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And now, even Norway . . .

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When parents send their children off to summer camp, they reasonably expect them to return refreshed and more attuned with the world than when they left home. Even in their wildest nightmares, they don’t foresee them returning in a pine box. Read More»

Fixing present, ensuring future

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PLYMOUTH NOTCH, Vt. — If your disgust over America’s crushing debt and the irresponsible leaders who refuse to reduce unnecessary spending has reached the fed-up point, there is an easy solution beyond whatever compromise might be reached in the current standoff between President Obama and congressional Republicans. Vote Republican in 2012.

But don’t vote for just any Republican, rather vote for conservatives who believe the foundational principles of America still work and can rescue us from default, placing the country back on a track that leads to prosperity and greater liberty. Read More»

Is it the end of ‘the Right Stuff’?

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When Atlantis lifted off on its final mission scheduled for Friday, it brought to an end an era of space exploration that began for the U.S. with the Soviet launch of the unmanned satellite “Sputnik 1” in 1957 and the first man to fly in space, Russia’s Yuri Gagarin, on April 12, 1961.

Alan Shepard followed Gagarin into space on May 5, 1961, becoming the second person, and the first American, to fly in space and under John F. Kennedy’s vision and with resolve and resources, the U.S. reached his stated goal of “landing a man on the Moon and returning him safely to Earth” on July 20, 1969. Read More»

A Big Media suicide pact?

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Is there a profit-making business — other than TV networks and The New York Times — that so disrespects its audience it works overtime to offend them?

What other business metaphorically flips the bird to those who don’t subscribe to their social, cultural and political worldview? That is precisely what big media does to a large number of potential viewers and subscribers. Read More»

The law and civil liberties

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I bet you didn’t know that federal law enforcement officers representing the Department of Education (DOE) can break down your front door if you are suspected of violating the law.

I was not aware of this until I heard what happened to Kenneth Wright of Stockton, Calif. On June 7, at 6 a.m., Wright was awakened by a knock on his door. According to his account, he came downstairs in his boxer shorts, but before he could reach the door, federal police officers stormed in. They were looking for his estranged wife, who was not in the house. Wright has no criminal record. Read More»

Big Media hit bottom with Palin emails

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If the big media in 2008 had dedicated the resources they are now squandering on Sarah Palin’s emails from when she was governor of Alaska and probed Barack Obama’s background and associations, she might now be vice president of the United States and Obama might still be a junior Illinois senator.

Regardless of what you think of Palin, the vultures attacking her 24,000 pages of emails may represent the most flagrant example of bias since, well, since their attacks on any other Republican. “It could be fun,” said Ken Schwenke of the Los Angeles Times about the email probe. Read More»

As Britain goes, so goes U.S.A.

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BELFAST, Northern Ireland — The extinct political slogan, “As Maine goes, so goes the nation,” may be supplanted by what is happening in the United Kingdom.

There is a form of functional political illiteracy here that does not bode well for the United States should it follow Britain’s very bad example, particularly on matters involving immigration and healthcare. Read More»

Louis Zamperini and Memorial Day

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Perhaps you’ve heard of him, perhaps not. Louis Zamperini has had fame, lost it and seen it restored more than once. That happens when you are 94 years old and must be re-introduced to succeeding generations.

Zamperini was a juvenile delinquent, then an Olympic distance runner who competed in the 1936 Olympics in Berlin, Germany (he met Adolf Hitler and his chief propagandist, Joseph Goebbels), then an Army Air Corps enlistee. Read More»

With friends like Obama, who needs enemies?

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With friends like President Obama, who needs enemies? If you’re Israel, you already have quite enough of those.

On May 14, 2011, the State of Israel observed the 63rd anniversary of its independence. But if the proposals made by President Obama in his State Department speech are implemented, that observance could be its last.

It is difficult to say if the president is self-deluded, if he drinks State Department Arabist Kool-Aid or if he’s just a fool. It doesn’t matter. The results are the same. Read More»

Apocalypse now? Why a radio preacher is wrong

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Politicians and political activists frequently declare the end of the world will occur if their candidate isn’t elected, or if the debt ceiling isn’t raised. Some conservative Christians think the end is on the way because of behavior and practices they judge immoral. Somehow the country, not to mention the planet, survives and when “doomsday” passes, the prognosticators live to predict Armageddon on another day. Read More»