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Joel Mathis
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Could his prediction come true?
I was trying to remember this afternoon, a story I read in sixth-grade English about how professional sports had declined because people had come to enjoy video simulations of them much more. It struck me as possibly prescien...
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We're losing our newspapers. Time to try something different.
Another shitty day for local journalism: I mean, damnit. We're left with a couple of conclusions: • The business model for local newspapers has utterly failed. • The mission of local newspapers is needed, desperately. So I ...
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How George W. Bush's failures gave us the newly white nationalist GOP.
This picture: George W. Bush was, to my mind, the biggest failure as president in postwar history — more than Jimmy Carter, more than Richard Nixon. His choices were uniformly wrong. Budget surplus? Let's fritter it away. T...
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This is not the last chance to save America. Probably.
Damon Linker writes on Facebook about the “Flight 93 Election” and its “end of the republic” doomsaying: Decius, he says, believes “that both parties, including the conservative-movement establishment, need to be overthrown ...
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Happy anniversary.
Today marks the 50th anniversary of Star Trek, and I guess I’ve been paying close attention for about 35 or so of those years. When I was a kid, the routine was to rush home from school, turn the TV — pre-cable — to the “inde...
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You're a vital part of the system now.
A friend posts a protest against CNN, which she thinks has done a lousy job of covering the North Dakota oil pipeline protests. In response, I suggested that she's part of the solution — and so are you, if you have a Faceboo...
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Because she's a woman.
The conventional wisdom so far is that Hillary Clinton is so personally unpopular that she might be the only Democratic candidate that could lose the presidential race to Donald Trump. I have an alternative theory. Hillary's ...
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Stream-of-mind from the evening walk.
Walking in my neighborhood, after dark. It's not lit as well as my old Philadelphia city block — I probably need to buy reflective shoes or something. The app on my phone tells me I have 2,000 steps to go to make my daily goa...
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It's not a problem.
Daniel Pipes calls me out at NRO: I am frustrated that Westerners don’t perceive the obvious point that burqas and niqabs, both of which cover not only the head but the whole body, threaten public security. A person wearing ...
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Donald Trump is your man?
Over at American Greatness, the Trumpist website, there's an article on "The Flight 93" election that makes the case that, hey, the world's going to hell anyway, so why not vote Trump? One paragraph stood out to me. I've brok...
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I might still be on Twitter.
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She doesn't actually have to join the union. But she does have to complain about it.
At NRO, Diana Furchtgott-Roth celebrates Labor Day by lamenting that she's been forced to join a union as a condition of her new job as an adjunct instructor at George Washington University: I have no need for anyone to repr...
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