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Fed Up: Why Trump Will Win

“Barnes was at the eye of our rage – and through him, our Captain Ahab – we would set things right again. That day we loved him.” – Chris in the Movie “Platoon.” “I’m fed up,” a friend told me last Sunday after church about why she’s voting for Donald Trump. That sums up the election for me. It’s why I’ve been saying for months that Trump will win big. Americans are fed up with: idiot foreign wars, political correctness, crony capitalism, the Clintons, the Bushes, economic stagnation, moral putrescence, repressive leftist professors, the Main Sleaze Media, “Pay to Play” politics, the Clinton Foundation,...

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It’s Past Time for TAC to Get on Board the Trump Train

It’s Past Time for TAC to Get on Board the Trump Train Rare recently published this article by Daniel McCarthy, Editor of The American Conservative (TAC) magazine. It is a thoughtful defense of a vote for Trump that I largely agree with. I will not say I’m completely surprised. I could have seen McCarthy going either way. I will say that I am pleased. Some background is in order for those who may not be familiar with the intricate details of certain intra-right dynamics. TAC began as a project of Pat Buchanan, Taki Theodoracopulos and Scott McConnell. It was an...

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Wednesday’s Child:  This Way Up (1)

A provincial painter of eclectic pictures, of the sort immortalised by Saki under the title “Dying Hyenas in Trafalgar Square,” wrote in to a Sunday newspaper recently to announce his resignation from the world of art.  There was no critical milieu in Britain, he lamented, sensitive enough to save him from oblivion.  “No matter what I paint, or how good or bad my works are,” he wrote in his letter, “no newspaper, magazine or gallery has shown the slightest interest.” “I am not saying that I am right and they are wrong,” the gentle creature from Stonebroom, near Alfreton, Derbyshire,...

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Jail Hillary to Prevent More Security Breaches

Back in my infancy I joined the U.S. Army, 1978-82, and became a Russian linguist in the National Security Agency for the last three years of that, stationed in West Germany. During boot camp and while learning Russian for a year at the Defense Language Institute in idyllic Monterey, Calif., the FBI performed a background check on me, interviewing family, friends and neighbors back in Michigan. They wanted to make sure I wasn’t a Soviet agent. I was given a Top Secret security clearance with Special Intelligence Access. I then received two months of cryptographic training at Goodfellow Air Force...

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Properties of Blood I.10: The Demands of Blood, Part C

Blood Guilt and Revenge Those who commit serious crimes must pay correspondingly serious penalties, and the most serious crimes involve homicide within a community of law and custom.  To kill an enemy invader or an assailant is justifiable, though the killing may entail some disabilities or inconveniences to the killer.  To kill a member of the community by accident or negligence is a more serious matter, and societies that privilege facts above motive or explanation may impose serious penalties.  Ancient men, so far from listening to pleas made on the basis of childhood deprivation, were concerned first and foremost with...

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Wednesday’s Child:  More from Paris

An absurdly generous friend put us up in a hotel new to the city, The Peninsula, where a bottle of mineral water from room service would set you back $28.  Back in Palermo, that would buy me a whole roast lamb – dinner for eight to ten guests, or a wild sea bass of mammoth proportions. One of the functions I was to attend in Paris was a meeting of expat Republicans – “Republicans” as in the GOP, not in the European sense of cowardly regicides – and, when I got there, the contrast could not have been more striking. ...

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The Truth From Donald’s Big Mouth

Donald Trump is the bull in the Republican china shop—or, considering who pays our politicians,  should that be China shop?  Whatever passes before his eyes or between his ears can inspire speculations—usually presented as self-evident truths—so outrageous that they offend the official media and embarrass even loyal supporters. To make matters worse, Donald’s most ridiculous proclamations typically have not just a grain of truth but whole boulders of the stuff, bigger than the land mass of Eurasia on a map of the world.  Truth makes Trump’s pronouncements more wicked in the same way that St. Thomas says a true detraction...

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Properties of Blood I.10: Demands of Blood, Part B

When Bad Things Happen to Good People—and Vice Versa When Bad Things Happen to Good People is the title of a 1980’s bestseller by Harold S. Kushner.  As a rabbi, Kushner had certainly studied the book of Job, but it has always seemed to me astounding that a cracker-barrel essayist would want to tackle a subject that had already been treated by the authors of Job, the Odyssey, and the writers of Greek tragedies, to say nothing of St. Gregory the Great in his Magna Moralia, a commentary on Job.  When the book came out, I used to joke with...

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Properties of Blood Volume I, the Tenth and Final Chapter 10: The Demands of Blood, Part A

Now every man to aid his clan Must plot and plan as best he can. One week after leaving the scene of the accident (on July 18, 1969) in which his secretary had drowned in shallow water, Senator Edward Kennedy addressed the people of his state: “I have requested this opportunity to talk to the people of Massachusetts about the tragedy which happened last Friday evening. This morning I entered a plea of guilty to the charge of leaving the scene of an accident.  Prior to my appearance in court it would have been improper for me to comment on...

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Wednesday’s Child:  Letter from Paris

Oh, how it made me wish that our late friend Curtis Cate were still here, living in the Rue des Saints-Pères and gesticulating awkwardly when lamenting this or that Soviet ploy.  I went into a tobacconist’s under the windows of his old apartment and asked the lady at the counter if she remembered Monsieur Cate, the American writer.  She said she did, supplying me with a sour smile, a packet of unfiltered Gitanes, and an English newspaper. The news was that Putin had cancelled his visit to Paris, where the new Russian “Spiritual and Cultural Center” – an almost unimaginably...