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Saturday, Apr 30, 2016

Tom Jackson Columns

Big league ballplayer’s minor trouble
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Big league ballplayer’s minor trouble

Just when you thought we might be running out of ridiculous things to wrangle about over our social media back fences, along comes a millionaire first baseman turning his back on an eight-figure payday and we’re at it again....
Updated one month ago
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A telling tale of two gun stories

Our endless debate over gun ownership was enlivened last week with news out of Palatka, where a Second Amendment activist was shot in the back by her 4-year-old son.
Updated: 2 months ago
Scott plays dodge’em on weak MSNBC appearance
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Scott plays dodge’em on weak MSNBC appearance

It’s not often I find myself on the same side of the divide as Mika Brzezinski, the icy, left-leaning co-host of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” but when she’s right, she’s right....
Updated: 2 months ago
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Trumpsters hijack GOP; historic crash imminent

For the longest time, authorities endorsed cooperation as the best way to survive an airplane hijacking. Then came 9/11, and cooperation led to disaster. Two airliners into the Twin Towers, one into the Pentagon. Thousands dead, landmarks reduced to ...
Updated: 2 months ago
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Magical thinking in politics

We are just over a week from an election that promises to attract a record turnout, and that election will settle... almost nothing. Less than a month later — April 12 — elections to choose policy-makers whose decisions will affect the ...
Updated: 2 months ago
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GOP primary imitates ‘Caddyshack’

As campaign barometers go, you could do worse than monitoring the traffic through the Pasco County Republican Party’s headquarters, where, from the sounds of it, the pattern in virtually every Super Tuesday state is repeating itself.
Updated: 2 months ago
Let’s all hold out for flying cars
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Let’s all hold out for flying cars

Let’s start with this: With the possible exception of contractors and their work crews, nobody loves road construction.
Updated: 2 months ago
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Long journey just starting for this Bulldog

LAKELAND — When the outcome was long since beyond doubt and even playing for pride seemed no longer much point, there came that moment Alan Reed, the sideline-prowling coach with the towel slung over one shoulder, had dreaded....
Updated: 2 months ago
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Defending Americans’ right to choose Scalia’s successor

Presidential elections rarely pivot on what sort of candidates the eventual nominator-in-chief thinks are suitable for the federal courts, and more’s the pity.
Updated: 2 months ago
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’Merica’s lizard-brain campaign; waffling on Apple

Tom Jackson’s “The Right Stuff” blog updates weekdays at TBO.com.
Updated: 2 months ago