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  • New Hampshire’s Rebuke

    New Hampshire voters issued a rebuke to conventional party leaders when they voted by large margins for Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders in Tuesday’s primaries.

  • Flint’s Water Poisoned by Federal, State and Local Government Failures

    The town of Flint, Michigan is facing an emergency health crisis after repeated warnings about the contaminated state of its water supply were ignored.

  • New Jersey Man Slays Child

    There were a lot of long faces at Fox News Tuesday night, but there’s a silver lining for Marco Rubio. Now he can go be a bartender like his dad! (Have you heard him tell the story about his father being a bartender? Rubio was his pop’s best customer after the debate.)

  • Sloppy Language and Thinking

    George Orwell said, “But if thought corrupts language, language can also corrupt thought.” Gore Vidal elaborated on that insight, saying, “As societies grow decadent, the language grows decadent, too.

  • High-Tech Ted

    Politicians tailor their messages to different audiences. Facing New Hampshire’s primary, Ted Cruz talked more about “free-market principles” and a “commitment to the Constitution” and said “no one personality can right the wrongs done by Washington.” Politico ran the headline “Ted Cruz, born-again libertarian.”

  • Bloomberg vs. Trump?

    The morning of the New Hampshire primary, Donald Trump, being interviewed on “Morning Joe,” said that he would welcome his “friend” Michael Bloomberg into the presidential race.

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  • TSA: Total Security Abyss

    TSA: Total Security Abyss

    While a TSA agent pawed my hair bun this weekend, presumably on high alert for improvised explosive bobby pins, I pondered the latest news on the Somalia airplane terror attack.

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  • Flint’s Water Poisoned by Federal, State and Local Government Failures

    Flint’s Water Poisoned by Federal, State and Local Government Failures

    The town of Flint, Michigan is facing an emergency health crisis after repeated warnings about the contaminated state of its water supply were ignored.

  • New Jersey Man Slays Child

    New Jersey Man Slays Child

    There were a lot of long faces at Fox News Tuesday night, but there’s a silver lining for Marco Rubio. Now he can go be a bartender like his dad! (Have you heard him tell the story about his father being a bartender? Rubio was his pop’s best customer after the debate.)

  • Sloppy Language and Thinking

    Sloppy Language and Thinking

    George Orwell said, “But if thought corrupts language, language can also corrupt thought.” Gore Vidal elaborated on that insight, saying, “As societies grow decadent, the language grows decadent, too.

  • High-Tech Ted

    High-Tech Ted

    Politicians tailor their messages to different audiences. Facing New Hampshire’s primary, Ted Cruz talked more about “free-market principles” and a “commitment to the Constitution” and said “no one personality can right the wrongs done by Washington.” Politico ran the headline “Ted Cruz, born-again libertarian.”

  • How History Shapes the New Hampshire Primary

    How History Shapes the New Hampshire Primary

    Benning Wentworth is not a name you’ll run across in New Hampshire primary coverage. But he arguably did as much as anyone else to establish the political culture — or cultures — of America’s first-in-the-nation primary state.

  • Fear Not, My Secular Friends

    Fear Not, My Secular Friends

    It amuses me that certain people are convinced that Christians are angry scolds but totally miss the humorlessness and angst of certain Christophobic secularists.

  • Toxic Words

    Toxic Words

    During this election year, we are destined to hear many words that are toxic in the way they misrepresent reality and substitute fantasies that can win votes.

  • The "Establishment" Nonsense

    The “Establishment” Nonsense

    The reigning idiocy of the current political season is the incessant tossing around of “establishment,” an epithet now descending into meaninglessness.

  • After Iowa, Will Republicans Finally get a Contest Without Trump?

    After Iowa, Will Republicans Finally get a Contest Without Trump?

    When Huck Finn asked Tom Sawyer what a Moslem is, Tom said a Moslem is someone who is not a Presbyterian, which is true, but not the whole truth. Donald Trump says he is a Presbyterian (“I drink my little wine . . . and have my little cracker”), which apparently was not good enough for enough of Iowa’s evangelical Christians.