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Our Compassion Reservoir Severely Tested

 

Images on the evening news in recent weeks, have been gut-wrenchingly sad. When Hurricane Harvey roared into Texas, flooding much of Houston and surrounding communities, my heart was broken to see refugees huddled in horror in shelters and evacuation centers. Then just days later I was overcome with compassion for those in the path of […]

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The Madness of Criminalized Politics

 

Professional liars sometimes get so carried away with their arguments that they don’t realize they’ve started to tell the truth. That’s what happened last week when the private attorneys who have been prosecuting Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on the flimsiest of securities fraud charges basically admitted that their whole case is “absurd.” It’s taken […]

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Unmasking: Yet Another Abuse of Powers

 

Despotic regimes are inherently unstable. That instability, they believe, can be offset by oppressing their peoples. One usual tool of oppression is the “secret police” who spy on the population, trying to identify political dissidents who can be imprisoned (or shot) before they become dangerous. History is rife with examples. Czarist Russia had the Okhrana. […]

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I’m With America’s Commissioner-in-Chief

 

Donald Trump, the person the media tells you at every turn is the dumbest guy in whatever room he is in, in just one weekend outflanked the left, the Democratic Party, the media, and the elites. Not only did Trump outmaneuver his political enemies, all the self-proclaimed enlightened people still haven’t caught on that he […]

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The Age of Corporate Welfare Is Upon Us

 

Asked to describe the notable political themes during the Trump presidency so far, the average American would likely mention political polarization, escalating tensions on the Korean peninsula, and debates over health care policy. One theme they likely would not mention would be the rise of corporate welfare. Wealthy corporations receiving unnecessary, targeted tax breaks is […]

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Boycott the NFL

 

As they say in baseball, play ball. But apparently not in the NFL. Instead of playing the game they are being paid millions to play, whole teams of the National Football League have decided instead to insult the fans who pay their salaries whether watching a game in person or on television. The method of […]

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A Righteous Presidential Pardon for Sholom Rubashkin

 

On June 20, 2010 Federal Judge Linda R. Reade of Iowa’s Northern District fined Sholom Mordechai Rubashkin $27 million and sentenced him to 27 years for supposed financial fraud. As I explain and emphasize later, the “fraud” itself was manufactured by the government. The facts of this case make a mockery of the American judicial […]

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The Trump Mystique

 

Washington President Donald Trump amped up the energy at the United Nations 72nd General Assembly. At his maiden speech before General Assembly Tuesday, Trump called North Korean strongman Kim Jong Un “Rocket Man.” He threatened “to totally destroy” the hermit kingdom. He told reporters, “I have decided” whether to certify the international nuclear pact with […]

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A Bunch of New Stuff and Bad Actors

 

Michael Bennett is going to be the death of the NFL. I’m not kidding. This guy is going to destroy the league’s fan base, because nobody has the stones to stop him — not in the Seahawks’ front office, not the in the NFL’s league office, not at the TV networks who pay billions of […]

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Let’s Remember Too That Trump Took It to Venezuela’s Maduro

 

Kim Jong Un stole the thunder (or absorbed the thunder) in President Trump’s UN speech on Tuesday, and deservedly so. What Trump said about Kim and North Korea was no doubt the most significant part of his address. I wrote about it here the next day, and we’re now hearing the blowback from the little […]

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