Dave Shiflett

Dave Shiflett is a writer in Midlothian, Virginia.

Trump’s No Chump (From February 2000)

 

(This review is taken from The American Spectator’s February 2000 issue.) The America We DeserveDonald J. Trump with Dave ShiflettRenaissance Books / 286 pages / $24.95 Reviewed by Dave Shiflett Editors’ note: No, your eyes aren’t deceiving you: This review is indeed written by the writer who co-wrote the book under review. The age of […]

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The Children Strike Back

 

Come mothers and fathers throughout the landDon’t criticize what you can’t understand
Your sons and your daughters are beyond your commandYour old road is rapidly aging.
 -Bob Dylan You can say that again, Bob. Live in a nice house in the suburbs; buy your kid a BMW and the other trimmings of the prosperous life; teach […]

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Forget — Hell, We’d Like To

 

At this writing it appears the snipers have been caught. If found guilty, let us hope they receive their just reward, which should involve a lethal dose of something — my choice would be a lethal dose of rope. They have done much damage, of course, and not only to individual human beings. They have […]

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The Whole Trooth

 

I have long resisted the strong impulse to become a blogger, and it hasn’t been easy. I too can crank out a couple thousand words an hour, at least when inspired. I too have Internet addiction issues. I too like the sound of my own voice, the sight of my own typing (writing it often […]

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White Men Can Shoot

 

Here in the Old Dominion we’re keeping our heads down, at least when we go out for gas, to school, or to mow the lawn. Two people have been shot in Virginia by a sniper — one in Manassas and the other near Fredericksburg. The latter crime has been laid at the feet of The […]

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What’s in a Line?

 

Playing second fiddle to Dubya seems to be driving the opposition to distraction, if not to Baghdad. It has clearly inspired some of the worst cliché-mongering, and mangling, in recent memory. Just the other day, for example, Albert Gore said Dubya is “like a lost driver who won’t stop to ask for directions” while House […]

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High Grime and Misdemeanors

 

You almost have to wonder if videotaped child-whacker Madelyne Toogood had an agent before she got herself into trouble. Within moments of her arrest, there she was on Larry King, weeping on cue. By one count she was on three other shows the same day. Not long ago, the idea that a child-pounder would get […]

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SUV Heaven

 

In the never ending search for self-knowledge, I have carefully read the arguments against SUV owners, including the summation of a new broadside entitled High and Mighty: SUVs, the World’s Most Dangerous Vehicles and How They Got That Way. This is a book-length treatment costing $28 — more than it costs to fill up my […]

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Ain’t We Got Fun!

 

A current theme among pundits concerns who is having the most fun in Blatherland: right wingers, or those who subscribe to the liberal orthodoxy. The argument, at least as advanced by the libs engaged in this revenue-raising scheme, is that right wingers are having more fun. Much more fun. The Boston Globe‘s Alex Beam argues […]

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The Real Dogpatch

 

Plans for a “reality” television show called “The Real Beverly Hillbillies” has enflamed passions among some southerners, who sense Hollywood is out to mock them and their kind. I’m not sure what Hollywood is up to, save for trying to make some easy money the typical Hollywood way: ladling out some more dreck. As a […]

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