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Saturday, Aug 29, 2015

Tom Jackson Columns

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Anti-gunners use shock to push irrelevant restrictions

That didn’t take long. Of course, it didn’t. Indeed, it took only about as long as we have been conditioned to expect, because there is nothing the left will not politicize. Not. One. Darn. Thing.
Updated: 4 hours ago
Navy veteran strings pearls of Vietnam
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Navy veteran strings pearls of Vietnam

PORT RICHEY — In his earliest days as a newspaper reporter — these would have been the go-go late 1970s, when print was king and staffs were gigantic — Jim Lamb sought to distinguish himself by practicing first-person journalism....
Published: 08/28/15
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Neither harm nor foul in anti-slacker ‘participation’ trophies

James Harrison, the Pittsburgh Steelers’ linebacker, made news last week by denouncing one facet of the pernicious politically correct/self-esteem movement: trophies presented his sons, ages 6 and 8, for the admirable but not — in Harri...
Published: 08/23/15
Sometimes, government can’t let us be
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Sometimes, government can’t let us be

LAND O’ LAKES ­— From a time predating our nation’s founding, the raw essence of being an American always has meant this: All things being equal, we prefer to be left alone. This is the short explanation for why patriots hea...
Published: 08/23/15
Nothing ‘neat’ about latest Planned Parenthood horror
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Nothing ‘neat’ about latest Planned Parenthood horror

Video No. 7 exposing Planned Parenthood’s ghoulish culture from the anti-abortion group Center for Medical Progress dropped Wednesday, establishing this above all else: The series’ producers are building toward a crescendo....
Published: 08/22/15
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Rethinking birthright citizenship

It seems, at least at this early stage, we are embarking on a presidential election campaign about Truly Important Things, things in some ways no less vital to the nation’s future than the issues that dominated the election of 1860....
Published: 08/21/15
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Why do reformers hate the First Amendment?

On the curiously evergreen topic of reforming how political campaigns are financed let us begin here, with the First Amendment. After all, without it so-called “reformers” could pretty much have their way....
Published: 08/16/15
Can Pasco think outside its tidy box?
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Can Pasco think outside its tidy box?

The date has been set for Richard Corcoran to deliver his do-or-do-something-drastic pitch on behalf of revolutionizing Pasco County’s form of government — Aug. 24 — and at this moment, you’d have to say the odds are again...
Published: 08/16/15
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Top-secret emails shine troublesome light on Clinton’s campaign

Tom Jackson’s “The Right Stuff” blog updates throughout the week at TBO.com.
Published: 08/15/15
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Clerks also must render unto Caesar

There’s a tempest stirring the historically tranquil northeastern Kentucky town of Morehead, one that was most likely inevitable. After all, the storm system that provoked it — the U.S. Supreme Court’s June ruling in Obergefell v...
Updated one month ago