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HOLLYWOOD - God bless America, and how's everybody?

July 25, 2013 | Argus Hamilton | Columnists


Monitoring Media

This is shaping up as a great season for media-watchers. Viewers still go on vacation, but news and entertainment media are busier this summer than ever before, giving us plenty to slice and dice.

July 24, 2013 | Peter Funt | Columnists


Yellow Roses and Pink Sneakers

Normally when the general public ponders Texas, a whole lot of big sky and rugged individualism and generosity of spirit springs to mind. The thought of progressive politics is probably farther away than Bedouin olive trays are to an armadillo. But that's exactly what's going on right now as the country's most heroic representatives try their darndest to protect the Lone Star State's most precious commodity. The lives of our precious yellow roses. Our lady folk.

July 24, 2013 | Will Durst | Columnists


No Test-maker Left Behind: Money Short-Changes Education Reform

For the first time since George W. Bush signed No Child Left Behind, the House has passed a major rewrite of federal education law. On Friday, the House approved the Student Success Act along party lines-Republicans for, Democrats against-but the bill has little chance of getting past a Democratic Senate and a White House veto threat. Democrats in Washington don't trust the states to hold themselves accountable, and a recent audit of how Texas has mishandled a half billion-dollar contract with testing giant NCS Pearson shows why.

July 23, 2013 | Jason Stanford | Columnists


America, Let’s Be #1 At Corruption!

Despite all the caterwauling you hear about nepotism, rigged elections, waivers, loopholes, crony capitalism, foxes guarding henhouses, gerrymandered legislative districts, incompetent court-appointed attorneys, misleading negative campaign ads and government surveillance programs, we Americans are an alarmingly contented bunch.

July 21, 2013 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


The Zimmerman Soap Opera

In a better world we should never have been subjected to the Zimmerman trial.

July 21, 2013 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


The Window Fans

Even on the hottest nights of the summer, my father knew how to make our house ice cold.

July 19, 2013 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


Guns Get Off Again

Saturday's verdict in the George Zimmerman trial has sparked national outrage, and rightfully so. And yet, with much of the focus on race, there is an accomplice to Trayvon Martin's death that has, to a surprising degree, escaped scrutiny and a seat in the dock- guns, and our lenient, permissive approach to them. The fact that it's a repeat offender makes matters even worse.

July 19, 2013 | Michael Stafford | Columnists


Miscarriage in Texas

To understand why Texas' new anti-abortion law is an invasion of privacy, you have to know my friend. It's a sad story, and despite what Texas Republicans might claim, it has nothing to do with abortion. It does have to do with a woman's wellbeing, however, which is why his story is important.

July 18, 2013 | Jason Stanford | Columnists


Reid Goes Nuclear for Union Bosses

In 2005, Senate Republicans floated the idea of altering Senate rules to eliminate the filibuster for judicial nominees. The proposal, dubbed the nuclear option, involved breaking Senate rules to change Senate rules. (The rules require a two-thirds vote for rules changes, but the nuclear option changes the rules by simple majority.) Democrats fought back against it furiously. Harry Reid led the fight, saying on the Senate floor: "I would never, ever consider breaking the rules to change the rules." Well, adjust your clocks to "never." Reid is now poised to execute the nuclear option.

July 18, 2013 | Phil Kerpen | Columnists


I was supposed to bring a gift?

HOLLYWOOD - God bless America, and how's everybody?

July 17, 2013 | Argus Hamilton | Columnists


TV on Trial

George Zimmerman's trial seemed to raise as many questions as it answered, but one thing was proved convincingly: television in courtrooms can have damaging effects.

July 17, 2013 | Peter Funt | Columnists


Free College Tuition? Read The Fine Print

According to the New York Times, the Oregon legislature has approved a bold remedy for student debt.

July 16, 2013 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


Praising a Biden on Gun Control

Nuclear efficiency systems engineer Jeremy Preston moved back into his house in Delaware from Tennessee, where his license to carry a concealed weapon was also legal in Delaware.

July 16, 2013 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


Lessons from the Photo Box

Here's something you should do if you haven't done so in a while: visit your mother and father and get out the old photo box.

July 12, 2013 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


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Singing Those Graduation Blues

May 20, 2015 was one of the most bittersweet days of my life.

May 29, 2015 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


The Left's Dumb and Dumber Wars

Reports coming out of Ramadi, Iraq and Palmyra, Syria convey hundreds of dead and burned bodies littering streets and thousands of people displaced and on the run. Loss after loss, setback after setback, the White House remains resolved: The president's Islamic State [ISIS] strategy is an "overall success," said White House spokesman Josh Earnest on May 19.

May 29, 2015 | Susan Stamper Brown | Columnists


Does This Ballistic Vest Make Me Look Fat?

Developments on the women-in-combat front are cause for concern, even for leftists that have made cognitive dissonance a way of life, because the women don't seem to be holding up their end of the ideological bargain.

May 28, 2015 | Michael Shannon | Columnists


Last Week in Poly Ticks

And now, your weekly update from the world of poly ticks.

May 28, 2015 | Will Durst | Columnists


EPA Plan to Ban Coal Hits Major Roadblock

The EPA proposal to impose a de facto ban on new coal-fired power plants received more than two million comments from the public - but it looks like it was just one five-page comment from the Energy and Environment Legal Institute (E&E Legal) that sent EPA scrambling back to the drawing board.

May 27, 2015 | Phil Kerpen | Columnists


Debate Dilemma: How to Cull the Republican Herd

This is more daunting than a Rubik's cube: How in the world do you fit as many as 18 Republican candidates on one debate stage?

May 27, 2015 | Dick Polman | Columnists


Christie Dead Wrong About Spying

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie gave an impressive performance this week, glorifying the unconstitutional NSA program collecting and recording every American's digital communication.

May 26, 2015 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


13 Things Reader's Digest Won't Tell You

If not for my son Gideon (age 11), I might have missed my deadline this week.

May 24, 2015 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


Memorial Day

What's our national debt? The financial one that comes to mind is subservient to a second and deeper national debt.

May 24, 2015 | James F. Burns | Columnists


For Memorial Day - Special-Needs Students Honor Veterans

It was the most moving Memorial Day ceremony I've ever attended.

May 24, 2015 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


Boston Bomber’s Sentence Punishes Us All

Here is what the death sentence for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev will achieve:

May 22, 2015 | Peter Funt | Columnists


New Military Spending Bill Expands Empire

On Friday, the House passed a massive National Defense Authorization for 2016 that will guarantee U.S. involvement in more wars and overseas interventions for years to come. The Republican majority resorted to trickery to evade the meager spending limitations imposed by the 2011 budget control act - limitations that did not, as often reported, cut military spending but only slowed its growth.

May 22, 2015 | | Columnists


The Governor in the Tin Foil Hat

Operation Jade Helm has inspired a million jokes, and some of them have even been funny. But as much as comedians might jump on Greg Abbott for sending the Texas State Guard to monitor military exercises as the latest excuse to mock the reactionary rubes south of the Red River, Texas now faces an existential crisis: Is the Governor really this crazy?

May 21, 2015 | Jason Stanford | Columnists


Top 11 Reasons Being POTUS is So Darn Cool

As it appears we're smack dab in the middle of the 2016 presidential campaign announcement season, this might be the perfect time to ask the question on every American's lips: what kind of twisted psychopath chooses to do this? Who are these people that are so all fired up to enter this soul-sucking fray just to sit in an Office that is oval? Masochists? Sadists? Sadomasochists? Masosadochists? Folks who didn't pay attention during any previous election?

May 21, 2015 | Will Durst | Columnists


Politicizing a Disaster

Tuesday night I went through a crash course in what really matters, in humanity, in mortality. I was watching the news reports about the Amtrak derailment, and amid my secondhand anguish for injured strangers I thanked God, literally thanked him out loud, for the fact that my immigration hearing in Baltimore had been canceled. Had it not been, I might have been sitting in one of those mangled cars.

May 20, 2015 | Christine Flowers | Columnists


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