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Saturday, Apr 5 2008
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Jonathan S. Tobin:
Why Palestinians Throw Rocks
Shmuley Boteach :
No holds barred: My last night with Elie Wiesel

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When 'They' Come   —  

Does anyone seriously think people who can become incensed enough about a speech to turn violent, won't turn violent if the ATMs shut down? If the grocery stores go empty? If there's no way to get food, water, or gasoline?  More

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Why does this matter to YOU in the USA? Because it was a foreshadowing of what will likely happen in November. Those who lead the political and financial institutions will push strongly that we “go along” our path and elect “Hellary” Clinton. There will be a large number (I believe a majority) who in spite of the uncertainty of specific policies, will vote to kick the political and financial institutions in their wide and arrogant rear-ends.  More

What Donald Trump Has Learned   —  
Well, he has learned that while there are developers who would try to sell you the Brooklyn Bridge they do not hold a candle to politicians when it comes to lying, and that goes double for the mendacious political press. Moreover, he has learned that though there may be opportunists among his fellows in the real estate business they are veritable Good Samaritans when compared with the big league opportunists in politics. Donald, it is too late now to back out of politics, but when it comes to lying, opportunism, and general deceit now you know. Politics takes the cake? Indeed, it takes all cakes.  More

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It took me two months to read this 650-page, small-type book, the third volume in a trilogy. In that time I read several other books, absorbing Deirdre McCloskey’s Bourgeois Equality in small doses on trains, ships, sofas and beds.

If that sounds like faint praise, it’s not. I wanted to savor every sentence of this remarkable feast of prose.  More

Brexit: The Nation is Back!   —  

"How quickly the unthinkable became the irreversible" writes The Economist. They are talking about Brexit, of course.

The question of today is: Who could have imagined that British people were so tired of being members of The Club? The question of tomorrow is: What country will be next?  More
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Brexit was an historic reassertion of Britain’s ancient liberties. It was also a monumental repudiation of the left and its ever-growing nightmare of government by remote, unelected, unaccountable bureaucracies and the subversion of all democratic process.  More

Annals of pseudoscience from Lysenko to climate changers   —  

Trofim Lysenko dominated Soviet "science" for two whole generations, from the 1920s to the mid-1960s. His basically screwy but highly pretentious theories about the inheritance of acquired characteristics came to dominate Sovgenetics even if they flew in the face of the long accepted, tried-and-proven Mendelian kind. But if communism could invent a New Man, why couldn't this favorite of Stalin's invent a new science?  More

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The scene wasn’t 19th century France, but 21st century Venezuela.

And if you are wondering why you haven’t seen it on the news, it’s because Venezuela is a Socialist disaster area that was once being used as a model by the left. Now it’s a place where the vast majority of people can’t afford basic food staples and a third are down to two or fewer meals a day.  More

America In Free Fall   —  

The United States has seen periods of near fatal internal chaos—in the late 1850s leading up to the carnage of the Civil War, during the decade of the Great Depression between 1929 and 1939, and in the chaotic 1960s. Something similar is starting to plague America today on a variety of political, economic, social, and cultural fronts.  More

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It was the Keystone Kops version of George Orwell’s dystopian novel of a dictatorship in which the past is rewritten to suit the political masters, words are robbed of their meaning. “War is peace.” “Freedom is slavery.” “Ignorance is strength.”
The Justice Department released Monday morning (6/20) a partial transcript of Omar Mateen’s 911 call from the Pulse nightclub in Orlando. All references to ISIS and Islam were deleted.
“OM: ‘I pledge of allegiance to [omitted]. ‘I pledge allegiance to [omitted] may God protect him [in Arabic], on behalf of [omitted].’”  More