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Where No One Locks The Door
  9 Feb 2014     12:06 am

Note: A version of this column was originally published shortly after 9/11. Since then, from time to time, it has seemed appropriate to submit it again as a way of expressing the frustration of a populace whose leaders simply will not listen to their will. I offer it again in that spirit.

Imagine you are a child growing up in a small town. You have always felt safe there. The crimes of big cities seem distant from your serene world, where no one ever locks the door.
Then one night your next-door …

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No Reason to Spend the Evening with BHO
  2 Feb 2014     12:06 am

We all know who FDR, JFK and LBJ were, but when was the last time you heard a leader identified using only initials? I, for one would like to reinstate the tradition.

I told myself it was important that I watch Barack Hussein Obama (hereinafter known as BHO) give his State of the Union Address Tuesday night. However, unlike virtually every other columnist in the land, I could not bring myself to watch or write about the self-indulgent, one hour, five minutes and seven seconds of promises, exaggerations and outright lies he dished …

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Cuomo Puts a New Spin on an Old Mantra
  26 Jan 2014     12:06 am

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has taken a tired old mantra out of the Democrats’ political playbook and put a new spin on it.
It goes like this: “If you disagree with us, you are an extremist.” Nothing new there. Dems have been accusing the GOP of “extremism” at least since the Reagan years. But Cuomo made the chant very personal when he told conservatives, “You don’t belong here! There is no place for you in New York!”

The comments came in a recent radio interview, where Cuomo was discussing the current …

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Did Orwell and Jones See Google and Obama Coming?
  19 Jan 2014     12:06 am

Dystopian science fiction has many works to recommend it. Huxley’s “Brave New World,” Bradbury’s “Fahrenheit 451,” Vonnegut’s “Cat’s Cradle,” and, more recently, Cormac McCarthy’s “The Road” are prime examples.

However, two of my personal favorites have always been George Orwell’s well-known “1984″ and D.F. Jones’ much more obscure “Colossus.”
In 1948, Orwell peered four decades into our future and warned us of a coming world of utter authoritarian control. He envisioned a malevolent government entity known simply as “Big Brother” – a universally understood moniker for all-encroaching tyranny that lives on in …

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Rodman The Perfect Representative For Obama Diplomacy
  12 Jan 2014     12:06 am

As Michelle Obama treated herself to an additional week in paradise as a 50th birthday present at taxpayer expense, her husband returned from their multi-million dollar, 17-day vacation in Hawaii to badger Republicans in Congress over whether to continue to pay people not to work.

Then his former defense secretary, Robert Gates, announced the publication of a new book that reportedly vilifies the prez and his veep, blundering Joe Biden, whom Gates says (quite accurately) has been wrong on every major national security issue in the last forty years.
But the issue …

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Our Hope Remains In Embracing The True Spirit Of Christmas
  30 Dec 2013     12:06 am

Despite the fact that he has more academic alphabet soup behind his name than anyone else I know, including a doctorate in education, my baby brother often surprises me with the breadth of his common sense and the depth of his wisdom. A few years ago, I gave him a plaque bearing a quote from Mark Twain. It read: “I have never allowed my schooling to interfere with my education.” He hung it on the wall of his office. I attribute this humility to my brother’s Christian faith, his conservative …

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Iowa Caucuses Will Not Elevate Paul Ryan to the Presidency
  22 Dec 2013     12:06 am

Paul Ryan is now polling first in Iowa for the next presidential election. If Ryan is encouraged by this news, he is not much of a student of recent political history. Polling first in Iowa more than two years prior to the state’s overhyped, first-in-the-nation caucuses is a bit like being told by the guy at the convenience store that the lottery ticket he just sold you is the winner. Take it with a huge grain of salt.

The base of the party was truly excited when Mitt Romney picked the …

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Liberalism is a Religion; Hatred is its Sacrament
  8 Dec 2013     12:06 am

“Not what goes into the mouth defiles a man; but what comes out of the mouth, this defiles a man.” – Matthew 15:11 (NKJV)
The truth in Christ’s words was never more evident than when MSNBC’s Martin Bashir made his recent disgusting remarks about former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin. Of course, the carefully prepared comments were not vile enough to censor before Bashir uttered them; only after the fact were they deemed “inappropriate,” a term he used in his subsequent, obviously forced, mea culpa.

Inappropriate? Calling Gov. Palin “a world class idiot,” as Bashir …

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Why I’m Thankful in 2013
  1 Dec 2013     12:06 am

As I have done at Thanksgiving for many years, I want to proclaim some of the things for which I am thankful on this uniquely American holiday.

First and foremost, I am thankful to God, who gives me what the Bible calls “a peace that passes all understanding.” This is especially true this year as I battle a cancer diagnosis that was handed to me last May. As I tell all my friends and family, no matter when or how this turns out, with Jesus Christ in my corner, I cannot …

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The Fifties Ended on November 22, 1963
  24 Nov 2013     12:06 am

We humans like to divide time into neat little boxes based on dates, but the case can be made that the styles, policies, manners and mores of one ten-year period usually spill over into the next.

The 1929 Wall Street crash would not be fully felt for a few years, thereby carrying much of the “roaring twenties” into the next decade. The deprivation of the Great Depression lingered well into the 1940s as America was forced to gear up for and win World War II. And because that war put everything …

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GOP Should Not be Part of Democrat Hypocrisy
  17 Nov 2013     12:06 am

In “The Godfather, Part II,” mafia boss Michael Corleone tells a corrupt politician, “We are both part of the same hypocrisy, senator.” Similarly, the same may now be said of Democrats and Republicans in Congress. Let me qualify that opinion by stating that while there still remain a few Republicans whom I would support, there are no Democrats for whom I would ever again cast a vote.

From Obamacare to Benghazi, from government-sponsored gun-running operations to 13-figure deficits as far as the eye can see, from petty, vindictive government shutdowns to …

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Passing Thoughts on the Random Scene
  10 Nov 2013     12:06 am

A decade ago, my son, a talented writer in his own right, with a dry, self-deprecating sense of humor, published as his senior university thesis a series of original short stories, which he dubbed with the tongue-in-cheek title, “All the Things in the World.” Similarly, I occasionally feel there is so much on which to comment that I am left with the dilemma of opining on everything or nothing. And since illness sidelined me from this column last week, I have chosen the former.

Terry McAuliffe, Democrat political hack and corrupt …

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Obamacare Tantamount to Pixie Dust
  27 Oct 2013     12:06 am

In the 1980s, the media seemed amazed at how the public never seemed to turn on Ronald Reagan. They even coined a phrase for it: the Teflon Presidency. More amazing by far is the continued support Barack Obama receives from the adoring segment of the voting public that refuses to give up on his unworkable socialist schemes.

From trillion dollar bailouts to gun-running operations in Mexico, from the $20 billion shakedown of BP to the use of the IRS and NSA agencies to abuse Americans’ rights, Obama has been on a …

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Who Will Tell Obama He has no Clothes?
  20 Oct 2013     12:06 am

A friend recently called and asked, “So when do you think Obama will declare martial law?” Until last week, I would have dismissed such speculation as conspiratorial. Now I’m not so sure.

Before this phony government “shutdown,” if you had asked whether I believed that American military and law enforcement personnel would follow an order from Barack Obama, or any other president, to turn their guns on their own countrymen, I would have said no. However, after witnessing the behavior of armed National Park Service officers unnecessarily closing our national monuments, …

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Obama’s Thuggish Behavior, Part II
  13 Oct 2013     12:06 am

Predictably, my column last week, which expressed my extreme displeasure at the images of World War II vets being barricaded from visiting their memorial on the National Mall, produced a flurry of reactions, both positive and negative.

According to the latest Associated Press poll, 37 percent of America, against all odds, still supports Barack Obama – and I heard from more than a few of them. One man, who proudly displayed the letters “PhD” after his name, took great umbrage at my final statement in that column. I wrote: “If you …

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Stunt at WW II Memorial Shows More Evidence Obama is a Thug
  6 Oct 2013     12:06 am

Imagine you are a veteran of World War II approaching your 90th birthday. This may be your last opportunity to visit the memorial that was erected to honor your service. You have come to your nation’s Capital, only to find that your president has ordered that memorial barricaded to keep you out.
As a teenager, you jumped off a landing craft into the surf at Omaha Beach and watched as your buddies were cut to pieces in the sand. Or maybe you endured the horrors of Iwo Jima or Guadalcanal battling …

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Obamacare: At Least Dems Are Willing to Fight for It
  29 Sep 2013     12:06 am

“If you like your health care plan, you can keep your health care plan.

If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor.”
- Two of the biggest lies so far in Barack Obama’s mendacity-filled presidency
On Halloween Day, 2008 – appropriately enough, since his tenure as president has been a nightmare that makes Freddy Kruger look like Santa Claus – candidate Barack Obama told the American people, “We are five days away from fundamentally transforming the United States of America.” Well, guess what. He meant it.
As I write this column, we …

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Guess Where Those Chemical Weapons Came From, Mr. President
  15 Sep 2013     12:06 am

On September 11, 2001, I wrote a column entitled “Now We Know How Israel Feels.” Now, 12 years later, with a community organizer in the White House who has no idea about the proper use of America’s military might, who believes our only real ally in the Middle East, Israel, is the cause of all the trouble there, and who opposed pursuing our enemies in Iraq and Afghanistan, I’m not sure we do.

After all, he doesn’t even seem to know where those chemical weapons in Syria came from in the …

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The Most Embarrassing President of My Lifetime
  8 Sep 2013     12:06 am

“Speak softly and carry a big stick.” – Teddy Roosevelt
“The buck stops here.” – Harry Truman
“I didn’t set a red line.” – Barack Obama

Barack Obama is, without question, the most embarrassing president of my lifetime – and that is saying something, since my life so far has encompassed 12 presidencies, some of which have brought a lot of embarrassment to the nation. Even Richard Nixon, with his Watergate scandal, Jimmy Carter, with his malaise, and Bill Clinton, with his lewd behavior in the Oval Office, could not top this president …

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Middle East Mess May be Exactly What Obama Wants
  2 Sep 2013     12:06 am

Barack Hussein Obama is either the most inept president ever to sit in the White House or he is an enemy of the Republic. He could be both, but I defy anyone to suggest a logical third alternative.

For the last ten years, I have watched this man’s uncanny rise to the pinnacle of power and vacillated between those two choices. His inexperience suggested the former, but his ideology made me wonder what he would do when the international chips were down. I have come to the conclusion that ideology trumps …

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