Every year, it gets more difficult to decide what to include in my end-of-year wrap-up stories. This year, I decided to reflect on my favorite interviews of 2010. They appear below:
Roy Blunt Needs Education About Tea Party Folks — During a Feb. 26 interview with Roy Blunt, the seven-term congressman who would go on to win the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Christopher “Kit” Bond, seemed to display a basic misunderstanding about the people who make up the “Tea Party Movement.”
‘I Wouldn’t Want to Wish This Upon Anybody’ — During a March 23 interview, I heard details about the long and challenging road Jim and Cynthia Rice have traveled since Jim’s successful liver transplant operation in 2006. I also learned of their fears about ObamaCare.
Smashing the Left’s Stereotypes About Tea Partiers — Pajamas Media published my story that included interviews of three interesting individuals who attended a Tea Party Express rally April 5 in St. Charles, Mo. One was a college student from Missouri. Another was a small business owner from Illinois. The third was a black ambassador of conservatism from Florida. Together, they smashed the left’s stereotypes about who attends tea parties.
Romanian Immigrant: ‘Let’s say I came from hell’ — While attending the K and N Patriots’ weekly anti-socialism rally April 10 in O’Fallon, Mo., I had the good fortune to meet Romanian immigrants Ionel “Greg” Grigore and his mother Dumitra.
Business Owner Says Economy Not Turning Around — During an interview April 12, Mt. Orab, Ohio, small business owner Rick Misch shared his assessment of the economy based on his courthouse research company experience providing on-site criminal records checks for employment screening companies nationwide.
Obama Worshippers Full of Blissful Ignorance — Curious to find out what it was about President Barack Obama that drew young people to hear him speak in Quincy, Ill., I interviewed several of them as they prepared to enter the Oakley Lindsay Civic Center the afternoon of April 28.
Special Forces Veteran Says ‘No’ to Courageous Restraint Medal for Troops Who Don’t Shoot — During an interview in May, a Special Forces combat veteran told me he doesn’t think soldiers should be awarded for not firing their weapons, adding, “A lot of times, the bad guy gets shot for good reason and he doesn’t die.”
Special Forces Units Ignore Memo, Save Lives — Almost a month ago, I interviewed another former Special Forces operator whose experience includes having conducted nearly 500 interrogations of enemy combatants and third-country nationals while serving in Qatar, Kuwait and Iraq. He told me about how he and his colleagues ignored a Defense Department memo aimed at taking away one of their most effective interrogation tools and, as a result, saved American lives.
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