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John Keenan – reflections on a life well lived

When I learned on Thursday that John Keenan had passed away, Uncle John to me – though we were actually first cousins – there were many thoughts that came to mind. Foremost was the trip in August, 1971 I took with John, Ersa, and their son Mike to the American Legion National baseball championship playoffs in Billings, Montana. I was 12. John was a scout for the Los Angeles Dodgers, and if there was young talent playing somewhere, someplace, John was usually in the stands, stop watch, pencil and program in hand.

March 08, 2015 | by Matt Keenan | Columnists


U.S. Combat Forces In Vietnam: The Fiftieth Anniversary

One of my late father's favorite trick questions was, "What does a cat learn if it jumps on a hot stove burner?"

March 06, 2015 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


Hillary Gets Busted for Secrecy (Again)

Is any remotely viable Democrat prepared to step up and challenge Hillary Clinton in 2016? Because she deserves to be scrutinized by a competitive opponent - more so than ever, now that she's been busted anew for engaging in classic Clintonian secrecy.

March 06, 2015 | Dick Polman | Columnists


Department of Homeland Security: What is it Good For

Late Friday night, Congress passed legislation funding the Department of Homeland Security for one week. This vote followed weeks of debate over efforts to attach a prohibition on funding President Obama's executive order granting amnesty to certain illegal immigrants to the Homeland Security funding bill.

March 05, 2015 | Ron Paul | Columnists


Giuliani a Reflection of Everyday Republicans

Things have gone quiet about former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani's widely denounced comments about President Barack Obama, but that doesn't mean the controversy is history.

March 05, 2015 | Joe Gandelman | Columnists


To Defeat ISIS, Win the Peace

After huddling with his war council in Kuwait, Defense Secretary Ash Carter says we've got the "ingredients of the strategy" to achieve a "lasting defeat" over ISIS. Some Senate Republicans claim that ISIS is going to kill us all in our sleep even as the U.S.-led coalition has the Islamic State forces playing defense for a change, but killing bad guys is the relatively easy part. As we learned in Iraq and Afghanistan, the hard part is to win a peace that can last, and the strategy Carter outlined last week seems like a smart way to ...

March 04, 2015 | Jason Stanford | Columnists


Message. Message. Who's Got the Message?

Don't look now, but the Democratic Party is undergoing an identity crisis of such monumental proportions, the Dissociative Identity Disorder people have called and are requesting artifacts for their Hall of Fame. They're going to put Obama's basketball hoop right next to Sally Field's purple crayon.

March 04, 2015 | Will Durst | Columnists


Secret Benefits to Stupid Comments

An offensively stupid comment by influential and presumably smart people sometimes brings awareness to a subject that would otherwise be largely ignored.

March 03, 2015 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


Olbermann: The Once and Former King

Keith Olbermann should be used to this by now. Two-bit, Class B second tier provocateurs can't be terribly surprised when they're disciplined for the umpteenth time. They thrive on reaction, court controversy and have a masterful way of turning justified castigation into unjustified persecution. Among this motley crew of the mediocre, Olbermann used to be king.

March 03, 2015 | Christine Flowers | Columnists


Altruism No Substitute for Helping Yourself

We like to be kind to other people.

March 01, 2015 | Joseph Cotto | Columnists


Trump's in the Clown Car

Well, the joke's on us. Remember during the recent "Saturday Night Live" anniversary special when Sarah Palin conducted a faux Q&A with Jerry Seinfeld? It went like this:

March 01, 2015 | Peter Funt | Columnists


Justice Selection

Some members of the legislative and executive branches of Kansas government have publicly expressed their admiration for many "things Texan." For example, they acclaim Governor Rick Perry's conservative leadership and praise Texas' lack of a state income tax. Their high regard for our southerly neighbor may explain why our legislature is considering whether Kansas should switch to Texas' system for selecting Supreme Court justices. Texas procures justices through statewide elections.

February 27, 2015 | Lawton Nuss | Columnists


Snow's Silver Lining

I admit it: I love the snow and the cold.

February 27, 2015 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


Big Government and Fat Taxes

How much should the government fine people whose children are deemed by (some) well-meaning bureaucrats as "obese?"

February 26, 2015 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


Interventionism Kills: Ukraine One Year Later

It was one year ago last weekend that a violent coup overthrew the legally elected government of Ukraine. That coup was not only supported by U.S. and European governments -- much of it was actually planned by them. Looking back at the events that led to the overthrow it is clear that without foreign intervention Ukraine would not be in its current, seemingly hopeless situation.

February 26, 2015 | Ron Paul | Columnists


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Trump Must Abandon Regime Change for Iran

President-elect Donald Trump told a Cincinnati audience this week that he intends to make some big changes in U.S. foreign policy. During his "thank ...

December 07, 2016 | Ron Paul | Columnists


If Virginia O’Hanlon Had Asked Fidel Castro about Santa Claus

I am 8 years old. Some of my friends say there IS a Santa Claus. Papa says, "If you see it in the Communist Party ...

December 07, 2016 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


75th anniversary of Pearl Harbor

The events of the past few minutes coursed through John Anderson's mind like the hellish nightmare that it was. He had been assigned to ...

December 06, 2016 | James F. Burns | Columnists


What can Trump Deliver on Immigration?

The single issue that Donald Trump used most effectively to win the national election was immigration.

December 05, 2016 | Matt Mackowiak | Columnists


Ohio State Stabbing and the Rise of Immigrant-Related Terrorism

As President Obama once said, "Elections have consequences." Consequences, indeed. Eight years of a weak Obama administration emboldened our enemy, inspiring the rise of terrorism ...

December 05, 2016 | Susan Stamper Brown | Columnists


A Week of Trumpisms

The death of the dictator of Cuba took over our headlines for a few days and made some world leaders look pretty stupid.

December 03, 2016 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


The Populist and His Crew of Billionaires

A cabinet populated by bankers and wealthy insiders. A $1 million premier package of tickets to the presidential inauguration in January. And a posh dinner ...

December 03, 2016 | John L. Micek | Columnists


Media Unwilling to Understand Why America Voted for Trump

The election of Donald Trump sent a considerable chunk of the media into a navel-gazing funk, struggling to discover what went so wrong that a ...

December 01, 2016 | Carl Golden | Columnists


Pearl Harbor: The 75th Anniversary

When I was a preschooler, I lived across the road from Rufus Foster. I still attend church with his widow.

December 01, 2016 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


To Really ‘Make America Great Again,’ End the Fed!

Former Dallas Federal Reserve Bank President Richard Fisher recently gave a speech identifying the Federal Reserve's easy money/low interest rate policies as a ...

November 30, 2016 | Ron Paul | Columnists


Presidential Apprentice

Two months before joining the government in an entry level position, President-elect Donald Trump has been learning the ropes and is busier than a bartender ...

November 30, 2016 | Will Durst | Columnists


Tweeter in Chief

It's 3 a.m. and Donald Trump can't sleep.

November 29, 2016 | John L. Micek | Columnists


Recount All You Want, but Mob Rule Will Not Prevail

That the United States is not a direct democracy where decisions are decided by popular vote is a dilemma for Democrats unhinged over Donald Trump ...

November 29, 2016 | Susan Stamper Brown | Columnists


Make our (Costly) Infrastructure Great Again

By his own admission, President-elect Donald Trump is a guy who likes to build stuff: A golf course in Scotland. A hotel in Washington D ...

November 28, 2016 | John L. Micek | Columnists


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