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Trans Fats, Liberty and the Constitution

When I first saw the headline last week, “FDA to ban trans fats” I was typically disgu...

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“With Just a Dash of Tumult and Panache”: Russell Kirk’s Fiction

Russell Kirk is most well known for his political writings, but, like most of us, he had b...

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Thoughts from a Century Ago: “A Word for Autumn”

The anonymous author of this piece muses on the season he thinks isn't really appreciated ...

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‘Solomon Kane’ is an Able Effort

The 2009 film version of Robert E. Howard’s second most famous fantasy hero, Solomon K...

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Orson Scott Card and the New McCarthyism

Actually it’s not new at all, since the left has played this game for a long time. My 1...

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Good Old Thomas Malthus Just Won’t Die

It seems down through the centuries post “Enlightenment” that a very wide fault line h...

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Thoughts from a Century Ago: “The American Spirit”

Here we have an Englishman, Arthur C. Benson, a Cambridge college master, assessing Americ...

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Football Fatalities and the Progressive Era

Sometimes sports can reflect the temper of the times. A 16th-century eyewitness to footba...

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A Classic Noir Tale: “The Big Clock” by Kenneth Fearing

I recently read this novel first published in 1946.  It is a very well done thriller. ...

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Sixty Years On: Russell Kirk’s ‘The Conservative Mind’

(Editor’s note: To commemorate the 60th anniversary of the publication of Russell Kirk...

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‘The Unrequited’ is a Mystery of Modern Manners

The taste of the cheeseburger lingered in my mouth. Not the ketchup or the onion or even ...

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Under Fire for Eucharist Burger, Restaurateur Expresses His Moral Philosophy

The Chicago restaurant that sells a hamburger adorned with an unconsecrated communion wa...

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New Eucharist Burger: ‘Do You Want Salvation with That?’

At the Kuma's Corner restaurant, the chef likes to invent new hamburgers named after roc...

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An Unusual Relationship: Evangelical Christians and Jews by Yaakov Ariel.

Religion can make strange bedfellows—or has done so once at least .    Yaakov Ariel...

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Louis C.K. Channels His Inner Woody Allen

By now a lot of people know that comedian Louis C.K., doesn’t like smartphones; I beca...

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Newswalk: 3D Printers, the Limitations of Mathematics, and Darwinists on the Prowl

"Next Government Crackdown: 3D Printers" According to Phil Elmore (WND, September 18, 201...

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Astros Set Record-Low 0.0 TV Rating, but Still Rake in Cable Money

The Houston Astros Major League Baseball team set a record this week, and it is a dubious ...

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Jonah Goldberg on the Profound Messages from “Breaking Bad”

I started watching Breaking Bad on Netflix some time ago, but watched very intermittently....

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The Culture of Immodesty in American Life and Politics: The Modest Republic

The theme of this intriguing book is captured  by Claes G, Ryn when he writes in "The...

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Is America Really Exceptional?

American Exceptionalism has been in the news the last few weeks thanks to one Vladimir Vla...

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After the Revolution by Amy Herzog

This is a play, in part, about the romance of communism and how it plays out in one Jew...

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A ‘Star Trek’ Parody

After the Red Shirt Bandit It's a well-known fact that Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry...

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A Godawful ‘Father Brown’

You have no idea how long it’s taken me to write this post. I’ve been trying to sit do...

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Confronting the Administrative State

Getting one bureaucracy (in this case Congress) to reform another bureaucracy (that hideou...

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Is Hercule Poirot About to Be Murdered?

The good news: there will be a new mystery novel featuring the classic detective character...

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Are Barack and Michelle Obama Bad People?

Well, according to a managing editor at Slate, Allison Benedikt (hmmm, what does that last...

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A Desperate Man by Claes G. Ryn

Unemployment is high  in the United States and there are countless demonstrations becau...

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Claude Miller’s Film “Therese Desqueyroux”

This Claude Miller film is a fairly quietly done, competent adaptation of  the Francois...

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DVD Review: Whit Stillman’s ‘Damsels in Distress’

The first time I watched "Damsels in Distress," Whit Stillman’s most recent (after a t...

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God or “Unfathomable Luck”: You Decide

Atheists often prattle on about how there is no evidence for the existence of God, and tha...

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Thoughts from a Century Ago: “Baseball Slang Defended”

It just goes to show how lively, adaptable, and just plain wonderful the English language ...

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Thoughts from a Century Ago: “On a Certain Condescension in Reformers”

It's bad enough when you've never heard of this or that cause, but to be put down for it ....

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On Seamus Heaney and ‘Success’

Seamus Heaney, perhaps the greatest Irish poet – and certainly the Irish poet receiving ...