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Our Recent Essays Behind the Front Page
Thursday, May 10. 2018
20-Year-Old Whiskey in 6 Days: Will This Self-Taught Chemist Upend the Liquor Industry?
Life as a Kuffar: My Seven Lost Years in Kuwait
Left lesbian goes to work at FOX, and is surprised to discover she is the hateful one
Be careful about flipping your hair on an airplane
Person Goes Through Hurricane, Declares Self “Climate Refugee”
“Fair Share” Has Limits, Even in Seattle - The city proposes an aggressive new business tax, aimed at Amazon—and sparks an unexpected backlash.
Politics polarize when the left speaks honestly
Dave Rubin of The Rubin Report shares his story of how he used to be a big progressive, and why he has left the left.
Big Data in Modern Politics
Do The Democrats Even Have A Midterm Messaging Strategy?
Hatred seems to be their main message
This is Why Democrats Now See Kanye West as a Threat - “No other ethnic group is chained to a single political ideology”
Schneiderman Scandal Should Be a Spiritual Crisis for Democrats
Spitzer, Weiner, Schneiderman: a bunch of power-hungry perverts
NYT Rips Pompeo for Being AWOL—While He Was Busy Rescuing Americans in N. Korea
Noam Chomsky Proclaims That GOP Is Plotting to Destroy Organized Human Life
The President Is Not Your Daddy
KILLING THE WORST DEAL EVER
Donald Trump Ends the Obama Mirage - The Iran nuclear deal, 2015-2018
3 Americans held in North Korea return to US soil: 'God Bless America, the greatest nation in the world'
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Somewhat off topic:
"Has anyone seen my pen or my phone? I left them both right here next to my lega..............has anyone seen my legacy?!?"
Maybe he should have spent some time actually legitimately working and not just partying and fundraising. Making the same speech 200 times and pretending you're doing things when you aren't only goes so far. Hopefully people are realizing it was all smoke and mirrors.
Except Obamacare. That's a cancer that is destroying the country.
It is a staple of Marxist thinking that the people can be organized only by the Party. Any opposition to the Party is thus opposition to the organization of the people. It's those pesky conservatives who keep telling people that they can think for them selves that are preventing progress.
We, the American people, do not want to be "organized". Get off my lawn, Noam!!
A friend and I - both involved in linguistics - once came up with the fictional character Choam Nomsky: a brilliant political commentator who had utterly lunatic theories about languages.
20 year old whiskey- I'm not envious too often, but when I see a clever, new approach to manufacturing using photochemistry, I admit it flares up. Congrats to this entrepreneur, I wish that had been me.
20 year old whiskey. I'm no expert on whiskey. But to me it all tastes like battery acid and I suspect there is a certain level of snobbishness in buying and consuming 20 year old whiskey. I can tell the difference between the cheap beer and the expensive beer; one tastes bad and the other tastes awful. Wine is different I admit. Some actually has a decent taste. Still can't drink it but I can sip some and say "yeah that's pretty good". Don't even get me started about vodka...
Wish I'd had your aversion to alcoholic drink 70 years ago. It would have saved me a lot of money, probably resulted in a more successful career, and certainly saved me the grief of saying a lot of things that I had to apologize for. I finally saw the light and quit drinking at 65, 22 years ago.
The President Is Not Your Daddy ... This person thinks Obama was her father? Why?
Gee whiz. It was a metaphor. The U.S. does have a peculiar system where the head of government is also the head of state.
God save the Queen, because nothing will save the Governor-General!
I think it was more of a metatwo or a metathree than a metafour.
Just not well thought out.
Sam L: I think it was more of a metatwo or a metathree than a metafour.
Heh. Fair enough. But that doesn't excuse the author writing as if it were meant literally.
I've been very sensitive to the unhealthiness of that president-as-parent metaphor ever since it was asked during a televised debate for the 1996 (or 2000) election by an adult audience member who said "think of us as your children." Once one knows that at least some people mean it, it's harder to give the others the benefit of the doubt.
Assistant Village Idiot: I've been very sensitive to the unhealthiness of that president-as-parent metaphor ever since it was asked during a televised debate for the 1996 (or 2000) election by an adult audience member who said "think of us as your children."
Can you provide a reference?
Assistant Village Idiot: Once one knows that at least some people mean it, it's harder to give the others the benefit of the doubt.
She extended the metaphor; father, stepfather, mother.
chances are you’re not shy about displaying your infantilization
Re: Spitzer, Weiner, Schneiderman
Blame the New York way — which attracts and rewards uncommonly arrogant, power-mongering overachievers who lack both boundaries and simple common sense.
I think that nails it. I can think of at least two other national politicians from New York (albeit a carpet-bagging New Yorker in one case) who fit that bill rather nicely.
I get the "uncommonly arrogant" and "power-mongering", but how in the heck do they "overachieve" except at breaking laws that used to respect the rule of law and property rights, thus disrupting lives and destroying the moral fiber of our nation?
The government, media and corporate worlds have grown too big, fostering an uncontrollable and overlapping bureaucracy that runs by pay-to-play with no one taking any responsibility for guarding the hen house.
Now that President Trump is in office, I cannot believe how the same names keep popping up as the source of decades of collusion and corruption. Stunningly horrid job by the media for not exposing this evil.
Dangers of resurgent Left: I am rather amazed that The Week's last paragraph is one I can agree with.
I believe the author was referring to those folks who reified the metaphor, expecting the State to act as a parent.
I eagerly await the IG report on comey and mueller's fbi. I hope it covers the "$100 million plus bribes to the clintons, the marc rich paid-for-pardon, refusal to inspect the illegal clinton and DNC servers, granting immunity from prosecution for destroying subpoenaed clinton records, FISA misrepresentations using clinton-secretly-bought "evidence", "leaking" to buddies in the press, lying to congress, etc, etc.
everybody who gets offended now takes it viral hoping to shame others. I hope this trend ends soon. https://nypost.com/2018/05/10/cornell-student-strips-during-thesis-presentation-to-protest-professor/
Hey, your adviser is a feminist woman who wanted you to dress appropriately for the biggest presentation of your life (so far). Grow up and take constructive criticism as it was intended.
"3 Americans held in North Korea return to US soil"
Just think if Obama had done something, maybe, just maybe, those three would have been home sooner and maybe Otto Warmbier might still be alive.
Thank God for Trump!
If he keeps it up the ordinary folks of North Korea might have a brighter future too?
charles: Just think if Obama had done something, maybe, just maybe, those three would have been home sooner
Two of the three became captives after Obama left office, during Trump's term.