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Jackson, Tom

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Jackson, Tom

The Right Stuff takes a provisional holiday; back April 28

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The Right Stuff is, officially, taking a spring holiday (beginning with a whirlwind visit to London, which is why I’ve applied the British variation of “vacation”) through April 27. But that doesn&#x...

Ranchers: One endangered species the feds couldn’t care less about

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I don’t presume to have a sufficient grasp of the recent activity or the laws involved over Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy’s “trespass cattle,” but I trust both the competency and legal expertise...

Jackson: Gender pay discrimination: Important if true (it’s not)

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Eager to change the subject, Democrats from the president on down appear bent on spinning nothing but golden oldies from the...

‘Most dangerous scandal’ in U.S. history?

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I don’t know if the IRS’ targeting of conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status is “the most dangerous in U.S. history,” as

Hammerin’ Hank’s chin music

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I never will regret having rooted for Hank Aaron to break Babe Ruth’s career homerun record, just as I will never lose the vivid memory of watching it happ...

Selectively ostracized, blindly admired

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Brandeis University, which apparently performs less background research on its honorary degree candidates than a newspaper stringer does before covering a high school football game,

Uninsured numbers dip; left gloats – prematurely?

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There was crowing all around on the left the other day when Gallup announced it detected a steep drop in the number of uninsured Americans i...

Poll puts Scott in front; outlier or trend detector?

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Regarding the first poll to find Rick Scott ahead of Charlie Crist in the race for governor, the lead on the column by the legendary Jim M...

Was that the sound of Jeb shooting his foot off?

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A little more than a year ago, during a frenetic newsmaking tour of the nation many would like to see him lead – no, silly, not Mexico – Jeb Bush paused at Saint Leo University to deliver an hour-long talk ...

Jackson: Cities offer more bang for your vote

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Sometimes I think Brian Corley would be happier if he were to get a job transfer to North Korea or Iran or maybe Crimea, because, buddy, in those countries, people vote. I mean, they vote in all capitals, bold italics, w...

Setting free the First Amendment, one shackle at a time

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Politics, rude, rollicking and messy by nature, is likely to get even more so in the aftermath of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision this week that eliminates caps on the amount of money individuals can donate to c...

Voter fraud: First, admit it’s a problem (the evidence is out there)

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Admitting there’s a problem is to solution building as sunrise is to the day: Without it, there is only fumbling in the darkness.

Why you don’t know more about Leland Yee

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Nothing the column by Glenn Harlan Reynolds in Wednesday’s USA Today should come as a surprise to conservative con...

Jackson: Calling ACA permanent is premature

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As near as I can figure, Chuck Todd, NBC's ubiquitous political analyst, was the first to float the notion of Obamacare's per...

Warmist threatens strike – no foolin’!

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It seems climate scientist Bill McKibben has reached his breaking point. The latest ponderous re...

Chuck Todd, projectionist

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The truth of American politics is immutable: The people ultimately get what they want.

Jackson: When student-athletes choose Detroit’s union experience

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Columnist Tom Jackson agrees that college athletes should receive a steady stipend for expenses, but letting them unionize will lead to ever-increasing demands and the demise of college sports.

Leftish columnist aboard Fantasyland carousel

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It’s hard to know where to begin dismantling the misinformation glut appearing under the nam...

GOP star Gowdy cranks up heat on IRS freeze-out

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In his previous life, U.S. Rep. Trey Gowdy was the chief prosecutor for a two-county judicial circuit based in Spartanburg in northwest South Carolina. Halfway through his ...

Ukrainian women: No action for Russian “aggressors”

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The Right Stuff believes it is axiomatic that women have the power to civilize men, up to and including certain unpleasant male tendencies, such as invading other nations. Ukrainian women appear to share this faith in fe...

Jackson: Getting past Dad's advice on personal finance

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It's almost never a good idea when the Legislature starts noodling with the requirements for a high school diploma — and by “noodling with” I mean “adding to” — as if Tallahassee owns ...

Not yet a banana republic

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Less noticed Tuesday, but potentially far more important for the future of Obamacare than what was unfolding on the

Divided and (more-or-less) loving it

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There is division afoot in America, notes the preternaturally alert Jim Geraghty in Monday's “Morning Jolt” newsletter for National Review, and increasingly – according to a

The danger in Obama’s mastery of false choices

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The supreme master of the false choice, who also is the leader of the (suddenly somewhat less-) free world, is at it again. Regarding the dicey situation in Ukraine, President Obama has

Jackson: Gun-free doesn’t equal risk-free

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Seizing on the sorrowful wake of the horror in Newtown, Conn., in December 2012,...

Cruzin’ demonic reporting with the Weekly Standard’s “Scrapbook”

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Economic times being what they are, The Right Stuff was pleased to have found a deal on its subscription to the Weekly Standard, which was about to expire.

The ’80s are back; Romney voters were warned

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Paraphrasing Barack Obama from the campaign of 2012, a vote for Mitt Romney was a vote for the world

Angus T. Jones: Don’t watch the ‘filth’ I starred in

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Now this is interesting. Angus T. Jones, who put the fraction in ...

Faceoff: Columnists debate red-light cameras

- Columnist Tom Jackson says legislators should leave the red-light debate to local municipalities, while Joe Henderson views them as strictly a cash grab. Where do you stand?

DCCC: Always keeping it classy

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Fresh off his mildly surprising win in Tuesday’s special election in the District 13 special election, Republican David Jolly was sworn in as the newest member of the U.S. House of Representatives Thursday. Let&#x...

In which Obama kills the individual mandate

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Congressional Democrats, who pretty much were making it up as they went along anyway, purposely invested the White House with wide discreti...

Lois Lerner and the ‘smidgen’ conundrum

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While former IRS official Lois Lerner remains silent on Smidgengate, Darrell Issa – chairman of the committee she has twice spurned – is seeing to it the incriminating words she typed into her government-is...

Democrats sink, GOP jolly; but what about future?

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Of all the tweets – triumphant or resigned, boastful or bitter – that crossed my feed in the wake of David Jolly’s hard-earned trip to Congress Tuesday, the one that made the most sense came from Lar...

The inevitability of Barry Lyndon Moore

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The Right Stuff does not know enough about the little town of Hampton, in north central Florida, to comment authoritatively, except to say

Noo Yawkahs vilify Koch brother for giving to hospital

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Saturday, this actually happened: Big Apple lefties (but I repeat myself) turned out to demonstrate against an expansion of New York-Presbyterian Hospital – the addition of what sounds like one heck of an

Paycheck ‘fairness’ and the usefully ill-informed

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As political games go, the one recently played on GOP congressional candidate David Jolly by the lefty blog ThinkProgress is one of the oldest in the books. In the...

Jackson: Fake diploma shows hard lessons of corner-cutting

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A long, long time ago, in a state far, far away, I learned the hard way that both the philosophers and Bruce Williams were right. Philosophers tell us that while its lessons ar...

DCCC reminds us who’s the homeowner in CD13 special election

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The Right Stuff is not often grateful for the many alerts delivered to its email inbox by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, but on those rare occasions when gratitude is appropriate, it likes to acknowledg...

Looming: The Harry Reid Majority Leader Obamacare delay

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If this sounds like something you’re heard before, you have: There’s another unilateral amendment rumored coming for the Affordable Care Act. You know, the eminently malleable Law of The Land. Honestly, if ...

Buffett warns of public pension ‘tapeworm’ Pasco legislators hope to kill

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Warren Buffett’s word is liberal gospel when he talks about the inequities of the tax code. But there was considerably less rushing to his side when, Monday, the guy who says he shouldn’t pay a

There’s something about the Koch brothers

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I can’t begin to fully appreciate what it is about the Billionaire Koch Brothers® that drives the left around the bend, but it’s endlessly fascinating. Tuesday, it was the turn of Senate Majority Leade...

For future reference, remember how MSNBC savaged Romney on Russia

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In light of Russia’s post-Olympics shenanigans in Ukraine abundantly proving he was right, The Right Stuff hasn’t yet seen where Mitt Romney – much maligned in 2012 for predicting mischief by Vladimi...

Jolly is right: Social Security is not guaranteed

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Ads promoting the candidacy of Democrat Alex Sink, the former Bank of America executive and state chief financial officer, continue to misconstrue – employing the politest possible term – Republican David J...

Court approves ‘heckler’s veto’

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There’s plenty to the opinion handed down by the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, in which judges found schools have the right to prevent students from wearing the American flag if officials reasonably suspect ...

The Right Stuff: Restaurant surcharge jabs Obamacare

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Well, now, this is fascinating. Saying they need to help defray new costs generated by complying with the Affordable Care Act, o...

Jackson: Legg seeks solutions, not headlines

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ZEPHYRHILLS — Understand this about John Legg, the second-year Republican state senator from Trinity: At some point during any visit with him, he will stray into t...

Legg: Medical marijuana echoes worst of pill mill nightmare

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One of the architects of a triumphant, if belated, crackdown on Florida’s infamous pill-mill industry, state Sen. John Legg (R-Trinity) sees worrisome parallels in the push to legalize marijuana for “medica...

Worst reason ever for immigration reform

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Well, there it is: The essential reason the United States needs to put its immigration house in order through comprehensive reform, laid out with precision, high-minded condescension and the incinerating of strawmen by A...

Jackson: Still waiting for answers about unarmed motorist stopped in Maryland

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More than a month ago, I promised to update the tale of the Filippidis family, the Hudson folks waylaid on Dec....

White flags and fairy-tale economics

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Skirmishes over hiking the minimum wage continue apace, as we saw when the nation’s governors emerged from their annual visit with the President Monday for a