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Thursday, Feb 11, 2016

Tom Jackson

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Jackson, Tom

Bernie’s long, triumphant, scary speech

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Cam Newton, the quarterback who walks out of post-Super Bowl pressers, would have loved Bernie Sandersȁ...

For Democrats, a few fair questions on abortion

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Because extremism is as extremism does, Florida Democrats are using GOP presidential candidate Marco Rubio’s recently reiterated position on abortion as a wedge to open

Left’s alarmism prompts fresh look at meh Super Bowl commercials

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By now, regarding the commercials that aired during Super Bowl 50 — Have we done away with Roman numerals for good? — the water cooler and social media reviews are in with an over-arching theme that seems t...

Sure we’re angry, but for different reasons

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Among political fashions, anger is the new black. Not that there’s anything especially wrong with that. If y...

Hillary’s rotten week ... and no relief in sight

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Tom Jackson’s “The Right Stuff” blog updates weekdays at TBO.com.

Jammed gun bills could get election relief

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We are talking about guns. Again. Still. Either way, it amounts to the same subject.

Hillary’s rotten week ... and no relief in sight

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Let’s review Hillary Clinton’s terrible, horrible, no good, very bad week — the latest in a

Failures aplenty at ZHS

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I remember, as if stuck in amber, the incident in the school courtyard: A handful of my Sligh Junior High ninth-grade classmates — football players, as I recall — conspiring to humiliate a special-needs stu...

Lucky for us, Iowa keeps on giving

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Just when we’d decided Iowa wasn’t especially important in the Great Scheme of Things, we disco...

Quirky Iowa’s message: Nobody knows nothin’

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Now that the first votes have been cast in the long journey leading to Election Day 2016, it is safe to write out loud what plenty have been thinking all along: Nobody knows nothin’.

Still arguing, angling, 43 years after Roe

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We continue to see the ramifications of what happens when the U.S. Supreme Court stomps its foot on an issue that was otherwise making its way through the nation’s political machinery, short-circuiting the sensibi...

Hillary’s dark-matter emails: A big you-know-what deal

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Stop me if you’ve heard this one before, but Hillary Clinton’s email just got worse. No, do...

Pucker up: It’s kumquat-eating time

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Fresh off the tree, kumquats — whether the oblong nagami or the roundish (and allegedly sweeter) meiwa — are ideal for purposes principally associated with m...

Open carry: An ancient right seeking codification

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The Right Stuff has no personal investment in the hot debate over whether civilians should be able to strap on their trusty sidearms for the world to see. But, since it seems personal ownership of one or more guns lends ...

Can Trump answer Sasse’s questions?

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Knowing Donald Trump’s penchant for discoursing on Twitter, Ben Sasse, a thoughtful, principled, Ivy League-sharpened conservative freshman

The trouble with Jolly’s feel-good, check-squashing legislation

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As is customary whenever he puts his mind to the day’s big issues, there is much to be admired in David Jolly’s simultaneously

Let clarity rule when naming roads

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Community pride is a splendid thing. In fact, as the inspiration for collaboration, cooperation, motivation, beautification, imagination and just about any other high-minded -tion word fit for your 21st-century Webster&#...

If you thought Hillary was in trouble before ...

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Hillary Clinton’s defense of her private, unsecured email server — nothing marked classified passed through — is both silly and demonstrably false. But, as we have seen with this week’s

Senator (annotated): ‘We don’t need no stinking Constitution’

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If President Obama’s persistent support for gun-grabbing Australian-style weren’t suffici...

Bernie’s unAmerican appeal

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They — and by “they,” I mean MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” Scarborough and sidekick Mika Brzezinski — were going ga-ga over Bernie Sanders’

Somewhere, the weather is frightful

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If forecasts are remotely accurate, the Northeast is about to get buried in a historic snow blanket. Winter Storm Jonas (like the brothers) — I still have trouble believing they name these things — is, as t...

Sarah Palin’s odd, back-tracking endorsement

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As God is my witness, I’ll never again swallow anything Sarah Palin has to say about anything, ever. If that’s too many superlatives for one sentence, over-the-top is how I’m feeling just now about t...

Rubio’s short-cut analysis nails it

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The aforementioned release of four Americans held by Iran for negotiating leverage prompted presidential candidate Marco Rubio to recall a favorite GOP anecdote that affirms a Republican maxim: The world is a better plac...

Iran collects its hostage chips

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Four Americans imprisoned by Iran have be...

Hillary feels the Bern, embraces Obama

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It’s probably early to suggest Hillary Clinton’s campaign is flailing, but Sunday night’s

Obama’s last SOTU reminds us why we’re angry

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For the sturdy majority of Americans who have disapproved of President Obama’s job performance for most of ...

What was behind Obama’s SOTU silence?

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Tom Jackson’s “The Right Stuff” blog updates weekdays at TBO.com.

We’ll miss Legg Man vs. Egg Man

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So, it turns out the race for the redrawn state Senate District 10 seat will not come down to the Egg Man vs. the Legg Man after all. It’s not hard to figure out the politics of it, but let me say, nonetheless, ra...

Gun-free failure earns widow’s suit

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Cognitive dissonance — the ability to embrace two conflicting thoughts simultaneously — might appear to describe what I’m just now thinking about the latest twist in the

What was behind Obama’s SOTU silence?

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Executing the first in a year-long series of lasts, President Obama delivered his final state-of-the-union address Tuesday night. Feel the tingle.

Obama’s useful veto helps frame 2016 campaign

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The Affordable Care Act lurched a little closer to its inevitable expiration date last week, although you wouldn’t h...

Finding the rainbow in Bolin’s execution

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On the morning after — at long last, and, out of habit, after one more procedural delay — the

Adding hypocrisy to Hillary Cinton’s ‘record’

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Tom Jackson’s “The Right Stuff” blog updates throughout the week at TBO.com.

Fixing what wasn’t broken in Zephyrhills

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Two area head football coaches lost their situations this week, but only one of the firings is so undeserved to merit the term “shocking.” Hint: It wasn’t the Buccaneers dumping Lovie Smith.

Adding to Hillary Clinton’s ‘record’

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If The Right Stuff is caught rolling its eyes at any point over the next 10 months, it’s even money it will be because someone has, yet again, touted Hillary Clinton’s “record” as her chief cl...

Weepy Obama fires blanks

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The lead headline on NBC News’ home web page Tuesday afternoon read “Tearful Obama Announces Plan to Curb Mass Shootings.” Ultimately, the presidential waterwork...

Cartoonist confirms ugly truth about whose kids aren’t off-limits

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Tom Jackson’s “The Right Stuff” blog updates throughout the week at TBO.com.

WaPo cartoonist confirms ugly truth about whose kids aren’t off-limits

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In the hubbub over Washington Post cartoonist Ann Telnaes’ scandalous mocking of Ted Cruz’s children as

With Hillary and The Donald, it’s all pots and kettles

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There are few things more amusing than Donald Trump devotees complaining about the supporters of Hillary Clinton being unable to acknowledge their candidate’s obvious flaws.

Dear Bernie: We don’t care how other major countries do it

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Any time I hear a politician — invariably a Democrat — say, “We are the only industrialized [or Western, or democratic] nation in the world that doesn’t provide ‘X,’ ” I r...

The GOP’s clueless frontrunner

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Tom Jackson’s “The Right Stuff” blog updates throughout the week at TBO.com.

Drone rules show feds’ ‘overkill’ fixes what isn’t broken

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— Wednesday was an ideal day for flying. “Not at all like yesterday,” said Jim O’Brien, one of the regulars. “Yesterday was awful.” In...

We must crack down on ‘drexters’

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Motorists who fiddle with their smartphones at the same time their foot is on the accelerator make me crazy. Unfortunately, there’s an awful lot of crazy-making happening on our roads these days.

The GOP’s clueless frontrunner

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Besides setting the stage for some presumed future showdown between first-term senators, there’s not much worth remembering — or even should be remembered — from the final Republican presidential deb...

PC screenings make Trump’s pause sound reasonable

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Here’s why a majority of Republicans and a plurality of all Americans think Donald ...

Obama’s gaseous legacy of unpersuasive suggestions

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And so, post-Paris, the Obama legacy continues to take shape. And we still have — shudder — 13 months to go.