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I woke up to this headline this morning: "Suspected Islamic extremist shoots dead at least 20 dead at Flo...

theater
“District Merchants” by Aaron Posner

Aaron Posner's new play--currently being performed at the Folger Shakespeare Library--takes a central plot...

books
“Why Liberals Win the Culture Wars (Even When They Lose Elections” by Stephen Prothero

Boston University Professor Prothero's history of culture wars in the U.S. is both informative and tendent...

movies
Movie Machinations

The Great Game (Le grand jeu), directed by Nicolas Pariser, is a French thriller, that relates the politi...

manners-and-morals
A.C. Green: Iron Virgin

I was born and raised in the Los Angeles area, and also raised a passionate L.A. sports fan, which include...

theater
“Phaeton” by Michael Milligan

Phaeton  is unusual for a contemporary play for two reasons:  it is in verse and it welcomely draws upo...

education
Classical Education: Hope for America’s Future

About five or six years ago classical education meant as much to me as it probably means to many of you re...

philosophy
Journey to the West

The  Constellation Theatre Company has staged many tales of of mythology and fantasy:  The Arabian Night...

music
Rock Star Prince Dead at 57

If your musical decade was the 1980s this is likely a sad day for you. Prince, who exploded into popular m...

theater
The Gospel According to Thomas Jefferson, Charles Dickens, and Count Leo Tolstoy: Discord

In this play by Scott Carpenter and staged by the Washington Stage Guild, Jefferson, Dickens, and Tolstoy,...

music
Where Did All The Rock ‘n’ Roll Go?

If you grew up in the 60s and 70s like I did, you were fortunate to have grown up in the heyday of rock 'n...

politics
Obama in Che Guevara’s Shadow

President Obama "palled around with terrorists" back the day, as Sarah Palin memorably put it back during ...

education
Modern Education Succeeding in Educating Our Youth Out of Their Inheritance

The lament about American education, both its K-12 and higher variety, comes in for its fair share of crit...

philosophy
Bill Nye the Science Guy: Philosophical Idiot

Before you think I call people names, this comes from the title of a piece about smart people who just don...

popularstories
Undying Devotion: The Untold Story of How Nancy Reagan Would Have Taken a Bullet for Her Husband

On March 30, 1981, at 2:25 p.m., President Ronald Reagan was leaving the Washington Hilton through a side ...

politics
Liberals and Conservatives United: Oppose Trump!

I never thought I'd see such a bonding between the two polar opposites of the political spectrum, but Dona...

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Admit it, White People, You Are Racists

In case you didn't know, if you are white, you are a racist. Go ahead and admit it, you racist pig. I didn...

religion
“Death, the Prosperity Gospel and Me”

Death has a funny way of relativizing everything. Not long ago I caught a snippet on the Golf Channel of a...

books
“The Relic Master” by Christopher Buckley

This latest yarn by Christopher Buckley is a fun exercise in historical fiction.  The shroud of Turin was...

theater
“A Midsummer Night’s Dream” at the Folger Library

All is not well amongst young Athenians. Hermes and Lysander are in love but Hermia's father objects to th...

scitech
Predicting El Niño, and “Climate Change,” Might Be Rocket Science After All

For much of the past year I've been reading headlines in the LA Times (where I was born and raised, so I s...

politics
The Me Myself And I Megyn Kelly Production

The Iowa caucuses are upon us. Every sentient human being who has lived through The Trump Revolution think...

politics-and-policy
Schooling Beck On Trump’s Nullification Promise

Former Fox News Channel broadcaster Glenn Beck, now of The Blaze TV, has been warning theatrically of an i...

music
Glenn Frey Tribute

Rock critics never liked Eagles founder and leader Glenn Frey. They didn’t like The Eagles much either....

movies
If Hillary Clinton is Elected We Will Officially Have a Liar In Chief As Our Next President

My son and I just got back from watching 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi. The film takes place o...

politics
Trump’s Invisible, Poor White Army’s Waiting On The Ropes

Donald Trump’s mortal enemies in mainstream politics and media have shifted strategy. In the ramp-up to ...

music
Maybe Bowie is Looking Down from Heaven

Since Father Time took the great David Bowie, I have read numerous speculations about what might have been...

politics-and-policy
Ranchers Hammond And Bundy: The Best Of America

America, as one wag put it, is a “post-constitutional” country. Even worse, a plurality of Americans h...

theater
Two Amusing One Act Plays

The Shakespeare Theatre Company in Washington, DC is staging two one-act comedies at its Lansburgh Theatre...

books
On Black Crime, Obama’s ‘Blackism’ & Burke’s Allergy To Neocons

The following is Part II in a conversation with Jack Kerwick, author of "The American Offensive: Dispatche...

civilsociety
Racialized Islam & The Racial-Industrial-Complex

The following is part I in a conversation with Jack Kerwick, author of "The American Offensive: Dispatches...

books
“Russell Kirk: American Conservative” by Bradley J. Birzer

Russell Kirk was one of the leading thinkers of the post-Second World War American conservative movement. ...

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It seems your local Chipotle is potentially a dangerous place to eat. If you've ever been to one, you know...

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