Lion and the Lamb: A sad anniversary to remember
On March 20 ten years ago, President George Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney took our nation into the Iraq War. According to George Tenet, director of the CIA, it was supposed to be a “slam-dunk.” In fact, on May 1 of that year Bush, standing before a “Mission Accomplished” banner on the aircraft carrier Abraham Lincoln, declared the end of “major combat” in Iraq.
We the People: Warriors all
A recent piece on this page discussed the character of Maya (in the movie Zero Dark Thirty) and dithered about combat changing women into something they should not be.
Stumptalk: Can secession come to America?
If states seriously threatened secession, the President would send troops in faster than President Eisenhower sent the 101st Airborne to Little Rock in 1957, so legal secession cannot happen here even though the Declaration of Independence encourages it and nothing in the U.S. Constitution forbids it.
Tidbits: Keep Sgt. York's legacy alive
I'm going to start this column off with a disclaimer. I am an alumnae of Alvin C. York Institute. I believe in the dream of Sgt. Alvin C. York, and I believe the state made a promise to him that needs to be kept more than 70 years later.
Stumptalk: Elitists believe the American ideal of liberty is wrong
Until recently only libertarians have been arguing that Americans are insufficiently free while some conservatives argue that perhaps Americans have too much freedom in some instances. But thanks to today’s elitist liberals' barely concealed hostility of the free market, their love for Obamacare and the threat they pose to religious liberty and economic freedom conservatives having reassessed their position are assuming the libertarian beliefs although in a lesser form.
Gary's World: What's going on with the weather?
For 24 years I have lived in Crossville and I've seen all sorts of weather in March and April. I can vividly remember one year the last week of March was beautiful, sunny with temperatures in the 70s. Then, on April Fool's Day we got two inches of snow! I went out and snapped pictures of daffodils and pansies peeking their faces out from snow covering. The contrast made for some beautiful pictures we ran on the front page.
RANDOM THOUGHTS: The knight of the scissors
Andrew Johnson was Tennessee’s third and last president. He was sworn in as Abraham Lincoln’s vice president on March 4, 1865. Because of the fatal shot at Ford’s Theater he became president on April 15 of that year.
LION AND THE LAMB:
Last Wednesday, March 23, a remarkable event took place. The first non-European pontiff since the Middle Ages (and the first one from Latin America) was elected in a conclave of cardinals in the Sistine Chapel in Rome. To everyone's surprise, in less than 24 hours the black smoke had been replaced by white.
WE THE PEOPLE: Equal protection for some
Apparently the equal protection clause of the U.S. Constitution is just a suggestion, judging by some of the most Constitution-quoting members of our governing bodies. Case in point, consider the recently renewed Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).
GARY'S WORLD: Play time is over at McDonald’s
It’s funny how the sight of something can start a wave of memories flowing through your mind.
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