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Some thoughts on football and politics

EARLY voting begins today in West Virginia in the most important presidential race in four years. Sadly, Barack Obama's presidency has turned out to be as bad as I expected it to be.   

Mitt Romney gives me hope. As a business executive, I know he supports the kind of economic growth we so desperately need.

What a contrast to President Obama.

As president, he has seemed disinterested in anything but golf and basketball over the last four years. Instead of preparing for his first debate, he goofed off, visiting the Hoover Dam instead of rehearsing, and it showed in his poor performance.

This is a man who authorized a war - the bombing of Libya - while on vacation in Brazil.

He didn't even bother to come back to Washington to consult with military and diplomatic officials first.

But he did manage to give his opinion in the Mariah Carey-Nicki Minaj dispute. With Solomonic wisdom, he declared that the two singers should work things out between themselves.

Have we ever had a less serious candidate for president?

Besides the late Pat Paulsen.


One good thing about the last two West Virginia University football games is that the idiots in Morgantown have had no excuse to burn couches.

I understand the desire to have a goofy college tradition that is unique to WVU, but the couch burning endangers firefighters.

It's arson, plain and simple. The way to stop it is to prosecute the crime as a felony.

Or to continue to lose football games.

WVU's fire-prevention efforts against Texas Tech and Kansas State do make it look as if WVU went through a lot of trouble - and a lot of money - to join the Big 12 only to be humiliated on national TV week after week.

But the latest blowout has its upside. So many people switched channels that the WVU contest drew less than half the audience of the Florida State-Miami game on ABC.

A few more games like that and WVU will be back to local telecasts in no time.


President Obama contends that Republicans are waging a War On Women. His claim reveals more about liberals and the state of abortion today than it does Republicans.

Obama's evidence of this war is a false claim that Republicans want to ban birth control.

For decades, liberals claimed only that Republicans want to ban abortion. The need to add birth control to the list reflects a national change in attitude toward abortion.

In 1996, 56 percent of Americans called themselves pro-choice, according to Gallup. Today, only 41 percent do.

At the same time, in 1996, only 33 percent considered themselves pro-life. Today 50 percent do.

The change may reflect the aging of baby boomers. Hitting menopause eliminates concerns about unplanned pregnancies, making abortion and birth control less urgent.


Liberals insist there is no War On Coal. They argue that market forces and the exhaustion of easy-to-mine seams have taken a toll on coal.

The denial reminds me of Obi-Wan Kenobi telling the storm troopers in "Star Wars" that "these are not the droids you are looking for."

The Obama administration has attacked coal on two fronts, by giving power companies too little time to retrofit coal-powered generating plants and by illegally pulling mine permits.

Three times this year alone, federal judges have told the White House that its Environmental Protection Agency exceeded its authority in regulating coal.

To say there is no War On Coal is to say al-Qaida did not attack our consulate in Benghazi and kill Ambassador Chris Stevens.

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