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By Jeffrey Lord | July 4, 2015 | 5:14 PM EDT

The Harrisburg Patriot-News - the paper of record in my long-adopted Pennsylvania hometown (where I live across the Susquehanna in a Cumberland County suburb) - has been in the national news. For embarrassing itself with a snarling, anti-First Amendment-sounding tirade against readers who dissented from the Supreme Court’s decision on gay marriage. A decision the paper enthusiastically supported. Last Sunday, a rare missed-church morning, I looked up at Fox and Friends to find co-host Tucker Carlson grilling the paper’s editor John Micek on this kerfuffle. It did not go well for Mr. Micek.

Yow. How could this happen?

By Brent Baker | July 4, 2015 | 5:04 PM EDT

Lee Greenwood sang his iconic “God Bless the USA” between periods of the NHL’s 2015 “Winter Classic” outdoor game in Washington, DC on New Year’s Day, but the real treat came off-stage in a concourse at Nationals Park. Fortunately, it was recorded on a smart phone, so you can enjoy it this Independence Day. Intern Gabrielle Dube posted it with this description: “After Lee Greenwood’s performance during the intermission, he met with the Military Choir to take pictures and it sparked an impromptu a cappella version of ‘God Bless the USA.’ Amazing!”

By Jack Coleman | July 4, 2015 | 4:39 PM EDT

Rachel Maddow neglecting to state on her show that presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is a socialist -- surely an oversight. Maddow not mentioning this again the following night -- must be a coincidence. Maddow not doing it three nights in a row -- is there a pattern here?

Once more from Maddow and it's clearly a trend.

By Dylan Gwinn | July 4, 2015 | 2:42 PM EDT

Remember that time the Obama administration took a courageous stand against the face of evil and racism in our time? Me neither. No, instead the Obama Administration has contented itself with throwing down the gauntlet in the face of an NFL team.

If the Redskins want to move back to the District of Columbia, they need to cave and change their allegedly racist name.

By Sarah Stites | July 4, 2015 | 1:01 PM EDT

Independence Day is out! It’s so 239 years ago. America is not “number one” and we need to avoid any celebration of “bombs bursting in air” this July 4th. We now need three days to celebrate not our independence, but our dependence on the rest of the world.

Feeling sick yet? As Rabbi Michael Lerner wrote for the Huffington Post, “we need to reframe the celebrations this July 3-5 weekend.” How? As “Inter-Dependence Day,” of course! 

By Tom Johnson | July 4, 2015 | 12:08 PM EDT

Richard Nixon’s campaign did what it could to make sure the Democratic party didn’t nominate its strongest presidential candidate in 1972, thereby facilitating Nixon’s re-election. President Obama won’t be on the ballot in 2016, but New York magazine's Jonathan Chait speculates that Obama is trying to smooth Hillary Clinton’s path to the Oval Office by nudging Republicans into nominating Scott Walker.

By Tim Graham | July 4, 2015 | 12:00 PM EDT

Jamie Dupree sent this fascinating tweet on Saturday, a picture of Chris Matthews marching in a suburban DC parade next to a Hillary Clinton for President banner.  Those MSNBC folks have a natural talent for appearing to be all wrapped up in partisan Democratic politics.

By Melissa Mullins | July 4, 2015 | 10:03 AM EDT

Mike Rowe is the host of CNN’s Somebody’s Gotta Do It – a show about the unique jobs that someone has to do.  Maybe CNN should do a spin-off show called Someone’s Gotta Educate Them keeping Rowe as its host. 

On his Facebook page, Rowe took on the hate-or-heritage debate on the Confederate flag after the Charleston shooting. Flags don't kill people, so let's not assign them magical powers.

By Mike Ciandella | July 4, 2015 | 10:00 AM EDT

Despite briefly mentioning at least six reported instances of American citizens joining ISIS in June, and multiple FBI warnings about ISIS’s influence in the United States, the networks chose to devote more time to the “threat” posed by the existence of the Confederate flag.

The evening news shows of ABC, CBS and NBC spent just 17 minutes, 35 seconds on the threat ISIS poses to American, and 37 minutes and 18 seconds on the controversy over the flag. This disparity in news coverage occurred during a ramped up social media campaign by ISIS to recruit Americans and other westerners to commit acts of terrorism.

By Brent Bozell and Tim Graham | July 4, 2015 | 7:58 AM EDT

To look at virtually anything produced by Hollywood is to register confirmation that the libertine Left cherishes clogging our popular culture with vulgarities. The messaging in movies, television and particularly music is punctuated deliberately and unnecessarily with all manner of language designed to offend.

But when it comes to perfectly decent speech -- spoken innocently with no bad intention -- those same liberals need smelling salts.  Welcome to the wacky world of “micro-aggressions,” where conversation becomes a minefield of political correctness.

By Tom Blumer | July 3, 2015 | 10:52 PM EDT

The folks at Reuters issued a pretty sloppy video yesterday relating to the government's June jobs report.

That videos described yesterday's reported jobs gains of 223,000 as "broad-based." That's true only if you think having 222,000 of yeaterday's those seasonally adjusted gains occurring in service industries, while only 1,000 were seen in goods-producing industries, is "broad-based":

By Scott Whitlock | July 3, 2015 | 9:50 PM EDT

Four days after a racist rant against Clarence Thomas, George Takei apologized and insisted his comments were not meant to be bigoted. The Star Trek actor took to Facebook and began, “I owe an apology.”  

By Jack Coleman | July 3, 2015 | 9:23 PM EDT

You've surely seen it by now, and often enough to induce nausea -- the hashtag #LoveWins that quickly trended after the Supreme Court decision on same-sex marriage.

Judging by the juvenile reactions to the ruling from gay marriage proponents, one doubts that genuine love would spew such venom in victory.

By Clay Waters | July 3, 2015 | 8:06 PM EDT

Labeling bias on the front page of Friday's New York Times, with one of the paper's frequent GOP targets in the sights of reporters Maggie Haberman and Jonathan Martin (pictured): "Scott Walker’s Hard Right Turn in Iowa May Hurt Him Elsewhere." It's the paper's latest attempt to poison the well for conservative candidates by warning them of lurching to the right. Meanwhile, the Times celebrated Hillary Clinton (she of the "extraordinary career") and her lurch to the left on gay marriage.

By P.J. Gladnick | July 3, 2015 | 7:58 PM EDT

Nowadays it seems as if the Left is politicizing everything with a plethora of new taboos. The latest item on their taboo list is your Fourth of July picnic, specifically hot dogs and hamburgers. As you gather with family and friends to munch on those treats fresh off the grill, little did you know that you are destroying the planet according to leftist political orthodoxy. Here is Rebecca Leber of The New Republic as she tries to guilt trip you over hot dog and hamburger carbon emissions: