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Just the Facts

Do you remember the TV series Dragnet that featured Jack Webb as Sgt. Joe Friday?  Many people associate the Los Angeles cop with his famous opening line, “My name is Friday, — I carry a badge.”  Others may associate him...

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4/4: A 44-Year Reflection

Today is 4/4 and 44 years ago, that date was one that is defining for a generation.  I’m sure that the classmates and friends I was with also remember it as if it were yesterday.  It was a Thursday evening, and I was in a...

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Morale is one of those terms you hear a lot, but it’s never exactly clear what some users mean when they use it.  We have all heard about organizations and individuals with good morale and bad morale, and we all seem to have a...

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It’s "Political" Science!

Elections are big deals in political science and there’s nothing that political scientist love more than using elections to test their theories.  Thinking about this primary season that we are now in however, reminds me more of...

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It's Embarrassing!

Boorish.  The word has several synonyms: rude, ill-mannered, impolite, coarse, rough, loutish, uncouth, crude, ignorant, base, and a few others that must be in the dictionary.  Why is it lately that we seem to have a spike in...

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It's Not a Day Off!

The third Monday in January is the federal holiday honoring The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  President Ronald Reagan signed a bill, proposed by Representative Katie Hall of Indiana, creating a federal holiday to honor...

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Elections Have Consequences

As we move into 2012, I’m betting that we will see several really significant examples of the old political truth, “elections have consequences.” Intuitively, we know that every election produces winners and losers, but it’s not...

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'Tis the Season!

Yes, it ‘tis the season and watching harried people move about trying to do everything that they have on the list proves it, but it’s another season too. This is also recognition season and I’m glad that it is. One of the...

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