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The Hill newspaper has hired “veteran Democratic strategist” — we prefer leathered loony leftist — James Carville to write a biweekly column on “modern Republicanism and conservatism.” That's like having a fox write on chicken coop security. We can't wait for Mr. Carville's fair and balanced musings, can you? ... The International Longshore and Warehouse Union has left the AFL-CIO, ending a quarter-century affiliation. The 40,000-member ILWU, considered to be one of the most thuggish unions in organized labor, basically accuses AFL-CIO boss Rich Trumka, a Nemacolin native, of being a wussie — particularly in his support of ObamaCare's 40-percent tax on “Cadillac” health insurance plans. If you happen to see Mr. Trumka hanging out at a local casino soon — and repeatedly shouting “HIT ME!” — you'll know he's trying to recoup lost union dues. ... Bloomberg News reminds that bankrupt Detroit, in 1997, pinned its hopes on a new, taxpayer-financed Detroit Tigers ballpark to revitalize the cesspool. Didn't happen. Then, a few years later, it looked to a new, taxpayer-financed Detroit Lions football field to do the trick. Nuttin'. Detroit these days is neck-deep in belly-up, sinking and stinking. So, now Detroit is suggesting that a new, taxpayer-financed arena for hockey's Red Wings will get the job done. Thrice-nuts folks have a special place in the Public Purpose Hall of Shame.

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