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Report from Calais

A disturbing account of life with migrants in Calais, France.

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“Intensification of the struggle”

Tight-lipped liberal women (of both sexes) muttering bien pensant phrases about this or that, who can neither hear nor make real arguments. Sadism as a yoga position.

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Jay Nordlinger on Brown U’s secret forum…

…where students go “underground” to discuss politically incorrect issues.

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The triumph of death

Kathryn Lopez reports: “ABC’s prime-time show Scandal had lead character Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington), D.C. “fixer,” at work. After encouraging the ex-wife of her boyfriend, the president, to finish the filibuster she had begun on Christmas Eve to stand up … Continue reading

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Is the Daily Serf being raped by a hacker?

The Daily Serf (known to itself as the Daily Freeman) out of Kingston, N.Y. appears to be running a sick political cartoon against its will. The cartoon first appeared, as best as I can tell, in the online edition of … Continue reading

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John Kerry

Not since Sonny Bono hit the tree skiing has there been a mess like John Kerry as SecState.

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New Paltz: My negligence

As always, I feel terrible at having missed a half dozen, at least, important political events, happenings, meetings, and things otherwise uncategorizable. I am negligent in my local duties, as I see them. There was the flap over whether or … Continue reading

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Paris

The cloud of terror descends. It’s a variant of the fog of war. A photograph flits across the bulb, and that, say the news readers and the cut line at the bottom, is the “mastermind” of the mass killing. This … Continue reading

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Stanley Kurtz on Bernie Sanders on Eugene Debs

I’m very happy that Sanders has come along. He has corralled in one place the unashamed political and economic illiterates, largely among American whites, along with the malicious haters of America and freedom, not to mention the haters of prosperity. He does … Continue reading

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A cryptic comment or two

Beneath the false bottom of America’s role in the world, as the status quo superpower and guarantor of strategic peace in the aftermath of the Cold War, was prior Soviet penetration of U.S. government. The Rosetta Stone of Soviet penetration … Continue reading

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So far, in “Green Hell”

It is as always mostly about Jack Taylor’s moods and their swings, and the Irish of Galway. Though the murder has now occurred and Jack’s American ex-friend is the accused. Jack knows better. This is Ken Bruen’s 2015 Jack Taylor novel. I … Continue reading

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“‘Gross Negligence’ Laws”

Something about the FBI, Hillary, and up to ten years in prison. Never place a bet on the Clintons no longer being above the law, but if you don’t understand that this is the Obama White House that’s after her, you will … Continue reading

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Books in “the stack”

My late great mentor, Sandra Oddo, who I wish I could sit down with this autumn and drink a gallon of her pretty bad home brew, always had this mountain of paper on her desk that she called “the stack.” … Continue reading

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Boehner

When the cocktail hour comes before lunch, that’s a real problem.

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The Biden speculation

If Biden gets into the contest, his wave function will collapse and it’s not going to be a happy time for him. He’s as stale as Hillary (and staleness is very bad) and doesn’t quite have the malodorous appeal that … Continue reading

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Public schools update: Chicago

“Ex-Chicago public schools chief to plead guilty in contract kickback scheme.” As I like to say, there are some people who think they are above the law, like Eliot Spitzer and this woman, and then there are those who can … Continue reading

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