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An Appreciation of the Best Baseball Movie Ever

 

Time does get away from us, doesn’t it? I was jolted Sunday morning to read that Bull Durham, my pick for the best baseball movie ever made, first appeared on the silver screen 30 years ago this week. Can this be true? Now that I’ve gotten over how long-in-the-tooth one of my favorite movies is, please allow […]

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No, Rob Rogers: The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Isn’t Racist

 

I don’t know Rob Rogers, the just-fired cartoonist for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. As a Pennsylvanian I do know something about the paper. As a resident of Central Pennsylvania, these days I am a reader of Penn Live, the online version of the Harrisburg Patriot-News. But in the long ago and far away, as a campaign […]

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A No-Win Confrontation

 

By the start of the week, the Trump administration’s degenerate-Satanic-jackboot-sieg-heil policy of detaching from their parents the children of captured illegal border-crossers was taking on water and listing amidships: a failure of what they call “optics.” Which means the way things look, in politics most of all. You don’t do things your political opponents can […]

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On Separating Children From Parents and Incarcerating Orphans for Life Without Parole

 

It never ends, does it? The hypocrisy, the outright lies, and the way that every single news item is spun one way during the Obama and Clinton presidencies and the opposite way during the Trump presidency. Obama had promised, from the majesty of two cardboard or papier-mâché Greek or Roman columns borrowed from a Harvey […]

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Anti-Online Gambling Coalition Grasps at Advertising Straws

 

Having failed to get much traction on a federal prohibition of online gaming, casino magnate Sheldon Adelson and his coalition have pointed to targeted online ads promoting online gambling as proof that Congress should take action. But the measure is a desperate ploy, given that the ads aren’t intentionally placed on certain sites by the […]

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Why the OIG Report Should Scare the Hell Out of You

 

The Justice Department’s tepid OIG report, with its risible assertion that there was no political bias in the FBI’s Clinton email probe, suggests that it was written by people afraid to tell the unvarnished truth about the conduct of the federal government’s police apparatus, an agency that openly defies congressional oversight and has participated in […]

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Going Fatherless on Father’s Day

 

When I opened Google this Sunday, I was wished a happy Father’s Day by the mighty search engine’s anonymous powers. It was a sharp change of pace from recent Google greetings celebrating Gay Pride Month. Gay Pride Month, if you somehow haven’t noticed, is this June. It happens to coincide with the Obergefell decision, June 26, […]

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The Real Problem With the OIG Report

 

It seems like a day doesn’t go by without some female high school teacher getting arrested for having sexual relations with an underage student. The story line is always the same. Ms. Hotpants either gets caught in the act or because her student paramour shares with the world the naked selfies that for some weird […]

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The Augean Stables on Pennsylvania Avenue

 

Political spinning about the Department of Justice’s Inspector General’s report that came out last Thursday is all about shiny bits and pieces of the report. It misses the events outside the report’s four corners that magnify its importance tenfold. Let’s pull back on the stick, gain some altitude, and examine some of the more important […]

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A Gig Destroying Neighborhoods?

 

Go for a stroll around an upscale urban neighborhood — say New York’s upper West Side, or Washington, D.C.’s Logan Circle — and you’ll notice something unusual. Outside many of the apartment buildings are lock boxes, sometimes dozens of them. They’ll be hanging from any available structure. They seem to have sprung up like mushrooms […]

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