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Enough’s enough

During the weekend of Aug. 4-5 (and the preceding Friday night), 12 Chicagoans were shot dead, and 62 others were shot and wounded, the Chicago Tribune reported (https://tinyurl.com/yde7jb83). Before last week’s mayhem, 1,718 Chicagoans had been shot since the beginning of the year, and 306 ...

The ‘Democracy or Republic’ fight

In the fourth century, the theologian Athanasius wanted Christians in the western Roman Empire to use the Greek word homoousios, meaning “of the same substance,” to describe the Trinity (the Father, Son and Holy Spirit). Some wanted to use the word homoiousios, meaning “of a similar ...

Book underlines axiom that if you want peace, prepare for war

WASHINGTON — Scholars have already debated for decades, and will debate for centuries, the role U.S. policies — military, diplomatic, economic — played in bringing the Cold War to endgame and the Soviet Union to extinction. One milestone was Ronald Reagan’s 1983 Strategic Defense ...

Is it treason yet?

Would anyone still be shocked to learn that most Republicans are untroubled by the Kremlin’s efforts to manipulate our politics? The appalling truth is that millions of Republicans — more than 10 percent, according to a new survey by Yahoo Finance/Survey Monkey — would actually approve of ...

Are Globalists plotting a counter-revolution?

On meeting with the EU’s Jean-Claude Juncker last month, Donald Trump tweeted: “Both the U.S. and the E.U. drop all Tariffs, Barriers and Subsidies! That would finally be Free Market and Fair Trade.” Did Larry Kudlow somehow get access to Trump’s phone? We know not. But, on hearing ...

Saudi-Canadian spat highlights Western hypocrisy

Saudi Arabia expelled the Canadian ambassador last weekend, recalled its own ambassador from the Canadian capital, halted new trade with Canada, suspended flights to Toronto, and suspended scholarships for Saudi students attending Canadian universities. The sudden uproar was apparently sparked ...

Shop small

We often think about shopping locally during the holiday season, but as the recent events in Marshalltown have shown us, it’s important to shop local year-round. Here are 10 reasons why it’s important to shop local and shop support small businesses. 10. When you shop a locally-owned ...

Taste of Central Iowa

Today I have a variety of recipes that don’t fit into a specific category, other than they are good. Meatloaf 1 lb. low-fat ground beef 1/2 c. bread crumbs 1/2 or 1 green pepper, diced 1/2 c. tomato sauce, divided 1 onion, diced Combine all ingredients, except add only 1/4 ...

Thank God for Uncle Rudy

You know Rudy — the eccentric, sometimes batty, uncle who lives in the attic? One thing about Rudy, he always seems to know when family gatherings are becoming tense and descends to the rescue with some gibberish to lighten the mood. What would we do without him? Uncle Rudy used to be ...

We’re all living in Trump’s kayfabe world

President Trump’s demonization of the media as the “enemy of the people” is mostly kayfabe. A professional wrestling term, “kayfabe” means presenting staged events as if they’re real. Pro wrestling is theater, not sport. But it thrives on the illusion that it is the latter, not ...

Nothing that boy did could ever justify what happened to him.

So says Carolyn Bryant Donham in historian Timothy B. Tyson’s 2017 book, “The Blood of Emmett Till.” You keep hoping for more, hoping to hear her wrestle with her crime, explain how she could have done what she did — and how she lives with herself now. But in the end, the admission is ...

A real twister is coming

"Twister" came out when I was in junior high. I loved that movie. It had action, suspense and heart, and it defined my wardrobe for the next 18 months or so. I became obsessed with Helen Hunt's white tank top and baggy khaki cargo pants. It was the epitome of independent adventurer, and I wore ...

Buddy eats Curt’s birthday present!

Ginnie came to me bright and early the day before my birthday. “There’s an issue with Buddy.” “Uh, oh.” I didn’t like the sound of the word ‘issue.’ “Oh, what’s that?” I asked, trying to act nonchalant. It was at this point Ginnie broke down. “I feel terrible,” ...

How to execute the silent treatment

When you’re Very Masculine like myself, you must work hard with fitness, often using a Bowflex or even a ThighMaster in between reps of stirring giant glasses of chocolate milk and cursing your wife for eating all the cheese. Because of my schedule, the only time I’m able to go to the gym ...

Meat Glut Hangs over Markets

U.S. producers of beef, pork, chicken and turkey may produce over 100 billion pounds of meat this year, a record that is causing a stomachache for markets. Most U.S. livestock is fed a diet that is heavy in corn and soybeans, and low grain prices over the past few years allowed for rapid ...

The Democrats’ rhetoric is just as dangerous as Trump’s

WASHINGTON — This week a New York man, Carlos Bayon, was arrested after leaving threatening messages for House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., and Conference Chairman Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., promising to go after their families and “feed them lead.” When police raided his ...

Dereliction of political duty in a tweet

It’s been policy hereabout to ignore presidential tweets of no national consequence. Whether Donald Trump likes Roseanne or dislikes Rosie matters not. But Trump’s tweets about the catastrophic California fires do. They demonstrated remarkable ignorance and cowardice. And in the words that ...

Is collusion criminal?

In the last two weeks, the Trump administration has begun to make a rather interesting legal argument: Collusion isn’t criminal. President Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani made this argument on television; Trump repeated it on Twitter. But is it true? Technically, collusion isn’t a crime. ...

Had enough of Trump?

Some irate Donald Trump supporters have had enough. Enough, that is, of my columns harping on the damage their man has done and is doing to American democracy by attacking the press and Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who is investigating possible obstruction of justice by him that could lead ...

Electric grid hacking more perilous than election hacking

Kremlin-connected cyber criminals are capable of turning off our electric power from afar, while power plant employees watch helplessly. In the last two weeks, the federal Department of Homeland Security held four briefings warning that Russian hackers are already practicing how to throw the ...