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was Chappaquidick, but, you wouldn’t know it from the MSM. The only reference I’ve seen to it is in the UK Daily Mail. Senator Kennedy was certainly lucky in how the news cycle played out. More

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Things Haven’t Always Been This Way

 

Walter Williams recalls a time when kids brought guns to high school for shooting practice in New York City, no police were needed in inner-city Philadelphia schools, and the marriage rates were higher in the black communities than in the white communities.

If guns haven’t changed, it must be that people, and what’s considered acceptable behavior, have changed. Violence with guns is just a tiny example. What explains a lot of what we see today is growing cultural deviancy. Twenty-nine percent of white children, 53% of Hispanic children and 73% of black children are born to unmarried women. The absence of a husband and father in the home is a strong contributing factor to poverty, school failure, crime, drug abuse, emotional disturbance and a host of other social problems. By the way, the low marriage rate among blacks is relatively new. Census data shows that a slightly higher percentage of black adults had married than white adults from 1890 to 1940. According to the 1938 Encyclopaedia of the Social Sciences, that year only 11% of black children and 3% of white children were born to unwed mothers.
Granted things were not perfect in those days, but in some very important ways better than they are now.

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To paraphrase Karl Marx, a specter is haunting . . . well, just about everybody: the specter of a revival of nationalism. This week Steve Hayward attended the National Conservatism Conference in Washington, which was sponsored by the brand new Edmund Burke Institute. As Christopher DeMuth put it, “who knew that the next big thing […]

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America chuckle at Bernie Sanders reportedly underpaying his unionized staffers while promising to raise the federal minimum wage. They discuss reports that John Delaney is facing pressure from his own team to withdraw from the presidential race. And they share a laugh at CNN and […]

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We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard.   More

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Today on the show the media has spent longer talking about a Presidential tweet than an assassination attempt of a US Congressman, new polling is not looking as good for Democrats as they had hoped, on the anniversary of the moon landing the left celebrates Russia’s diversity space race instead and the US is vastly […]

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Give Me a Name and I’ll Tell You a Story

 

As a historian, I have a great love for names and the stories they can tell. Even the most common names can tell a wonderful story. Take for example this image, of a young lady named Smith, taken about the time of the Civil War:

Carte de visite of S. Adelaide Smith, Mount Vernon, Maine. (Author’s Collection)

This type of photograph is known as a carte de visite, and they were very popular during the Civil War era. Invented in the mid-1850s, an individual photo of this type could be had for as little as twenty-five cents, making them wildly popular and very affordable for just about everyone. Untold numbers of these images were produced and, fortunately for photograph collectors, many of them survive to this day.

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Or Why You Should Join the PIT It began, as such things often do, with a meme, this time posted by @misthiocracy More

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America discuss polling revealing 51 percent of Americans support ICE deportation raids compared to just 35 percent who are opposed. They once again dive into the controversy involving Donald Trump, Ilhan Omar and theTrump rally chants of “send her back.” And they shake their heads […]

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Today on the show another daily reminder just how unbelievably biased the media is, employees on one company may be in trouble for protecting themselves and Russians are behind a popular app everyone is using. More

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‘God Emperor of Dune’ Embodies the Greatness (and Strangeness) of the ‘Dune’ Universe

 

This December, the last Star Wars movie (probably) featuring any of the original series’ cast members will come out. Good riddance. Because in November 2020, the god-emperor of science fiction will reign supreme once more, as a new adaptation of Dune by Frank Herbert will come to theaters.

And I’ll be there, even though I’m a relatively new convert to Dune’s greatness. As a sci-fi- inhaling youngster, I was told that the two sci-fi books I had to read were Dune and Neuromancer by William Gibson. I bought them both at a Half-Price Books more than a decade ago…and did nothing with either of them until July 2016, when I finally made my way through Dune.* I liked what I read, and have been gradually working through the series since.

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Ilhan Omar Hates America. Why Doesn’t She Leave?

 

The national media, both the liberal and squishy NeverTrump varieties, are all aghast that President Trump tweeted recently that if certain unnamed Progressive Democrat Congresswomen dislike America so much then why don’t they leave. And then he said they should come back and tell us how to fix America, if they’re such experts. But most people are ignoring that part of the tweet because it doesn’t match their prejudices. No, instead, all we hear about is how racist Donald Trump. Racist, racist, racist. Blah, blah, blah.

I’m an immigrant to my small, rural town in New Hampshire. That is, I was born about 90 miles away, in Maine. (This is just how things are in New England. I’ll always be “from away.”) A couple of years ago I attended a hearing held by the town zoning board on whether to allow a self-storage facility to be built on a property previously zoned residential. The particulars aren’t important, but I spoke out against the special exception to the zoning ordinance that the property owner was seeking. During a break, the property owner’s brother-in-law approached me and loudly informed me that I “should wait until [I’d] lived here longer before opening [my] [expletive] mouth.”

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America highly enjoy the return of infighting among Democrats, as progressive House members target moderate Rep. Henry Cuellar and Cuellar slams them in return. They also unload on Yahoo! for running a story accusing actor Chris Pratt of white supremacy for wearing a t-shirt featuring […]

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The depressing part about the commemoration of the Apollo 11 moon landing is that it marked the absolute peak of American greatness and achievement, and everything since then has been a long retreat and decline. Obviously, in space exploration, not only did we not push on to Mars or build a moonbase, but instead retreated […]

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Today on the show moral panic is setting in across the US, Trump puts real restrictions on federal abortion funding, Biden gives us all a good laugh by saying if you like your doctor you can keep your doctor and the 50 year anniversary of the Apollo 11 launch. More

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In WA, we have license plates in the format 3 letters followed by 4 numbers, no spaces. I caught myself seeing if I can think of a word that contains all three letters, in the same order as on the plate ahead of me, with the letters not necessarily contiguous in the word. I think […]

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America scrutinize Ilhan Omar’s call to impeach President Trump in the aftermath of his racially-charged Twitter tirade. They discuss Joe Biden recycling an old Obamacare sales pitch for his new healthcare reform plan. And they try to figure out why former South Carolina Gov. Mark […]

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The largest data breach in the history of the US Congress occurred due to fraud, theft and espionage of Jackson Cosko. A new book ties all the 2016 data scandals together in one unified theory of democratic corruption and republican incompetence. More

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Today on the show reaction to Trump’s weekend tweet, the suicide squad has a press conference, the media loves Antifa, voters aren’t on board with open borders and progressives want Biden to apologize for Obama’s deportations. More

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America cover Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s disastrous questioning of acting ICE Director Thomas Homan. They discuss President Trump’s controversial Twitter rants against progressive Democratic congresswomen. And they get a kick out of a social media campaign among UFO enthusiasts to storm Area 51. More

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