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The Spiraling President Adds Self-Impeachment To His Repertoire

WASHINGTON — Donald Trump, an ongoing eruption of self-refuting statements (“I’m a very stable genius” with “a very good brain”), is adding self-impeachment to his repertoire. Spiraling downward in a tightening gyre, his increasingly unhinged public performances (Google the one with ...

Trump Channels George McGovern

The year was 1972 and Americans wanted out of the Vietnam War; the right because it was not being won and the left because of the increasing body count and lies from generals and politicians about “progress” toward defeating the communists. Democratic presidential candidate George ...

The Soul Of A Country: 14 Days In The Near East

The westernization of most places I travel to is no longer a surprise, but the presence of jeans and cell phones never tells the whole story. Beneath the desire of people to imitate America lies the soul of a country — the things that do tell the real story. What is true is that when the ...

The Quality Of Light In October

It’s an autumn day in Western New York and I’m sitting at Tim Horton’s on Second Street with my friend Julie. She’s been up to RIT to watch her daughter row on the Genesee River. Later they all went apple picking nearby, gathering baskets of ripe apples. Her photos shine with ...

A Visit Up North (Part Two)

One day Don took me to some spots that he remembered from when he was up there before. We saw a horse and buggy on the beach with a dog running alongside of it. He could not find the house that Melanie and Ben had started out in when they moved to Anchor Point. Melanie later took us to that ...

Cliff Faces His Revelation

Last article, my client, Cliff, slowly assiduously weaved his path through a nebulous consciousness. He revealed a struggling marriage, a pendulum swing of his wife’s broad outlook on religious and political subject matters. His waning love has effectively survived at least five years. Sleep, ...

Give Your Pup Some Trick-Or-Treat Fun

The stores are full of all kinds of Halloween candy, ready for trick-or-treat fun, and that got me thinking about treats for dogs. Much of the Halloween candy includes some form of chocolate, and that’s a definite no-no for dogs. Keep those tiny candy bars as a humans-only treat. If your dog ...

The Fruits Of A Staycation

Long before I had ever heard of the word “Staycation,” I had set aside the third week of each month to be my vacation time. A most enticing idea, I planned to cut back to a minimum of housework and devote those extra hours to reading. I figured I could appreciate that one time a month ...

Little Old Jamestown Playing The Palace

Many times, in conversations with people in cities we visit, we may use the expression that we’re “just passing through” or on vacation. We’ve had many people visit our city at some point in their life, but some who’ve “just passed through” our little city, have gone on to play ...

The Thing About Forgiveness

Here’s the thing about forgiveness. It’s not just something you extend to someone else. It’s also a gift you give yourself, permission to lay down the heavy burden of grudges and rage. And if you’re a Christian, it’s an obligation — albeit a hard one — of faith. One can ...

The NBA Salutes Its Chinese Overlords

Little did Dr. James Naismith know when he invented the game of basketball in Springfield, Massachusetts, in 1891 that, more than a century hence, it would become beholden to its Chinese overlords. The NBA disgraced itself kowtowing to Beijing after the general manager of the Houston Rockets, ...

Canine Companion: Obesity Can Be A Problem For Dogs

Hey, guys. This week, especially since it’s coming up on winter and it’s lazy time, we are going to talk about obesity in dogs. Obesity is often thought of as being adorable, but there is so much stress on your dog’s body when she isn’t fit. When a person wants to lose weight, we ...

It’s Your Divorce, Not Your Children’s

It’s October! Such a happy month for countless families of young children who are already brainstorming who or what they will be for Halloween. Lots of dragons this year, I hear, and superheroes. In our family of seven grandchildren, I will not be surprised if Peppa Pig makes an appearance, ...

Facing Idiotic Environmental Predictions

The Competitive Enterprise Institute has published a new paper, “Wrong Again: 50 Years of Failed Eco-pocalyptic Predictions.” Keep in mind that many of the grossly wrong environmentalist predictions were made by respected scientists and government officials. My question for you is: If you ...

Biden’s Most Important ‘Endorsement’

Let’s repeat it together three times: Preprimary polls testing would-be presidential nominees have all the permanence of numbers written with a stick in the wet sand at the ocean’s edge just before the high tide comes in. Recent history confirms the unreliability of such polls. In October ...

Trump’s Plans To Invade The Democratic Party

President Trump’s path to reelection goes through the Democratic Party. Goal No. 1 is to get Democrats to eliminate his greatest threat: Joe Biden. It’s not the Iowa and New Hampshire polls that freak out Trump. These contests are dominated by the white liberal gentry, not Biden’s huge ...

Is China The Country Of The Future?

With the fall of the Nationalist government of Chiang Kai-shek, the defeat of his armies and the flight to Formosa, that was the question of the hour in 1949. And no one demanded to know more insistently than the anti-Communist Congressman John F. Kennedy: “Whatever share of the ...

Trump’s Enablers

We’re all familiar by now with the reasons advanced for why elected Republicans shrivel like dry houseplants whenever they are asked to distance themselves from the president. They fear primary challengers. They dread his Twitter wrath. They like the judges. All true as far as it goes. And we ...

Hypocritical Behavior Of Democrats

WASHINGTON — President Trump’s critics are now complaining that he asked the Australian prime minister to cooperate with the Justice Department’s investigation into the origins of the Mueller probe and that Attorney General William Barr has traveled overseas to ask foreign intelligence ...

She Could Always Click Her Heels

You can choose who makes the most sense. Recently a 16-year old Swedish girl tried to frighten the world via the UN. Her message was simple: A few greedy adults have screwed up the earth. They have stolen the future from her generation. For the sake of making money. As a result, environmental ...