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Wayne McLaughlin is an OpsLens Contributor and US Army Veteran.


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Tax the Rich, Screw the Poor

Making sense of all the loopy proposals for my happiness emanating from the political spectrum is making me dizzy.  Maybe sick to my stomach would be a more apt description, and I’m nowhere close to wealthy. I’m just glad to be an experienced sailor in case I decide to go to Hawaii after fossil fuels […]


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A Winding Road Up the Mountain

What was I doing there?  I didn’t have an answer then and, honestly, I don’t have one now as I look back on my Sunday school years during grade school. Was this where my faith journey began more than seven decades ago? Church membership was like a telephone, every family had one whether they attended […]


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Sucky Government? It’s a Fix-it-Yourself Solution

If free chocolate for everyone were part of a proposed legislative package, would your congressperson (A) carefully consider the cost-benefit effect of such legislation or (B) take a survey of his/her constituency to see how many voters liked chocolate? If you answered (B), you just passed your adult civics lesson. What you probably don’t know is, […]


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A Garkey Takeover

It’s like the old tree in a forest analogy about who is paying attention. Government, politicians, parties, rights have all changed dramatically and not for the good; at least not if you like personal freedom. Elections used to be about acquiring power, the kind with checks and balances so it never became absolute power. Now […]


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Na-Na Politics

There is a Na-Na-Land! I recently saw it on TV so it must be true. It’s been on my mind a lot lately, playing it back over and over again. There were ten people lined up on a stage and a bunch of very nice people took turns asking them questions about solving problems associated […]


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Rant, Race, Russia

“A” criticizes “B’s” yard to his friend “C.”  Then “D” reminds “A” that his own yard is badly in need of attention. According to the mainstream media, D’s criticism of A was racist. Do you agree or was this simply the pot calling the kettle black? If A equals Congressman Elijah Cummings and D equals […]


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Immigrating the Hard Way

He taught English as a Second Language at a university in Cairo, Egypt before seizing the opportunity to immigrate to the U.S. five years ago. Through a church connection, we became good friends and Mina (not his real name) just received his teaching certificate after many hours of coursework mandated by our system. With a […]


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Blessed Be the Tie That Binds

A CEO of a Fortune 500 company was participating in a televised interview this week, wearing a suit jacket and dress shirt with no tie visible to the camera. A few days earlier, another business boss, seated, appeared on the tube with a camera framing the open sports coat, no tie and dress shirt rumpling […]


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The Climate Calamity Fairy Tale

“What can I do to prevent climate change and save the earth?” is a typical question coming from a website providing opportunity to get answers to all sorts of amazing questions on an unlimited variety of subjects. Somehow, I became one of many people to whom climate change questions are directed. Appended to the end […]


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Save Us from the Mediocrats!

You are a 16th or 17th century European native living a subsistence-level existence interrupted occasionally by a king or some other authoritarian figure when he tells you to pay more taxes or change your religion or move on. Whatever. But you do have food and shelter, and subsistence is not that bad when you consider […]


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Alice in Liberality

There was a land called Liberality Who touted their own kind of morality Pronouncements were shrill Water flowed uphill And spewed their own kind of banality “But I don’t want to go among mad people,” Alice remarked. “Oh, you can’t help that,” said the Cat. “We’re all mad here. I’m mad. You’re mad.” “How do […]


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We Got No Stinkin’ Pollution

Pollution is a word which gets tossed around indiscriminately by people who wouldn’t know s**t from shinola, as we used to say. You might think that the human species spends time dropping turds every ten feet so they can find their way home from a polluting festival. Then the punch line, which will have something […]


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UN Tops the List of Pollutants

If any United Nations figurehead yelled Fire! in a theater I was attending, I would sit and watch the rest of the movie. After hammering the “Global Warming” theme for 30 years, the UN has a new report blaming humans for a pending extinction of one million animal and plant species. The 1,000-page report was […]


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Perpetual War, Anyone?

In his January 1961 farewell address, President Dwight Eisenhower warned us of the military/industrial complex. It was the first time I had heard the term; I think it was for most people. I had no idea who they were or what they did for a living. I still don’t, but I have sixty years of […]


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MAGA versus MAMA

Soon after Joe Biden officially entered the Dem race for president, an interviewer asked him his theme, making reference to Trump’s “Make America Great Again,” complete with MAGA hats. His response was, “make America moral again.” It was stunning to hear a decades-long swamp creature employ the word “moral” in any way, shape or form. […]


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What’s New(s)? Same Old Same Old

I don’t especially look for TV re-runs, most certainly when it’s a news program that I watch every night. It wasn’t just tonight. It was last night, last week, last month and prior to that. Tonight, I’d had enough. Five minutes into the “news,” I just turned it off. For an event to qualify as […]


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Wake Up! It’s Time for School

I am your average guy. Been around a while but no ties to anything that is remotely “connected.” Still on the bottom rung of the ladder, I am proud to be one of the “schlumps” who takes it in the backside for the benefit of the Establishment every day. So why are you exercising your […]


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Fox News, Pirro, and Brazile: What Gives?

My favorite television program is “Justice with Jeanine” airing Saturday night on Fox Cable News. Imagine my surprise recently when, set up for amusement, information and entertainment, this ancient rerun of Kennedy, rape and murder invaded my anticipated time slot. And her sin was criticizing a Muslim congressperson for anti-Semitic remarks? Where did that come […]


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An Invite to Stupid’s Climate Party

If stupidity were contagious, I would don a surgical mask every time I watch TV. If man-made climate change were real, I would seek advice from a bartender. Bartender schools must have courses in physics and climatology; at least that’s the impression I get from TV. When every newscast includes a segment with a bartender-turned-congressperson […]


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Climate Change: Anatomy of a Hoax

What is the difference between the Loch Ness Monster and Climate Change? Answer: Loch Ness is a harmless bit of flim-flam helping local restaurant and motel businesses and Climate Change is a monstrous lie damaging economies world-wide. Carbon Dioxide concentrations in ice core samples are an effect, not a cause of warming Physics of the […]


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Rich Man, Poor Man, Beggar Man, Thief

A politician waxes eloquent about the evils of wealth and income disparity between rich and poor. A rich man publicly proclaims that he is not taxed enough. The politician then begs the rich man for campaign contributions so that he can run a successful election campaign and increase his taxes. And you think Donald Trump is […]


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No New News Today

Some would say that I am a news junkie. Whatever. It is true that I watch the news every day because it changes every day—until recently. Twice this week, for the first time in my life, I have left my regularly watched news source early because it is the same as yesterday. Each day, I […]