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I am sitting in a peace pipe circle of about a dozen people led
by a half-Seminole, half-white medicine man named James Mooney.
Another man, Jeffrey Bronfman, is shaking black pipe ash into my
cupped hands and praying over it as others sit contemplatively,
staring at a painted bull skull in the middle of the circle. Mooney
blows smoke into the air, and it hovers for a few seconds before
floating into the New Mexico desert.
New York Times
After several months’ absence from appearing in this illustrious department, Miss Maureen Dowd is back from institutional confinement yet she remains her girlish self:
I was intrigued to learn that the president and I have the same favorite new TV series: Showtime’s spectacular “Homeland,” set right here in the capital.
The season finale is tonight, and finales of addictive shows can be tricky and disappointing. However it ends, though, they should dispense with the Best-Actors-in-a-Drama contest and just ship the Emmys to Claire Danes and Damian Lewis.
“Homeland” is about an American Marine coming back from Iraq to
a welter of problems, a subject with special resonance for the
president and America this past week. A bipolar C.I.A. agent warns
her skeptical bosses that the Marine, held in Iraq as a P.O.W. for
eight years and now returning as a hero, could be a
(December 18, 2011)
From the Archives
Timeless Tosh from Current Wisdoms Past
From the distinguished James Michener, the case for slavery:
The best money I have spent in my life was not that used to make
me either happier or more comfortable, but the taxes I have paid to
the various governments under which I have lived. In general,
governments have spent their share of my money more wisely and with
better results than I have spent my own funds, and one aspect of my
life about which I am most ashamed is that I spent most of a decade
living in three states that had no state income tax—Texas, Florida,
and Alaska—and the deficiencies that the first two suffered because
of that lack were evident daily. I like states like New York,
Massachusetts, and California, which do tax and spend their income
(November 24, 1991)
Newhall Signal & Saugus Enterprise
Still more evidence for the end of history:
SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA
FOR THE COUNTY OF LOS ANGELES
…The application of Deborah Anne Ziegler for change of name(s)
having been filed in Court, and it appearing from said application
that Deborah Anne Ziegler has filed an application proposing that
the name(s) be changed to Euphrasia Lavette Alzena Guri Scientia
Ventura Ikuru Alvera Ganbatte Gelasia Curvilinearjky….
(August 9, 1991)
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?