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By From the February 2009 issue

Congratulations To Paul Krugman

For, as a Longtime Contributor to This Page, Winning

The 2008 Nobel Prize for Economics

We Look Forward with Relish to Publishing Years More of His Delightful Garbagespiel

Meet the Press

Ted Turner, a historical illiterate in action:

We have an FBI, and we’re not prejudiced against somebody who’s worked at the FBI. It’s an honorable place to work. And the KGB, I think, was an honorable place to work. It gave people in the former Soviet Union, a communist country, an opportunity to do something important and worthwhile.
(November 30, 2008)

Columbia Spectator
(online edition)

 One of the Republic’s great universities is again the victim of an apparent prankster online. Cut the comedy, fellows:

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By From the December 2008 - January 2009 issue

Commonweal

Government-dictated subprime mortgages overthrow long-standing lending regulations and nudge the world into recession, and what does Commonweal’ s resident archangel behold? Well, it is the sad expiry of “unregulated free-market capitalism” and visions of Karl Marx tuning in to CNN:

Karl Marx, were he still about, would surely be interested in the report that unregulated free-market capitalism has died in a flash, by its own hand. After all, it took seventy years and a cold war to bring down the Marxist econ omy established in the Soviet Union following the Bolshevik Revolution.

(October 10, 2008)

 

The Progressive

Matthew Rothschild, editor of the pish posh left’s Old Faithful, enlightens us to the dismal state of race relations among his fellow progressives:

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By From the November 2008 issue

Larry King live

(CNN)

Joy Behar, co-host of ABC’s The View, impersonating a cute little girl for the master of the late-night interview, Larry King:

You know the one thing that I don’t think anybody’s said yet is that she’s very mean to animals, this woman. Why does she have it in for these poor polar bears and caribou? And she aerial kills wolves. That’s a very mean thing to do. I think that that’s an important point.

(September 9, 2008)

American Prospect

Good News! Sarah Posner, the American Prospect’s chief writer on theology and aerobics, finds evidence that Vice President Sarah Palin will finally bring to the White House a Kenyan witch-hunter, after all these years:

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By From the October 2008 issue

The Nation

The Nation reports on an ideal retirement community and spa for its nostalgic audience of left-wing boobies:

The countryside around Da Ba village in southwestern China’s Chongqing province is steep and verdant but swathed in the bitter smog of many small, coal-fired factories and power plants. These mountains are rich with veins of lignite, and because the area is only a few hours from Chongqing— the eponymous provincial capital and mega-city you’ve likely never heard of (12 million and counting)—it is dotted with small power plants, mines, quarries and cement factories that feed the metropolis.

Da Ba is in many ways a typical Chinese village. Its center has a few blocks of tightly packed two- and three-story projects of socialist-style housing nestled along a dirty creek and a cramped valley crossroads. On the edge of town, the walls of farmhouses compounds are painted with bold red characters exhorting obedience to the one-child policy.

(August 18/25, 2008)

The New Republic

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By From the December 2007/January 2008 issue

EVER ON THE LOOKOUT FOR CURRENT WISDOM, I, this past summer, secreted a copy of Terry McAuliffe's memoir: What A Party!: My Life Among Democrats: Presidents, Candidates, Donors, Activists, Alligators, and Other Wild Animals, into the reading room of Gold's Gym in Naples, Florida, with the hope of coming across an entry suitable for presentation in this famed department of AmSpec. The memoirist did not disappoint. On page 58 he wrote that in past issues this magazine of the Arts published articles “alleging” that Boy Clinton “ordered the murder of political opponents….” I entered the entire paragraph in our May issue, as you will doubtless recall.

Moreover on May 10 I sent Mr. McAuliffe a letter of inquiry that elicited the following delightful correspondence, demonstrating as it does that Bill Clinton is not the only Clintonista who inveterately lies and dissembles even when the DNA is against him.
—RET


May 10, 2007

Dear Mr. McAuliffe:

In your memoir you state that we published articles “alleging that [Clinton] ordered the murder of political opponents….” I have not been able to find such articles.

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By 12.1.07

EVER ON THE LOOKOUT FOR CURRENT WISDOM, I, this past summer, secreted a copy of Terry McAuliffe's memoir: What A Party!: My Life Among Democrats: Presidents, Candidates, Donors, Activists, Alligators, and Other Wild Animals, into the reading room of Gold's Gym in Naples, Florida, with the hope of coming across an entry suitable for presentation in this famed department of AmSpec. The memoirist did not disappoint. On page 58 he wrote that in past issues this magazine of the Arts published articles “alleging” that Boy Clinton “ordered the murder of political opponents….” I entered the entire paragraph in our May issue, as you will doubtless recall.

Moreover on May 10 I sent Mr. McAuliffe a letter of inquiry that elicited the following delightful correspondence, demonstrating as it does that Bill Clinton is not the only Clintonista who inveterately lies and dissembles even when the DNA is against him. —RET


May 10, 2007 

Dear Mr. McAuliffe:

In your memoir you state that we published articles alleging that "[Clinton] ordered the murder of political opponents….” I have not been able to find such articles.

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