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Date

February 26th, 2014

Is it time for a second look at LBJ?

    The contrast could not be greater. Last year, we marked the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. This year, we note the 50th anniversary of the election of President Lyndon Baines Johnson. One president is still revered, and rightly so. The other is still reviled, but unfairly so.

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No ground for 'stand your ground'

    The law is supposed to solve problems, not create them. Laws should provide for as much clarity as possible, not expand the realms of ambiguity and subjectivity. Laws ought to bring about the practical results their promoters claim they'll achieve. And at its best, the law can help us to live together more harmoniously.

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Reward workers for productivity gains

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Sex isn't the political killer it used to be

    Traffic is the new sex.

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Tea Leaf Nation: Beijing wants people to forget the Sino-Vietnamese War

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The Stimulus Tragedy

    Five years have passed since President Barack Obama signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act - the "stimulus" - into law. With the passage of time, it has become clear that the act did a vast amount of good. It helped end the economy's plunge; it created or saved millions of jobs; it left behind an important legacy of public and private investment.

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Accommodating Divisiveness

       Ted Nugent, aka the Motor City Madman, an ex-rocker who's off his rocker, is at it again.

       Last month Nugent said:

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I'm Not Watching the Olympics

    This is not exactly a newsflash in my house, where, before he left for college, my son had to teach me how to turn on the TV. The thing is, I really don't want to watch the Olympics, even though I spent many of my happier childhood hours watching figure skating on the black-and-white.

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I'm black, don't shoot me

    Sometimes, when I'm in my car, I crank up the music pretty loud. All you Michael Dunns out there, please don't shoot me.

    Please don't shoot my sons, either, or my brothers-in-law, nephews, nephews-in-law or other male relatives. I have quite a few friends and acquaintances who also happen to be black men, and I'd appreciate your not shooting them as well, even if the value you place on their lives is approximately zero.

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Texas Strikes Again

    Election season in Texas! They're voting right now in the primaries. And I know you are interested because whatever happens in Texas has a way of coming back and biting the rest of the nation.

    For instance, Gov. Rick Perry is retiring and threatening to run for president. (He's been to Israel!) So is Sen. Ted Cruz. And now, in answer to the great national outcry for more candidates named George Bush, Texas Republicans appear ready to nominate George Prescott Bush for land commissioner.

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