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Sat
16
Sep

Pizza on the Run….

By Dr. Don Newbury 

My Uncle Mort, who has called the thicket his home during his 105 years of life, has a new neighbor who may have been made in the same mold.

Oh, calling him a “neighbor” may be a stretch, since his spread is over the river and through the woods from Mort’s.

Let’s call the neighbor “Bud,” who probably is 30 years Mort’s junior. The men look at life through similar lenses, and if they aren’t from the same “family tree,” surely they hail from the same orchard.

Bud also wears trifocals, like Mort, keeps a magnifying glass handy for fine print. “Show me a man with his head held high, and I’ll show you one not used to his trifocals,” he’s joked many times. He’s Mort made over….

 

Sat
16
Sep

Blame for Disaster

by John Stossel 

"How many once-in-a-lifetime storms will it take," demands "The Daily Show" comic Trevor Noah, "until everyone admits man-made climate change is real?!"

His audience roars its approval.

When Hurricane Irma hit, so-called friends admonished me, "Look what your fossil fuels have done! Will you finally admit you are wrong?"

No. It's the alarmists who are wrong—on so many levels.

First, two big storms don't mean much.

The global warming activists must know that because when Donald Trump joked about a lack of warming on a snowy day, they lectured us about how "weather is not climate—one snowstorm is irrelevant to long-term climate."

They were right then. But now that bad weather has come, they change their tune.

 

Wed
13
Sep

Media Should Not Embrace Far-Left 'Poverty' Law Firm

from The Colorado Springs Gazette Everyone who supports President Donald Trump is racist. So said a local Facebook troll going all in with the fashionable new tool for casting political opponents as monsters.

We have all seen the propensity of friends, neighbors and colleagues to thoughtlessly charge "racism" when someone disagrees with anything from immigration policy, to a proposal for health care reform, to tax cuts.

Most rational people despise racists, so charging another person with racism feels like a win-win for the accuser. "I'm not a racist, but you most certainly are. Therefore, we must discount anything you say."

 

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Wed
13
Sep

Texas begins long march toward recovery from Hurricane Harvey

By Ed Sterling

AUSTIN — As contaminated waters receded and mountains of debris from flooded homes and ruined belongings grew last week, a picture of post-hurricane Texas developed and the process of weighing impacts to lives, property and infrastructure began.

Gov. Greg Abbott delivered a series of announcements and proclamations related to catastrophic flooding and wind damage brought by Hurricane Harvey to more than 50 Gulf Coast and inland counties in late August and early September.

On Sept. 7, Abbott thanked Congress for passing a $15.3 billion hurricane relief package and called the bipartisan action “an encouraging sign.”

 

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Sat
09
Sep

What Does Afghanistan Victory Look Like?

From The Jacksonville Daily News 

America is ramping up its troop strength in Afghanistan again. Not to the dramatic, six-figure force we once had there, but something close to a 50 percent increase, depending on which numbers we use.

The numbers can be deceptive -- and it turns out that was intentional. There was something of a wink-wink, nudge-nudge going on at the Pentagon with regard to American troop strength in both Afghanistan and in the Iraq-Syria battlegrounds with ISIS.

In Afghanistan, where the Obama administration put an 8,400-troop cap on deployments, we've got about 11,000 U.S. troops. In Iraq and Syria, where the Defense Department has consistently reported troop strength at just over 5,200, we've actually got more than 7,000.

 

Sat
09
Sep

On Unorthodox Recruiting…

By Dr. Don Newbury 

This high school choir teacher maintains a high excitement level throughout the year, but it peaks with the beginning of school each fall. That’s when she’s on high alert to sign up new members.

And she does it with the zeal of a gal awarded a 10-yard head start in a Sadie Hawkins Day race.

Sandra Sanders Mattson, Killeen High School men’s choir director, is ever “at the ready” to add another voice, and if it happens to be bass, that’s all the better.

 

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Wed
06
Sep

Judge stops Senate Bill 4

by Ed Sterling

Chief U.S. District Judge Orlando L. Garcia of San Antonio on Aug. 30 forbade the State of Texas from implementing Senate Bill 4, controversial immigration reform legislation passed by the Texas lawmakers in May and signed into law by Gov. Abbott in June.

SB 4, also known as the “sanctuary cities” and “show me your papers” bill, was scheduled to take effect Sept. 1. In his 94-page ruling finding parts of the law unconstitutional, Judge Garcia sided with plaintiffs in enjoining local and state law enforcement agencies from complying with, honoring or fulfilling any immigration detainer request issued by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

 

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Wed
06
Sep

Flood-related suffering, relief efforts grow in Harvey’s wake

by Ed Sterling

AUSTIN — Emergency relief operations expanded and intensified last week as floodwaters caused by Hurricane/ Tropical Storm Harvey-generated rains inundated and overwhelmed Harris County and dozens of other stricken counties.

While damage estimates continue to increase, at least 45,000 people have moved to public shelters, more than 100,000 homes have been destroyed and the death toll is rising.

 

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Sat
02
Sep

‘Greasy Spoon’ Lingo…

By Dr. Don Newbury 

They were called “greasy spoons,” those folksy diners of yesteryear. Printed menus were limited, but waitpersons had their slang menu “down pat.” The one I remember best had a single line of stools, and patrons typically waited in outdoor lines for weekday “lunch runs.”

Admittedly, I’ve already used this week’s quota of quotation marks, but strong in my memory is how the “waitperson” yelled food orders to the nearby cook, who had to be “quick on the uptake” of verbal orders.

The system has given way to numbers, and this is regrettable. Numbers can include various cadences, of course, but words can sing, rhyme and humor, sometimes all in the same food order….

 

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Sat
02
Sep

Answers on the IRS

From The Jacksonville Daily News 

Former President Obama's Justice Department dismissed the IRS political targeting scandal as no big deal, and President Trump's administration hasn't been any better. At least the judiciary is still trying to hold someone to account for this government abuse.

In a little-noticed decision last week, federal Judge Reggie Walton ordered the IRS to answer a series of questions by Oct. 16. Notably, the tax agency must finally explain the specific reasons for the specific delays in approving each of dozens of conservative nonprofit applications delays that stifled free speech during a midterm and presidential election. Judge Walton is also requiring the IRS to name the specific individuals that it holds responsible for the targeting.

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