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This column is an excerpt from Tom Purcell’s new book, “An Apple Core, a Toilet: Misadventures of a 1970s Childhood.“ Not until it got dark! That was the trick-or-treating rule my mother set down every year. She didn’t want me to … Continue reading

If more Americans were self-employed independent contractors, the country would soar. Maybe I better explain. In addition to writing this weekly column, I provide professional copywriting services to a variety of organizations. If they like my work, they give me … Continue reading

Everything you need to know about Bruce Braley was made clear by the candidate himself in a thirty-seven second video of him speaking to his real constituents — his fellow trial lawyers — at a fundraiser in Texas. Most of … Continue reading

Raging Moderate by Will Durst Whiners. Bounders. Ingrates. Talking about the incessant griping and sniping currently buzzing over long overdue Republican reforms requiring citizens to produce a government issued ID before casting a vote. From the outcry you’d think the … Continue reading

How much would you borrow to buy something that you would never use and might kill you and everyone around you? If we’re talking about Uncle Sam’s outdated and useless nuclear arsenal, the price tag is $1.1 trillion. A better—and … Continue reading

“Politicize” is a jab meaning the other side is trying to capitalize on a news topic. “The Republicans have tried to politicize the border crisis,” says Nancy Pelosi. Reince Priebus says Democrats are trying to politicize Benghazi. Jay Carney says … Continue reading

Arrogance doesn’t sit well with most Americans for very long. Only when it’s accompanied with overwhelming success, like the Pittsburgh Steelers, do we say, “Well, they’ve earned it, haven’t they?” As soon as they start losing, the arrogance of players … Continue reading

On Tuesday, Citizens United’s right to distribute our newest documentary Rocky Mountain Heist in the state of Colorado was affirmed.  The District Court for the District of Colorado had refused to treat our documentary as a standard media product. That … Continue reading

Making Sense by Michael Reagan Add Ebola to our long and growing list of federal screw-ups. On Wednesday morning we learned a second nurse was infected by the virus in a Dallas hospital while taking care of the Ebola patient … Continue reading

I can’t begin to remember how long I’ve been fantasizing about a law like the one in Europe that now protects a person’s Right to Forget. As best I can recall, the European Court of Justice affirmed this remarkable legal … Continue reading

Tyrades! By Danny Tyree A garment that has elicited a lot of wolf whistles is turning 75 years old. According to the ideas4writers.com website, nylon stockings were sold publicly for the first time (on a trial basis) in a department … Continue reading

I’m starting to feel bad for President Obama, if you want to know the truth. His poll numbers are so low — an IBD/TIPP poll indicates that 53 percent of adults in the United States now characterize Obama’s presidency as … Continue reading

Raging Moderate by Will Durst Hey everybody. The Midterms Are Coming! Or rather: the midterms are coming. To be most precise; themidtermsarecoming. Because the general response of the vast majority of Americans who aren’t stifling yawns is “yeah, whatever. Isn’t … Continue reading

As America waits, ever patiently, for the economic recovery to trickle down to the rest of us, at least we won’t have to worry about Kevin Cramer. This former radio host has figured out a way to get a piece … Continue reading

Remember? “There’s a storm gathering. The clouds are dark and the winds are strong and I am afraid.” This was the widely mocked anti-gay marriage commercial for the National Organization for Marriage put out in 2009. “But some who advocate … Continue reading

Trust. Even in the final two years of a President’s term, there should be enough trust that the President is trying to make decisions based on the needs of the country. Barack Obama has lost that trust. The Washington Times … Continue reading

‘Independent’s Eye by Joe Gandelman BROOKLYN, New York — When you visit Brooklyn, you have to be amazed at the number of stoops. They’re scenic and historical. These graceful old stairways were often built steep because they were constructed during … Continue reading

Making Sense by Michael Reagan The head of the FBI says a terrorist attack may be coming. He doesn’t know where or when, of course. But Director James Comey says the hard-core terror group Khorasan is planning to attack the … Continue reading

Tyrades! By Danny Tyree Was F. Scott Fitzgerald scouring through IRS data when he wrote about the differences between the very rich and the rest of us? Using statistics from itemized returns (2006 through 2012), the Chronicle of Philanthropy (a … Continue reading

With every new day there seems to be yet another disturbing headline citing Big Government failure. Recently it has been the CDC and the Ebola epidemic, the Secret Service, and the Commander in Chief and ISIS – to say the … Continue reading