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The (Blue) Wave Goodbye

 

Perhaps it’s excusable that the legacy media peddled the nonstop narrative for most of this year holding that the Democrats would be rampaging through this year’s midterm elections. Most of the time, the party of a newly-elected president will take a beating in the first midterm cycle of his tenure in office, and with the […]

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In Search of Christopher Nolan

 

One of the cardinal errors of conservative political discourse is the recruitment of pop culture icons as what Marxists like to call “culture capital” for the conservative cause.  It is not uncommon to see attempts by conservatives to make a photogenic, well-toned modestly smiling member of the glitterati into one of “our guys” (or gals) whenever […]

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We Teenaged Coots in the ’60s

 

I turn 70 this week, so I’m a certified codger. But I was a “codger” as a teenager in the 1960s, along with millions of other conservative evangelicals dismayed at the “revolutionary” and “consciousness-raising” developments adored by the media. We were the ones who eschewed drugs, joined the Scouts, signed up for the military, went […]

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Found in Translation: Conservative Themes in ‘Viking Legacy’

 

If you’re reading this article, it’s due to the forbearance of Wlady Pleszczynski, who could easily have rejected it as plain shilling for a book of my own. But I’m the translator, not the author, of Viking Legacy, by Dr. Torgrim Titlestad. My subject is how I came to work on this project, and why […]

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Roth, et al.

 

AP story on Philip Roth’s passing on the internet: standard newswire, fine as such, touches the bases quickly, even if it goes way over the conventional 21-word-max lede. He was “prize-winning,” “fearless”; his novels looked at “sex death assimilation fate” with “comic madness”; in the end it was “heart failure.” Excellent, I hear someone saying […]

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Maybe America Should Ban Guns

 

Another week, another school shooting. This time the carnage was at Santa Fe High School in Texas. Next month, it might be in your local school. Whatever your opinion on guns is, we must all understand that the increase in school shootings is not normal for a modern democracy such as ours. For nearly 20 years, […]

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Poker Mania Descends on Vegas This Week

 

That time of year is nearly upon us when the masses (of the poker-playing variety) descend on Las Vegas for the World Series of Poker. The cash games and smaller tournaments kick off at the Rio on Tuesday, while other events — such as the Deepstack Extravaganza at the Venetian — have already started. If […]

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Exploring S.A. Prüm Rieslings

 

His hand felt like an oven mitt — filled with stone. “My god,” I thought as I removed my paw, “those are hands that have worked the vines.” Which is true. Raimund Prüm is a mountain of a man, and he and his family having been making wine for a very long time. Some of […]

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It Didn’t Use to Be This Way

 

One telling detail keeps escaping the men and women of words who would end school shootings by one expedient or another: gun control, better security, the arming of teachers, more careful vetting of potential gunmen and so forth. The detail of which I speak: We didn’t use to endure this horror. It didn’t happen. The […]

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Color in Black and White

 

When I first heard that the BBC was remaking Civilisation, the groundbreaking 1969 documentary in which esteemed art historian Kenneth Clark guides the viewer through a thousand years of European culture, I feared the worst. When I saw that they had pluralized the name of the show I knew my fears were well-founded: no longer […]

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