Author Archives: Pat Ryan

There are good reasons not to run around shouting “Islamic terrorist”

The whining is so tiresome, and the motivation so transparent, that I usually shake my head and ignore it each time the usual suspects launch a new “Dontcha Just Hate Obama” offensive.   Last week when the president talked about efforts … Continue reading

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The state of the political system

Almost time for the president’s State of the Union address—oh boy oh boy oh boy oh boy! Not really.  I’m feeling that I should watch/listen to the speech just because I like to think that I’m a good citizen, but … Continue reading

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It’s a good news/bad news Friday

The good news comes from the Supreme Court of the United States, which has decided that it will hear arguments on whether or not same-sex couples have a right to marry. This New York Times story summarizes the cases from … Continue reading

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#JeSuisCharlie

What happened in Paris this morning?  Well, for starters, it’s not about cartoons: …this isn’t about Charlie Hebdo’s cartoons, any more than a rape is about what the victim is wearing, or a murder is about where the victim was … Continue reading

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An Astros first!

Home sick today, but not so sick that I missed news that former Houston Astros’ great Craig Biggio was elected to the Hall of Fame—first player ever wearing my hometown team’s cap to be in the Hall.  Going in with … Continue reading

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