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Oh, the lies we tell ourselves

America is the richest nation in the world. America is the most free nation in the world. The American military is the strongest in the world, is effectively invincible, and will always be so. Slashing its budget can therefore do no real harm, and there is no chance of anyone daring to take advantage of […]

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Antidote

Beginning to find the recent tsunami of sleaze, sordidness, and perfidy tiresome? Try this on for size, then. The phrase “he’d give you the shirt off his back” is routinely used to describe someone who would give everything to help another, but how many are as giving as Johnny Bobbit, Jr.? Bobbit recently stepped up […]

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Got Moslems?

Got problems. It’s easy to blame and ban inanimate objects. And it avoids any discussion of the perpetrators.  Newham is the London borough with the highest number of acid attacks. It also has the second highest percentage of Muslims in the UK. 398 acid attacks occurred in 5 years in the area named as “the […]

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Getting it yet?

Slowly but surely, inch by painful inch. Even apart from the fact that trust in media is at historic lows, this is what happens after decades of hyperpartisan coverage. The reason saying “I know you want to save Hillary Clinton” stings is because everyone knows it’s true. It’s not just true of Clinton, it’s true […]

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Position paper

What it’s all about. Populism, at least Trump’s version of it, is a platform built largely on the principle of economic nationalism. It focuses on three primary policy areas: trade, defense, and immigration. Trump’s description of the problem for each is very clear: 1) our trade policy has decimated our manufacturing base, leaving millions of […]

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Utopia it ain’t

Being a “liberal” means never having to say you’re sorry. For destroying entire cities. Carey Gabay, a Harvard-educated lawyer and aide to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo was walking with his brother down a Brooklyn street near a well-traveled parade route when he was shot over the weekend. Gabay was caught in the crossfire that […]

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Illegal immigration: twelve things

He’s right. Nobody said you had to like it. We just have to admit it. A few thoughts for Americans (justifiably) upset by the influx of illegal Mexicans: First, they come because you invite them. In effect you say, “Diego, don’t you cross that river. If you do, and we catch you, we’ll just put […]

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The Journal that saved New York

I had no idea they’d been around that long, but congrats to a fine, fine publication on its twentieth birthday: to its excellent staff, and especially to editor Brian Anderson, a long-time friend of this blog generally and Ye Humble Olde Host specifically. Brian was kind enough to send me a copy of his book, […]

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SOLD! American

Another non-surprise: The Obama administration has decided to abandon construction of a high-tech “virtual fence” along the Mexico-U.S. border, proclaiming it an expensive failure. Just as most people expected it to be. When the so-called Secure Border Initiative was announced back in 2006, President Bush called it “the most technologically advanced border security initiative in […]

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Razing Arizona

“I’m fixing a hole where the rain and a million people get in”-Paul McCartney, assistant librarian, Liverpool, Arizona Milwaukee County Supervisor Peggy West, on boycotting Arizona: “If this [Arizona] was Texas, which is a state that is directly on the border with Mexico, and they were calling for a measure like this saying that they […]

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The W o BFF: r u n nml?

COG-NITIVE FUNCTION-ARIES Jonah G.: “We say he doesn’t need a best friend.” As a result of this thinking, best friends are broken up. Buddies are put on separate teams, assigned to different classes, etc. It’s not quite the sort of thing cult leaders and North Korean prison guards do, but in principle it’s not too […]

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Happy Fathers’ Day, dads

Old man says, “Young man, my, you’re looking Pretty green Like a stranger to this kind of place Come sit at my table Come and look into my face I’ve got a story to tell.”–James Taylor, “Only For Me”, Dad Loves His Work Thanks, dads–and those kids need you more than ever today.

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Best Wishes to Mr. & Mrs. Limbaugh

“LIVE IT. LEARN IT. LOVE IT!” Do “try this at home”: “I look back to the early days of our acquaintance and friendship as to the days of love and innocence, and, with an indescribable pleasure, I have seen near a score of years roll over our heads with an affection heightened and improved by […]

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An Inconvenient Wife: Al Gore Demands Recount of His Wedding Ceremony

“It’s my belief pride is the chief cause in the decline of the number of husbands and wives.”–Roger Miller Sad. Smitty’s right. Ed, too.

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Why We Fought

AND STILL FIGHT TODAY …and will fight tomorrow. How many times have I written “Doc Zero nails it”?: America was born a land of liberty and responsibility, where citizens would own both their time and ideas. Her government was obliged to focus on its duties in the present, rather than designing the future. The future […]

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Washington, D.C.: Border Town to the Stars

ALL 57 OF THEM “These are the boundaries by which you are to divide the land…”–Ezekiel 47 “We are defined not by our borders, but by our bonds.”–The President of the United States of America a very large parking lot This president isn’t defined by his iron grip on reality. Or realty either, for that […]

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Bob Bennett was a decent senator–but it’s time for a change (Updated)

YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE A WEATHERMAN TO KNOW WHICH WAY THE WIND BLOWS …or to ghost-write presidential autobiographies. But it helps. I’m not gonna join a chorus of those who are suddenly calling Sen. Bennett scum of the earth. He served honorably–but it’s still time to go. Bennett was a decent senator. But he’s […]

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Happy Mother’s Day!

MOMS RULE “Finally, even more important than ability to work, even more important than ability to fight at need, is it to remember that chief of blessings for any nations is that it shall leave its seed to inherit the land. It was the crown of blessings in Biblical times and it is the crown […]

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Fat Lip at Nuremberg

AND OTHER TALL TALES OFF SHORT PIERS Congratulations to the Navy SEALs, acquitted all. And Lt. Col. Bill Russell is closing in on the People’s congressional seat once held by Jack Murtha. A good week for the good guys. Maybe we should give those SEALs the proposed “Courageous Restraint” medal–they showed a helluva lot more […]

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Papers? Please.

An officer BLOWS his whistle several times. There is pandemonium as native guards begin to round up people. A police car, full of officers, with SIREN BLARING, screams through the street and stops in the market. Some try to escape but are caught by the police and loaded into a police wagon. At a street […]

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Peg o’ My Heartland

NOONAN KNOCKS ONE out of the park: The right never trusted the government, but now the middle doesn’t. I asked a campaigner for Hillary Clinton recently where her sturdy, pantsuited supporters had gone. They didn’t seem part of the Obama brigades. “Some of them are at the tea party,” she said. … But while the […]

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Fool for the City: Do As I Say, Not As I Voo-Doo

Gutfeld: So San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom just announced a ban on official city travel to Arizona, because he claims the state’s new immigration law is “unacceptable.” Which leads me to explore what Newsom finds acceptable: Exhibit A: Turning the world’s most beautiful city, San Francisco, into a sprawling toilet with a half-billion dollar deficit. […]

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But…but…what if you don’t have a birth certificate, school records or employment history–you know, like the president?

Via Hoft: “So just to be clear, it’s constitutional to penalize someone for not showing proof of health insurance but not request proof of citizenship?” McCain, the Other-ed: Immigration is now a win-win for Republicans, you see. As for the Arizona law, the GOP message is (a) that the citizens of Arizona have the right […]

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Bill Clinton’s War: Tales From the Fifth Dimension of the Middle Classes

“I believe you deserve more than 30-second ads or vague promises. That’s why I’ve offered a comprehensive plan to get our economy moving again. It starts with a tax cut for the middle class…” –Bill Clinton’s first campaign ad, January 1992. “I can’t [avoid raising taxes on the middle class] because the deficit has increased […]

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To Russia, With Love

BACK TO THE USSR? Jeannie-ology asks: Why can’t we send our psychologically-damaged Junior-in-Chief back to Russia with a note in his pocket? He’s trying to burn down our house and we can’t take it anymore, either. I say we trade; we’ll take the kid back if the Russkies take Obama back. There’s still hope for […]

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