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Zimbabwe opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai speaks to the Associated Press after giving a press conference at his home in Harare, Zimbabwe, Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017.  Tsvangirai said President Robert Mugabe must resign and called for a negotiated, inclusive transitional mechanism as well as comprehensive reforms before elections. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)

Coup in Zimbabwe

"Every great cause begins as a movement," the television philosopher Eric Hoffer once observed (maybe), "becomes a business, and eventually degenerates into a racket." There's some dispute about whether Mr. Hoffer ever actually said it, but there's no dispute that it's an accurate description of what happened to the Zimbabwe of Robert Mugabe.

NBC's Megyn Kelly interviews Juli Briskman, a former government contractor who was fired after she was photographed giving President Trump's motorcade the middle finger. (Image: "Megyn Kelly Today" screenshot)

The 100-grand salute

Salutes to the president can be monetized, and a middle-finger salute to a passing presidential motorcade can sometimes be worth more than a hundred grand. Is this a great country, or what?

NFL, look to Canada, U.K.

Maybe the NFL ought to take a page out of the books of other professional sports, those that manage their pre-game national anthems with grace. The England and German national soccer teams not only sing their respective anthems but recently also wear arm bands with poppies on them. The English teams all wear poppies on their uniforms for the week prior to their national veterans/remembrance day. Hockey Night in Canada had a solemn tribute to all veterans prior to last Saturday's game, and it included a pipe band and a vignette about soldiers from prior conflicts. Even the flamboyant Don Cherry wore a subdued blue blazer with a Royal Canadian Legion emblem, as well as a poppy — as all Canadian coaches wear for this hallowed period.

Decades of useless climate parties

The climate warriors are holding yet another global warming jamboree, this time at the COP 23 Fiji UN Climate Change Conference in Bonn, Germany ("US at climate talks may be like unhappy dinner guest," Web, Nov. 9). We can expect an orchestrated flood of frightening forecasts to support their alarmist agenda.

Pharma not in the health business

The first thing you have to get your head around is that health care is not about health ("Doctors fear obesity diagnosis will embarrass patients," Web, Nov. 7). Health insurance is in fact "disease" insurance, and only rarely does it have anything to do with your health. Doctors have not been trained to promote health, do not have a clue as to how to do so and basically are where they are because of the ability to perform well on exams and ultimately to learn to diagnose disease and then match that disease to a menu of drugs. This is what a patient pays for. If you raise your expectations, you are going to be disappointed in a big way.

China bigger threat than Cuba

The Trump administration has issued new restrictions on Americans visiting communist Cuba. Americans will not be allowed to do business with certain hotels, stores or other establishments that have ties to the Cuban military or security services. But why doesn't the Trump administration place the same types of sanctions on communist China? A lot of hotels, stores and other businesses are owned by the Chinese military and Communist Party there. Why the hypocrisy?

All quiet on Vegas shooting

The Las Vegas shooting happened on Oct. 1. It was covered by the news media for four to five days thereafter, with conflicting reports about the timeline, the shooter and the hotel security staff. Plus, even more conflicting reports were available from witnesses at the hotel and the venue, supported by audio and video recordings.

Selective violence denouncement

When an African-American male shoots up a church in Tennessee, the news is swept under the rug. When an Islamic State terrorist mows down innocents, we are told not to rush to judgement. But when a white male shoots a church of Christians, Hollywood and the gun-control crowd pounce on the opportunity to judge America.

Cut waste for better tax plan

The Republican tax plan may provide relief for low-income families and the very wealthy, but people in the middle are going to be squeezed. The plan proposes eliminating deductions for medical expenses, adoption, replacement of property damage from disasters and student loan payments. New limits will be placed on deductions for retirement savings, mortgage interest, property tax and state and local income-tax payments. For many people, these are kitchen-table issues.

Hillary can't be trusted

Political strategist Donna Brazile said recently she was shocked when she learned Hillary Clinton had co-opted the entire Democratic National Committee and rigged the primaries against Sen. Bernard Sanders.

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