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Mr. Powell and His Peers

"All political lives," said the British politician Enoch Powell many years ago, "unless they are cut off in midstream at a happy juncture, end in failure..."

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Some Men Don't Need a 'Why'

The fruitless search for motivation

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Let Them Bake Cake

Via Small Dead Animals, a headline from the new America: Denver's Azucar Bakery Wins Right To Refuse To Make Anti-Gay Cakes So in the age of flour power the state can compel you to make certain kinds of cakes but relieve you of the obligation to make certain other kinds of cakes. In our brave new gâteaupia, it will all eventually wind up at the Supreme Court, at which America's Masterchef Anthony Kennedy will decide precisely which half-baked state-mandated menu items on the cake stand of American liberty are constitutional and which are not. And, if a few Indiana pizzerias have to be put out of business along the way, well, as the Commies used to say, you can't make a gay wedding cake without breaking a few eggs. Do you ever get the ...

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The Court Predator

Jimmy Savile is entirely unknown to Americans. Which is as it should be. He was a British disc jockey and children's-TV host, but, even by the debased standards of those callings, he didn't appear to have any particular talent...

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The Pause and the Cause

I'm not a climate denier, I'm more of a climate insouciant...

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SLAPPstick Farce

SLAPP stands for "strategic lawsuit against public participation..."

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Whose Islam?

Not David Cameron's...

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The Blasphemy Police

The western left's Islamic enforcers

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Cinema ex Machina

The summer of cardboard spectacles...

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Long-Run Silence

A good week for the Tolerance Enforcers

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The 'Racist' and the Unknown Man

In the new Europe, first the assassin misfires; then the media take cheap shots...

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Bond in Bankruptcy

For some reason, the quadrennial humiliation of the Republican presidential candidate now coincides with the release of the new Bond movie. Don't ask me why; probably a constitutional amendment I missed along the way. Last time round, Kevin Sessums interviewed Daniel Craig and, as a final question, asked which presidential nominee would make the better 007: Craig doesn't hesitate. "Obama would be the better Bond because — if he's true to his word — he'd be willing to quite literally look the enemy in the eye and go toe to toe with them. McCain, because of his long service and experience, would probably be a better M," he adds, mentioning Bond's boss, played by Dame Judi Dench. "There is, come to think of it, a kind of Judi Dench quality to ...

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Our Sick State

A couple of months back, I was with a friend of mine when she suddenly collapsed and I found myself having to run her to the emergency room. After a fairly harrowing 14 hours, the hospital released her, the doctor writing her a prescription for the still-very-intense pain she was in. So we stopped at her local Kinney Drugs in Vermont. Despite having been called in by the doc, the prescription wasn't ready. Come back in an hour. Heigh-ho. So we left it an hour and a half, and then, not wishing to make another pointless trip, called the pharmacy just to make sure. No, sorry, the druggist said. They ran the insurance number and it was denied. So they canceled the prescription. Without calling the patient to tell her they'd canceled it. I ...

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LETHALLY LEISURED

The last of the 20th century's Big Ideas is dying before our eyes: The sick man of Europe is ...Europe

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