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With Al Franken This Thanksgiving

 

As Americans prepare for their Thanksgiving Day turkey or perhaps protein bars, or possibly artichoke hearts, or whatever the au courant are dining upon this year, I would like to propose a thought. You all have much to be grateful for. Our friends on the left may doubt it, but even they have much to be grateful for. For my part, I am grateful not to have Al Franken for a neighbor. You saw what one of the zealots did to his neighbor Senator Rand Paul. Moreover, I have two very pretty daughters, who will be visiting me. With Franken in the neighborhood we would have to maintain a high security watch, possibly even an electrified fence with barbed wire.

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A Marilyn Monroe Thanksgiving

 

The Society of Mayflower Descendants in Plymouth, Massachusetts, keeps pretty close watch over folks who can trace their lineage back to the Pilgrims. Among the descendants are the predictable (the Adams clan), the shocking (Lizzie Borden and John Hinckley), and the wildly unexpected. At the top of the heap in the Wildly Unexpected category is […]

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Serve a Healthy Dose of Politics With Your Pumpkin Pie Tomorrow

 

Democrats, Libertarians and Republicans, oh my! ’Tis the season for giving thanks and gathering around large, make-shift banquet tables with family and friends typically avoiding a cousin or in-law you deem as politically undesirable. Of course, you do look forward to helping Grandma with her recipes from the old country, playing touch football with your […]

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Florida Town Prepares to Lead the Nation in Defining and Combating Anti-Semitism

 

Bal Harbour is a small Florida town that is popular with snowbirds. With a population of approximately 3,000 to 8,000, depending on the time of the year, you’d expect this beachfront village, 30 minutes north of Miami, to concern itself only with pleasing tourists and maintaining an adequate supply of sunscreen. But after tonight’s Village […]

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Thanksgiving Amid the Patter of Reindeer Hooves

 

What? Your Christmas tree hasn’t been up for a week yet? Surely your home is ablaze with red and green and yellow lights? Like the neighbors’ houses? No? Sad (as our president might declare if he gave the matter any thought). Not as sad maybe as the eclipse of Thanksgiving in the mad rush to […]

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Charles Manson and the Weather Underground

 

Most articles on the death of madman Charles Manson opened by mentioning his role in the diabolical Tate-LaBianca murders. The AP story started this way: Charles Manson, the hippie cult leader who became the hypnotic-eyed face of evil across America after orchestrating the gruesome murders of pregnant actress Sharon Tate and six others in Los […]

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The Ultimate Argument for Roy Moore

 

The argument has little to do with Roy Moore, and even less with what is acceptable behavior. It is about what Lenin succinctly called “who, whom?” — who can do what to whom or, as Amos ’n Andy used to say, who’s gonna be the “do-er” and who the “do-ee,” neither more nor less. The […]

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Franklin and Marshall College and Free Speech

 

Note: In lieu of my usual column, here is the text of a speech I gave at my alma mater, Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, this past Monday. I was there at the invitation of the F&M College Republicans. I was so proud of the students — which I was once myself. They are but […]

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Glenn Thrush, Al Franken, and the Bursting Dam

 

Believe it or not, the tsunami of sexual assault claims hasn’t even started yet. While Congress critters enjoy some family time back in their state, they’re privately sweating it. Families across America are talking about this or that Congressman, actor, reporter, or other hotshot professional who grab-assed their sister, mom, or daughter.  There will be […]

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Goodell vs. Jones: The Game Within the Game

 

Jerry Jones is having a bad year. His football team was close to going to the Super Bowl last season but was denied in the playoffs when Aaron Rodgers managed an improbable pass completion, breaking the hearts of all true fans of the Dallas Cowboys and especially that of the team’s owner. The Cowboys had […]

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