Ross Mackenzie

More items from the realms of the bizarre -- beyond any humorist's abilities to make them up....

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The clomp-along U.S. Mule -- aka the U.S. Postal Service, that government-overseen model of efficiency at work -- estimates that during the next decade it will suffer losses totaling $238 billion unless it attrites thousands of workers, ends Saturday deliveries, and raises the price of first-class stamps yet again. Stuff like that. From this angle, it looks as though the USPS is mimicking deficit-ridden states such as California, Illinois, and New York -- as well as limp-along countries in the European Union such as Greece, Ireland, Portugal, Italy, and Spain.

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State and local governments -- as well as the federal government -- have enacted (as in Colorado and Chicago) or are weighing taxes on soft drinks. The purported reason: another front in the war on obesity. If that's what this truly is -- not still another effort to raise revenues for empty government coffers, but one to discourage (principally) the young from getting themselves fat -- then why not exempt non-sugar low- or zero-calorie diet sodas?

Sean Hannity FREE

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President Obama spent much of his first year in office touring the world mouthing apologies for American exceptionalism. America, he insisted, is no better than any other country. So consider, please, the Vancouver Winter Olympics. U.S. athletes romped home with their biggest winter medal haul ever. What a generous, consistent gesture it would have been if the president had apologized for the exceptional U.S. performance in Vancouver.

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With Obama having hauled home his Nobel Peace Prize -- a height he would have exceeded only in turning it down -- the question persists: How did he get the thing? Now we know. Thorbjorn Jagland wanted him to have it. Jagland, former prime minister of Norway and currently head of the Council of Europe, heads the five-member Peace Prize committee. He advocated and signified for Obama until he wore the other committee-members down. Why? Because, says Jagland, he and Obama share (1) a respect for human rights, (2) a belief in fair distribution of incomes, and (3) a belief in a human entitlement to (free, of course) health care. Rock on.

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Ross Mackenzie

Ross Mackenzie lives with his wife and Labrador retriever in the woods west of Richmond, Virginia. They have two grown sons, both Naval officers.

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