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Reboots & Remakes Ruin Hollywood

 

We’ve seen this movie before. In fact, we’ve seen all ten of them in some form. The top-ten, box-office blockbusters of 2018 consist entirely of remakes, sequels, and films based on old comic book characters. Black Panther, Avengers: Infinity War, Incredibles 2, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, Deadpool 2, Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch, Mission Impossible—Fallout, Antman […]

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France

France: A Bad Case of Backlash

 

The French are a nation of incorrigible, rebellious frondeurs who resent those in power, whoever they might be. Sometimes the animosity turns viciously violent, as during the Jacquerie uprising of 1358, when overtaxed peasants went on a rampage against the nobility, one of whom they barbecued on a spit. In 1789 they had a new […]

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Pelosi

Ocasio-Cortez Is a Pain in Pelosi’s Agenda

 

Nancy Pelosi should be happier than she seems. The Democrats recently harvested enough votes to retake the House of Representatives, and she will again be elected Speaker of that body in January. But a lot has changed since 2011, when she last held the gavel. She isn’t accustomed to being ambushed on live television by the […]

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Russia

Gregg Jarrett’s ‘Russia Hoax’ Captures the Real Collusion

 

Gregg Jarrett nails it. In his bestselling The Russia Hoax: The Illicit Scheme to Clear Hillary Clinton and Frame Donald Trump, Fox News legal and political analyst Gregg Jarrett captures the very heart of a very, very big scandal — arguably the biggest scandal in all of American history. And that’s saying something. Right off the […]

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Strong Borders Is a Moral Category

 

Within some religious communities, as well as outside houses of worship, a question often being asked is: How can we turn away people from our borders in light of the Bible’s statement “Thou shall not afflict the Stranger”? Former President Obama in concert with many liberal leaders are in speeches across the country quoting this […]

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Be Careful When Dealing With CAIR

 

To the surprise of moderate Muslims and counter-extremism activists across the United States, Houston mayor Sylvester Turner recently proclaimed December 9 as “CAIR-Texas, Houston Day.” He glowingly described the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) as a grassroots civil rights organization, “seeking to advocate for justice and mutual understanding.” The idea that CAIR works for “justice and […]

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One Final Word for George Herbert Walker Bush

 

Washington Now that America has had its holiday from politics, we can get back to poking one another in the eye. Slipping each other a mickey, and otherwise breaking the rules of decorum for the ladies and gentlemen of public life. Our holiday from politics was occasioned by the death of George Herbert Walker Bush, […]

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My Draft for Trump’s Speech Pardoning All But One of Mueller’s Victims

 

Now that the Mueller and related New York State sentencing memos are in for Michael Cohen and Paul Manafort — and with rumors increasingly circulating that the Mueller Investigation that was supposed to look into collusion between the 2016 Trump Presidential Campaign and “The Russians” may be over as soon as six years, one month, […]

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The Lady Is a What?

 

There’s a famous song about a San Francisco dame whose every stanza ends with the line, “That’s why the lady is tramp.” Frank Sinatra had a good time singing it to and about Rita Hayworth in Pal Joey. It was rather mean, but whatever he said about her the woman had class and he was […]

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If You Thought Scrooge Was Bad, Consider the Victorian Home

 

We owe many popular Christmas traditions to Victorian England, from carols and decorated trees to gift-giving. These cheerful traditions stand in stark contrast with our recognition of the nightmarish working conditions at the time. In Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, for example, the miserly businessman Ebenezer Scrooge exemplifies the alleged spirit of the Victorian age: heartlessness, he maintains, […]

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