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Let Them Eat Eggs at Their Tea Parties

(1) Comments | Posted September 3, 2010 | 3:06 PM

Tea Party members object to what they see as excessive federal government intrusion in the lives of Americans. I had a pleasant conversation with a Tea Party member last evening at a local forum on immigration policy. There was no personal rancor although we publicly disagreed on immigration issues at...

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Break Up the Harvard/Yale Monopoly on the Supreme Court

(3) Comments | Posted May 18, 2010 | 11:10 AM

The Elana Kagan nomination has focused attention on the current Harvard/Yale monopoly power over the source of judicial nominees for the U.S. Supreme Court. It is elitist and foolish to think that the best lawyers only come from Harvard and Yale. Many talented students cannot attend prestigious Ivy League universities...

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Go East Young Man and Woman

(0) Comments | Posted February 3, 2009 | 11:11 AM

In the latter half of the 19th century, as the United States embarked on its westward expansion, the popular slogan of the time was "Go West Young Man." The West was seen as a place where adventurous men of little means and connections (women were never mentioned) could make their...

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Sasha Eats Peanut Butter -- It Needs to Be Safe

(3) Comments | Posted February 2, 2009 | 6:28 PM

President Barack Obama, appearing on the "Today" show, has urged a "complete review" of the Food and Drug Administration. "At a bare minimum, we should be able to count on our government keeping our kids safe when they eat peanut butter. "That's what Sasha eats for lunch," Obama said,...

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'Rednecks for Obama' Rally in Springfield

(110) Comments | Posted November 2, 2008 | 1:18 PM

My friends, a couple and their two young girls, and I drove from Arkansas, two hours north to Springfield, Missouri for the Obama rally held Saturday night at a high school football field named JFK Stadium. We are not native Arkansans - we are the careerist transferees found in Corporate...

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The Palin Spending Spree -- "Let Them Eat Cake."

(9) Comments | Posted October 23, 2008 | 3:06 PM

By now, most Americans have learned that the Republican National Committee spruced up Sarah Palin and her family with $150,000 worth of new clothes, accessories, makeup, and hair styling. But the McCain campaign tells the public that it was always the intention to donate the Palin family's new clothing to...

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Sarah Palin -- A Demagogue in a Skirt

(27) Comments | Posted October 9, 2008 | 12:25 PM

Webster's Dictionary defines a demagogue as "a leader who obtains power by means of impassioned appeals to the emotions and prejudices of the populace." Governor Palin, in her stump speeches this week, fits this dictionary definition. Palin falsely and despicably portrays Senator Obama as a terrorist sympathizer or perhaps even...

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Good News for Consumers -- Congress Reforms the CPSC -- Food Safety Must Be Next

(6) Comments | Posted August 19, 2008 | 5:00 PM

On August 14, 2008, President Bush signed into law the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (the "Act"). This legislation, sponsored by Senator Mark Pryor (D-AR), comes a year after last summer's recalls of millions of toys. It took the recalls and the deaths and hospitalizations of children resulting...

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Immigration Workplace Raids Will Lead to More Lost American Jobs

(65) Comments | Posted May 20, 2008 | 11:39 AM

Immigration was a hot button issue during the early primary season when all the Republican candidates moved to Tancredo-like immigration policy positions. Before they ran for president, some had supported sanctuary cities (Giuliani); college tuition for children of undocumented immigrants (Huckabee); immigration reform (McCain); and even illegal immigrant lawn services...

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Do Airline Passengers Now Have To Worry About Made In China Jet Fuel?

(3) Comments | Posted February 13, 2008 | 4:06 PM

With the Presidential nominating contests dominating the news, many Americans may have missed the media reports about the recent crash-landing of a British Airways passenger jet at London's Heathrow Airport. On January 17, 2008, the plane hit the ground short of the runway, ripping apart its landing gear and severely...

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Benazir Bhutto: Woman Of Courage

(1) Comments | Posted December 31, 2007 | 2:50 PM

Hearing the tragic news on Thursday that former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto had been assassinated made me very sad. However, knowing that her arriving motorcade had been attacked by bombers when she returned to Pakistan in October, I was not surprised.

In 2002, I had the honor of meeting...

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Benazir Bhutto - A Woman of Courage

(3) Comments | Posted December 29, 2007 | 7:57 PM

Hearing the tragic news on Thursday that former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto had been assassinated made me very sad. However, knowing that her arriving motorcade had been attacked by bombers when she returned to Pakistan in October, I was not surprised.

In 2002, I had the honor of meeting...

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The Madrassa Slur Against Obama

(7) Comments | Posted November 30, 2007 | 7:09 PM

The front page of The Washington Post has now re-circulated the allegations that Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama attended an Islamic school aka "madrassa," when he was living in Indonesia from ages 6 to 10. This supposed fact is then linked to rumors Obama is not a Christian but a...

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Tainted Food and Dangerous Toys: Will a "Consumer President" emerge in 2008?

(5) Comments | Posted November 25, 2007 | 8:56 PM

Black Friday has come and gone. In the midst of the Christmas and holiday shopping season, American consumers are very worried about the safety of the food, toys, and other products displayed on store shelves. Massive recalls of spinach, peanut butter, pet food, toothpaste, tires, toys, ground beef, chili, baby...

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