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Francis X. Rocca
by | Aug 22, 2003

The death toll is mounting from this summer’s European heat wave, now well into its third month. An estimated 10,000 Frenchmen have died from heat stroke, dehydration and other heat-related causes this month alone. Portugal’s national health institute reports 1,300…

by | Aug 15, 2003

Pornography, many conservatives argue, poses a threat to society grave enough to justify censorship. This is a point of view I respect, especially now that I am a father, yet not one I can wholeheartedly espouse, because it doesn’t jibe…

by | Aug 8, 2003

America, it seems, has deserted Europe this year. Statistics from the first half of 2003 show double-digit percentage drops from last year’s levels of U.S. tourists. And that was before the infernal summer, which has featured 100+ temperatures, wildfires from…

by | Aug 1, 2003

“Is it true that Americans get only two weeks vacation a year?” a Swiss journalist asked me the other day. I confirmed that this was the standard. He shook his head sadly. “But it would be so good for your…

by | Jul 18, 2003

Once upon a time in the mid-seventies, when I was just a middle-schooler, I had a CB radio. Strictly speaking it belonged to my parents, but it was my idea to buy it and install it in our Chevy Impala,…

by | Jul 11, 2003

Relations between Italy and Germany haven’t been so bad since 1943, when Rome ditched its Axis partner and made a separate peace with the winning side. Last week the Italian prime minister likened a German politician to a guard in…

by | Jun 27, 2003

Strom Thurmond, who died yesterday at the age of 100, was the longest-serving U.S. senator in history and the oldest person ever to hold that office. That secures his place in the trivia books, but history will remember him more…

by | Jun 20, 2003

Last month the Anglican diocese of New Westminster, Canada, approved the blessing of same sex unions; and the following week a priest performed the first such ceremony in Vancouver. This month the Episcopal Diocese of New Hampshire elected the first…

by | Jun 13, 2003

When Donald Regan was President Reagan’s chief of staff, he used to tell the president a new joke every morning. One day, as Fred Barnes reported shortly thereafter in the New Republic (I’m quoting from memory), Regan’s offering came in…

by | Jun 6, 2003

If you’re a reader of this site, the odds are pretty slim that you’re a fan of Hillary Clinton. But try for a moment to pretend that you believe the junior senator from New York is everything her supporters claim:…

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