Fred Reed

Fred Reed

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Cultural Caviar

Mexico, as It Is and Wasn’t: Some Stuff Worth Knowing

Nov 18 2017

For Americans concerned about Mexico and Mexicans, and what sort of wights they be, a little history may help. We seem to know almost nothing

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Metropolitana Cathedral, Mexico City

Last Call at the Milk Bar

Jun 26 2014

I"€™m being a pain in the ass again. My childhood makes me do it. When I was 11, we boy kids in Alabama liked to

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Bowe Bergdahl

Deserting the Beast

Jun 12 2014

It is so easy to gull the pack, the herd. It just takes a bit of theater. A brass band on the Fourth of July,

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A Beagle and a Border Collie

Wading in the Zeitgeist

May 22 2014

Like apparently everybody who can read, still a probable majority in the U.S., I have just finished Nicholas Wade's A Troublesome Inheritance, which deals with

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Lost in Space

May 14 2014

The world is too much with us, late and soon. Before long, it can begin to seem reasonable. I have my doubts. The usual always


So What?

Apr 23 2014

I am puzzled as to why racism is thought to be a terrible thing, rather than entirely natural and often reasonable, and why people allow


John Kerry

Pickle Boy Steps Up: Dill, Sweet, or Kosher?

Mar 27 2014

Now, about this Crimea thing: What I figure is, the top part of the Feddle Gummint got dropped on its head when it was little,

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Race, Realism, and Race Realists

Mar 18 2014

“Race realists,” as they call themselves, very much want to think that Latin Americans are inherently stupid. The idea appeals to me. As a curmudgeon,

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Notes of a Fed-Up Southerner

Mar 12 2014

Coming up as I did a Southern boy, usually barefoot, lots of times with a cane pole and a string of bream I caught in

Crime and Punishment

Sour Thoughts From the Police Beat

Feb 27 2014

Things don"€™t work like they spoza. A cause of this dysfunction is the notion that criminals can "€œpay their debt to society"€ and then be

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A Border Collie and a pit bull

The Unfortunately Innate Nature of Intelligence

Feb 19 2014

Human races are subspecies of Homo sapiens [sic], just as Basset Hounds and Chihuahuas are subspecies of dog. The breeds of neither are precise genetic

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Butler Library, Columbia University

Forever Thirteen

Feb 12 2014

Oh, help. It seems that at Columbia University a rat pack of nursery feminists have got their skivvies in a knot because the library, Butler,

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The Soul of a Curmudgeon

Feb 07 2014

Ah, the guttering candle of civilization! How I love it. The dwindling flames warm the cockles of a curmudgeon's heart (whatever precisely a cockle may


Infinite Arrogance, Infinite Incompetence

Jan 30 2014

Oh lord. Oh lord. Can the government do anything right? There is no evidence for it. None. Everything it touches turns to grotesque failure. It

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A Childhood in Athens

Jan 23 2014

It is common for aging men, worn by the long years of drink and skirt-chasing and strenuous dissolution in the fleshpots of Asia, or any

Bizarro World

The Illusion of Government

Jan 16 2014

In a paroxysm of patriotic musing, I reflected that Washington is an insular, incestuous, inward-looking city, chiefly interested in itself, so politically inbred as to

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The Pursuit of Racial Amity

Jan 07 2014

Pondering the smoking ruins of American racial policy, I wonder whether it isn"€™t time to say publicly what many, if not most, of both races

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Maureen Dowd

Is Maureen Dowd Obsolete?

Dec 27 2013

“Without men, civilization would last until the oil needed changing.” "€”Federicius Aurelius Superomnem, 345 BC Oh god, oh god. Death, taxes, migraine, sinus drainage, beriberi,

Deep Thoughts

A Sozzled Apprehension of Politics

Dec 20 2013

I am seated in front of the Optiplex, drinking Padre Kino red and garnering insight. The garnering is tough these days. Still, to this end

Afternoon Delight

Rust on the Iron Law of Wages

Dec 13 2013

The other day I was thinking, which I know better than to do, and I started pondering the American economy, which ain"€™t got the chance

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No Child Allowed Ahead

Dec 06 2013

In my last column I fulminated about the calamitous effects of the feminization of the schools, of turning the school into an emotional infantile crèche

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Notes on the Pussification of America

Nov 14 2013

It is time to get women out of the schooling of boys. It is way past time. Women in our feminized classrooms are consigning generations

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Rev. Al Sharpton

Ideas for a Better Nation

Oct 25 2013

While grazing hither and yon around the glades of the Internet, I stumbled on the Reverend Al Sharpton, who was demanding reparations for slavery. He

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Mudgeon at the Bat

Oct 18 2013

The curious affair of Fred Mudgeon began in 2015 when he, age 67 and largely blind, walked onto the field of the Washington Miquetoasts, the


U.S. Department of Defense

Pay Attention and Think Fast

Oct 04 2013

I recently found in The American Conservative a piece called "€œ40 Years of the "€˜Fighter Mafia,"€™"€ this mafia being a subset of the "€œMilitary Reformers"€


F22 Raptor

An Inside Look at the Defense Industry

Sep 27 2013

In early 2035, the thirty-fourth year of the war against al-Qaeda, the Pentagon issued a White Paper saying that the F22 Raptor, the front-line fighter