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“Clove Encounters” overlooks the complicity of one Indonesian tobacco giant in current efforts to ban Bad Things That Taste Good, from patisserie to cigarettes. Only Djarum has agreed to pay into the tobacco settlement state attorneys won a decade ago, despite the fact that their products did not figure in the case.
By joining the state’s attorney’s tax-milking cabal, Djarum has won a de facto monopoly in the U.S., which explains Elizabeth Nolan Brown’s equation of their epoynmous product “With its dark wrapper and strong, peculiar — and, to many, sickening — smell, it.”
As a non-vampire novel reading Sampoerna smoker who thinks of Swiss country folk when Goths are mentioned, I suggest Madame Brown broaden her olfactory horizons by sojourning to Sumatra or Sanur. She will find that just as the cooling effect of menthol from domestic mint has improved even mild Virginia bright leaf for centuries, clove’s active ingredient, eugenol, has been smoothing over the rough edges of strong tropical tobacco ever since Nicotina Rustica was introduced into the Indo-Pacific by Magellan’s fleet.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?