Kathy Shaidle

Kathy Shaidle

A blogging pioneer since 2000, Kathy Shaidle runs FiveFeetOfFury.com. She has been called “a purveyor of some of the most offensive racial stereotypes I have ever read” by Bernie Farber of the Canadian Jewish Congress.

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“Fighting the Enemy”

May 30 2017

Last week's suicide bombing in Manchester was the first Muslim terrorist attack on the West that didn"€™t make me angry or sad. I"€™m still haunted

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Susan Sontag

Cool Detachment

May 23 2017

I still haven"€™t memorized my cell phone number, or my husband's. I don"€™t remember the year my mother or father died, let alone the month

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Mahatma Gandhi, circa. 1927

Only the Onlys

May 16 2017

I subject every new, hotly touted study to the Grandma Says test. That is, if you stick the phrase "€œGrandma says"€ in front of the


Get Your Hard Hats On!

May 09 2017

"€œStop being juveniles,"€ a Lindsay aide, Donald Evans, admonished a construction worker. "€œWhat do you mean, being a juvenile?"€ he replied, punching Mr. Evans on

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Sylvia Plath

Career Suicide

May 02 2017

Decades after dying by her own hand, a renowned female American poet makes the news. Sessions with her psychotherapist become public, revealing accusations of abuse

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Affliction Du Jour

Apr 25 2017

There Affectation, with a sickly mien, Shows in her cheek the roses of eighteen, Practis"€™d to lisp, and hang the head aside, Faints into airs,

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Ayn Rand

The Danger of Ayn Rand

Apr 18 2017

"€œWhile Rand's inner circle continued to fray, Objectivism in New York was reaching fever pitch. With much fanfare, in May 1967 NBI signed fifteen-year lease

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Chuck Berry

Chuck Berry: Duckwalking Towards Bethlehem

Apr 11 2017

I call them the "€œAckchyuallies"€: the concern trolls who reflexively politicize and pollute every occasion of mass recollection, wailing, "€œColumbus was a mass murderer!"€ and

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John Waters

John Waters, Singular Maniac

Apr 04 2017

Filmmaker John Waters is one of those weather-vane celebs whom conservatives celebrate when they point in roughly the right direction. For instance, and ironically, I"€™m

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Camille Paglia

“€˜Free”€™ Camille Paglia!

Mar 28 2017

Empire waist floral baby doll dress, worn over black cycling shorts? Check. Doc Martens (or cheap reasonable facsimile)? Check. Pink rape whistle and bowling ball

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Johnny Rotten and Steve Jones

Oversexed Pistol

Mar 21 2017

"€œNo matter what madness I"€™m hearing from the podium, he's thrilling."€ That observation about Donald Trump's speechifying is so pedestrian it qualifies for its own

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Katy Perry

Twisted Sisters

Mar 14 2017

So TCM ran The Nun's Story again, and I watched it again, and cried again. Which isn"€™t that big a deal because I cry at

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Gustav Metzger

The Hitler of Gibsons

Mar 07 2017

Steeltown was headbanger heaven. Heavy metal devotees stomped the streets of my hometown in their mustard-yellow Kodiak boots, fingering their long, ratty hair behind their

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Depeche Mode in concert, Sweden 2010

Blasphemous Rumors About Richard Spencer

Feb 28 2017

Did you have that stupid idea in high school too? That on prom night or graduation, you and your two or three hippie or punk

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Warren Beatty and Fay Dunaway

Fifty Years of “€˜Bonnie and Clyde”€™

Feb 21 2017

I haven"€™t cared about the Oscars since 1992's Silence of the Lambs sweep. Like, I presume, 99 percent of Takimag readers, I won"€™t be tuning

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Isn”€™t It Romantic?

Feb 14 2017

The most "€œValentine's Day"€ thing I"€™m doing this Valentine's Day is publishing this Valentine's Day column. Of sorts. Regulars know I"€™m not much of a

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Montreal, Canada

We Need to Talk About Quebec

Feb 07 2017

Americans left and right are, understandably, only interested in "€œCanadian initiatives,"€ ("€œworthwhile"€ or otherwise) when these can be whittled into pointed sticks with which to

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Mary Tyler Moore

I Hate Spunk

Jan 31 2017

"€œShe made a show about how single career women could still have fulfilling lives, with the help of the powerful TV executive she was married

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Thanks for Nothing, Bitches

Jan 24 2017

Women rarely fail to let me down. There's a Roz Chast cartoon showing one lady shouting at another: "€œThe price of Kleenex WAS SO 47

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Frank Sinatra

Ladies and Gentlemen…President Sinatra

Jan 17 2017

Frank Sinatra's Secret Service code name was "€œNapoleon."€ Before you can finish asking, "€œWhy did he need one?"€ you"€™ll remember: JFK was practically a member

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Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia

No Peace in the Uncanny Valley

Jan 10 2017

Star Wars makes you stupid. Star Trek makes you smart. Yes, both fandoms pursue cosplay, compulsive crap collection, and other life-wasters. But whereas Star Wars

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Right-Wingers, Please Stop Saying This One Stupid Thing

Dec 20 2016

If I"€™d known, as a teenager, that Lake Superior State University existed, maybe I"€™d have bothered getting a degree after all. For one thing, these

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DNA Despair

Dec 13 2016

On the topic of "€œnoteworthy accomplishments,"€ here's an ironic one: With How the Scots Invented the Modern World, author Arthur Herman somehow wrote a book

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Joan Rivers

From Joan to Donald

Dec 06 2016

"€œI lost my whole family in Auschwitz. Seriously: I waited in the gift shop for hours…"€ "€”Joan Rivers Taki's particularly hydrophobic commenters will greet with

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A Burgeoning Civic Religion

Nov 29 2016

I never want to belong to any club that would have anyone else as a member. Groucho's original complaint is incontestably clever, but when it


Fifty Shades of Hate

Nov 22 2016

Congratulations, Taki's! You made the big time! And by "€œbig time"€ I mean, er, a bunch of telephone poles in one Toronto neighborhood. Right after