Monthly Archives: January 2016

The Tweeter

Things are getting strange out there. Everyone running for president is out there shaking hands and making speeches, and granting interviews to every cable news show that will have them, and doing radio interviews in small markets with obscure and … Continue reading

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Standing Athwart History Again

William F. Buckley once said that a conservative is “someone who stands athwart history, yelling Stop, at a time when no one is inclined to do so, or to have much patience with those who so urge it.” That was … Continue reading

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Take Care

Donald Trump opened his campaign for the Republican nomination by saying that Mexicans were pouring across our border and they were awful people – drug dealers and rapists and murderers. The Mexican government was laughing at us, sending us the … Continue reading

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Like the Academy Awards

Well, this was bad timing. Or it bolsters the family’s conservative credentials, or something. Who knows? But this probably means that Donald Trump’s poll numbers will go up, and it simply is what it is: The oldest son of former … Continue reading

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In the Dismal Swamp

In Nathaniel West’s 1933 novel Miss Lonelyhearts – yes, a bit obscure – in the chapter “Miss Lonelyhearts in the Dismal Swamp” – that’s meant somewhat ironically – there’s this passage: He sat in the window thinking. Man has a … Continue reading

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The Done Deal

We will have to fight another war in the Middle East, unless we won’t. The Sunday morning talk shows were filled with this sort of thing: Republican presidential hopeful Ted Cruz has defended his plan to “carpet bomb” civilian areas … Continue reading

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Life in the Big City

Big cities have their songs, although I Left My Heart in San Francisco was written in 1953 in Brooklyn. George Cory and Douglass Cross were a bit homesick. Jimmy Van Heusen and Sammy Cahn were a bit more professional with … Continue reading

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