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First Debate Postmortem: Trump Won Where He Had To

Pundits and polls are all over the place on who “won” the First Debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Rodham Gorgon. But I haven’t seen any major analysis of how they did among those who will decide this election: suburban, white voters in Ohio, Pennsylvania and Michigan. It’s because, assuming he wins Florida and North Carolina, which he likely will, those are the “swing states” he needs to win. Any combination of Ohio + Michigan or Pennsylvania and he’s in like Ronald Reagan. The New York Post reported from a bar in Youngstown, Pa., “[Ken] Reed, 35, is a registered...

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Wednesday’s Child:  Chalk and Cheese

Please imagine two foes from the annals of history, say, Wellington and Napoleon, or a pair of ideological adversaries, like Burke and Robespierre.  Obviously there’s a whole ideological mythology trailing in the wake of each of these combatants, and to this day the world – whether it is conscious or oblivious of it – is divided between partisans of one or the other.  So, whether they know it or not, folks who opine that the European Union is a good thing for Europe are on Napoleon’s side; so 3.5 million Russian secret policemen endorse Robespierre, even if 3.4 million of...

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FF Podcast, Special Edition Trump

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On this special edition of the podcasts of the Fleming Foundation, our founder, Dr. Thomas Fleming, shares his impressions of the first Presidential Candidates’ Debate of the 2016 Election. If you’re new to the Foundation and our work, please register as a free user and get access to some of our content. Show Sponsor: Members Who Support Our Work Original Air Date: September 27, 2016 Show Run Time: 37 minutes Show Guest(s): Dr. Thomas Fleming Show Host(s): Stephen Heiner Podcast Player – Click the Cloud to Download Episode   Also available on SoundCloud   The Fleming Foundation Podcast℗ is a...

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The Best Revenge, Episode 4: Diets

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In this episode of The Best Revenge, Dr. Fleming takes a look at the role of diets in our daily lives. What was the purpose of a diet traditionally and what is the essence of the fad diet that dominates our (American) lives these days? Where did it come from? Where is it going? How do we deal with our friends and neighbors besotted with these schemes and how can we “revenge” ourselves upon such a joyless practice? Original Air Date: September 27, 2016 Show Run Time: 43 minutes Show Guest(s): Dr. Thomas Fleming Show Host(s): Stephen Heiner   The...

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POB I. 6: In Defense of Honor, Part E– Bullying

This chapter has got out of hand–up to over 90 pages of double-spaced text, and I am still working.  Therefore, I am dividing it into two parts:  Chapter 6: In Defense of Honor, and 7:  Dueling for Honor.  Attentive readers will note that I have renamed the chapters and sections as posted.   I have also decided to end the former chapter with a passage I was working on for the conclusion to the whole thing, namely, a rather informal meditation on bullying.  For continuity’s sake, I have included the final paragraph of the previous section. Bullying Athens had a...

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Latin, Episode 5

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In this episode of Latin, Dr. Fleming discusses the ablative case, as well as the 4th Declension. Please use these texts as necessary to follow along: Romanum imperium, quo neque ab exordio ullum fere minus neque incrementis toto orbe amplius humana potest memoria recordari, a Romulo exordium habet, qui Reae Silviae, Vestalis virginis, filius et, quantum putatus est, Martis cum Remo fratre uno partu editus est. Is cum inter pastores latrocinaretur, decem et octo annos natus urbem exiguam in Palatino monte constituit XI Kal. Maias, Olympaids sextae anno terto, post Troiaie excidium, ut qui plurimum minimumque tradunt, anno trecentesimo nonagesimo...

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“We Out Like Taliban”

Indeed. Charlotte is burning.  Social media on Tuesday night were  lit up with messages of defiance:  “This ain’t no one day action, ” screamed one rioter, as others were venting their righteous outrage on a conveniently located Walmart.  Still others carried signs saying, “It’s a Book,” which will no doubt eclipse, for the time being, “Don’t Shoot”  and “I Can’t Breathe” as the battle cry of the underprivileged citizens who in pursuit of justice will loot any store, shoot any fireman, tell any lie, do anything but get jobs, support themselves, and lead law-abiding lives. Charlotte Police say that they...

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Wednesday’s Child:  Oral Equivalence

Entertained or amused as I was by readers’ responses to last week’s post, I could not suppress the feeling that we were speaking different languages, all mischievously masked as Standard English.  Nomenclature gives way like an old shirt when cultural differences pull on it from behind, and nowhere is the horrible ripping sound more audible than in discussions revolving around food. If you are explaining something about Hollywood to an Englishman, it makes no sense to compare it with Pinewood Studios, even though, purely functionally, this is its British counterpart in the industry; better to compare it to the BBC,...

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Properties of Blood I.7: Dueling for Honor, Part B

Military Duels Frontiers and unsettled times attract reckless men, who are going to shoot it out, one way or another.  The pretense that Abilene after the War Between the states or the Chicago ghetto of today can be run according to the rules of an Oxford College can lead only to anarchy and the death of law-abiding people who are minding their own business.  Where a community maintains a civil order, most men will be content to keep the peace most of time, relying on the forces of the law for protection and redress of injury, except on the exceptional...

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So What You’re Saying Is … Pat Buchanan Was Right all Along

A recent Claremont Review of Books article by the obviously pseudonymous Publius Decius Mus, “The Flight 93 Election,” has created quite a stir in the conservative universe. The article is a vigorous defense of Trump and Trumpism, and has been touted widely by Trump supporters. Rush Limbaugh read it aloud on his radio program. It has even inspired its own hashtag, #IAmDecius, but it has also generated a very vociferous reaction from anti-Trumpers. This National Review article by Jonah Goldberg contains links to several of the critical responses. Decius is one of the minds behind the now defunct Journal of...