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Burn, Baby, Burn?

Tue, 24 Jan 2017 04:50:03 +0000

(Steven Hayward) Looks like the left’s 1960s riot nostalgia is returning with a vengeance. The Washington Examiner reports that the stretch limo protesters set afire in Washington on inauguration day was owned by a Muslim immigrant who was opposed to Trump. And he doesn’t know whether his insurance policy will cover damage from rioting. I wonder if Trump might score a PR coup by paying for a new limo for this guy,

Trump nixes the TPP

Tue, 24 Jan 2017 03:47:34 +0000

(Paul Mirengoff) President Trump was busy on his first “working day” in office. The Washington Post describes, albeit in loaded terms, the most important actions he took today. In my opinion, the single most important action was Trump’s executive order formally withdrawing the U.S. from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal. This move will have both economic and strategic consequences, and the strategic consequences may have economic ramifications down the road. I

Going Gaga: A Very Judd Sequel [with comment by Paul]

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 21:59:08 +0000

(Steven Hayward) I see that my tongue-in-cheek post yesterday about Ashley Judd going gaga at the Wymyn’s March generated a lot of comments, and I do apologize sincerely for not attaching a warning to viewers about it. But as we’re inquiring after celebrities going gaga, it sent me racking my brain trying to remember what it was that my old mentor M. Stanton Evans once said about Lady Gaga, who as you

Academic Absurdity of the Week: Heavy, Man, Heavy

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 19:59:25 +0000

(Steven Hayward) Did you know there is an academic journal devoted to the study of heavy metal music? I didn’t either, but of course there is: Metal Music Studies. It’s your one-stop shopping venue for important scholarly analysis of Metallica and Iron Maiden. Also Nickelback. Here’s one especially precious intersectional offering: Accept(ing) the other (Metallic[a]) hypermasculine image: Case studies towards an alternative understanding of hypermasculinity in the aesthetics of 1980s heavy metal

French Socialist party in trouble; story is similar throughout Europe

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 18:46:57 +0000

(Paul Mirengoff) The French Socialist party held its primary yesterday in the race to succeed Francois Hollande as the party’s standard bearer. Hollande’s presidency has been such a disaster that he declined to stand for re-election. Former education minister Benoit Hamon came in first with around 36 percent of the vote. He will face former prime minister Manuel Valls, who captured around 31 percent of the vote. Hamon is a left-winger. He