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• In 1968, rockabilly songwriter Dick Holler composed a tribute song to the memory of four assassinated American civil rights leaders. Entitled “Abraham, Martin, and John,” the song memorialized Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King, Jr., John F. Kennedy, and Robert Kennedy, written shortly after King and Bobby Kennedy were killed. “Anybody here, seen my old friend Abraham…” is the first verse, followed by King and JFK. The fourth verse mentions Bobby walking over a hill with the other three. Recorded by Dion, the song rose to #4 on the Billboard pop chart. • You’ve no doubt heard of the Three Musketeers, but do you know their individual names? Alexandre Dumas’ 1844 novel tells of the adventures of three inseparable childhood friends, Athos, Porthos, and Aramis. Their well-known motto is “All for one and one for all!” First published in serial form in a Paris magazine from March to July, 1844, it takes place in the 1600s, and tells of the daring “swashbuckling” deeds of these members of The King’s Musketeers. Incidentally, the Mars candy bar of the same name made its debut in 1932. Mars’ advertising of the 1990s featured three men dressed as the legendary trio. • Do the names of Gaspar, Melchior, and Balthazar ring a bell? Although their names are not specifically mentioned in the Bible, these are the names attributed to the three Wise Men of the East, or Magi, who came to present gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh to Jesus after his birth in Bethlehem. There is also no mention of the number of kings who made the trek from Persia, but because three gifts are referenced, tradition gave way to the assumption that there were three men. After presenting their gifts, the Magi were warned by an angel in a dream to return to their homeland.

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Although Cruz is more flexible than his reputation suggests, he has the long baseline of consistency that you would expect from a genuine believer in a political philosophy. Trump has a few long-running themes and bugaboos, but has been all over the map on almost everything and sometimes will meander from one position to another within the same answer, in keeping with his lack of ideological anchor (and limited knowledge of policy). The two have completely different political styles. Trump is instinctual and has a roguish charm, whereas Cruz is earnest and tightly disciplined. If almost everything about Trump is unconventional, Cruz is outwardly a very traditional politician. The irony of Cruz’s position now is that, despite all his outsider branding, he is not getting savaged by the establishment. It is Trump who calls him a hypocrite and a liar. It is Trump who says he’s a nasty guy and a maniac with a temperament problem. And it is Trump, of course, who constantly raises doubts about his eligibility to serve as president. If you guessed a key event in the nomination fight would be the “othering” of the most potent tea-party conservative in the country by a billionaire businessman with a long trail of liberal positions and a history of praising President Barack Obama — well, then, you forecast the GOP race perfectly. In short, Cruz is under assault from a segment of the anti-establishment, although Cruz takes every opportunity to portray himself as the victim of the machinations of dastardly political insiders. The reality is that the establishment is sitting on its hands, agonizing over whom it loathes least, Trump or Cruz, while the fight between populism and conservatism rages. The battle for the soul of the GOP is now a battle for the soul of the right. Rich Lowry is editor of the National Review. © 2016 by King Features Synd., Inc.


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• In 1925, Ted Healy debuted a vaudeville act called “Ted Healy and His Southern Gentlemen,” featuring the three Horwitz brothers, Curly, Moe, and Shemp. Their slapstick, nonsensical comedy routine was a big hit, and they were contracted to make a film in 1932, Soup to Nuts. Shemp left the group shortly after, and a childhood friend of the boys, Larry Fine (Louis Feinberg), took his place. The trio separated from Healy and became known as The Three Stooges. Their popularity soared and MGM signed the trio to a movie contract in 1933. In 1946, Curly suffered a severe stroke and his brother Shemp returned to the group. Despite illness and old age, the beloved Stooges managed to keep their act together going into the 1980s, after having starred in more than 220 films. • The Bible’s Book of Daniel relates the story of three young Jewish men who defied their king to worship God. Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego lived in Babylon and were officials of King Nebuchadnezzar. The King set up a 90-ft. statue of gold and commanded all to bow down before it. Refusal would result in being thrown into a fiery furnace. The trio’s response was, “If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to deliver us from it, and he will deliver us from Your Majesty’s hand. But even if He does not, we want you to know that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold.” The furnace was prepared, seven times hotter than normal. When Nebuchadnezzar looked in, he saw four figures, walking unharmed in the flames. Realizing that an angel had been sent to protect them, he released them, and they emerged without a single sign of a burn. The King then decreed that any who spoke against their God should be torn limb from limb.

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How much do you know about moles? Tidbits has all the particulars on this small burrowing animal. • It’s highly likely you’ve never seen a mole. That’s because they live secluded lives in underground burrows, and only rarely do they come above ground. They are able to reuse the oxygen they inhale on their brief trips to the surface, enabling them to survive in the lower levels of oxygen of the underground. • The average mole’s body is only about 6 inches long, weighing between 2.5 and 4.5 ounces. The width of the tunnels they excavate is only about 2 inches wide and 1.5 inches in height, yet these passageways can extend for more than 75 yards. • Moles’ legs are short, but powerful. They use their very broad front feet and huge curved claws as shovels to dig their tunnels. They are able to move backwards nearly as quickly as forward. The moles aren’t the only ones to use their tunnels. Other small mammals such as voles and mice move through them, feeding on any grains and seeds they find. • Moles are not social animals and they tend to avoid each other, except in breeding season. Every mole has its own tunnel system, which includes a special “larder” or underground storeroom to store food to eat later. Their primary diet is earthworms, which the mole paralyzes with a toxin found in its saliva. Researchers have discovered larders containing over a thousand paralyzed earthworms. Moles also dig special compartments at the end of their tunnels for bedrooms and birthing areas.

• It takes a lot of energy to be constantly burrowing and the mole eats from 70% to 10% of its body weight every day. This translates to a 2.8-oz. mole needing about 1.7 oz. of earthworms every day. It can starve to death if it doesn’t eat every few hours. • The star-nosed mole can detect, catch, and consume its food in less than one second! • A mole’s fur is soft and velvety and is often highly valued. Baby moles are born without any fur, which starts growing at about two weeks. The little creatures grow quickly and leave the nest when they are 35 days old. Their eyes are very tiny and are covered with skin or fur. The moles aren’t completely blind, but they see very poorly. Since they live in the dark the majority of their lives, good eyesight isn’t a crucial thing. They are sensitive to changes in light and movement. They find their prey through scent sensors on the tip of their nose. They also have no external ears. • Although moles often consume many insects and grubs that cause damage to lawns and gardens, they are generally perceived as pests, as their tunneling produces unsightly mounds of earth. Their burrowing can also damage the roots of plants underground. Damage to agricultural machinery can also result from the moles exposing rocks in a field, as well as damage to drainage systems and waterways. • The tiny male mole is referred to as a boar, the female is a sow, and the term for a group of moles is a labour.

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