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Breaking Up Is Hard to Do

 

How many men and women in America are still with the first person they dated or got engaged to? Remember those vows, till death do us part? When in reality, for many, it should be “till divorce did us part.” Sometimes couples “consciously uncouple,” and sometimes you send the pool water in a truck and […]

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Will ‘Opportunity’ or ‘Inequality’ Motivate Imminent Reforms?

 

Google’s Ngram, which charts the use of written words over time, tells us something profound in its display of the opposing trajectories of “inequality” and “opportunity.” As “inequality” enjoys the growing inequality between the two terms, the chance for “opportunity” shrinks. Given the chart abruptly stopping in 2008, a dreadful year that helped catalyze the […]

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Bedeviled, Bothered, and Bewildered in Minnesota

 

The Devil was planning an excursion to Belle Plaine, Minnesota, but the city council derailed his visit. The town’s Veterans Memorial Park has been a focus of controversy since January 2017. Well, not the entire park, just a particular portion of it. The park had been home to a veterans’ memorial, a sculpture in silhouette […]

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Doomed: Honda S2000 (1999-2009, RIP)

 

Race cars make terrible street cars — but every now and then, one will be offered for sale to the general public. Usually, briefly. L-88 Corvettes with lumpy solid lifter cams and three Holley two barrel carbs. SD-421 Catalinas with acid-dipped frames. Cobra R Mustangs with Tremec five-speeds, no insulation or AC and radio delete. […]

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Defining Loyalty Down

 

Loyalty — fealty to one’s nation, religion or smaller social group — is one of those concepts that Americans have allowed to lose its meaning. The media are the most guilty because they have decided that loyalty to the nation depends on who is president. In 1993, Daniel Patrick Moynihan’s admonished American society for “defining […]

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‘Democracy in Chains’ Is So Wrong It’s Funny

 

Duke historian Nancy MacLean’s new book Democracy in Chains is so wrong it’s funny. The book’s ostensible subject is the economist James Buchanan, Nobel laureate and filthy capitalist running dog. Also, it’s about some sort of secret plot/public movement by libertarians to bring back plantation ideology. “From the start,” MacLean writes early on, “the notion […]

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Who Is Colluding With Whom?

 

Washington In the Russia-Trump imbroglio let us be clear. We are now months into it. A dozen or so culprits have been fingered, some being actually quite amusing. You will be seeing more of the fat British music promoter, Rob Goldstone, who has been photographed wearing a baseball hat emblazoned with the letters “CUNTY” on […]

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Always Do More of What the Media Forbids

 

The criticism of any Republican almost always grows in proportion to his effectiveness. One of the media’s principal missions is to serve as a dispensary of unsolicited and destructive advice to the GOP. And until Trump came along, the stupid party usually took it. Trump won not in spite of his utter indifference to the […]

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Jeff Sessions Is Indeed on the Way Out

 

More than two thousand libertarians attended the annual Freedom Fest conference last weekend in Las Vegas. Numerous speakers focused their criticism of the Trump Administration on one man — Attorney General Jeff Sessions. It wasn’t personal animus toward Jeff Sessions. Some of the speakers know him and like him. I even heard a few critical […]

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Higher Than What? More Campus Foolishness

 

Don’t ever bet that higher education can’t go any lower. You’re bound to lose. Two recent and sorry examples prove the point. With a nod to Mae West, one foreign and one domestic. One Eloy Ortiz Oakley, chancellor of California’s community college system, wants to eliminate the algebra requirement for graduation because too many Californians […]

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