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|August 23, 2007||||The K-Words Debut
Paul Is a Four-Letter Word
What Happened to Our Constitution?
What do they call those dead things? Only Ron Paul is raising the most basic question of all. The key issue
|August 16, 2007||||No column was written for this issue.|
|August 9, 2007||||In Defense of Poor Barry
Pardon My Popery
A Deed without a Name
A sense of proportion Getting worked up about religion Secular Semitism The ADL Catholic How fast these moralistic seizures blow over.
|August 2, 2007||||The Paul Blackout
Another Side of Lady Bird?
In Defense of the Poles
What makes Ron Paul so appealing to principled conservatives Another Side of Lady Bird? What is inherent to sports and what is merely incidental? A grossly unfair charge of anti-Semitism
|July 26, 2007||||Thank God for Atheists
Is Hitchenss book really the best case atheism can make?
|July 19, 2007||||Habemus Papam!
The Party from Hell
A miracle indeed! Can this really be happening? Who would miss it, other than the Zionists? What a great Catholic he would have made!
|July 12, 2007||||The Great Uniter
Hillary Pipes Up
The Lesson of JFK
Why St. Paul Wasnt Rich
An exhausted administration Is she just utterly shameless? The adroit use of religion Possibly a spoof The one thing available to every poor girl
|July 5, 2007||||No column was written for this issue.|
|June 28, 2007||||Memorial and Amnesia
Sin of the Times
A Sense of Proportion
The Right of Suicide
An absurd parallel Fed up with Rudy McRomney? Self-abnegation Covering religious news Unfathomable despair
|June 21, 2007||||President Paul?
Islam at War
The Genius of GKC
Even if he lost, he could change the terms in which American politics is discussed. Controversies about the conduct of war attest to the conscience and civility of these people. Permanently amazing, even shocking
|June 14, 2007||||No column was written for this issue.|
|June 7, 2007||||The Atheist Renaissance
The authors appear to be perfect strangers to religious experience. Liberals tend to think their latest enthusiasms impose moral duties on the rest of us.
|May 31, 2007||||Then ...
... And Now
A modest role Endless possibilities No room for Ron Paul here A simple liberal morality tale
|May 24, 2007||||Ollie the Revolutionary Feminist
The Future of Ron Paul
Republican partisanship has devoured whatever was left of genuine conservatism. My dream scenario A very full week
|May 17, 2007||||Bleak Prospects
The Darwinian Trap
George Bush has put his party in an extremely awkward posture. Everybody Knows that Darwinism is true only in the sense that few dare to question it.
|May 10, 2007||||A Slam Dunk Or Was It?
Democrats on Parade
Piety and Orthography
You can only pity men who have to please and placate rulers so dishonest and irrational. Why did my heart go out to
|May 3, 2007||||Abortion and Evasion
A literal and everyday form of violence No one could accuse him of getting his facts wrong.
|April 26, 2007||||Massacre
Bush and the Catholic Neocons
Patricia Buckley RIP
The grief belongs to the victims families alone. His 15 minutes of fame may be over at last. Can anyone seriously believe that Christ would blame these two Popes for urging peace? New York wont be the same now.
|April 19, 2007||||Thought Experiment
Hostages, Bombs, et Cetera
Now It Can Be Told
A peril the government takes no cognizance of An inability to imagine the enemys point of view is a serious practical handicap in war. Making myself clear? Passing up the chance to make national news
|April 12, 2007||||Side by Side
Did Someone Say Defense?
Money, Politics, and Honor
A perfect anthem for us paleoconservatives If youre really prepared for war, you may just get war. The government seldom leaveth alone.
|April 5, 2007||||Shakespeare for Dummies
Bush, with his odious war, has left the old conservative agenda in ruins. Abysmal ignorance of the most basic cultural facts is among the rotten fruits of secularism. The meaning of the Right
|March 29, 2007||||Please Dont Surprise Us!
The Anniversary of No Doubt
Lincoln and Booth
As the Twig Is Bent ...
What the media mean when they say ... Losses since 2001 Shakespearean coincidences Father Damien, Mia Farrow, and Mr. Hyde
|March 22, 2007||||The Libby Case
Maybe in a year this case will make some sense. The Bush-Rove-Cheney Republicans didnt see this coming Decline? Its a cultural tailspin.
|March 15, 2007||||The Horror of Hillary?
Can we even be sure which of our two major parties is likely to do less harm? Encouraging fashionable vices
|March 8, 2007||||Tell Truth, and Shame the Neocons
Hollywood Goes to War
Persevering in Dark Times
How many high-level conspiracies has Hersh aborted? Choosing Obama over Clinton. Tearing out my hair Even our old allies seem to have other things to do. Roman numerals
|March 1, 2007||||Birth Pangs
The Magic Presidency
The Future of Ill-Bay
The Edwards Question
You could regard civil war, where people kill each other spontaneously, without being ordered to by government, as a form of democracy. Moral leadership is just busting out all over. I admit I can hardly believe I'm serious. What truths is John Edwards willing to affirm?
|February 22, 2007||||Meddling in Iraq
Obama and Honest Abe
War on Iran and chaos in the Middle East have been the neocons ultimate goals for a long time. Barack Obama needs a history lesson. She redefined widowhood in our time.
|February 15, 2007||||The Long Race
The Wrong Stuff
The anti-war rally and the March for Life guess which one featured more celebrities. What matters most about the Super Bowl coaches Now we can stop blaming President Bush for everything that goes wrong.
|February 8, 2007||||Irony Overload
Dont Ask Me!
A Quieter Sort of Holocaust
The marvel is that Bush and Cheney still expect to be taken seriously. Washington is full of people who have followed every turn of the Scooter Libby story and feel quite passionately about it. We are being subtly taught to exterminate ourselves.
|February 1, 2007||||Bush at the Stake
Here He Comes!
Here She Comes!
His agenda now is survival, even if it means cutting deals with the Democrats. He still trails Hillary, but his lucky streak hasnt ended yet. If she wins, she could return the White House furniture she and Bill made off with six years ago.
|January 25, 2007||||Quicksand
Keeping the Dream Alive Does Anyone Notice?
The Democrats arent bold enough to cut off funding for the war. Everyone agrees that he is intelligent and impressive, but nobody can possibly fulfill the messianic hopes he arouses. Jesus, unlike Castro, managed to serve the poor without firing squads. Is hiring a stripper to entertain at a party now considered normal behavior for college athletes?
|January 18, 2007||||The Urge to Surge
Say It Again, Sam Key Words
The Democratic Congresss plan: complain about the war but dont to do anything about it. Sam Francis was right early and often. The Constitution was supposed to be unalterable by the government.
|January 11, 2007||||Death Takes No Holiday
A Ford, Not a Lincoln The End of Saddam
Journalism thrives on celebrity deaths. Ford was always willing to split differences with liberals, unaware that he might be conceding anything essential. Was it the place of the United States to overthrow him and ensure his death?
|January 4, 2007||||No column was published in this issue.|
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