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On Israel, Sanders is right (and Clinton knows it)
The most significant moment of the Democratic primary debate in Brooklyn - and perhaps any presidential debate this season - came when Bernie Sanders challenged Hillary Clinton over her refusal to criticize Israel's excessive use of force against the Palestinians in Gaza. For the first time in memory, a major American political figure insisted publicly that the Jewish state and its leaders are "not always right" - and that in attempting to suppress terrorism, they had killed and injured far too many blameless human beings.
Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Our little corner of the world
We are fortunate to live in the beautiful Northwoods with all the lakes, rivers, streams, forests, animals and seasons. However, we are entering a period of increasing uncertainty about the potential of climate change/global warming and how this might in the future alter our beautiful environment. Whether you think this potential is real or not, there are things you need to recognize about how the forested land in Vilas County offers a repository to offset your carbon dioxide emissions.
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Tuesday, April 26, 2016

It happened here
It began with the global economic crisis.

All around the world, millions of people who had nothing to do with the stock market crash - who didn't earn enough money to save, much less invest, that much less speculate - lost everything nevertheless. They lost their jobs, then, in short order, their homes. They were scared.

The failure of democratic governance transformed their completely understandable fear into savage, uncontrolled anger.

Friday, April 15, 2016

President Obama, President Bush: We owe you a very big thank you
It's not often we give a big thanks to President Barack Obama or former President George W. Bush, but this week we feel we have to give credit where credit is due.

That's because the hallmark of both administrations is and was massive, naked political corruption. With Bush, it was shameless giveaways to big-business cronies and other special interests; with Obama, it's an ideological depravity of the worst sort, a disdain for American values and constitutional principles.
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Friday, April 15, 2016

The future of American conservatism
The race for the Republican nomination is not over, as the Wisconsin primary demonstrated this week, but, whether Donald Trump wins or loses, he has forever altered the political landscape inside the Republican Party.

For the GOP establishment, the party is over. In fact, the party may well be over for the party itself. That is to say, the GOP will never, ever be the same, and, depending on the party's elite, it might not ever again be a viable national political entity. (subscriber access)

Friday, April 8, 2016

Once again: Beware the rising tide of censorship
During Sunshine Week, we bemoaned the rising tide of censorship not only in the government and its increasingly closed doors and suppression of information but in the larger culture.

The tides have only swelled in size in that short time. (subscriber access)

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

A better choice
Trump! Clinton! Is that all there is? No. Fortunately, we have other choices.

A recent poll shows that if the election were held today, 11 percent of Americans would vote for a Libertarian, former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson. That's surprising, since last election Johnson got just 1 percent of the vote. (subscriber access)

Friday, April 1, 2016

The free-trade paradox
No issue is more entwined in paradox than that of free trade versus protectionism. Here's an example: Polling suggests that voters recognize the benefits of free trade more now than at anytime in many years, even as the presidential candidates advocate more protectionism. (subscriber access)
Friday, April 1, 2016

The art of Donald Trump
Hooray for Donald Trump!

I can ice skate in Central Park because Trump got the skating rink fixed after New York City couldn't.

Couldn't, you ask? Really? How is that possible? New York City government couldn't fix an ice rink? (subscriber access)

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

What would Donald/Hillary/Bernie do?
"If Donald wins the general election, who the heck knows what he'd do as president?" - Ted Cruz

March 15, 2017 - In the most devastating attack on American soil, a North Korean intercontinental ballistic missile carrying at least two nuclear warheads struck downtown Seattle just after 8 a.m., killing tens of thousands of residents at the height of the morning commute. (subscriber access)

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Missing: Any challenge for the common good
For the presidential campaign of 2016, the best estimate is the candidates, their political action committees, the political parties and so-called "independent" committees will raise and spend $5 billion - which would be twice as much as was spent in the 2012 presidential campaign. With the singular exception of Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, who has fueled his campaign with more than 4 million individual contributions...
Friday, March 25, 2016

The president is a disgrace to the nation
We do not agree with Florida Sen. Marco Rubio on a lot of things, but we very much agree and applaud his characterization this week of President Barack Obama's trip to Cuba.

In short, as Rubio posted on Facebook, it was "one of the most disgraceful trips ever taken by a U.S. president anywhere in the world."

Friday, March 25, 2016

There has to be a better way to pay for health care
Late last year, while playing tennis, I reached up to serve and felt a painful pop in my shoulder. The inflammation got worse over the next few months. Now anytime I try to put my arm above my head, pain shoots up my arm. I often wake up at night with an agonizing throb in my shoulder. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, March 22, 2016

What Bernie Sanders - and his supporters - must remember before November
Exactly one year before Election Day - on Nov. 8, 2015 - Bernie Sanders was asked whether his agreement with Hillary Clinton on basic issues outweighed the conflicts that he proclaimed at every campaign appearance.

Speaking on television rather than on the stump, the Vermont senator conceded reluctantly that he and Clinton concur on some issues. But then he added an entirely gratuitous endorsement:

"And by the way, on her worst day, Hillary Clinton will be an infinitely better candidate and President than the Republican candidate on his best day." (subscriber access)

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Who has a 'glass jaw'?
Immediately after the combative Republican debate in Houston, Texas, Donald Trump, the clear front-runner for the 2016 GOP nomination, sought to dismiss Florida Sen. Marco Rubio's fiery attacks on Trump's business ethics. Rubio accused the real estate billionaire of hypocrisy on immigration in his own hiring and production practices. Trump's rebuttal in a post-debate interview with CNN's Chris Cuomo: "One thing I learned from sports - I was actually a very good athlete - when you're a choker, you're always a choker."
Friday, March 4, 2016

Republicans can give workers a $1 billion pay raise
If Donald Trump's gravity-defying ascendancy has validated anything, it is that for Middle America, jobs and economic security are still the dominant issue. Republicans have talked up tax reform, regulatory relief and fiscal restraint - and those are all critical to growth.
Friday, March 4, 2016

No more wishy washy: It's time to reallocate Electoral College
In a recent interview, Gov. Scott Walker said he would be open to changing the way Wisconsin’s Electoral College votes are allocated.
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Friday, December 28, 2012

Connecting the globalist dots inside the DOT
At first it sounds ludicrous, a new proposal by the Wisconsin Department of Transportation to hire 180 full-time additional engineers in an age of shrinking Wisconsin state government. And, you know what? It is.
Friday, December 21, 2012

No more tax increases: Why Grover Norquist is right
There was quite a dust-up in the Republican Party this past week when Georgia U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss uttered the unthinkable and said he would no longer adhere to the famous Taxpayer Protection Pledge conceived by Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform.
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Friday, November 30, 2012

I have never had a bad day hunting
After decades of deer hunting in Wisconsin – hunting in every condition from sunshine to snow – I can say I have never had a bad day hunting. Each hunt is unique, special and memorable.
Friday, November 16, 2012


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