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Hypocrisy blacklist

The word "Orwellian" was coined by George Orwell in his masterwork "1984" to describe the propaganda society, where up is down and down is up, and anyone who notices the absurdity is politically incorrect. Some people have noticed, however, that the present day resembles 1984. The Orwellians are the masters of deceit, often enforced by violence that cowers those it does not kill. Published June 6, 2016

Hold Ryan accountable

Say it isn't so. In this awful time for our nation, House Speaker Paul D. Ryan has made things worse, demonstrating that he is just another politician rather than a man of character, decency and principle ("Donald Trump picks up Paul Ryan's vote as GOP coalesces behind standard-bearer," Web, June 2). Published June 5, 2016

California men, vote Sanders

Nationally, Hillary Clinton faces an enormous gender gap among supporters. Men vote ABC ('anybody but Clinton), but team Hillary professes not to understand why. Well, here is why: Men appear to have finally awakened to the reality that four more years of President Obama's identity-and- gender politics are not in their best interests. Published June 5, 2016

President Barack Obama pauses while speaking at Concord Community High School Wednesday, June 1, 2016, in Elkhart, Ind. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

Working in America

Barack Obama traveled to Indiana last week to hold a pep rally about an economy that doesn't have much pep. He raised a few halfhearted cheers but it wasn't clear, exactly, what country he was talking about. Published June 5, 2016

Vote, prevent repeat of history

On Memorial Day we honored those who gave their last full measure, and it seems not too much to ask that we conduct ourselves in a way worthy of their sacrifice. Yet some Republicans are acting like spoiled children ('If I can't be captain I'll take my ball and go home'). Published June 2, 2016

Socialism deserves no credit

"U.S. drops from first to third in global competitiveness ranking" (Web, May 31) fails to mention the fact that under President Obama's socialist agenda, businesses have been treated poorly — often to the point of being forced into bankrupcy under federally mandated decisions. Published June 2, 2016

President Barack Obama delivers the commencement address to the Air Force Class of 2016, at the U.S. Air Force Academy, in Colorado Springs, Colo., Thursday, June 2, 2016. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

News from the latrine orderly

President Obama is suddenly tired of being the nation's permanent latrine orderly. He insists, against all the evidence, that he didn't ask for the job and he doesn't understand why everyone thinks he wants to monitor the soap and toilet paper in the nation's toilets. Published June 2, 2016

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt. speaks to a crowd of supporters at Modesto Centre Plaza in Modesto, Calif., on Thursday, June, 2, 2016. (Andy Alfaro/The Modesto Bee via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT

The Democratic dilemma

Hillary Clinton, suddenly on the run for her life in California, suffers a problem that won't go away even if Bernie Sanders finally concedes and goes home to New England. To beat Donald Trump in November she must unite the quarreling factions of a party that makes the Republican coalition look like a resigned if not entirely happy family. Published June 2, 2016

Self-evident truths absent

Our nation was formed by men who proclaimed the existence of self-evident truths as their impelling reason for forming a new country. Today we have become baffled by the following: which restroom an individual should enter, which sexes should be present in a marriage, whether a human fetus constitutes a human life, and whether university students be provided 'safe areas' free from personal views in opposition to their own. Published June 1, 2016

Left can't deliver on promises

The Black Lives Matter movement should step back from its violent and hysterical behavior and consider the truth regarding the social dilemma it is facing. Black lives certainly matter, as all lives do, but if those protesting in the streets want to understand what has transpired over the course of the decades during which liberal politicians have led the Democratic Party, they should look closely at liberal leadership at the local, state and federal levels. Published June 1, 2016

United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon speaks during a side event entitled: "Mayor’s Focus Session: Cities’ Response to Migration" at the the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul, Tuesday, May 24, 2016. World leaders and representatives of humanitarian organisations from across the globe gathered in Istanbul on May 23-24, 2016 for the first World Humanitarian Summit, focused on how to reform a system many judge broken. (Isa Terli/Pool Photo via AP)

Human rights and wrongs

The United Nations convened the first World Humanitarian Summit last month in Turkey, drawing 55 heads of state and 9,000 participants from 173 nations, and the delegates sounded a righteous alarm over a world aflame. There was much yah-yah and considerable argle-bargle. Ban Ki-moon, the secretary-general of the U.N., set the uplifting tone. Published June 1, 2016

President Barack Obama gestures while speaking at Concord Community High School in Elkhart, Ind. Wednesday, June 1, 2016. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

The president's perfumed language

Almost anything this White House says is what Tom Sawyer called "a stretcher," unless it's a fib, or sometimes a lie. Perhaps it's not willful. Barack Obama seems to think that if he says something, it must be true. Published June 1, 2016

No exceptions for NFL

Keenan Reynolds, a recent graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, requested that his service time be deferred so he can play in the NFL for the Baltimore Ravens. As a former U.S.-Navy enlisted and officer I am highly disappointed with Navy Secretary Ray Mabus, who submitted a request to Defense Secretary Ashton Carter strongly recommending Mr. Reynold's service be deferred. Mr. Carter approved the request. Published May 31, 2016

Obama "successes" failures

When Bill Clinton left the White House in 2001, we had just experienced the longest economic expansion in history. All worker categories had higher wages, we had the highest home-ownership rates, high labor participation rates, the lowest number of people on welfare, the lowest percentage of government spending, and we had actually paid off some of our national debt. These were remarkable accomplishments. Published May 31, 2016

ADVANCE FOR THURSDAY, MAY 26, 2016, AND THEREAFTER - In this May 17, 2016, photo, a plane takes off from San Francisco International Airport from behind fencing at the Millbrae Gate, in San Francisco. An Associated Press investigation has documented perimeter breaches at many of the busiest airports in the U.S. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Insecurity by the Bay

The wheels of justice turn slowly in some places, and in San Francisco, fortunately, they're grinding in reverse if only for the moment. Baghdad by the Bay, as a favorite columnist once called the city celebrated for gaiety and frivolity, is proud to be "a sanctuary city" to harbor selected criminal suspects. Now even in "Baghdad" some of the citizens are finally fed up with politicians who defy federal immigration law to enable the lawless and the hunted to hide. Published May 31, 2016

A June 20, 2015 photo provided by the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden shows Harambe, a western lowland gorilla, who was fatally shot Saturday, May 28, 2016, to protect a 4-year-old boy who had entered its exhibit. (Jeff McCurry/Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden via The Cincinatti Enquirer via AP)

Satire by the nuts

Satire overtakes reality, and sometimes does it with ease. Some people forget the species they belong to. When zookeepers in Cincinnati reluctantly shot a 425-pound gorilla to save a 4-year-old boy, some animal-rights nuts arose as one to denounce the zoo, and carried placards at a candlelight vigil asserting that "gorilla lives matter." Published May 31, 2016

Failure of 'leading from behind'

The old saying "Lead, follow or get out of the way" fits President Obama like a glove. He has not the experience to lead a tour of the White House, yet he has the ego to demand that everyone follow him. Published May 30, 2016

Journalist Katie Couric poses for a portrait to promote the film, "Under the Gun", at the Toyota Mirai Music Lodge during the Sundance Film Festival on Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)

A Bronx cheer for Katie

Katie Couric is, as she says, a renowned television reporter and anchorperson. She has worked for CBS, NBC and ABC, and now she's something called a "global news anchor" at Yahoo. She has been a host of NBC's "Today Show," presided over the CBS Evening News and, no surprise, she made it to the Television Hall of Fame. Published May 30, 2016

Culture warriors can save U.S.

As President Obama's corrosive legacy continues to bulldoze the best interests of the American people, we are painfully reminded of just how insidious overwhelming government can be. It is not so different from the tyrannical government that inspired the American Revolution. Published May 30, 2016

FILE - In this May 24, 2016, file photo, Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington. Forty-one Secret Service employees have been disciplined for reviewing private agency records, including a failed job application of Chaffetz who was leading a congressional probe of the agency. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

The price of liberty

Privacy and the security of letters and papers were once regarded as the inviolate rights of free men, even sometimes guarded to foolish lengths. On the eve of Pearl Harbor in 1941, Cordell Hull, the secretary of State, rebuked the interception of communications between Japan and its embassy on Massachusetts Avenue in Washington. "Gentlemen," he said, "don't read the mail of other gentlemen." Published May 30, 2016