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Don’t Trump the Gun

The 2016 presidential election will go down in history as a doozy. The Trump win was a surprise, even shocking many of his supporters. But the most obvious lesson we learned pertains to the modal Obama-Hillary voter. Well, make that lessons. Plural. Today’s most vocal Democrats don’t seem to understand






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The Damage Done

In his Washington Post op-ed, “The dangerous myth of the ‘missing black father,’” Mychal Denzel Smith argues that “responsible fatherhood only goes so far in a world plagued by institutionalized oppression.” He asks: If black children were raised in an environment that focused not on bemoaning their lack of fathers






Calaveras Big Trees State Park is famous for its hollowed-at- the- trunk Pioneer Cabin Tree, a sequoia

A Tree Fell In a Forest

It’s neither “iconic” nor “ironic.” “Storm fells one of California’s iconic drive-through tunnel trees, carved 137 years ago,” Travis M. Anderson’s title informs us. Calaveras Big Trees State Park is famous for its hollowed-at-the-trunk Pioneer Cabin Tree, a sequoia you have seen in hundreds of photos. It fell, almost certainly,






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The Shadow of Incompetence and Racism

Just when you thought it was safe to ignore Hillary Clinton . . . Out from the Land of Might Have Been blurps the “news from nowhere” as to what Mrs. Clinton’s cabinet would have been. Some are calling it the “ghost cabinet,” the sadder version of a shadow cabinet.






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Fake News Friday

Thirty-three years past 1984, we’re living in an Orwellian world of “fake news.” In November, the Washington Post informed readers that a “Russian propaganda effort helped spread ‘fake news’ during [the] election,” proclaiming a conclusion reached by “independent researchers.” The Post story noted, “There is no way to know whether






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Parents in Context

Consider the intersection of freedom and decontextualized fragments. The specific “decontextualized fragments” in question appear in great and not-so-great works of literature, assigned in public schools for young adults to read: a graphic rape scene in Toni Morrison’s Beloved; racial slurs in Huckleberry Finn; sex, violence. “Virginia regulators are drafting






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The Pattern Here

Thomas Sowell, who retired from his syndicated column last week, may be the greatest public intellectual of our time. Though he is “an original,” an iconoclast, his work is best seen as the carrying on of a tradition. Or two. Consider his most famous research area: race. An African-American, Sowell






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Democracy — Oh, My!

The President-elect has had some difficulty booking celebrity acts for his inauguration. And instead of taking this as a cue to trim down on celebratory excess, his team has extended the guest performer list to include New York’s world-famous chorus line dancers, the Rockettes. The leggy, sequined showgirls might seem






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The Truth About Gun Control

Confucius said that our first task is to “rectify the language.” That amounts to word control, but we probably should not take that too literally. We cannot “control the language.” Instead, we should take caution: error often rests upon improper word choice. Take as an example not word control, but






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Whack the Bob

It’s a truism in politics: the pendulum swings. Now, around the world, we see a deep swing rightward: Brexit, and the collapse of Britain’s Labour Party; Donald Trump, and the routing of the Democrats; German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s turnaround on Muslim refugee acceptance; and, in France, the rise of the






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Ditch Your Male Doctor

It’s the Christmas season, so wait to do this until the New Year, but . . . be sure to fire your male doctor. He’s a quack. At least, that seems to be the gist of James Hamblin’s “Evidence of the Superiority of Female Doctors,” a report in The Atlantic






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The Revenge of the Gatekeepers

We saw glimmerings last year when Twitter began to selectively enforce “policy” against some (Milo Yiannoupolis) and not against others (the hordes of leftists who threatened to assassinate Donald Trump). You could see it in Hillary Clinton’s campaign; after Trump won, it loomed to eclipse all reason. And on Thursday






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