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Ralph Reiland“As I tell my kids, dessert is not a right,” declared Michelle Obama recently, promoting her anti-obesity agenda while addressing the annual NAACP convention. I’d say the same thing about pizza deliveries in a war zone. There’s no right to have a pizza delivered in a neighborhood where drivers have to worry about dodging bullets in order to get to the front door.

The biggest issue weighing on the minds of Americans is the economy. Recent decreases in factory orders and consumer confidence, coupled with unemployment/underemployment nearing 16 percent, have many of those fortunate to have a job once again questioning their job security and financial well-being while those who cannot find a job fret over their long-term prospects after more than two years of economic malaise.

Inception posterLeonardo DiCaprio does it again with this summer’s new blockbuster hit, Inception. Not everyone will agree with that, however. I contend that there will be two camps that develop in the theaters: those who become so frustrated over the utter confusion and suspension of disbelief involved in viewing Inception that they despise the film; and those who throw caution to the wind, allow themselves to be sucked into the science fiction, and enjoy every captivating moment. Count me in the second camp.

Human nature being what it is, patriotic fervor tends to come and go.

Quick, what Republican made the following statement? "I thought the irreducible requirements of Republicanism were being for life, small government and a strong national defense, but I guess permanent war is on the platter now, too."

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