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I’ve seen some Trump signs that say he represent the silent majority. If Trump’s mockery of a disabled critic is evident of this majority, then we need to do some basic housekeeping. I know most people didn’t like this. The time has come for Trump to mature and become a presidential candidate. He should not […]

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It’s December, and this Christmas season will mark the 239th anniversary of the original Row vs. Wade: Washington’s decision how to cross the Delaware! Unlike the infamous Roe vs. Wade, Row vs. Wade was rightly decided! More

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I have looked over the internet and cannot find a good timeline of the shooter’s path. I do know he ended up in the Planned Parenthood office, but once there didn’t kill anyone else. A man so angry about ‘baby parts’ that once inside the office he stop shooting and waited to give up. All […]

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I think the unintentional comedy of the following quote from CBS News is self-evident. “President Obama has promoted one of his national security officials to serve as his senior adviser for the counter-ISIS campaign, White House press secretary Josh Earnest said Monday. More

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Apparently Sen. Ted Cruz is a fan of The Princess Bride. A really, really big fan. While speaking at a Des Moines church Sunday, the presidential candidate reenacted a scene involving many of the film’s most loved characters:

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A discussion got started in the PIT the other week about reincarnation. It got me to wondering how many views of reincarnation there are out there. For instance, Plato spoke of it in one of his dialogues as something that just made sense. As a man may wear many cloaks over a lifetime, mightn’t a […]

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Brothers of Israel, Part 1

 

2015-11-19 06.07.092015-11-19 06.01.22As we pulled within inches of the side of the Land Rover, we heckled the other team as we brazenly passed them by negotiating the steep embankment of the Judean Desert trail, which, depending on your tolerance level for danger, was a fun adrenaline rush or a foolish near-rollover.

After some exciting 4×4’ing we all got out, explored some caves, and stood at the location where Patriot Missiles were used to shoot down incoming Iraqi scuds during Desert Storm. As we looked into the valley below we saw the city of Jericho and we were reminded that we were in the heart of the West Bank. However, not to worry; the only folks out this way were Bedouins who were not a threat, unless you were scared of some friendly goats and donkeys.2015-11-19 06.15.23

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So I’m back in my childhood home for a spell while my NYC apartment undergoes a few renovations. My parents heat the place with wood one end of the house and evil coal on the other. The rooms in between get a bit chilly. 63 degrees F to be exact at this moment. It is […]

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shutterstock_220913251Blaming the Baby Boomers is a popular pastime among Millennials nowadays. Apparently, the problems of our present day are mostly their fault. They allowed government to grow and metastasize, and saddled us with loads of debt. They bought into crazy-lazy theories about overpopulation, and didn’t have enough children. They soaked up all the perks of the Reagan years and left their kids jobless with expensive, worthless degrees.

Now they’re planning to collect billions in pensions and Social Security and Medicare, and younger generations will work themselves to the bone to pay for it, while their retired parents (along with non-parent peers who spent all their own earnings on themselves, and are now helping themselves to ours) enjoy shuffleboard and vacations to the South of France. And then we’ll probably just lie down and die of treatable diseases in our broken-down, two-bit apartments. By that time, you see, the coffers will be emptier than empty, and death will be the only thing we can still afford. Dang Boomers.

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Ok…I’m a weeper….but have you ever heard a piece of music that halts you in your tracks, where you have to stop what you’re doing and sit down? It pulls on a deep emotion from somewhere, gives a shiver, as though it were composed for angels? Anything by English composer Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958) is […]

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On the thread exploring a meetup, it turned out that Son of the South is only in town until Friday and The Lost Dutchman can only do Wednesday and Thursday, so it sounded like a good idea to have a small meetup for those who can come at short notice on Wednesday. I’ll organize something […]

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Our usual host, 10 Cents, can’t make it tonight, so I’m guest hosting the Audio Meet-Up for the last time this week. Time: 8:00 PM Eastern/7:00 Central/6:00 Mountain/5:00 Pacific /01:00 UTC Place: Near your phone Number: (712) 432-0375, Access Code: 139584# Who: All members Guest host: John Walker For our loyal friends and fans, the […]

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Women wear too much makeup on Fox News, and it’s a sign of only one thing: sexism. So says a contributor to Broadly, the female-aimed webzine sister to Vice:

That the women who appear on Fox News are very young, very beautiful, and very heavily made up is news to no one. And despite the often combative nature of the on-air segments, the backstage experience seems to be much more relaxing. “Honestly,” says Basse, “99.9 percent of guests are jazzed about being there because it’s almost like a mini-spa. They do full hair and makeup [at the Fox News studio], and the people there are nice. They’re just nice.” But, she continues, not everyone who sits in her chair wants to have their makeup done. “Sometimes a guest is more low-key and low-maintenance, and they’re really nervous, and all I’ve ever said is, ‘Makeup is meant to make you look your best,'” she says. “I let them think I’m giving them exactly what they want, but in the end, I always get exactly what I want. Because I know what the producer’s looking for. If for some reason I get someone who’s really pushing back, I’ll tell them a little bit more about what’s going on instead of just slapping something on their face.”

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Back in 2008, the Princeton Alumni Weekly published the results of a panel deliberation ranking the university’s most influential alumni. At the top of the list was James Madison (class of 1771) and close behind him, in third place, was Woodrow Wilson (class of 1879), who was Princeton’s president from 1902 to 1910. He left the university to enter politics first as governor of New Jersey between 1911 and 1913 and then as President of the United States from 1913 to 1921. By all accounts, his presidency at Princeton transformed the school from a college for playboys into the serious academic institution that it has become today. He openly urged African Americans to apply and also hired the first Jewish and Roman Catholic faculty members.

It is a sign of the times that there is an active movement at Princeton, led by the students of the Black Justice League, to remove his name from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and from the Wilson House at Princeton. The main charge against Wilson was that he was a racist for overseeing, as President of the United States, the systematic removal of black employees from the federal civil service long after it had been desegregated. He was also a sympathizer of the Klu Klux Klan. His resegregation policy provoked a huge backlash from the NAACP, which had previously endorsed his 1912 presidential campaign given his promises to be “President of the whole nation” and to supply black citizens an “absolute fair dealing.”

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As you’ve probably read, here in Paris we’ve got a few terrorists on the loose and some 195 heads of states from around the world in town to begin 12 days of negotiations to try to reach an agreement on restricting greenhouse gas emissions. I just walked with my brother up to Montparnasse. Everything looked normal enough. We walked back; I dropped him off at my father’s apartment, and I walked back to mine. Now, my brother isn’t going to believe me, because the part of the city we walked through looked normal, if maybe a bit subdued. It was the stretch back over the Seine and to my apartment that was surreal.

For obvious reasons, I’m not going to say exactly where I live, but it’s a neighborhood that usually has a fair share of winos, a few louches hanging out on the corners, maybe a few local petty drug dealers. In the past few years, since what the French call la crise began, it’s also been home to a growing number of homeless people and panhandlers. They’re harmless. I share what I can with them — when I buy bread, I try to remember to buy an extra loaf, and if I forget to do that, I just give them mine. And I must say, French winos are the best in the world: I’m on friendly terms with all the winos in my neighborhood; we make small talk; and sometimes they want to read to me from some lousy volume of French wino poetry, and sometimes, if I’m feeling indulgent, I’ll have a long, serious talk with them about their wino poetry and what it means to them.

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The #BlackLivesMatter movement has been around for only two years, but they’ve already provided many memorable episodes. These are my favorites, what are yours? 10. That Time #BlackLivesMatter Taught the Police a Lesson by Burning Down Their Own Neighborhood. Also, That Other Time #BlackLivesMatter Taught the Police a Lesson by Burning Down Their Own Neighborhood. […]

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So, I edit this website in the mornings and was considering getting a cheap laptop to compliment my iMac. Basically, something that would let me work from Starbucks occasionally. Toward that, I was considering getting a Chromebook, specifically this model. Specs seem decent (for a Chromebook) and I’m planning to use it for web-based surfing and work. […]

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I know there are some folks out there who are close to the political goings on. I have a simple question. Ranking the top six candidates , who seems to have built the best ground game in New Hampshire, Iowa, South Carolina and Florida? Which one seems to be positioned to get out people in […]

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Fr. Dwight Longenecker has a great blog, Standing on My Head, and I think worthy of conservatives to frequent it. He does not come from the Pope Francis School of economics, and his outlook is as conservative as they come for a priest. A few weeks ago there was a lot of discussion on Pope […]

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