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Truth doesn’t fit in templates

If you can extrapolate anything from the fog of an unfolding, emotionally charged news story, it is this: Never underestimate the human desire to jump to conclusions.

Well done, Marshall

My friend Dr. Marshall Darnell, who helped educate a generation of Clark County students, died last Thursday. His abbreviate obituary appeared in today’s Las Vegas Review-Journal.

Pelosi bids Sawyer farewell

It pretty much goes without saying these days that there remains an unbecoming alliance in the American news media between journalists and the politicians they cover.

Beware the ‘typed single-spaced letter’

Newsroom folks will know what I’m talking about when I say beware of the dreaded “typed single-spaced letter.” Often these letters arrive in an envelope with handwritten scribbles of afterthoughts by the writer.

Obama over-thought Foley rescue

Before too much time goes by and world events allow the beheading of American journalist James Foley to slip into yesterday’s news, it’s important to underline what Pentagon sources are saying about the botched rescue attempt.

Does Obama give a rip?

A disconnected President Obama is not a storyline. It is a reality. Consider the mixed messages the Obama Administration sent out on ISIS.

Do Not Disturb! Obama on vacation

As world and national events unfold, President Barrack Obama has an uncanny skill for giving the appearance of going on vacation and putting out the “Do Not Disturb” sign to the people.

We need a bigger president

If world events become yardsticks for greatness in leaders — big Abraham Lincoln sought to end slavery while little Stephen A. Douglas sought to accommodate it — then the rapid rise of worldwide Islamic terrorism leaves little doubt as to the Lilliputian stature of Barack Obama.

Ferguson protests

I am going to refrain from commenting on the actual shooting in Ferguson, Missouri, until we have some facts to deal with.

When government ‘protects’ you …

If you let the federal government act on your behalf — feed and clothe you, give you a place to live — sooner or later some yahoo from the “Bureau Of Weknowbest” will show up at your doorstep with a pair of nut-cutters.