Manon McKinnon

Manon McKinnon is a writer living in Falls Church, Virginia.

The Boxing Ambassador

 

This is the story of a young boxer. He is a boy from the pleasantest suburbs of his city, a world of quiet tree-lined streets, of nice houses, SUV’s, good schools and all the best things a youngster could have. He comes from what his coach calls “a different environment.” That coach comes from the […]

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Knowing Congressman Ryan

 

With all the people who have known and worked with Paul Ryan during his years in Washington, there are surely hundreds of stories to go with Governor Romney’s choice for vice president in 2012. Here’s mine. It was very early on a Saturday morning down by the Chesapeake Bay and the local ospreys were already […]

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A Tale of Two Julias

 

This is the story of two ladies named Julia — one real and one not — and of their ties to the land of France. The real Julia found her fate and fortune among the Gauls when she discovered French cuisine and determined to spread the word, and the recipes, to all American cooks. For […]

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Drug Legalization Chic

 

Every so often, alas, the subject of drug legalization reappears. This time it is back as one of many bad ideas from presidential candidate Congressman Ron Paul and is cheered on by the usual fans, from libertarians to pot heads. But many were surprised when conservative columnist Mona Charen joined the argument in a column […]

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The Country Post Office

 

The United States Postal Service is broke and is going to have to do something about that. We hear that it may soon be necessary to stop Saturday mail delivery to save some money. And we also hear that some post offices will have to be closed and it’s a good bet that the list […]

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Defending Deviancy Down

 

Defining Deviancy Down (DDD) was an expression coined by the late Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan in 1993. Moynihan based his phrase on the theory of Emile Durkheim that there is a limit to the bad behavior that a society can tolerate before it has to start lowering its standards. In ’93, the senator applied his […]

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A Bright Spot

 

You can see them on television at all hours — for me it’s the early morning news shows. They are those charming and often moving television spots promoting human values and asking us to “pass it on.” In one an adorable child finds his way on stage at a piano concert and begins to play […]

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Public Sector Unions and Basic Morality

 

The spectacle in Wisconsin has many of us rethinking the underlying grounds for public sector unions. Many Americans are thinking in terms of the obvious financial implications. But surely others are looking deeper to question the moral underpinnings of these unions and their place in public service. Years ago President Franklin Roosevelt called the idea […]

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Excuses, Excuses

 

As President Obama stumps, implores, and threatens in an effort to “buck up” his increasingly apathetic base, the liberal commentariat and other allies helpfully offer creative excuses for his waning popularity. Time magazine’s Mark Halperin explains that the President “has lost control of his narrative”; and to Chris Matthews Obama “is just too eager to […]

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The Mosque

 

This will be short and to the point. Of course there should be no mosque built in New York City near the site we call simply Ground Zero — the place where once stood two towering buildings filled with life and people and commerce. All disappeared at the hands of some fanatically driven Muslims nine […]

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