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Monday, Oct 20, 2014

Tom Jackson

Tribune Staff
Jackson, Tom

Pasco GOP: What’s up with Fasano?

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Rodgers and Hammerstein created the tune and the cadence. The Pasco Tax Collector’s ancestors supplied just the right number of syllables and religious tradition. And so, as they gaze upon a nail-biting and neatly...

Bondi rallies faithful for four more years; what gorilla?

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H — Running for re-election as though she’s “20 points down” and her opponent is the indomitable Jeb Bush, Pam Bondi rallied about 100 of her most rabid supp...

Origin of all that Fangate commotion: Cheatin’ Charlie Crist

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I am second to none in my fondness for fans. Box fans, ceiling fans, floor fans, window fans (especially the reversible kind), table fans. Whole-room air circulators and fans that oscillate. Maybe it’s because I g...

Democrats’ fiction-based Ebola delusion

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Welded to the notion that the only proper response to a national emergency is (a) more public spending coupled with (b) blaming Republicans for causing the crisis in the first place, Democrats resorted to type this week ...

Amendment 2 and the whiff of desperation

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There’s a whiff of desperation on the air where supporters of Amendment 2 once anticipated only the distinctiv...

MSNBC’s problem isn’t diverse ancestry

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At this point, MSNBC’s ratings would have to crawl back up the sewer pipe just to make it into the toilet, a fact noted by Washington Post

Biden hits the road with Crist’s changeable heart

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Got an email from Vice President Joe Biden Monday morning alerting me to his barnstorming tour of Florida wit...

Tracking the Constitution’s philosophical headwaters

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Paula O’Neil’s second annual essay contest for Pasco County fifth-graders — topic: “Why is the United States Cons...

Don’t bail on same-sex marriage law

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No sooner did the U.S. Supreme Court decline...

Hookers, lies and Obama’s ruthless consistency

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From getting formidable opponents disqualified to shaming others of the ballot by

The Amendment 2 theory of inevitability

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A fresh survey indicates Floridians by an overwhelming margin believe adding medical marijuana to the state constitution is a mere prelude to full legal...

Rick Scott’s whistle-blower implosion

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So, the chap who tried to derail Rick Scott in 2010 is back, and just as in ...

Obama’s economic insufficiency

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Was it just last week President Obama, in an attempt to rally his old alliance of supporters on behalf of Democratic candidates,

No whacking citizens ... unless we do it, then it’s ‘What policy?’

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

Saying ‘No’ to manufactured outrage over ad

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Last week, you may remember, we took up the topic of political campaigns and manufactured outrage, resolv...

Scott has track record of reliable performance

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Even Rick Scott’s fondest supporters concede he’s not the guy you feature on the showroom floor. He’s the model out in the lot the salesman takes you to see once y...

Officeholders shouldn’t pen political tweets

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It isn’t necessary to waste anywhere near as much time online as I do to have stumbled across this too-marvelous-for-words nugget

No whacking citizens ... unless we do it

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For a guy whose reputation — indeed, his claim on leadership — relies on being considered an unsurpassed thinker and exemplary speaker, President Obama has a bad habit of saying stuff that demonstrates abso...

So let it be written, so let it be done (but only that which is written)

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The sad condition of America’s court system today has come to this: When judges’ rulings are based on a plain readings of unambiguous statutory text, it’s not just news, it’s Big News.

More chilling news for climate-change alarmists

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Don’t believe me. I am not a scientist, as my correspondents have been quick to and forceful about pointing out.

Why ending ‘emergency’ unemployment benefits creates job openings

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Remember the argument advanced by President Obama and congressional Democrats on behalf of extending unemployment insurance far (far, far) beyond its traditional 26-week cutoff as the nation dragged itself out of the Gre...

An Orwellian war on women?

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The tale of the White House intruder who, back on Sept. 19, got deeper into the home of the president than anyone previously let on gets better: Monday’s original version of the Washington Post story detailing Oma...

BRT is a smarter, cheaper alternative to Greenlight railroads

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Trains are great. No, really. In many ways, they are the best form of transportation going, especially if you are going from London to Paris or from the

Biggest global threat: Studies disputing gospel according to Leo

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

Silly stunt ,dopey reply; that’s politics in New Chicago

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Friday brought fresh wringing of hands to certain sectors of Florida’s politically alert class, but whether anyone was sincerely scandalized is a tougher call.

Sheffield: When Pasco builds it, Braves will come

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— Developers of a 100-acre mecca for year-round baseball haven’t so...

Another strike against early voting

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Here’s another reason to dislike early voting: It’s the reason Congress is not in Washington just now, avoiding the question of whether it should vote to authorize President Obama’s war-making in the...

Biggest global threat: Studies disputing what Leo DiCaprio preaches

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Well. This is inconvenient, indeed. Even as a parade of preening, angst-filled hypocrites was taking turns at the United Nations telling the rest of us how to live (because that’s what our betters do) Tuesday, new...

‘Viable third party’ fantasyland

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The Right Stuff ran across a thread on its Facebook news feed where people largely in harmony regarding what ails the world and its appropriate cures had nonetheless managed to become sidetracked. One was extolling what ...

Hall of fame helps Gators build legacy

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Recent arrivals — let’s say anyone who’s shown up since

Pasco plots put sheriff in spotlight

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Never more than a “last call” announcement removed from reaffirming its reputation as Jerry Springer’s green room, Pasco County has in recent weeks prese...

Plot twists find home in Pasco

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Never more than a “last call” announcement removed from reaffirming its reputation as Jerry Springer’s green room, Pasco County has in recent weeks prese...

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...

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...

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 — ...