Larry Thornberry

Larry Thornberry is a writer in Tampa.

Tampa Irma Update: Ducks in a Shooting Gallery

 

Tampa So this is what ducks in a shooting gallery feel like. Folks on the east coast of Florida are breathing a little easier on this otherwise fine Saturday a.m., while folks on the west coast enter the high anxiety zone. The latest projected storm track for Hurricane Irma shows it going straight up the […]

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The Hurricane Onion and the Irma Blues 

 

Tampa The hurricane options my wife and I are currently wrestling with are like an onion. Peel away one layer of complication and there’s another layer. Peel that one away and… well, you get the idea. Stay or go is the first question. The prospect of a category 4 or 5 storm would seem to […]

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Hurricane Irma: A Stressful Waiting Game

 

It’s not quite like the condemned man waiting to hear from the governor as his date with eternity draws near. But not totally unlike it either. In this case, if anxious Floridians hear from the governor, it’s likely to be an evacuation order rather than a reprieve.

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The Geriatric Horseman Meets the Workout Whisperer

 

Word has reached me that Robert Redford and Jane Fonda have made another romantic comedy. That’s right, Redford and Fonda in the, uh, saddle again. Their last one being The Electric Horseman in 1979 (my two favorites in that one were the horse and Willie Nelson). The new offering is called Our Souls at Night […]

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Is the Current Pope a Lower Case Catholic?

 

George Neumayr’s fine column this a.m. about Pope Francis’s environmental obsessions once again underlines how much more this ostensible religious leader is interested in secular left politics than in salvation. There’s hardly a left-wing phantasm that Francis has not suggested is written on the heart of man by the finger of God. He takes ecumenism […]

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Trump’s Tampa — All Is Not Lost 

 

Our yesterday was a bit of a mess. Not quite enough to have been made into a movie starring Jack Lemmon and Sandy Dennis, but hectic enough, thanks. My wife’s car was in the shop. When it was ready to pick up we piled into my old sled to go pick it up. I turned […]

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A Right Curious Move

 

Lack of baseball is one of the least of Houston’s worries this week. But thanks to historically bad weather, the Houston Astros three-game home-set with the Texas Rangers had to be moved out of town. The curious thing though is not that MLB decided to move games that Astros fans would have needed boats to […]

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The Sheriff Joe Pardon Fertilizer Storm and Masacree 

 

The choice is either to be amused or appalled by the apocalyptic criticism of President Trump’s pardon of former Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio. I think I’ll go with option one. Much of the wailing and gnashing of teeth comes from the left, and is to be expected and, to the extent possible, ignored. If Chuck […]

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Obama Noses Into the St. Petersburg Mayor’s Race

 

When George W. Bush left the White House in January of ’09, he returned to Texas to keep his own counsel, never lecturing his successor, no matter how much his successor needed it. George H.W. did it the same way. Butting out when your time is up has been a presidential tradition honored through most […]

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Dismal Defense 

 

Long piece in the Review section of this weekend’s WSJ raising up and cataloguing some of the successes and triumphs of economists. The piece, by Journal chief economics commentator Greg Ip, is aptly headlined “In Defense of the Dismal Science,” economics being the Rodney Dangerfield of academic disciplines. IP makes a good case for economists and their numbers, and […]

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