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From Birmingham to Ferguson

By Ralph R. Reiland
“My parents were classic civil rights people,” explains Shelby Steele, author and senior fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. “I had grown up watching them struggle against an unapologetically racist America. In their generation, protest had to be …

Obama’s spin vs. reality

By Ralph R. Reiland
At a Labor Day rally in Milwaukee, President Obama turned the limelight on himself, approvingly and inaccurately. “By almost every measure,” he declared, “the American economy and the American workers are better off than when I took office.” In contrast, …

The outcome of U.S. errors & weakness

By Ralph R. Reiland
New York Times columnist Roger Cohen became the newspaper’s acting foreign editor on Sept. 11, 2001, the day that suicidal extremists from al-Qaida delivered the deadliest terrorist attack on U.S. soil in American history, killing nearly 3,000 people and inflicting …

High & ‘near-broken societies’

By Ralph R. Reiland
Four-star Marine Corps Gen. John Francis Kelly is commander of the U.S. Southern Command, which is responsible for security planning and military operations in Central and South America and the Panama Canal. Regarding the growing number of unaccompanied minors piling …

CEOs critique Obama

By Ralph R. Reiland
Bernie Marcus co-founded Home Depot in 1978, a bad economic time of rising unemployment, accelerating inflation and Jimmy Carter’s downhearted feelings of malaise. Home Depot prospered, but in an interview with Investor’s Business Daily (IBD) in July 2011, the third …

Obama on ‘rights’ & reason

By Ralph R. Reiland
“If you look at what’s happened over the last four or five years, the folks who don’t have a right to complain are the folks at the top,” President Obama said in a recent interview with The Economist magazine. It’s …

Cheer up, Pittsburgh

By Ralph R. Reiland
I’m not happy about Pittsburgh being ranked as the second unhappiest large city in America, exceeded in the level of sadness of its residents only by the top-spot sad sacks of New York City. I shouldn’t say I’m unhappy about …

The jobs picture, unfiltered & grim

By Ralph R. Reiland
Joe Biden last Tuesday declared that America’s jobs picture is outstanding. “Businesses are hiring at historic rates, with 52 consecutive months of net private sector job growth,” he stated. But Biden’s upbeat assessment isn’t backed up by the facts or …

‘Burrito’ logic at the border

By Ralph R. Reiland
Here’s a recent and supposedly racist message from the labor union that represents U.S. Border Patrol agents, as posted by the National Border Patrol Council: “New annual job rating areas: Babysitting, Diaper Changing, Burrito Wrapping, Cleaning cells. Law Enforcement? What’s …

A misfire in New Kensington

By Ralph R. Reiland
Regarding a recent incident in Westmoreland County, here’s the June 6 headline at Reason magazine’s blog: “First-Grader Finds Toy Gun, Turns It In, Gets Suspension.” Reason staff writer Robby Soave provided the details: “Pennsylvania first-grader Darin Simak brought a different …

Poor, poor Hillary

By Ralph R. Reiland
The shenanigans in our political establishment have been especially bizarre and devious in recent weeks, even more dysfunctional than the usual ineptness and self-serving crookedness that we’ve become accustomed to seeing in the nation’s three-ring government circus. Flailing around in …

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