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Everywhere That Mary Went, She Croaked

Mary, Mary, quite contrary, how does your garden grow? “Well, it’s burned to a crisp by global warming.” That seems to be the message for kids in some schools. We know this because too many parents complain. Their children tell them we are all going to die within a few years. Because ...

Which Medicare Plan Is Best For A Veteran To Use?

Question: I am a Veteran and I would like to know why I should join Medicare A and B, and should I pay for Part B at $144.60 per month if I don’t plan to use it? Answer: Some Veterans are eligible for health benefits from the Veterans Administration system. This means that they can see VA ...

It’s War: Are We In It To Win It?

Prior to Iran’s missile attacks on U.S. bases inside Iraq, Secretary of Defense Mark Esper said, “We are not seeking war with Iran, but we are prepared to finish one.” Esper said the U.S. prefers a “diplomatic” solution to the escalation of tensions in the region. Yes, that would be ...

Who Really Decides Who Gets In?

My plan to “Keep America Great” is very simple: 1) Stop exporting American soldiers to countries that hate our guts. 2) Stop importing people from countries that hate our guts. When I voted for Donald Trump in 2016, I thought this was the plan. The “America First” champion ...

The Different Faces Of Immigration

The reality of the immigration debate is often swamped by emotion. The biggest problem, it seems to me, is that the topic is treated like one clear-cut, monolithic pronouncement: you are either for it or against it. That creates confusion by conflating multiple complex facets into one, with ...

A Word From Inside My Dryer

I am positively amazed how much I can learn with my head inside a dryer. No, not a hair dryer. Those days stuck with the big puffy rollers in that machine are long gone. (At least for me). I imagine back then the gossip must have been entertaining. I’m thinking of a clothes dryer and, ...

I Dig Rock And Roll Music

In August of 1967, folk singers Peter, Paul and Mary released a song, written by Noel Paul Stookey, a member of that popular group. The song was on the Warner Brothers label and was titled, “I Dig Rock and Roll Music.” Those who remember the coining of the phrase rock‘n’roll by Alan ...

New Year’s Resolutions For Your Pet

Dogs don’t make New Year’s resolutions. They don’t worry about their body image, and they eat whatever they can get, even if some of it is nasty, or technically not food. Ask your veterinarian about some of the things he or she has found inside a dog. And dogs don’t pledge to exercise ...

Books Take You To Exotic Places

Winter seems to be the perfect time to cuddle up with a book to read. I always enjoyed it when we had a snow-day. That meant I would have time to read. Now, I love to read but that was not always the case. When I was growing up, I read what I had to for school, but neglected the recreational ...

Lewis, Conscience Of The Nation

My favorite picture of John Lewis is a mugshot. It’s from Mississippi in 1961, one of the earliest of an eventual 40-plus arrests he would undergo in the cause of freedom. Facing the state penitentiary in Parchman, Mississippi, and the many hells that portended for a black man in the Jim ...

The Good Life: From Pitter Patter To ‘Ow! That Hurt!’

Christmastime reintroduced us to the pitter-patter of little feet. Great-granddaughter Aurora provided the pitter and the patter in zip-ah-de-doo-dah fashion. My extended family birthday spreadsheet tells me that Aurora is 2.37 years old. She and her parents were overnight guests on the eve ...

Canine Companion: Puppy Mills Don’t Provide Healthy Conditions

Hey, guys. I don’t know about you, but I am thrilled that tomorrow is supposed to be so warm. Hopefully we won’t have too much rain. Exploration and adventure with warm weather in January? I’ll take it. If you’re feeling up to getting a little muddy with your pup, you can take her ...

Kaepernick’s Stupid Lie About America

In the torrent of idiotic commentary unleashed by the killing of Qassem Soleimani, Colin Kaepernick’s deserves a place of honor. The NFL washout and Nike persona who makes sure the company doesn’t produce any overly patriotic sneakers tweeted, “There is nothing new about American ...

A Day Older Than My Mother

On Dec. 29, I became one day older than my mother on the day she died. I did not go to bed until I could say this out loud. At the stroke of midnight, I turned to my husband and said, “Today—” He finished my sentence, in the softest tone. “You have outlived your mother,” ...

A Look At The New Racism

A voter may dislike a black, homosexual or female candidate, but it’s not likely that he would openly admit it. However, diversity-crazed leftist/progressive Democrats have openly condemned the physical characteristics of some of their 2020 presidential candidates. Joe Biden and Bernie ...

Just Try To Remember…

Is anyone here old enough to remember the urgent warning issued in a speech to the National Convention of the Veterans of Foreign Wars in August 2002 by an American vice president who had artfully avoided the military draft during wartime? Dick Cheney, after acknowledging he was convinced that ...

Anxiety Grips A Leaderless America

George W. Bush and Barack Obama both had Gen. Qassem Soleimani in their gunsights. Neither ordered the trigger pulled because of the enormous risks involved in killing one of Iran’s top leaders. In listing the possible responses to recent Iranian provocations, U.S. military commanders told ...

Our Real Crisis May Be Extinction

If Western elites were asked to name the greatest crisis facing mankind, climate change would win in a walk. Thus did Time magazine pass over every world leader to name a Swedish teenage climate activist, Greta Thunberg, its person of the year. On New Year’s Day, the headline over yet ...

Gertrude Himmelfarb Now Can RIP

When I emailed Mary Ellen Bork that our mutual friend, Gertrude Himmelfarb, aka Bea Kristol, had passed away at 97, she replied, after expressions of sadness, “Now she and Irving can resume their conversation.” Irving was Irving Kristol, Bea’s husband of 67 years. It was one of the ...

I Predict More Predictions

The end is nigh. Whatever that means. We have copped it. We are screwed. An eminent scientist has written a book that proclaims “The battle to feed all of humanity is over.” He insists that doom lays only a few years ahead. Millions are going to starve to death soon. That includes 65 ...