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The unique perspective and provocative opinions of Joe O’Neill

Media Matters

*Former President George W. Bush has been sitting for interviews as part of the publicity rollout for his book, 41: A Portrait of My Father. It’s an overdue paean to former President George H.W. Bush. George W., the 43rd president, has been mentioning lessons he has learned from his dad, a war hero from World [...]

Executive Disorder

The drumbeat continues, the rhetoric ratchets. Indeed, President Obama has now gone ahead with executive action on immigration. It is his prerogative, even if it undermines the last, although long-shot, opportunity for an adult relationship between this frustrated executive and this obstructionist legislative branch. But for the sake of context, let’s not forget this: Congressional [...]

Barbie Socialism

This just in from Venezuela, home to the world’s highest inflation. Price caps, typically imposed on essential products by the socialist government, now include a decidedly non-essential one. As the highlight of this year’s Operation Merry Christmas, President Nicolas Maduro has included price-capped Barbiedolls. Surely, the irony isn’t lost on Caracas toy stores or shoppers. [...]

Sports Shorts

* This has been a lousy season so far for the Washington Redskins, and their careless 27-7 loss to the underachieving Bucs underscored that reality. Also there’s that team name. That and Chief Wahoo, the Cleveland Indians’ cartoony mascot, have to go. So, maybe they were looking for a diversion from inept play and awful [...]

Quoteworthy

* “Pure evil.”–President Barack Obama’s characterization of the Islamic State after the most recent beheading of an American. * “This campaign will be marked or characterized … (as) three steps forward, two steps back, and at every step forward or back, we’ll debate about the size of the step.”–Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey, on [...]

Mainstream Media And The JFK Assassination

Last year was the big one: the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Amid the replaying of those horrific Zapruder film frames and poignant archival interviews, we were reminded of an assassination dichotomy. While there remains a mainstream media consensus that loser loner Lee Harvey Oswald did it, opinion polls continue [...]

TPD: Proactive For Diversity

Last Sunday Tampa Police Chief Jane Castor, who’s hardly unfamiliar with public speaking, found herself with a new forum: a pulpit. Literal, not bully. The one at the black-congregation Bible-Based Fellowship Church. She was there to show the flag, not just the badge, and she was there to recruit. The city of Tampa is 26 [...]

Mayor-To-Governor Scenario

The subject of Mayor Bob Buckhorn and possible 2018 Florida gubernatorial scenarios is definitely out there. Among those propping it up: our most voluble politician, Mayor Bob. “There will be an open seat in four years,” he coyly noted recently in the aftermath of Rick Scott’s narrow victory over Charlie Crist. “I’m just saying. “I [...]

Berlin Wall Recalled

Last Sunday was the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. We’ve be seeing the moving images and network footage. It also transports me back in time–to the Cold War winter of 1972. Eleven years after this monument to man’s inhumanity was built and 15 years before Ronald Reagan implored Mikhail Gorbachev to [...]

Odd(est) Couple

Are Mitch McConnell and Elaine Chou the oddest couple since Tiny Tim and Miss Vicki?