The Iconoclast

Friday, 01 July 2016
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Nothing says Ramadan like attacking a cafe. BBC: Gunmen have stormed a popular cafe in the diplomatic area of the Bangladeshi capital, Dhaka, taking hostages, officials say. Unconfirmed reports say foreigners are among those being held in the city's Gulshan district. A gun battle between the ...Read More...
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Posted on 07/01/2016 1:12 PM by Rebecca Bynum
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Friday, 01 July 2016
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Keith Simmonds has once again aced our crossword puzzle. He will receive a copy of Norman Berdichevsky's The Left is Seldom Right. Congratulations Keith! ...Read More...
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Posted on 07/01/2016 8:50 AM by NER
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Friday, 01 July 2016
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by Hugh Fitzgerald On April 22, at the Urth Caffé in Laguna Beach, California, seated at one of the most desirable tables – that is, those on the outside patio, in the very front, with the unobstructed view of the beach — seven Muslim women, all wearing hijabs, talked and dallied. On their table, ...Read More...
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Posted on 07/01/2016 7:48 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Friday, 01 July 2016
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From the Austrian edition of The Local Burqinis (the full head-to-ankle swimsuit worn by some Muslim women) have now been banned from a swimming pool in the town of Hainfeld in Lower Austria - by order of the council. The Krone newspaper reports that the motion was submitted by councillor Peter Terzer, ...Read More...
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Posted on 07/01/2016 6:17 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Friday, 01 July 2016
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by Theodore Dalrymple Her concept of democracy is distinctly odd, too. To call it self-serving would be a very mild way of putting it. When the referendum, to which she had not objected and whose legitimacy she had therefore accepted, produced a result that she did not like (though it is surely very ...Read More...
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Posted on 07/01/2016 5:17 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Friday, 01 July 2016
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From the Swiss edition of The Local Authorities in Basel have denied two Muslim teenage girls a Swiss passport because they refused to participate in school swimming lessons and residential camps on religious grounds. The case, which occurred last year but was made public by broadcaster SRF on Monday, ...Read More...
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Posted on 07/01/2016 4:44 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Thursday, 30 June 2016
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by Jerry Gordon (July 2016) In the wake of the Orlando Pulse gay nightclub massacre that took 49 lives, injuring 53 others, a number of questions have arisen about why the FBI investigations of the perpetrator, Omar Mateen, didn’t prevent him from carrying out his homicidal jihad.  more>>> ...Read More...
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Posted on 06/30/2016 9:23 AM by NER
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Thursday, 30 June 2016
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by Theodore Dalrymple As soon as it was clear that, like bad students in a multiple-choice exam, the British population had got the answer wrong in the referendum about Brexit, it was only too predictable that efforts would be made to nullify the results. For the fact is that plebiscites in ...Read More...
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Posted on 06/30/2016 7:06 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Thursday, 30 June 2016
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Scott Johnson writes in City Journal: On June 3, a Minnesota jury returned guilty verdicts against three Somali-Americans who disputed the ISIS-related terrorism charges brought against them by the office of United States Attorney for Minnesota Andrew Luger. Ten defendants were initially charged, ...Read More...
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Posted on 06/30/2016 6:58 AM by Rebecca Bynum
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Thursday, 30 June 2016
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Daily Sabah: Police in Istanbul and Izmir conducted a series of raids on Thursday in various parts of the city as part of operations targeting Daesh terrorists, and detained at least 20 suspects following the Brussels-style attacks on Atatürk Airport which killed at least 41 people on Tuesday night. ...Read More...
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Posted on 06/30/2016 5:24 AM by Rebecca Bynum
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Thursday, 30 June 2016
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NYTimes: JERUSALEM — A Palestinian youth leapt over a fence surrounding a Jewish settlement in the West Bank and stabbed and killed a teenage girl on Thursday before he was killed by a resident, the Israeli military and the news media reported. The assault in the settlement of Kiryat Arba was ...Read More...
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Posted on 06/30/2016 5:13 AM by Rebecca Bynum
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Thursday, 30 June 2016
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Judicial Watch: One of the guns used in the November 13, 2015 Paris terrorist attacks came from Phoenix, Arizona where the Obama administration allowed criminals to buy thousands of weapons illegally in a deadly and futile “gun-walking” operation known as “Fast and Furious.” A Report of Investigation ...Read More...
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Posted on 06/30/2016 4:55 AM by Rebecca Bynum
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Thursday, 30 June 2016
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The stash was in a greengrocers - and in fairness in an urban area the setting could probably have equally accurately been described as 'near a launderette'.   From the Express The weapons arsenal was discovered during a top secret raid by a SWAT team in Nordrhein-Westfalen. Local politician ...Read More...
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Posted on 06/30/2016 4:06 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Wednesday, 29 June 2016
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by G. Murphy Donovan (July 2016) Hillary Clinton has a lot going for her in 2016. Among her primary assets we might list genitals (aka “first woman”), Bill’s and Barack’s coattails, pastel pant suits, felons, feminists, plus sizes, dependents, gender benders, hyphenated minorities, and anti-Semites.  ...Read More...
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Posted on 06/29/2016 12:29 PM by NER
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Wednesday, 29 June 2016
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by Dilip Mohapatra (July 2016) Shuffling of boots of the security men on the hospital's cobble stoned courtyard where the national flag is to be hoisted on the Republic Day  more>>> ...Read More...
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Posted on 06/29/2016 8:52 AM by NER
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Wednesday, 29 June 2016
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by Brandon Marlon (July 2016) Heat dements rival sheikhs intent on a gymkhana to determine superior breeding among stables; shaded by canopies and awnings, tastemakers rate every caracole and gambade,  more>>> ...Read More...
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Posted on 06/29/2016 8:47 AM by NER
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Wednesday, 29 June 2016
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by James Como (July 2016) This rabbit hole is ours, we the guild who write ‘sonnets’ with a fifteenth line, and hip-hop a waltz to four-four time,  more>>> ...Read More...
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Posted on 06/29/2016 8:42 AM by NER
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Wednesday, 29 June 2016
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by Bibhu Padhi (July 2016) The last sleep was long. Was it sleep at all? A mere drama of rest  more>>> ...Read More...
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Posted on 06/29/2016 8:38 AM by NER
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Wednesday, 29 June 2016
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by Evelyn Hooven (July 2016) MORNING SONG   Waking, crossing This threshold While you sleep there,  more>>> ...Read More...
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Posted on 06/29/2016 8:34 AM by NER
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Wednesday, 29 June 2016
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by A. Human Being (July 2016) January 11, 630 AD: Kanauj, The Harsha Empire, Central Bharata (India) Once upon a time in the far off land of Bharata, east of Arabia, lived a great king named Harshavardhana, who was known far and wide for not only having united north India and being crowned Maharaja ...Read More...
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Posted on 06/29/2016 8:28 AM by NER
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Wednesday, 29 June 2016
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by James LePore (July 2016) When the brain chip was invented and put into use that was the beginning of the end. They’re probably listening to me right now as I write this. If not, their key-word engine will alert them to me very quickly, probably before I’m done typing.  more>>> ...Read More...
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Posted on 06/29/2016 8:23 AM by NER
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Wednesday, 29 June 2016
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by Richard Kostelanetz (July 2016) For my friend Tere (Gonzalez Minguez). Having produced appropriate book-art homages to Guillaume Apollinaire (known to his friends as Kostro) and to Nathanael West (commonly called Pep), among others, I’d like to do likewise by another modern writer to whom I ...Read More...
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Posted on 06/29/2016 8:16 AM by NER
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Wednesday, 29 June 2016
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by Joe Bissonnette (July 2016) "Be not afraid of greatness. Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and others have greatness thrust upon ‘em.”  Twelfth Night It is the most memorable line in the play, placed in the mouth of the least attractive character, the puritanical Malvolio whose name ...Read More...
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Posted on 06/29/2016 8:09 AM by NER
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Wednesday, 29 June 2016
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by David P. Gontar (July 2016) On March 10, 1613 the renowned English playwright William Shakespeare bought for 140 pounds a dwelling place in Blackfriars, London. This innocent act perplexes a few renegade antiquarians who ask, Since the gentleman retired to Stratford-on-Avon in that self-same year ...Read More...
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Posted on 06/29/2016 7:57 AM by NER
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Wednesday, 29 June 2016
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by Jerry Gordon (July 2016) On May 6, 2016, a panel was held on “Naval Aviation - Today and Tomorrow,” at the National Naval Aviation Museum, Pensacola, Florida. There, Admiral William "Bill" Gortney, retiring NORAD Commander, raised the matter of how "hot the Korean Peninsula" has become. He was ...Read More...
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Posted on 06/29/2016 7:51 AM by NER
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