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‘By his works, you shall know him …’

January 31, 2016
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‘By his works, you shall know him …’

In just about two months — April 23, to be exact — the world will observe a double anniversary of the greatest literary man to ever live on this earth. William Shakespeare was born in Stratford-Upon-Avon, England, on April 23, 1564. And he died there on the same date, in 1616 — exactly 400 years ago. The Immortal Bard, author of the world’s greatest theatrical plays, of wonderful poetry, of sonnets like no one else has produced, wandered some distance away from his home town during his 52 years of life. But when his end came, he was home again, retired, a prosperous property owner and highly respected member of the community where he was known by one and all — Will, the glovemaker’s son. And yet, dating back to the 18th Century, a certain coterie of envious, elitist literary — and other — people, have done everything they...

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U.S. must return to ‘See the good in the world’

January 15, 2016
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U.S. must return to ‘See the good in the world’

If you follow social media, or keep up with politics, as I do, you’re probably angry, frustrated, depressed, and wishing something — ANYTHING — would happen to break this cycle we seem to be stuck in. We’ve had our happy, prosperous times here in America. The 1920s, for example, when we thought that the Charleston, hot jazz, speakeasies, and a sky-rocketing stock market show,...

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Good-bye and good riddance, 2015!

December 31, 2015
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Good-bye and good riddance, 2015!

This old year, 2015, has been a real doozy, hasn’t it? Most of us will feel a relief when it ends at midnight tonight. Well, at least, I will. But I suspect many, many would agree with me. The Islamic terrorism (there, President Obama, I said it — even though YOU won’t); the apparent, gradual dissolving of the America that we all knew and...

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A Christmas angel in the house

December 15, 2015
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A Christmas angel in the house

This Christmas story will, I hope, show that sometimes, during the magic of the Yuletide season, people at odds with one another due to religious doctrine or other factors, can learn to “love thy neighbor,” as the Bible directs....

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Does America need The Man With No Name?

November 30, 2015
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Does America need The Man With No Name?

Are there really such things as “guardian angels” — people, or “beings,” who suddenly appear, mysteriously, at just the right place and time, to save human beings who have become too timid and cowardly to save themselves? If you’ve...

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GOP can win this presidential race — IF …

November 15, 2015
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GOP can win this presidential race — IF …

The election clock is moving on, with less than a year now before we go to the polls and elect a new president of the United States. In this year of the outsider, the non-politician (witness Donald Trump, Dr....

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We all can choose: Faith, or cynicism

October 31, 2015
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We all can choose: Faith, or cynicism

Heard about the three atheists who walk into a bar? The first yells, “God damn, I’m thirsty! Give me a beer!” The second cries, “Jesus Christ! Where the hell is the bartender?” The third looks at them, dismayed, and...

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Griffith’s epic film still outrages liberals

October 15, 2015
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Griffith’s epic film still outrages liberals

It was 100 years ago this past March — 1915 — that “The Birth Of A Nation” was released to American theaters. It was a landmark film on the American Civil War — or the War Between the States;...

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Fairy tales: They’re not just for children

September 30, 2015
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Fairy tales: They’re not just for children

Did you ever suddenly, unexpectedly, run into some good friends that you hadn’t seen since grade school? And find out that all the things you liked about them, things they had said and done when you were all young,...

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There IS something we can do about it!

September 15, 2015
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There IS something we can do about it!

“There’s nothing we can do about it!” I think that’s one of the most contemptible sentences in the English language. And nowadays, we here it from everybody, starting with the politicians in Washington, the governors in our state capitals,...

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Its era was short, but Rockabilly lives on

August 31, 2015
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Its era was short, but Rockabilly lives on

ROCKABILLY! It was the transition American popular music, between rhythm ‘n’ blues, country and western, and the melding of the two into the rock ‘n’ roll of the 1950s. Its heyday didn’t last a long time — but at...

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‘Unarmed black man’? The phrase is ludicrous

August 15, 2015
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‘Unarmed black man’? The phrase is ludicrous

It’s one year since Michael Brown got himself killed (by being extremely stupid) in Ferguson, Missouri, and of course the black agitators in that city used that anniversary as an excuse to mount more riotous “protests” about the incident....

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The Donald? The Sun King would like him

July 31, 2015
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The Donald? The Sun King would like him

OK: Do you think King Louis XIV could defeat Donald Trump for the Republican nomination for president in the 2016 election campaign? Too bad the Sun King is otherwise occupied (he’s been dead now for 300 years). He and...

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‘Ol’ Gene’ chased, caught, his personal rainbow

July 15, 2015
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‘Ol’ Gene’ chased, caught, his personal rainbow

He was first “The Oklahoma Yodeling Cowboy;” then simply, “The Singing Cowboy.” And later, “America’s Favorite Cowboy.” And finally, just “The Cowboy.” His theme song, “Back in the Saddle Again,” was probably the best known one of any of...

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Confederate flag and our guns: HANDS OFF!

June 30, 2015
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Confederate flag and our guns: HANDS OFF!

Now that the Charleston, South Carolina, church massacre is two weeks in the past, along with the wailing, gnashing of teeth, and making lists of what things should be “banned” because of it, let’s step back and take a...

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Madison, Indiana CAN come back!

June 15, 2015
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Madison, Indiana CAN come back!

Whither goest thou, Madison, Indiana, my hometown? You were the biggest city in Indiana in the 1850s; you were the pork-packing capital of the world.  The most-decorated American veteran of World War I was born near here, and lived...

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News flash: Nobody’s all bad — or all good

May 31, 2015
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News flash: Nobody’s all bad — or all good

Anyone nowadays who knows who Ty Cobb was, knows that he was eternally angry, periodically drunk, a viciously dirty baserunner who deliberately spiked infielders at every opportunity; and — here’s the REALLY REVOLTING part: He was a “racist”! Oh,...

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Michelle Obama flaunts her anger, resentment

May 15, 2015
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Michelle Obama flaunts her anger, resentment

Michelle Obama, the nation’s First Lady, who by that fact should be the most respected woman in America, has given us yet another reason why she is viewed by many of us as just another angry, resentful, loud-mouthed black...

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Five great friends who have ‘Gone Home’

April 30, 2015
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The other day I heard an old gospel song that was totally new to me. It was called “Gone Home.” It got my mind and memory to working — because it’s about those we loved and cherished, who have...

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Hey, you haters! Lay off us Hoosiers!

April 10, 2015
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Hey, you haters! Lay off us Hoosiers!

OK, all you Hoosier haters out there! No, I don’t mean US Hoosiers, who have been the target of unlimited, unfair and vicious attacks over the Religious Freedom Restoration Act which kicked up a major kerfuffle on the political...

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Anonymous attacks sully a good website

March 17, 2015
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Anonymous attacks sully a good website

Did ye ever hear the one about the Irishman, Paddy, who was taking an ocean cruise, be dad? While they was down in the South Pacific, the ship sprung a big leak and sank, with the passengers pilin’ into...

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Netanyahu speaks sense to America about Iran

March 5, 2015
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Netanyahu speaks sense to America about Iran

Benjamin Netanyahu, prime minister of the State of Israel, received the welcome of a conquering hero when he addressed the U.S. Congress Tuesday. And, in my opinion, he richly deserved it. Netanyahu spoke to a packed House chamber, and...

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Stan and Ollie: Our comics, and our friends

February 18, 2015
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Stan and Ollie: Our comics, and our friends

The fat guy and the thin guy. “The boys.” Stan and Ollie. L & H. They were tagged with a number of nicknames over the years, were Arthur Stanley Jefferson and Norvell Hardy, their original names. But those still...

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Politicians are faking on the tax, deficit issues

January 24, 2015
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Politicians are faking on the tax, deficit issues

Everybody who likes paying taxes, yell, “Two bits, four bits, six bits a dollar, all for big government, stand up and holler!” That’s funny; I don’t hear anybody. OK, we’re all pretty much agreed: Nobody likes having to cough...

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Muslim terrorists understand one thing: Force

January 8, 2015
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Muslim terrorists understand one thing: Force

Another Muslim massacre, another round of “expressions of outrage” about the latest raghead murders, these of (unarmed) journalists who had had the unforgivable gall to poke fun at the Muslims’ humorless and rigid views about their prophet Mohammed, and...

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Christmas is sacred, mystical and merry

December 15, 2014
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Christmas is sacred, mystical and merry

Christmas is coming! Less than two weeks away, and the usual hustle, bustle, and turmoil is hard upon us! What would we do; what would the WORLD do, without Christmas? It’s the piece de resistance of all holidays, the...

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Ginning up another helping of ‘outrage’

December 8, 2014
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Ginning up another helping of ‘outrage’

Well, I presume all the young American leftists are puffed up and proud of themselves, now that  for the umpteenth time in the last 50 years they’ve marched, chanted, “died in” (we could only hope, couldn’t we?) over the...

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Let’s give thanks for the world’s many blessings

November 23, 2014
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Let’s give thanks for the world’s many blessings

Thanksgiving is approaching — and the turkeys are nervous! Sorry. I just couldn’t resist that. Sort of grabbed your attention, didn’t it? Wonder what the turkeys are feeling thankful for right now? OK; I’ll get serious. Because after all, Thanksgiving...

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Some tales from the Halloweens ‘of yore’

October 26, 2014
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Some tales from the Halloweens ‘of yore’

When ghosts and goblins by the score, Ring the bell on your front door — And your little white house, turns GREEN! — From gheelies and ghosties, And long-legged beasties, And things that go “Bump” in the night, Deliver...

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Have we forgotten “The Hoosier Poet”?

October 13, 2014
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Have we forgotten “The Hoosier Poet”?

He was as well known as almost any American of his day. From the early 1880s, until his death in 1916, he was a much-sought public speaker, reading his poetry before many thousands of what would be called “fans”...

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Hey, gang! Let’s have a (multi-) party!

September 22, 2014
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Hey, gang! Let’s have a (multi-) party!

“I wish we could throw them all out and start over!” How many times in recent months have you said that yourself? Or heard your neighbor say it? Or your brother-in-law? Or a commentator on TV? Yes, our disgust...

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Louisiana: It’s a unique and varied state

September 12, 2014
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Louisiana: It’s a unique and varied state

Here’s a riddle for you: When is a county, NOT a county? When it’s in Louisiana, of course! In the home of New Orleans jazz, jambalaya and the Cajun people, they’re called “parishes” —- possibly traceable to the state’s...

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The racial spin doctors are busy in Ferguson

August 24, 2014
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The racial spin doctors are busy in Ferguson

It’s now two weeks since Michael Brown, all 6-4 and 292 pounds of him, was shot and killed by Officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Missouri, and the race hustlers are still milking the incident for all it’s worth. Protests,...

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Old Corporal is staying a Hoosier

August 10, 2014
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Old Corporal is staying a Hoosier

“A funny thing happened on my way to Florida …” “I just flew back from Melbourne, and boy, are my arms tired! …” “Look before you leap — especially if the leap will cost you a heap! …” OK,...

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Time for Congress to impeach Barack Obama

June 25, 2014
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Time for Congress to impeach Barack Obama

President of the United States Barack Hussein Obama should be impeached by the House of Representatives, convicted by the United States Senate, and removed from office. Pretty bald statement, you say? Well, can you give me any good reasons...

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Tony and Rubye — my Mom and Dad

June 10, 2014
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Tony and Rubye — my Mom and Dad

   There aren’t too many people still living who knew Tony and Rubye Engle. He’s been gone 30 years; she, 44. Yes, they were my folks. They were the two most important people in my life, and they didn’t...

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U.S. voters fed up with government lies, lectures

May 20, 2014
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U.S. voters fed up with government lies, lectures

It’s now two weeks since the Madison Consolidated Schools district voted down a proposed $69 million school construction project, by a margin of nearly 4-1. All of us who live here know why it sank without a trace: It...

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Bundy’s truths were painful for many Americans

April 27, 2014
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Bundy’s truths were painful for many Americans

Cliven Bundy, who was being hailed as a courageous hero for his stand against a federal power grab of his cattle in Nevada, made what passes nowadays for a fatal verbal faux pas, and is now being condemned by...

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Pete Maravich: The Mozart of the Hardwood

April 3, 2014
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Pete Maravich: The Mozart of the Hardwood

He was like Nureyev among clog dancers; like Shakespeare competing with the writers of dime novels; like the difference between Einstein and a first-year chemistry student at a small, insignificant college. Pete Maravich was that rare bird among noted...

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Vladimir the Implacable vs. Barack the Pitiful

March 8, 2014
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Vladimir the Implacable vs. Barack the Pitiful

Big, evil Russia is poised to seize the Ukraine and put it back into place as just another province of the re-constituted Russian Empire that Vladimir Putin is starting to build. Right? Well, that’s what elements of the U.S....

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Were the Beatles ‘Heaven sent’?

February 25, 2014
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Were the Beatles ‘Heaven sent’?

And so the 50th anniversary of the world’s first discovery of the greatest rock band of all time — perhaps the greatest ENTERTAINMENT phenoma of all time — has passed with suitable note and well-deserved praise for the Fab...

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‘The Day the Music Died’ — but it lives on

February 3, 2014
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‘The Day the Music Died’ — but it lives on

They died 55 years ago today — three young men who gained immortality for the music they wrote, played and sang, and for what further heights they might have reached in their careers, if only … Two Texans, Buddy...

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