Larry Thornberry

Larry Thornberry is a writer in Tampa.

The Sad Case of John Lewis

 

For Georgia Congressman John Lewis it is, and always will be, 1965. He’s too emotionally invested in it to let it go. He’s Horatio at the Selma Bridge. Jim Crow stalks the South. Bull Connor is still police chief in Birmingham. Lester Maddox is still passing out axe handles. There’s much banging on now among […]

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The Late Great Smokin’ Joe

 

There are obviously no savvy fans of the sweet science at the Philadelphia Fox affiliate. Early Wednesday morning (obviously too early) the hosts of Good Day Philadelphia wished local hero and former heavyweight champion Joe Frazier a happy 73rd birthday. It was nice of these folks to remember Smokin’ Joe, who was a great champion and a great […]

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Makes Perfect Obama Sense

 

Obama’s yanking the welcome mat from under the feet of Cuban refugees makes perfect Obama sense. I’m surprised he didn’t think of it sooner. If by this new policy America convinces more Cubans to continue to enjoy the hospitality of Obama’s new best friend Raul and his merry men, there will be more room here […]

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The Long (And Dreary) Goodbye

 

The great detective writer Raymond Chandler’s final Philip Marlowe novel is titled “The Long Goodbye.” Perhaps Chandler was looking forward to Barack Obama’s look-at-me-I’m-still-important address Tuesday night. It was a dirge that went on at No-Doz length. Unfortunately, I missed the address in real time because I had a conflict. I had to flea-powder the […]

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Russians and Flies — Two Absurd Stories

 

“Donald Trump eats infants for breakfast, and washes the little tykes down with the blood of flies,” The National Ransacker reported today, based on an unidentified and gauzy source. “The information is unverified, but we believe Americans can make up their own minds about allegations about the president-elect,” the Ransacker’s editor said. A couple of […]

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Open Letter to Chris Wallace at Fox News

 

Your questioning of Reince Priebus this a.m. demonstrates once again that you have a firm grasp of the conventional wisdom but little else. Your questions were the same as one would expect to hear on the mainstream networks or from New York Times reporters. (I sometimes think if your subscription to the Times were discontinued for some reason you […]

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What Could Go Wrong?

 

One of the latest peculiar dogmas of the LGBT political movement is that persons with XY chromosomes, if they should for any reason start feeling womanish, ought to be free to use the ladies’ room if they choose. And, we’re scolded, anyone who thinks this is daft (which 20 years ago would have included the […]

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Okay, Maybe There’s a Second Question

 

There’s only one question here, and the increasingly wearisome public discussion rarely comes close to zeroing in on it. Countries spy on each other and always have. The technology changes but the game is the same. The Russians have been trying to influence our affairs to their advantage at least since World War II. And […]

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Florida Hazy on Grass

 

If any credible medical spokesman has outlined a legitimate medical use for marijuana, I’ve missed it. But this didn’t stop 71 percent of Florida voters from approving an amendment to the state’s constitution legalizing weed for medical purposes (whatever these might be). The amendment went into effect Tuesday, and has led to the questions anyone […]

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Hardly a Shocker

 

There was a keen competition for the services of Megyn Kelly. Fox News won. As a result of this win, La Kelly will move her act to NBC when her contract with Fox expires this summer unless other arrangements are made. C’mon, surely you weren’t surprised. It has been obvious for years that our Megyn […]

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