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Democrats Overplay Their Hand

By 6.26.14

I live in the southwest corner of Connecticut, one of the bluest states in the nation. But despite the influx of New York liberals that have ruled the roost here for the last forty years or so, a great many of my neighbors are down-to-earth, common sense folks. Although daily exposure to toxic propaganda has warped their voting habits in national elections, when it comes to handling the local purse they are still Yankees at heart. We usually elect Republican governors, so there is some hope left here.

When you’re dealing with people who still retain even a modicum of common sense, sooner or later they’re going to realize they’re being taken for a ride and get fed up with the daily doses of leftist tripe served up by the Democratic Party and its entertainment, education, and media wings. Despite many victories achieved in the past few years through judicial and executive fiat, Democrats may be finally overplaying their hand.

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Sergeant Bergdahl and Sergeant York

By 6.5.14

They were both sergeants. Neither liked war, one being a pacifist. But both served, one in Afghanistan, the other in World War I.

Yet Bowe Bergdahl and Alvin York could not possibly be more different. And that difference speaks directly to a difference in character that wound up having a decided effect on each man’s comrades in arms. A difference in character that former Army Lt. Col. Ralph Peters nails exactly in a superb piece in National Review. But first — Sergeant York.

Not many people mention Sergeant Alvin York these days. But they should. In fact, as the tenth anniversary of the death of former President Reagan is remembered, it is notable that the riderless horse prancing behind Reagan’s flag-draped casket was named “Sergeant York.”

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Red Sox, Runners, and Roadblocks

By 4.22.14

A year ago, I was debating whether to spend Patriots Day in Concord where the first shots of the American Revolution were fired or to stay in the city and see the Red Sox at Fenway before going to watch the Boston Marathon.

I chose the former and not a day has gone by since that reminds me how this decision might have very well saved my life or, at the very minimum, from serious injury.

This year there was no debate as to how I would spend Patriots Day. I vowed to be at the Marathon as did more than a million other spectators.

But before that I made my first pilgrimage to Fenway Park of the 2014 season to see the defending World Series champion Red Sox host the Baltimore Orioles.

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A Rebel Without a Kluwe

By 1.3.14

Did the Minnesota Vikings punt away a core special teams player because of his outspoken support for same-sex marriage?

That’s what former Vikings punter Chris Kluwe claimed in a long piece for Deadspin, charitably entitled “I Was an NFL Player Until I Was Fired By Two Cowards and a Bigot.” (If you don’t have time to read the whole thing, columnist A.J. Delgado has written a helpful summary.)

Kluwe acknowledges that he doesn’t know for certain that his views got him released from his football team in May 2013. “This is a true answer. I honestly don't know if my activism was the reason I got fired,” he writes. “However, I'm pretty confident it was.”

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When the Season Goes Gronk

By 12.10.13

When New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski began writhing on the ground and clutching his knee, it immediately brought back memories of another late-season game four years ago.

The flawed but playoff-bound Patriots were in Houston. Wide receiver Wes Welker, the offense’s most dependable playmaker, seemed to tweak his knee on the tangled Reliant Stadium turf. (In 2012, a former Texans punter sued over the turf.) Welker ended up tearing his ACL and MCL. He rode off in a cart and New England’s hopes of actually accomplishing anything in the postseason — they were eliminated in the wild card round after an embarrassing home loss to the Baltimore Ravens — left with him.

History may repeat itself with Gronk now suffering the same season-ending injury (and a possible minor concussion to boot). At least it wasn’t Bernard Pollard this time. But if that happens, it will be a shame because this has been a much tougher and more resilient Patriots team.

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