Larry Thornberry

Larry Thornberry is a writer in Tampa.

Raining Cats, Dogs, and Lizards 

 

As we all know, California is the goofiness capital of the known universe (and likely the unknown one as well). But my native Florida is no slouch when it comes to the odd. Much of the odd takes place in the southeastern part of the Sunshine State, which draws so many immigrants from the Northeast […]

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The War of Wars Analyzed to the Third Decimal Place

 

Yes, Virginia, after thousands of books, lectures, debates, veteran memoirs, and documentaries, there is still something to say about World War II that advances our knowledge of that tragic, deadly and totally unnecessary world conflagration that claimed 65 million lives and changed the shape of the world. Military historian and Hoover Institution fellow Victor Davis Hanson says it in his huge, dense, and important new book.

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The Best Game in December 

 

Geoffrey Norman’s fine tribute this morning to the annual Army-Navy football game catalogues many of the reason why I try not to miss it. I hope all TAS regulars read the column and watched the Snow Bowl from Philadelphia last Saturday. Please allow me to add a couple of reasons to watch this fine matchup of true […]

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Adios Al

 

“Comedian”/Senator Al Franken has announced he will hit the silk after a maudlin, self-serving, and less-than-honest speech on the Senate floor late this morning. (No, Al, this is about you.) Perhaps now Al can go back to Minnesota and put his feet up in Lake Wobegon with Garrison Keillor. They can swap locker room stories. […]

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A Day Still Living in Infamy

 

There’s never a bad day to remember and salute those who’ve fought to protect America. But there are special days when this is particularly appropriate. December 7 is one of those days. It was 76 years ago tomorrow that the Japanese sneak attack on Pearl Harbor dragged America into a global war that Americans had […]

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More Uncollected Stories by the Queen of Crime

 

Sleep No More: Six Murderous Tales By P.D. James (Knopf, 194 pages, $21) It’s a challenge to write engaging mystery or detective short-stories. Some of the finest crime novelists have tried it with less than gratifying results. The difficulty is easy to spot. It’s devilish hard in the limited confines of the short-story to include […]

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Will Six Times Be the Charm? 

 

U.S. Immigration officials say they will deport Mexican citizen Jose Ines Garcia Zarate, the man who was acquitted of murder and manslaughter charges in San Francisco Thursday in the killing of Kate Steinle. That’s the thing to do, I guess. It sure worked like a charm the first five times we sent this stiff home. […]

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A Great Jurist, Great Writer, Great Speaker, Great American

 

There have been a lot of positive reviews of the late Justice Antonin Scalia’s recently released book of speeches. This will be another one. What’s not to like? The speeches were selected by his son, Christopher Scalia, and a former law clerk, Edward Whelan, from the many the justice delivered over the last 30 years or so of his life. They show not only an articulate and scholarly jurist with a well thought-out and consistent view of the law, but a full-service human being, full of insights and humor about the roller-coaster we call life, which he was very good at living.

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A Half-Century of Battles

 

Neal Freeman’s byline is one that more conservatives should be acquainted with. Happily, those not familiar with this ever-faithful conservative warrior, both a combatant and a clear and able chronicler of the ideological battles, can catch up with him through this collection of columns, articles, and speeches. They cover significant events, trends, and personalities in the conservative movement from the days of Goldwater to the age of Trump. The previously published pieces in Skirmishes appeared in such as National Review, the Wall Street Journal, and, happy to say, The American Spectator. 

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Democrat Blame Game

 

No surprise that Obamacare insurance premium rates are going up this year by large amounts, as they have every year since the Government Medicine Takeover Law was passed during early Obama with zero Republican help. Also no surprise that Democrats are blaming the increases on Donald Trump. That’s right. Donald Trump. It’s pretty clear that […]

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