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Gisele Bundchen and Tom Brady

For Cheat’s Sake

Jun 04 2015

It was, using Edward De Vere's words, much ado about nothing. The media didn"€™t think so, called it "€œDeflategate,"€ and one of America's great sporting

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Norman Mailer

More Mailer

Apr 22 2015

One of those self important, so called pundits once asked Norman Mailer if fascism was coming to America. The pompous one had once worked for

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Paris Hilton

Landed Fortunes

Apr 11 2015

"€œThere is no more potent instrument of fate in 19th century fiction than the legacy."€ So writes a female columnist in Britain's best newspaper, The

Middle East

Decapitation and Capitulation

Mar 04 2015

The week after the murdering scum of ISIS beheaded 21 Egyptian Christians in Libya"€”their crime was being Christians"€”the European Commission opened an investigation of Christian


Charlie Hypocrites

Feb 04 2015

I am not Charlie, nor will I ever be. Wearing a Je suis Charlie badge is one sure way of getting attention, but I will


Dudley House, London

Hail the Conquerors

Jan 31 2015

Thick snow is falling hard and heavy, muffling sounds and turning the village from picturesque into postcard-beautiful. I am lying in bed listening to a

Church and State

Turn the Other Cheek

Jan 07 2015

Although an acknowledged sinner for most of my adult life "€“ I chase women non-stop, drink to excess, smoke and gamble "€“ I have never

Cultural Caviar

The Year of the Truth Camps

Jan 03 2015

Welcome to 2015, the year that speaking and writing freely had to stop. Anything that might cause trauma to anyone of any race except the

Hate Speech

Hype’s Premier Task

Dec 31 2014

Political correctness. The dreariest, most depressing and dismal words in the English language, almost as depraved as the word "€œhype."€ The apostles of P.C. claim


Charles Barkley

Al Sharpton Is at It Again

Dec 24 2014

If I were a North Korean leader, or even an ISIS head chopper, I"€™d be reveling in the fact that a black American former basketball


Elizabeth Taylor

Dazzling and Dangerous

Dec 15 2014

When I was young I lived an idyllic life. I played sports, chased girls, and read novels. F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, John O"€™Hara, Graham


Pass the Sick Bag!

Dec 05 2014

I was not surprised Chuck Hagel had to go. After all, he was among the very few in governments of late who had ever seen

Cultural Caviar

Phantom of the Opera

Nov 07 2014

Opera has been in the news lately, in Paris and New York, that is. And no, this doesn"€™t mean things are culturally looking up; on

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The NFL’s Bashed-in Moral Compass

Oct 15 2014

The latest brouhaha about professional football players beating up their little wimmen has me shocked, shocked that such a thing could take place in modern

International Affairs

Hate on the March

Sep 05 2014

An American friend who is very well connected in Washington, D.C. was telling me he's worried about Europe. So what else is new, I said.

Heart of Darkness

The Evil of Occupation

Aug 08 2014

Ask any Greek about the Turks and the best you"€™ll get is a grimace. More often than not the answer will be a swear word

High Life

Get Me to Wyoming!

Aug 02 2014

I am looking out my window at the green landscape and forested mountains rising beyond, as peaceful a scene as there is in this troubled


Which Holocaust Did You Mean?

Jul 31 2014

I wagered a Takimag writer that the New York Times and its international excuse for a newspaper would report on anti-Semitism in Europe the minute


Regensburg Cathedral

Deutschland, Deutschland!

Jul 25 2014

Boo to the C.I.A.! It got caught spying on Germany and its top man in Berlin has been sent home. What I"€™d like to know



The Head Hooligans

Jul 01 2014

The greatest criminal and most profitable enterprise the world over is FIFA. I write this as billions are watching obscenely overpaid footballers competing for a

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Palm Beach Bath & Tennis Club

Nouveau Retch

Jun 17 2014

"€œSummertime, and the livin"€™ is easy,"€ as the song tells us. Or it used to be, as my father complained when confronted on his boat


White Devils for a Free Africa

Jun 05 2014

I write this while American unmanned flights and 18 American "€œspecialists"€ are looking for those 200 unfortunate girls abducted by Boko Haram, a group our


Sochi 2013

Don”€™t Bait the Bears

Apr 25 2014

Back in 1961 a CIA agent and I approached Thomas Lejus, who won the 1959 boys"€™ singles championship for the Soviet Union at Wimbledon. We

Afternoon Delight

Mental Qatardation

Mar 11 2014

For some fifty years now it seems that God has played a great joke on mankind, granting the best fuel reserves to undeserving desert places


Franklin D. Roosevelt

Return of the Japan Scam

Mar 05 2014

One of life’s safest bets is that following a visit by a Japanese premier to the Yasukuni Shrine, which honors the nation’s war dead, a

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Roger Moore and Sean Connery

The Two 007s

Feb 26 2014

In the movie business, conventional wisdom has it that to succeed at the box office a film must include profanity, obscenity, blood, gore, blasphemy, and,