Larry Thornberry

Larry Thornberry is a writer in Tampa.

Two Ticks Behind the Gorilla

 

Yesterday was a sad one for many who appreciate sound thinking expressed clearly with humor, courage, and humanity. When I read Charles Krauthammer’s moving letter of June 8, I hoped his physicians were wrong about his prospects. Alas, in fact he had less time than they calculated. Last night I was mesmerized by the tributes […]

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The United Coordinates of America?

 

Don’t look for President Trump’s executive order ending the practice of separating adult gate-crashers from their children (or from children they claim to be theirs) to have much effect on Democrats, the left-stream media, or advanced thinkers in the Republican Party such as Jeff the well-known Flake. They’re having way too much fun hamming it […]

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An Appreciation of the Best Baseball Movie Ever

 

Time does get away from us, doesn’t it? I was jolted Sunday morning to read that Bull Durham, my pick for the best baseball movie ever made, first appeared on the silver screen 30 years ago this week. Can this be true? Now that I’ve gotten over how long-in-the-tooth one of my favorite movies is, please allow […]

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Avert Your Eyes

 

Hypocrisy is a hardy political perennial. It’s so common we hardly notice it anymore. Both left and right are guilty of it, though the left quite a bit more. But rarely do we see an example of hypocrisy so pure that it would probably damage your eyesight if you looked directly at it. Such an […]

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F — Trump, He Explained  

 

I have nothing but respect for the craft of acting when it’s done well. But it’s a source of wonder to me that the opinions of actors, on subjects other than acting, should carry any more weight with us than those of your sheltered Aunt Eunice, or of someone selected randomly out of the phone […]

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The Old-Fashioned Predator

 

Thanks to advancing years, Billy Bob Clinton appears to be somewhat less of a walking threat to womankind than he was for much of his lamentable past, though I’m sure in his mind he’s every bit as much of a horn-dog as ever. But give him credit, he’s certainly can provide us with laughs as […]

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Charles Krauthammer’s Sad News

 

Like many other Americanos, especially Fox News regulars, I was saddened to hear of the impending death of Charles Krauthammer, an articulate, lively, and often amusing voice on the affairs of the day. The panel on Fox’s evening Special Report is a much blander business without his presence. Krauthammer announced Friday that the abdominal cancer he had surgery for in […]

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That Old Bat Magic — Finn Wins Hearts and Minds

 

My wife and I spent Memorial Week in Las Vegas. That’s right. Sin City, though I don’t suppose Las Vegas city fathers and mothers much like this old designation. They’ve tried to make the place more “family friendly.” This by necessity, as so many states have made so many ways to gamble at home available […]

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An Encouraging Sign

 

It would be easy to despair these days as the various precincts of the America-Is-Awful brigade seem to command the heights of contemporary culture, and any gesture of patriotism or love of country is ruled out of order by the smart set. But these villains haven’t had their way with all of us, as this […]

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RIP Tom Wolfe

 

Tom Wolfe, who died Monday at 88 after an illness, would have been a first ballot member of the Writers’ Hall of Fame if he had only written Radical Chic and Mau-Mauing the Flak Catchers. Happily, I didn’t stop with this one. Over the decades I also read, enjoyed, and benefited from The Right Stuff, The Painted Word, […]

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