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No comments after news stories; does it promote civility?

December 19, 2014

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Here’s an idea that seems extreme. What do you think? The sometimes vile, insulting or simply inaccurate thoughts expressed online in response to news stories hardly create the kind of atmosphere we want our kids and grandkids

Ted Cruz’s problem

December 16, 2014

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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) may be considering running for presidents in 2016. He has done some things generally seen as positive. But we think he’s burned too many bridges to realistically have a chance to get the nomination. For one thing, he is occasionally uncivil. We’ve cited him. (search Cruz on our home page) There […]

Gun deaths today: Were there background checks?

December 15, 2014

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Did the killers go through any background checks when they bought their guns? We haven’t seen anything about that so far but we’re guessing they’ll be information about that quickly after the Pennsylvania suspect is caught.

Sunday talk shows validate the futility of arguing the torture report

December 14, 2014

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From everywhere, it seems, many officials and military are expressing their view on the value of the report on torture issued by a Senate committee last week. Opinions differ greatly on how accurate it is. It became obvious very quickly

Governor avoids question about Sharpton’ s role

December 14, 2014

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CNN’S Candy Crowley had Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick (pictured) as her first guest on “State of the Union” this morning.  Among the subjects in the interview was Al Sharpton, an activist for African-Americans. Patrick responded to the question of whether Rev.  Sharpton

FOUND: An informed left and right radio talk show BUT …

December 13, 2014

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Curtis Sliwa (pictured, left) and Ron Kuby (right) have worked together for many years. The former is conservative, perhaps best known as founder of the Guardian Angels, a public protection street patrol,

LET’s SHOUT IT: The too-loud commercials rule is dysfunctional

December 12, 2014

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Finally, in December, 2011, the FCC approved a rule that took effect one year later barring TV stations from airing commercials at a higher volume than their regular programming. Problem solved. Well,

Catching up: Liberal anchor’s take on violence doesn’t hold up

December 11, 2014

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Melissa Harris-Perry, who hosts a weekend program on MSNBC, has her own view of the meaning of the word “violence.” It came up Saturday during a discussion of the destruction in Ferguson, Missouri. Here’s Perry’s explanation: Arson and looting “are also not necessarily

The furor over the torture report shows politics at a low point

December 10, 2014

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We thought it couldn’t get much lower. The 6,000-page torture report covering mainly the Iraq and Afghanistan wars during the Bush administration was highly critical of the CIA. But the failure

Gruber’s disappointing apology and a Democrat panelist’s politics

December 9, 2014

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A congressional committee heard a few more I’m sorrys today from Jonathan Gruber (pictured during the hearing with head down), a health care adviser for the Affordable Care Act, who had said it was Americans’ “stupidity” that helped move the bill through Congress. He also had cited a “lack of transparency” in keeping the public […]

Release of torture report risky move

December 8, 2014

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Risky by the Senate and Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) in particular. She (pictured) led the chamber’s investigation and has pushed for the release. But the big concern is for the welfare of Americans.

CNN downplays suspected violent intent in Berkeley destruction

December 8, 2014

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Some looting began late last night in Berkeley, California and continued early today. A spokesman for law enforcement said that protesting the Eric Garner decision may not have been the prime motive of some of those involved. (photo by Noah Berger of Reuters) After a peaceful start,

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