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Hackers, pot brownies & Putin

By Ralph R. Reiland
Not once in my life have I ever said to anyone, “You wanna smoke a bowl?” Still, I get information via emails on my computer about water bongs, vaporizers, smoking pipes and scales. With edibles, I get emails about pot …

A sinking sense of ‘security’

By Ralph R. Reiland
Rarely have we witnessed such a barrage of organizational failures that threaten the fundamental security of the United States. From Secret Service blunders to the botching of effective responses to the spread of Ebola and to the military advances of …

What Obama didn’t say about the economy

By Ralph R. Reiland
In his speech the day before the federal government reported U.S. job growth was 248,000 in September, President Obama painted a picture that made the current state of the American economy look like the grand fireworks finale on the Fourth …

The ‘fun’ in dysfunctional

By Ralph R. Reiland
Crazy can be funny. Oscar Levant was like that — nuts and comical — in a series of television appearances with Jack Paar. Jon Winokur, editor of “The Portable Curmudgeon,” says he became a connoisseur of curmudgeons in the early …

Upward redistribution

By Ralph R. Reiland
The people at my local pharmacy ask the same question every time I pick up my prescription. “Do you have an insurance card?” With my Highmark PPO Blue card, it’s around $30 for a month’s supply of my prescription. “What’s …

Appropriation & redistribution

By Ralph R. Reiland
Regarding tactics for income redistribution on the individual, non-governmental, level, Tom Harris explains in “How Pickpockets Work” (money.howstuffworks.com) that success in stealthily grabbing wallets frequently is correlated with premeditated distractions. “A common trick is to surreptitiously spray someone with bird …

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 9:00 p.m.
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 …

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