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Charles Hurt

Articles by Charles Hurt

A letter carrier for the U.S. Postal Service moves a cart of mail to his truck. (Associated Press)

HURT: Postal Service failure a symptom of federal failure

On this tiny fishing island in the Gulf, the majestic and prehistoric tarpon sheathed in its armor of giant scales is called "Silver King." Fisherman here bow to the king when he breaks from his foamy lair and people who live along the shoreline of his domain talk of little else. Published June 12, 2012

President Obama waves to the crowd during a campaign event at the New Amsterdam Theatre, Monday, June 4, 2012, in New York. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

HURT: The only thing worse than the economy is Obama talking about it

If you are wondering why President Obama and his supporters spend so much time in this election condescending to female voters, jabbering about gay marriage and contraception, or whether Mr. Obama really was born in Kenya, it is because they simply cannot talk about the economy. Published June 5, 2012

A man sits at an empty Capital Bikeshare stand near the Eastern Market Metro station in Southeast. Riders can check a station's status on a free GPS-enabled mobile application or Bikeshare's website. (Pratik Shah/The Washington Times)

HURT: Capital Bikeshare is making biking ugly, smugly

Unlike Sarah Palin or Tina Fey, or whoever it was, I really can see Russia from my front porch. Or, at least, I can see broken-down socialism. That is because across the street from my house on Capitol Hill is a loud, clanging "Capital Bikeshare" docking station. Published May 29, 2012

Ann Romney, left, wife of Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and Mary Pat Christie, wife of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)

HURT: The news media's un-American failures

When the national media isn't consumed with "exposes" revealing that Mitt Romney was once a teenager and attended high school with other teenagers, they are busy ignoring persistent evidence causing alarming numbers of Americans to believe President Obama was not born in the U.S. Published May 22, 2012

President Obama participates in an interview with Robin Roberts of ABC's "Good Morning America" at the White House on May 9, 2012. (Associated Press/The White House, Pete Souza)

HURT: In a whirl over Obama's gay marriage pirouette

One "mainstream" American journalist broke into sobs of joy last week when President Obama publicly announced his twirling pirouette (aka "flip-flop") in support of gay marriage. In describing the unbinding of his emotions, Andrew Sullivan called Mr. Obama his "father figure." Published May 15, 2012

President Obama walks across the South Lawn of the White House in Washington on Tuesday, May 8, 2012, after a day trip to Albany, N.Y. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

HURT: Obama's real 'war' is against the elderly

Politicians around here keep talking about some kind of underground, undeclared War on Women. But the only real open warfare going on is President Obama's all-out War on Seniors. Published May 8, 2012

** FILE ** President Barack Obama speaks at Lorain County Community College, Wednesday, April 18, 2012, in Elyria, Ohio. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

HURT: Bailing out bad choices isn't academic

Once again, this town has ground to a halt in another one of its interminable squabbles about how to spend even more of our money that we do not have. Published May 1, 2012

** FILE ** A man waits to be processed at a Border Patrol detention center on Jan. 17, 2012, in Imperial Beach, Calif. (Associated Press)

HURT: In this economy, U.S. needs border fence — to keep Mexicans in

A new study from the highly esteemed Pew Hispanic Center says the millions of Mexicans who risked their lives crossing the desert to get here to the promised land for a better life have given up on the U.S. This is no small feat. Have you ever been to Mexico? Published April 24, 2012

New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg

HURT: Fire and brimstone from the Church of Do-Goodery

Two of the wisest sages of all time — Mark Twain and Jesus Christ himself — spoke memorably about the dangers of worrisome do-gooders run amok. Indeed, it is the curse of do-gooders the world over to find fault in everyone except themselves. Published April 10, 2012

President Obama shakes hands April 3, 2012, with Dean Singleton, the outgoing AP chairman of the board, after Singleton introduced him to speak at the Associated Press luncheon during the ASNE Convention in Washington. (Associated Press)

HURT: Newshounds in heat over Obama

Any hope that the full-blown love affair the old-guard media has for President Obama might cool off a bit for their coverage of the 2012 presidential election vanished long about lunchtime Tuesday. Published April 3, 2012

** FILE ** Unaware that a microphone was recording him, President Obama asked outgoing Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on Monday, March 26, 2012, for breathing room until after Mr. Obama's re-election campaign to negotiate on missile defense. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

HURT: Obama's 'flexibility' to lie after election

Turns out he's not Kenyan after all. He's KGB. All this time, people were worried that President Obama was born in Africa and that his radical agenda had been crafted by the Rev. Jeremiah Wright and Saul Alinsky on the streets of Chicago's South Side. Published March 27, 2012

HURT: Big picture looks good for GOP

With all the creepy preaching from Rick Santorum and Mitt Romney's disastrous attempts at relating to earthlings who don't own a couple of Cadillacs or hobnob with owners of NASCAR teams, it is understandable Republicans might be a wee bit depressed these days. Published February 28, 2012

HURT: Pious pretenders should blame themselves

The shocker out of the fracas over President Obama forcing contraceptives on everybody has been how all these suddenly pious politicians and appeasing religious leaders who paved the way for Obamacare pretend to be surprised that the right to rubbers, diaphragms and pills has been enshrined in the pantheon of American rights, up there with free speech. Published February 14, 2012

HURT: Maybe Mitt Romney might just be enough

As former Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld might say, you have to go into the general election with the candidate you have, not the candidate you might want or wish to have at a later time. Published February 7, 2012