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Friday, Jul 25, 2014

The Right Stuff

A politics blog by Tom Jackson

Tom Jackson's baseball card - if he had one - would report he throws left, writes right. In his columns and blog, "The Right Stuff," southpaw Jackson provides insight into the evolving human condition from a distinctly conservative point of view.

Feds’ PC police target Redskins; who’s next?


In its ruling Wednesday that it will no longer defend the Washington National Football League club’s exclusive right to the term “Redskins,” the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office established a standard that is simultaneously frigh...

Much affirmed by VA’s dumb tweet


In the lead item to his “Best of the Web” column Tuesday, the Wall Street Journal’s James Taranto nails the Department of Veterans Affairs for an exquisitely dumb tweet as well as an Obama administration media apologist. Both are...

About that tea party obituary


Not that anybody’s keeping score, but about a week ago in the Tribune’s bi-weekly feature we call “Faceoff,” Joe Henderson and I argued over whether there is a future for the tea party, and if so what that future would loo...

Support slipping for Taliban/Bergdahl swap


Americans still aren’t warming to the swap of the Taliban Five for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. If anything, they’re growing increasingly ambivalent, bordering on restless. In other words, there’s nothing even remotely approaching the nat...

Way too early to bury Scott


Whether real or imagined, inevitability is among the more valuable commodities in politics, so it’s hard to fault Florida Democrats for attempting to feed a useful narrative — Rick Scott is toast — even though the truth of it col...

Democrats’ trickle-down politics


It’s not just Florida where Democrats will be playing a cynical game of trickle-down politics come November. Just as Sunshine State Democrats are counting on Amendment 2, the referendum on medical marijuana, to increase turnout among the other...

Obama’s worrisome no-conditions rubric


Whatever then-PFC Bowe Bergdahl did to wind up in the custody of hostile guerillas in the badlands of eastern Afghanistan five years ago is a study for another day. Let’s just say everything we’ve learned so far is at best creepy, and a...

The ‘Trick the Bumpkin’ gambit


For further reading on the politics of the EPA announcement, and Red State Democrats’ mad rush to put distance between themselves and the ruin fulfillment of the draconian (and senseless) emissions-reductions targets would bring, we bring in T...

Ballot box offers best fix for Obama’s EPA overreach


With any kind of electoral luck this year and — especially — in 2016, the rule rolled by the Environmental Protection Agency Monday will come to be known as a nonbinding recommendation or, even better, a well-intentioned suggestion....

Climate-change misdirection play


Republican politicians — and here I am thinking especially of Marco Rubio and Rick Scott — need to stop apologizing for not being scientists. Everybody knows they aren’t scientists, and bringing it up as an introduction to a disc...