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18
Aug
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In a League of Their Own…

The Idle American

They called balls and strikes behind home plate for a combined 52 years, achieving greatness in the world of Major League umpiring until their retirement in 1999.

The pair’s plaque-filled walls in their homes are testimonies to their remarkable professional achievements.

When they stepped up to the plate in retirement, however, their volunteer service to others provided them with the most satisfaction. Who knows what motivated them?

The late Durwood Merrill, from Hooks, TX, and Larry Barnett, from Nitro, WV, insisted on “giving back.” Some might think their theme song should be, “Thank God, I’m a Country Boy.” Combined population of their hometowns is less than 10,000….

 

 

Sun
18
Aug
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Left-Wing Activist Blames Senator for Shootings

from The Colorado Springs Gazette

Never waste a crisis, implores Saul Alinsky's far-left manifesto "Rules for Radicals." "... (I)n the arena of action, a threat or a crisis becomes almost a precondition of communication," Alinsky wrote on page 89.

"You never want a good crisis to go to waste," said former Chicago Mayor Rham Emanuel, while serving as then-President Barack Obama's White House chief of staff in 2008. This devious strategy explains why the left makes immediate political demands the moment some psychotic murders a crowd. They mock and ridicule anyone who takes time for thoughts and prayers, raging polemical about the immediate need for more gun control.

 

 

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Thu
15
Aug
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Views from Around the Panhandle

I know That we as a nation are in the midst of an existential crisis, and I hate to pile on but I think it’s time to talk about the latest.

I know in the big scheme of things, this is small. Tiny, even—and unnecessarily so. But the only way to understand is to have a conversation and wipe away the confusion.

 

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Thu
15
Aug
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Texas Press Association Capital Highlights

Officials meet to

discuss public safety

following deadly

shooting

AUSTIN — Following the Aug. 3 shooting that claimed the lives of 22 people and injured 24 others at a popular El Paso shopping venue, Gov. Greg Abbott and a group of officials met in the border city to discuss ways to address violence.

Joined by Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, House Speaker Dennis Bonnen, State Sen. Jose Rodriguez, and area state Reps. Cesar Blanco, Art Fierro, Mary Gonzales, Joe Moody and Lina Ortega, Abbott and the group talked about how to improve public safety.

 

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Thu
15
Aug
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Another US Athlete Kneels in Protest

American gold medalist Race Imboden took a knee Sunday to protest "multiple shortcomings of the country I hold so dear in my heart," as explained in his post-ceremony tweet. The fencing champion tweeted his concerns after the medal ceremony at the Pan American Games. He wrote: "Racism, Gun Control, mistreatment of immigrants, and a president who spreads hate are at the top of a long list..."

Imboden's protest defies a contract he signed with the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee. In writing, he agreed to refrain from political demonstrations during official events. The USOPC responded with nothing more than a statement of "disappointment" over the breach of an agreement. What a great country. Imboden may kneel because of American exceptionalism. To better grasp the irony of Imboden's gripes, consider the athletes alongside him on the podium. The secondplace winners hail from Venezuela; third-place from Cuba.

 

Sun
11
Aug
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Sweet Chariot Stocks?...

The Idle American

A casual statement made by my Uncle Mort at his 107th birthday party recently may go a long way in explaining why he continues his relentless pursuit of getrich-quick inventions.

He said he suffered a monumental financial blow—a borderline “gut punch”—from Wall Street.

Mort rues the long-ago day he put all of his available cash in what he described as “Sweet Chariot Stocks.” Huh? “Hours after I bought ‘em,” he claimed, “they swung low.”…

 

 

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Sun
11
Aug
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The Problem With Narrative

This week, The New York Times caved to online bullying and changed a headline for an article covering President Donald Trump's remarks after the horrible shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio. The original headline, "Trump Urges Unity Vs. Racism," was met with outrage on social media by those on the left.

During the day, the hashtag #CancelNYT began trending. The headline was changed to "Assailing Hate but Not Guns." So, if the headline was initially wrong, what did Trump say on Monday in response to the shootings?

Trump noted that the El Paso shooter had "posted a manifesto online consumed by racist hate," and the president called for national unity. "In one voice, our nation must condemn racism, bigotry and white supremacy," Trump said. "These sinister ideologies must be defeated. Hate has no place in America. Hatred warps the mind, ravages the heart and devours the soul." Appears the first headline was accurate.

 

 

Thu
08
Aug
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Texas Press Association Capital Highlights

Abbott, Patrick react after 20 die in deadly shooting

AUSTIN — After a gunman was arrested in the killing of 20 people and wounding 26 others at a popular shopping venue in El Paso on Aug. 3, Gov. Greg Abbott and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick offered thoughts and prayers.

Abbott ordered flags lowered in memory of those who lost their lives and said flags should remain at halfstaff through sunset on Aug. 8.

The suspect, 21-year-old Patrick Crusius of Allen, Texas, surrendered after waves of first responders arrived on scene.

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Thu
08
Aug
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What Presidential Debates Teach Us

Listening to debates among presidential primary candidates invariably reminds me of the 1974 Democratic primary for New York governor. To set the scene: In November of 1973, Republican Nelson Rockefeller, four times elected chief executive of the Empire State who would later be chosen by President Gerald R. Ford to become the nation's 41st vice president, resigned his governorship.

In short order, New York Democratic leaders --both regulars and reformers -- confident they could win the governorship after a generation in the wilderness, made Howard J. Samuels, a self-made millionaire and the president of the New York City Off-Track Betting Corporation, their consensus choice for governor.

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Sun
04
Aug
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Signs Unto Us…

The Idle American

The prophet Isaiah really started something when he foretold of signs to indicate the coming of the Christ child.

I know. This is a scriptural reference heard mostly at Christmastime. It is noted, though, that signs were big in biblical times, and remain big now. Today, some signs with their modern-day digital technology, colorful images and crisply-worded messages are indeed inundating.

And rarely do any of them mention His Second Coming….

 

 

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