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Debate Center: Some schools are handing out more than just free lunch  By Alex Culpepper Illustration by: Ted Rall Most schools in the country provide some form of sex education, whether it’s abstinence-based, safe-sex contraceptive information or both. Here in Ohio, an amendment nearly made its way into the budget bill last spring that would have […]

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Government claims ownership of your body by Mark Luedtke    You might think that self-ownership is an uncontroversial idea because the alternative is unconscionable. Besides which, Americans supposedly fought a Civil War to end slavery. Unfortunately, the government doesn’t see it that way. Government believes it exercises ultimate control over – and therefore owns – the […]

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Hope for Americans against the Spy State  By: Mark Luedtke  Al Qaeda recently busted 500 prisoners – including senior al Qaeda leaders – out of two prisons in Iraq. The Taliban freed 248 prisoners from a prison in northwest Pakistan. The Pink Panther jewelry heist gang has broken three members out of three Swiss prisons […]

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Rolling Stone works for the FBI By: Mark Luedtke  If you believe the mainstream media, Rolling Stone really messed up when it put a flattering picture of alleged Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on the cover. He, along with his older brother Tamerlan, killed by police in an alleged shootout, is accused of killing three […]

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Government attacks bar owners to cover up its failure  by Mark Luedtke  The interaction of government and citizens is supposedly defined by a social contract, which grants government the power to steal our money and order us around at the point of a gun. In return, it provides justice and security. Of course, this is ridiculous. […]

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Those 19 firefighters didn’t need to die by Mark Luedtke Every year, wildfires burn an outrageous amount of territory. Homes and property are consumed by fires. Forests are wiped out. Millions of animals are killed. These fires are perennial personal, economic and environmental disasters on a massive scale. It doesn’t have to be that way. […]

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Parasites destroy local businesses By: Mark Luedtke Downtown bar J Alans is out of business. I spent a lot of time in that bar with owners Phil, Carla, Jeff and Junior – all of whom I like a lot – as well as the bartenders and regulars. J Alans was the cultural center for live music […]

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Drive into history

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At Dayton’s Packard Museum  By: Mark Luedtke Photo: 1930 745 Brewster Convertible Sedan Photo Credit: Andrew Thompson Daytonians take it as an article of faith that Dayton was a big time car town a century ago. Everybody says so. Visitors can view an historic automobile exhibit at Carillon Park to validate this claim, but few really […]

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Abandoned puppies by Mark Luedtke   Photo: [l to r] The author’s daschund and the two puppies left outside his house   On January 31 of this year, my girlfriend and I were forced to take care of two abandoned puppies. I took my dachshund out in the evening as usual, but as we walked onto […]

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What does the Dayton City Commission have to do with right to work? By: Mark Luedtke Right-to-work laws are determined at the state level, not the local level, so it might seem like the Dayton City Commission wasted a bunch of taxpayers’ money a couple of weeks ago when they passed a resolution unanimously opposing any right-to-work […]

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The U.S. is still lying about its spy programs By Mark Luedtke If I told you about a government program that recorded every electronic communication of its own citizens – phone calls, emails, texts, chats and anything else it could think of – you would think I was talking about China or Russia. The Chinese […]

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Flying into Uncharted Territory

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The Dayton Air Show defies sequester By Mark Luedtke Photo: The World War II-era B-29 Superfortress “FIFI” is the last of its kind; photo credit: Scott Slocum The Sequester According to John Cudahy, president of the International Council of Air Shows, the Dayton Air Show is one of the most prestigious shows in the country. Cudahy […]

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Backlash against Monsanto and GMO foods by Mark Luedtke Monsanto is another of government’s corporate agents that is literally poisoning our food supply. The newest technique is modifying the DNA of crops to supposedly improve them. Health News Magazine explains how this got started, “The challenge of effective weed control spurred a ‘great’ idea from the […]

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Government’s corruption of our food By Mark Luedtke Of all government’s evil schemes, the corruption of our food supply to keep us sick and distracted is one of the most pernicious because, so far, the government has managed to keep it a secret. While liberals think corporations are the problem and that they control the […]

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Gays should be careful what they ask for By Mark Luedtke Because government is a coercive institution, every action it takes divides people into winners and losers. It used to be if one person wanted to buy a fuel-efficient car, they did so freely and were happy about it. If another person wanted to buy […]

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False flag attacks in Syria By Mark Luedtke Months ago, President Obama threatened that if the Syrian government used chemical weapons against its own people, it would invite direct U.S. retaliation. Pat Buchanan characterized Obama’s statement, “Foolishly, [Obama] put his credibility on the line by warning that any Syrian use of chemical weapons would cross […]

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