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NRA cowardly fights for ‘the white to bear arms’­­­

I­­t began in April. ­­That's when there appeared on YouTube an NRA recruitment video that raised eyebrows across the political spectrum. Speaking through a jaw clenched tight enough to crack walnuts, with an intensity that suggested a major artery might blow out at any second, ...

Christianity, Inc.

Eugene Peterson is not a name familiar to most Americans, but within evangelical circles, Peterson is well-known. He wrote a translation of the Bible called “The Message,” which is a preferred text for churches trying to lure in new members who might be put off by the “thou shalls” and ...

Liberal Values Are Bankrupting Us

Recently, Gallup published the results of its annual Values and Beliefs poll. The headline of the report speaks for itself: “Americans Hold Record Liberal Views on Most Moral Issues.” Gallup has been doing this poll since 2001, and the change in public opinion on the moral issues ...

Using the grandchild for money

Dear Dave, My wife and I have been helping our adopted daughter financially for some time. She’s 25, has been married for three years, and we don’t see this cycle stopping anytime soon. The worst part is, they will often throw in that our grandchild will go without something unless we ...

Is Iran in Our Gun Sights Now?

“Iran must be free. The dictatorship must be destroyed. Containment is appeasement and appeasement is surrender.” Thus does our Churchill, Newt Gingrich, dismiss, in dealing with Iran, the policy of containment crafted by George Kennan and pursued by nine U.S. presidents to bloodless ...

McCain the Patriot

In this unheroic era when prominent American males prove their abiding patriotism by prominently displaying an American flag pin in the lapel of their suit jacket, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., remains seriously out of step. McCain has never been a flag waver. With the steady devotion of a ...

The ‘Recognizing America’s Children’ Act

President Donald Trump may not yet have built his “big, beautiful wall” along the southern border or figured out a way to make Mexico pay for it, but immigration is one area where the president seems committed to keeping his campaign promises. Illegal immigration, which was already at a ...

Something delicious this summer

Here are three recipes I’ve enjoyed over the years. Chicken-Veggie Stir Fry 1 T low-sodium soy sauce 1 t hoisin sauce 1 c warm water 1 T cornstarch 1 t peanut or olive oil 1 t garlic, minced 1 t ginger, minced 1 t Thai hot sauce 2 c mushrooms, sliced 2 c broccoli slaw or ...

Deep fried into oblivion, served with bacon

It’s hot, everybody is uncomfortable, and everywhere I turn it smells like a mix of recently exploded fireworks and swine; doesn’t it make you think of the Iowa State Fair? The thick, sticky air, the irritable crowds pouring over each other to see that big carrot, the dulcet tones of ...

Kelly the home improvement expert

Each year, hundreds of unsuspecting men find themselves in a precarious position: forced to put shelves on walls. If left up to men, our walls would be barren, save for whatever holes or stains result from games we make up with friends. Guy: “Hey, let’s play ‘See What Sticks!’ I’ll ...

Lumber market on fire

The lumber market roared near a three-month high this week as wildfires threatened forests and sawmills in British Columbia. There are nearly 400 wildfires ablaze in the Canadian province which is one of the world’s largest exporters of softwood lumber. Lumber futures, traded in Chicago, ...

Scott Bangston

Scott Allan Bangtson, 51

Scott Allan Bangtson, 51, of Greenbrier, AR passed away on July 19, 2017. He was born April 20, 1966, in Marshalltown, IA to Allan Karl Bangtson and Mary Margaret Shaner Bangtson. He was preceded in death by his son, Derek Anthony Allan Bangtson; his father-in-law and his ...

Yes, politics is dirty. No, it isn’t as dirty as you think it is

Expectations define behavior. The success of a marriage nearly always depends on the expectations of the parties going in. If you believe marriage is going to be a rose garden of happy trips to the beach interspersed with moonlight dinners and foot massages, you’re more likely to end up ...

Americans polarized… on exercise

The boarding process for a recent flight required going up a modest set of stairs. Greatly slowing it all was a woman carrying at least 80 more pounds than were optimal. Every step was a labored exertion. She looked to be in her 40s and in the bloom of health other than the excess weight. I ...

Fantastic furniture

Dear Readers: Buying FURNITURE is an investment, but a necessary one. Cheap, throwaway furniture is not a good purchase. The quality is not there, and the pieces will not last. Decide on a budget and exactly how much you can spend on new furniture, and ask family and friends for advice. Here ...

The wild blue yonder ain’t what it used to be

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — The aircraft arrayed around the spacious lawn of Maxwell Air Force Base, home of the Air University, mostly represent long-retired types. The largest, however, is a glistening B-52 bomber, which represents a still-employed component of the Air Force’s aging fleet: The ...

Biden makes his pitch for Obamacare

WASHINGTON — Joe Biden has never been known to hold his tongue when he has something on his mind. So it’s not surprising that six months after leaving the vice presidency, he wrote a Washington Post piece the other day unequivocally defending Obamacare, his old boss’s much-maligned health ...

Hug it out

I love to research new and bizarre holidays. Just the other day, my family enjoyed celebrating “National Kissing Day.” Research the month of July, and you will find National Blueberry Day, Different Colored Eyes Day, Cow Appreciation Day, Milk Chocolate Day, and Father-In-Law Day. Perhaps ...

The AP Stylebook is getting crazy

Back in those ancient days when teletypes gave us the sound effects for news, the Associated Press was esteemed as the gold standard of objective news coverage. Inside a liberal media bubble, that pretense continues. But for decades now, AP has tacked hard to port along with the rest of the ...

Liberal values are bankrupting us

Recently, Gallup published the results of its annual Values and Beliefs poll. The headline of the report speaks for itself: “Americans Hold Record Liberal Views on Most Moral Issues.” Gallup has been doing this poll since 2001, and the change in public opinion on the moral issues ...