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The Elite of the NFL
Posted Monday, January 7, at 8:28 PM
With a few exceptions like sprinter Usain Bolt, the best athletes in the world are the players on the first echelon teams of the National Football League. During the playoffs of 2011-2012, the final eight were the New England Patriots, Green Bay Packers, San Francisco 49ers, Houston Texans, Baltimore Ravens, Denver Broncos, New York Giants and New Orleans Saints, the last two of which have been supplanted by the Seattle Seahawks and Atlanta Falcons...

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Hey, Congress, donate your pay!
Posted Friday, December 14, at 9:03 PM

Whether Congress finally addresses the fiscal cliff or not, there have been too many failures in Washington over the past number of years to be excused. Bobby Knight set an example that members of the House and Senate should follow when, in 2003, he returned his $250,000 salary to Texas Tech because, as he told the Dallas Morning News with the season ending and the Red Raiders at 6-10 in the Big 12, "I'm not satisfied at all with what transpired in terms of our fundamental execution and I don't think it's anybody's fault but mine." He was right. ...

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Run Congress like NFL?
Posted Friday, November 23, at 3:27 PM

Run Congress like NFL? With the U.S. edging toward the fiscal cliff, you wonder what it will take to get Congress to work. The political parties in recent years have felt their jobs were to frustrate each other, not to deal with immigration reform, entitlement spending or energy policy. ...

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Romney's trend
Posted Friday, October 12, at 9:50 PM

The full significance of the first Obama-Romney debate is yet to be seen, but it was important inasmuch as it changed the tenor of the race. There was a lot of dissatisfaction with Obama, but Romney's heavily publicized verbal faux pas had established widespread doubts about whether he was a viable alternative. The debate seemed to assuage those concerns, at least with voters who were not unalterably with the prez...

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The echo of cliches
Posted Friday, September 14, at 8:37 PM

We laugh about cliches, but they are so pervasive that we often find ourselves using them, too. A word or phrase becomes over-familiar because it is descriptive and often still seems the best expression even after losing meaning and becoming a joke. ...

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Romney-Ryan
Posted Thursday, August 16, at 9:03 PM

Romney-Ryan Mitt Romney's choice of Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan as the Republican vice presidential nominee delights the party's right wing and makes the race against President Obama and Joe Biden more a contest of ideas, of light as well as heat. ...

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Term limits a bad idea
Posted Wednesday, August 8, at 7:32 PM

Term limits sound better as a concept than they work in the complex realm of government. Disliking the idea of politicians' staying in office for life, Missourians enacted limits in 1992, restricting state representatives and senators to eight years, or four two-year terms for reps and two four-year stints for senators. ...

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Those guys with whistles
Posted Friday, June 29, at 10:07 PM

I had listened intently to Charles Barkley, Shaquille O'Neal, Magic Johnson and other experts after each NBA Finals game to learn things I hadn't been able to see for myself. Then I realized that something I could see was much too big a factor. They said the Thunder were getting a lot more penalties called on them than the Heat, but no one ever said the referees had helped the Thunder in the first game in Oklahoma City, called it even in the second and backed the Heat in the last three games in Miami. ...

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Opposition research
Posted Thursday, June 21, at 8:43 PM

Just read most of a 200-page "opposition research" paper written some months ago by the staff of one of Mitt Romney's Republican primary challengers. It has a little material I've been seeing in news stories like accounts of robotic "Bainies" working for the venture capital company where Romney made most of his money. ...

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'Head to head'
Posted Friday, May 18, at 11:03 PM

With an enterprise as prominent and rich as the National Football League, it's surprising the NFL Players Association and media have heretofore shown so little sophistication about the league's crackdown on helmet-to-helmet hits and "bounties" paid by coaches for hurting opposing players. ...

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Is Romney as astute?
Posted Thursday, April 19, at 5:29 PM

Well, the spotlight is really on Mitt Romney now as the presumptive Republican presidential nominee and source of the next big story of the year -- his choice for vice president. I have predicted that it will be Texas Congressman Ron Paul, who would bring his enthusiastic Libertarian-leaning backers with him. ...

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Israel, Iran and us
Posted Tuesday, March 27, at 7:50 PM

I watched Lesley Stahl's 60 Minutes interview with former Mossad Director Meir Dagan with interest March 11. Raising the probability of a planted question from the Israeli government, Stahl emphasized Dagan's dismissal by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu after a publicity fiasco surrounding the Mossad's apparent Jan. ...

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The death of both parties
Posted Friday, March 16, at 9:36 PM

American political dialogue has always been bad, particularly in the early and mid-19th Century. Maybe it's to be expected for candidates and their supporters to hate their opponents and talk about them in such ways. It waxes and wanes but has worsened since the mid-1990s as politics degenerated into teeth-gnashing. ...

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Ron Paul for V.P.?
Posted Tuesday, March 6, at 9:26 PM

Ron Paul may never be elected to anything higher than the Texas congressional seat he held from 1979-85 and has occupied since 1997. I used to see him walk through the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal newsroom during his 1984 U.S. Senate race and took him for a gadfly. ...

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Santorum's charm
Posted Wednesday, February 29, at 9:42 PM

Like soldiers going over the ramparts, one by one they charged into battle and were cut down -- Mitch Daniels, Tim Pawlenty, Herman Cain, Michele Bachmann, Rick Perry and now possibly the redoubtable Newt Gingrich, each briefly carrying the conservative banner high before falling to the fusillades of political theater. ...

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Conway Haggard and Patsy Wynette
Posted Friday, February 17, at 7:39 PM

Along with the historic figures of country music, there have been many almost that good whose names were somewhat similar to the stars'. Some are no longer carrying their guitars onto bandstands and stages, but in their time they had good recognition and lots of fans...

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Gingrich's unique qualities
Posted Tuesday, February 14, at 7:16 PM

There seems to be little, positive or negative, that you can say about Newt Gingrich and not be right. He is the classic politician, personifying the joke about a couple who put a shot glass of whiskey, a $5 bill and a Bible on the kitchen table and hid to wait for their son to come home, thinking that by his choice they would know if he'd be a drunkard, a businessman or a preacher. ...

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Obama Obstacle Removal Co.
Posted Thursday, February 9, at 4:32 PM

Hands down, the most interesting American politician of the 21st Century so far is President Barack Obama. He came from almost nowhere in 2008, blew away a strong Democratic field and sailed into the Oval Office with seven years as a state senator and four years in the U.S. ...

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Second Romney 'brainwashed'
Posted Friday, January 27, at 8:21 PM

You'd think a guy like Mitt Romney would always get his money's worth, but as soon as the South Carolina returns were in, it was clear he had been poorly served by advisors who should've seen his vulnerability to the tax returns issue and decided how to handle it well in advance of Gingrich's challenge. ...

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A wheat field is like a golden sea.
Posted Wednesday, January 25, at 9:41 PM

Ever drive past a wheat field and wonder what's involved in operating that combine? Maybe not, but I'll tell you anyway. The year after high school graduation and again after my freshman year at college, I was in harvest crews around the Texas Panhandle and then through Texas, Colorado, Nebraska and Montana, ending up near Canada in the summer of 1966...

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