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The idea of taking a vacation is totally ridiculous

Let’s face it: You love your job so much that the idea of taking a vacation is totally ridiculous. Why would you exchange all that invigorating stress for lazing around a talcum-powder white beach with a cold margarita? You’d have to be crazy! Well, you are crazy, and that explains why ...

Barry bulls up oil market

As Tropical Storm Barry bears down on Louisiana, fears are rising that the storm would exacerbate heavy flooding in the region, causing the Mississippi River to back up and potentially overflow New Orleans’ protective levees. As residents flee the storm, so too are oil workers in the Gulf ...

Biden’s electability is a myth

Despite a lackluster debate performance, former vice president Joe Biden is still holding on to his lead in the race for the Democratic nomination in large part because Democratic voters see him as the most electable candidate. A Washington Post-ABC News poll finds that a 45 percent plurality ...

To defeat Trump, Democrats should nominate Bennet

With a disgust commensurate with the fact, Michael Bennet, the Colorado Democrat, says that during 40% of his 10 Senate years the government has been run on “continuing resolutions.” Congress passes these in order to spare itself the torture of performing its primary function, which is to ...

Hollywood hypocrites have always embraced Epstein

Hollywood’s #MeToo credibility is crumbling before our eyes. First, many in the entertainment industry turned a blind eye to movie mogul Harvey Weinstein’s rampant alleged sexual harassment and misconduct toward women for years, if not decades. Now we learn they also hobnobbed with ...

Anger for anger’s sake

In the last two weeks, America has learned that a bevy of heretofore relatively uncontroversial objects and ideas are, in fact, extraordinarily controversial. We have learned that the Betsy Ross American flag is irredeemably racist. We have learned that Disney casting a black woman as Ariel in ...

Democrats need broader mission than just beating Trump

The obvious unifying element for Democrats looking ahead to the 2020 presidential election is their imperative to oust Donald Trump from the Oval Office. They desire it for a multitude of reasons, starting with his glaring incompetence for the job and the rampant corruption in his regime. But ...

Affirm what you already know

Building a child’s inner self-esteem is so important. In the midst of our daily, and often busy or hectic lives, we owe our children the best of what we have to give. For children, self-esteem comes from knowing that they’re loved and that they belong to a family that appreciates them, ...

Your cycle is a vital sign

We all expect to have our vital signs examined when we visit our health care practitioner. You know, blood pressure, heart rate, respiratory rate and temperature. These four measurements reflect the status of our internal organs and can tell us that further investigation is warranted if the ...

Hungary’s sound immigration policy

Two summers ago on a visit to Budapest, I asked the spokesman for the Hungarian government about the growing problem of migrants coming into Europe. He told me Hungary doesn’t have a migrant problem because they don’t have welfare programs. So, he said, migrants continue their travels to ...

The media’s overwrought July 4 debacle

It’s fair to say that a week doesn’t go by where President Trump doesn’t want to be the center of attention. That being the case, he must be well-satisfied with events leading up to the Fourth of July. He succeeded in creating another full-blown media panic about the erosion of democracy ...

Chief Justice wisely gets courts out of redistricting politics

“Partisan gerrymandering is nothing new,” writes Chief Justice John Roberts near the beginning of his opinion in Rucho v. Common Cause. “Nor is frustration with it.” The question is what, if anything, federal courts ought to do about it. The answer the chief justice and the four other ...

Climate change has minor winners and big losers

A terrible thought, but suppose the planet were to heat up by 2 degrees Celsius — the level past which environmental damage would be catastrophic. It would also be wildly expensive. That much warming could cost the global economy $69 trillion by 2100, according to a study by Moody’s ...

America’s mindset this Independence Day

Have you been enjoying the 243rd birthday of our country Wait a minute. Do I hear some grousing out there? Is that grumbling I hear about the state of the nation? Complaints that everything is not perfect in the USA? Get a grip, people. No nation can be faultless in its operation. We are, ...

Dear Dietitian

Dear Readers, A few weeks ago, I printed a column on ultra-processed foods. The National Institute of Health (NIH) performed a study and found that participants on an ultra-processed foods diet consumed about 500 calories more per day than the group who consumed an unprocessed foods diet. As ...

Our free speech crisis

The First Amendment to our Constitution was proposed by the 1788 Virginia ratification convention during its narrow 89 to 79 vote to ratify the Constitution. Virginia’s resolution held that the free exercise of religion, right to assembly and free speech could not be canceled, abridged or ...

The Buttigieg illusion

It would tax even the prodigious powers of the late novelist Tom Wolfe to create a more poignant political scene than a bright, young, white mayor of a small city, who is an upstart presidential candidate and progressive darling, getting yelled at by black residents during a town hall. The ...

Unintended consequence of summer of ‘19

At least three score years ago, my savvy precinct committeewoman impressed upon me an immutable political truth: Every election is not about the candidate(s); no, every election is about the voters ... and about the future. I’m relieved that my precinct committeewoman was not around to hear ...

Is Putin right? Has Liberalism lost the world?

“The liberal idea has become obsolete. ... (Liberals) cannot simply dictate anything to anyone as they have been attempting to do over the recent decades.” Such was the confident claim of Vladimir Putin to the Financial Times on the eve of a G-20 gathering that appeared to validate his ...

Travels with Daddy

“Surreal” was the word Ivanka Trump used to describe North Korea, which she briefly visited this past weekend with dear ol’ dad. It was the first time an American president had crossed the threshold into the hermit kingdom, where Trump met with his love-letter-writing bro Kim Jong Un. ...