Larry Thornberry

Larry Thornberry is a writer in Tampa.

Imagine My Surprise

 

I heard George W. Bush’s remarks Thursday afternoon about how “Bigotry seems emboldened” and “Our politics seems more vulnerable to conspiracy theories and downright fabrication.” He’s certainly right about this. But I assumed he was talking about the political and cultural left, the mainstream media (pardon the redundancy), and American universities. All of the above […]

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More Marxist Skylarking From Francis 

 

“It’s clear that wars and climate change cause hunger; let’s stop presenting it as an incurable illness.” Pope Francis made this remarkable and easily refuted statement Monday in remarks — that the usual left-leaning media called “powerful” — before something called the United Nations’ Food and Agricultural Organization. The assembled bureaucrats and high pooh-bahs, at […]

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Can Roger Actually Count?

 

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell took home $44 million for his efforts in behalf of his league and his wildly popular sport last year. (That’s right — $44 million — American money.) Quite a haul for anyone, let alone for a guy who has demonstrated over the years, on issue after issue, that he can’t get […]

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NFL Players’ Union Four-Square for Disrespecting America

 

It’s about football, so I guess a misdirection play is not out of place. And check out the misdirection in the headline above a wire story in Tuesday’s Tampa Bay Times, a reliable leftwing newsletter published in St. Petersburg and servicing the entire Tampa Bay Area. (I purposely say “servicing,” rather than “serving,” and those […]

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How Pathetic Can the NFL Get? — Cam Newton in Deep Yogurt

 

The NFL is exquisitely selective about what it goes to its fainting couches over. The latest player to wind up in the principal’s office for offending leftist sensibilities is Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton. So, what did our Cam do to be called on the carpet? Did he disrespect the country that has so richly […]

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Occupational Hazard

 

I saw Yankee catcher Gary Sanchez getting drilled in the cup with a foul tip in Tuesday night’s AL Wild Card Game. Wish I hadn’t. Across the fruited plain you could hear male baseball fans whimpering on their couches. I can’t even count the number of ways you can get hurt behind the plate, this […]

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Where They Ran To

 

Predictably, brave police officers and other first responders ran to the sound of the gunfire in Las Vegas in order to neutralize a crazed shooter and to save lives. Just as predictably, Democrats ran to the microphones, to flog their useless political agenda. “Our grief isn’t enough,” said the execrable Hillary Clinton. “We can and […]

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Mission Creep at the NBA

 

The tease on the Drudge Report page on Sunday gave patriotic readers a reason to be optimistic: “NBA Tells Players to Stand,” it said. But this was a bit of a false alarm, if not a bait and switch. When you read the Associated Press story, you see the suits at the NBA are taking […]

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NFL Sacks Patriots — And Not Just the New England Kind

 

It’s Thursday as I write this and NFL players are back at practice, banging heads, as is required in this gladiator sport, and, in too many cases, practicing their kneel-downs for Sunday. There is still verbal small-arms fire between the NFL and President Trump over whether the league and team owners should allow players to […]

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The Raging Bull Dies 

 

He was one of those people who, when you read of their passing, your first thought is, “Damn, didn’t he die decades ago?” Indeed, Jake LaMotta’s claim to our attention came more than a half-century ago when he was one of the fiercest middle-weight boxers, slugger really, during a time when boxing and baseball were […]

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