Be Careful What You Wish For, Lou; You Might Get It!

You may have heard of a man named Lou Dobbs (I think of him as Loud Dobbs). He has a daily rant on CNN television, which comes on around supper time. It should be sponsored by an antacid company because if anything will give you heartburn, this program will. Demagogue Dobbs will say anything, twist […]
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Look Out Obama! Now, the Lies Are Coming from the Left, Too

Washington Post reporters Dana Milbank and Jonathan Weisman twisted a statement by Obama today to paint him as an uppity you-know-what. You know the word I’m dodging here… And just as they didn’t use the “n” word, they didn’t use “uppity,” either. They used the new favorite of the anti-Obama campaign: “presumptuous.” (Last month’s favorite […]
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How the Media Deceive Us, and What They Hope to Gain

If there ever was a time when the public received unbiased information from a “free press,” that time is long gone. As a former (occasional) political reporter, I can tell you every word you read or hear about politics is “spin.” Your only hope of obtaining relatively untainted information is to watch C-Span and make […]
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The Corruption of Country-and-Western Music

Before I say anything, I would like you to read the lyrics to Toby Keith’s latest country-and-western hit “Beer for My Horses”: Well a man come on the 6 o’clock news, said somebody’s been shot, somebody’s been abused, somebody blew up a building, somebody stole a car, somebody got away, somebody didn’t get too far, […]
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It’s Time to Move Your Billions (from Oil) into Real Estate

Remember, you heard it here first: Oil prices will keep falling for a while. There will be daily undulations, of course, but overall oil prices are headed south. Looking into my crystal ball, I’m seeing $100 a barrel or less before prices start to climb again. It’s not because John McCain and George Bush are […]
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Religion in Politics, the Unmentionable Divide

It is a thundering irony that Barack Obama should be mistaken for a Muslim on one hand and criticized because of his Christian beliefs on the other. The thought came to me this morning as I read a column by New York Times writer David Brooks, who was scoffing at Obama’s message of hope and […]
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How Are Americans “Winning” in Iraq? And What Are They Winning?

The headline in our local newspaper was startling: “America is now winning Iraq war.” Could it be a mistake? Was it a delusional episode on the copy editing desk perhaps? No. The headline was accurate. The story, by not one but two Associated Press reporters, began: “The United States is now winning the war that […]
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Just What is “the Press” and Why is it Free in America?

Everyone complains about “the press” in America – including me. Conservatives say journalists are too liberal; liberals say they’re too conservative – and so on. Today “the press” is a vast, diverse mess on television and radio, on the Internet and in an overwhelming array of printed publications, a far cry from the days of […]
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Science for Sale Puts Our Lives in Jeopardy

I received two email messages this morning that made me wonder at the disregard so many in corporate America must feel for our health and safety. One was from Jamaican expatriate Margaret Lowe of Orlando, and included a video discussing the threat of fluoridation. The other was from Tampa radio show host Ron Bob-Semple, also […]
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