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Thursday, June 30, 2016
Former TV anchor just keeps on sinking (06/29/16)
Dan Rather was once important. Influential. Respected. Granted, there was that mysterious episode when Rather claimed to be mugged by some strange assailant. But it was Dan Rather and we gave him a pass. Then came along a juicy story about George W. Bush dodging the draft. Though the story had little factual basis, Rather jumped at the bait...
Paying a painful price for huckster's advice (06/25/16)
The pain of others should not provoke humor. In this case, I'm sorry, but it does. Here's the background. You've probably heard of motivational guru Tony Robbins, the highly-photogenic mogul who promises to unlock your hidden potential by attending his somewhat costly seminars...
Pay attention to what is behind the curtain (06/22/16)
There's a pivotal scene in the "Wizard of Oz" when the "wizard" - far from a "wizard" in reality - is caught hiding behind a curtain and his real identity is about to be discovered. The "wizard" warns Dorothy and her band of followers not to pay attention to what's going on behind the curtain. Of course, Dorothy ignores his warning and uncovers the truth...
Bernie may be gone, but his vision lives on (06/15/16)
Though the outcomes are virtually assured, there remains a final breath in the Presidential primary season. Small rumbles still can be heard concerning a potential push-back to Donald Trump on the GOP side and the ever-popular Sen. Bernie Sanders remains optimistic that his voice will be heard on the convention floor...
Administration takes aim at nation's police (06/11/16)
In our current atmosphere of hypersensitive discussions on racial issues in this country, the false narrative of racial profiling has to take the cake. This phony red herring is nothing more than an additional wedge to divide communities along racial lines...
Public's distrust grows over immigration (06/08/16)
What should we expect from our federal government? It seems a valid question given the upcoming presidential election and the stark differences in the choices facing Americans this November. At the top of the expectations' list should be the protection of the American people. The feds should also - we would hope - make decisions and tailor programs that benefit all Americans, not just a few selected special interests...
Uncertainty of nation fuels tension in U.S. (06/04/16)
It seems to me there is a feeling of tension in the air fueled by the political decisions facing this nation later this year. A growing number of Americans are increasingly worried over the future of this great nation in ways I've never experienced...
Lack of tolerance is tearing nation apart (06/01/16)
Most Americans this week hopefully paused and pondered the significance and meaning of Memorial Day. Artist and activist John Sims has a different tradition. The Florida-based civil rights and reparation advocate uses the truly American holiday to push for the removal and destruction of all Confederate flags through his Burn and Bury project. (We'll get to that later.)...
Name calling won't solve our problems (05/18/16)
Once again this past week, a member of the Congressional Black Caucus played the race card against opponents of the president's latest progressive scheme. The argument was - as it has been for the past eight years - that the president's opponents were racists and prone to oppose the president's policies only because of his skin color...
Just like Nemo, we're caught up in the 'net (05/14/16)
Did you know the attention span of a goldfish is approximately 8 seconds? For starters, if you truly knew this isolated and useless tidbit of information, you need to examine your life. But regardless, a new study by some unknown person who does useless studies shows that in today's hyper-tech society, humans and goldfish share the same attention span...
Another experiment in social engineering (05/11/16)
Beware of Julian Castro. As Housing Secretary, Castro has become the darling of the far left and the much-rumored vice presidential frontrunner for Hillary Clinton. In what could be the final nail in the coffin fashioned for America by President Obama, this fall, Castro will launch the most socially disruptive scheme yet devised...
Indictment unlikely for another Clinton (05/04/16)
Let's face it, many Republicans held out hope that the FBI investigation into the unique email server policy established by Hillary Clinton would result in an indictment and end her run for the White House. Pundits and politicians alike have opined for months on the potential national security threat presented by the private email server put into place with little government knowledge and apparently, less security...
Could today be the best day of your life? (04/30/16)
I noticed an internet story this week - which was also featured on a morning talk show - about a group of four young Marines posing 50 years ago for a picture on a sandy California beach just before being deployed to Vietnam. Posing with a surfboard and the earnest gazes of men heading into the unknown, the four young men were frozen in time during a much different era, during a much different war...
The political turmoil just keeps on brewing (04/27/16)
The odd twists and turns of the Republican presidential primary are almost enough to make Hillary Clinton look like a viable candidate. As a lifelong conservative - which translates into a lifelong Republican - I find myself frustrated and disgusted with the '16 primary season on the GOP side...
Executive order could put the public at risk (04/23/16)
Like a number of communities, Sikeston has seen an uptick in violent crime recently despite a concentrated effort by the Department of Public Safety to monitor and control the criminal element within our community. I shudder to think where we would be today without the quality of Public Safety leadership and the dedication of the men and women who serve here in uniform...
Witnesses' silence will only benefit criminals (04/20/16)
The headlines in our area should be cause for concern or alarm. Higher than average crimes involving handguns in far too many towns within our region. Sadly, most of the crimes have far too much in common - young men with illegal guns, too many drugs, too many family disputes and too many gangs...
Political convention prepares for protests (04/16/16)
By most accounts, the Republican Convention in Cleveland this summer will play out on the national and international stage unlike any convention in political history. But the action may well take place outside of the convention site as protesters from far and wide have promised to converge on Cleveland in a mass protest of historic proportions...
Campaign 2016 full of unanswered questions (04/13/16)
The truly fascinating aspect of the 2016 Presidential primaries is not what we know but rather what we don't know. Though highly unlikely, what happens if Mrs. Clinton is indeed indicted for her email shenanigans? Or what happens if Mr. Trump falls just short of securing the nomination on the first ballot of the GOP convention?...
Presidential politics create crisis for USA (04/09/16)
Two national headlines on the same day, Friday, April 8, 2016. "Obama vs. Texas Headed to Supreme Court" and "Five decapitated heads found in Mexican border town." The high court case is a lawsuit filed over the President's executive order to grant full government benefits to illegal aliens. The headless story concerns the ongoing drug cartel murders happening within shouting distance of the American border...
Know your enemy: the Islamic terrorists (04/06/16)
Like it or not, Western civilization and culture are at war with ISIS. At this point, it's an undeclared war and a highly non-traditional war. But it's a war nonetheless. Unfortunately, President Obama is clearly not at war with ISIS. It has been abundantly clear from the very beginning of his first term that our president has a somewhat different world view of America's role...
Coddled students are missing life's lessons (04/02/16)
Like many of you, I'm getting sick and tired of whining college students bullying administrators when their sensitive feelings have been bruised. The latest absurdity falls on Emory University where a group of coddled babies felt threatened because someone wrote "Trump 2016" in chalk on a school sidewalk...
Illegal immigration impacts Missouri, too (03/23/16)
Donald Trump's campaign stump speeches are low on specifics and high on emotion. But for all he's getting wrong, there is one point on which he is correct. It was Trump who brought the issue of illegal immigration to the campaign debate and it is Trump who continues to beat that drum on a daily basis...
The state of politics across our fair state (03/19/16)
It's not often I agree with a lawmaker from St. Louis. But this time I might just change my mind. A Democratic lawmaker from the big city has introduced legislation to make St. Louis the 51st state. Yep, he wants to secede from the rest of we rural folk and form a new state...
Group's effort off target at solving gun violence (03/16/16)
The issue of gun-related crimes is a hot topic these days. Because of the daily drumbeat of some thug using a gun to commit a crime, the national dialogue has brought the Second Amendment into glaring focus. The president has made stronger gun control part of his routine stump speech and uses every instance of gun violence as an excuse to call for stricter laws and greater restrictions on gun ownership...
Missouri isn't primary target this Tuesday (03/12/16)
All eyes will be on Florida and Ohio next Tuesday with their winner-take-all primary elections that will potentially decide the outcome for both the Democratic and Republican presidential candidates. Oh, and by the way, Missouri will hold its presidential primary on Tuesday as well...