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    Cocked and Locked

    A teenage would-be carjacker is critically wounded by his would-be victim, an armed citizen, licensed to carry. A store employee shoots robber in North Carolina. A pizza employee’s son shoots a man attempting to rob his mom.   More

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    Run Away! Run Away!

    I often see in movies and television shows people running away from a threat. Sometimes it is the innocent party escaping an evildoer, or sometimes it is a nogoodnik legging it from the cops.   More

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    The Final Trump Card

    Donald Trump disrupted the stale two-party election system and plowed a new and different path through Federal government. Was it something that could last, or was he a flash of gas in the swamp?   More

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    Don’t Crowd Me

    One Sunday morning in Los Angeles, I went to a small drug store to get a pocket-size note pad. It was around 10 a.m. when I entered the place and found my way to the stationery aisle.   More

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    Unbless This Union

    I grew up in a union household. My grandfathers, great uncles and some uncles all worked for the railroad, with one of the mightiest unions of the time. Dad and most men of his generation worked at one of the local factories, all with strong union representation.   More

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    Offend Me

    Dave Chappelle is a renowned comedian. He made his reputation for crossing stereotypes, getting in the face of culture, and speaking out in a clever and humorous way. Which is why he is now on the bad side of the cancel culture turds.   More

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    Road Outrageous

    I’ve been driving for more than 50 years, and that doesn’t make me an expert. A few years back I took a mature driver course, which I thought would bore me to tears.   More

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    Criminal Thought, Part 1

    Minneapolis voters next month (Nov. 2, 2021) will be asked to choose whether to keep their police force, or to replace it with a “department of public safety.” Similar “defund the police” actions are bubbling up to the surface around the country.   More

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    Past Fixing

    “The past is a foreign country; they do things differently there,” is a famous line from L.P. Hartley’s The Go-Between. And George Santayana is credited with the line, “Those who do not remember the past are doomed to repeat it.”   More

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    Grand Schemes

    People often use the phrase “the grand scheme of things.” Is there a grand scheme? Or is it the human inclination to hope someone else will do the work for us?   More

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    Between the Lines

    One evening in 1956 my dad put the newspaper on the table in front of me. He pointed to a story and told me to read the first paragraph. I was four, but I had been reading the paper for a while, although my interest was mainly with the funny pages and sports.   More

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    Take Me, Hire and Hire

    The most prominent feature of the current landscape is the legion of Now Hiring banners, signs, and flags. Businesses and industries that had never before publicly displayed their labor needs now for months have had weathered beacons a-dangle.   More

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    Bogged Down in the Swamp

    It has come to our attention that the federal government totally peckered up the response to the coronavirus. This surprises us on the same level as being told taxes are due in mid-April.   More

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    Breaking (Down) the Law

    (Ed. note: This piece by Tim Conaway was referred to in the CONK! Weekend podcast of July 16-18, 2021 – specifically that Tim read the ENTIRE bill!) A few years back I had a chance to speak one-on-one with Erik Paulsen, then the U.S.   More

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    Absolutely Absolute Rights

    I was struck to the core by a statement made recently by U.S. President Joe Biden. He announced a series of specious executive orders in an attempt to jump on the fundraising opportunity created by recent gun violence.   More

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    Fire Age

    Older people around the Country have fond memories of Barry ZeVan, the weatherman. He was also known as “The Peekaboo Weatherman” for his penchant for popping into the frame. Barry was old school, delivering the weather using a real map on which he wrote the day’s highs.   More

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    No Space for Us

    I have always wanted to travel in outer space. When I was about 6, my dad took me out one night over by the railroad tracks by the street behind our house.   More

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    Panic Pulls The Trigger

    When Daunte Wright tried to run from police in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, he didn’t know he was causing the kind of officer panic that would lead to his death. So many things went wrong with this encounter, but it all starts with the attitude of deathly fear that is instilled in every police officer.   More

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    No Dollars. No Sense.

    The U.S. Government is broke. I don’t mean broken. The federal government is $26 trillion in debt, and the latest budget proposal would raise that by $10 trillion in the next 10 years.   More

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    It’s All The Same to Me

    Lately I’ve been confronted by media mouths and boring bureaucrats in meetings talking about equity. They are not talking financially about ownership stakes or a thing’s value versus its debt. In these cases, the reference is to fairness or impartiality, and specifically in social terms.   More