Larry Thornberry

Larry Thornberry is a writer in Tampa.

Haze Gray and Underway: America’s Destroyers in the Pacific War

 

Tin Can Titans: The Heroic Men and Ships of World War II’s Most Decorated Navy Destroyer Squadron By John Wukovits (Da Capo Press, 320 pages, $28) In Tin Can Titans, naval historian and prolific author John Wukovits has given us an inspiring story of courage, duty, sacrifice, and devotion to country in the most trying […]

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Just When You Thought Harvard Couldn’t Get More Daft  

 

On the March 31 op-ed page of the Wall Street Journal, find a fine piece by the Manhattan Institute’s estimable Heather Mac Donald panning Harvard University’s new requirement for English majors there (academic crackpots have just about made my college major extinct) that they take a course in authors “marginalized for historical reasons.” One doesn’t have to […]

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The Increasingly Annoying Commissioner

 

Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred has a way to go to become as annoying as NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and NBA Commissioner Adam Silver. But he’s working on it. As has been well documented, Goodell and Silver seem to think it’s the mission of their ostensible sports leagues to promote left-wing cultural politics, especially to punish […]

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Good Friday By Any Other Name

 

As I arrived at my gym today I was informed by a sign on the front door that said gym will be closed tomorrow for something called “Spring Day.” Well, isn’t that special? My gym is operated by the City of Tampa. So I assume “Spring Day” is a way to give employees a day […]

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What’s the Rush?

 

Life is full of pleasurable things that don’t need to be speeded up. Consider the fine dinner with enjoyable company and a more than passable wine. Reading the well-written novel. Listening to classical music. And of course, there are certain human encounters, which we need not be specific about in a family publication, that should […]

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A Heads Up

 

Tomorrow is April Fools’ Day. (Democrats thought it was November 9.) So be careful not to be taken in. Journalists are just as likely to try to take advantage as anyone. So be alert for and skeptical of headlines like these, sure signs that someone is having you on: Yale students riot for free speech […]

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Chuck the Hack 

 

The ever-charming Chuck Schumer of New York, the Democrats’ pit-bull Senate minority leader, said today that he will not vote to confirm Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court and that Democrats will filibuster the nomination. This is about as surprising as learning the sun will come up in the East tomorrow. Here’s how Schumer, […]

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Inspector Morse Creator Dies

 

The creator of Chief Inspector Morse, one of Britain’s and the world’s favorite fictional detectives, has died. Colin Dexter’s publisher announced that the beloved 86-year-old writer and raconteur passed away peacefully at his Oxford home Tuesday morning. No cause of death was given. Dexter, a former academic turned crime writer, first gave the world the […]

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Bat Fetch 

 

Here’s one that will get your mind off the divisions and conflicts of the day in the best possible way.  Combine baseball and dogs, two very fine things, and you have this great 14-minute story about three generations of golden retrievers who retrieved bats, like a bat-boy only with more fur and with four-on-the-floor, for […]

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Zuckerberg Bugging Out? 

 

When I first saw this clip, I thought the “exclusive” referred to the fact that this obscure website has managed to get a picture of  Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg in a coat and tie. This would be a sighting on a par with catching out a pileated woodpecker in a pear tree wearing a tux. An […]

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