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Sunday, May 24, 2015

Tom Jackson

Tribune Staff
Jackson, Tom

Firefighters need policy against cancer

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The tale of Maria Silva, the 15-year Pasco County firefighter sidelined by thyroid cancer, is at once sad, alarming and instructional. The first two speak for themselves.

Clinton’s world, where achievement doesn’t matter

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Whatever else there is to say about Hillary Rodham Clinton, it must be conceded she has mesmerized her followers. While a large and, probably, expanding field of Republican contenders wrestles for the honor of being this...

Sydney Blumenthal: Exquisitely vile

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No matter where you stand on Hillary Clinton and/or her despicable hitman Sydney Blumenthal, an

Fast-track trade deal already

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Although I generally favor free trade between and among nations to the alternative of trade shackled by protectionism, I am less interested in advancing that argument just now than I am in writing something shocking.

A world in which achievement doesn’t matter

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Whatever else there is to say about Hillary Rodham Clinton — and there is, clearly, much — it must be conceded she has mesmerized her followers. While a large and, probably, expanding field of Republican co...

Benghazi’s ceaseless drip-drip-drip

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It’s not waterboarding, exactly, but the drip-drip-drip of revelations from Benghazi is its own form of torture. It turns out — no, that’s not right; better: It has been further confirmed — Hi...

No favorite no problem for deep GOP field

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By now, if you haven’t had the irritation of the Republican clown car illustration pop up on your social media home page at least a couple of times, it means you have blocked all your lefty, time-warping high scho...

Corcoran on budget: Chill already

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May is rolling toward a particularly early Memorial Day weekend — summer’s traditional front door — but it’s not the seasonal heat that’s causing lots of Floridians to break a sweat.

Jeb shoulda learned from Mona Lisa Vito

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How is Jeb Bush’s sit-down with Fox News’ Megyn Kelly like a scene from “My Cousin Vinny”? Because, like DA Jim Trott...

Ex-operative gets J-school ethics lesson

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George Stephanopoulos did a dumb thing a while back. Actually, he did two dumb things. Well, re...

Amtrak and the infrastructure obfuscation

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In retrospect, we should be grateful to Rahm Emanuel for his reptilian brashness, expressed with clarity accessible to anyone with an eighth-grade education, at t...

Jeb shoulda learned from Mona Lisa Vito

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As promised: How is Jeb Bush’s sit-down with Fox News’ Megan Kelly like a scene from “My Cousin Vinny”? Because, like...

Brady’s magic grits moment

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Two utterly unrelated issues are headlining news and commentary this Tuesday morning, and yet both of them remind me of defining moments in “My Cousin Vinny

Medicaid’s disincentive maximization

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There’s a certain amount of schadenfreude going around lately at the expense of Florida Gov. Rick Scott, who

It’s an honor to miss this regal mom

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I miss my mom. OK, I miss her every day, but some days more than others. Like this one: Mother’s Day.

Maybe Big Dog Clinton wasn’t a great liar in the first place

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The good folks making up “Morning Joe” Scarborough’s posse Thursday morning were unusually beside themselves over the latest in a growing series of rhetorica...

70 years ago: Liberated French kiss GI nearly to death

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And now for something completely different, this dispatch from U.S. Army Pfc. David P. Jackson, penned on the first V-E Day.

Obvious cure for Scott’s HCA pickle

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So, this happened: On the same day Gov. Rick Scott announced the formation of a hospital commission and a trip to Washington to haggle over federal funds tangled up in Medicaid-expansion politics — that would be T...

Maybe the Big Dog wasn’t a great liar in the first place

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The good folks making up “Morning Joe” Scarborough’s posse Thursday morning were unusually beside themselves over the latest in a growing series of rhetorica...

DeSantis and the trigger-phrase recoil phenomenon

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The odds are not long that, at a similar distance from Election Day in 2009, most Tampa-area voters knew more about Marco Rubio than they do just now about Ron DeSantis, the Ponte Vedra Beach Republican congressman who a...

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...