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The Grinch who stole Independence Day

President Trump’s co-opting of our traditional Independence Day celebration on the National Mall is only the latest of his displays of deplorable narcissism. It rubs more salt into all the other wounds he has inflicted on our social and patriotic self-image as an honorable people. His ...

Joe Biden’s vulnerability or the Democrats’?

Sen. Kamala Harris demonstrated rare skill during the debate — managing to shiv Joe Biden and look nice doing it. By adopting the language of “hurt” instead of anger, she finessed the problem that usually attends launching an unprovoked attack: that it may harm the perpetrator as much as ...

Assault on Western civilization

Western civilization was founded on a set of philosophies that focus strongly on the sanctity of individuals and their power of logic and reason. This belief led to a desire to trust things that could be proven to be true or legitimate, from government to science. Judeo-Christian morality has ...

Maybe try winning

On Thursday, the United States Supreme Court ruled that partisan gerrymandering is a non-justiciable issue, meaning courts have no role to play in politics. Democrats assailed the Republicans on the Supreme Court as activists for not taking power for the Court. It is somewhat hilarious to ...

Dems want to insure illegals, don’t care about vets and middle class

It’s official. Democratic Party Chair Tom Perez confirms the Party fully endorses free health care for illegal immigrants. That puts illegals ahead of veterans struggling to qualify for civilian care, middle-class working stiffs priced out of Obamacare and baby boomers facing the likelihood ...

The lemon is squeezed dry

There’s something attractive in the party names in the Supreme Court’s decision on the relationship between government and religion: American Legion v. American Humanist Association. Both organizations, the veterans group formed after World War I and the secular humanist group founded the ...

In the absence of Republican courage, more children will die

It is 2:30 in the morning, and I should be sleeping. In a few hours, my 3-year-old grandson will be awake, and we have plans. “You and me, buddy,” I told him at bedtime. “We’re going to play all day long.” He is not why I can’t sleep. Across the hall from this guestroom, his ...

Dear Dietitian

Dear Dietitian, I read your last column on calcium where you recommended that we get the mineral in our diet rather than pills. Is it better to get calcium from plant foods or dairy products? Just wondering Dear Wondering, Calcium is the most abundant mineral in the body, accounting for ...

The circular firing squad

Mo Udall, the legendary Democratic congressman from Arizona, was brutally candid about his party’s bad habit of succumbing to intramural recriminations that became the political equivalent of a civil war in the leper colony. “When Democrats organize a firing squad, they form a circle,” ...

Memo to Trump: Trade Bolton for Tulsi

“For too long our leaders have failed us, taking us into one regime change war after the next, leading us into a new Cold War and arms race, costing us trillions of our hard-earned tax payer dollars and countless lives. This insanity must end.” Donald Trump, circa 2016? Nope. That ...

Celebrating the anniversary of women gaining the right to vote

Throughout its history, Iowa has been a place where women break barriers. Time after time, Iowa women have shown if they set their minds to something, work hard and believe in themselves, they can accomplish anything. On July 2, we celebrate the 100th anniversary of Iowans ratifying the 19th ...

4th of July recipes

Today’s recipes are for the upcoming July 4 holiday. As always, enjoy. Grilled Chicken Ranch Burgers 3/4 c. ranch salad dressing 3/4 c, panko bread crumbs 3/4 c. grated parmesan cheese 3 Tbls. Worcestershire sauce 3 garlic cloves, minced 3 tsp. pepper 4 lbs. ground chicken 3 ...

Why millennials may be conservatives at heart

Several current trends among millennials do not bode well for Democrats. Indeed, they suggest a greater affinity for (many) Republican policies, notwithstanding a, perhaps, contiguous dislike for the GOP’s leadership. Dare I say it: These trends may suggest a gradual migration toward ...

Ilhan Omar’s ideological attacks on two Christian pastors

Congressional hearings are a fixture in Washington and are supposedly a tool for investigation by the nation’s lawmaking body. Unfortunately, too often when Democrats are in charge, it’s not the case. Rather than hearings being a means for seeking facts and information, they become just a ...

Why won’t US politicians talk about Chinese authoritarianism?

Given the recent fight over whether U.S. refugee detention centers are in fact “concentration camps,” the Trump administration might want to borrow a page from the Chinese and simply call them “vocational skills education training centers.” That way, no one would really care at ...

A new fence

A deer knocked down a part of our fence. Two days later, a storm hit, and falling branches took out another section. It was starting to feel like the HGTV version of “Final Destination.” When it’s your time, it’s your time. Not even Devon Sawa can escape the Reaper. He is Casper, after ...

Witnessing violence toward women

Like a precursor to the evening, there was a rather rude outburst at the political rally Ginnie and I were attending. A very belligerent and loud protester had to be ejected. I’ve never witnessed this at a political rally, and it was rather scary. My first thought was there might be gun ...

Telling everyone I’m sick

If you’re wondering why this week’s column is so lame, I have an explanation. I’m sick. Or, to be medically precise, I’m telling everyone I’m sick. But really, I’m perfectly healthy. So, telling everyone I’m sick is kind of sick. Would you ever do anything so sneaky? Of ...

Several success stories came out of this session

We had a productive session and passed a number of new laws that will improve education, increase access to health care and make our communities safer. I am looking forward to meeting with constituents over the coming months as we prepare for the 2020 session. Some of the bills passed: ...

Moscow in the Valley

Project Veritas founder James O’Keefe has released another damning video and leaked documents with further evidence of the extent to which tech lefties will go to deprive Americans of free speech and access to information. This time, the video and documents come from Google — a Silicon ...