malley 2016
Posted Tuesday, June 16, at 10:58 PM

  This year's presidential race reminds me of an amalgam of 1975-1976 and 1979-1980. The Democratic Primary of 1976 had 16 Democratic candidates for President. Among them were some really big names: Jerry Brown, George Wallace, Mo Udall, Henry "Scoop" Jackson and Frank Church. John Glenn, Hubert Humphrey and Ted Kennedy officially declined to run...

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Visiting Our Nation's Capital
Posted Sunday, June 7, at 7:14 PM

From time to time, I am compelled to take a vacation. Give me a long weekend any time, but I am not a big fan of vacation. Every day I am gone I get three days behind in work. Vacations cost a lot of money. Inevitably something bad happens with a client while I am gone and I can't do anything about it until I get back...

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Hey Y'all, Watch This!
Posted Sunday, May 24, at 4:26 PM

Dateline: Twin Falls, Idaho. Authorities say BASE jumper James E. Hickey died after jumping from a southern Idaho bridge. As part of the stunt, he set his parachute on fire as he jumped from the bridge. What are the odds that before he jumped he yelled, "Hey y'all, watch this!"?...

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What's Wrong With America
Posted Wednesday, May 20, at 2:02 PM

Since they are all human beings, police officers aren't perfect. Nevertheless, they are turning out to be better than early news reports would suggest. Still, people are looking for reasons to riot and loot. Why? But rioting is just one symptom of a pervasive and virulent cultural disease at large in western culture...

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Je Suis Charlie
Posted Wednesday, May 13, at 11:58 AM

I must be getting old. My memory must be failing. I could have sworn that only five months ago that we were all Charlie. At least everyone in the broadcast and print media were. Surely you haven't forgotten. On Jan. 7, 2015 Islamic gunmen went into the publishing house for the satirical newspaper "Charlie Hebdo" and murdered several of the writers and editor. The gunmen escaped and went to a Jewish deli to murder more people...

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A Writing Sabbatical
Posted Tuesday, May 5, at 4:03 PM

From time to time, my friend David Lewis and I get together and talk. Inevitably, a small portion of our conversation will turn to writing blogs for the Times. Inevitably (for about the past five years) David will say that he doesn't think he has anything else to say. As it would turn out, that is what happened to me first...

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I like cops
Posted Tuesday, January 6, at 2:36 PM

As most of you know, I am a defense attorney. That makes me and law enforcement professional adversaries. Interestingly, the officers who have challenged me the most I like the best. I think that this "Get the Cops" activity among the professionally offended to be outrageous...

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Ferguson
Posted Sunday, November 30, at 9:11 PM

I recently read a news article that the church that Michael Brown Sr. belonged to was burned down during the rioting. That the church was not anywhere near the neighborhoods where the protesters, looting and other fires were located. It was most likely burned by vandals. In a word, "Haters."...

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Recipe for Unrest
Posted Monday, November 17, at 6:35 PM

The numbers of recipes for unrest are limitless and no recipe is the cause for all unrest. Nevertheless, systemic problems tend to create systemic unrest. Prior to the introduction of modern abortion, of all births, approximately 51 percent are male and 49 percent are female. This seems to work out well as teenage boys are much more likely than girls to say, "Hey y'all! Watch this!"...

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Hero Worship
Posted Wednesday, November 12, at 1:01 PM

Yesterday I heard someone read an editorial about how wrong it is to refer to our soldiers "generically" as heroes. That it is a pernicious form or hero worship. That to do so diminishes the meaning of the word hero. Moreover, we haven't fought a just war in some 70 years...

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Lessons From the Farm
Posted Tuesday, October 21, at 11:33 PM

When a friend of mine was a young man on a farm, one of his jobs was to kill the mice that inevitably set up house keeping near the corn crib. This frequently meant doing dusk patrols with a .22 caliber rifle. On one occasion, he located a borough in the ground that seemed to be a hub of mouse activity. He poured a gallon of gasoline into the borough, tossed a lit match and shouldered his rifle...

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Don't Panic!
Posted Tuesday, October 7, at 1:23 PM

That's not only on the cover of the Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy, it is also the phrase of the day for the Nice Government Men. Some guy, who coincidentally is a Muslim, hacks the head off of a female co-worker after being fired for the disruption caused by his attempts to persuade his co-workers that it is right to stone to death women who commit adultery. Don't panic! It is not terrorism...

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Patriot's Day
Posted Thursday, September 11, at 3:23 PM

That is the official name for September 11. It is a bit less direct than Pearl Harbor Day, but different ways for different times. What is so special about the date September 11? In 1683, Islamic armies from the Ottoman Califate had conquered all of South-Eastern Europe: Greece, Bulgaria, Romania, Serbia, and much of what was then Russia and more recently the Soviet Empire. ...

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ISIS Made a Mistake
Posted Friday, August 29, at 10:50 PM

This week ISIS made what could be a significant mistake. They conducted a state sanctioned beheading of an American photo journalist using an executioner who spoke fluent English. Expect the other journalist hostages to be executed soon. Western media, American media in particular, have been afraid of broadcasting anything negative related to Islam. ...

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