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My father’s 1959 tax return

Cagle Cartoons, Tom Purcell
Apr 11 2014 - 11:47am

(Editor's Note: This is an excerpt from Tom Purcell's new book, "Comical Sense: A Lone Humorist Takes on a World Gone Nutty!")I stumbled upon my father's 1959 income tax return a few years ago. How I long for the simplicity he enjoyed when he filed his taxes that year.For 1959, my father paid a measly 5 percent in federal taxes, even though his...

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Obama talks to Putin

Cagle Cartoons, Tom Purcell
Mar 25 2014 - 10:33am

"You have been warned, Vladimir. If you don't reverse your impending annexation of Crimea, you're going to pay a steep price." "Steep price, Obama? More silly personal sanctions placed on a handful of individuals, rather than sanctions on my energy industry and banks -- something Vladimir actually fears? Sticks and stones may break Vladimir's...

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For St. Patrick’s Day — The value of Irish humor

Cagle Cartoons, Tom Purcell
Mar 14 2014 - 3:31pm

With the world in such a tizzy these days -- with so many people ready to shout and argue and poke each other in the eyes -- I can't think of a better time to embrace the Irish spirit.It's my great good fortune to be a fellow of Irish descent. I share my good fortune with a quarter of all Americans, who can also trace their heritage to the rolling...

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A dieting cookie addict’s plea -- stop those delicious Girl Scouts cookies!

Cagle Cartoons, Tom Purcell
Feb 25 2014 - 12:22pm

We must stop them.We must stop the millions of Girl Scouts who are, right this moment, preying on a helpless public, making us buy and consume calories we don't need -- at the rate of one or two rows of cookies at each sitting.I am on a diet, you see -- not just a low-carb diet, but a low-fat diet, low-calorie diet. I am getting by on only 1,300...

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Discouraging work

Cagle Cartoons, Tom Purcell
Feb 13 2014 - 12:27pm

Get this: The government is incentivizing people to not work. So said the head of the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office last week. CBO Director Douglas Elmendorf told lawmakers that millions of workers could either cut back their work hours or opt out of the job market completely because of Obamacare. The CBO report says millions...

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Little Sisters vs. Goliath

Cagle Cartoons, Tom Purcell
Jan 14 2014 - 12:31pm

It's a story about how freedom is all. I speak of the Little Sisters of the Poor, an international congregation of Roman Catholic nuns who have devoted their lives to caring for the elderly poor. I am lucky to know more about this remarkable organization than many.

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The key to New Year's resolutions

Cagle Cartoons, Tom Purcell
Dec 26 2013 - 4:10pm

There's a reason why only 8 percent of New Year's resolutions are kept: Too many of us make resolutions that lack resolve. "Resolve" is a powerful world. According to one dictionary, it means "to solve a problem, or to find a satisfactory way of dealing with a disagreement." Bill Gates elaborated on the concept in his 2007 commencement address at...

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Why there's lots to celebrate this Thanksgiving

Cagle Cartoons, Tom Purcell
Nov 26 2013 - 10:49am

Sure, the country isn't doing so well at the moment, but there are still plenty of reasons to be thankful this Thanksgiving.

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My father’s 1959 tax return

Cagle Cartoons, Tom Purcell
Apr 11 2014 - 11:47am

(Editor's Note: This is an excerpt from Tom Purcell's new book, "Comical Sense: A Lone Humorist Takes on a World Gone Nutty!")I stumbled upon my father's 1959 income tax return a few years ago. How I long for the simplicity he enjoyed when he filed his taxes that year.For 1959, my father paid a measly 5 percent in federal taxes, even though his...

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Obama talks to Putin

Cagle Cartoons, Tom Purcell
Mar 25 2014 - 10:33am

"You have been warned, Vladimir. If you don't reverse your impending annexation of Crimea, you're going to pay a steep price." "Steep price, Obama? More silly personal sanctions placed on a handful of individuals, rather than sanctions on my energy industry and banks -- something Vladimir actually fears? Sticks and stones may break Vladimir's...

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