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Programming note: Tonight, Monday, I'll be live with Tucker Carlson, coast to coast across America on Fox News at 8pm Eastern/5pm Pacific, with a rerun at midnight Eastern. Hope you'll tune in. The fallout from the presidential s***hole continues. On the one hand, Republican senator Lindsay Graham pushes back against Trump: I've always believed that America is an idea, not defined by its people but by its ideals. On the other hand, most of us don't get to live in an "idea", but in something rather less abstract called "reality", which is for better or worse "defined by its people": Not far from where I'm writing this, the kosher butcher shop is long gone; across the street, the church that once stood tall is now boarded up. But next to it ...
Given the ongoing furor over President Trump's executive order commanding the State Department cartographer to mark the map of the world with "Here be sh***holes", I thought for our Saturday movie date we should have a film about just how bad it can get...
The Vietnam War cast, as they say, long shadows. It left, as they also say, deep scars in the American psyche. And among those shadows and scars is the fact that every so often I find that, unbidden, a line of lyric pops up into my head - such as: And the wants and the needs of a woman your age, Ruby, I realize...
The shallow opportunism of the Pope's Christmas message
In a couple of months, Michael E Mann's defamation suit against me will enter its sixth year in the constipated bowels of DC justice...
When truly great people depart this earth, I am inclined to be selfish and mourn not just the glories of the past but the glories that will never be: I will never hear a brand new Frank Sinatra album, never see a new Jerome Robbins dance... With Milt's passing, the selfishness is compounded: whenever my next tome is published, I will never again know the satisfaction of having Milton J Rosenberg conduct a substantive, informed two-hour discussion on the book and its themes unlike anything else anywhere on the airwaves...
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