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. ...

business-commerce
Chipotle and Food Fadism

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

hollywood
When Hollywood Celebrated Christmas and Marriage

A few days before Christmas, I checked the schedule for Turner Classic Movies, one of the few TV channels ...

politics
GOP Debate: America-First Alliance Emerges; Neoconservatives Neutralized

Donald Trump strode into the gaudy Venetian, in Las Vegas, for the CNN-Facebook Republican presidential de...

movies
Macbeth as Filmed Theatre

This latest film  version of Shakespeare's  concentrated, intense tragedy about the moral deterioration ...

politics
Trump: The Ultimate Rorschach Test

Yes, I know, just what the world needs, another blog post on Donald Trump. Just this morning on my daily t...

politics-and-policy
No Wonder The Pols Think Businessman Trump’s Crazy; He Understands Scarcity

Right after the Murder-by-Muslim of the San Bernardino 14, on Dec. 2, immigration lawyers peppered the pre...

theater
Impure Comedies

The basic plot of Sarah Ruhl's "Stage Kiss" (directed by Aaron Posner at the Round House Theatre) is ripe ...

civilsociety
In the West, The Inmates Run The Asylum

\ “HEY, it’s me, Salah Abdeslam. Did you see the attacks across Paris? Bismillah, may we have many more...

religion
Modern Science Makes Belief in God More Plausible Than Ever

I came across an article today entitled, "The Astounding Truth About the Hubble Space Telescope's Most Fam...

civilsociety
Thou Shalt Not Give Offense

It seems America's Founders needed an 11th Amendment added to the original 10 Bill of Rights: The right to...

civilsociety
ET Analyses Paris Attacks & Weeps For The West

In the West, crying and dying is framed as … winning. Or so an Extra-Terrestrial from Deep Space woul...

civilsociety
journalism
Media Smears Trump as Nazi; Shows What Republicans Are Up Against

Even in the age of cable, conservative talk radio, and the internet, Republicans greatest enemy is still t...

education
Continuum Of Propaganda: Yale, Mizzou & Your Child’s School

The specter, on the nation’s campuses, of frightened, middle-aged white educators, mostly men, resigning...

politics-and-policy
Is Europe in our Future?

With the horrific slaughter in Paris last Friday, there has been much discussion not only about ISIS, terr...

books
The Thought-Provoking “Love in the Western World’ by Denis de Rougement

First written in 1938 and revised and enlarged in 1954, Love in the Western World is part history, part c...

theater
Pericles at the Folger Library

Pericles, an underrated Shakespeare play, is being given a fine performance at the Folger Library in Washi...

higher-education
Maybe There is Hope for this Next Generation After All

Well, of course there is, but it can be hard to tell that from the juvenile antics of the aggrieved progre...

civilsociety
Angela Merkel Plots To Overthrow Her People

Angela Merkel, elected for life, or for what seems like an eternity, squints at ordinary Germans from behi...

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