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The Proper Insult

Political insults used to be so much better – Ulysses S. Grant said of James A. Garfield, “Garfield has shown that he is not possessed of the backbone of an angleworm.” Woodrow Wilson said of Warren Harding, “He has a … Continue reading

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Integrity Revisited

“Necessity may well be called the mother of invention, but calamity is the test of integrity.” That’s from Samuel Richardson – whose famous epistolary novel Pamela: Or, Virtue Rewarded (1740) was a demonstration of that observation. The tale is both highly … Continue reading

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A Possible Reality Check

It may be time for a reality check, or another episode of that long-running sitcom “Hapless Liberals Try to Make Themselves Feel Better” – a barrel of laughs each week, except there’s no such show. There ought to be, for … Continue reading

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The Closer

The man did write The Art of the Deal and on Thursday, May 26, 2016, Donald Trump closed the deal: Donald J. Trump officially secured the number of delegates he needed to clinch the Republican presidential nomination Thursday, according to … Continue reading

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Fundamental Cruelty

Donald Trump was out here, holding a rally not far from Disneyland, so of course things got a little cartoonish: Donald Trump cut into a handful of prominent Republican figures during a Wednesday rally, even lightly chiding those who ultimately … Continue reading

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Using the Nineties

Those of us who were once English teachers like this sort of thing: A group of more than 400 writers, including big names such as Stephen King, David Eggers, Amy Tan, Junot Díaz and Cheryl Strayed, released an online petition … Continue reading

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The Last Statesman

It may be that Barack Obama is anticipating a Trump presidency, where Trump will do everything he says he will do, which is his vow. We’ll pull out of the Paris Climate Accords because global warming is a hoax cooked … Continue reading

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