Windsor Mann

Windsor Mann is a writer living in Washington, D.C., and the editor of The Quotable Hitchens: From Alcohol to Zionism.

Silencing the Right

 

Recently, there were two highly publicized shootings in five days, and Republicans are being blamed for only one of them — the one that occurred at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs the day after Thanksgiving. In case you didn’t hear, the alleged shooter, Robert Lewis Dear Jr., supposedly said something about “no more […]

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The Lessons of Recent History

 

On Tuesday, we learned that Islamic State militants had kidnapped some 220 Assyrian Christians in northeastern Syria. The week before, ISIS released a video of 21 Egyptian Christians getting beheaded, in which a jihadist declares, “We will conquer Rome, by Allah’s permission.” Preceding these atrocities was another controversy, this one oratorical. At the National Prayer […]

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The Ignorance of Neo-Prohibitionists

 

A brief but intense spiritual crisis beset the nation late last month after it was revealed that bottomless brunches were illegal in New York. Many New Yorkers were outraged and took to social media to say so, often in melodramatic fashion. The dismay dissipated a few days later, however, after the New York State Liquor Authority […]

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Letter Man

 

In the bottom drawer of my bedside table, you will find, if you care to look, dozens of intricately folded pieces of paper, almost all of them from the early post-Cold War era. They are what the French call billets-doux, what you might call love letters, and what I call “proof that I was awesome […]

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Down with Disease

 

And oftentimes excusing of a faultDoth make the fault the worse by the excuse.—William Shakespeare, King John How fortuitous we North Americans are. On the same day that Toronto’s crack-smoking mayor said he was “finished” with alcohol, we learned that Rep. Trey Radel (R-Fla.) was arrested last month for buying 3.5 grams of cocaine from […]

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Sensitized Into Compliance

 

In the movie White Men Can’t Jump, a white man and a black man with a knife have a brief but heated conversation about race. White man: Hey, who are you calling a goofy white [guy who has sex with mothers]? Black man with a knife: You, you goofy white [guy who has sex with […]

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Why Liberals Love Halloween

 

Halloween is a big party. It is the third biggest political party in America. This annual holiday is a nonpartisan event, but politics shows up like everyone else —  cloaked and masked. Not everyone parties with politics, but liberals are most inclined and best equipped. They have the best reasons to love Oct. 31. Here […]

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The Importance of Seeming Earnest

 

My neighbor poisoned my cat. Therefore, I’m going to travel to New York City, sleep in the streets indefinitely, and surf the web on my MacBook. I am going to be just like hundreds of other people who are now “occupying” Wall Street. Voluntary homelessness is on the rise in the Big Apple thanks to […]

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Fat and Fatuous

 

America is riddled with disease, and your child is probably infected. You may already know this. After all, much like leprosy and acne, obesity can be detected from a few yards away, and the opportunities to observe it are everywhere. In the United States, potbellies and thunder thighs are the look that never goes out […]

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A Matter of Bad Taste

 

The other night, after consuming two microwavable White Castle cheeseburgers, I started to agonize. One serving contains not only adequate taste but also 600 milligrams of sodium — 25 percent of the government’s suggested daily allotment — leaving me with only 1800 milligrams to spare for the remaining 21 hours of the day. Following the […]

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