Opinion

Buckley captained conservatism before it was hijacked

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WASHINGTON — In 1950, the year before William F. Buckley burst into the national conversation, the literary critic Lionel Trilling revealed why the nation was ripe for Buckley’s high-spirited romp through its political and cultural controversies. Liberalism, Trilling declared, was “not ...

Trump and the erosion of American journalism

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WASHINGTON — President Trump’s war on American journalism — labeling the bulk of it “fake news” as a cloak over his own serial lying and misrepresentations — has created a genuine crisis of credibility in the news business. Yet the best and most honest of its practitioners ...

How America lost its head

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In 2013, the left went nuts over a rodeo clown. The rodeo clown was performing at the Missouri State Fair, and he had the awful temerity to wear a mask of then-President Obama. “We’re going to stomp Obama now,” said an announcer. “Hey, I know I’m a clown,” the rodeo clown replied. ...

Must Love Pets

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We just came back from a long three-day weekend, to some very happy and enthusiastic pets. With their tails wagging and a different kind of bark (a very high pitched one), our dogs greeted with so much love and excitement, one could hardly stand it. In looking back, it’s like this every day ...

Cowboy event a great success

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The “Cowboys In The Sky” Sid Roseland Memorial Calf Roping and Steer Wrestling event was held on May 20-21 at the Central Iowa Fairgrounds. Our event brought cowboys to Marshalltown from Minnesota, Missouri, Illinois, Wisconsin, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, and from many towns in Iowa. ...

What if the collusion probe finds nothing?

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President Trump is back from his first foreign trip, and CBS “welcomed” him back by suggesting again that he can’t possibly win a long fight with the media. On May 28, CBS reporter Errol Barnett quizzed “Face the Nation” host John Dickerson, saying: “Trump is back to tweeting his ...

Trump budget fixes our broken culture

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George Mason University economist Tyler Cowen has just published a timely new book, “The Complacent Class: The Self-Defeating Quest for the American Dream.” Cowen’s message is that America is a nation that has lost its edge. Entrepreneurism and the willingness to take risks — key ...

Trump acts like a conventional President abroad

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What a difference a week makes. On May 19, President Donald Trump took off in Air Force One for the Middle East and Europe. He left behind a Washington and a nation buzzing about his firing of FBI Director James Comey, the multiple reasons he had given for doing so, the meeting he’d had with ...

Why was I listening to Judas Priest?

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It’s a legitimate question. I’ve never been a fan of Judas Priest. I don’t own any Judas Priest albums or ever downloaded one of their songs. I first heard about Judas Priest when I was in elementary school. Somewhere along the way in my life I have inexorably linked the bands Judas ...

Cheer, cheer for the protesters of Notre Dame

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Before we get into the debate here over whether it’s appropriate for graduating college students to protest their commencement speakers, I want to share my own observation about a growing trend in parental manners at these events. In recent years, I’ve delivered a dozen or so commencement ...

News from Des Moines

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The 2017 Legislative session came to a close after a near 24-hour marathon that ended April 22 at 7:15 a.m. with the passage of the final budget bill. Since the end of session, Gov. Branstad has signed all the bills with a few minor line item vetoes in the budget, putting a cap on this session. ...

Growing right-wing intolerance for inconvenient facts

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Some people will call it surprising that a reporter was reportedly assaulted Wednesday night by a political candidate. Truth is, it is not surprising in the least. For those who hadn’t heard: Greg Gianforte, a Montana Republican running for Congress, was charged with misdemeanor assault for ...

Secular Ecclesiology

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Ecclesiology is the study of the church. That includes the forms of church government, its leadership, how it worships, its relationship to the people of God and even its sacraments. In modern American evangelicalism, ecclesiology is needed more than ever. With fly-by-night churches built ...

The Praying Mantis Explains Today’s Politics

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To understand the bizarre political era in which we live, let us recall the mating rituals of the praying mantis. In their amorous encounter, the male mantis approaches the female — which is the physically larger and stronger of the two — and, if permitted, mounts the female from the rear. ...

What Jim has learned today

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I learned I love … absolutely love … both the institution and every living, breathing soul of the U.S. Postal Service. Its very existence is a clear and tangible expression of the virtue of American thought and deed. Its history is our history. It is the logical consequence of citizenship ...

Midlife adjustments?

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Dear Dave, My husband and I are in our 50s, and we have just $12,000 to pay off before we’re debt-free. We’ve paid off almost $70,000 in debt in the last two years. We would like to buy a house soon, but we know we also need an emergency fund. It would take us almost a year to build up an ...

The True Meaning of Memorial Day

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On May 5, 1868, Gen. John A. Logan, leader of an organization for Northern Civil War veterans, called for a nationwide day of remembrance to take place later that month. “The 30th of May, 1868, is designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers, or otherwise decorating the graves of ...

Memorial Day and the Price of Freedom

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Memorial Day is at heart a community-oriented holiday. The first observances of what we now call Memorial Day were spontaneous expressions of gratitude and remembrance on the part of Civil War veterans for their fallen comrades, organized by veterans groups in local communities. Only once it ...

Holiday weekend food

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Memorial Day weekend is kind of the unofficial start of summer, so today I have some recipes to kick off the season. Barbecue Baked Beans 1-lb. lean ground beef browned and drained 3-28 oz. cans of baked beans 1 envelope of onion soup mix 1 c. brown sugar (packed) 4 large cloves of ...