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  • The beautiful pessimism at the heart of Jimmy Buffett’s music

    Buffett’s music was high art, for what it did so well was to help its listeners to escape the onslaught of modern life and teach them to laugh again – not in hedonistic ignorance of its difficulties, but in spite of them. What Buffett and all of his fans secretly know is that such escapist reveries are not merely an optional lark but a necessary tool for survival.
  • American energy for the American people
    Unfortunately, instead reversing his decisions, last week the president furthered his problematic agenda to force his radical green energy agenda on the country by ending more fossil fuel drilling on 10.8 million acres of land in Alaska. The president’s decision to stifle what is left of our energy production here at home will not only disrupt our economy even more, but it could also cost thousands more American jobs, including in indigenous communities.
  • Spinning the press on Hunter Biden
    The White House is still hoping it can still instruct journalists on how to cover the story. Shortly after McCarthy’s impeachment inquiry announcement, President Biden’s White House staff circulated a memo, instructing media outlets on how to cover the news. In bold type, the memo claimed that the entire Hunter Biden conflict of interest scandal had been “refuted” and “debunked” – language that was adopted in media reports about the inquiry in Vox, NBC News and CNN.   
  • Voter registration charities: A massive, overlooked scandal
    Using tax forms, leaked documents, and leaked emails, the report shows how the scheme aimed to register over 5 million “non-white” voters in Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Ohio, North Carolina, Virginia, and Nevada; how it was developed through multiple drafts and edits into a highly sophisticated plan dubbed the Everybody Votes Campaign; and how that plan was eventually adopted by a super PAC tied to Sam Bankman-Fried that instructed billionaire donors to keep it completely secret since it was the most “cost-effective” method for “netting additional Democratic votes.”
  • A sermon on Matthew 20:1-16
    I believe all the problems in our country are spiritual. I define spirituality as loving God, loving neighbors and loving self. Once you eliminate the love for God, the other two loves will cease. I have met many people who are lonely and anxious. But once they let God into their life, I am amazed how their life changed for the better.
  • History and education in those Highland County hills of yore, Part 12 
    Ladies and gentlemen, in December of 1860, the Rev. Joseph McDowell Mathews resigned his post as president of the Hillsborough Female College. He came to Hillsborough in 1827 to teach at a log school and later founded the Oakland Female Seminary in 1839.
  • House directed to open impeachment inquiry into President Biden
    According to U.S. Treasury Department records that were turned over to the House Committee on Oversight and Accountability, President Biden’s family received millions of dollars in payments linked to a Chinese energy company. The financial records indicate transactions to the president’s son, Hunter Biden, brother, James Biden, daughter-in-law, Hallie Biden, and a fourth unknown “Biden.” 
  • The chicken game
    My phone rang. The chicks had arrived. The post office wasn’t even open yet, but I knew to knock on the side door. I could hear their peeping. The smiling clerk handed the small carton, about the size of a shoe box. 
  • UNESCO in Ohio
    It was recently in the news that a number of ancient native American sites in Ohio are about to become part of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO’s) World Heritage Sites.  
  • Rural America needs the Farm Bill
    This legislation is about more than just growing food. It is about growing rural America.
  • The climate dissent you're not hearing because it's muffled by top institutions
    As the Biden administration and governments worldwide make massive commitments to rapidly decarbonize the global economy, the persistent effort to silence climate change skeptics is intensifying – and the critics keep pushing back. 
  • McClain: Americans are worse off one year after Inflation Reduction Act
    Not surprisingly, the Inflation Reduction Act has not delivered on its promises the Democrats claimed it would. Americans are still struggling under the weight of inflation. Americans are paying more for just about everything – groceries, rent, gas and energy.
  • Growing maze of state, local laws challenging Biden's green energy push
    Laws passed in Ohio and Kansas in 2021 and 2022, respectively, give stronger input to towns and villages that are often the target of well-heeled power companies seeking to use rural land to construct large-scale renewable energy projects. 
  • Our Constitution: An inspiration for the ages
    The Constitution places constraints on the government, not on the people. We care for the Constitution because it derives its existence from, and answers to us, “We, the people.”
  • Comer, Trump critical of new Hunter Biden indictment
    "The Justice Department's sweetheart plea deal fell apart after a federal judge refused to rubber stamp it," Rep. James Comer said in a statement. "Mountains of evidence reveals that Hunter Biden likely committed several felonies and Americans expect the Justice Department to apply the law equally."
  • The E in EPA certainly isn’t for ‘ethics’
    As our Ethics Waiver Report demonstrated, the Biden Administration has perfected the practice of recruiting appointees from the universe of aligned environmental activist groups, state agencies and universities. The inevitable conflicts of interest are buried under a blizzard of ethics waivers and then, after putting in enough time to learn the federal ropes, some go back to more lucrative and senior positions outside.
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