Contributor Post Created with Sketch. 48 Hours (Almost) Without the Internet

 

My fellow editors have graciously been spelling me for the past two days while I put the final push on a long-overdue piece for City Journal about earthquakes. With only a few momentary lapses of will, I actually managed to turn off the Internet for nearly 48 hours.

I rushed back to Ricochet this morning to see the chorus of speculation and concern–Where’s Claire?–but was dismayed to discover that no one noticed I was gone. I may have to revise that neo-Copernican theory of the solar system I was working on, the one that had me at the center of it.

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. The Bride Wore White, The Groom Wore . . . Red?

 

Finally, something about the royal wedding that piqued my interest: why Prince William, who serves in the RAF, was clad in a red tunic of the Irish Guard:

One possible explanation:

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. The Road Ahead: Searching for a Standard-Bearer

 

On Monday, I tried to make sense of the pessimism and defeatism that have long had conservatives in their grip. On Tuesday, I argued that the reasons for pessimism and defeatism no longer apply – that circumstances have changed dramatically, that Barack Obama is the answer to our prayers: that he has brought us to the edge of a precipice and forced us to look into the abyss, and that a majority of Americans now recognize that things cannot go on as they have in the past. As the 2010 election suggested, and as recent events have confirmed, this is our moment – this is for us what 1932 was for the progressives. We in America are on the verge of a new birth of freedom.

There is, of course, a fly in the ointment. The Republican Party has a gift for snatching defeat from the jaws of victory. That party ordinarily nominates the next fellow on the list without much regard to the man’s suitability at the time whether as a candidate or as a President. I do not mean to denigrate Bob Dole and John McCain. They put in years of largely admirable service, but it is no surprise that, in their dotage, they lost to Bill Clinton and Barack Obama. Americans do not want to be governed by the living dead. They want someone alive who exudes vitality and capacity.

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I’ve long agreed with Irving Kristol on the value of good humor for conservatives. So even in the face of oncoming fiscal armageddon a bit of levity on the situation such as this finds an appreciative audience in myself. Courtesy of econstories.tv the next installment of their Keynes vs. Hayek series.  More

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Leftover Pop Architecture

 

I’m thinking of opening a new chain of restaurants called “And No, This Did Not Used To Be A Taco Bell, Thank You.”

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I just wanted to put in a plug for the NHL. The first round of the playoffs finished this past week, with a number of seventh game finals. As a Philadelphia fan, I’m happy to say, my Flyers advanced past Buffalo, and now they play Boston. But I also watched the other series, and they […]

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Who Dares Defend L.A.?

 

From a review of Robert Redford: The Biography in today’s Wall Street Journal:

He didn’t like Los Angeles—who can blame him?—so he set up an aerie for himself at Sundance in Utah, which, on the evidence of this biography, gradually became the focus of his life.

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Like many of you, I worry that when over 50% of Americans have no federal tax liability the game is lost. We’re darn close to that tipping point.  The latest I’ve heard is that 47% of Americans have no federal tax liability. I understand we have to broaden the taxpaying base and that people need […]

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The black Chamber of Congress is not happy with Obama.  Its CEO recently appeared on Laura Ingraham’s talk show (see link). The black solidarity bubble has slowly been showing signs of cracking in the past decade.  The political capture of blacks is perhaps the single greatest political injustice in modern times.  Dependency, family breakdown, and government exploitation […]

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DC has had a loophole in their littering law that until now allowed people on foot to throw anything on the ground. The previous anti-littering statute was only in relation to discarding waste from your car. The city has changed the law and increased the fine to $75 for even the smallest offense. As a […]

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I have pretty vivid dreams.  Some times that is good, and sometimes that is bad.  My dream last night was that I had wandered into the woods and found this crazy tree that grew over a stream.  Branches from the tree extended out over the stream forming kind of a foundation.  And who was up […]

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When I was quite young (about 13) my father sometimes worked at a second job as a security guard. On one occasion he had a job at a concert of the Bee Gees at the local theatre. My sister and I went and enjoyed the show for free. This would have been around 1970/71, well […]

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A great band to see perform live.  The Dave Matthews band was my big band of the last half of the 90’s and I had the chance to see them several times, the first being way back in August 1995.  Their early stuff really is their best and there may not be a better 1-2 […]

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This week’s revelation regarding Obama’s false doctrine of “leading from behind” reminded me of Bon Jovi’s music video “We weren’t born to follow” that pays tribute to several progressive notions using clever visuals including Obama during his 2008 campaign. While I don’t agree with the personal politics of the band, I do enjoy the song. However, I found it […]

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The indispensable Heritage Foundation has just released its 2011 Budget Chart Book.  Take a gander, alert your friends, especially the skeptics, and maybe lob a message into the youngster manning the phones at your congressman’s office.   You will not find a clearer or more compelling resource illustrating the fiscal mess we find ourselves in…or […]

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. If Everyone ‘Wins’, Everyone Loses

 

If San Francisco’s public radio station is spotlighting views like this, then perhaps the ‘everyone’s a winner, no one’s a loser’ mentality is finally reaching its end.

I’m fully aware that we live in the mecca of political correctness here in the Bay Area, but since when did it become politically incorrect to win?

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Did you ever have an earworm? You know, one of those songs that gets stuck in your head and no matter how many times you listen to it, the darn thing won’t die? I’ve had one since Wednesday… and it goes “Chick-chicky-boom, chick-chicky boom!” More

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Deep rifts among Iran’s ruling elite have reached an all-time high in recent weeks, according to sources, who say things have gotten so bad that President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad may have stopped showing up for work.  Continue reading at http. More

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One of the criticisms that I heard repeatedly about the royal wedding was directed towards the elitism of the monarchical and aristocratic institutions. You almost get the sense that you’re listening to egalitarians promoting pure, direct democracy of the progressive variety. But is the egalitarian ideal right? Is it even American? The idea that everyone […]

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