Love

Stupid Human Tricks

Stupid Human Tricks

It has to be said that it’s getting a little difficult to keep up with just how many...

District of Corruption

Do No Harm

Do No Harm

Vice President Joe Biden has been slightly more candid than his boss, confessing of...

Rethinking 1948

Rethinking 1948

Back in the late 1980s and 90s, Benny Morris was identified, some would say targeted, as the stormy petrel among Israeli historians. In tomes such as The Birth of the Palestinian Problem (1988), Israel’s Border Wars (1993), and Righteous Victims: A History of the Zionist-Arab Conflict (1999) he slaughtered any number of sacred cows. He started with the heretical idea that during Israel’s 1948 War of Independence, 600,000 or so Palestinians did not leave their homes out of their own free will but had been expelled by the Israeli army. He ended with the equally heretical one that most of the Palestinians who were caught (many of who were shot) by the IDF while trying to “infiltrate” across the border to Israel during the 1950s were unarmed civilians who were simply trying to return to their former lands. It speaks volumes about Morris’s work that for several years, no Israeli university would give him a job. That work also earned its author the undying hatred of many Israelis from Likud minister of education Limor Livnat down (or up: when it comes to nationalist stupidity, it is hard to sink lower than she did). As the saying goes, it is by his enemies that a man should be judged.

A Greek in the Temple of Venus

The extravaganza was made possible by the city which turned over some of its most historic sights to Valentino and the Oscar winning film designer Dante Ferretti, who proceeded to put up 40 classical columns illuminated from within in the ruins of the Temple of Venus, adjacent to the Coliseum. We were driven up by electric carts and then walked on red carpets into this vast space, where more than two thousand years ago Aphrodite ruled supreme.

Race

Black Enough

Black Enough

Barack Obama, Henry Louis Gates Jr., and the African-American Master Class Countless...

High Life

The Speccie & Me

The Speccie & Me

The very first time I walked into the Spectator office was in 1975, taken there for the...

Zeitgeist

Indiana Jones and the Legend of the Cold War

Indiana Jones was born in 1899 which would make him 102-year old on September 11, 2001...

Gossiphopper

Lindsay’s (Almost) Free, Fergie Gets a Psychic, and Crown Princess Victoria is Corrupt

Lindsay’s (Almost) Free, Fergie Gets a Psychic, and Crown Princess Victoria is Corrupt

What’s that old saying? Oh, right: Marry rich, then divorce even richer. Kelsey...

Knock Off

Cultural Caviar

Cultural Caviar

10 Picks for the Week MLB Baseball 2010 April 4 was the official opening day. We...

Uncle Sam

Obama vs. the U.S. Army

Obama vs. the U.S. Army

In confiding to Rolling Stone their unflattering opinions of the military acumen of...

British Politics

William Hague: The Right-Winger Who Wasn’t

William Hague: The Right-Winger Who Wasn’t

Tories perturbed by the party’s lackluster election and shacking up with the...

High Life

Cultural Pessimism on the High Seas

Cultural Pessimism on the High Seas

On board s/y Bushido. “ Trimming the Jib”  is a short story by Ernest Hemingway...

Remembrance

Maestro Mitropoulos

Maestro Mitropoulos

A recent profile on Leonard Bernstein in a New York magazine brought back memories. The...

Immigration

The Unemployment Solution

The Unemployment Solution

When Barack Obama completely ignored the problem of uncontrolled immigration during his...

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