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Conservative forces are pulling apart

The idea holding together the conservative movement since the 1960s was called “fusionism.” The concept, which always worked better as an organizing principle than a philosophical one, was that freedom and virtue were inextricably linked. Virtue not freely chosen wasn’t virtuous. Or as ...

Closing down the open office

Who needs privacy? Who needs peace and quiet? You do, that’s who. But I wouldn’t count on getting these needs met any time soon. We live and work in the era of the open office. No walls. No barriers. Nothing between you and your closest co-worker but a steely stare of contempt and an ...

Let us talk, for a moment, about goat yoga

For me, it’s a big naa-aa-aa-aah. Weeks ago, my family visited a petting zoo. We walked among the goats as they stared at us with their evil eyes and rammed their bodies into us, forcing our kibble-cupping hands to lower, and we all laughed through gritted teeth, pretending it was fun. A ...

Barney, come home

Barney has disappeared. It happened on Mother’s Day (wouldn’t you know). Barney has always been my cat, because I’m the one who found and fed him. Cats remember. Barney was a great cat. He would crawl up on my lap and purr and knead to his heart’s content, like he was the happiest cat ...

Trump’s short-term policies have long-term repercussions

Trump’s short-term policies have long-term repercussions Historians have revealed due to short-term policy-making decisions, five U.S. Presidents failed to secure a second term. Presidents William Taft (Rep.), Herbert Hoover (Rep.), Gerald Ford (Rep.), Jimmy Carter (Dem.) and George H.W. ...

To beat Trump, Democrats must practice a politics of modesty

“It is a great advantage to a president,” said the 30th of them, “and a major source of safety to the country, for him to know he is not a great man.” Or, Calvin Coolidge would say today, a great woman. While today’s incumbent advertises himself as an “extremely stable genius” and ...

Tweets, stock prices and Donald Trump

President Donald Trump’s tweets often set off big gyrations in stock prices. Anyone who knows of the tweets in advance could make a fortune, though not legally. Who knows of the tweets in advance? Trump knows, and there’s growing speculation that he might be showing tweets in the making ...

The media/Democrat complex strikes big tech

This week, The New York Times ran a massive piece detailing the supposed radicalization of one Caleb Cain. Cain moved from political liberalism toward self-ascribed “tradcon” status from watching YouTube videos. The New York Times charted this nefarious move by following those videos. The ...

Biden takes heat for evolving stance on abortion

Sooner or later, it was bound to happen. The Democratic contest for the party’s 2020 presidential nomination has begun to pivot from the competition among self-identified progressive candidates to cutting Joe Biden’s wide early lead in the polls among the 23-candidate pack. It comes after ...

Fixing frustration

From meltdowns to temper tantrums, dealing with your child’s frustrations can be, well ... frustrating. It is those moments where your child just simply can’t handle the big frustrations - some call it similar to “flipping a switch” or reaching a “breaking point.” Katie Hurley, ...

Deeper and deeper in debt

There are many addictions besides drugs, sex and power. There is also our increasing addiction to debt. According to Money Magazine, reporting on figures from the New York Fed, “Americans’ debt hit a new high of $13 trillion last year, surpassing the previous record set in 2008 by $280 ...

NBC names debate moderators — or celebrators

The first Democratic presidential debates are scheduled for NBC and MSNBC on June 26 and 27. The Comcast-owned networks have just announced a team of five moderators for the 20 candidates who are allowed to participate, or one moderator per four contenders. Let’s review this tilted team of ...

A Tribute to Editor Stuart Warner

The first time I had a conversation with editor Stuart Warner, I didn’t like him much. This was in 2001, just weeks after my five-day series had run in The Plain Dealer. Without my knowledge, Stuart had provided a thorough critique of the series to our editor-in-chief. Each day of newsprint ...

Barr asking questions the media don’t want asked

“I’m amused,” Attorney General William Barr told CBS News’ Jan Crawford, “by these people who make a living by disclosing classified information, including the names of intelligence operatives, wringing their hands about whether I’m going to be responsible in protecting intelligence ...

D-Day’s youth vs. today’s youth

Seventy-five years ago, tens of thousands of brave and selfless young men from the United States, Canada and Great Britain took part in the largest seaborne invasion history has ever seen. It was carried out on the beaches of Normandy, France, and propelled by the ideal that no one man should ...

How to create conflict

We are living in a time of increasing domestic tension. Some of it stems from the presidency of Donald Trump. Another part of it is various advocacy groups on both sides of the political spectrum demanding one cause or another. But nearly totally ignored is how growing government control over ...

It’s more than the economy

For more than a generation, James Carville’s campaign maxim, “It’s the economy, stupid,” has been held up as an essential truth of American politics. There’s no denying that a strong economy is an incumbent president’s best friend. Seventy-three percent of voters currently rate ...

Dear Dietitian

Dear readers, A few weeks ago, I wrote a piece on nutrition myths. There were some myths specific to cancer, one of which read: Myth: An-all vegetable diet helps cure cancer. There was a patient in the hospital that revealed she had followed an all-veggie diet for cancer and exclaimed, “I ...

Understanding why Donald Trump loathes John McCain

The guided missile destroyer USS John S. McCain, “Big Bad John,” was christened in 1992 in honor of the U.S. Navy’s first father-son duo of four-star admirals, “Slew” and Jack. On July 12, 2018, their son and grandson respectively, retired Navy captain and U.S. Sen. John S. McCain III ...

Bernie & Joe: Two old white men take the lead

In 2018, a record turnout of women, minorities and young added 40 House seats to Democratic ranks and made Nancy Pelosi speaker. This, we were told, is the new diversity coalition — women, people of color, millennials — that will take down The Donald in 2020. So, how has the Democratic ...