January 2011

War and Remembrance

January 23, 2011

Governments are convinced, as with so much else, that history really cannot get on without them, and so after controversial and significant events, governments are wont to create commissions. When you see every problem as something to be investigated rather than solved, it should come as no surprise that the biggest tool in your toolbox […]

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Chinese deliver a musical message

January 23, 2011

If the body language and facial expressions of Barack Obama and Hu Jintao were too subtle of clues as to the relative posture of the two countries represented by the respective leaders, the music with which the Chinese chose to entertain their hosts should relieve us of any doubt: The song Lang Lang played describes […]

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Like dark geese into Oklahoma skies

January 22, 2011

Rex Reed has a long list of entertainers and others lost in 2010. As always I’d missed a few obituaries and thought that some of them–for example, Pernell Roberts and Art Linkletter–were long since departed.

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Final Jeopardy

January 21, 2011

Next month, a computer named Watson is going to compete against all-time Jeopardy champs Ken Jennings (longest running) and Brad Rutter (most money) in a classic battle of machine versus human beings. The computer has speed and encyclopedic knowledge. The men have the advantage of intangibles and that the competition uses English, which is their […]

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Roger Ebert’s prosthetic chin

January 21, 2011

When it comes to politics, film critics–and ex-film critics like Frank Rich–tend to be puerile leftists or at best hand-wringers, but I admire Ebert for the very public way he has handled his struggle with throat cancer. I suggested a false beard which I would wear suspended from hooks over my ears, like a kid […]

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Today’s recommended reading

January 19, 2011

Palinoia, the Destroyer For many liberal women, Palin threatens their sexual identity, which is bound up with their politics in a way that it is not for any other group…Politically speaking, a woman is the equal of a man. No woman in public life better symbolizes this than Sarah Palin–especially not Hillary Clinton, the left’s […]

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Safe, legal, and rare

January 19, 2011

Pro choice supporters claim their goal is to make abortion safe, legal, and rare. The decades since Roe v. Wade have failed woefully as far as reducing the number of abortions: In New York City more than 40 percent of the unborn are aborted. Black women abort three out of five pregnancies. In 2008,  approximately […]

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There’s a man with a gun over there

January 17, 2011

To stand Tolstoy on his head, all sane people are sane in their own way. They receive satisfaction from fulfilment in their careers, families, hobbies, or faith. The insane assassins and would-be assassins among us, however, tend to be so in boringly familiar fashion. Anyone who has seen Eddie Murphy’s classic portrayal of John David […]

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The return of Kronology

January 15, 2011

Kronology has returned with a fresh start and look after a four-year hiatus.

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