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I am a retired journalist living in San Antonio, Texas. In the 1990s, I wrote countless columns and editorials for the Chattanooga Free Press in Tennessee. I like to think those pieces helped deny Al Gore his home state's electoral votes in 2000, thus sparing us a Gore Administration.

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    Whitney Houston’s finest hour

    News is that Whitney Houston has died. Do you remember when she sang the national anthem at the Super Bowl in 1991? The Gulf War was on, and everyone was worried that the enemy might try to do something to the Super Bowl such as in the movie Black Sunday.  It all made her performance that much more electrifying. Here it is, and may she | Read More »

    Republicans, crime and the courts (revised)

    The Republican Party’s loss in the last presidential election showed, I thought, the folly of our trying to win while ignoring the most potent and GOP-friendly of all social issues, and the inadequacy of our trying to end the liberals’ long-running judicial dictatorship on those social issues solely by promising to appoint only “strict constructionists” to the federal bench. As we enter a new election | Read More »

    Republicans, Crime and the Courts

    The Republican Party’s loss in the last presidential election showed, I thought, the folly of our trying to win while ignoring the most potent and GOP-friendly of all social issues, and the inadequacy of our trying to end the liberals’ long-running judicial dictatorship on those social issues solely by promising to appoint only “strict constructionists” to the federal bench. As we enter a new election | Read More »

    Perry and the Death Penalty

    Conservatives watching the Republican presidential debates have been grousing about the liberal bias of the journalists moderating the events. Occasionally, however, that bias can play into conservatives’ hands. That’s what happened at last month’s MSNBC debate, when moderator Brian Williams invited Texas Gov. Rick Perry to take up the very issue that gave Republicans their last landslide presidential victory: capital punishment. Here is the question Williams | Read More »