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Bill O’Reilly Shifts to Podcast

|Published April 24, 2017|

By Thursday Review editors

Starting this week, Fox News analyst and commentator Tucker Carlson takes the helm of the prime time slot once dominated by Bill O’Reilly, the...(click to read more)

Twitter Faces Lawsuit Over ISIS-Inspired Terror

| Published January 11, 2017 |

By Thursday Review editors

The families of several Americans killed by members of the Islamic State have filed a federal lawsuit charging that the social media application Twitter served as...(click to read more)


Onward Christian Whiners

| Published Nov. 21, 2016 |

By Craig R. Seaton
Thursday Review contributor

Onward Christian whiners, share your piece of mind

With the cross of Jesus, dragging...(click to read more)


John McLaughlin, Creator of
Combative Political Talk, Dies at 89

| Published August 17, 2016 |

By R. Alan Clanton
Thursday Review editor

He was what many television critics and cultural historians say was the inventor of confrontational political TV. And he was arguably one of the most...(click to read more)


Jimmy Hoffa testifies

Hoffa Disappearance Anniversary
Still Raises Questions

| Published August 2, 2016 |

By Kevin Robbie and
Alan Clanton,
Thursday Review
contributors
July 30, 2016, marked the forty-first anniversary of the disappearance of James Riddle Hoffa, a founding member of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, the labor organization’s...(click to read more)


Corrine Brown

Corrine Brown’s Legal Troubles Deepen

| Published July 12, 2016 |
By Earl Perkins,
Thursday Review
features editor

A North Florida congresswoman who has survived a dozen political scandals—the sorts of fracases generally fatal to most politicians—is now facing...(click to read more)


James Comey

FBI Decision on Clinton Emails Sparks Two Stories

| Published July 6, 2016 |
By R. Alan Clanton,
Thursday Review
editor

The dueling narratives began within minutes of the FBI director’s remarks.

Campaign spokespersons and top staff of Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, naturally, took the high road, pointing to the fact that...(click to read more)


FBI Building

FBI Dropping Further Inquiry Into Clinton Emails?

| Published July 3, 2016 |
By Keith H. Roberts,
Thursday Review
contributor

CNN is reporting that unnamed sources within the campaign of Hillary Clinton, along with unnamed sources within the Justice Department, are certain now that despite four hours of interviews with...(click to read more)


US Congresswoman Corrine Brown

A Congresswoman Versus the Feds

| Published May 22, 2016 |
By Earl Perkins,
Thursday Review
features editor

Following an onslaught of accusations concerning improprieties associated with U.S. Representative Corrine Brown covering several decades, federal agents recently questioned former...(click to read more)


General Robert E. Lee

Removing Lee’s Name Sparks Controversy, Sarcasm

| Published May 15, 2016 |
By Keith H. Roberts,
Thursday Review contributor

Parks, statues, buildings, monuments and even schools which memorialize leaders of the Confederacy are facing hard times of late. Unpopular with American citizens for the connotations to a...(click to read more)


old car in Cuba

The United States, Cuba, Democracy
and Dissent

| Published April 12, 2016 |
By Earl Perkins,
Thursday Review
features editor

The Cuban regime's state-sanctioned killings, persecutions and imprisonments have slowed in recent years, but the average family still...(click to read more)


Corrine Brown

A Politically Perfect Storm for
Corrine Brown

| Published March 24, 2016 |
By Earl Perkins,
Thursday Review
features editor

Government, private industry, power and influence, even cash windfalls all seamlessly blend together when it comes to the activities of...(click to read more)


Corrine Brown

Congresswoman Under the Investigative Glare, Again

| Published March 7, 2016 |
By Earl Perkins,
Thursday Review
features editor

The director of an organization with close ties to U.S. Representative Corrine Brown has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit...(click to read more)


Leap frog Homestead, FL

Leap Frogs Over Homestead, Florida

| Published March 2, 2016 |
By Thursday Review staff

In this dramatic high altitude photo, members of the U.S. Navy’s Special Warfare Operations Squadron , also known as The Leap Frogs, glide to the ground high...(click to read more)


skydiving with US Flag

Flag, Flying High

| Published February 19, 2016 |
By Thursday Review staff

In this dramatic high-flying photograph, members of the U.S. Navy Parachute Team, also more commonly called “The Leap Frogs,” sail gracefully high above the skies near...(click to read more)


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Cool Stuff to Eat in Iowa (Before the Politicians Return for That Big Do-Over)

| Published February 5, 2016 |
By Earl Perkins,
Thursday Review
features editor

A fast-food burger joint rolled out a marketing campaign designed around the Iowa caucuses heading into the Presidential nominations, hawking...(click to read more)


Panthers Cam Newton

The NFL: Has Boorish Behavior Become the Norm?

| Published January 21, 2016 |
By Keith H. Roberts,
Thursday Review contributor

Carolina quarterback Cam Newton took a 12th-man flag from a fan from the stadium stands, wadded it up, and threw it onto the field. It was a major sign of...(click to read more)


photo composition of Iran flag with missile images

How Far Will Iran Go to Bend (or Break) Accord?

| Published January 4, 2016 |
By R. Alan Clanton,
Thursday Review editor

Iran just won’t stop being Iran, and its bad behavior in recent weeks and months have caused deep friction between U.S. lawmakers and the White House as Republicans (and many Democrats)—wary...(click to read more)


Firework

Fireworks Over Japan

| Published December 31, 2015 |
By Thursday Review staff

January 1, 2016: In the harbor at Yokosuka, Japan, sailors and military personnel line the edge of the flight deck of an aircraft carrier to watch...(click to read more)


Gifts for Military Personnel

Christmas Gifts for Enlisted Personnel & Families

| Published December 23, 2015 |

By Thursday Review staff

At Mayport Naval Air Station near Jacksonville, Florida, Command Master Chief William Mullinax (center of photo, gesturing), assigned to the USS Iwo Jima, supervises the packaging and organizing of...(click to read more)


Donald Trump at last GOP debate

Trump Reaffirms Loyalty Pledge to GOP

| Published December 17, 2015 |

By R. Alan Clanton,
Thursday Review editor

During Tuesday night’s CNN Republican Debate in Las Vegas, candidate Donald Trump reiterated a point crucial to many within the Republican Party. When asked by...(click to read more)


Field Service members at Everbank field

NFL Recognizes Veterans and Service Members

| Published December 2, 2015 |

By Thursday Review staff

As part of the National Football League’s commitment to honoring veterans and active service members, sailors in Jacksonville, Florida walk across Everbank Field after...(click to read more)


U.S. Navy photo by Carla Giglio

America’s Parade,
New York City

| Published November 12, 2015 |

By Thursday Review staff

Veterans Day, New York City: In this November 11 photo, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and Navy Secretary Ray Mabus watch respectfully as...(click to read more)


MSNBC Debate

The MSNBC Debate: Things Said, Things Not Said

| Published November 8, 2015 |

By Keith H. Roberts
Thursday Review contributor

During last week’s Democratic forum on MSNBC, moderator Rachel Maddow asked a somewhat whimsical question of candidate Hillary Clinton. Was she, the former Secretary of State, an...(click to read more)


Big Willie Tank in WW1

The Anniversary of
Big Willie:
How the Tank Made it to Battle

| Published September 30, 2015 |

By Kevin Robbie
Thursday Review contributor

Since the dawn of warfare, soldiers and armies have sought to gain a competitive advantage on the field of battle, especially in the area of...(click to read more)


Ayi and husband

Finding the Right Aunt in China

| Published October 3, 2015 |

By Michael Bush
Thursday Review contributor

Moving to China comes with all sorts of lifestyle changes for an expat family: grocery shopping every day rather than once or twice a week, using...(click to read more)


Scott Walker

After Walker:
Will the GOP Reclaim its Core Message?

| Published September 22, 2015 |

By R. Alan Clanton
Thursday Review editor

All those best-laid political plans and strategic playbooks, most of them written a year or more ago, seem to be worthless now. It’s like the old military axiom: once the...(click to read more)


Blake Coatney collage

Dying to be Loved:
The Final Footprints of
Blake Coatney

| Published September 12, 2015 |

By Jennifer Walker-James
Thursday Review
features writer

Words were spoken. A heart was crushed. A video was made. A trigger was pulled. A young person’s life was ended. July 21, 2014 was as...(click to read more)


Jax Navy Hospital in Jacksonville Florida

Retired Sailor’s Vegetative State Triggers Lawsuit
| Published July 28, 2015 |

By Earl H. Perkins
Thursday Review contributor

When you give your entire adult life to the United States, a decent and healthy retirement should be almost guaranteed. That is...
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sonogram

Pregnant at Seventeen
| Published April 22, 2015 |

By Brooke Herrin
Thursday Review contributor

When most girls get pregnant at seventeen their first thoughts are: “oh, crap, how did this happen to me” and “what am I going to do?”

Well for some reason I thought differently. My first thought was,...

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Please Stand By screen

Rockets, Raucous Riots, and Penn State’s Pitiful Pupils
| Published February 25, 2015 |

By Thursday Review editors

For television’s most beloved quasi-celebrity journalists, it’s been a rough few months.

At first, the worst of the losing streak appeared to be limited to NBC News. In January, meteorologist Mike Seidel appeared in one winter clip to be...

[ Read more ]


F-18 Hornets on a carrier

You're Gonna' Need a Bigger Foreign Policy
| Published August 27, 2014 |

By R. Alan Clanton
Thursday Review editor

The foreign policy situation now facing the White House is not funny, but humor sometimes helps to clarify and analogize.
In the famous 1975 Stephen Spielberg movie Jaws, the local cop, played by Roy Scheider, utters what is arguably one of the...

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Aerial view of Lake Johnson

The Battles Over Bottled Water

By Earl H. Perkins,
Thursday Review associate editor

The St. Johns River Water Management District's Governing Board has again caved in to the whims of big business in Florida. The group recently approved a consumptive use permit modification for Niagara Bottling, allowing the company to double the...

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Thursday Review Opinion Archive


The Long Term Effects of Bullying
By Earl H. Perkins

Nutrition versus Sex: Is There Hypocrisy in the Obama Administration?
By Mary Alexandra Pooler

The Honorable Racketeers
By Earl H. Perkins

Want to Save a Life? Put the Cell Phone Away
By Earl H. Perkins


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Comey’s Firing Pleases Few in Washington

| Published May 14, 2017 |

By R. Alan Clanton,
Thursday Review editor

In the evolving, shifting story of the firing of FBI Director James Comey by President Donald Trump, one constant remains: seasoned politicians of...(click to read more)


Corrine Brown

Awaiting the Verdict: A Tale of Two Corrines

| Published May 7, 2017 |

By Earl Perkins and
Alan Clanton,
Thursday Review editors

More than a week into the testimonies of witnesses in the trial of former U.S. Representative Corrine Brown in federal court and two competing narratives have...(click to read more)


President Trump

Facts and Their Alternatives

| Published February 9, 2017 |

By Jeff Cahlon,
Thursday Review contributor

After Speaker of the House Paul Ryan invited President Donald Trump to make a special address to a joint session of Congress, President Trump quickly...
(click to read more)


Fidel Castro

The Split Screen of Castro’s Passing

| Published November 28, 2016 |

By R. Alan Clanton,
Thursday Review editor

It was inevitable. There would have to be that split screen—two almost comically differing reactions by people who...(click to read more)


Trump campaign signs

Trump’s Huge Win:
How the Pundits & Pollsters Got it Wrong

| Published November 11, 2016 |

By R. Alan Clanton,
Thursday Review editor

The editors here at Thursday Review wrote two headlines early on Tuesday: Clinton Wins, World Ends at Midnight; Trump Wins, World Ends at Midnight. Both headlines, however, were deemed...(click to read more)


Times Union

The Florida Times-Union Endorses Donald Trump

| Published November 6, 2016 |

By Thursday Review staff writers

The Jacksonville-based Florida Times-Union, one of the oldest newspapers in the Sunshine State, has...(click to read more)


Corrine Brown

Out of Congress, Brown’s Troubles Far From Over

| Published October 18, 2016 |

By Earl Perkins,
Thursday Review features editor

A recently defeated congresswoman from Florida is facing a complex and costly challenge as...(click to read more)


Colin Kaepernick

Colin Kaepernick’s America

| Published September 2, 2016 |

By Earl Perkins,
Thursday Review features editor

San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick is well within his rights to sit through the United States’ national anthem prior to National Football League games, saying he refuses to stand for a country that...(click to read more)


Corrine Brown

Corrine Brown Intends to
Fight for Political Survival

| Published August 14, 2016 |

By Earl Perkins,
Thursday Review features editor

When U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown is backed into a corner, she always comes out swinging, and it seems she's recruited a home-run hitter in internationally acclaimed...(click to read more)


Corrine Brown

Can Corrine Brown Survive This
Legal and Political Storm?

| Published July 31, 2016 |

By Earl Perkins,
Thursday Review features editor

A Florida Congresswoman with a penchant for surviving scandals and political fights, and a track record of rebounding politically, is now facing her most serious...(click to read more)


Corrine Brown at Congress

Corrine Brown’s Indictment

| Published July 23, 2016 |

By Earl Perkins,
Thursday Review features editor

U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown is one of the most high-profile Democrats to emerge from Jacksonville, and the face of Northeast Florida politics is being forever changed as a...(click to read more)


abstract photo of USA flag

How an Assassination Changed the American Conversation

| Published June 9, 2016 |

By Craig R. Seaton,
Thursday Review contributor

“NATION MOURNS SLAIN PRESIDENT” read the morning headline on November 23, 1963—not quite 18 hours after John F. Kennedy was senselessly...(click to read more)


Hillary stumping in California

Email Controversy Expands for Hillary Clinton

| Published May 27, 2016 |

By R. Alan Clanton,
Thursday Review editor

Despite a scathing report issued this week by the Office of the Inspector General, and in spite of an ongoing FBI investigation which now looks to be broadening in scope, Presidential candidate and...(click to read more)


China military base

Dangers in the
South China Sea

| Published May 11, 2016 |

By Earl Perkins,
Thursday Review features editor

The United States has been the strongest nation in the world for generations, but the Peoples Republic of China is giving us a run for our money. A communist...(click to read more)


photo composition of a swimmer

Why Swimming Lessons Are
a Must in Florida

| Published April 20, 2016 |

By Earl Perkins, Thursday Review features editor

I despise the thought of government intrusion into the lives of citizens, but I wouldn't cry if a few...(click to read more)


Trump University

Chalk Messages and Free Speech on Campus

| Published April 10, 2016 |

By Thursday Review editors

Free speech should not be a complicated thing. Indeed, pain and suffering can come in many forms, but it should not come from happening to walk...(click to read more)


Burial site

Will Florida Find Genuine Closure for Dozier School for Boys?

| Published March 14, 2016 |

By Earl Perkins,
Thursday Review features writer

The Florida Legislature has committed $500,000 toward reburying the remains of children and teens found in unmarked graves at a now-infamous state-run reform school in the...(click to read more)


Early Voting sign

Should Women Vote for Clinton Because She’s a Woman?

| Published February 22, 2016 |

By Carol Chance,
Thursday Review contributor

It has happened again.

Let me preface this with some details about myself. I am not a political science major. In fact, I have very little college education. I'm just a person who has been mostly battling in that school...(click to read more)


Cam Newton at Press Conference

The Cam Newton Drama & Follies

| Published February 13, 2016 |

By Earl Perkins,
Thursday Review features editor

I have heard just about all I can stand to hear—or watch, or read—about Cam Newton, along with his apologists and detractors concerning his attitude at the Super Bowl after the Carolina Panthers’...(click to read more)


photo comporsition by Thursday Review

My Work Life With PTSD

| Published January 19, 2016 |

By Carol Chance,
Thursday Review contributor

Let’s take a simple test. Pull out your insurance card. You probably don't pay much attention to it since you use it mostly to go to your primary care physician. And, like many people, you fill...(click to read more)


Fake cow Rose Bowl

A Chorus of Boos for the Banned Stanford Band

| Published January 3, 2016 |

By Earl Perkins,
Thursday Review features writer

The Stanford band was somehow able to dent all six pillars of character with its performances at the Rose Bowl on New Year's Day. Its antics were highlighted by two parodies of Iowa, one prior to the...(click to read more)


Seasons Greetings in China

Enjoying Christmas in China: It's Up To You!

| Published December 19, 2015 |

By Michael Bush,
Thursday Review writer

It's Christmas time, y'all. No matter where you are around the world, if you grew up celebrating this holiday then you're probably excited about this time of year and all that...(click to read more)


scene from San Bernandino mass shooting

How Many Mass Shootings in 2015? Don’t Believe Everything on Facebook, or MSNBC

| Published December 10, 2015 |

By Keith H. Roberts, Thursday Review contributor

Liberals, progressives, and a lot of people of no particular political stripe, had blasted us last week and over the weekend with posts and reposts of the grimmest of statistics: the United States has endured some 355 mass shootings just since the...(click to read more)


Pumpkin house

Happy Valley:
The Dismal Business of Ripping Off Disney

| Published November 15, 2015 |

By Michael Bush, Thursday Review contributor

Recently, the mysterious urban street artist Banksy funded a “bemusement” park mockingly titled “Dismaland.” The art installation and sociopolitical statement was...(click to read more)


Great wall of China

Thank the Lord for Ice Cream!

| Published October 23, 2015 |

By Michael Bush, Thursday Review contributor

Being a parent is hard. No one really prepared us for how hard it actually is. Moving to China with a three year old is even harder. No one really prepared us for how...(click to read more)


canal in China

Seven Treasures: The Allure of the Water Towns
| Published September 27, 2015 |

By Michael Bush, Thursday Review contributor

Whether you are only in Shanghai for a few days, visiting family for several months, or have lived in the giant megacity for many years, you will at one point or another be given the...[Read more]


Mt. McKinley Denali

Ohio Vs. Alaska: Making a Mountain Out of a Mountain
| Published August 31, 2015 |

By Thursday Review staff

The mountain rises 20,320 feet above pristine Alaska wilderness. At that height, it is the tallest peak in all of North and Central America. It is also... (click to read more)


Hillary Clinton

Emails Were “Born Classified” According to Federal Policy
| Published August 21, 2015 |

By R. Alan Clanton
Thursday Review editor

One of the noticeable fixtures of the ongoing controversy over email accounts used by Hillary Clinton during her tenure as America’s top diplomat has been the reliably loyal position which U.S. State Department officials have taken regarding their former chief.

State Department spokespersons have sometimes delicately skirted the issue of whether Clinton was in direct violation of State’s own policies regarding emails and correspondence, just as they... (click to read more)


Chattanooga recruiting flags

A Memorial Made of Flags
| Published July 27, 2015 |

By Thursday Review staff

Local residents of Chattanooga, Tennessee place American flags and other patriotic items at the makeshift memorial which sprang up near the Armed Forces Recruiting Center in Chattanooga, the site where four U.S. Marines and one U.S. Naval sailor...(click to read more)


collage of sunshin & capital

Government in the Sunshine, Sort Of
| published March 20, 2015 |

By Earl Perkins
Thursday Review features editor

I remember the good old days when you could actually access public records and read them whenever you needed the information in Florida. The process was governed by something known as Sunshine Laws.

Oops...that's another figment of my imagination that never really happened, according to the Florida Times-Union. Today, some government officials will make...[read more]


Hillary Clinton

Homebrew of Troubles: Clinton’s Email Issues

| Published March 5, 2015 |

By Thursday Review staff

After several days of silence, presumed Presidential candidate and Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton says she has nothing to hide in the thousands of emails sent and received using a homebuilt server and private email platform during the time she served as U.S. Secretary of State.  She has asked that the State...(click to read more)


Eiffel tower background with French flag with fist holding pencil

Terrorism, and the Legacy of Charlie Hebdo
| published January 15, 2015 |

By Earl Perkins
Thursday Review features editor

Terrorists and lawless groups do whatever they want, leaving death and destruction in their wake while bringing anarchy to the world: herding those of other religions into soccer stadiums before raping the women and killing the men, kidnapping children, stealing land and property from others, enslaving and torturing anybody who gets in their way.

These are just a few of many things that bad people have done for eons, and organized nations today somehow think...[read more]


Michael Rogers of NSA

The NSA's Quiet Acknowledgement
| published January 7, 2015 |

By Thursday Review editors

While most Americans were enjoying their Christmas Eve—quietly, perhaps, at home with holiday food, gift-wrapping, Christmas lights, and eggnog—or perhaps engaged in the more hectic task of frenzied last-minute gift-buying—a long, detailed government report was issued with little fanfare and even less mainstream media attention.

That lengthy report and review, posted on the website of the U.S. National Security Administration late on the afternoon of Christmas Eve, reveals what some have already suspected, others have feared, and still others have defended: that the NSA’s...[read more]


Janay & Ray Rice

The NFL's Unfortunate Tradition
| published November 21, 2014 |

By Earl Perkins,
Thursday Review features editor

Our system has created, via incompetent parenting and a failing educational system, a generation of violent video game-watching, unsupervised and under-educated miscreants who place no value on anyone else's life or needs but themselves.

I've been researching this story in my mind for years, but never got around to placing it on paper. A short article admonishing the powers that be was my goal, but I'm rushing to finish before it calls for a 10-volume book series. I said we'll trot out a few players who had run-ins with the law, and maybe even build a small depth chart.

However, bad behavior from superstar football players has been swept...[read more]


Mark Udall

Udall Against All?
| published November 2, 2014 |

By John T. Herndon,
Thursday Review contributor

Colorado Sen. Mark Udall's immediate reaction this past summer to the Supreme Court's ruling involving Hobby Lobby and the requirements of the Affordable Care Act highlights what may well be a deeper conviction he holds regarding the rights of citizens and a reluctance to actively defend them. Combined with his silence as a response to a letter I sent him in 2013, Sen. Udall may well doubt the very notion of constitutional rights as things which are held by citizens, preferring to view us as subjects of governmental authority, relying on that authority for any and all actions that we are allowed...[read more]


Emergency vehicle

The VA's Problems Won't Go Away Quickly
| published July 24, 2014 |

By Earl Perkins,
Thursday Review features editor

When a worm burrows into an apple, you don't realize there's a major problem until it's ruined, and this scenario could be used as an analogy with the Department of Veterans Affairs scandal.

We're a couple months into a nationwide investigation, and it seems that more than...[read more]


Teddy bear on tv screen

The Infanticide & Abortion Media Blackout
| published April 30, 2014 |

By Mary Alexandra Pooler,
Thursday Review contributor

A Utah woman was arrested in mid-April in connection with the bodies of seven infants found in her home. She gave birth to all seven, strangling six of them in an act of infanticide—the seventh was stillborn.

A Pennsylvania woman was convicted and sentenced to life in prison for killing her own child in August 2013. She delivered her baby boy in a sports bar bathroom, smothered him, stuffed him in a bag, and crammed him into a toilet tank. She then returned to... [read more]


family on a beach Image courtesy of Microsoft

The Art of Joyful Living
| published March 10, 2014 |

Brien Sorne,
Thursday Review guest columnist

In the endless maize of choices we are presented every day that promise health and happiness, here is a quick list of basics for finding lasting joy in this otherwise temporary, entertainment-oriented culture. Fair warning: these are not available without making a decided effort to turn away from the incessant drone of the aforementioned tide.

All people need a place to belong. Even our mental reality...[read more]


Interchange of I10 and I95 in Jacksonville, Florida; satellite image courtesy Google

Eminent Domain and the Fifth Amendment
| published February 15, 2014 |

Earl Perkins,
Thursday Review Associate Editor

First it was the American Indians, and then came the slaves. Many acted like those decisions only adversely affected those people, but then came constricting laws and excessive taxation. The two-party political system demanded money like a great vampire-sucking squid, providing minimal services in return, while thumbing its collective nose at the citizenry.

The right of eminent domain traces its origins to the Constitution's Fifth Amendment, and was designed—as a sort of balancing act—to....[read more]


Detroit Michigan Image courtesy of Google/Photosphere

Detroit's Uphill Battle
| published December 29, 2013 |

Earl Perkins
Thursday Review Associate Editor

Some people I know have bragged for decades about their stocks and how they were flush with money, and it used to get on my nerves. I told them I had a better plan—I bet money at the dog...[read more]


Wells Fargo building in Jacksonville Florida

One Man Against His Bank
| published January 7, 2013 |

By Earl Perkins
Thursday Review Associate Editor

Ronald Yaffe needs a kidney to prolong his life. That fact usually wouldn't warrant a full-length story and concern on the part of the general populace. However, Yaffe has much bigger problems than a bad kidney and questions about his future. He's 73 years old with major health issues, but he's been waging a yearlong battle...[Continue reading]


cell phone

The Dangers of Texting While Driving
| published December 15, 2013 |

By Earl Perkins
Thursday Review Associate Editor

Thousands of people in this country will whine about their rights with the introduction of laws banning texting while driving. Well, I've just about...[Continue reading]


big money

The Simple Act of Reading
| published December 2, 2013 |

By Earl Perkins
Thursday Review Associate Editor

In Florida, Sarasota County Jail inmates and their families are smiling today, after a newly launched program has prisoners reading....[Continue reading]


big money

The Case for Better Banking Regulation
| published November 23, 2013 |

By Earl Perkins
Thursday Review Associate Editor

JP Morgan Chase has agreed to pay a record $13 billion settlement, following multiple investigations concerning toxic mortgage investments, including those that helped trigger the....[Continue reading]


Corrine Brown

Corrine Brown’s Legal Fight Continues

| Published February 22, 2017 |

By Earl Perkins,
Thursday Review
features editor

Corruption and politicians have made comfy bedfellows for centuries, but maybe there's just something special in the...(click to read more)


F18 Super Hornet

U.S. Military Bombing Increased in 2016

| Published January 9, 2017 |

By R. Alan Clanton,
Thursday Review editor

During the last full year of the administration of President Barack Obama, the combined forces of the U.S. military dropped or delivered...(click to read more)


Donald Trump

Making Inauguration
Great Again

| Published November 29, 2016 |

By Jeff Cahlon,
Thursday Review contributor

With inauguration day approaching, President-elect Donald Trump took time away from transition planning to prepare his inaugural speech. Thursday Review received an advance copy, and we...(click to read more)


Wells Fargo Bank

Fallout From Wells Fargo Scandal Could Last Years
| Published October 15, 2016 |

By Earl Perkins,
Thursday Review
features editor

Wells Fargo's expanding problems may have a ripple effect which will cost billions and last for years to come.

Illinois State Treasurer Michael Frerichs suspended $30 billion in state investment activity with Wells Fargo last week, possibly igniting a financial backlash and...(click to read more)


Scott Silverthorne

Sex, Drugs and Politics in Virginia
| Published August 12, 2016 |

By R. Alan Clanton,
Thursday Review editor

Drugs, sex and politics almost always make for a great story, and Scott Silverthorne, mayor of Fairfax City, Virginia, has certainly not disappointed our thirst for...(click to read more)


screenshots of Thursday Review, now & then

A Funny Thing Happened on
Our Way to the Mainstream Media

| Published April 3, 2016 |

By R. Alan Clanton,
Thursday Review editor

The number one most common complaint I hear and read about Thursday Review is that we publish too much right-wing conservative stuff. The other number one common...(click to read more)


Colorful Street food

Scared as Kuala Lumpur: Or, Tourism in the Age of Terror
| Published March 13, 2016 |

By Michael Bush,
Thursday Review writer

One of the benefits of being a stay-at-home parent is spending more time with the kids. One of the benefits of having a spouse that teaches for an international school abroad is that sometimes, as the...(click to read more)


Marco Rubio in Jacksonville Florida

Rubio Wants Floridians to Vote for a Floridian
| Published March 6, 2016 |

By R. Alan Clanton,
Thursday Review editor

Marco Rubio wants Republicans and conservatives to rally around his message, and he wants voters in Florida—especially—to help him become...(click to read more)


photo composition

ALS & The Ice-Bucket Challenge
| Published February 6, 2016 |

By Earl Perkins, Thursday Review features editor

Researchers at Johns Hopkins University may have discovered a major breakthrough in ALS research, partially crediting their success to a massive influx of cash primarily realized through a...(click to read more)


gun composite

Readers Sound Off on Gun Control
| Published January 22, 2016 |

By Thursday Review editors

Here are just some of the comments regarding our recent article examining the concept of “mass shootings”; what is a mass shooting, and who officially...(click to read more)


Michael Bush and Alan

An Improbable Meeting (Or, Playing Six Degrees of Michael Bush)
| Published January 9, 2016 |

By Michael Bush,
Thursday Review writer

Being a world traveler means you get to see some of the most amazing places imaginable, and that you get to taste the most incredible food found only in certain cities because the ingredients are...(click to read more)


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Between the World and Me; Ta-Nehisi Coates
| Published December 10, 2015 |

By Kristy Webster, Thursday Review contributor

Like Claudia Rankine’s Citizen, Coates’ Between the World and Me is truly required reading, a modern classic.

In this epistolary memoir addressed to his teenage son, Coates gives readers the opportunity to put a stop to our...(click to read more)


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Communications Professor at Missouri Challenges Freedom of Press
| Published November 10, 2015 |

By Thursday Review editors

Confrontations at the University of Missouri this week have triggered arguments about the Bill of Rights, freedom of the press, and student rights, as dozens of...(click to read more)


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A 1936 Book Explains Why Wal-Mart Will Have a Bad Year
| Published October 28, 2015 |

By R. Alan Clanton
Thursday Review editor

Thursday Review writer and features editor Earl Perkins is a hoarder. He admits as much, and because he is in the process of...(click to read more)


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The Long Corridor:
How One American Adjusts to Living in China

| Published September 19, 2015 |

By Michael Bush
Thursday Review contributor

One important thing you have to understand about living in China as a Westerner is that you are an oddity. You are different. You look strange. You talk funny. You’re probably...(click to read more)


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A Letter to All the Dear Johns
| Published September 2, 2015 |

By Jennifer Walker-James
Thursday Review staff

They say a person never forgets their first love. My question is, how does one forget any love? Each time you give your...

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U.S. Sending Supplies to Areas Hit by Typhoon
| Published August 9, 2015 |

By Thursday Review staff

A huge crane moves supplies from the flight deck of the USS Ashland to a loading platform in Saipan Harbor (Tanapag Harbor, in the Marianna Islands), on Saturday, part of a...

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Thursday Review Readers Can Instantly Interact
| Published April 5, 2015 |

By Thursday Review editors

Did you know that starting last month any time you read an article or update on the Thursday Review web magazine, you can also leave your comments instantly? We’ve added a comment area, near the...

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The Joy of Retro Tech
| Published March 28, 2015 |

By Earl Perkins Thursday Review features editor

I was recently sifting through books, magazines and ephemera, with high hopes of thinning my debris. That's when I cast my eyes up and saw...

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Is Big Brother Watching Your Car or Truck?
| Published January 31, 2015 |

By Thursday Review staff

A program which has been in place for several years uses the nation’s vast network of traffic cameras and license....

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Fat Leonard and the U.S. Navy

By Earl H. Perkins Thursday Review associate editor

At least six Naval officers have been implicated in a scheme to bilk the U.S. Navy out of millions of dollars, and the manager of a Singapore-based company pleaded guilty in the case Tuesday (March 18), according to...

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Reader Comments!

Thursday Review staff

Some of our recent content generated a lot of mail and commentary by Thursday Review readers, and among those articles which topped the list of items most viewed by TR visitors were: Crash Landing: The 1969 Seattle Pilots, by Kevin Robbie; Battles Over Bottled Water, by Earl Perkins; and several of our short business and finance articles about major retailers implementing store closures...

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An Inconvenient Chill, Again

R. Alan Clanton,

Thursday Review Editor

“I could punch Al Gore in the face,” a friend said to me yesterday, “because this global warming thing is getting ridiculous!” In the event that some member of his Secret Service or security entourage reads this, she was joking of course. Besides, I met Mr. Gore briefly, twice actually, in 1990...

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Warren Buffett, Shooting Tuna

By Earl H. Perkins
Thursday Review Associate Editor

That Al Lewis over at the Wall Street Journal always cracks me up. Almost every Sunday he writes a gem that is insightful and funny.

He's like that special teacher you had in school who taught you great stuff, even if you weren't that ...

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Five Years Ago in Thursday Review

By R. Alan Clanton
Thursday Review Editor

Posted, August 23, 2013: What was Thursday Review up to exactly five years ago this week? Candidate Barack Obama had just selected Joe Biden as his running mate, and this was our Road Show analysis of the events.....

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Addicted to High Speed? Try Gaming Instead.

Keith Herrin,
Thursday Review Contributor

Speed is a dangerous passenger. It's an addictive little devil that calls to you in the middle of the night and makes you jump out of bed to come and play. When the thought of speeding down your favorite curving, winding road pops into your head the time of day is irrelevant. While traveling at 100mph, knowing that lives are at risk won't stop a true speed junkie. It won't even...

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Murdoch's World: The Last of the Old Media Empires; David Folkenflik; Public Affairs Books; published in October 2013.