Tag Archives: Keep America Safe

Laying Down the Law

When an angry parent or frustrated teacher says they’re going to lay down the law, well, they don’t really mean it, or they mean only part of it. Yep, there will be rules, and you’ll follow them – or you’ll … Continue reading

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Carefully Saying That What You Say Is Not What You’re Saying

In spite of our pride in our having codified free speech and a free press – we started with the rule that you can say what you want and print what you want – there is an American tradition of … Continue reading

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Regarding Our Department of Jihad

There is the police procedural and legal drama series Law & Order – it’s been on the air since 1990 and made its creator, Dick Wolf, a rich man, and has kept NBC afloat, barely. And it spawned Law & … Continue reading

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Regarding Petulant Fury

Reporting the score as it stands at halftime is fine sports journalism. But it isn’t big news, just a progress report. The real news is who won, and how they did it. So the big news story of Tuesday, October … Continue reading

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