The Iconoclast

Wednesday, 05 July 2017
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by Richard Kostelanetz Doubly pained I am to see Hillary Clinton’s supporters flailing around to uncover one or another discreditable reason for her losing the last presidential election, because most of them are patently fictitious. For instance, while some Russians might have made devious moves ...Read More...
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Posted on 07/05/2017 5:22 AM by Richard Kostelanetz
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Wednesday, 05 July 2017
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by Gary Fouse I am following the issue of sanctuary cities very closely. To me the law is clearly on the side of President Trump and his efforts to fight these lawless cities. There must be a way to punish these local officials who refuse to cooperate with immigration officials, and there is. ...Read More...
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Posted on 07/05/2017 5:11 AM by Gary Fouse
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Wednesday, 05 July 2017
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Left-wing Jews represent a sharply declining power base in America. by Brian of London I’m reading a succession of whining articles across the Left and far-left American Jewish world about a decision in Israel. If I had to pick one modern Internet phrase to describe all of the sentiments expressed, ...Read More...
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Posted on 07/05/2017 4:31 AM by Brian of London
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Tuesday, 04 July 2017
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by Michael Curtis The Neapolitan song, O Sole Mio, Che bella cosa, has been made famous by great Italian tenors, Enrico Caruso in the past and more recently Luciano Pavarotti who won the Grammy Award in 1980 for his rendition of the song, and warbled in a rewritten English version by Elvis Presley. Now ...Read More...
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Posted on 07/04/2017 1:46 PM by Michael Curtis
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Tuesday, 04 July 2017
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by John Hajjar Lebanese Army soldiers marching It was shocking to read and see images of Lebanese Army cadets visiting sites in South Lebanon honoring the terror group Hezbollah. As it was reported in the Lebanese press, "150 Officer Cadets from the Lebanese Army Academy visited the Mlita Jihadi ...Read More...
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Posted on 07/04/2017 12:02 PM by John Hajjar
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Tuesday, 04 July 2017
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by Hugh Fitzgerald Suddenly our country is full of all kinds of Interfaith Outreach Events, carefully staged by Muslims for unwary Infidels. There is Ask-A-Muslim!, there is Meet-Your-Muslim-Neighbors, there are Coffee, Cake, and Qur’an meetings. Whatever the name, they amount to essentially ...Read More...
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Posted on 07/04/2017 7:21 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Monday, 03 July 2017
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After BBC’s explosive drama Three Girls aired in May, a new documentary from the broadcaster investigates how the teenage victims  of the Rochdale grooming gangs were failed so badly by authorities. With testimonies from victims and those at the heart of the case, the feature-length programme makes ...Read More...
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Posted on 07/03/2017 11:51 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Monday, 03 July 2017
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by Gary Fouse The news out of West Europe continues to be nothing but bad. Terror attacks, rapes, murders, crime in the streets, hundreds of thousands of migrants pouring in from the Middle East and Africa, and the (west) Europeans seem powerless to stop any of it. Instead, political correctness ...Read More...
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Posted on 07/03/2017 4:37 AM by Gary Fouse
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Sunday, 02 July 2017
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The sub heading from the Sun is typically blunt; CAN'T FLUSH POO-POISONER AN Algerian jailed for trying to poison shoppers is still in the UK, seven years after first being told he would be deported.  Chemist Sahnoun Daifallah, 50, was jailed for nine years at Bristol Crown Court in 2009 for contaminating ...Read More...
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Posted on 07/02/2017 12:59 PM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Sunday, 02 July 2017
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Canada has, as the French say, the fault of its qualities. Because it is always consensual and never revolutionary, it has relatively less drama than have had the other G-7 countries by Conrad Black The countries that are today the G-7 leading democratic economic powers all underwent radical ...Read More...
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Posted on 07/02/2017 7:37 AM by Conrad Black
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Sunday, 02 July 2017
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by Theodore Dalrymple Ideological obsessions manifest themselves nowadays in all the nooks and crannies of intellectual life. The other day, for example, I received an antiquarian book catalogue through the post and enclosed was a bookmark advertising book fairs taking place in the near future. The ...Read More...
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Posted on 07/02/2017 7:21 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Saturday, 01 July 2017
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by Michael Curtis According to Casablanca, a kiss is just a kiss, a sigh is just a sigh, but is a handshake just a handshake? Or is there a correlation between a handshake and character? Does a handshake tell you anything about the personality, political attitude, or feelings of the participant? ...Read More...
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Posted on 07/01/2017 3:24 PM by Michael Curtis
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Saturday, 01 July 2017
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by Conrad Black (July 2017) Populism is generally taken to mean a political movement that challenges the incumbent political elite and may overwhelm it. If in doing so, or at a subsequent stage, the movement becomes violent or departs from the confines of the orthodox constitutional system altogether, ...Read More...
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Posted on 07/01/2017 4:04 AM by NER
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Friday, 30 June 2017
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by Evelyn Hooven (July 2017) The Thinker in the Rodin Museum Garden, Paris, France     The setting is the Rodin Museum garden during an extraordinary heat wave; fatalities mount; the sculpture speaks: more>>> ...Read More...
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Posted on 06/30/2017 4:13 PM by NER
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Friday, 30 June 2017
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by James Como (July 2017)   NOTE. This dramatic monologue is about what Grace claims: the dangerous intersection of passions, in this case passions for baseball, religion, and story-telling. If one is at that crossroad, as Grace seems to be, can lunacy be far behind? Of course much religious ...Read More...
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Posted on 06/30/2017 4:01 PM by NER
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Friday, 30 June 2017
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Translated from the Hungarian & edited by Thomas Ország-Land (July 2017) Hannah Senesh, 1921-1944, (Hungarian spelling Hanna Szenes), poet, farmer, soldier, emigrated as a youth to Palestine to escape rising Fascism in Europe, and eventually joined the British Army there. She was parachuted ...Read More...
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Posted on 06/30/2017 3:28 PM by NER
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Friday, 30 June 2017
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by Richard Kostelanetz (July 2017)   The Awl, by Tommervik     Some years ago I composed a 60-minute audiotape of and about the sound of baseball as indigenous to the Americas. As it included passages in both Spanish and French-Canadian, I thought that my electro-acoustic composition, ...Read More...
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Posted on 06/30/2017 2:36 PM by NER
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Friday, 30 June 2017
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by Lorna Salzman (July 2017) by Lucas Simoes   In his book The Righteous Mind, Jonathan Haidt discusses the tendency of humans to form into groups as dictated by evolution. The widespread existence of human groups testifies to its power and resilience in both primitive and technologically ...Read More...
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Posted on 06/30/2017 2:17 PM by NER
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Friday, 30 June 2017
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By Kenneth Francis (July 2017)   Charles Sheeler, American Landscape, 1930     When Donald Trump last month put climate change on the backburner during the Paris Accord, many non-Green small business owners breathed a sigh of relief. (Remember, the Accord is not mandatory and final. ...Read More...
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Posted on 06/30/2017 2:08 PM by NER
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Friday, 30 June 2017
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by David P. Gontar (July 2017)   Margaret of Anjou, Jane Telford, 2013.                Come, wait upon him, lead him to my bower. The moon, methinks, looks with a wat’ry eye, And when she weeps, weeps every little flower, Lamenting some enforcèd chastity. Tie up my love’s tongue; bring ...Read More...
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Posted on 06/30/2017 1:42 PM by NER
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Friday, 30 June 2017
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by Robert Gear (July 2017)   I first became aware of the slow, insidious gains of creeping Sharia in 1995, sometime after I visited the public library of a large, provincial English City. The library itself was of an eye-wincing brutalist design fashionable in post-war Britain.  more>>> ...Read More...
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Posted on 06/30/2017 1:34 PM by NER
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Friday, 30 June 2017
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By Ibn Warraq (July 2017)   Ludwig Wittgenstein, artist unknown     A friend of mine, Professor Dominique Urvoy, a distinguished scholar and world authority on Islamic Philosophy and Averroes, was invited to a conference in Morocco a few years ago. At a coffee break, an Arab colleague ...Read More...
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Posted on 06/30/2017 1:29 PM by NER
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Friday, 30 June 2017
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By A.J. Caschetta (July 2017)         With Iraqi forces now controlling most of Mosul and the siege of Raqqa underway, many are predicting the imminent demise of the Islamic State. ISIS propagandists argue that the caliphate can withstand the loss of territory, but without a “state” ...Read More...
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Posted on 06/30/2017 1:17 PM by NER
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Friday, 30 June 2017
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by G. Murphy Donovan (July 2017) Once upon a time, ratlines were horizontal ropes in a ship’s rigging that allowed a sailor to scale the lines or climb a ship’s mast.  On a sinking ship, rat lines were the last refuge for rodents and unlucky tars that couldn’t swim or didn’t make it into a lifeboat. ...Read More...
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Posted on 06/30/2017 1:11 PM by NER
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Friday, 30 June 2017
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by Norman Berdichevsky (July 2017) Gavrilo Princip sparking the Great War, June 28, 1914     Unless you happened to catch the 30 second news item on May 22, 2006 on the more internationally-oriented networks such as the BBC or CNN, you probably don’t know or care that Podgorica is the ...Read More...
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Posted on 06/30/2017 1:06 PM by NER
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