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Tom Jackson

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Jackson, Tom

9th Circuit affirms ‘hecker’s veto’ against American flag

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The idea that school administrators do and should have broad authority to set peacekeeping rules strikes The Right Stuff as self-evident. In this, it finds itself in rare agreement with the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. ...

Obamacare as Jenga

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Another Obamacare shoe dropped Tuesday, but because it happened in faraway Minnesota, you might not have noticed. Although Minnesota’s NFL team

Maxwell vs. Gillibrand: The Veracity Algorithm

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Whatever else anyone makes of his tale of suspicion about what went down in the Foggy Bottom basement in the ...

Neil deGrasse Tyson, serial fabulist

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Neil deGrasse Tyson might be a scientist, but he seems to have only a nodding acquaintance with the truth.

What went down in that Foggy Bottom basement?

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The Right Stuff isn’t saying the Benghazi scandal has finally identified its John Dean,...

White House ‘transparency’ revisited

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The most transparent administration in history, the one without a smidgen of corruption, rolls on. The Daily Caller has been

Rescue Election Day from Cash-for-Clunkers status

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You may read elsewhere that anyone nostalgic for the great coming-together that once was Election Day is a convenience-fearing Luddite trapp...

‘No selection’ equals bad medicine for ailing elections

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Once again, we are beset upon by whiny perfectionists who cannot leave well enough alone. Then again, perhaps the besetting was ongoing and, distracted by summer activities, I hadn’t noticed. Probably the latter, ...

The conundrum found in Obama’s definition of Islamic

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

A bromance made in rugby heaven, sealed with a trip

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This is amusing. Two straight New Zealand men, taking vows to each other — but mostly to rugby — “married” Friday morning to win the ultimate rugby fan honeymoon: A trip to see their team play...

The Islamic definition conundrum

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The Right Stuff simply has to get this on the record.

The wisdom attached to Ray Rice’s conditional carrot

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Now that the NFL — which is to say Commissioner Roger Goodell — has, belatedly, gotten things just about right in the Ray Rice affair (an indefinite suspension and mandatory counseling), and we are all supe...

Even without new video, we (and NFL) knew what Ray Rice did

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The Right Stuff understands completely that humans are acutely reliant on visual cues. Otherwise, we’d have been content with radio.

Egyptian picks wrong week to laser-target airliner

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This would be better coming from someone with Middle Eastern heritage, just as it always is better when, say, black young man are cautioned against the dangers of feeding unpleasant stereotypes by Bill Cosby or Al Sharpt...

Meddling in kids’ affairs is parents’ job

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Remember how the summer began, with the mom so disgusted by her rising-eighth-grader daughter’s r...

About that warming ‘pause,’ revisited

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Matt Ridley, author (“The Rational Optimist,” Harper, 2010) and member of the British House of Lords, is not a scientist. But he does know how to cite, quote a...

Strikers can’t repeal laws of economics

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Organizers of noontime strikes against fast-food operators promised targeted demonstrations, and they didn’t di...

Federal judge affirms Bondi’s resolve

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A ruling out of a federal court in Louisiana Wednesday will not please the amateur commentariate that has taken The Righ...

Obama overlooks American steel in spine of Europe’s hope

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In his speech in Tallinn, Estonia, Wednesday, en route to a

Victims and the trouble they invite

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At the risk of coming late to this party, The Right Stuff simply has to get this off its chest: There exists precisely one option for anybody — and this goes for unknowns as well as the fabulously famous — ...

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...