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Ask Augustine

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by Paul A. Tambrino, Ed.D., Ph.D. Isn’t it true that the recent deluge of atheist best-sellers (by Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris and Christopher Hitchens, etc.) have shown that belief in God and in sin have become intellectually indefensible for all thinking people in the academic world? I ...

Obama took lying to new heights with the Iran deal

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When it comes to the Iran nuclear deal, the Obama administration increasingly appears to have been a bottomless pit of deception. First, President Barack Obama failed to disclose to Congress the existence of secret side deals on inspections when he transmitted the nuclear accord to Capitol ...

Heaven’s Newest Angel

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There are those who believe he should never have been allowed to be born. He came into this world prematurely with severe spina bifida, Chiari II malformation, hydrocephalus, autonomic dysreflexia, central sleep apnea, dysphagia, hypotonia and paralyzed vocal cords. He would develop chronic ...

Mixed views on a ‘blue wave’ rising

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Primary election voting across the country Tuesday gave Democrats grounds to hope strong turnout by the faithful in the November midterm congressional elections will give them control of the House of Representatives, where any impeachment effort against President Trump would by law begin. In ...

Social Darwinists today

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As the 2018 national election season is now upon us, I want to try to inform as many of my fellow Americans as possible about how the 2018 national Republican Party is different from the one that I grew up knowing in the 1950s and 1960s. The major difference is that back then “conservative” ...

The dirt on colonoscopies

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If you haven’t had a colonoscopy, you’re not missing much, except a chance to save your life. Colon and rectal cancer rates are soaring among young and middle-aged adults. In response to the alarming data, last week the American Cancer Society called for screening beginning at age 45, ...

Supreme Court: Be polite when you violate others’ rights

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This week, the Supreme Court ruled on the Masterpiece Cakeshop case. That case involved a religious Christian man, Jack Phillips, who decorates cakes for a living. Two men came into his shop one day and demanded that Phillips decorate a cake for their same-sex wedding. Phillips refused. For ...

The politics of cake

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Nothing appears beyond the reach of the social engineers, not even cake. In a 7-2 ruling, the Supreme Court said the Colorado Human Rights Commission had failed to take into account the religious beliefs of a Lakewood baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a gay couple. Justice Anthony ...

Will more blacks vote Republican?

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As we churn through primary season, laying the framework for November’s elections, we’re seeing the emergence of a new face of the Democratic Party — more progressive, more left wing. The Democratic Party is delivering more candidates around the nation like Stacey Abrams, recently ...

Danger of authoritarianism may come from center, not right

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“Across Europe and North America, centrists are the least supportive of democracy, the least committed to its institutions and the most supportive of authoritarianism.” So wrote political researcher David Adler in The New York Times after analyzing responses to two multi-country surveys on ...

We already knew this about Roseanne Barr

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It was the fall of 1989. Or maybe the following spring. I remember the rising heat in the room but not the season outside the windows. I was one of the few non-lawyers in the packed house, feeling conspicuous in my bright new blazer. I kept catching myself swaying as if my baby were on my ...

Immigration policy, nasty and ineffectual

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President Trump’s sound and fury on immigration has delivered close to nothing. Trump never lets up, thundering against “illegal aliens” as a criminal class while pushing his enforcers to treat the impoverished ones without mercy. But actually, illegal immigration is again rising — and ...

The media’s double standards

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Roseanne Barr, on Twitter, compared Obama advisor Valerie Jarrett to an ape. Given the long history of racists in this country comparing black people to apes, claiming Roseanne’s remark was not racist is something the fringe might debate, but decent people agree on. The remark was racist and ...

Save the Senior Citizens Center

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I read with interest an article in the T-R on Wednesday of last week. You always know it is important when it is on the front page above the fold. (City weighs future of the Senior Citizens building.) For 24 years I worked in the senior citizens building as director of the Marshalltown Senior ...

Appearance of Riverside Cemetery

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Over the Memorial Day weekend my family went to Riverside Cemetery and Rose Hill Cemetery. Rose Hill was beautifully mowed and cleaned up. All of the graves looked well cared for. However, when we went to Riverside Cemetery we were saddened to find areas unmowed, piles of leaves and ...

Is America’s racial divide permanent?

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For Roseanne Barr, star of ABC’s hit show “Roseanne,” there would be no appeal. When her tweet hit, she was gone. “Roseanne’s Twitter statement, is abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values, and we have decided to cancel her show,” declaimed Channing Dungey, the black ...

Gerald Ford: The accidental president who wore power lightly

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WASHINGTON — Within 17 days in the autumn of 1975 — first in Sacramento, then in San Francisco — two separate handgun-wielding women attempted to assassinate the president. Had either succeeded, and each was close enough to have done so, the nation would have had a third president in 14 ...

Colleges are not responsible for Your child’s well-being

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Across the nation, parents are in the process of either welcoming their college kids home for the summer or making preparations to send them off to college in the fall. Some will be letting go of their children for the first time, excited and anxious about the next chapter of life. Let this be ...

Putin’s mind in your brain

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WASHINGTON — Facebook ads purchased by Russia during the 2016 campaign, and released by Congress earlier this month, reveal a clear intent to create havoc in the U.S. -- and should make Americans both wary and embarrassed. They also sent a clear message to Americans compliments of Russian ...

Hot dog season opens

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Even though it isn’t officially summer, it is the season for hot dogs. So, today I have some frankfurter recipes. Frankfurters Sweet and Sour Style 1 onion 1 green pepper 1 lb. frankfurters 2 tomatoes 4 Tbsp. butter 1 (9 oz.) can pineapple chunks 2 Tbsp. cornstarch 1/4 c. ...