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Wednesday, May 06, 2015

Tom Jackson

Tribune Staff
Jackson, Tom

Washington’s yuletide illumination complication

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Because its clientele — we, the people — are presumed to be stupid and clumsy, the work of the Consumer Product Safety Commission is never, ever done, and its sphere of influence never shrinks. Now the bure...

Marilyn Mosby’s de-escalation calculation

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Having compared the known facts against the charges leveled against six Baltimore police officers in the death of Freddie Gray,

Drawing First Amendment conclusions

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On the morning after two disciples of Muhammad earned a righteous Texas rebuke over their scheme to put a vi...

Economic reality slams up against liberal fantasies

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Committed liberals are not buying the conservative narr...

Smokin’ over pot growers’ current theft

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— Having survived a freak dog-shoots-man hunting accident to become the...

San Francisco’s minimization actualization

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Committed liberals are not buying the conservative narr...

St. Leo graduate had to master a life turned upside down

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— Of all the diplomas Saint Leo University will award to the Class of 2015 this graduation season, none is as unlikely or as well-earned...

The Baltimore conflagration manifestation

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As smoldering Baltimore slips back into a — knock wood — restless peace, the one thing you are not allowed to do, apparently, is hint about the roots of what has gone wrong there, and that those roots might...

When “life-changing” means “slush fund”

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The more The Right Stuff hears about the Clinton Foundation, the more it likes Bill Schroder. C’mon, you know. Bill ...

We’re getting buried in Earth Day trash talk

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Earth Day, the highest of holy days for the Church of Climate Hysteria, has come and, mercifully, gone. Imagine if it were anything like the Old World’s 12 days of Christmas. We’d never get the National Mal...

Registering to vote online isn’t controversial

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Americans have been casting ballots for the better part of 230 years, and even though the trend has been toward broader eligibility and easier access, the suspicio...

Remote ready for return of ESPN’s bully

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Britt McHenry, friend to her paycheck-to-paycheck sisters and champion of service workers everywhere,

Hillary’s problems go nuclear

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About that boast made on behalf of Clinton boosters and partisans defending the family’s foundation during Hillary Clinton’s years as secretary of state, and vice-versa. Remember: There couldn’t poss...

All clicks are equal, but some clicks are more equal than others

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During the Q-and-A portion of my presentation to a Pasco County political group recently, I declared the primary reason I leaned toward favoring local

False accusers amid the ‘rape culture’

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Without getting into the veracity of widely reported statistics regarding campus rape, or breaking down into a squabble about what percentage of the time women fudge their stories about unwanted sexual contact, can we ag...

Medicaid expansion numbers don’t add up

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Whenever talk turns to expanding Medicaid in Florida, one number that instantly surfaces is 800,00...

Fixing our annual taxation complication irritation

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

Nocco knows what makes Rubio tick

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— What we already know for sure about Marco Rubio fits neatly in a box that FedEx would overnight at its lowest rate: He wields

Rent-seekers among solar activists

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Two things are becoming increasingly clear about the so-called “grassroots” coalition pushing a constitutional amendment to expand solar energy in Florida. The first is commendable. The other, not so much.<...

Florida Man touches down on hot topic

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Let’s get this out of the way at the top: Of course the fellow who landed a one-man gyrocopter on the Capitol l...

FloridaMan touches down on hot topic

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Let’s get this out of the way at the top: Of course the fellow who landed a one-man...

Rubio’s evergreen relevance

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Washington Post columnist E.J. Dionne has a bone to pick with Marco Rubio, the newly minted Republican presidential candidate from Miami. Evidently, Dionne considers Rubio some sort of political Dorian Gray, a fellow who...

The Taxation Complication Irritation

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Tax Day is a timely reminder that our system of funding the federal government is hopelessly and needlessly complicated, opaque, cumbersome, punishing and worse.

Clinton: Outlaw anonymity

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As if there weren’t already reasons enough to resist Hillary Clinton’s White House aspirations,

Hillary’s reimagination instigation

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Hillary Clinton’s long-anticipated announcement regarding her

Remember who sparked Rubio’s rocket

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It is not for nothing that at times such as these — that is, the eve of U.S. Sen. Marco Ru...

West Pasco club wasn’t Republican enough

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— Regarding the kerfuffle over the rapidly expiring West Pasco Republican Club, the question — and it’s not an unfamiliar one — appears to reduce to this:...

Harry Reid’s instructional exit interview

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For a quick reminder of the awfulness that is Harry Reid, it’s hard to do better than Jay Ambrose’s

The Obama negotiating revelation

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It is fascinating, to say no more, the negotiating tables from which the Obama administration is willing to walk.

Justice and the Lois Lerner inevitability

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Because it has been apparent for quite some time no bending of rules and norms that have stood since the Constitution was delivered to the printers — a long time covering lots of rules and norms — is beyond...

Indiana, religious freedom and the prescience of Barry Goldwater

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The more The Right Stuff learns about the misinformation being spread as fact on behalf of

Rivals, critics doubt Ted Cruz’s credentials at their peril

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As we have discovered since he jetted from the starting blocks as 2016’s first declared presidential candidate, Ted Cruz seems to be a lot of things: scholar, radical (or patriot), genius (or know-it-all), upstart...

Some ideas are too good to sleep on

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— Like anyone, Bill Schroder dreams. Like many of us, when he awakens those dreams evaporate like so much morning fog, leaving only vapory, disconnected images. What els...

The Bergdahl fiasco: from reckless to toxic to ridiculous

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Catching up on your current-events reading this weekend? So is The Right Stuff, and, in the wake of (hopelessly belated, but never mind) charges being filed against America’s most infamous wandering soldier, it co...

Hillary and the well-scrubbed email server

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And then, it seems, there were none.

On Iran, ‘any deal for a deal’s sake’

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About the looming deal with Iran over its nuclear-weapons-making capacity — the one that seems to grow worse for everyone but the mullahs day by the day; the one, also, President Obama appears prepared to take to ...

Solar buffs seek favors in power plan

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— As a practical matter, I have no beef with what activist Florida sun worshipers say they are

Rubio’s healthcare iPhone corollary

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Doing the other thing he does best — that is, the thing besides telling the wonder of America as seen through the eyes of the offspring of working-class immigrants — presumptive presidential candidate Marco...

Hillary’s media homers

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Just about the first thing they teach you in sports writing — right after, “Make sure you get the score right” — is this: There is

Protecting a robust rebirth of the First Amendment

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Let’s begin here: Ted Cruz is right. About so many things, really. But for the moment, let’s unsheath our laser pointers.

Activist Pat fires first in Pasco’s charter war

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The committee assigned to study the merits of switching Pasco County to a charter form of government hasn’t so much as held a get-acquainted mixer yet (that’s probably not necessary; they’re all from...

The Mandatory Ballot-Box Miscalculation

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The remedy for money’s influence in politics, President Obama was saying the other day in Cleveland, is simple. Make voting compulsory.<...

Matching discretion, voter intent

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The latest scrum in Tallahassee — this one involving Florida’s environmental future — provides yet another confirmation that, when it comes to amending the state constitution at the ballot box, the w...

The Criminal Alien Boomerang Effect

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Remember — it was just last month — when bereaved dad Jamiel Shaw ...

The Obama Rejection Reoccurrence

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Of everything The Right Stuff has read since Benjamin Netanyahu’s rally to triumph, handily, in this week’s election in Israel, what it has liked best — so far — was

The Launderette Equivalency

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In Tuesday’s Morning Jolt newsletter, National Review’s Jim Geraghty — a fine Irish name on

The Advocacy Disconnection

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One is failing his duty as a healthy skeptic if he fails to arch, at least slightly, an award presented by Florida’s tax collectors. Especially when the award is entitled “

Tom Cotton’s #47professors posted a civics lesson, period

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Anyone seeking evidence that our schools no longer effectively teach the Constitution need look no further than the

Hillary’s media briefing settled absolutely nothing

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

Agitated Nocco makes things interesting

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Regarding how Pasco County should conduct its business going forward, it seems, suddenly, the la...