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What Will Putin Do?

Ask yourself this: why did the stock markets rally today after Obama announced sanctions against Russians? I’ll get back to that, but first some background. I’ve often said that Putin plays chess while Obama fumbles with checkers. I picture our president, chin resting on fist, brows squeezed in childlike concentration, as he carefully chooses between jumping Putin’s…

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The Week: March 17, 2014

Here’s a roundup of what to look for in the coming week. St. Louis Monday, 12:30 p.m.: The Ancient Order of Hibernians’ Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Dogtown.  Get there early. Give yourself time to park and walk. Dress warmly. Wednesday, 5:00 p.m.: Protest of St. Louis Archdiocese for its promotion of City-County Merger. Location…

Russia's Ukraine Adventure

This Book Predicted Russia’s Ukraine Adventure. Poland’s Next.

Did you ever read a book and think, “I need to tell people about this?” Then you didn’t tell people about it. I mean, you didn’t blog about it. You didn’t “officially” proclaim the book “required reading.” Then something happened that you knew could happen because of the book, but you don’t get credit for…

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4 Steps To Negotiating With a Politician

Have you ever said, “vote them all out?” Do you ever think anybody would do a better job than the incumbent? Do you feel like you have no influence in Jefferson City, Springfield, or Washington? Do you feel that way because you don’t have thousands of dollars to donate and rich friends whose cash you…

Hockey Benson & Hedges Ad

Why Do Messages Backfire?

In the 1970s, a magazine ad for Benson & Hedges cigarettes portrayed a hockey fight. Two players slug it out. Sticks and gloves litter the ice. The point of view is on-ice, in the midst of the scrum. The crowd is on its feet, banging the glass. You’re right there with linesmen trying to break…

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Why Roy Blunt Needs a Psychologist

Senator Roy Blunt (HA-57) proposed that all Obamacare ads contain a disclaimer: “Paid for by the American Taxpayer.” I get the idea. I can’t stand it when my tax dollars buy ads intended to raise my taxes. It means I’m fighting against myself. Still, I don’t like Senator Blunt’s plan because I think it could…

St. Louis Tea Party Number 1

The Tea Party Is 5 Years Old Today

If you were out on the Arch steps on February 27, 2009, take a moment to consider what’s happened. From near-spontaneous reaction to bailouts, corporate takeovers, and profligate government spending emerged the largest and most sustained political movement since the 1960s Both the GOP and Democrat Party are minority parties, as independents have surged A…