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Not everything memorable has found its way into David Talbot’s catchy San Francisco retrospective.
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“The moment Clark’s feet hit the turf, the crowd exploded as if it had been holding its breath for years…. This was the exact instant of San Francisco’s salvation.”
Although, as it turned out, not quite. The dreaded Cowboys were beaten. But the reality of AIDS still had to be dealt with. Here, quite predictably, looking for a culprit, Talbot turns his attention back toward Ronald Reagan, who is raked over the coals for failing to have led a campaign against AIDS. But with the epidemic raging through the gay bars, bath houses and mens’ rooms, spread by homosexual promiscuity, what could the president-or anyone, for that matter-have done, beyond urging homosexuals to alter their behavior?
Talbot brings his narrative to a somewhat strained close with an old homosexual, dying of AIDS, taking some pills and deciding he’s going to live. But he won’t. The pills to cure it haven’t been found, and HIV transmission is at an all-time high. And as people continue to die, so does the myth of San Francisco as the City of Love, no matter how appealingly packaged by exceptional writers with inflamed literary imaginations.
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?