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JFK: An Uncluttered Commemoration

In 1971 when Granny Tyree passed away, her belongings included a scrapbook of World War II editorial cartoons, a freezer container labeled (yum!) "strawberries" (but containing turnips!) and a little book in which she had jotted down her own poems and grandchildren's witticisms.

November 17, 2013 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


The Comedy God Gives You Toronto’s Mayor Rob Ford

The universe's comedy God has answered prayers of comedians everywhere who seek a sure-fire punch line: He has given them Toronto Mayor Rob Ford. Ford has become a living unfunny joke.

November 15, 2013 | Joe Gandelman | Columnists


State Health Care Websites are Failures, Too

The federal Healthcare.gov website, serving 36 states that chose not to build their own sites, has been - to quote its boss, Kathleen Sebelius - a "debacle." Its estimated cost to taxpayers stands at $394 million so far and will likely rise as the "tech surge" pours millions of additional taxpayer dollars into trying to fix the site. But federal taxpayers are on the hook for a sum more than 10 times greater - $4.3 billion - for state exchange websites. And some of them are even more spectacular failures than the federal site.

November 14, 2013 | Phil Kerpen | Columnists


Ideology and the ‘Men of Reason’

Ideology is such an abomination, President Obama rages against those he believes are guided by different ideas of governance.

November 13, 2013 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


Now that’s a friendship

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

November 13, 2013 | Argus Hamilton | Columnists


For Veterans Day -- Quiet Sacrifice

Exclusive Excerpt from: "Comical Sense: A Lone Humorist Takes on a World Gone Nutty!" by Tom Purcell

November 12, 2013 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


Will the GOP Learn its Election Night Lesson?

Based on the election results in New Jersey and Virginia, the Republicans have stark choices going forward: They can nominate candidates with crossover appeal - and win. Or they can continue to nominate right-wing extremists - and lose.

November 12, 2013 | Dick Polman | Columnists


October Employment Report; Disneyland-Style Fantasy?

A Wall Street friend told me he thinks that the October Bureau of Labor Statistics report's deceptions are so great that Disneyland must have written it. For the umpteenth straight month, the mainstream media cherry-picked the handful of positive statistics but buried profoundly troubling data.

November 12, 2013 | Joe Guzzardi | Columnists


Thank you to all who have worn uniforms

This Veteran's Day, I want to thank all of those who have warn the uniform in service to our nation. Every November 11 we come together to honor their service and their sacrifice. And most important, to thank them.

November 10, 2013 | | Columnists


A Trimmer Chris Christie is Off and Running for 2016

It's a good thing he slimmed down because he's running. The worst-kept secret in politics is clearly now even less of a secret. With his whopping re-election win, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is in 2016 Republican Presidential nomination-seeking mode. The only questions are whether he'll do it his way (center right), or eventually the base's way (inch far right) -- and whether he'll prove to be another Bill Clinton or another Rudy Giuliani.

November 08, 2013 | Joe Gandelman | Columnists


A Game Of And For The Ages

Roughly 15 million people watched each of the six games between Boston and St. Louis on TV last month, while here in the Phoenix metroplex a concurrent amateur World Series sparked every bit as much passion, maybe even more, among 324 adult baseball teams.

November 07, 2013 | Peter Funt | Columnists


How Many Health Plans are ‘Substandard’? Nearly All of Them.

Because of a regulation designed to make nearly every plan rapidly lose grandfather status, millions of Americans have received letters informing them their health plans have been canceled. Many of them are unable to even get through the first steps of Healthcare.gov to see what their options there are, and others who are able to see their options are finding they have to pay more and may lose their doctors.

November 07, 2013 | Phil Kerpen | Columnists


Letter from Washington

Dear American citizens:

November 06, 2013 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


Iraq Makes Request for WMDs

No, this is not The Onion. No, this is not a rip-off of The Onion. This is not satire. This is the plea from Iraq's Prime Minister, Minister of the Interior, Minister of Defense and the Minister of National Security Affairs. All of whom happen to be the same person: Nouri al-Maliki.

November 05, 2013 | Tina Dupuy | Columnists


President ‘I Know Nothing’ Obama

President Obama "didn't know" his IRS was targeting conservative groups, successfully impeding their ability to promote policies he opposes.

November 05, 2013 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


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For Father's Day, Counting Our Blessings

I was swapping dad stories with a friend and laughing hard. Then my friend got quiet and said something that hit me hard.

June 21, 2015 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


Fatherhood Nation

Our image of an ideal father has been shaped in part by father figures at the national level-starting with George Washington as the Father of our Country. His strong leadership shepherded us through a war with weak, tepid support from half the country-a collection of colonies which desperately needed to be glued together. He was the glue.

June 21, 2015 | Dr. Jim Burns | Columnists


Liberals Mocking Obamacare Case Have a Big Problem

There is a big problem with the prevailing liberal narrative that the phrase describing subsidy eligibility in Obamacare, "established by the state," could not possibly mean what it says. The problem is named Jonathan Gruber.

June 19, 2015 | Phil Kerpen | Columnists


Let's Ditch the Political Correctness

Political correctness is a contradiction of reality and distortion of morality that necessitates relentless government intervention devised by those who seek to control our lives. These self-appointed "Speech Sheriffs" warn us that words spoken outside the imaginary perimeters they've set are judgmental, negative, racist or intolerant.

June 19, 2015 | Susan Stamper Brown | Columnists


Defaulting on Personal Responsibility

Boy, was I dumb to pay back my college loans.

June 18, 2015 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


Death Penalty is Big Government at its Worst

Nebraska's legislature recently made headlines when it ended the state's death penalty. Many found it odd that a conservatives-dominated legislature would support ending capital punishment, since conservative politicians have traditionally supported the death penalty. However, an increasing number of conservatives are realizing that the death penalty is inconsistent with both fiscal and social conservatism. These conservatives are joining with libertarians and liberals in a growing anti-death penalty coalition.

June 18, 2015 | Ron Paul | Columnists


Black Faces in White Spaces

Craig Ranch North Community Pool in McKinney, Texas was not a "whites only" pool, but it might as well have been. Before Eric Casebolt shoved a black girl's face into the ground and pulled a gun on her two unarmed friends, white neighborhood residents at the pool assumed that all those black teenagers were in the wrong place. They didn't see the invited guests of a black neighbor getting a little rowdy at an end-of-school pool party. They saw black people who didn't belong in the mostly white neighborhood.

June 17, 2015 | Jason Stanford | Columnists


Googling the Fountain of Youth

Rich people with too much time and money on their hands often seem to get bored with the hum and drum of their gold-filigreed existences. In response they turn to egalitarian enterprises, such as feudal kings commissioning alchemists to turn base metals into gold, because a lot of stuff back then needed to be filigreed.

June 17, 2015 | Will Durst | Columnists


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