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Calloused Americans

April 21, 2017 by

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By Tom McLaughlin ~ After a few hours of writing on my laptop, I need to get up, change my clothes, and do another kind of work that involves more than my brain and my fingers on a keyboard. I have to use tools invented and manufactured in previous centuries – tools like saws, hammers, […]

Just Trying To Keep Up

March 31, 2017 by

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By Tom McLaughlin ~ In regard to my understanding of the world – what is going on and why – the best I can do is maintain a “working hypothesis.” The “what” is easier. The “why” to explain the “what” is more daunting because as new information emerges, I have to modify. My biggest challenge […]

Cognitive Dissonance In Europe

March 23, 2017 by

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By Tom McLaughlin ~ It had to be galling. Geert Wilders, a member of Dutch Parliament, was found guilty three months ago of “inciting discrimination against Dutch Moroccans” – the very people who have been trying to kill him since at least 2003. Newsweek reported that he has to go around, “wearing a bulletproof vest […]

Ivy League 2017

March 9, 2017 by

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By Tom McLaughlin ~ James Fisher said he couldn’t attend classes at the University of Pennsylvania because one his white professors refused to denounce his white privilege. Fisher is black, and he wrote an article about his mental anguish published in his university’s newspaper The Daily Pennsylvanian. “I stopped going to his class for a […]

Supporters Unfazed By Big League Ego

February 23, 2017 by

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By Tom McLaughlin ~ Trump has a huge ego. But let’s think back and try to come up with a name of someone who has ever run for president during our lifetimes who didn’t. I can’t think of any. Is Trump’s the biggest of them all? Perhaps. Most have been artful at camouflaging theirs, and the […]

Kryptonite For Teachers’ Unions

February 9, 2017 by

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By Tom McLaughlin ~ The most contentious confirmation of Trump’s cabinet nominees was for the relatively innocuous Secretary of Education. Why? National Review columnist Kevin Williamson suggests it’s because the Democrat Party power is the lowest since the Civil War; because teachers’ unions are its biggest source of funds; and because nominee Betsy DeVos supports […]

The Chasm Widens

January 26, 2017 by

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By Tom McLaughlin ~ Not many people in the Portland, Maine area see the world as I do. It’s been five years since my wife and I bought a second home across the bridge in South Portland and I’ve kept a low profile. I do meet, however, with a group of writers every couple of […]