Cultural Caviar

The Prat Collection in Sydney, Matt & Kim’s Sidewalks, and Jenny Slate’s Marcel

The Prat Collection in Sydney, Matt & Kim’s Sidewalks, and Jenny Slate’s Marcel

Plus, Phillip Seymour Hoffman and Amy Ryan in Jack Goes Boating, Jazz at Lincoln Center...

Modern Art

Smart Money

Smart Money

How must it feel to pimp for a slovenly whore, doped and ravaged and destroyed by her...

Trash

Tweet Fight

Tweet Fight

It’s often been pointed out that there’s a certain frisson, for a certain sort of man,...

International Affairs

Bill Polk’s Afghan Policies: Well Worth Implementing

Bill Polk’s Afghan Policies: Well Worth Implementing

When a respected eighty-one year old scholar who has known Afghanistan since 1962...

High Society

Toff Luck

Toff Luck

I was as polite to him as his breath would allow… Thus wrote Jane Austen in a letter...

Hollywood

Tom Ford: Too Stylish for Film?

Tom Ford: Too Stylish for Film?

Can a blackboard be beautiful? A liquor store car park? What about a sleeping bag? In...

Iraq: The Web of Lies

Iraq: The Web of Lies

Who knows what to believe about the bloody catastrophe that is Iraq? Faced with the serial deceptions of Richard Cheney and George W. Bush, layer upon layer, we tend to become inured. We do know now that what we were told back then by the White House was hogwash. Yes, I am referring, once more, to the run-up, to the origins, and to the actual reason for the fraudulent enterprise, resulting in a full-blown fiasco, code-named “Operation Iraqi Freedom”. This is not beating a dead horse. The issue could be grounds for impeachment. It is already the reason why Cheney’s former chief-of-staff is a convicted felon. By promoting his memoir, At The Center of the Storm, ex-CIA supremo George Tenet has forced the public to reconsider this amazing and disgraceful episode in America’s recent history. In the process of trying to justify himself, Tenet digs not just a bigger hole for himself, but an even bigger one for Cheney and Bush. Tenet can’t help it. What he has been saying does not add up.

America: An Empire?

America: An Empire?

Is America an empire? Are empires always evil? Are Americans suited to the job of creating a empire--evil or otherwise? First, it's essential to examine the notion of Empire itself, beginning with the first in the West--the Persian....

National Bankruptcy

Richard Posner is a Suicide Pact

Richard Posner is a Suicide Pact

Under Discussion:A Failure of Capitalism: The Crisis of ‘08 and the Descent into...

The Robinson Jeffers-Charles Bukowski Connection

The Robinson Jeffers-Charles Bukowski Connection

It must have been via one of Charles Bukowski’s many interviews that I got a lead to...

Commerce

Survival of the Fattest

Survival of the Fattest

Enter a London coffee house or restaurant, check into a hotel, or wander by a...

Britain

How Islam Beheads Democracy

How Islam Beheads Democracy

“Tell me,” I recently asked a leading British politician.  “Had the movie Life of Brian...

Moolah

The Congressional Effect

The Congressional Effect

In times such as these, people everywhere are seeking investment advice.  Even my...

History, the Holocaust, and the Doctrines of the Church

History, the Holocaust, and the Doctrines of the Church

Antifascist news sources from the New York Times to the Süddeutsche Zeitung to the Associated Press have been acting in unison of late decrying the Nazi occupation of the Vatican. From these frantic accounts, it seems that Pope Benedict XVI has lifted the excommunication that his predecessor had placed on bishops whom maverick Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre had consecrated, in violation of papal orders. Among those from whom the ban had been lifted is an English cleric Richard Williamson, who had been a follower of the traditionalist churchman Lefebvre. As everyone must know by now, Williamson had expressed the unsettling view on Swedish television that the official account of “6 million Jews having been deliberately gassed in gas chambers” was probably overblown. On the basis of his investigation, or those of “serious revisionists,” Williamson had arrived at a figure of “between 200,000 and 300,000” Jewish victims of Nazism who had perished in gas chambers. These speculations led to indignant reactions from every sensitized or sufficiently intimidated politician in Europe, starting with German chancellor, Angela Merkel, who apparently treasures the words of former German foreign minister Joschka Fischer, that “Ausschwitz is the founding and legitimating narrative of the German republic.” The daughter of a progressive Protestant minister and a very socialist mother who migrated to Communist East Germany, Merkel has never played up the Christian and patriotic traditions of the Christian Democratic Party. She has been at odds with Karl Cardinal Lehmann of Mainz, who has complained about her cynical exploitation of the “Christian label,” together with her support of the cultural Left and her coddling of Muslim extremists in Germany.

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