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The Body

A Musing on Pleasure.— Imagine a door so rare and enticing in its loveliness that passing through its frame engenders an immediate obsession with the act of passing through as such, and thus an overwhelming desire to open that door again, and then again, until one can hardly stand the thought of ever walking away from it, for fear of losing contact with...

A Brief Reflection on Surfaces

Smartphones, personal screens permanently before our eyes, offering continuous and virtually infinite varieties of stimulation, are the fulfillment and vindication of our slightly clunky old metaphor for internet use, “web-surfing.” To surf is to ride the ocean’s surface, to skim excitingly along on transient and ever-changing waves which, in their momentary violence and extreme proximity, foster illusions of ultimate importance. Meanwhile, the ocean’s...

Oh my G-D!

Perhaps I should say, “Oy vey!” Mark Levin, who, as I have sadly chronicled, has transformed himself from the most prominent media critic of Donald Trump (and of the GOP establishment, including its media flagship, Fox News) into the most embarrassingly eager shoeshine boy for Trump (and defender of the GOP status quo, and star host on its media flagship, Fox News), has...

“All Talk” Radio

Every U.S. election cycle, Mark Levin, the most intelligent and politically knowledgeable of the major conservative radio hosts, has warned that if the Republican Party establishment dared to foist another one of its anti-conservative, “bipartisan appeal” nominees on the grassroots voters yet again, then boy oh boy it would be almost, just about, nearly time to take a serious look at maybe thinking...

How to become rational

A student sent me an e-mail yesterday which consisted of one simply-worded, but far from simplistic, question: “How can I be rational?” The question has perennial importance, of course, and may in a sense be the defining concern of the human soul. However, as the obstacles to living in accordance with reason grow more pervasive and pernicious with each generation, the notion of “being...

Elitism vs. Snobbery

This past week, the NATO summit — am I alone in having to stifle a chortle every time we hear of today’s global “ruling class” labeling any of their champagne-and-empty-talking-points soirées a summit? — was turned upside down in a manner most typical of our social-media-infested age. Several VIPs (aka halfwits) were caught on video mocking Donald Trump in his absence. The comical...

The Impeachment Drama

The suspense is mounting, folks. What could possibly happen?  This: The Democrats in the House of Representatives are about to go through the process of formally voting to impeach President Trump — as they were hellbent on finding a way to do since at least a year before this Ukrainian military aid issue even existed — because some billionaire who paid his way...

Hitler, Trump, and Other Unrelated Things

Today, during the latest episode of The Impeachables, a Stanford University professor of some sort — honestly don’t know and honestly don’t care — replied to a straight line from one of the Democratic “questioners,” who pretended to ask (for what possible purpose? — I don’t know and I don’t care) how a U.S. president is different from a king, with this zinger: I’ll...

Trump’s Heroes

There is a fun story at Patterico’s site today, outlining some of the behavior of Navy Seal Edward Gallagher, whom Donald Trump recently pardoned in connection with some extracurricular activities he engaged in during his time in Iraq. If you have not been following the story, as I have not, then I will not ruin your amusement with spoilers, but let’s just say...

Trump’s Endless Kowtowing Tour Continues Uninterrupted

As you know, Highly Disputed Heavyweight Champion Donald “Pantywaist” Trumpkov has responded to a direct question about the Hong Kong protesters by crawling all the way across the Pacific Ocean in a championship-caliber grovel to Xi Jinping, begging Xi on live television to forgive him for having no choice but to publicly express a marginal, insincere bit of backhanded damning-with-faint-praise sympathy with those...