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No Broken Bones…Yet

No Broken Bones…Yet

Give me a break. There are pitfalls when one is in tall weeds trying to determine the origin of expressions.

I’m “old school,” still delighting in reading newspaper comics. A recent Bizarro panel from the fertile mind of cartoonist Dan Piraro struck a chord. (I tend to communicate best at a fourthgrade level, so I miss the point of many Piraro cartoons. The ones I “catch” are reasons enough to keep an eye out for Bizarro.)

A recent panel showed a pirate interview: “Theater was my first love, but I gave it up for piracy when I became tired of all the ‘breaka-peg’ jokes.”…

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02
Jul
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It's Not About Race, It's About Revolution

What began as justifiable outrage over the videotaped murder of George Floyd by Minneapolis cops -- a crime no rational person would downplay or excuse -- has become a war on Western civilization. (See today's Perspective interview)

Charlene Couch, an African American writing in the Baltimore Sun, witnessed uprisings in her city and said of the protesters: "more than 90% were white and most were under 30." Surveys confirm a heavy majority of protesters are white. On TV, they destroy minority neighborhoods and black-owned businesses before they travel home to safe white neighborhoods.

Though past wars are tragic, all nations conquered and displaced previous occupants. Nearly all used slaves and many still do. Native Americans fought and killed in tribal wars that determined who controlled territory and resources. Some tribes had slaves.

Sun
28
Jun
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The Path of Nazi Germany?

I cannot express how truly sad writing this op-ed has made me. But I'm a patriotic American. And I'm an American Jew. I have studied the beginnings of Nazi Germany and the Holocaust. And I can clearly see parallels with what is happening in America today. Thank God we have President Trump (at the moment) keeping us from heading too far down this tragic path. But I must warn my fellow Americans we are clearly headed in a frightening and tragic direction.

Sun
28
Jun
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Many Happy Returns…

Many Happy Returns…

Uncle Mort isn’t his usual self. His 108 th birthday is at hand, and he’s hung up on whether to have a “real” party, or join the growing list of folks who are “computer Zooming” to celebrate special occasions. (Printers are shaking their heads, turning out fancy invitations with the word “virtual” in big type.)

“Maybe I’d do well to throw a ‘virtual’ party,” Mort mused. “Most people would understand they aren’t expected to attend, but that sanitized gifts, gift cards or cash left near the cattle guard by the front gate would be appreciated.”

His is a dilemma of vast dimensions, and instead of “ballyhooing” his arrival at age 108 on July 4, he’s seriously considering wife Maude’s growing insistence that he forget about numerical birthdays. “I’d heap rather kinfolks think of Mort as an ‘ageless uncle,’ and friends who talk about ‘the old guy out in the country’ whose name they can’t recall.”…

Thu
25
Jun
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Texas Press Association

Texas Press Association

Governor, education commissioner say schools will open

AUSTIN — While COVID-19 testing, contact tracing, case counts, hospitalizations and deaths increased last week, more and more Texans ventured out of their homes with the deadly coronavirus showing no sign of abatement.

Gov. Greg Abbott recently renewed his COVID pandemic disaster declaration for all counties affected by the disease. Even so, Abbott and Texas Education Commissioner Mike Morath on June 18 sounded a hopeful note, saying schools would resume normal operations in the fall. “It will be safe for Texas public school students, teachers and staff to return to school campuses for in-person instruction this fall, but there will also be flexibility for families with health concerns so that their children can be educated remotely, if the parent so chooses,” said Morath, adding that detailed guidance would be issued soon.

Thu
25
Jun
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The New Censors

Do you say what you think? That's risky! You may get fired!

You've probably heard about a New York Times editor resigning after approving an opinion piece by Senator Tom Cotton that suggested the military to step in to end riots. Many Times reporters tweeted out the same alarmist wording, "Running this puts Black NY Times staffers in danger." Really? How?

In my new video, Robby Soave, a Reason Magazine editor who writes about young radicals, explains, "They only claim it because that's their tactic for seizing power in the workplace."

They learned this tactic from so-called woke professors and fellow activists at expensive colleges, says Soave.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Thu
18
Jun
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Texas Press Association Capital Highlights

Texas Press Association Capital Highlights

Governor promises action to family of George Floyd

AUSTIN — Gov. Greg Abbott pledged to institute police reforms when he met with the Houston family of George Floyd, who was handcuffed and killed by police in front of a Minneapolis convenience store on May 25.

Video footage showed the 46-year-old Floyd subdued by four uniformed officers and pinned down on the pavement, one of them pressing his knee into Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes. Floyd lost consciousness and was later pronounced dead. Outrage over Floyd’s death and other police-involved deaths of African-Americans inspired protest marches in cities across Texas, the United States and around the world over the last three weeks.

Abbott told reporters he met with the Floyd family in their home June 9 to assure them that George Floyd did not die in vain and that his life “would be the stimulant for reforms that will make Texas and the country a better place.”

 

 

Sun
14
Jun
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Migraines differ from other headaches

Migraine sufferers are adept at recognizing when migraines begin to form. Many people only find relief after spending several hours lying down in pitch-black rooms.

Calling a migraine a headache is somewhat misleading, as migraines produce an assortment of symptoms and may not feature pain at all.

The Mayo Clinic says sinus headaches, which occur with sinus infections or symptoms like congestion and facial pressure, sometimes are mistaken for migraines.

 

 

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Sun
14
Jun
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Let Them Risk Their Lives

Deaths from COVID-19 are dropping, but we probably can't resume normal life until someone develops a vaccine. Experts say it will take at least 12 to 18 months.

Why so long?

Because to make sure a vaccine works, researchers must recruit lots of volunteers and wait for them to get sick.

First, they inject the volunteers. Half get the test vaccine; half get a placebo. Then, the test subjects resume their normal lives, and researchers watch to see who gets sick.

 

 

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14
Jun
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A Quiet Week in Lake Wobegon?...

Dr. Don Newbury

It is ironic that author/broadcasting legend Garrison Keillor’s mythical hometown of Lake Wobegon is only an hour’s “crow fly” journey from Minneapolis.

I saunter in where angels fear to tread—this needless mixing make believe with reality in the same paint can—but serious news folks do so all the time, so why not?

Once asked about Lake Wobegon’s exact “location,” Keillor maintained the place of his upbringing to be in “Stearns County, which is in Central Minnesota, some 66 miles from Minneapolis.” It’s not possible, of course, to “nail down” a town’s location which is viewed only in mind’s eye….

 

 

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