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Forecasting a Million Muslim Mob

In the news and opinion business, late December and early January are the dead season as journalists go on vacation, leaving behind their canned top 10 lists for last year and forecasts for the new year. I"€™m not much of a fan of ...

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Raise a Drumstick to the Indians

Thanksgiving is thousands of years old and can be traced back to Catholics, Puritans, and even Guy Fawkes. In the modern narrative, however, it's a blasphemous day where we overindulge ourselves while ignoring the horrible slaughter of ...

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Setting Stonewall Straight

I"€™m just finding out that Roland Emmerich is gay. Wow, does that ever put his orgasmic famous-landmark explosions in Independence Day, White House Down, and The Day After Tomorrow in a whole new CGI light! Emmerich is best known ...

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Refugee Reflections

There were only a few refugees still on the seafront when I arrived in Bodrum (Turkey), and there were even fewer of them by the time I left a number of days later. Where and how they had all gone I do not know. The Greek island of Kos, ...

The Watergate Complex, Washington D.C.

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The Plot to Destroy Nixon

In his new biography Being Nixon: A Man Divided, Evan Thomas concedes a point. Richard Nixon, he writes, “was not paranoid; the press and the ‘Georgetown set’ really were out to get him.” Carl Bernstein’s ...

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Was the Civil Rights Movement Really Necessary?

"€œBut then there"€™d be no story."€ That was my mother's singsong refrain whenever I"€™d complain that some film we were watching made no sense. To this day, my biggest movie beef can be distilled to one inelegant, juvenile ...

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All This I Had Forgotten

Everyone supposes that he is the world authority on his own life, especially on his own thoughts and experiences. But is this really so? I began to doubt it when, the other day, I leafed through the copious notebooks that I have kept ...

Norman Mailer

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More Mailer

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 Time magazine, so Norman answered him with a pun. "€œIt's going to be a Luce sort of ...

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Annoying Encumbrances

Yesterday a young man asked me to recommend a must-read book, the one that meant the most to me. My answer to that question hasn"€™t changed since it was published in 1988: Solitude by Anthony Storr. I"€™ve never before or since ...

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2014: The Year the Liberal Narrative Exploded

The only thing worse than a man is a white man, am I right? They start off as violent little bastards, biting Pop-Tarts into guns, and before you know it, they"€™re raping their way through college. The very privileged end up running ...

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The 14 Most Annoying People of 2014

For even the most mildly sentient among us, living in the modern world is like being crucified on an old rugged cross of perpetual annoyance. Public discourse"€”if you can call it that"€”has devolved into a ghastly assembly line of ...


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