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More Parents Exploiting “Transgender” Children

 

Watch this viral video below. There are currently over 3 million views. That’s more than 3 million people who’ve seen these young children being “affirmed” by their parents for being transgender…at this moment. Why would parents do this to their children? Children change their minds. Adults change their minds. More than that, these children have […]

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BMW’s New Gran Touring Scooter Is Something Else

 

It’s hilarious that they get away with calling something like the ’17 BMW C650 GT a “scooter.” Please. Okay, it looks like one. It is a step-through and it doesn’t have a manual transmission. By those measures, sure, it’s a scooter. What time does Matlock come on? But it’s also something else. Among my personal […]

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Fearless, and Meaningless

 

When Italian sculptor Arturo Di Modica responded to the 1987 stock market implosion by creating the now-iconic Charging Bull gracing New York’s financial district, he was paying tribute to the American people and the free market. Charging Bull is a beautiful, emotive, fluid work of art, full of life and a celebration of the capitalist […]

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Donald Trump, Save the Eisenhower Memorial

 

Washington There is hope! I am speaking of the envisioned memorial to Dwight D. Eisenhower here in Washington, D.C. Admittedly its design by the crank architect, Frank Gehry, has been pretty much accepted by the Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial Commission, and the chairman of the House committee that has control of the funding, the Hon. […]

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Russia Then & Now: A Tale of Two Visits

 

In 1985 I spent 13 days in Russia — then officially the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (U.S.S.R.), but which I will call Russia for reader convenience. I traveled with 100 others, under the august auspices of the Smithsonian Institution. After 32 years and countless tectonic intervening events, I recently returned to what — no […]

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Life Without Norms

 

What you end up with when the moral barriers topple is, not least, the end of due process at American colleges and universities. It’s a dreadful prospect you likely wouldn’t imagine without having scanned some of the stories on the rape crisis said to be spreading across American campuses. Supposedly, college women are at immense […]

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Loving the Natives Even When They Want to Eat You

 

A rugged outsider disappears into the jungle. Angry natives, wild animals, violence, and hunger close in with every step in the mud. Lonely and obsessed, the outsider wanders into the wilderness around him. It symbolizes, of course, the wilderness within. Does that sound like the exploratory films of the German adventurer/filmmaker Werner Herzog, like Joseph […]

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America’s Gonzo Drinks History

 

Steven Grasse’s Colonial Spirits (Abrams Image, 2016) is the wackiest drinks book I have ever read. (I state this with admiration, and a bit of jealousy.) And I’ve read more than my share, and written a couple. It starts with the 19th-century-like subtitle that is solong that it might need drop-quoted: “A toast to our drunken history […]

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Anne Frank’s ‘Privilege’?!

 

A couple of years back, I wrote an essay about the blatant anti-Semitism I witnessed while teaching middle school in Glendale, California in the late 1990s. In keeping with my reputation for being somewhat of a masochist, I actually moved to Glendale last year. However, I’ve come to appreciate how the Los Angeles suburb has […]

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The Dao of United Airlines

 

Few experiences capture the awfulness of life in post-Christian America more vividly than a trip to the airport. It is a toss-up as to who behaves worse: the sandals-wearing passengers or the surly crew. The classlessness of the airlines industry is breathtaking and has now culminated in the beating and dragging of a paying customer […]

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