The Fleming Foundation Cultural Commentary

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Leftist Delusions About Trump

One of the delights of the Trump presidency is seeing how he flummoxes the Left. Even less than usual, they have no idea what’s really going on. Most of them live in the D.C.-NYC Bubble and are clueless about the rest of America. A good example is the Washington Post, in particular writer Greg Sargent in his article titled, “Trump is failing, and the White House is covering it up with lies.” Except all he cites as “failure” is Trump not meeting some campaign promises 100%, in particular repealing Obamacare. But what about the actual policies and the real state...

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Leftists Are Delusional About Gun Control

Whenever one of these mass shootings hits, Leftists unanimously begin spluttering about grabbing our guns. But notice they never say how they would do it. The New York Times has run several such articles, including “news” stories and editorials, every day since the killings. Typical was Nicholas Kristof, who fired off his op-ed while the blood still was coagulating on the ground in Vegas: “Preventing Mass Shootings Like the Vegas Strip Attack.” Among his eight planks: “7. Require safe storage, to reduce theft, suicide and accidents by children.” But how could that possibly have prevented the Las Vegas massacre? And...

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Rambling Thoughts

We left Friday the 29th on the next to last direct flight to Rome on United and flew without incident to Rome.  The only unpleasantness was provided by the surly waitresses–oh, excuse me, professional flight attendants who are on the plane for our safety–who slapped the unasked for stuffed noodles down on the tray, with a curt:  “We’re all out of everything else.”  Pasta? On a flight to Rome?  With green stuff?  The last time I ate cooked spinach on a United Flight I was sick for several days.  When she uttered her brusque “You’re welcome,” I made the mistake...

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Wednesday’s Child: A Byronic Epithalamium

Last month, those in the know were told by the good Dr. Thomas Fleming that “with valid passports and plane reservations, you now only need endure the rigors of international air travel and get to the Grand Hotel del Gianicolo.”  Quite so, but it has occurred to me that what the chosen among Pastor Fleming’s flock may need at the point of departure for Italy is a nice little epithalamium. I have written on a number of occasions in the past that a country is invariably defined by what its climate allows its people to cultivate, so that France or Italy...

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I Take the High Road and Rex Takes the Low Roads: The Best Revenge, Episode 12

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In this episode of The Best Revenge, Rex and Dr. Fleming have a heated exchange over the merits of pop music lyrics. Fans of Bob Dylan and “the Boss” may not be happy. Original Air Date: September 28, 2017 Show Run Time: 38 minutes Show Guest(s): Dr. Thomas Fleming Show Host(s): Rex Scott The Best Revenge is available for Gold subscribers and higher.   The Best Revenge℗ is a Production of the Fleming Foundation. Copyright 2017. All rights are reserved and any duplication without explicit written permission is forbidden.

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Wednesday’s Child: More from London

If epochs have sounds epitomizing them, as the pealing of church bells and the rustling of crinolines may have been for some in the West just four or five generations ago, then the sound most characteristic of the present is the woodpecker noise of an acrylic fingernail upon the tempered glass of the smartphone. Like the jingle that haunts the man on the bus in Mark Twain’s story – remember? “A blue trip slip for an eight-cent fare,/A buff trip slip for a six-cent fare,/A pink trip slip for a three-cent fare,/Punch in the presence of the passenjare!” – this...

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Sports Break: The Internet, Not Politics, Is Sacking the NFL

President Trump caused a ruckus again, this time by telling people at a rally in Alabama that NFL owners should fire players who knelt for the National Anthem. If sports fans leave stadiums when this happens, he said, “I guarantee things will stop.” Then he called for fans to boycott the game. That caused even more players to kneel. Meanwhile, attendance and TV ratings have been dropping faster than the players’ knees. The kneeling protests are against police maltreatment of blacks – some of it real, some, such as the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, exonerated even by President...

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Rome, Part 2: The Best Revenge, Episode 11

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In this episode of The Best Revenge, Stephen and Dr. Fleming come back to a favorite topic: Rome. This episode is focused on preparation for next month’s Symposium in the Eternal City. Rome, Part 1: The Best Revenge, Episode 2 Original Air Date: September 25, 2017 Show Run Time: 55 minutes Show Guest(s): Dr. Thomas Fleming Show Host(s): Stephen Heiner The Best Revenge is available for Gold subscribers and higher.   The Best Revenge℗ is a Production of the Fleming Foundation. Copyright 2017. All rights are reserved and any duplication without explicit written permission is forbidden.

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Trump’s Wall and the Tower of Babylon, Part 2: From Under the Rubble, Episode 18

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Trump’s wall is our best defense against the builders of the Tower of Babel in the New World Order. Original Air Date: September 23, 2017 Show Run Time: 34 minutes Show Guest(s): Dr. Thomas Fleming Show Host(s): Rex Scott From Under the Rubble episodes are available to Gold subscribers and higher.   From Under the Rubble℗ is a Production of the Fleming Foundation. Copyright 2017. All Rights are Reserved.

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Leaving Society: Surely, You Must Be Joking Dr. Fleming?, Episode 6

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In this episode of Surely, You Must Be Joking Dr. Fleming?, we take a further look at the destruction of symbols in society – not just of statues of the Southern Confederacy, but even of religious and secular figures. Far from a counter-protest or adopting the tactics of our enemies, Dr. Fleming encourages a much more radical notion: opting-out. Original Air Date: September 22, 2017 Show Run Time: 53 minutes Show Guest(s): Dr. Thomas Fleming Show Host(s): Stephen Heiner This Podcast is available for Silver subscribers and higher.   Surely, You Must Be Joking Dr. Fleming?℗ is a Production of the...