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Commentary: Starting all over again

November 13, 2012 in West Central Tribune

Nothing’s impossible I have found,
For when my chin is on the ground,
I pick myself up,
Dust myself off,
Start all over again.
From the 1936 movie “Swing Time”

WASHINGTON Conservatives should jauntily sing as Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers did in a year in which the country’s chin was on the ground. Conservatives are hardly starting from scratch in their continuing courtship of an electorate half of which embraced their message more warmly than it did this year’s messenger. Continue Reading

Commentary: Starting all over again

November 13, 2012 in West Central Tribune

Nothing’s impossible I have found,
For when my chin is on the ground,
I pick myself up,
Dust myself off,
Start all over again.
From the 1936 movie “Swing Time”

WASHINGTON Conservatives should jauntily sing as Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers did in a year in which the country’s chin was on the ground. Conservatives are hardly starting from scratch in their continuing courtship of an electorate half of which embraced their message more warmly than it did this year’s messenger. Continue Reading

Will and Kate win first legal battle over topless photo

September 18, 2012 in West Central Tribune

LONDON (AP) — Prince William and Kate Middleton’s aggressive legal strategy over topless photos of Britain’s likely future queen is the first salvo in what could be a decades-long tug-of-war over their family’s privacy. Continue Reading

Commentary: Romney and Santorum are not formidable candidates

February 23, 2012 in West Central Tribune

WASHINGTON The Midwest begins on the western slopes of the Allegheny Mountains, around Rick Santorum’s Pittsburgh, birthplace of the Ohio River, the original highway into the Midwest. Pittsburgh fueled the Whiskey Rebellion of 1794, an early eruption of Western resentment of the overbearing East, which taxed the whiskey that Westerners made from their grain. Santorum the Midwesterner, after victories in Iowa, Minnesota and Missouri, is waging more of his political capital on the region. Continue Reading

Commentary: Comic thriller:? Cult of expertise of progressivism

November 28, 2010 in West Central Tribune

WASHINGTON An eminent Harvard law professor, James Thayer (1831-1902), argued that although the judicial function is “merely that of fixing the outside border of reasonable legislative action,” this still gives courts “a great and stately jurisdiction.” While patrolling that jurisdiction today, Supreme Court justices may be playing the video game “Postal 2,” whose rich menu of simulated mayhem provoked California’s Legislature to pass a problematic law.
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Commentary: A Cicero with a future

November 25, 2010 in West Central Tribune

WASHINGTON Winning California’s state lottery with the first ticket he bought put Kevin McCarthy, then 20, on a path to becoming, in January, the third-ranking Republican leader of a House majority pledged to make government less bountiful. With the $5,000 he won in 1985, McCarthy opened a sandwich shop in a nook in a small mall in Bakersfield, and hung a sign calling attention to it. When a government vehicle arrived, he thought city hall might have come “to give me the key to the city” as thanks for generating some jobs and sales tax revenues. But Bakersfield’s bureaucracy wanted to complain about his sign, which somehow fell short of sign orthodoxy.
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Commentary: Life in the T.S. of A.

November 23, 2010 in West Central Tribune

WASHINGTON Fifty years ago William F. Buckley wrote a memorable complaint about the fact that Americans do not complain enough. His point, like most of the points he made during his well-lived life, is, unfortunately, more pertinent than ever. Were he still with us he would favor awarding the Presidential Medal of Freedom, which he received in 1991, to John Tyner, who, when attempting to board a plane in San Diego, was provoked by some Transportation Security Administration personnel.
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