The GOP is the party of Putin
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The GOP is the party of Putin

“Russian propaganda has made its way into the United States, unfortunately, and it’s infected a good chunk of my party’s base.” That acknowledgement from Michael McCaul, Republican chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, was echoed a few days later by Michael Turner, the chairman of the Intelligence Committee. “To the extent that this propaganda…

NCAA hoops, the Masters, and Tiger is back
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NCAA hoops, the Masters, and Tiger is back

March Madness just ended with Purdue losing big to formidable Connecticut in the championship game. You know how they make up hats and T-shirts before a big game, one with Purdue as the winner and the other Connecticut? Then they ship the losing tee shirts to Third World countries. This year Biden told them just…

Opening Day 1969: ‘The Kid’ returns
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Opening Day 1969: ‘The Kid’ returns

During the spring of 1969, spirits were high in the nation’s capital. The cherry trees along the Potomac River were in bloom. Cautious optimism prevailed that newly inaugurated President Richard Nixon would fulfill his campaign promise to end the Southeast Asian war. But more than anything for DC’s sports’ fans, legendary Green Bay Packers coach…

Reflections on timeless P.J. O’Rourke quotes
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Reflections on timeless P.J. O’Rourke quotes

P.J. O’Rourke was a friend and mentor. He blurbed my first book, and he was a hero to many of us libertarians who felt humor was an effective way to point out the absurdities of politics and life. He understood economics, free markets, and the value of free people. “If you say a modern celebrity…

Americans know difference between rosy economic data and reality
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Americans know difference between rosy economic data and reality

The economy is growing, unemployment is low, wages are up, and inflation is down. However, the American people remain grumpy about the state of the economy. This puzzle was just investigated by four economists. They found that people often know that something is wrong even if statistics don’t reflect the problem. In this case, people…

Remembering when the Irish ruled the ring
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Remembering when the Irish ruled the ring

The date: Sept. 7, 1892. The place: New Orleans. The event: the World Heavy Weight title battle, featuring challenger John J. Corbett taking on champ John L. Sullivan. No Super Bowl has so captivated the nation’s attention and aroused its passion more than the bout between Gentleman Jim and Sullivan, who most referred to as…

Fourth Estate should just have an estate sale
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Fourth Estate should just have an estate sale

We have legacy corporate media that have stood by and asked no questions when the Democrats say Trump, MAGA and Republicans are a “threat to democracy.” All the while, Democrats seek to keep Trump off the ballot in several states, jail him, take his assets in New York, expand the Supreme Court, ban voter ID,…

A third party is the coward’s way out
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A third party is the coward’s way out

During the all-too-brief one-on-one contest between Nikki Haley and Donald Trump for the Republican presidential nomination, there was a good deal of analysis declaring it the last stand of the Reaganite vision for the GOP versus the MAGA takeover. That was the wishiest of wishful thinking — and not just because such large segments of…

Village clean-up day this Saturday morning
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Village clean-up day this Saturday morning

Hi Y’all: This past weekend could not have been better. Lanark was bustling from all the activities going on. Number one, we were blessed with great weather.  First thing Saturday morning, Lanark was treated to the once-a-month Lanark Village Boat Club pancake breakfast. with more than 80 hungry people served. Some of the Lanark residents…