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Why the Justice Department had no “business” interfering with the US Airways, American Airlines merger

The concept of anti-trust laws goes back to the trust-busting days of Teddy Roosevelt. That makes it, literally, a late 19th Century idea that has lost some of its relevancy in an early 21st Century global economy. When the industrial … Continue reading

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Working to live, not living to work, in the 21st Century

Any discussion of worklife needs to break this compound word into its component parts, work and life. Most people, if asked, would probably say that they work to live, not the reverse. There are people whose work is their life; … Continue reading

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We Paid Too Much for this Government!

The Florida Republican Party has released graphics in which it takes credit for lower unemployment and more job creation here in the Sunshine State. When Mark Twain said that there are “lies, damned lies, and statistics,” he would still be correct today, … Continue reading

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A Personal Tribute to Tom Clancy

Note: This is the article I wrote for the Encyclopedia of American Popular Fiction. Clancy was one of the most influential writers on my bookshelf and, on his passing, I wanted to share my thoughts.              Insurance-broker-turned-novelist Tom Clancy’s first … Continue reading

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Can the Government Define who is a Journalist?

“Most of the other provisions in the Bill of Rights protect specific liberties or specific rights of individuals … In contrast, the free-press clause extends protection to an institution. The publishing business is, in short, the only organized private business … Continue reading

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The Scoreboard from Syria: Putin 1, Obama 0

During the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962, President John Kennedy received two different messages from the Soviet Union’s Premier Nikita Khrushchev.  JFK had been working to get the USSR’s missiles removed from Cuba and, in addition to a naval blockade … Continue reading

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Striking Out at Syria: This Week’s “Shiny Object”

If you’re trying to take a picture of toddlers or pets, you are constantly trying to keep their attention on you and the camera. One tried-and-true technique is to jingle your car keys near the camera lens so that the … Continue reading

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