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First lady Michelle Obama, appearing on-screen from Washington, and actor Jack Nicholson present the award for best picture during the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles on Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013. (Chris Pizzello/Invision/Associated Press)

HURT: 'Obargo' — A tale of hostage-taking not involving Iran

The Oscar-winning tale "Argo" contains a movie within the movie. Comparisons to Shakespeare's Hamlet — or anything worth remembering, for that matter — certainly end there. So, it was altogether fitting that first lady Michelle Obama horned her way into the insufferable ceremony to award the night's most coveted honor to the hostage thriller. Published February 26, 2013

HURT: Anti-gun zealots going ‘cuckoo’ from coast to coast

In New York, they are rounding up the crazies. In Seattle, they want armed police invading the homes of law-abiding gun owners for annual "inspections." In Denver, plans are under way to levy new taxes on gun owners to raise millions for the state's strained coffers. Published February 19, 2013

The Capitol dome is seen on Capitol Hill in Washington on Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012. (Associated Press)

HURT: Gun-free zones are only for 'the little people'

Living here in the shadow of our nation's great Capitol in this fine Federal City, my neighbors and I enjoy the peace and serenity of a tightly enforced "no-fly" zone. By "peace" and "serenity" I mean that we are under near-constant assault by helicopters everywhere whapping just over our rooftops. Published January 29, 2013

** FILE ** Firearms instructors Logan Martin (left) and Andres Gonzalez of Calgary, Alberta, look through the sights of Sig Sauer Swat Patrol AR rifles during the 35th annual SHOT Show on Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

HURT: Gun edicts put personal liberty under fire

Where is the liberal outrage? Where is the liberal suspicion about powerful, unchecked governments? Where is the liberal unflinching devotion to individual liberty? Published January 16, 2013

HURT: Congress doesn’t mend its old ways

Congress and the White House have so utterly disgraced themselves and this country over the past few years it seemed impossible for them to do any worse. Yet here we are, facing a massive tax-hike time bomb that was set by them 10 years ago and these people manage to reach new levels of stupidity, recklessness, dishonesty and unfairness. Published January 1, 2013

The National Rifle Association Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre speaks during a news conference in response to the Connecticut school shooting on Friday, Dec. 21, 2012, in Washington. The nation's largest gun-rights lobby is calling for armed police officers to be posted in every American school to stop the next killer "waiting in the wings." (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

HURT: Gun grabbers won't heed NRA's sensible advice

What an irony it was to watch the National Rifle Association's Wayne LaPierre finally emerge after a self-imposed and highly publicized week of silence after the incomprehensible killings of 20 elementary school children. Published December 25, 2012

Sen. Mark R. Warner, Virginia Democrat (The Washington Times)

HURT: After Conn. tragedy, Washington thinks of … political gain

Only in this capital of self-absorbed arrogance do people learn of an incomprehensible slaughter of angelic children huddled in terror and immediately think — well, of themselves. And how they can, in their boundless power and wisdom, fix it so it never happens again. Only in this town do people witness such madness and carnage and think of — what else? — low, dirty politics. Published December 18, 2012

President Obama, flanked by Delaware Gov. Jack Markell, National Governors Association (NGA) Chairman, and Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin, NGA Vice Chair, meets Dec. 4, 2012, in the Roosevelt Room at the White House in Washington with the NGA executive committee regarding the fiscal cliff. Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner is at right. (Associated Press)

HURT: Washington’s financial miscreants sucker us

Only in a town like this would criminally reckless and penniless grifters still be at the bargaining table as their debtors and creditors pick through the rubble of the financial ruin they themselves created. Published December 4, 2012

**FILE** President Obama leaves the East Room of the White House on Nov. 14, 2012, following his first post-election news conference. (Associated Press)

HURT: Whole gaggle 'wasn't looking' during presidential election

During this time of Thanksgiving, it is altogether fitting and appropriate that we stop to give thanks for one of our most important and cherished freedoms in America: our freedom of the press. Without the vigorous and unflinching watchdogs of truth and justice, where would we be today? Published November 20, 2012

President Barack Obama calls Wisconsin volunteers as he visits a campaign office call center the morning of the 2012 election, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

HURT: Obama victory means four more years with no hope of change

All that for nothing. It was the billion-dollar election that did not decide one single damned thing. Republicans control the House. Democrats control the Senate. And the White House remains in Democratic hands with absolutely no mandate whatsoever. Published November 7, 2012

A volunteer check-in clerk reads the newspaper while waiting for constituents to cast their votes during the lunch time hours at Wesley Methodist Church, precinct 32, Washington, D.C., Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012 (Craig Bisacre/The Washington Times)

HURT: Voting in Washington, D.C., is an experience like nowhere else

Living here in the capital of the world's most powerful and sophisticated democratic republic isn't so easy, especially on Election Day. As the beacon of freedom and self-governance, we voters in the District of Columbia take seriously our duty once again to humbly demonstrate to the world how democracy works. Published November 6, 2012