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Tuesday, Sep 02, 2014

Jackson, Tom

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Jackson, Tom

Lefties miss Sofia’s joke, plus courtesy vs. entitlement at 35,000 feet

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Tom Jackson’s “The Right Stuff” blog updates throughout the week at TBO.com.

Big Education sues to defend monopoly

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Making good on its threat to limit the options of kids from poor families desperate to escape miserable schoo...

Convenience voting sacrifices its urgency

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We knew this day would come eventually, and there might even be some among us who celebrate its arrival. But for your dyed-in-the-wool, mossback, you-just-couldn’t-leave-well-enough-alone traditionalists,

The dubious source of that ‘97 percent’

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In the to-and-fro of climate change and humankind’s contribution to it, man-blaming purists apply as a cudgel, relentlessly and as Gaia gospel, the “97 percent of climate scientists agree” claim. The...

A clash of entitlements at 35,000 feet

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Proper conduct in airline seating has become an issue lately, which only goes to show that modern humans will never run out of things to get upset about. Additionally, the intensity of feelings surrounding said conduct ...

VMAs vs. Emmys: Sexism’s slippery definition

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Having eschewed real-time social media throughout The Emmys Monday night, The Right Stuff was unaware the left had taken to its collective fainting couch late in the event, its vapors triggered by Sofia Vergara, the pret...

Dems fund-raise over Bondi’s fealty to oath

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Taking a cue from Washington — hey, what could go wrong? — it appears Florida’s Democratic Party wants elected officia...

More rebuttal of profs who ‘schooled’ Scott

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It seems The Right Stuff was not alone in its exasperation with the climatista professors who “schoo...

Owner banks on Redskins’ bottom-line mystique

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Half a lifetime ago, I was a sports columnist for an upstart newspaper in Washington, D.C. Ronald Reagan was in the White House, Tip O’Neill knew how to cut a deal on C...

Climate professors and Rick Scott’s sphinxian agenda

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Tom Jackson’s “The Right Stuff” blog updates throughout the week at TBO.com.

In a world where Tonya takes command, anything is possible

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— Although there is nothing especially novel about politicians who overcome meager beginnings a...

Climate professors and Rick Scott’s sphinxian agenda

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Climate scientists finally got their audience with Gov. Rick Scott the other day, and even as such reliably evenh...

If trust fails, police gear’s irrelevant

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— Suddenly, wrapped in bullet-stopping armor and arriving with a rumble and a throaty diesel growl, America has a new paranoia: the ...

If trust fails, cops’ gear irrelevant

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— Suddenly, wrapped in bullet- stopping armor and arriving with a rumble and a throaty diesel growl, America has a new paranoia: the

This isn’t complicated, for Perry or Boehner

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In the wake of last week’s indictment of Texas Gov. Rick Perry that is simultaneously laughable, indefensible and educational — liberals hit a trifecta! — pundits on the left are scrambling to link P...

Pam Bondi’s prescience affirmed by SCOTUS

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Suddenly, Attorney General Pam Bondi’s reasonable request to postpone further appeals activity on same-sex marri...

Already, GOP wringing wrong lesson from Ferguson

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Not all the hollering out of sad, strife-gashed Ferguson, Mo., is c...

‘Dreamers’ plan to make case for GOP resistance

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Marco Rubio, Florida’s junior U.S. senator, possible 2016 Republican presidential candidate and lapsed member of the “Gang ...

Spina’s title restores order to universe

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What the Zephyrhills City Council did the other day — removing “interim” from the title wo...

Greenlight’s antique vision vs. driverless cars

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Regarding transportation, the question for all of us — but especially for Pinellas County voters, who in November will decide about their near-term future — isn&...

Littlefield’s confounding fact-fudging

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— Fact-checking resumes of politicians as they chase public office tends to be tedious and unrewarding but is nonetheless necessary. This sifting is especially relevan...

Publishers and the Bergdahl book blockade

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Six veterans who were deployed to Afghanistan with Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl are peddling a memoir surr...

Look out, Greenlight; here comes the driverless car

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Regarding transportation, the question for all of us — but especially for Pinellas County voters, who in November will decide about their near-term future — isn&...

Robin Williams: Heartbreak redefined

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From the moment he burst upon our consciousness as the manic, mischievous and innocent Mork, it was clear Robin Williams was not merely a unique mash-up of genius and energy; he was a marvelous freak of nature, the perfe...

Godspeed, Robin Williams; we hardly knew ye

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Damn. Rats. Shazbat.

Politico detects GOP-flavored Democrats

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Well, son of a gun. Politico detects Democrats running away from President Obama not only in red dist...

Scott’s ‘scandals’ nothing but a summer sideshow

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It’s not summer without sequels on the big screen, so voters can’t be faulted for detecting a sense of the familiar in the race for Florida’s governor. They’ve seen this movie before.

Pumped up by gas-price mysteries

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Late into last week’s meeting of Republican rivals for two Pasco County Commission seats,

Inside Bondi’s thoughtful recommendation

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Proponents of same-sex marriage in Florida, who have had their way in recent circuit court rulings down sou...

Obamarail jumps the track

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Increasingly, it appears Florida dodged a bullet when Gov. Rick Scott declined to enlist in President Obama’s plan for a national high-speed train network. Volunteer states have seen misspent millions and cost ove...

Jim Brady, once more a gun-crime statistic

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So, this happened:

Redistricting 2.0: Lots of shoes still to drop

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So the Legislature is back at it, once more attempting to thread the devilishly minuscule eye of a needle only lawyers could love.

Dr. Brantly’s imbalanced ledger sheet

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The question is not, necessarily, whether safeguards at Emory University Hospital — where Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol, a Christian missionary physician and his nurse are being treated — are sufficient t...

A Koch cure for Piketty’s false narrative

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Worried about income and/or wealth inequality? Yeah, me neither. But some of your left-leaning neighbors are practically apoplectic about the world as interpreted by French economist Thomas Piketty (“

Lone mourner ready to put tennis stadium to rest

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Allow me to begin by promising this second-annual

Can Crist's 'fairness' epiphany be limited to couples?

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Tom Jackson's “The Right Stuff” blog updates throughout the week at TBO.com.

Changeling Charlie’s vow to go Total Obama

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Now that everyone’s favorite Republican-turned-independent-turned-Democrat has announced he is prepared t...

Jackson: Granting rite of passage its right of way

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The heir apparent turned 15 in April meaning, among other things, he has attained the age at which the State of Florida assumes he is capable of learning to drive. No...

Big gap in left’s Obamacare subsidy argument

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Having dwelled so long in their self-affirming echo chamber, lefty journalists appear incapable of honestly acknowledging the hol...

How can Crist’s ‘fairness’ epiphany be limited to couples?

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Now that Charlie Crist has famously, publicly and, not to put too fine a point on it, sanctimoniously renounced yet another position he until recently held passionately, three questions are appropriate.

Obamacare’s flesh wound

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That shiver of excitement shared by Obamacare opponents Tuesday shouldn’t be mistaken for ultimate triumph. Yes, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, the second highest court in the land, dealt a blow to Obamacare w...

Extrapolating the Jolly standard

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Whether David Jolly’s epiphany is one of conviction or simply a matter of having deciphered the political tea ...

Warren’s fantasyland: A ramification-free world

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Elizabeth Warren — she of the imagined American Indian heritage that launched a thousand puns — addressed her real tribe the other day, laying out a warpath agenda for delegates to the far-left Netroots Nat...

Another lost-hard-drive improbability

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From the “You-Can’t-Make-This-Stuff-Up” file comes news confirming your suspicion that no matter how corrupt you thought the current administration is, it’s worse.

The eye of our latest ‘man-caused disaster’

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Remember, way back a week or so, when Texas Gov. Rick Perry invited President Obama down to the centers near the Rio Gra...

Bibi gets off Sunday’s best line

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Interviewed by Brit Hume on Fox News Sunday, Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu distilled ...

A cynical, horrifying assault on the First Amendment

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Tom Jackson's The Right Stuff blog updates throughout the week at TBO.com.

Governments grow; Pasco delivers proof

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The first draft of the latest Pasco County budget, including appendices, stretches 327 eye-glazing pages, and it probes such topics as interfund...

A cynical assault on the First Amendment

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There is enormous mischief in the proposed constitutional amendment voted out (10-8, along party lines) by the S...

Scott’s choo-choo troubles (mostly) refuted

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Rick Scott is catching heat for what seems ...