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Thoughts on the Super Bowl, A Good Suggestion and a Tea Party

*Three Super Bowl victories. Congratulations to all the fans of the New Orleans Saints ,who finally saw their team win the Super Bowl after a 42-year drought. Congratulations, too, to everyone who believes, even a tiny bit, in “the Super Bowl predictor.” This one says that if one of the original NFL teams wins the […]

Obama’s Unjust Remarks

Is the State of the Union Address finally over? Just kidding. I know it finally ended a few days ago. But golly, was that sucker l-o-n-g. If I were to dissect every bit of deceptive rhetoric in it, this column would be even longer. But there was one section that I found particularly outrageous. Read on to see what has Geopolitical Editor Chip Wood seeing red…

Tiger, Super Bowl Tickets, the Tax Code and Presidential Pandering

*Tiger replaced by a… frog? Accenture, one of Tiger Woods’ major sponsors, announced that the golfing legend would be replaced in their future advertising by a surfboard-riding elephant, a leapfrogging frog and other computer-generated animals. This time their $50 million annual budget will be spent on images they can control. Can’t say I blame them.

*Does that include a private jet? The Wall Street Journal ran a feature last week on how much it would cost to nab a seat at this year’s Super Bowl. In their research, bidding site eBay.com scored both the cheapest resale (still a hefty $1,750) and the most expensive package—a private box whose “buy now” price was a staggering $373,750. And no, it did not include transportation to the game by a private jet.

Bailing Democrats, Fed Secrets, China’s Cars and the War on Poverty

*Bailouts I can believe in. In one short 24-hour period this month, four top Democrats have bailed out of their reelection campaigns. Leading the list was Connecticut Senator Chris Dodd, who was running so far behind three likely Republican opponents that he decided surrender was preferable to defeat. North Dakota Senator Byron Dorgan has also […]

Can’t Anyone Count Any More?

If you want a real exercise in futility I’ve got a suggestion for you: Try to convince someone that a brand-new decade didn’t begin on Jan. 1, 2010. I’ve been having this battle every 10 years for about the past 50 years or so. It almost led to fisticuffs 10 years ago when I argued […]

Temporary Debt Ceiling, Delinquents and Giveaways

*A very temporary new debt ceiling. In its last action before shutting down for the Christmas holidays the Senate voted 60-39 on Christmas Eve to raise the U.S. debt ceiling by $240 billion, to a grand total of $12.4 trillion. The new funds won’t last long, however. At the present rate of spending the government will run out of money by mid-February.

*Here’s one way to pay the bills. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) reports that some 276,000 current and retired federal employees are in arrears on paying their income taxes. The total owed Uncle Sam by these deadbeats comes to a little more than $3 billion. Among cabinet agencies, the Department of Housing and Urban Development had the highest delinquency rate at just over 4 percent.

Lying Scientists, No Allies, Unfriendly Skies and a Name Change

*Surprise! Those scientists were lying to us. Leaked emails from the University of East Anglia’s Climatic Research Unit confirm what many of us have suspected for years—the chief proponents of global warming manipulated the statistics, ostracized anyone who didn’t agree with them and used “tricks” to get the results they wanted. Told that the revealing […]

Thank You Sen. Bob Dole

*Honoring a man who honors our vets. Normally I use this space to send some slings and arrows toward targets that, in my humble opinion, roundly deserve them. But on this joyous holiday, I want to do something different. I want to honor a well-known American for something he does outside the spotlight. Every month […]

A $261 million job, 50-year Bonds and a Saab Story

*Man, that’s a lot to pay for a job. No one was surprised that Michael Bloomberg won reelection for a third term as the mayor of New York City. But what he paid for the dubious privilege was impressive—$102 million of his own money. Add that to the $74 million he spent on his first […]

Honduran Democracy, Unemployment and Liberals

*Please Mr. President, honor democracy in Honduras. The people of Honduras have voted overwhelmingly for a new, non-Marxist president. The turnout of eligible voters was substantially higher than we had in the United States last November. A few days later, their congress also voted overwhelmingly not to reinstate Manuel Zelaya, the Chavez crony who was […]

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