Larry Thornberry

Larry Thornberry is a writer in Tampa.

A World Series for the Ages?

 

It starts tonight. And there’s every expectation it will be a dandy. I speak of course of the 2018 World Series between the Boston Red Sox and the Los Angeles Dodgers, two of the most storied franchises in the Grand Old Game. Both teams are loaded with talent. Neither team won its league championship by […]

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Coming Home With the Info

 

World War II is probably the biggest and most horrific event in the history of the world. It led to probably more than 65 million deaths, untold suffering on the part of millions more across the globe, and changed the direction of history for the remainder of a very bloody century. It’s only sometimes called “the good war” because it had more moral clarity than most. No mistake, it was awful.

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A New Democrat Constituency

 

Tampa In less than a month, we’ll know if the Kavanaugh effect, the benefit some are predicting Republican candidates will reap from the barbaric way Democrats treated Judge, now Justice, Brett Kavanaugh, is real or just wishful thinking. So far no such effect has shown up in Florida, where the Real Clear average of polls […]

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NPR May Not Be Fair, But It’s Slow

 

It’s useful to know what the other side is up to. That’s why when I’m in my car — which is almost all local traffic such as the gym, the bank, the library, Publix, and the offices of the various physicians who labor to keep me on this side of the grass — my car […]

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Joe McCarthy Gives Thanks From the Other Side

 

I just put them all in the mail. OK, it may just be a Donald Segretti-like dirty trick. (Those who recognize the name are dating themselves.) But I have to admit, a bit juvenile or no, I enjoyed it. And I can’t see it will do any harm. No one will have to be paying […]

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Malevolent Brooms Across Maine 

 

Senator Susan Collins gave an inspiring and articulate speech on the Senate floor Saturday, explaining why she intended to vote to confirm Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court. She then suited her actions to her word and was one of the 50 yeas for the eminently qualified nominee. No surprise, as a result […]

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Thinking Small at Emily’s List 

 

Wow. That was quick. Less than an hour after Judge Brett Kavanaugh was confirmed to the U.S. Supreme Court, I received a fund-raising email from Emily’s List. (How I wound up on this email list I’ll never know, though I’m not complaining. It can be entertaining.) The ladies, uh, women at Emily’s don’t miss an […]

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After All the Agony

 

The final vote was 50 yeas and 48 nays. It’s a safe bet that had the Senate voted an hour and a half after President Trump nominated Brett Kavanaugh, the vote would have been 50 yeas and 48 nays. And we would have skipped all the agony.

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Sunshine Politics — How Blue?

 

Tampa It’s a wonder any civilized person donates to political campaigns, considering what the bulk of the money is spent on. The biggest cost items in most campaigns are TV ads, most of which run in this wise: “My opponent is a liar, a thief, and a pedophile. He steals everything not pinned down and […]

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Time For a Name Change

 

Lots of organizations have misleading names, chosen to hide or to perfume what the outfit actually does. Planned Parenthood is just one example. Planned Non-Parenthood would be a more honest title, as the outfit is first and foremost about promoting and facilitating abortion. Another gross misnomer is the American Civil Liberties Union. For nearly a […]

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