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Monthly Archives: December 2016

Against Liberal Preening, Windmill-Tilting, Heel-Digging, and Straw Men-Fighting

December 12, 2016, 7:30 am

A month later, and way too many of my leftist friends are still preening, tilting at windmills, digging in their heels, and fighting straw men. I’m talking about headlines like this and this and this and this. And the articles as well, wherein the author proudly declares how anti-racist he/she is, without remotely addressing the arguments of any halfway intelligent conservative. No, those last three words are not a contradiction. Or as Nicholas Kristof wisely put it yesterday, “Of course,
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Hate the Whimper, Love the Whimperer

December 7, 2016, 9:39 am

Like a lot of parents, wifey and I treasure the hour between 9 and 10 or so, when the kids are in bed and we have two seconds to hang out and be with each other as we were in the pre-kids life. Uh, at least we’d like to treasure that time. Lately, Dar is making that hard with his whimpering. Soft sobs that go on and on, like you’d hear from an animal in a bear trap. Longtime readers
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First Ever Oscar-Winning-Actor Tournament

December 5, 2016, 7:28 pm

So I had this idea. Then I gave it to my pal Robin Write, who put it together here. I’m just putting it here also because I’m a completist. What’s The Best Performance of the 21st Century…To Win an Oscar? A Tournament   INTRODUCTION   Like you, we’re seeing a lot of “Best of the Century” lists and chatter, including the BBC’s recent list of the 100 Best Films of the last 16 years. Now, we all know there are far, far
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What About the Conventions and the Presidential Debates?

December 2, 2016, 1:22 pm

Like you, I’ve been reading a lot of post-mortems on the election. One question that never gets answered, or even asked: why weren’t any of these post-mortems made after the conventions or after the three Clinton-Trump debates? It’s not like journalists didn’t have the air time, or the available pixel space online. I think we can all agree that the talking heads on MSNBC, CNN, and Fox News had a little extra time to kill. Why didn’t we hear, then,
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