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2017-10-08
Opinions
10-08-2017 
Hooray Peggy Noonana and Holman Jenkins 
   I never cared for Peggy Noonan's politics, thinking or writing but have to admit I was wrong after reading the commentary below. When I had my newspaper column, I wrote something similar about the kinds of people and depravity that parents allow int
Send Letter to Editor
2017-09-27
Opinions
09-27-2017 
Trump vs. Tattooed Millionaires 
   The article below is spot on, especially the sentences highlighted in the third paragraph about football players of yesteryear being blue-collar and not making much money, just like their fan base in working-class neighborhoods, such as my boyhood ho
Send Letter to Editor
2017-09-22
Opinions
09-22-2017 
The Asian Skunks at the Diversity Party 
   Once again, they've debunked the diversity dogma that prevails at universities and elsewhere, including the canard that minorities are held back because of white privilege, which is itself a canard.
Send Letter to Editor
2017-09-11
Opinions
09-11-2017 
Two Compelling Articles: Why Entitlements Keep Growing, and Growing, and . . . 
   Why American Students Need Chinese Schools
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2017-08-15
Opinions
08-15-2017 
Cognitive Dissonance and the Statue of Robert E. Lee  
   When the news broke about white supremacists inciting violence over the removal of the statue of Robert E. Lee in Charlottesville, Virginia, I was reading one of the most thought-provoking books on human nature that I've ever read--namely, the New
Send Letter to Editor
2017-08-15
Opinions
08-11-2017 
Americans Want LIberty & Freedom - Hahaha! 
   The more I've studied evolutionary psychology, the more convinced I've become that these statistics mirror human nature, or if you will, the genetic hard-wiring of Homo sapiens.
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2017-08-15
Opinions
08-10-2017 
Reagan's Economic Policies Then vs. Today 
   Cutting taxes in the manner suggested by Messrs. Gramm and Solon is highly unlikely to bring back 1980s growth rates.
Send Letter to Editor
2017-08-15
Opinions
08-08-2017 
Asians vs. Blacks and Hispanics 
   Perhaps you've been following the lawsuit by Asians against Harvard and other universities for discriminating against Asians by holding them to far higher admission standards than blacks and Hispanics. Below is an article on a related issue at New Y
Send Letter to Editor
2017-07-13
Opinions
07-11-2017 
Make Gravel out of Plymouth Rock 
   As seen in the news, there is a movement to tear down monuments to the Confederacy and to change the names of university buildings that were named after slave owners. The proponents of this movement argue that it is inappropriate for a society to h
Send Letter to Editor
2017-06-07
Opinions
06-07-2017 
Single-Payer for Food, Shelter, Clothing and Transportation 
   The non-thinking of many highly educated people is sobering...Case in point: The Wall Street Journal ran a letter to the editor yesterday, written by a physician from Berkeley, Calif., who spoke of the efficiencies and wonders of a single-payer syst
Send Letter to Editor
2017-06-05
Opinions
06-05-2017 
Black Racists versus White Trash 
   Perhaps you've watched the YouTube video of the "students" at Evergreen State College screaming racist slurs about whites, as they tried without success to form intelligent thoughts in a meeting with the college president.
Send Letter to Editor
2017-06-05
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06-05-2017 
An Environmentalist Applauds Trump 
   Twenty-five years ago I founded and headed a large and influential environmental grassroots group in metro New York. One of my biggest challenges was to keep my board of directors and rank-and-file from embellishing, exaggerating and distorting the f
Send Letter to Editor
2017-04-30
Opinions
04-30-2017 
History of Korea as the War Drums Beat 
   Santayana's warning about not learning from history is valid up to a point. As is the case of North Korea today, a point is sometimes reached in which the history of who did what to whom doesn't matter.
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2017-04-30
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04-30-2017 
Astonishing Explanation for Campus Snowflakes 
   In a letter to the editor in the April 27^th edition of the Wall Street Journal, a faculty member of Northwestern University explained why snowflakes behave the way they do on college campuses. The letter is pasted at the end of this commentary.
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2017-04-13
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04-13-2017 
Millennials, Mortgages and Government Grizzlies 
   Working sheeple are being devoured by the very same grizzlies that they elected to protect them.
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2017-04-09
Opinions
04-09-2017 
Emotion Trumps Reason in Trump's Missile Attack 
   It was a sure sign that emotion had once again trumped reason when both the left and the right agreed that Trump had a moral imperative to attack the Syrian air base. The implication was that the United States should intercede with force whenever bar
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2017-04-05
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04-05-2017 
A Dago's Perspective on Diversity and White Privilege 
   If you are a member of the campus thought police and offended by the word "dago," too bad. Here are some other offensive synonyms for "Italian:" wop, greaseball, greaser, goombah, mobster, and garlic eater.
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2017-03-27
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03-27-2017 
Trump is in a fiscal hole but wants to keep digging 
   That particular chapter of the "replace" saga, however, is chicken feed compared to finding a coherent majority on measures to "replace" the /$4 trillion /of revenue loss from the corporate and individual tax cuts promised by Trump and embraced widel
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2017-03-28
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03-28-2017 
Bill Gates, Hypocrite of the Year 
   Sure, they'll kill jobs. Like Microsoft Excel, they'll also create new ones.
Send Letter to Editor
2017-03-28
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03-28-2017 
NFL Announces Raiders Move to North Korea 
   Scottsdale, Ariz. - National Football League bigshots, meeting here to drive drunk and get in fights in Old Town nightclubs, in the longstanding tradition of college and professional football players who visit this resort city, announced today that t
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2017-03-27
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03-27-2017 
Letter to Governor Doug Ducey about drug legalization 
   As reported by Mr. Will, you justify your opposition to marijuana legalization by noting that you are "the son of a cop and the father of three teenage sons." With respect, how many people, including cops, are gunned down by sellers of beer and
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2017-03-27
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03-27-2017 
Michelangelo and ObamaCare Reform 
   It was almost a certainty that ObamaCare would not be replaced or reformed enough to restore a consumer market in medical care/insurance, one in which the consumer is at the top of the pyramid instead of the bottom.
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2017-03-27
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03-27-2017 
Two Great Takes on Putin 
  
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2017-03-23
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03-23-2017 
The Science of Fat vs. the Science of Global Warming 
   For over a half-century, the government and those in the medical and science community who fed at its richly nutritious teats of grants and subsidies had declared that it was a scientific fact that saturated fats were a primary cause of heart disease
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2017-03-18
Opinions
03-18-2017 
The rest of the story about immigrants revitalizing cities 
   The following Bloomberg article is about a neighborhood in St. Louis that is a couple of miles from my boyhood home, a neighborhood that is being revitalized by Bosnian immigrants. A former German neighborhood, I used to ride my bike there as a kid (
Send Letter to Editor
2017-03-16
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03-16-2017 
Facts about Medicaid that will blow your socks off 
   The first is an excerpt from a commentary by Nick Ebertstadt. The excerpt explains how Medicaid fuels the horrible opioid epidemic.
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2017-03-15
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03-15-2017 
The Truth about Losing "Healthcare" 
   Media reports say that 20 million Americans will lose their "healthcare" under the Republican plan to replace ObamaCare, as if healthcare is like a cellphone, wallet, or item of clothing unintentionally left somewhere or stolen by someone.
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2017-03-13
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03-13-2017 
Why Trade Deficits Are not Bad 
   As the following WSJ editorial explains, a trade deficit is not ipso facto bad. It's only seen as bad because the word "deficit" has a negative connotation. If the word "benefit" were used in lieu of the word "deficit," there would be no negative
Send Letter to Editor
2017-03-09
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03-09-2017 
Brilliant: Why few women are in positions of power 
   The discussion is brilliant, direct, politically-incorrect, and spot-on--and it took place on a college campus. It's also fairly long, because, to avoid being typecast as a Neanderthal male, it takes more than sound bites to debunk the canards, nost
Send Letter to Editor
2017-03-09
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03-09-2017 
Political Realities of Replacing ObamaCare 
   Below is the Wall Street Journal's lead editorial of today on the political realities of replacing ObamaCare. It is spot-on in its assessment that the Ryan plan is about the best that can be achieved politically, and that failure to enact it will le
Send Letter to Editor
2017-03-09
Opinions
03-09-2017 
Poor Productivity Is the Pink Elephant in the Economy 
   Trump is another president in a long line of presidents with a magical plan to restore the economy to high growth, especially for the working class. But other than some temporary blips, the nation hasn't seen sustained high growth since the eco
Send Letter to Editor
2017-02-20
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02-20-2017 
Retiring Baby Boomers Face Crushing Debt 
   When I was in corporate life, boomers would come to me and request a contrived hardship withdrawal of their 401(k) funds, which they then used to buy an expensive German car or some other extravagance, resulting in a tax penalty. I knew what people
Send Letter to Editor
2017-02-17
Opinions
02-17-2017 
Politically-Incorrect Harvard Commencement Address and Other Stuff 
  
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2017-02-13
Opinions
02-13-2017 
Two Interesting Articles on the Mexican Economy 
   The first describes how Trump's comments about trade with Mexico and NAFTA have shrunk investments in Mexico, lowered forecasts for growth of the Mexican economy, and weakened the peso, thus making Mexican exports cheaper and pushing Mexico to increa
Send Letter to Editor
2017-02-13
Opinions
02-13-2017 
Trigger Warning: See what's okay on college campuses 
   You no doubt know by now that the leftists at the University of California-Berkeley rioted to stop Milo Yiannopoulos from speaking. He is a gay conservative, a jerk, a lousy public speaker, and not very learned. But he is a genius, an intellectual,
Send Letter to Editor
2017-02-09
Opinions
02-09-2017 
Audi deserves to be keyed 
   It would be wrong to vandalize a car by running a key along the side, even a car manufactured by a German company that fouled the airwaves during the Super Bowl with agitprop about equal pay for women. But it's not wrong to verbally key the ignora
Send Letter to Editor
2017-01-31
Opinions
01-31-2017 
Working Stiffs Stiffed by Nixon, Reagan, and now Trump 
   He appealed directly to white Southerners and ethnic working-class Northerners, largely ignoring the left-leaning media, academia, and racial minorities. And he imposed a 10% tariff on imports.
Send Letter to Editor
2017-01-27
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01-27-2017 
U.S. Healthcare Costs: What's the truth? 
   Below my signature is a Wall Street Journal blurb that compares life expectancies and costs for selected drugs and medical treatments between the U.S. and selected countries. The stats suggest that Americans pay through the nose for medical care yet
Send Letter to Editor
2017-01-23
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01-23-2017 
The Dystopian Vision of George Soros 
   Soros is just another alpha male in a long line of big chimps on the left and right who want to remake society and the world in their own image instead of leaving people alone. An egotistical busybody and bully, in other words.
Send Letter to Editor
2017-01-16
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01-16-2017 
Do You Agree that Libertarians are Fruit Loops? 
   The final straw was a noted libertarian saying the following about foreign policy: "The United States should observe good faith and justice toward all nations and cultivate peace and harmony with all, should not have hatreds against some na
Send Letter to Editor
2017-01-11
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01-11-2017 
How History Will See Libertarians v. Laura Ingraham 
   Actually, their mortal sin is that they believe in non-aggression in personal and national affairs, in people owning themselves instead of being owned by the state, in being able to keep the fruits of their labor instead of having the fruits expropri
Send Letter to Editor
2017-01-10
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01-10-2017 
Russia's Lies about America Are a Casus Belli 
   Something has to be done about Vladimir Putin directing his spies to undermine American democracy by spreading lies about our presidential candidates. If this isn't a casus belli, I don't know what is.
Send Letter to Editor
2017-01-02
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01-02-2017 
A Fool in the Crossfire over Russia and Israel 
   Only a fool would step into the crossfire between the warring tribes known as Democrats and Republicans on the two burning issues of the day: Russia's hacking and the U.N. resolution on Israel.
Send Letter to Editor
2017-01-02
Opinions
01-02-2017 
Death by Smartphone 
   My wife and I are avid participants in one of the most dangerous sports nowadays: We walk.
Send Letter to Editor
2016-12-19
Opinions
12-19-2016 
America's imperialism 1830 to 1910 
   Below is a review of a new book that I'll be buying. Of course many flag-waving nationalists foam at the mouth over any suggestion that the Shining City on the Hill has been imperialistic.
Send Letter to Editor
2016-12-16
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12-16-2016 
A National Tragedy 
   Below is a heartbreaking front-page story from today's Wall Street Journal on the family and social havoc caused by the epidemic of opioid addiction. I've written previously about how this epidemic and drug use in general have contributed to declini
Send Letter to Editor
2016-12-14
Opinions
12-14-2016 
Crybabies Snivel to the WSJ about Student Loans 
   Oh my, another great injustice in the USA, as described in the article below. This time it's an electrical engineer and his hair stylist wife in their sixties who think it's unjust that they have to pay off their student loans, unlike other borrowers
Send Letter to Editor
2016-12-12
Opinions
12-12-2016 
Speech Codes 
   When I read the following, I thought the Dutch had lost their minds. . .
Send Letter to Editor
2016-12-12
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12-12-2016 
Cognitive Bias 
   Kahneman has shown that humans aren't as rational, logical, and reasoned as they think. (I'm a noted exception. Haha!) This can be seen by anyone who observes TV shows, commercials, the mainstream media, talk radio, elections, Congress, presidents
Send Letter to Editor
2016-12-06
Opinions
12-06-2016 
Connecting the Dots on the Declining Work Ethic: 
   Video Games, Student Debt, Drugs, and Welfare
Send Letter to Editor
2017-01-29
Opinions
01-29-2017 
Holman Jenkins Gives NY Times What It Deserves 
   In his column below, Holman Jenkins of the WSJ masterfully skewers the NYT and other parishioners at the Church of Climatology for claiming that climate change has lowered the value of hoity-toity homes along coastlines.
Send Letter to Editor
2017-01-29
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01-29-2017 
Was the price of your turkey set like this? 
   The other day I sent an email with the subject line, "Chicken S**t Price-Fixing," with a WSJ article attached about the way that chicken prices are set. Below is a follow-up article from the WSJ, which, like the first article, is a turkey of an arti
Send Letter to Editor
2016-11-23
Opinions
11-23-2016 
Chicken S**t Price-Fixing 
   I had to read the following WSJ article three times to make sure I wasn't hallucinating. It disabused me of three notions: one, that we have a market economy; two, that price-fixing is illegal; and three, that prices are set by supply and demand an
Send Letter to Editor
2016-11-18
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11-18-2016 
Do we want these jobs back? 
   I gave a talk the other night about growing income inequality in the USA. The next day, the Wall Street Journal published the article below my signature about electronics work outsourced to contract manufactures in China by Apple and other American
Send Letter to Editor
2016-11-17
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11-17-2016 
The Forgotten Word in the Presidential Race 
   A very important word was not mentioned once throughout the long and nauseating presidential race--not once in the torrent of inane campaign commercials, not once in the hundreds of silly interviews conducted by the sophomoric media, not once in the
Send Letter to Editor
2016-11-10
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11-10-2016 
What the election means to me 
  
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2016-11-01
Opinions
11-01-2016 
The Beaver Street Divide in America 
   Beaver Street runs through downtown Flagstaff, Arizona, a high-country town at 7,000-foot elevation and towered over by the 12,000-foot Humphrey's Peak. A couple of blocks of the street are a microcosm of the political divide in America.
Send Letter to Editor
2016-10-25
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10-25-2016 
Sobering article about the new economics 
   The article below compares the rise and fall of textile manufacturing in Lowell, Mass over a century ago to the rise and fall of the city of Dongguan in China. A big difference is that the growth and decline of Dongguan happened at warp speed compar
Send Letter to Editor
2016-10-25
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10-25-2016 
Children of the Revolution: Bernie Sanders' alt-left 
   The article pasted below is insightful but very long. It describes the alt-left, or the millennials who supported Bernie Sanders and comprise a large and growing wing of the Democrat party. To save you time, I've pasted a two-paragraph excerpt imme
Send Letter to Editor
2016-10-10
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10-10-2016 
The 2016 Election's Over----The Battle For A Grand Realignment Begins 
   Despite Donald Trump's game display of counter-punching last night, the 2016 election campaign is over. The establishment media has destroyed his candidacy-----not by refuting a single issue in his indictment of the status quo but by destroying the e
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2016-10-09
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10-09-2016 
Give 'em the boot 
   McCain is airing an ad that claims that his opponent walked out of a constituent meeting (sans cowgirl boots) when she didn't like questions about her support of ObamaCare. The commercial goes on to say that McCain didn't walk out of the Vietnam
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2016-10-06
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10-06-2016 
Photo & Commentary: Trump Supporter's Home 
   Imagine living in the home in the photo and driving by the HUD homes every day. That could change one's politics.
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2016-10-04
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10-04-2016 
Doctor exposes NFL's pink ribbon marketing ploy 
   The author of the following, a cancer doc, is going to get hammered for criticizing America's favorite fall and winter pastime of watching 15 mins. of actual playing time set amidst three hours of commentary, commercials, replays and Gatorade chuggin
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2016-10-04
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10-04-2016 
A New York State of Mind about Corruption 
   I landed at the Buffalo airport on Sept. 23, just as a story was breaking about massive corruption associated with economic redevelopment projects in the Buffalo region and elsewhere in the state. Curiously, the scandal was barely mentioned in the na
Send Letter to Editor
2016-09-23
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09-23-2016 
Five reasons for not voting this November 
   On a personal note, a better use of my time over the decades has been to influence public opinion by publishing hundreds of commentaries in newspapers and professional journals, which have been read by millions of people and no doubt changed the mind
Send Letter to Editor
2016-09-20
Opinions
09-20-2016 
Trump Debates Milton Friedman on Trade 
   A lot of the benefits of trade are counterintuitive. A rule of politics is that the more that the right public policy is counterintuitive, the greater the opportunity for demagogues to get elected by advocating the wrong policy.
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2016-09-20
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09-20-2016 
Fraying Social Fabric Explains Trump 
   Below my signature is an excellent and sobering front-page story that appeared in yesterday's WSJ. It details the social and economic decline of the white working class in Reading, Penn., including drug abuse, broken families, medical problems, and
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2016-09-19
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09-19-2016 
Trump's Homerun about the Fed and Strikeout about Ford 
   Donald Trump was bound to eventually hit a homerun if he continued to wildly swing his policy bat. That was the case with his recent comments about the Federal Reserve in an interview on MSNBC. But he also struck out over his comments about Ford Mo
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2016-09-15
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09-15-2016 
America's Wage Disadvantage and What to Do about It 
   The United States has a huge disadvantage in labor costs relative to much of the world, especially compared to China, the Subcontinent, and Latin America, all of which have substantially lower labor costs. Japan and Europe have a similar disadvantag
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2016-09-02
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09-02-2016 
Hispanic Homicide Rate 298 Percent Higher than Asian Rate  
   And Other Facts about Homicide Rates
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2016-08-31
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08-31-2016 
Pot Roasts Running for Office 
   Winston Churchill said that democracy is the worst form of government, except for all others...Whether Churchill was right or wrong, campaign commercials now running 24/7 are certainly the worst form of advertising, even worse than commercials about
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2016-08-23
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08-23-2016 
The Impossibility of an Informed Electorate 
   A well-functioning democracy depends on a well-informed electorate. But is it possible to have a well-informed electorate once a nation gets to the size and complexity of the United States?
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2016-08-04
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08-04-2016 
Is Trump a psychopath? 
   In the 1970s, Robert Hare identified twenty characteristics of a psychopath and created the Psychopathy Checklist, which became the basis for contemporary research on the psychological disorder. His book Without Conscience became a classic on the di
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2016-07-22
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07-22-2016 
Abnormal Thoughts about Curb Cuts 
   On my daily walk this morning, I once again noticed that parks, streets, and other public places in my hometown of Scottsdale, Ariz., are not as well-maintained they as used to be. That's a red flag for a city of 230,000 that is largely dependent
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2016-07-05
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07-05-2016 
A Diverse Conversation the Day before Dependence Day 
   The conversations between the CNAs are often politically-incorrect and come without trigger warnings. They are a refreshing change from the sanitized social commentary in academia, in government, in the media, and in big corporations.
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2016-07-02
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07-02-2016 
Israel Has Gone Missing!!! 
   Iran must've finally wiped Israel off the map. What else would explain why Israel isn't mentioned by all the self-appointed experts on the Middle East in all their bilious blabber about what should be done about evil incarnate ISIS?
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2016-07-02
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07-02-2016 
Gadhafi, Napolitano, Clinton, Reagan, and Trump 
   This morning I read a commentary by conservative commentator Andrew P. Napolitano about the report of the House Select Committee on Benghazi. The commentary, which is pasted below, is a discouraging example of how the masses are played by the two pa
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2016-06-30
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06-30-2016 
All the News That's Unfit to Print 
   Three recent articles in the New York Times reminded me of why I no longer read that newspaper regularly...The articles were so New York. The subject matter was silly, pretentious, elitist, leftist, and, of course, obsessed with race and class.
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2016-06-06
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06-06-2016 
Letter and Article on a Universal Basic Income 
  
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2016-06-02
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06-02-2016 
Voting for the guy in a thong for president 
   The hilarious but serious commentary below explains why it might be better to vote for a libertarian in a thong than to vote for Donald or Hillary. Picture either one of them in a thong.
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2016-05-26
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05-26-2016 
Homeruns in Today's Wall Street Journal 
   Today's WSJ opinion pages stayed away from the Journal's war mongering and is better for it. You will find pasted below my signature the following:
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2016-05-20
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05-20-2016 
Does Anybody Still Care About Free Speech? 
   Below are four letters to the editor from today's WSJ, in response to a recent commentary by Michael Bloomberg and Charles Koch about the importance of free speech on campuses. The third one, from some brainwashed moron at Duke University, defends s
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2016-05-11
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05-11-2016 
Why the USA and the rest of the West is unhappy 
   The masses in the West are unhappy, despite living in climate-controlled abodes and having more calories than ever, more gadgets than ever, more sports venues than ever, more leisure time than ever, more lifesaving medical technology than ever, and m
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2016-05-06
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05-06-2016 
Is Trump the Next FDR? 
   Donald Trump and Franklin Delano Roosevelt (FDR) have some striking similarities...Don't laugh. Don't hang up on me. I'm serious.
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2016-05-02
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05-02-2016 
The Establishment: 245 Million Strong 
   But who is the establishment, or if you will, the established order? And what are the problems facing the country that the establishment is not addressing?
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2016-04-19
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04-19-2016 
Regurgitating the Canard about Deregulation  
  
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2016-04-15
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04-15-2016 
Republicans withhold a winner about withholding 
   Democrats would counter that withholding saves taxpayers the time and trouble of paying their taxes separately, and that the elimination of withholding would result in massive nonpayment of taxes.
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2016-04-06
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04-06-2016 
Jimmy Buffet sings about Washington, D.C. 
   At least Jimmy Buffet had a lick of sense, even after consuming numerous margaritas. Here is what he would have written and sung about Washington...
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2016-04-01
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04-01-2016 
Two great takes on the capture of universities by idiots 
   The first take is an insider's view of Canadian universities, which, based on the author's description, mirror most American universities, at least in the humanities.
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2016-03-30
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03-30-2016 
Marshmallows, Mortgages and the Media 
   At Stanford University in the late Sixties and early Seventies, marshmallows were used in behavioral experiments with children.
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2016-03-28
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03-28-2016 
FedEx Founder & CEO on Trade 
   See the great article below about trade by Frederick Smith in this weekend's WSJ. Too bad this accomplished businessman and staunch free-marketer and classical liberal (aka libertarian) isn't running for USA president.
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2016-03-28
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03-28-2016 
The Source of Our Disgusting Uncivil Politics 
   Personal attacks, name-calling, vulgarities, accusations of adultery, gross hypocrisy, bitter fights about the meaning of the Constitution, divisive partisan battles between proponents and opponents of a big federal government, ugly stereotypes about
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2016-03-25
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03-25-2016 
The Molenbeek Problem | City Journal 
   Great commentary on the Brussels atrocity by the great British commentator Theodore Dalrymple. I love the comment about the Belgian government not being competent enough to collect taxes from Muslim immigrants but somehow being able to give them wel
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2016-03-24
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03-24-2016 
Emory University students scared and in pain 
   Why are they scared and in pain? Because Trump's name was written in chalk around campus. See article at link below.
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2016-03-15
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03-15-2016 
Bernistas, Baristas and Bolsheviks without Rakes and Ambition 
   How are the poor supporters of Bernie (aka the Bernistas) going to be able to afford pitchforks to overthrow capitalism when they can't even afford rakes?
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2016-03-09
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03-09-2016 
Trump doesn't cotton to unfair trade--or does he? 
   Although his behavior and orange-tinted hair and skin resemble an orangutan's, Donald the Primary Primate is right to rail against unfair trade practices.
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2016-03-08
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03-08-2016 
Brits vs. Ugandans, and Americans vs. Immigrants 
   It's sobering that such a work ethic, attitude, and common sense have been lost in three generations of Americans (and Brits). A silver lining with my Mom's dementia is that she doesn't see what's happening to America.
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2016-03-07
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03-07-2016 
A Livable Wage Then and Now 
   For sure, we know what will not make America great again: the erection of border walls and tariff walls. These will only exacerbate the nation's economic and class problems. Unfortunately, to explain this would require as much time as three epis
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2016-03-04
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03-04-2016 
The Establishment "R" Us 
   Pundits, reporters, talk-radio hosts, politician wannabees, and the masses have Cliché Reflux Disease. They are repeating, regurgitating, burping, and belching a cliché about The Establishment.
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2016-02-28
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02-28-2016 
What would a sociopathic candidate look like? 
   According to excerpts from the book, The Sociopath Next Door, a sociopath has:
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2016-02-24
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02-24-2016 
Wonderful letters to the editor 
   Below are four letters to the Wall Street Journal in today's edition. The first three are in response to a commentary by Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner, about the minefield of federal laws and sentencing. I like the third one, which draws an analogy to the
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2016-02-01
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02-01-2016 
The War on Boys and Men: Or Why Young Males Are Effeminate and Slackers 
   You may know the alarming statistics and trends stemming from the War on American Boys and Men, but let's review them again
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2016-01-19
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01-19-2016 
GE explains the phenomena of Trump and Sanders 
   This week General Electric announced it was moving its headquarters and 800 jobs from extremely high-tax Connecticut to moderately high-tax Boston, Massachusetts, which seduced the company with $145 million in incentives over 20 years, or a staggerin
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2016-01-13
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12 Charts Showing the Real State of the Union 
  
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2016-01-12
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01-12-2016 
Foreign Follies Hatched by Republican Neocons and Obama Liberals 
   In spite of these documented misjudgments turning out as Goldman predicted two and one-half years ago, Republican pundits and pols keep blaming Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton and not themselves for the horrid messes in Libya, Syria, Iraq, and elsew
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2016-01-10
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01-10-2016 
The Legacy of Murray Rothbard 
   The commentary includes a good history of the old right, which was the opposite of the imperialistic hawks of today's right.
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2016-01-02
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01-02-2016 
Five Surefire Predictions for 2016 that You Can Bet on 
   On the biggest issues facing the nation, it is almost certain that the following five predictions will come true in 2016
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2015-12-08
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12-08-2015 
Please help me, as I'm so confused about gun murders 
   In researching murders with guns, I found a chart showing the rates of such murders per 100,000 inhabitants for the 50 states.
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2015-12-08
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12-08-2015 
Joke of the day: Reagan had conviction, and Trump cares about working stiffs 
   While driving this morning, I checked into talk radio to hear the latest bullcrap from the right and to compare it with the latest bullcrap from the left. Wow, the stench coming out of the radio made my intellect gag.
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2015-12-07
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12-07-2015 
The family of the killlers didn't see anything unusual 
   Family members also said they knew nothing about the stockpiling of guns and bombs, although the killers lived with grandma in a tiny townhouse, where they were stockpiling guns and ammo in the garage, were modifying semi-automatic guns in the garage
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2015-12-07
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12-07-2015 
Obama Calls for Auto Loan Debt to Be Forgiven 
   You might have missed the announcement in the midst of the latest horrendous terrorism news, but President Obama has called for auto loan debt to be paid off by the federal government.
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2015-12-04
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12-04-2015 
From Diversity to Death in San Bernardino  
   I was at the forefront of the diversity movement 25 years ago. During the intervening years, it has morphed from a good idea to an exceedingly bad one, and now, to a very dangerous one, as suggested by the San Bernardino massacre.
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2015-12-02
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12-02-2015 
Retired General Wants America to Support the European Welfare State 
   Putting aside the question of whether Russia is really a threat to Western Europe, it didn't even cross the great empty chasm in the general's cranium that we should tell Europe to increase its defense spending and defend itself.
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2015-11-11
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11-11-2015 
The New Heights of College Hypocrisy 
   Like so many other industries, higher education has been corrupted by federal money. Colleges take the money but lobby against any attempts to hold them accountable for results. Yet the crony colleges rail against the unfairness of capitalism, espe
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2015-10-15
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10-15-2015 
Zionist terrorism doesn't exist in the bipolar world of Sean Hannity 
   A couple of weeks ago, as part of my normal routine, I was alternating between the left and right media to see what plans were being hatched by faux conservatives and illiberal liberals to pillage and plunder my family, to advance the imperial state,
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2015-10-13
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10-13-2015 
The top difference between boomers and millennials 
   My generation was lucky. Unlike today's millennials, evidence of our youthful stupidity, gullibility, naiveté, and insecurities is hidden away from public view in musty photo albums and fading memories.
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2015-10-01
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10-01-2015 
Would you give up football to save America? 
   Over half of American families have at least one member who receives some sort of government handout, subsidy, disability payment, or entitlement.
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2015-04-10
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04-10-2015 
Rand Paul, Democracy, and the Ghost of Ronald Reagan 
   Ah, finally, a commentary that speaks to the reality of what the masses want from government and cites the fact that even Ronald Reagan didn't cut taxes--in spite of rhetoric about Mises and Rothbard from Reagan, Rand and others.
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2015-03-04
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03-04-2015 
LGBTTQQFAGPBDSM: I'm laughing and weeping 
   Just when you'd gotten the hang of LGBTQ, they go and triple the number of categories. Wesleyan University is now offering a "safe space" (formerly known as a "dorm") for students of the LGBTTQQFAGPBDSM persuasions, or, for those who need t
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2015-02-22
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02-22-2015 
57% of Americans Support Boots on Ground - This and Other Statistics 
   And if we don't send troops, what will heavily-armed Turkey, Iran, Egypt and Saudi Arabia do about ISIS? Will they let ISIS become a terrorist caliphate and destabilize their own regimes, or will they annihilate them when they realize that the U.S
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2015-01-23
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01-23-2015 
The world economy explained by Dimitri, Karl, Giuseppe, Pierre, Megan, Jamal, Jinghau... 
   What is the best way to understand why some countries get richer and some get poorer--why some have a growing middle class and some, a shrinking middle class? ...For sure, the key to understanding is not to listen to former community organizers, ec
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2015-01-21
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01-21-2015 
The Real State of the Nation: Past the Tipping Point 
   Well, it's no surprise that President One Note is proposing more free stuff, even in the face of Leviathan going bankrupt from unsustainable entitlements, welfare, and disability payments for real and fake disabilities; from unaffordable subsidies of
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2014-11-10
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11-10-2014 
They're all heroes, you know 
   Amazing. Since the 9/11 terrorist attack, 919,500 veterans have applied for disability. Of these, 92% have received compensation. To put this in perspective, there are about 1.3 million active duty military personnel and about another 800,000 in t
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2014-11-10
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11-10-2014 
Schmoes and the housing bubble and collapse  
   Below is a priceless and insightful email from a friend of mine on the housing bubble and collapse. He and I were discussing the fact that the mainstream media and conventional wisdom blame banks and Wall Street for people buying homes they couldn't
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2014-10-24
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10-24-2014 
A sick society and obnoxious empire 
  
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2014-10-09
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10-09-2014 
Fantastic history of Turkey, Mosul and Kurds--and the fight for oil 
   As I read this, I had to keep reminding myself that Turkey is in NATO and thus supposedly an ally of the US and Europe. If a quiz were given to Congress on this history, I wonder how many members would pass it.
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2014-09-10
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09-10-2014 
Outstanding Strategic Thinking on the Middle East 
   The following is from STRATFOR, the leading think tank on geopolitics. Unfortunately, it is beyond the ken and attention span of the American masses and, even sadder, their political and media puppeteers, who seem to think that we're still in the Wo
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2014-09-09
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09-09-2014 
Are we a sick society, or what? 
   All of us were bewildered and amazed many years ago, long before there were mass killings at schools, when full-time police officers started to appear at public high schools, with their police cars parked outside, as if the buildings were part of the
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2014-09-02
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09-02-2014 
To understand the Middle East, read this book - Or at least read this review 
   A National Book Critics Circle Award finalist and national bestseller, the book goes back to the root causes of many of the current conflicts in the Middle East?to the years immediately preceding the First World War, the years during the war, and the
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2014-08-29
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08-29-2014 
A take on ISIS from outside the echo chamber 
   I would add to the following that our de-Baathization of Iraq after our invasion also helped to create ISIS and the inevitable civil war in Iraq--and also the emboldening of Iran.
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2014-08-19
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08-19-2014 
A St. Louisan on the history of race relations in Ferguson and the nation 
   To fully understand race relations in Ferguson, Missouri, as well as in the nation, it is necessary to go back to the mid-1960s, to a time when Lyndon Johnson had just strong-armed his fellow Southern Democrats to put aside their long-held racism by
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2014-08-12
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08-12-2014 
The making of Israel, Hamas, and Osama bin Laden 
   How did the Middle East get to the point where Jews and Muslims are in a fight to the death that might drag the USA and its allies and foes into a nuclear conflagration someday?
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2014-08-12
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08-12-2014 
Is this where the USA is headed? 
   The following sobering Wall Street Journal article details the economic travesty inflicted on younger generations in Europe, especially in Italy and Span, by ever-increasing labor laws, entitlements, and social spending.
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2014-06-03
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06-03-2014 
Bullcrap Detector: Sustainable Vacation 
   There are a lot of feel-good words that are synonymous with "bullcrap." Examples include "fairness," "social justice," "community," "coexist," and "diversity." They are used to connote how sensitive, caring and open-minded the speaker is, but are e
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2014-05-28
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05-28-2014 
Great explanation for the glut of retail space 
   For a decade or so, I've been observing the glut of retail space in my city and other cities around the country, including the proliferation of Walgreens stores. (It's the same situation with office space.) Near my house, commercial vacancy rates o
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2014-02-28
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02-28-2014 
The Worst Platitude of the Century 
   The century is only 14 years old, but we already know the Worst Platitude of the Century. No other platitude can possibly come along for the next 86 years that could be more inane, insipid, or banal.
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2014-02-23
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02-23-2014 
A Stick in Your Eye or Beans up Your Nose?  
   The Great Philosophical Question about Politics and People
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2014-02-07
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02-07-2014 
Lessons about a Corolla, a Porsche, Tuition Debt, and Karl Marx 
   The news is full of stories about the skyrocketing cost of college, the ballooning amount of tuition debt, America’s lack of competiveness in science and math, the growing income gap between the educated and uneducated, and the general shattering of
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2014-02-05
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02-05-2014 
Would a true conservative watch the Super Bowl? 
   It has been reported in the mindless media that 110 million people watched the Super Bowl, although it’s a certainty that far fewer people had the endurance to watch it from beginning to end.
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2014-01-17
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01-17-2014 
Questions about Income Inequality 
   Once again we’re being drowned in inanities, banalities, sophistries, platitudes, nostrums, tropes, canards, lies, half-truths, statistical distortions, and propaganda.
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2013-12-03
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12-03-2013 
Bah, Humbug! How the government has corrupted nonprofit charities and made you a sap 
   The USGA is one of the more than one million nonprofits in the country that are exempt from paying income taxes, ostensibly because they do charitable work that benefits society and provide services that the government would have to provide if they d
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2013-10-14
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10-14-2013 
“60 Minutes,” 57 Years too late 
   The segment was about the massive fraud in the Social Security Disability program, or SSI, a program that was enacted 57 years ago.
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2013-09-26
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09-26-2013 
Why the Left and Right hate David Stockman 
   They claim that the book is sour grapes because Stockman was fired by Ronald Reagan, that he is a hypocrite for lambasting hedge funds although he ran one, that he can’t be a financial expert because he had personal financial difficulties, and that t
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2013-08-24
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08-24-2013 
Sixteen Years of Lost Opportunities to Fix Medical Insurance 
   The Wall Street Journal published an outstanding opinion piece by my friend and surgeon, Dr. Jeffrey Singer, about the massive government-caused distortions in the pricing of medical care and medical insurance.
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2013-08-07
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08-07-2013 
In a tattoo state of mind 
   Is there a deeper meaning to today’s tattoo trend? Are tattoos an example of how easy it is to get Americans to emulate what they see on TV, in movies, and in professional sports? Are tattoos a reflection of diminished economic opportunities or of s
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2013-04-19
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04-19-2013 
Chechen Terrorism 
   So I turned on the TV at 5:00 AM and heard the news that the Boston terrorists were born in Chechnya. Two hours later, there still wasn't any news coverage that I could find on the history of Chechen terrorism. It took me two minutes to find the fo
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2013-04-01
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04-01-2013 
The smartest, funniest high school senior in the nation 
   Such wisdom and humor. Such an ability to see through the silly indoctrination and mindless herding. Ivy League professors with PhDs don't have her insights.
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2013-02-18
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02-18-2013 
Pee-u, Waste Management stinks like most of corporate America 
   The Waste Management Phoenix Open took place recently a few miles from my house in Scottsdale, Ariz. It generated a lot of traffic, especially on Saturday, when the attendance was 179,000. It also generated a stench, because it was sponsored once ag
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2013-02-18
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02-18-2013 
Kill doctors and people with eyeglasses 
   I'm so befuddled. America's intelligentsia, including our current president and most of the media and academia, believe that individualism is dangerous--that it is bad for society when the individual is primary and when the state, or collective, is
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2013-01-31
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01-31-2013 
The IRS takes a pound of flesh plus the tax on $15.01 
   It’s no mystery to me why such a government wants to ban guns. It’s for the same reason that mobsters don’t want the victims of their pillaging to be armed.
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2013-01-28
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01-28-2013 
Fascinating Facts 
   Of the many non-fiction books that I have read over the last year, several in particular contain fascinating facts that challenge the conventional wisdom and propaganda from the media, academia, the government, and the two political parties. Sample
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2013-01-25
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01-25-2013 
Two commentaries debunk poppycock on wages 
   The following debunks conventional non-wisdom from most of the media and academia about the supposed stagnant middle class. Among other facts, it mentions the growing proportion of non-cash pay in the form of benefits that aren't included in governm
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2013-01-25
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01-25-2013 
This will knock your socks off 
   If state and local government employment had kept pace with population growth instead of exceeding it, there would be over 12 million fewer public-sector workers today at the state and local level.
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2013-01-24
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01-24-2013 
An antidote to multicultural malarkey and to Dreams from My Father 
   All races have equal amounts of cuckoo genes because they're equally human. Shh, don't let the word get out on college campuses or newsrooms. The entire grievance/diversity industry would crumble and throw us back into a recession.
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2013-01-21
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01-21-2013 
Houston, you have a problem with spending  
   Self-rule isn't working, folks, because it doesn't work with a brainwashed, unlearned and drugged citizenry. But don't worry: more money for public education, more computers and cops in the classroom, and more college degrees will fix this
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2013-01-21
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01-21-2013 
Hip, hip, hipaa, hooray! The government proves me right 
   Yesterday I published a commentary about the skyrocketing growth in regulatory-related jobs in both the private and public sectors--tens of millions of needless paper-pushing jobs that are crowding out jobs that produce goods and services of real val
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2013-01-18
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01-18-2013 
Good news for a change about job creation 
   Some readers have said that they want good news from me and are tired of hearing about the country being broke and stealing money from the frugal and productive in a futile attempt to stop the fiscal bleeding. Okay, here are two items of good news:
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2013-01-17
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01-17-2013 
Are you a foolish saver? 
   Are you a saver and thus someone who provides capital for investment, for job growth and for national prosperity? Then you're a fool. Like me. Shame on you. Shame on me. Read the following to see why.
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2013-01-16
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01-16-2013 
Dear Mr. President, you missed three major causes of gun deaths 
   I understand why you didn’t address the killings by government, the killings due to the war on drugs, and the killings due to welfare. It would have been political suicide to do so. Lucky for you, the media and the masses have been so dumbed down a
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2013-01-14
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01-14-2013 
Media angst over tuition loans but not car loans 
   Just when you think that the media can’t get any more herd-like, shallow, formulaic, unquestioning, and misleading, they prove otherwise. Their angst over tuition loans is a case in point.
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2013-01-10
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01-10-2013 
What they dare not say about U.S. life expectancy 
   The federally sponsored National Research Council and Institute of Medicine has ranked the USA dead last of 17 countries in life expectancy. Get ready for an avalanche of misleading conjecture, cherry-picking of facts, and outright deception by the
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2013-01-08
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01-08-2013 
Excusing Torture, Again 
   Would-be tough guys like former CIA torturer-in-chief José A. Rodriguez Jr. brag that “enhanced interrogation” of terrorists " or doing what the rest of us would call “torturing” " has made Americans safer by eliciting tidbits of information that adv
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2013-01-04
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01-04-2013 
Communitarianism but no community 
   Over the holidays I got a call from the elderly woman who lives in a tiny bungalow next door to my tiny boyhood home in a tiny suburb of St. Louis. She was a neighbor to my parents for 60 years and stays in touch with me, and I visit her whenever I
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2013-01-03
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01-03-2013 
Wheeeeee! Over the insolvency cliff with Issac Newton 
   The nation has stepped back from the fiscal cliff but in doing so, has backed over the insolvency cliff.
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2012-12-24
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12-24-2012 
86% of Hawaii murders committed w/ hands, fists, feet and knives & other stats not reported by media 
   After the horror of the Conn. mass shooting, the copycat media have regurgitated the usual conjectures, theories, superficialities, misleading statistics, and ideological canards, sophistry, and platitudes. That’s why private contemplation and resea
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2012-12-21
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12-21-2012 
Why didn’t they heed the warning 15 years ago about medical care? 
   Whatever the reason, the nation can’t wait 15 years for executives and politicians to address other serious issues facing the country, especially the unsustainable welfare state. In 15 years, the nation will be well past the point of no return, and
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2012-12-19
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12-19-2012 
A shocking report on white families 
   A sobering and shocking report has been written about the state of white families. It has striking similarities to the famous Moynihan report of 1965 about black families.
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2012-12-14
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12-14-2012 
Plunder under the fiction of the rule of law 
   The 76-page masterpiece, The Law, was written by Frederic Bastiat (1801-1850). Of the book’s many profundities, the following statement was the most profound, and, sadly, the most relevant to the United States government of today
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2012-12-05
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12-05-2012 
The endangered American beast of burden 
   In rounded numbers, there are 112 million workers in the private sector. Of these, only 18 million are in such goods-producing industries as manufacturing, mining, and oil and gas production.
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2012-12-03
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12-03-2012 
Self-government by those who can’t govern themselves 
   Harvey Mansfield has said what I’ve been afraid to say for fear of being labeled with one of the “un” adjectives: undemocratic, un-American, and unkind.
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2012-11-30
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11-30-2012 
Costco's Dividend Tax Epiphany  
   When President Obama needed a business executive to come to his campaign defense, Jim Sinegal was there. The Costco co-founder, director and former CEO even made a prime-time speech at the Democratic Party convention in Charlotte
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2012-11-30
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11-30-2012 
The truth about 401(k) plans, not that the truth matters 
   You can expect a concerted effort from the usual suspects to win over the media and masses with relentless brainwashing, conditioning, and agitating. And you can expect Republicans to stay in their default position of defense instead of going on off
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2012-11-29
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11-29-2012 
Pow! Bam! Bonk! Zap! Pummeled and bloodied by the state of the nation 
   The constant bad news about the sorry state of the nation has left me feeling like a cartoon character being pummeled in one frame after another in a comic strip, as if balloons are floating over my head containing the words: Pow! Bam! Bonk! Zap!
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2012-11-25
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11-25-2012 
Who gets flushed for the disaster of Afghanistan? 
   Our loss of life and treasure there rank second only to the Soviet Union's blunders in that godforsaken country. The Democrat and Republican parties share the blame and should be flushed into the septic tank of history to be devoured by microbes and
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2012-11-25
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11-25-2012 
What has increased 1,377% since 1960? 
   Answer: healthcare spending by all levels of government (federal, state, local). It has increased from $228 per capita in 1960 to $3,369 per capita in 2012.
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2012-11-21
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11-21-2012 
How’s that good life working out? 
   The HGTV show “Househunters International” is almost as good as “Judge Judy” in providing insights into human behavior in conditions of abundance and the welfare state.
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2012-11-20
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11-20-2012 
An Outburst about Fathers Supporting Breastfeeding 
   Sorry for the outburst, but just when I was thinking that the federal government couldn’t get any sillier, any more kleptomaniac, or any more wasteful, I discovered the Fathers Supporting Breastfeeding initiative
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2012-11-07
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11-07-2012 
Social and cultural trends killing the Republican Party 
   The presidential election should not have been a surprise. After all, the Republican Party is being killed by the following social, political and cultural trends:
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2012-11-07
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11-07-2012 
John McCain's Convenient Dementia 
   'Tis the season where people retreat to their respective political tribes and attack anyone who dares to attack their tribal leaders, especially if one of them is seen as a hero.
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2012-11-05
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11-05-2012 
Driving my time machine into the future of the United States 
   I’ve seen the future of the USA. It is less than two hours by car from my home in metro Phoenix. I go there often and can’t wait to return home.
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2012-10-30
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10-30-2012 
Bob the fireman is gone, along with America’s sense of community 
   Thomas Wolfe said you can’t go home again. He was right. My hometown has become like the rest of America: supersized, superficial, spendaholic, subsidized, socialized, statist, silly, and segregated by class.
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2012-10-30
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10-30-2012 
Time to consider secession like Catalonia? 
   Europe's Crisis Spawns Calls for a Breakup --of Spain
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2012-10-29
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10-29-2012 
Parents and grandparents facing destitution from student loans 
   The following boggled my pea brain. It seems that every day--no, every hour--there is something mind-boggling in the news about the demise of thinking and common sense in the USA.
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2012-10-29
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10-29-2012 
Why are Asians and Jews at the top? 
   The following article discusses the economic and academic success of Asian-Americans and Jewish-Americans. The article's author hints at one of the main reasons why these two groups are much more successful than the rest of America, but political co
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2012-10-29
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10-29-2012 
Ethnic cleansing by federal computers and apparatchiks 
   Your ethnic heritage no longer exists. The same with my Italian heritage. They were eliminated by our all-knowing, all-powerful, all-loving federal government.
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2012-10-27
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10-27-2012 
Will the USA continue to overcome its handicaps of racial diversity and size?  
   The 12 wealthiest nations and city states according to most sources are Luxembourg, Hong Kong, Norway, Switzerland, Australia, Denmark, Sweden, the Netherlands, Austria, the USA, Canada, and Singapore. (Excluded are the tiny monarchies of Monaco and
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2012-10-17
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10-17-2012 
Into the welfare state’s heart of darkness 
   This is a story about a journey into darkness, but unlike Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness, it is a true story about a real place, a place that is not a metaphor but a microcosm, a microcosm of the United States.
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2012-10-07
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10-07-2012 
Puerto Rico is in the Appalachians, or why the USA is broke from pork  
   Did you know that Puerto Rico is in the Appalachians? Well, in 2011, something called the Appalachian Regional Commission distributed $55 million in Pell Grants from the U.S. Department of Education to the Inter-American University of Puerto Rico, I
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2012-10-04
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10-04-2012 
Fourth branch of government not debated or taught 
   Well, as expected, neither Obama nor Romney talked about the fourth branch of government in their programmed first “debate.” Also as expected, the great intellect of a media moderator didn’t ask about the fourth branch.
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2012-10-02
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10-02-2012 
Is this taught in your local high school? 
   Do students at your local public high school graduate with an understanding of this? If not, you might want to question the value of the institution.
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2012-10-01
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10-01-2012 
Bashing “birthers,” Sheriff Arpaio, and Dinesh D’Souza 
   First, a prefatory remark: Barack Obama is a serious threat to the well-being of my family and should be voted out of office...That sincere remark should keep conservatives at bay while I proceed to bash birthers, to bash Sheriff Joe Arpaio, and to
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2012-10-01
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10-01-2012 
A dumbass buys a smartphone 
   As a demonstration of my higher IQ, I fell in my pool several weeks ago while carrying a stack of dead palm fronds. My old-fashioned but trusty flip-top cellphone was in my pocket and drowned.
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2012-09-28
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09-28-2012 
A lack of education explains the state of the nation 
   The masses were to be taught to be mindless consumers, to be good citizens who unquestionably served the state, and to be productive and skilled workers and managers in industry and government.
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2012-09-28
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09-28-2012 
Brilliant commentary on inflation 
   Last week I asked two libertarian economists why central banks and most mainstream economists are against deflation and in favor of inflation. They essentially said what the brilliant article below says: that the masses want their pay to increase,
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2012-09-28
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09-28-2012 
Photos showing that uncivilized Iran should be easy to conquer 
   American chest thumpers start with the correct assessment that the top leaders of Iran are a bunch of dangerous religious nut jobs. Then, with their great knowledge of history, cultures, and geography, they leap to the conclusion that we should help
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2012-09-26
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09-26-2012 
Rate the candidates with this checklist for prosperity 
   As a departure from my usual rants, I’m providing the checklist below as a public service. It is a checklist of what absolutely has to be done at a minimum to restore prosperity to the United States, to stop the debt death spiral, and to end wild ec
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2012-09-17
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09-17-2012 
What would Ronald Reagan have done in Libya? 
   As the political blather about the recent events in Libya shows, most Democrats and Republicans seem to forget history. Or to be more accurate, they selectively choose the history that is favorable to their politics and discard the history that is u
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2012-08-31
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08-31-2012 
Pokomos , Ormas and the Bust of Churchill 
   A commentary to be hated by liberals and conservatives
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2012-08-21
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08-21-2012 
Conversations with Two Blinkers 
   Blinkers come in all political persuasions and races and genders. Below are recaps of conversations I had recently with two left-liberal blinkers. I’ve had similar conversations with conservative blinkers, but on different subjects.
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2012-08-16
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08-16-2012 
Signs of the times 
   Why I’ll be wearing an overcoat in 115-degree heat
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2012-08-10
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08-10-2012 
Issues of the day as seen by a crackpot libertarian  
   It’s not that libertarianism is a bad philosophy--in theory. Actually, if the USA had subscribed to it, slavery and Jim Crow wouldn’t have happened, the welfare state wouldn’t have been needed, deep boom and bust cycles wouldn’t keep occurring...
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2012-08-09
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08-09-2012 
What Washington has in common with Sears, Montgomery Ward, Woolworth, and GM 
   In the mid-1970s, Sears built the 110-story Sears Tower in Chicago’s Loop and filled many of the floors with its bloated corporate staff instead of spending the money on upgrading its stores, merchandise, and store personnel. Soon after, Sears began
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2012-07-28
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07-28-2012 
The banker-government consortium re-exposed in the Libor scandal won't be unwound from the top 
   Sandy Weill was impressive as a scrambler, a dealmaker, a man who could catch a wave. He's come out of retirement now, a decade after creating the Citigroup oligopolist, to catch a new wave, declaring on CNBC that investment banking and commercial ba
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2012-07-28
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07-28-2012 
Arizona ranks low in journalism but high in immigrants and Native Americans 
   On July 26, 2012, the national news media regurgitated a press release from the left-liberal Annie E. Casey Foundation. Their “news” stories were virtually identical across all media, whether liberal or conservative.
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2012-07-27
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07-27-2012 
Wow! The Dept. of Labor dares to tell the truth about black pathologies 
   You are probably aware that the national black unemployment rate is 14.4% for blacks who are looking for work. Worse, it is 20% or more in several cities, and nearly 40% for black teens.
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2012-07-25
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07-25-2012 
The Great Moral Hazard 
   The difference between run-of-the-mill moral hazards and The Great Moral Hazard is that the latter is so widespread that it has bankrupted the country fiscally and morally.
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2012-07-19
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07-19-2012 
The amazing shrinking foot and the folly of voting for Democrats and Republicans 
   Just as Americans apparently believe that magical pills will cure flaccidity and melt belly fat, they believe that their economic salvation can be had by the magical pill of voting for one political party or the other, when, in fact, both parties are
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2012-07-09
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07-09-2012 
The growing divide between the new white upper class and the new white lower class 
   Americans are concerned about the American dream evaporating, and, specifically, about the 99% vs. the 1%, about stagnant wages, about stagnant test scores, about insufficient spending on education (a canard), about too much spending by the federal g
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2012-06-07
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06-07-2012 
What if? 
   What if a social problem accounted from most of the increase in poverty, most of the increase in school dropouts and academic difficulties, most of the increase in behavioral problems and crime, most of the increase in the income gap between rich and
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2012-05-18
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05-18-2012 
Food Stamps and the $41 Cake  
   How did this great nation travel from the common sense of our grandparents to where we are today?
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2012-05-09
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05-09-2012 
Advice for a tattooed, overweight, slovenly, underemployed college graduate  
   It was Danielle’s big opportunity. She was going to be featured in the April 18, 2012 edition of the Wall Street Journal, in a front-page feature story on college graduates who are putting off marriage and children because they are underemployed and
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2012-04-11
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04-11-2012 
The secret of why Exxon Mobil made baloney for the Masters 
   If you watched the Masters golf tournament, then you saw the nauseating public relations propaganda by one of the sponsors, Exxon Mobil.
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2012-04-09
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04-09-2012 
A Life Sentence, Then a New Life  
   "Escape From Camp 14" tells the story of one man's incarceration and personal awakening in North Korea's highest-security prison.
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2012-03-28
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03-28-2012 
An insider’s view of the medical insurance mess and the Supreme Court case 
   In the late 1980s, among other responsibilities, I was a corporate executive in charge of employee health and retirement plans for a large corporation. It was a lucrative job. It also was very harmful in the long run to employees and the nation as
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2012-03-21
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03-21-2012 
Amazing Chart: World's Largest Employers 
   I don't know what's more amazing: that the US Dept of Defense is first with 3.2 million employees ... or that Walmart ranks third
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2012-03-21
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03-21-2012 
Are you smart enough to vote? 
   To be smart enough to vote, you should at least know the basics about deficits and debt. Here are two questions to determine if you’re smart enough:
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2012-03-08
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03-08-2012 
Georgetown and Catholics deserve what they’re getting 
   First, a necessary prefatory remark: I have 18 years of Catholic education, my working-class parents had 12 years of Catholic education, and my son attended parochial schools before going to a public university.
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2012-03-07
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03-07-2012 
To Kill a Duke Lacrosse Team 
   A review of Until Proven Innocent: Political Correctness and the Shameful Injustices of the Duke Lacrosse Rape Case, by Stuart Taylor, Jr. and K C Johnson
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2012-03-05
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03-05-2012 
Editorial from the weekend Wall Street Journal 
   ...following that is an article also from the weekend Journal. If anyone still believes that the USA has a free-market economy, both pieces should disabuse them of the notion. The editorial describes how export subsides from the federal Export-Imp
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2012-02-25
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02-25-2012 
877,000 reasons why you can’t believe the media 
   What would you say if you discovered that the media had ignored 877,000 stories about a major cause of people losing their houses and money in the housing collapse and Great Recession? Would you say that the media can’t be trusted?
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2012-02-24
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02-24-2012 
The dysfunctional HOA of the USA 
   In theory, HOAs should be libertarian paradises, except for those libertarians from the anarchist fringe who believe the wacky notion that life would be swell without any government or formal laws and rules.
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2012-02-08
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02-08-2012 
Self-government doesn’t work for either children or adults 
   The following graph is from the Grandfather Economic Report, which has been published for many years by Michael Hodges, who deserves national acclaim for his efforts in trying to warn his fellow Americans that their 100-year spending spree was going
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2012-02-02
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02-02-2012 
Brain cells killed by solar power and TV news 
   In one of the rare times that I have risked brain damage by watching television news, I recently watched a chirpy segment on the local Fox affiliate about a high school in Buckeye, Ariz. that has installed acres of solar panels to generate its own el
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2012-01-31
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01-31-2012 
The new America of the tattooed hoi polloi and the hoity-toity nouveau riche 
   “Hey, Dude,” the tattooed and pierced waiters and bartenders said to the dude sitting on the barstool next to my wife and me at the bar of a popular Scottsdale restaurant that we frequently patronize to watch the decline of the United States.
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2012-01-25
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01-25-2012 
How to play the Obama political game 
   Let’s play the Obama political game and pretend that politics is not about theft and power but about fairness. I know it’s a big suspension of reality, but you can do it.
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2012-01-23
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01-23-2012 
A monkey explains the popularity of Gingrich, Obama, and other scoundrels  
   You’ve no doubt seen the standing ovations for Newt Gingrich, the cheering and swooning for Barack Obama, and the similar cooing for other venal, lying, hypocritical, platitudinous, populist, egotistical, power-hungry, control-hungry, war-mongering p
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2012-01-19
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01-19-2012 
The root cause of the housing bubble and collapse  
   In a continuation of a sorry tradition of badly biased thinking and superficial reporting, it appears that the narratives from the ideological media about the housing collapse and corresponding financial meltdown have been incomplete.
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2012-01-04
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01-04-2012 
The names, faces and places of the New Economy 
   You already know what has to be done to rollback government. Since most government spending is on entitlements, welfare and subsidies, voters simply have to vote to stop getting free stuff for themselves from the government. Easy, huh?
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2011-12-29
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12-29-2011 
Conservatives and liberals in bed with public ed  
   Public education makes strange bedfellows. It also makes strange intellectual inconsistencies.
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2011-12-22
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12-22-2011 
Let’s put the bad news in context 
   You need a break from today’s bad news. Please join me for a quick look at how things were a century ago in the nation and how they are today relative to other countries.
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2011-12-19
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12-19-2011 
It's not hyperbole to say we've become a police state 
   Sickening. I published similar statistics a few weeks ago. There are about 138,000 federal law-enforcement officers, or 2,760 per state. Even the Dept of Education has some.
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2011-12-12
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12-12-2011 
The Wall Street Journal: A Sewage Blunder Earns Engineer a Criminal Record 
   We now have rule by unelected agencies. Question: If we revolt against rule by unelected agencies, are we breaking the law? Just asking.
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2011-12-06
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12-06-2011 
Donald Trump and Sean Hannity: partners in baloney  
   This day, Dec. 5, 2011, will live in baloney. Today, Wurstmacher Donald Trump was a guest on Wurstmacher Sean Hannity’s radio show.
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2011-12-02
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12-02-2011 
Why we're way past the tipping point 
   The conventional wisdom is that the USA is approaching a tipping point because about 48% of voters pay no federal income taxes or pay less in income taxes than what they receive in government benefits.
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2011-12-01
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12-01-2011 
They're crawling out of the woodwork 
   The following is one of the most infuriating and dumbfounding editorials you'll read in a long time. Sell all of your weapons and lawn-care implements before reading or you might want to storm Capitol Hill.
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2011-11-19
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11-19-2011 
Pesky peas and numbers about America’s indebtedness 
   It would take 18 years if the government were to confiscate all income from all civilian workers until federal indebtedness were paid off. Of course there would be mass starvation long before that.
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2011-11-15
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11-15-2011 
Income mobility: the pink elephants in the ring 
   In case you missed it, there is a raging debate taking place between the intelligentsia and media of the Left and Right about the causes of the purported decline in America’s income mobility.
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2011-11-08
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11-08-2011 
The cult of hope 90 years later 
   Have you ever noticed that the busybodies who want to change human nature are incapable of changing themselves?
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2011-11-01
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11-01-2011 
The Police State and Victoria’s Secret 
   My hometown of Scottsdale, Ariz. recently bought an armored SWAT vehicle that looks like something out of Hitler’s Wehrmacht. Its cost of nearly $400,000 was picked up by our munificent federal government.
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2011-10-24
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10-24-2011 
The Great Unasked Political Question 
   It’s not asked in presidential debates, in political town halls, in the leftist media, in the rightist media, at OWS, in academia, or in polite conversation. - When do you think the government should use force against its own people?
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2011-10-15
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10-15-2011 
Trying to empathize with the Wall Street demonstrators 
   Yesterday, I woke up determined to try to see the world through the eyes of the Wall Street demonstrators.
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2011-10-15
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Scenes of Americans without self-restraint 
   ... give your family a lot of debt and leave them with no safety net in case something unexpected happens, like a costly illness or the loss of a job.
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2011-10-13
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10-13-2011 
Hooked on maligning business and causing social unrest 
   Karl Marx said that capitalists will sell you the rope to hang them. He should have added that reporters and movie producers will sell leftist agitprop to a gullible public and then wonder why the system that made them prosperous is overthrown.
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2011-09-28
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09-28-2011 
Finally, solutions to the nation’s problems 
   Okay, I got the feedback. You want to hear about solutions to the nation’s problems instead of just hearing about the problems. Well, here goes.
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2011-09-13
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09-13-2011 
The most important presidential debate questions 
   Once again there was a presidential debate. Once again viewers were left to guess what the candidates’ core political philosophy and principles were. And once again, Americans will elect someone and then be surprised later by the president’s true i
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2011-09-09
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09-09-2011 
Wow, Obama delivers! 
   President Obama proved me wrong last night in his jobs-jobs-jobs speech.
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2011-09-08
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09-08-2011 
Ron Paul & the "debate" 
   The below is from my son, a college junior, who, as this proud papa likes to say, is at the 99th percentile of perceptiveness.
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2011-09-07
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09-07-2011 
Dances with indoctrinators: How the left rewrites history and brainwashes your kids 
   What would you think about a race that had a history of doing the following to others without provocation and for the enjoyment of it?
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2011-09-07
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09-07-2011 
Here is one of the 44% of Americans approving of the job Obama is doing 
   It was startling enough to see the high approval rating of George W. Bush early in his presidency. But it’s even more startling to see that 44% of adults approve of the job being done by President Barack Obama.
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2011-09-01
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09-01-2011 
Hurricane Fannie Mae destroyed more homes than Katrina and Irene 
   An informative walking tour of the damage done to my hometown of Scottsdale, Az., from Hurricane Fannie Mae, a hurricane that has caused more damage to housing across the land than hurricanes Katrina and Irene combined. You’ll enjoy the tour.
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