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Book Review: This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Kunk Fu Zoby Kung Fu Zu   2/16/14
I just finished this novel and my opinion of Fitzgerald has not improved. I read The Great Gatsby some twenty years ago, and while it was superior to This Side of Paradise, it was not the great twentieth century novel I had expected. More » • (6917 views)

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A Nation of Bastards

BastardFriendsby Glenn Fairman   2/16/14
“Unwed fathers, they can’t be bothered, they run like water, through a mountain stream.” — John Prine  •  Of all the suffocating maladies that America has suffered under the past 50 years, none even comes close to inspiring a sense of cultural dread as the quantitative explosion of single parent families in this country. More » • (5934 views)

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Thinking 101

Thinking101by Deana Chadwell    2/15/14
In the early 60’s John McCormick would stand in front of my literature class, his long, boney fingers tented in front of him, his head bowed in thought. Then he’d lift his gaze, look around the class and begin that day’s discussion about the nature of man. More » • (3620 views)

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Immigration and National Survival

SellwynThumbby Selwyn Duke   2/14/14
When pondering our obsession with immigration, I’m reminded of how people in the ridiculous dystopian film Idiocracy were watering their crops with an energy drink called Brawndo. More » • (2055 views)

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Cupid’s Erotic Meditation

domiesby Glenn Fairman   2/14/14
It is Valentine’s Day, and I must be off—sheep-man that I am—to purchase the obligatory items for my wife so that she does not feel slighted on this day that commerce has decreed should be the “Celebration of Passionate and Affectionate Love.” More » • (2001 views)

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Justice and Jodi Arias

Image:by Glenn Fairman   2/12/14
“The moral arc of the universe is long, but it bends toward justice.” — MLK  •  Rarely do I take “two bites of the apple” on a news story (see “Beautiful Sociopath” in American Thinker), but the murder trial of Jodi Arias has been going on for so long that it has a good chance for syndicated re-run status on TBN: More » • (4143 views)

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Beautiful Sociopath: The Trial of Jodi Arias

Image:by Glenn Fairman   2/12/14
“It’s not a lie if you believe it.”—George Costanza  •  On the surface, it would seem to me that sociopathy embeds itself into societies that are prone to narcissism and fluid situational moralities; but then again, perhaps the human heart has always been this way. More » • (2201 views)

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A Man for All Extremes

dorner tattoby Glenn Fairman   2/11/14
(On the anniversary of the Christopher Dorner manhunt, I offer this meditation on how a lunatic can become strange bedfellows with those that have an ideological axe to grind.) More » • (3199 views)

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A Progress into Decline

cellphone zombieby Glenn Fairman   2/11/14
Why is it that, as we are beset within a technological garden of machines, anticipating and catering to every nook and crevice of our collective desires, where the evolution of specific knowledge increases exponentially in an accelerating rhythm heretofore unknown in the Ages of Men, all indices point towards an implacable decline into barbarism? More » • (1026 views)

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Ted Bundy and The Logical Consequences of a Dead Universe

ted bundyby Glenn Fairman   2/11/14
Many years ago, one of my esteemed graduate professors, Claremont McKenna’s illustrious Harry V. Jaffa, wrote a brilliant but pithy dialogue highlighting the pitfalls of conventionalist morality in which he pitted the charming and debonair Mr. Ted Bundy holding forth with what is soon to be one of his victims. More » • (2001 views)

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Prudence or Purity

BigTentby Glenn Fairman   2/10/14
If true, the post-mortem realization that the Republican Party’s bid to oust Barack Obama was sealed by internal schism and faction is a bitter pill to swallow. With so much at stake, mortal necessity required that the party marshal its forces in order to take down a man whose admitted enmity to our American Constitutional framework threatened to transform our unique political character. More » • (2950 views)

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Thought Experiment (from FOSFAX 214)

RedBlueby Timothy Lane   2/10/14
Many people have noticed the increasing differences between the Right Nation and the Obama Nation. It might make more sense if Republican-dominated areas lived the way they think people should, and Democrat-dominated areas lived the way they prefer. More » • (1238 views)

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