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Libeling Mr. Turner

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 17:31:28 +0000

A while back I watched the movie “Mr. Turner,” a lengthy 2014 biopic about J.M.W. Turner, the great British painter. Turner is a big favorite of mine for his sublime use of light, both in his early period and in his late, and in everything in-between: Movies about famous personalities are a funny thing. They’re […]



Beg pardon

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 17:30:28 +0000

A week or so ago a friend of mine joked that Obama would be pardoning Bowe Bergdhal before he leaves office. And then a little while later we learn that Bergdahl has in fact requested a pardon: The pardon would avert Bergdahl’s court-martial trial, which is slated to begin in April. He faces charges of […]



Trump’s Taiwan talk

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 17:17:43 +0000

One thing we know about Donald Trump is that he is unpredictable, and in my opinion deliberately so. There’s something to say for unpredictability. It keeps your enemies and opponents on their toes, and if it’s publicity you want, it garners publicity. But there’s a point at which the unpredictable segues into the loose cannon, […]



Leonard Cohen explains about his singing

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 18:48:40 +0000

And, since he’s Leonard Cohen, he explains it very, very well: And what about the charge that his singing causes people to feel suicidal? Exactly. As for me, I happen to think that Leonard Cohen’s renditions of his own songs are better than any cover versions I’ve ever heard, although some of the covers are […]



Is it greed, envy, or covetousness?

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 18:41:15 +0000

I saw this at Ace’s a long time ago: I admire just about everything Thomas Sowell has ever written, and when first saw this I thought “Bingo, touche!” But then I started thinking about it and realized it’s not as good as I’d first imagined. Many liberals would be likely to dismiss it, answering that […]



The Wall Street Journal…

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 18:38:02 +0000

…has more to say about the Carrier deal. As I wrote yesterday, I think this particular deal was mostly symbolic (although not to the workers whose jobs were saved), to make a point that Trump was trying to make about being the sort of guy who was going to solve things. It’s going to be […]



The showman president

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 20:43:39 +0000

With the announcement of Trump’s triumphant (Trumphant?) Carrier deal, the word that occurs to me—not for the first time—is “showman.” That’s not necessarily a good thing or a bad thing, by the way. But it’s not something we’ve seen a lot of in recent years. It’s not that previous presidents haven’t tried. Reagan was good […]



The German intelligence officer who was also an ISIS terrorist, and his inspiration

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 19:57:43 +0000

Just great: A German intelligence officer has reportedly been arrested over a suspected Islamist plot to bomb the agency’s headquarters in Cologne… The BfV said the man “behaved inconspicuously” prior to his arrest. He had, since April, been engaged in gathering intelligence on Islamist extremists in Germany, Der Spiegel said. Online chats were apparently found […]



Still singing after all these years

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 20:29:06 +0000

[Please scroll down for ADDENDUM at end of post.] Who? Joan Baez and Judy Collins. And they look and sound pretty good, considering. Pretty darn good. They’re not what they were at their peak, of course. But who is, at 75 (Baez) and 77 (Collins)? The high notes are the first to go. Yes, yes, […]



What’s behind the Carrier deal?

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 20:02:00 +0000

Trump’s deal with Carrier to stay in Indiana rather than moving to Mexico is a stroke of PR brilliance. It’s also an example of exactly why Trump is now feared by the left: he is very good at this kind of visual, with populist appeal that used to be their special province. But inquiring further, […]