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Tony Blankley

Posted January 9, 2012 | 11:21:02 (EST)

Tony Blankley's home in Great Falls, Virginia, outside Washington, was routinely described as a "gentleman's farm", which was appropriate because Tony was the consummate gentleman, befitting his birth in London. But the farm animals on this property were of the exotic kind. It always occurred to me during visits that...

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Super Bowl-Super Blowhards

Posted February 9, 2011 | 13:05:07 (EST)

While it's true sports analogies are cheap, Super Bowl 45 (pardon me: XLV) is irresistible as a metaphor for American politics even though it's anything but cheap.

To a large degree it is another bauble for the charmed lives of the obscenely wealthy, who lord over the masses below in...

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Countering the Labels Movement with No Labels

Posted December 7, 2010 | 09:39:04 (EST)

"Yeah sure. Whatever". Doesn't that pretty much sum up the disgusted reaction of so many who watch the partisan buffoonery bleating from the political extremes. And why not? There doesn't seem to be a place for those whose hearts and minds are not out there in never never land.

What...

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First Amendment Foolishness

Posted August 20, 2010 | 10:38:01 (EST)

So let's get this straight Sarah (may I call you Sarah?). You fiercely defend talk show host Laura Schlessinger's repeated use the "N-word" on her radio program because of her First Amendment protections but oppose the exercise of Muslims' First Amendment rights to build a Mosque near the 9/11 site.

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MASKING THE MOSQUE REAL ISSUE

Posted August 19, 2010 | 10:13:51 (EST)

It's time for us to admit it. Americans...at least a lot of us, simply don't like Muslims very much. A lot has been made of the recent CNN survey about that proposed mosque at the 9/11site. Politicians, particularly those on the right, have jumped all over the 68 per cent...

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Whose "Sacred Ground"?

Posted August 17, 2010 | 10:47:32 (EST)

This is directed at all the people who claim they are all for the First Amendment rights of the Muslims who want to construct a Mosque at the 9/11 site but insist it's an "Insult" to build it there, a "stab in the heart" as Sarah Palin puts it, for...

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The Mosque Miscues

Posted August 16, 2010 | 10:36:57 (EST)

For President Obama, there is no vacation from vacillation. By the time he got to the beach this weekend, the controversy over his Friday speech seemingly supporting the proposed mosque at the 9/11 site, left him so rattled he could hardly wait to to put on his flip flops.

Even...

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The Summer of Hate

Posted August 13, 2010 | 10:50:19 (EST)

Those of us who are somewhat past puberty remember the Summer of Love. How much we recall depends on what we each ingested recreationally but the consensus is that it did happen.

It defined a generation, but for those who missed out, a little background: It was actually spread over...

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Steve Jobs, Sarah Palin: Soulmates

Posted July 20, 2010 | 10:05:06 (EST)

Who knew Steve Jobs had so much in common with Sarah Palin? Or Michelle Bachmann, or the others shouting from their Tea cups.

All of them despise the media for daring to shed harsh light on their crusades as they crush anyone in their way who might want to...

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The Spy Trade Show

Posted July 9, 2010 | 10:18:20 (EST)

Shouldn't we remember that, by definition, clandestine agents like to skulk in the dark shadows, jealously guarding the secrecy of their creepy creeping? So mightn't we want to be just a tad suspicious about the clamor of publicity concerning the recent espionage game playing.

Suddenly, the spy biz has become...

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The Spies Who Went in to the Cold

Posted June 30, 2010 | 10:23:07 (EST)

The items would have appeared in the employment sections of the Moscow Times or Moscow News... in those papers because they're published in English: "Help Wanted. Men and women to live in the United States. Duties include doing whatever it takes to have children set up a life in comfortable...

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Robert Byrd's Supreme Irony

Posted June 28, 2010 | 10:55:47 (EST)

If, in fact, we do get to look back after death, Robert Byrd would probably be proud that his came on a day when the United States Senate was once again playing one of its most primal roles.

He had after all, spent more than half a lifetime jealously defending...

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McChrystal, Geraldo and Me: Full Disclosure

Posted June 24, 2010 | 16:26:13 (EST)

Don't you just love all the writers, like me, who find it necessary to add a "Full Disclosure", which is supposed to provide absolute honesty about a potential conflict-of-interest? Of course, a really FULL disclosure would go something like this: "Full disclosure, this reporter is advocating this point of view...

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Afghanistan: Send Out More Clowns

Posted June 23, 2010 | 17:11:51 (EST)

The generals have been having a wild time of it lately. It was just a little over a week ago that Gen. David Petraeus, the head of Central Command physically passed out right there for the world to see as he testified before a congressional committee. Now it's Gen. Stanley...

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The McChrystal BFD

Posted June 22, 2010 | 17:54:15 (EST)

Among the first things we need to determine is whether Vice President "Bite Me" considers this a "Big F______ing deal". "Bite Me" is the name an aide to Afghanistan military commander General Stanley McChrystal gave to Mr. Biden if we are to believe a new piece in Rolling Stone by...

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Dylan and the Upside Down of Politics

Posted June 22, 2010 | 10:11:15 (EST)

Like many reporters, I can read upside down. It's a skill that's useful when you want to sneak a peek at stuff an unwary official or politician leaves naked on his desk or nude notes on his lap.

Back in my TV puberty in Cleveland, a presidential candidate came to...

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BPeat: Fund and Games

Posted June 17, 2010 | 07:26:09 (EST)


The first order of business will be deciding what to call that 20 billion dollar BP compensation fund. How about "A Start". As in, 20 billion doesn't begin to cover the liability for the careless disregard for anything but profit that caused such devastating losses in the Gulf...

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Soft and Gentle Oval Office

Posted June 16, 2010 | 07:43:43 (EST)

All I can say is thank heaven for my DVR. Otherwise I would have missed the first couple of innings of the Washington Nationals game. And for what? For President Obama throwing puffballs in his first play from the Oval office.

There he was. The President of the United...

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South Carolina Sleaze: A Redundancy

Posted June 15, 2010 | 10:39:15 (EST)

The time has come to consider a federal takeover of South Carolina's election apparatus. Well, it would be, if we could do that.

Can we? Probably not.The Constitution gets snitty about that kind of thing. But should we? Definitely.

Citizens there are disenfranchised by the unrelentingly dirty politics that seem...

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BP's "Special Relationship"

Posted June 14, 2010 | 09:04:19 (EST)

Let's be clear: I treasure the Brits. Just like our leaders always say, it's a "Special Relationship." Like so many on this side of the Pond, I pretentiously mimic their affectations, up to, and including, calling the Atlantic Ocean "the Pond."

I get a huge kick out of the way...

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