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ISIS may be cutting its own throat

ISIS may be cutting its own throat

When the black-clad killer used a knife to saw off the head of journalist James Foley, his vicious action just may have signaled the eventual death knell for ISIS. [...]

Fire-spitting blather turns me off

Fire-spitting blather turns me off

“You are entitled to your own opinion but you are not entitled to your own facts.” Saying that assumes one person’s facts are more factual than another person’s facts. As a published opinion writer, I hear [...]

Stove-pipe collar has tale to tell

Stove-pipe collar has tale to tell

I have a stove-pipe collar that talks; it’s one of those very old objects with tales to tell. The collar was part of my boyhood home in south St. Cloud and now hangs on a wall [...]

Police officers are not paid to be abused

Police officers are not paid to be abused

What is happening in Ferguson, Mo.? What we know is during an arrest of an 18-year-old there was an apparent struggle and the young man was shot and killed. The police officer who is alleged to [...]

Tighten screws until Putin sags, falls

Tighten screws until Putin sags, falls

Finally, European nations have joined the United States in ratcheting up economic sanctions against Russia. They had been wavering, cowardly, because they are largely dependent on natural gas they get from Russia. [...]

I confess, I’m an old fogie

I confess, I’m an old fogie

I have some confessions to make. That will probably come as a surprise to some but it’s true – I have some flaws. At least that is what I am being told by some younger people, especially [...]

If it’s bad, Obama surely caused it

If it’s bad, Obama surely caused it

Once again, the do-nothing Republicans in the U.S. Congress are making fools of themselves. Last week, they couldn’t even pass their own border-security bill. The week before that, they filed a lawsuit against President Obama, another [...]

Suing the president – or ‘impeachment lite’

Suing the president – or ‘impeachment lite’

So why is the House suing the president? First, you understand the House is made up of lawyers and suing is what lawyers do. Secondly, it’s because they know they cannot impeach him. The last time [...]

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