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John Irving and the New Fascism

 

It all sounds so righteous. Soooo tolerant. There is the Oscar-winning novelist John Irving (in 2000, for the screenplay of his novel The Cider House Rules) saying this as the Oscars approach: “In our community, tolerance of intolerance is unacceptable.” And there it is. The Orwellian world view come to Hollywood. What, pray tell, is […]

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Who’s the Dictator, Senator McCain?

 

So John McCain thinks “dictatorships start with the suppression of free speech.” It is sort of ironic to hear insinuations of dictatorship from a man who’s been in power for over thirty years. You know what else is ironic, Senator? It is ironic to see a veteran, a war hero, and a POW whose state’s […]

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The Lessons of Oroville

 

Oroville dam and its out-of-control spillway dramatize California’s sudden water turnaround this winter. The rains continue, and about 7 inches are predicted this week in the Sacramento Valley. The six-year drought is over. “At least for now,” say Californians. Like other Americans, they greet any unusual weather event by affirming climate-change awareness. In pouring rain […]

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Sunshine Democrats in Disarray

 

Having had their electoral lunch unexpectedly eaten in November, Democrats across the nation are in more disarray than Bob Dylan’s hair, with factions riding off in different directions. There are all manner of sub-sets and niche gripes, as you would expect in an outfit as big as the Democrat Party. But the main demarcation organizes […]

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Who Will Hold the IRS Accountable?

 

In the bubble of Washington, pols strain at the gnat and swallow the camel. They chase after media-driven pseudo-scandals while letting real scandals linger. Take the scandal of the IRS’s harassment of non-profit groups during the Obama administration. Getting to the bottom of that scandal is far more important than any of the election-related wild […]

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Trump and the Media

 

We seem to have gotten into a national free-for-all over the behavior of the media — my profession for half a century. I am on the side of both sides, the pros and the cons, the booers and the booed. It is what likely comes from a half century of attempting to sort out the […]

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About Sweden and Trump

 

The media enjoys making fun of Trump as much as they enjoyed making Obama look good. Willfully misunderstanding the president today was as fun as impugning pure motives yesterday. Politics is a game to the media and they pick a side. Trump helps this dynamic along by making the unspoken spoken: by naming the media […]

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Happy Birthday to Our Greatest President

 

In the Revolutionary War as well as the formative years of our nation’s independence, no one played a bigger role than George Washington. The late historian James Flexner called him “the indispensable.” Without his leadership, it is hard to imagine the fledgling nation surviving intact. At Washington’s funeral, Rep. Henry Lee famously eulogized him as, […]

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Has Obama’s Would-Be Publisher Read ‘Breaking the War Mentality’?

 

On February 17, Publishers Weekly reported that former President Barack Obama and his attorney are shopping a memoir among the Big Five trade publishers in New York. The price is expected to be high for one unusual reason, unusual at least for a political figure. Explained the New York Times’ Gardiner Harris in September 2016, […]

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Dumbest Ever Defense of Obamacare

 

Rational observers of Obamacare’s accelerating implosion will be drawn inexorably toward the conclusion that it is, as Aetna chief executive Mark Bertolini put it last week, “in a death spiral.” However, as our friends on the left have clearly demonstrated since November, they are anything but rational. Thus, they continue to delude themselves that “reform” […]

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