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PR for Dictators

Dictators from around the world hire representatives in Washington to polish their abysmal human rights records and downplay allegations of corruption.

October 23, 2012 | | Columnists


America Doesn’t Have a Pro-Life Political Party

More than 39 years after Roe v. Wade, the pro-life movement has reached a nadir. Despite the fact that over half the country self-identifies as "pro-life," little tangible progress has been made in the fight against abortion. This is due to both the pro-life movement's failure to be a consistent defender of human dignity across a broader range of issues and to its increasingly close association with the Republican Party.

October 23, 2012 | | Columnists


Choose Success

Everybody talks about the middle class being hurt in the Obama economy, but it's really the working poor who are getting crushed.

October 21, 2012 | | Columnists


To Tell the Truth

Watching the recent Obama/Romney debate brought to mind a YouTube video I saw of an old TV game show called "To Tell the Truth" where the emcee began by welcoming the audience "to our game of deliberate misrepresentation...."

October 19, 2012 | | Columnists


An Interview with Big Bird

A butler opens the door of the large Sesame Street brownstone and guides me to the parlor. Big Bird is sitting on a large couch, wearing a silk smoking jacket, holding a bourbon and enjoying a drag on what appears to be an unfiltered Camel cigarette.

October 18, 2012 | | Columnists


Argus Hamilton

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

October 18, 2012 | | Columnists


Ringside at the Undercard

Needed three towels to wipe down my living room after the vice presidential wrestling match, er, debate the other day. The sweat flung off both the bottom names of the campaign bumper stickers was so thick on the Centre College stage, it shot right through television screens onto viewers at home.

October 17, 2012 | | Columnists


Is this a debate or a primate exhibit?

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

October 16, 2012 | | Columnists


It’s Come Down to Benghazi and Big Bird

In the 1967 film, "A Guide for the Married Man," a worldly businessman, played by Walter Matthau, takes a younger man, portrayed by Robert Morse, under his wing to teach him how to cheat on his wife. In one scenario, Matthau's character describes how a philandering husband should always deny his adultery, even when caught in the act. To illustrate this point, a skit is enacted wherein a man, played by Joey Bishop, is caught by his wife, in bed with his mistress.

October 16, 2012 | | Columnists


Romney Can Close the Deal

Those were my cheers you heard coming from the Left Coast last Wednesday night.

October 14, 2012 | | Columnists


Cyber Attacks to Monitor Investments?

The White House is downplaying an alleged breach of its computer systems by state-sponsored Chinese hackers. I caught up with a computer whiz I know - his online name is "Sleep with the Phishes" - to gain insight.

October 12, 2012 | | Columnists


You Come at Elmo, You Best Not Miss

The very rich are different from us. For one, their Etch a Sketches are better. The handheld toy I played with as a boy must be tiny compared to whatever Romney used to reinvent himself in the Denver debate.

October 12, 2012 | | Columnists


Life’s Little Questions

Dog eating your shoes again? Aspire to be a fashionista? Dream of cloning yourself to be three places at once? These are just a few of life's little questions. 4-H can help you with these questions. 4-H is a place where everyone in the family can go together on the same night. Join 4-H and learn the basics of dog obedience in the dog project. A fashionista is a passionate follower of fashion. Join 4-H and open up a new world of fashion options by designing clothes or buying them, selecting accessories and modeling.

October 11, 2012 | | Columnists


Argus Column

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

October 11, 2012 | | Columnists


Argus Hamilton

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

October 10, 2012 | | Columnists


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Common Core Tests are Failures

A 6th grader in East Texas recently challenged state lawmakers to do what she and every other public-school kid have to do during testing season: "Sit in a room for up to four hours, without talking, writing, drawing, reading, or using your cell phone." Because millions of children are taking Common Core standardized tests this time of year, I did her one better. I took a 4th-grade English Language Arts practice test. The good news is I passed.

March 27, 2015 | Jason Stanford | Columnists


Lamenting Loss of Family-Owned Grocery

The old grocery store in my neighborhood is closing next month. Boy, does that make me sad.

March 27, 2015 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


After a Twelve Year Iraq Mistake, Time to March Home

Twelve years ago last week, the U.S. launched its invasion of Iraq, an act the late General William Odom predicted would turn out to be "the greatest strategic disaster in U.S. history."

March 26, 2015 | Ron Paul | Columnists


A Bush vs Clinton Rematch

You might want to stuff your pants pockets with sand and hang onto the rail as the ship of state lurches towards the distinct possibility that the next election to command the helm will be between Jeb Bush and Hillary Clinton. The brother versus the wife. Sounds like a probate lawsuit.

March 26, 2015 | Will Durst | Columnists


Death Tax Repeal is Long Overdue

On April 13, 2005 the House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly, 272 to 162, to permanently repeal the federal estate tax, also known as the death tax. But in the ten years since, they have all but dropped the issue. A stunning 236 of the current members of the House have never had an opportunity to vote on it. Fortunately, the Ways & Means Committee under Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) will soon consider a bill, H.R. 1105, written by Reps. Kevin Brady (R-Texas) and Sanford Bishop (D-Ga.) that would repeal the death tax. House leadership should bring it to the floor ...

March 25, 2015 | Phil Kerpen | Columnists


In Defense of the GOP’s Iran Letter

Last week a political bloodbath unfolded on Capitol Hill.

March 25, 2015 | Matt Mackowiak | Columnists


Narcissistic Children: Can They Be Stopped?

One of my college roommates had a propensity for dismissing a rule (or someone else's interests) with "Pish posh! That's for lesser mortals!"

March 24, 2015 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


Think of the children!

"What about the children?"

March 24, 2015 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


The ‘E’ in Email Stands for Evidence

The country breathed a collective sigh of relief following Hillary Clinton's masterful press conference last week, held in response to the controversy surrounding her email troubles. "It's all fine. Don't worry about it. We got it covered. Easy peasy lemon squeezy."

March 22, 2015 | Will Durst | Columnists


What Footloose has to Teach Us About Iran

The Republican opposition to striking a nuclear deal with Iran puzzled me, until my friend Truman explained that it's exactly like the famous tractor scene from Kevin Bacon's 1984 class movie, "Footloose."

March 22, 2015 | Jason Stanford | Columnists


Iran Fighting ISIS – Is it Really a Problem?

As Iran continues to take an active role in helping Iraq fight the Islamic State group (ISIS), many neocons are upset that the U.S. military is not over there on the ground doing the fighting. They want Americans to believe that only another U.S. invasion of Iraq – and of Syria as well – can defeat ISIS. But what is wrong with the countries of the region getting together and deciding to cooperate on a common problem?

March 20, 2015 | Ron Paul | Columnists


The World of Sonia Sotomayor

We all know that some people, for genetic or other reasons, experience depression more frequently and deeply than normal. At the other end of the spectrum are people like U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor who, despite having experienced painful losses and disadvantages that would understandably depress a normal person, achieve success and a life of remarkable accomplishment.

March 20, 2015 | Jan Ting | Columnists


Obama Screws the Middle Class Again

How would you like a free refund of your last three years' of taxes? A promise that you won't have to pay any possible back taxes or penalty? Would you have any objection if the IRS chooses not to ask for income verification?

March 19, 2015 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


The First Female President

This year marks the 20-year anniversary of Hillary Clinton's speech at the Fourth World Conference on Women titled, "Women's Rights Are Human Rights." It was 1995 when then-First Lady Clinton went to Beijing and challenged the world to see women's issues as not separate from the rest of humanity.

March 19, 2015 | Tina Dupuy | Columnists


Democrats Have a Corruption Problem

Senator Bob Menendez will soon be indicted on corruption and obstruction of justice charges stemming from his relationship with Salomon Melgen, a West Palm Beach eye doctor. Melgen thought he could get away with Medicare fraud because he gave Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid's Super PAC $700,000 and lavished Menendez with private jet flights to his luxury resort. Given the known public facts, Harry Reid should return Melgen's money to the taxpayers he stole it from and should ask Menendez to resign.

March 18, 2015 | Phil Kerpen | Columnists


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