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Halloween, NPR, Saluting Veterans And The Nanny State

*If Obama made the rules for Halloween. The funniest cartoon I’ve seen in a while featured three little tykes, dressed in their Halloween costumes, knocking on someone’s door. A guy opens it and says, “Look how much candy you have! I’m going to take half and give it to the kids too lazy to go […]

The Unveiling Of Lady Liberty

Tens of thousands of New Yorkers crowded into the southern tip of Manhattan 124 years ago tomorrow — Oct. 28, 1886. The cold rain did little to dampen the enthusiasm of the crowd, which stared expectantly across the water to a patch of land called Bedloe’s Island. They were there to watch the unveiling of an unusual […]

Mainstream Media Bias, Wages In D.C., Texting And Stimulus Waste

*This is what the media calls the mainstream? Did you hear about the exciting rally the Democrats held in Washington last week? Neither did I. But some 400 groups participated, including the Communist Party USA, the Democratic Socialists of America, the National Council of La Raza, and even one called Queers for Economic Justice. None […]

What’s Behind The Symbolism?

*What so proudly we hail. Thanks to all of you who enjoyed my column Honoring Our Country’s Flag that ran two weeks ago. You made it one of the most-read columns in the history of Personal Liberty Digest. (If you missed it, click here to see it — and maybe share it with a friend.) That article […]

Running Away, Outside The Main, HIIC And Gold

*Running from the president.  When I lived in Georgia, Governor Roy Barnes was not my favorite politician. He was too much of good-ol’-boy power broker/dealer for my taste. But I’d take 100 of him over Jimmy Carter, I must add. And he just went up a notch in my regard: When Barack Obama visited the Peach State, Roy […]

In Memoriam, Obama’s Omission, Political Arrogance And Investment Advice

*A request worth repeating.  Rest in peace, Donald C. Unsworth of Rome, Ga. While we never met, I know I would have liked you. How can I tell?  By this notice for your funeral: “In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully asked that donations be sent to the American Cancer Society or to the campaign of whoever […]

Farewell To Newman, Oil Spill Lies, On Hold And Government Payments

*Farewell to “a tart-tongued grammar guru.”  Until I read about his death a few days ago I didn’t realize how much I had missed the delightful repartee and word play of Edwin Newman, the longtime NBC contributor.  If you love language, go to your local library and pick up a copy of Strictly Speaking: Will […]

Some Highlights From A Trip To London

*One for the record books. During a trip to London last month I managed to earn a place in the Guinness Book of World Records — for a day. And the interesting thing is you can do it, too. How? By attending a performance of Agatha Christie’s wonderful mystery, The Mousetrap. It’s the longest-running play in the […]

A Little Pun-ishment For You

*Lighten up, for goodness’ sakes.  Yes, we’ve been pretty serious for the past few issues of Chip Shots and Straight Talk. (And come to think of it, in This Week in History, too.)  So this week, let’s lighten up a bit. An alert reader told me that, because of the weak business climate, there will […]

Peaceful “Protest,” Obamacare’s Cost, Competition And A Great Job

*The most peaceful “protest” in years. Congratulations to the hundreds of thousands of caring, concerned Americans who gathered on the Washington Mall last Saturday, for Glenn Beck’s huge rally on behalf of God and country. Even the liberal media had trouble making you folks look bad. Not only were you the best-behaved gathering Washington has […]

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