Nick Russell on October 27th, 2011

On June 16, 1858, in a speech to delegates at the Illinois Republican State Convention, where they chose him to be their candidate for the U.S. Senate, running against Democrat Stephen A. Douglas, Abraham Lincoln said that "A house divided against itself cannot stand." I am reminded of Lincoln’s words every time I tune in […]

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Nick Russell on October 22nd, 2011

I wasn’t the least bit surprised when the usual crowd of clueless airheads started raising hell about Sheriff Matt Lutz’s orders to shoot to kill dozens of dangerous exotic animals in Zanesville, Ohio last week, after their owner turned them loose before committing suicide. Blogs and comments on news stories are calling the sheriff’s actions […]

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Nick Russell on October 13th, 2011

I’m not a big fan of Hank Williams Jr., so when ESPN fired him from Monday Night Football after comments he made about President Barack Obama, I really didn’t care. But I do have a thought or two about the freedom of speech debate that the incident has caused. During an appearance on Fox and […]

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Nick Russell on October 7th, 2011

Q. What goes “clip clop, clip clop, bang bang, clip clop?” A. An Amish drive by shooting. Yeah, I agree. That was a totally tasteless joke. But just go with me on this one, and you may see that it’s really not that far from the truth. A few weeks ago, we were exploring the […]

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Nick Russell on October 3rd, 2011

Addressing the National Association of Broadcasters convention on May 9, 1961, Newton Norman Minow, then Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, referred to much of commercial television as a “vast wasteland.”  Minow believed that broadcasters were not doing enough to serve the public interest, and was never quiet in his criticism of the industry. Understandably, […]

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