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End Times for Time Magazine

By | December 11th, 2018|0 Comments
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From Men of the Year to Person of the Year. From the men who slipped the surly bonds of Earth and touched the heart of all mankind, who touched the heavens and read the words of our Father who art in heaven, who touched the pages of the oldest book—who turned to the verses of the Old Testament—to tell the tale about the newest journey in man’s long climb from the swamp to the stars, who touched the light while they spoke of the first day when God said: Let there be light.

From this

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Final Thoughts About the Finality and Burial of an Ex-President

By | December 10th, 2018|0 Comments
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Soldiers carried the flag-draped coffin through the nave. They carried it beneath the individual flags of the Republic, between the image of the nation’s Founding Father and the symbol of the Union’s savior. They carried it toward the altar of the National Cathedral, past diplomats and dignitaries ranked in rows, past military commanders of the highest rank and leaders of the commanding heights of power.

They carried it to the front—to lie in repose—where it rested, while speakers

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A Date That Lives in Infamy

By | December 6th, 2018|0 Comments
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He spoke after the dawn’s early light, after he had received proof through the night. He spoke to a nation in mourning. He spoke with growing confidence, because he knew the morning would come when we would raise our flag in defiance; when we would plant our flag on enemy beaches; when we would fly our flag from island hilltops; when we would wave our flag in the streets; when we would win the war and lower the flag of the Empire of Japan.

He spoke about the events of the previous night.

He

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Tom Friedman’s Garage Sale

By | December 5th, 2018|0 Comments
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I have seen the future, and it is a chain-smoking chimpanzee typist: a chest-beating, keyboard-banging columnist for The New York Times who does on paper what he does to the floor—take a massive dump.

Yesterday, he used his column to empty his cage. He listed his belongings for sale, including a trampoline, a safety net, drones, a robot, school supplies, and a self-driving car.

He breached the wall—a great wall with big beautiful doors—between editorial and advertising by promoting the

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Every Page Is Extra: The Interminable Nature of John Kerry

By | December 3rd, 2018|0 Comments
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The initials JFK are shorthand for tailors and typesetters alike. The letters adorn barrel cuffs and shirt pockets, where the stitching is surgical in its precision and subtle in its placement: a hand-sewn monogram, in indigo or ivory, that matches the darkest color of a particular fabric. The letters have regional and national significance. They have international importance, too, whenever they appear in print by way of Simon & Schuster or the Boston Globe.

But this JFK is not that JFK. John

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Not His Finest Hour: George Bush and the End of the Cold War

By | December 2nd, 2018|0 Comments
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Picture Victory in Europe Day not as an hour of triumph but as a moment of tribulation in which, instead of thanking Englishmen for their strength and stamina, instead of standing alongside ministers of many parties and almost every point of view, instead of standing in defense of King and Country, Winston Churchill stood alone—behind a curtain—so as not to embarrass Germany.

Picture the scene stateside, in which Harry Truman, who was then as foreign to the English as he was to his fellow

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Required Reading – November 26 Evening Update

By | November 26th, 2018|0 Comments
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Required reading from around the web of the best, most interesting, or most though provoking things we’ve read:

Greenfield: The New Crooked Congressional Black Caucus

“In the last decade, every single House Democrat sent to prison for financial crimes was a Congressional Black Caucus member. In the last twenty years, it’s been over 80%. After the midterms, the CBC has grown past a record 50 members. But that doesn’t mean it’s getting better. Power makes it worse. […]The Congressional

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Required Reading – November 26 Afternoon Update

By | November 26th, 2018|0 Comments
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Required reading from around the web of the best, most interesting, or most though provoking things we’ve read:

Doran and Badran: Trump Is Crude. But He’s Right About Saudi Arabia

“There’s not much Republicans and Democrats agree on nowadays, but President Trump’s expression of support for Saudi Arabia on Tuesday in the wake of the Jamal Khashoggi killing managed to unite them. Democratic and Republican leaders declared that the president’s statement was dishonest, morally blinkered

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Remembering Ricky Jay

By | November 26th, 2018|0 Comments
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He was two names in one.

Not Rick, Richard, or Ricardo. Neither Ricky nor Jay, but Ricky Jay.

Rick—ee. J—ay.

Ricky Jay.

He was fluent in Mamet speak: ready to do the thing, because he said he would do the thing; the thing he talked about, which was his thing; that this thing—everything was secondary to the thing—was why he did things, because he was a man; and men have been doing things since the thing began.

He was also Jamesian in his speech, a man for whom words like

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‘House of Cards’ Collapses

By | November 25th, 2018|0 Comments
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The wooden, zebra-striped arm—the mechanical limb attached to a squat torso—where cars stop and drivers lower their windows and strain to accept a paper wafer of a ticket before they circumnavigate the levels of this hellish parking garage, before they park their cars and check their teeth in the rear-view windows of their respective sports cars, before they enter the lobby of Netflix’s headquarters in Hollywood, California, to pitch their ideas for the sixth and final season of “House

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Required Reading – November 21 Evening Update

By | November 21st, 2018|0 Comments
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Required reading from around the web of the best, most interesting, or most though provoking things we’ve read:

Mikelionis: Democrat Mississippi Senate hopeful misled about $750G lobbying contract with African despot

“Fox News can reveal that Espy was paid $750,000 in 2011 by then Ivory Coast president Laurent Gbagbo’s government. The payment appears to contradict Espy’s previous statements that he accepted just a portion of it. […] Espy represented the African ruler who lost the 2010

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Required Reading – November 21 Afternoon Update

By | November 21st, 2018|0 Comments
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Required reading from around the web of the best, most interesting, or most though provoking things we’ve read:

Baumann: Bombshell: Court Rules Hillary MUST Answer Additional Questions About Her Email Scandal Under Oath

“U.S. District Court Judge Emmet G. Sullivan ruled on Thursday that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has 30 days to answer additional questions about her email scandal. The decision comes after Judicial Watch filed a lawsuit to obtain additional information from

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Required Reading – November 21

By | November 21st, 2018|0 Comments
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Required reading from around the web of the best, most interesting, or most though provoking things we’ve read:

Chang: No Deal With China Is the Best Deal for America

“Vice President Mike Pence in a stinging interview aboard Air Force Two on November 13, chastised China and rebutted critics of Trump policy. In doing so, he staked out a position not up to now heard in post-Eisenhower Washington.”

Read more at National Interest.

 

Bannister: Poll: 25% Follow Trump on Social Media; More Liberals

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Required Reading – November 19 Evening Update

By | November 19th, 2018|0 Comments
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Required reading from around the web of the best, most interesting, or most though provoking things we’ve read:

Joondeph: Thanks, NeverTrumpers. Are You Happy Now?

“Slowly but steadily the election is being overturned. Republican victories on election night are either being contested or have already been overturned, a week later morphing into Democrat victories. Funny that. Were any election night Democrat victories overturned a week later due to the miracle of uncounted or provisional

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Required Reading – November 19 Afternoon Update

By | November 19th, 2018|0 Comments
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Required reading from around the web of the best, most interesting, or most though provoking things we’ve read:

Miller & Varney: Republican activists claim 15 ballot box tags as proof of Florida election fraud

“Bikers for Trump leader Chris Cox bustled through the throng of protesters at the Broward County elections office at the heart of the Florida recount fandango, drawing attention to colored zip-tie tags found on the ground near the building’s loading dock. Mr. Cox and a crowd of

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Required Reading – November 19

By | November 19th, 2018|0 Comments
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Required reading from around the web of the best, most interesting, or most though provoking things we’ve read:

Dinan: Flake to halt judicial nominees until Mueller protection bill passed

“Sen. Jeff Flake announced Wednesday that he will not vote to advance any new judicial nominees through the Judiciary Committee, nor will he vote to confirm picks on the Senate floor, until he gets his way on unrelated legislation to prevent the firing of special counsel Robert Mueller. Mr. Flakemade the

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November 22, 1963

By | November 18th, 2018|0 Comments
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It was not the last word he said, but it was the final word he may have heard. It began in the morning and ended that same day with the nation—and the free world—in mourning. It was both a sentiment and a sight. It was written on signs and placards. It was the name of the site itself. It was the spirit of the city, from the field where he landed to the feeling the state’s first lady expressed when she said: “Mr. President, you can’t say Dallas doesn’t love you.”

They loved him before

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‘As You Wish’: Remembering William Goldman

By | November 16th, 2018|Comments Off on ‘As You Wish’: Remembering William Goldman
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William Goldman was the 10th dentist, the outlier among the nine out of 10 dentists who recommend Crest. Untrained and unlicensed, he did more to fight cavities than a global communist conspiracy to fluoridate America’s water supply. His secret: a Nazi dentist—redundant, I know—who introduced himself to patients, before introducing the instruments of torture, by way of an innocuous question; a banal inquiry: “Is it safe?”

Cut to Laurence Olivier as Dr. Christian Szell, “The White

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Eyewitness to Hell: The Woolsey Fire

By | November 14th, 2018|Comments Off on Eyewitness to Hell: The Woolsey Fire
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The demonic-shaped face of a cyclone, with two fireballs for eyes—the earthly equivalent of solar flares, with long filaments of plasma—whose pursed lips are like the world’s largest vacuum, suctioning all the dust and debris from the Great Basin—all the sand of Nevada, all the sediment of Oregon, all the stones of Colorado, Utah, and Wyoming—until that vacuum becomes a gun barrel; unleashing a fusillade of wind, heat, and fury; unleashing over 5,000 years of accumulated rage, as it

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A Tribute to Stan Lee

By | November 13th, 2018|Comments Off on A Tribute to Stan Lee
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Picture the scene transition—the spin, the blur, and the fade-away—as we segue from footage of the Hitler Youth to a fleet of newspaper delivery trucks outside Grand Central Station in New York City, where the roll-up doors open and drivers hurl stacks of comic books—of the same comic book—bundled together with twine, as the camera zooms in on the debut cover of “Captain America” in which the titular hero punches Hitler in the face, while the Gestapo point their rifles and machine

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The Peace to Begin All Wars

By | November 12th, 2018|Comments Off on The Peace to Begin All Wars
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It was a punitive peace, filled with malice and free of magnanimity. It was a victory as unchristian as it was uncharitable, enacted by moralists and enforced by militants: an affront to all who sought to preserve what was pragmatic and true; who could no more imagine the dissolution of Christendom than they could foresee the rise of the crooked cross of German tyranny; who could no more envision the collapse of the Russian Orthodox Church than they could picture the crimes of the Russian

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The Holy Trinity of the Totalitarian Left

By | November 9th, 2018|Comments Off on The Holy Trinity of the Totalitarian Left
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In just the few days since the midterm elections, the Left again has shown its brazen disregard for our historical and cultural norms and their contempt for the rule of law:   

Mobs were sent to intimidate political opponents into silence: Tucker Carlson’s wife was cornered in her pantry, and this was met only with media silence and no arrests by the police.

Voter Fraud has been deployed in order to steal elections they cannot otherwise win: Florida, with corrupt election

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Identity Politics is Interested in You

By | November 9th, 2018|Comments Off on Identity Politics is Interested in You
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You might not be interested in identity politics, but identity politics is interested in you. Conservatives, including those of a nationalist bent, love to tout the universality of their principles and denigrate the “tribalism” of the Left. This is all well and good, save for one detail: Leftist tribalism marches on, unfazed.

On Tuesday night, Ted Cruz, conservative Senator extraordinaire, kept his Senate seat by the skin of his teeth in Texas, the traditional stronghold of

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Nunes Wins, Democrats Lose a Top-Tier Grudge Race

By | November 7th, 2018|Comments Off on Nunes Wins, Democrats Lose a Top-Tier Grudge Race
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There were a handful of prolific Republicans who the Left really wanted to defeat on Tuesday: Senator Ted Cruz (they didn’t), Rep. Ron DeSantis (they didn’t), Rep. Steve King (they didn’t) and Rep. Devin Nunes (they didn’t).

Nunes became a target of the Left and some anti-Trump Republicans for his unwavering leadership in exposing the biggest political scandal in U.S. history: How the Obama administration weaponized the country’s law enforcement and intelligence apparatus to spy on a rival

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A Blue Wave Is Not a Welcome Sight

By | November 6th, 2018|Comments Off on A Blue Wave Is Not a Welcome Sight
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No political loss is permanent, just as no political victory is a mandate for permanent rule. Let us remember this fact if or when a blue wave rises and crashes from the Carolinas to the coastline of California, because the wave I refer to—the one pollsters talk about—is a tsunami: not a tidal wave but a wave of displacement, whose force is inexorable, whose fury is inordinate, whose fallout is inevitable.

To associate the tides with the timing of an election is to misunderstand the nature

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