R. Kelly’s long-overdue conviction should be a turning point

(CNN)I vaguely remember when I first heard a rumor about an alleged R. Kelly sex tape. I was in college and a casual fan of the singer, songwriter and producer. Within days, I heard that the other person on the tape was a teenage Black girl.

Here’s a link to the column at CNN.

Top US generals punch holes in Joe Biden’s defense of Afghanistan withdrawal

(CNN)Top American generals warned President Joe Biden that the Afghan military would collapse. Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs, said in essence on Tuesday that both former President Donald Trump and Biden had botched negotiations with the Taliban — and the net result of the US actions was a “logistical success but a strategic failure.”

Here’s a link to the editorial at CNN.

Afghanistan blame game testimony by our military leaders didn’t yield answers America needs

One of the things I miss most about being part of the military was the curt phrases that said everything you needed to know about almost anything. Among my favorites was when, after a long meeting, someone would snicker, “That was a Kabuki dance.”

Here’s a link to the column at Fox News.

Everything we feared about Biden’s staggering Afghanistan debacle is true

Biden lied, they died.

Here’s a link to the column at Fox News.

Positively Speaking | Toby Moore: Memories my father gave me

As Gary Moore’s son, I had a unique vantage point to get to know my father in a way that almost nobody else could. He was a fantastic father!

Here’s a link to the column at the Southern Illinoisan.

Editorial: What do the Saudis have to hide regarding the 9/11 attacks?

Nearly 20 years after the most deadly foreign assault on U.S. soil, the American people still don’t have all the answers about whether the Saudi government assisted the mainly Saudi terrorists who planned and carried out the 9/11 attacks.

Here’s a link to the editorial at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Afghanistan was always Mission Impossible. Biden’s living in fantasyland with this endgame

President Biden has just sent combat forces back into Afghanistan to evacuate American civilians at the embassy and Afghans who have assisted us in the war effort. The 3,000 American forces will then presumably shoot their way out as they depart.

Here’s a link to the editorial at Fox News.

COVID vaccine mandates vs. personal freedom – here’s how to decide what’s right for you

My doctor has never mandated I do anything, ever. It’s one of the reasons I trust him so much.

Here’s a link to the editorial at Fox News.

Gary W. Moore: The importance of family traditions

Family traditions are meaningful to me. The older I get the more important it is to preserve these annual happenings in hope that they will be passed down through generations.

Here’s a link to the column at the Southern Illinoisan.

Column: That thin line between order and chaos in Chicago and other towns

There is a thin line in big cities like Chicago, New York, Detroit and Los Angeles and small towns too.

Here’s a link to the column at the Chicago Tribune.

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