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Enzo Ferrari Himself

 

How could a country boy come from rural Italy early in the 20th century to become the boss of a company that made the most elegant cars in the world. He did it for some three quarters of a century: the fastest sports cars and Formula Ones, the most elegantly flamboyant, the cars bearing the Ferrari marque with the prancing black horse on their fenders.

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The Law Flynn ‘Violated’ Should Be Repealed

 

While much has been written about the entrapment of Michael Flynn by the ethically challenged Andrew McCabe and his accomplice Peter Strzok, little discussion has been devoted to the constitutionally dubious federal law under which he was charged. Most commentators have noted in a cursory fashion that it is a felony to mislead the FBI, […]

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Good News, Bad News in China Tiff

 

More positive news has arisen for the U.S. in its trade war with China, even as other developments cloud the situation. A new report says that China is shelving its Made in 2025 economic plan, an aggressive track that would push for Chinese dominance in areas such as manufacturing and technology. Much like President Trump’s […]

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Let Us Now Praise… Nick Foles

 

It was a perfect setup for cynics. If you were a hater of fairy tale endings, then you had to be looking forward to this one like the crocodile lurking at the waterhole when the wildebeests begin to arrive. Bob Ford, sports columnist for the Philadelphia Inquirer, put it to the hometown fans straight. Not […]

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French Riots May Put Paris Climate Treaty on the Guillotine

 

As the shock and chaos from weeks of rioting in Paris and the French countryside finally tampers down, it is becoming increasingly clear that the French have all but declared “off with its head” regarding the Paris Climate Accords. Actions speak louder than words. And the actions of countries around the world show, whatever agreement […]

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Stop Being a Jerk and Give Him His Wall

 

New York’s senior senator made the rounds on the Sunday shows boasting of his caucus’s ironclad commitment to blocking funding for President Trump’s border wall: Democrats dug in their heels Sunday on President Trump’s threat to shut down the government unless he gets money for his border wall, saying if the president makes good on his demand, […]

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Comey’s Latest Charade

 

The Comey-Mueller investigation into Trumpworld has proceeded like a Soviet show trial from the start, complete with confessions to crimes its targets didn’t commit. As they brag about these extracted pleas, Mueller and Comey sound less like guardians of democracy than the corrupt commissars of yesteryear, whose victims, as Pravda would duly report, had “incriminated themselves.” Mueller […]

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Baby It’s Crazy Outside

 

As Cole Porter slyly reminds us: “In olden days a glimpse of stocking/Was looked on as something shocking/Now heaven knows/Anything goes…” Well, you know: depending on the state of Puritan politics at a given moment. The Puritan habit of scolding, and gazing sourly, on others for Improper Behavior is a human constant. And not just […]

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The FBI’s Whacking of Michael Flynn

 

Long ago, when my three wonderful daughters were in grade school, they regularly conversed over the telephone with a rather unique life coach. They called him “Uncle Al.” He was, in fact, a member of the Mafia and one of my informants from my days in the Justice Department’s Organized Crime and Racketeering Section. Even […]

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Disappointing Election Results for India’s Prime Minister

 

Suddenly, the prime minister of India, Narendra Modi appears vulnerable — with a national election looming by May of 2019. This India observer admits to being a stunned mullet. Less than five years ago, Modi was elected with an absolute majority in a landslide victory, something not seen since the aftermath of the assassination of […]

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