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Friday, Aug 22, 2014

Tom Jackson Columns

Don Porter, an American visionary

Don Porter had a voice like barbed wire being dragged through a barrel of river gravel, and a John Wayne squint that always seemed to be taking in the horizon....
Updated: 1 months ago

The importance of what Cheney got right

The abrupt reappearance of Dick Cheney on the national scene is as good a time as any to note how the former two-term vice president is like pregnancy:...
Updated: 1 months ago

Lerner reliably reckless; Rubio redemptive

The Right Stuff blog updates throughout the week at TBO.com.
Updated: 1 months ago

Prudence, not prohibition, guides school district

Let's start by opening the most ginormous possible umbrella. Think of a golf bumbershoot large enough to accommodate Tiger Woods, his caddy and his entire swooning welcome-back entourage. That's where the following phrase belongs: ...
Updated: 1 months ago

Less ‘beyond the pale’ than Crist claims

Charlie Crist, Florida’s political Plastic Man, finally has an issue on which he can stand firm. Well, until he doesn’t, anyway. Like the president he fatefully hugged in the spring of 2009, all of Charlie Crist’s statements come...
Updated: 1 months ago

In praise of quixotic write-in insurgencies

Regular as clockwork, a spoiler attempting to close a primary showed up just before the noon deadline for qualifying Friday, only to be tripped up by the very statute he was attempting to exploit.
Updated: 2 months ago

Hail to the Redskins, Scott Walker and the Pope

Tom Jackson's “The Right Stuff” blog updates throughout the week on TBO.com.
Updated: 2 months ago
Banishment for killers: Better for everybody?

Banishment for killers: Better for everybody?

John Ruthell Henry was, by all accounts, a very bad — no, make that terrible — human being.
Updated: 2 months ago

Voters, not judges, should settle same-sex marriage

Ever restive, Americans’ opinions regarding most things have shifted radically over recent decades. I blame my self-absorbed, pig-through-a-python baby boomer generation — but none so much as our opinion about marriage. The results are ...
Updated: 2 months ago
Scott’s Hispanic sidekick does more than tick a box

Scott’s Hispanic sidekick does more than tick a box

Florida’s lieutenant governor has precisely one constitutional duty: step up if the governor is incapacitated.
Updated: 2 months ago