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Sun
16
Dec
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Destructive Challenge in France

from The Panama City News Herald

Paris, home to magnificent art, architecture, music and cuisine, is unquestionably one of the world's greatest cities. But in recent weeks, the City of Light has been the scene of the most destructive protests in the last half-century.

The streets erupted after French President Emmanuel Macron announced a planned hike on fuel taxes.

Roughly two-thirds of French cars run on diesel, in part because the government has taxed diesel less than gasoline. But skyrocketing diesel prices have hit France. This year alone, its price has spiked by 23 percent, creating the highest price in 15 years.

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Thu
13
Dec
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Liberty Gifts

Struggling to find gifts to get for loved ones? How about a book? I just made a video about some books that shaped my thinking.

First, Friedrich Hayek's "Road to Serfdom" recounts how government trying to centrally plan an economy often leads to tyranny.

Government shouldn't intervene, wrote Hayek, because a free market, like a school of fish or a flock of birds, creates a spontaneous order. No central planner will allocate resources as efficiently as individuals do themselves.

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Thu
13
Dec
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Texas Press Association Capital Highlights

Texas, nation mourn death of former president

AUSTIN — Gov. Greg Abbott on Dec. 3 proclaimed Dec. 5 as an official day of mourning across the Lone Star State in honor of former President George H.W. Bush, the 41st president of the United States, who died in Houston on Nov. 30.

In the proclamation, Abbott encouraged Texans to “gather, assemble and pay their respects to the memory of George Herbert Walker Bush through ceremonies in homes, businesses, public buildings, schools, places of worship or other appropriate places for public expression of grief and remembrance.”

The proclamation also allowed state employees to attend such observances. State agencies, offices and departments were closed on that day, with general government operations and services maintained by reduced-size work crews.

Sun
09
Dec
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Room for One More?...

By Dr. Don Newbury

The Idle American

‘Tis a puzzlement. Can anyone on the planet engage us to the degree that a 20th century icon did?

More specifically, can anyone “grab” us visually the way he did—that prolific author, painter and illustrator who reached Americans’ innermost cockles with a paint brush and canvas?

That icon re-defined sentimentality with engaging covers on The Saturday Evening Post 321 times during the publication’s 66 years of weekly magazines.

 

 

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Sun
09
Dec
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The Creepy Line

By John Stossel

This morning Google told me that it would not allow my YouTube video "Socialism Leads to Violence" to be viewed by young people. It violates "community guidelines," said the company in a computergenerated email. Anti-capitalist bias? Or just an algorithm shielding children from disturbing violence in Venezuela? I don't know.

But a new documentary, "The Creepy Line," argues that companies like Google and Facebook lean left and have power they shouldn't have. The title "Creepy Line" refers to a comment by former Google chairman Eric Schmidt, who said when it comes to issues like privacy, Google policy "is to get right up to the creepy line but not cross it."

But the documentary argues that Google crosses that creepy line every day. Google's power comes from its dominant search engine. We assume that whatever appears at the top of our searches is the "best" or most popular result. But is it?

 

Thu
06
Dec
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Capital Highlights

Former U.S.

President George H.W.

Bush dies Nov. 30

AUSTIN — Gov. Greg Abbott on Dec. 1 issued the following statement on the Nov. 30 death of George Herbert Walker Bush, the 41st president of the United States:

“The state of Texas mourns with the nation at the passing of one of our greatest presidents. George H.W. Bush was an American hero and icon, he was a friend to all he met, he embodied class and dignity. Texans are genuinely honored that he called the Lone Star State home and we collectively grieve this monumental loss. On behalf of Texas, Cecilia and I offer our thoughts and prayers to the Bush family in their time of need.”

Thu
06
Dec
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America Loses Its Point of Light'

from The Detroit news

George H.W. Bush brought to his presidency an old-school idealism rooted in his core belief that politics and public service should be about inspiring Americans to do their best.

His "thousand points of light" campaign encouraged the nation to pull together to improve our communities through volunteerism and civic engagement, and to set aside our differences to strive for the common good.

Bush, who served one term as president from 1988 to 1992, died Saturday at age 94.

 

 

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Sun
02
Dec
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Geriatric Term Limits?...

The Idle American

For more than 15 years, I’ve attempted to write pieces to elicit smileshowever faint—and/or to inspire. I believe a great majority of them have been “upbeat.”

Not so with this one, which may rank “down there” with the Grinch that stole Christmas. “Grinch,” of course, is fictional; mine is backed up by cold, hard facts.

Many conversations among retirees in the year 2000 included pro’s and con’s of long-term care insurance coverage. “After all, we don’t want to be burdens on our children,” was a comment heard time and again….

 

 

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Sun
02
Dec
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Short Takes on Not-So-Funny Humor and Not-So-Fun Flights

A little chess humor. Very little.

In the world of chess, Fabiano Caruana is like Tiger Woods, Tom Brady and Serena Williams wrapped into one. He is America's premier grandmaster, and though his name isn't quite a household word yet, there are all kinds of reasons for readers to take note of him. For one thing, he is the only American to compete in the title fight for the World Chess Championship since Bobby Fischer defeated the Soviet Union's Boris Spassky in a 1972 classic Cold War match.

Thu
29
Nov
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Pro-Smoking Government

by John Stossel

E-cigarettes let people get a hit of nicotine without burning tobacco.

Avoiding burning tobacco is the single greatest preventative health measure human beings can take, given the diseases conventional cigarettes cause.

Unfortunately, our government and media now act as if vaping e-cigarettes is the health crisis.

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