Shawn Macomber

Year One

 

Happy first birthday, dearest Ruthie! For you, the last 365 days have been the sum of all things; a near-eternity marred by neither meddlesome context nor expectations of anything save the unbidden-yet-ceaseless adoring coos of virtually every passerby, a daily living room circus performed by two wobbly, portly pugs, and helicopter parents you could be […]

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It Was A Very Bad Year

 

The 2013 agenda set out for the nation by our political and cultural commissars in the wake of the last presidential election could hardly have been more straightforward: They would bask in the glow of the (for real this time) End of History—We are all Morning Joe panelists now!—while humbled, hobbled dissidents, fevers broken, spent […]

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King’s of New York

 

IN AN AFFAIR TO REMEMBER sultry songbird Terry McKay (Deborah Kerr) offers a simple explanation for why the building Kong scaled was the perfect spot for her to rendezvous with wayward soul mate Nickie Ferrante (Cary Grant), marveling, “The Empire State Building is the closest thing to Heaven we have in New York City.” Perhaps […]

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Operation Total Polaroid

 

Last April Postmaster General Patrick R. Donahoe provided the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform testimony at turns both apocalyptic and utopian — a perfect specimen, really, of the peculiar mix of preening self-congratulations and accountability-shirking martyrdom that currently characterizes our metastasizing bureaucratic class. Which is to say, if the “test of a first-rate […]

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What Would Publius Do?

 

In a time when a supposedly elusive bipartisan consensus is actually alive and well in the service of statism and federalism is considered a quaint rhetorical device rather than a bulwark against tyranny, is it reasonable to believe long-discarded founding principles of our fledging former selves might offer some measure of salvation? Perhaps. Perhaps not. […]

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Dolan, Not Dylan

 

In his excellent, edifying study Political Folk Music in America From Its Origins to Bob Dylan, Lawrence J. Epstein tells the fascinating tale of the left-wing “free-spirited modern troubadours” who “envisioned themselves as moral auditors for the angels.” Of course, as even the briefest survey of Scientology or the Department of Homeland Security demonstrates, self-proclaimed “moral […]

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More Than Just Another Cartoon

 

The story of the Battle of Chosin Reservoir is an epic tale of valor and endurance rarely equaled in the annals of military history, yet thanks to the 2006 film 300 the average young American could likely tell you more about the Spartans last stand against the Persians at Thermopylae in 480 B.C. than they […]

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Beelzebub Shrugged

 

When it comes to describing the work of novelist and freethinking conservo-libertarian provocateur Thomas F. Monteleone, it is difficult to beat the introduction John DeChancie penned for the excellent short story collection Rough Beasts and Other Mutations: Guys like Tom are thorns in the side of the rat-runners and the reductionists, the determinists and the […]

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Of Fear & Fraud

 

It’s scary, but I’m not…I don’t want to lose and I’m frightened. So says the undercover reporter to the Congressman’s son by way of explaining the motive behind his absurdist voter fraud intentions in a now infamous Project Veritas video. It is at this moment that Patrick Moran’s defenses appear to soften and he starts […]

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RINO Survival Guide

 

It’s 10 a.m. on a Sunday morning, and I’m at a gun show on the outskirts of Philadelphia where Sen. Arlen Specter is set to tout his NRA endorsement. The man seated next to me has a black T-shirt with blood-red lettering that reads, “Some People Are Alive Simply Because It Is Illegal to Kill […]

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