The Iconoclast

Thursday, 02 December 2021
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by Theodore Dalrymple Every year I receive from the United States a number of Christmas cards, or at least cards that arrive at about the time of Christmas, that infuriate me. They do not say Merry Christmas but Happy Holidays; this I regard as an insult, implying as they do that I am the ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/02/2021 7:08 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
Thursday, 02 December 2021
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by Lev Tsitrin "Everybody knows," runs a refrain in Leonard Cohen's eponymous song packed with cynical lyrics. "Everybody knows that the deal is rotten" is one of the lines. I doubt that it was written with foresight of Obama's 2015 nuclear "deal" with Iran, the "deal" that, in exchange for ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/02/2021 5:17 AM by Lev Tsitrin
Wednesday, 01 December 2021
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The decline of American journalism has been realized by reporters and editors acting as partisan foot soldiers instead of watchdogs. This is not the free press envisioned by the Founding Fathers or taught by my journalism mentor.  by Matthew M. Hausman, J.D.  Media collusion has always been ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/01/2021 8:01 AM by Matthew Hausman
Wednesday, 01 December 2021
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by Bruce Bawer The other day, as part of my constant effort to find non-political content to vary my daily cultural diet, I started listening to a new series of YouTube podcasts about the life of Lucille Ball. Produced by Turner Classic Movies, it’s narrated by Ben Mankiewicz, the late Robert ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/01/2021 7:23 AM by Bruce Bawer
Tuesday, 30 November 2021
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From France 24  A Frankfurt court on Tuesday handed a life sentence to an Iraqi man who joined the Islamic State group for genocide against the Yazidi minority, in the first verdict worldwide to use the label. Taha Al-Jumailly, 29, was found guilty of genocide, crimes against humanity resulting ...Read More...
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Posted on 11/30/2021 9:41 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
Tuesday, 30 November 2021
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by Conrad Black Everything has gone so terribly wrong for the Biden Administration, and in the ways that were widely predicted, that it is hard to believe Joe Biden could be perceived as a successful or at least potentially successful president if only he had avoided being such a tool of the ...Read More...
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Posted on 11/30/2021 9:24 AM by Conrad Black
Tuesday, 30 November 2021
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by Michael Curtis Josephine  Baker On October 14, 2021, a woman was acquitted in indictment by the Senate and People of Rome v. Boudica by a jury of 10-1 in the British Supreme Court of committing terrorist acts. She was tried under thr Terrorism Act of 2000. The Court rejected the charge that ...Read More...
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Posted on 11/30/2021 8:46 AM by Michael Curtis
Tuesday, 30 November 2021
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by Phyllis Chesler Who angers women more? The incestuous, pedophile father or the mother who looks the other way and does so in order to feed herself and her other children? I think you know the answer. Always, always, the mother is blamed because she was expected to protect her daughter, ...Read More...
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Posted on 11/30/2021 8:34 AM by Phyllis Chesler
Tuesday, 30 November 2021
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by Conrad Black There is something piercingly and hauntingly disturbing about the just-revealed proposal for the renovation of Paris’ Notre Dame Cathedral, which was badly damaged by fire in April 2019. What is proposed is a horrifying conversion of one of the most illustrious and historic ...Read More...
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Posted on 11/30/2021 5:46 AM by Conrad Black
Monday, 29 November 2021
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From the Daily Mail who do mention the 'I' word and describe what was 'extremist' about his terror materials. Other newspapers are a bit vague. A teenage terror suspect appeared in court accused of sharing extremist material on Instagram including 'Isis training' videos. Elias Djelloul, 19, from ...Read More...
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Posted on 11/29/2021 12:51 PM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
Monday, 29 November 2021
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Further west in Yorkshire to Hull which comes under Humberside Police. This is from West Yorkshire Police and the Bradford Telegraph and Argus 42 people who have been charged with offences as part of a police operation into child sexual offending. The men and women have been charged with a variety ...Read More...
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Posted on 11/29/2021 12:20 PM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
Monday, 29 November 2021
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by Theodore Dalrymple A few years ago, an eminent British criminologist said, or admitted, that criminology was a century-old conspiracy to deny that punishment had any effect whatever on criminal behavior. And certainly, no intellectual ever earned kudos from his peers by arguing that punishment ...Read More...
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Posted on 11/29/2021 5:22 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
Monday, 29 November 2021
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by Michael Curtis They whose guilt within their bosom lies, imagine every eye beholds their blame. And bitter shame has spoiled the sweet world’s taste. This is a moment to review interpretations of American national identity, as well as historical facts, to assess the founding of America, ...Read More...
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Posted on 11/29/2021 5:03 AM by Michael Curtis
Sunday, 28 November 2021
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 . . claimed W. B. Yeats in “The Second Coming.”  by James Como As a young man (born with the Cold War) I was puzzled.  There was much Hitler-talk, hardly any about Stalin; no Mao.  And because of the Holocaust I understood that, and that Stalin was an ally, sort of, though I intuited very ...Read More...
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Posted on 11/28/2021 11:38 AM by James Como
Sunday, 28 November 2021
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From Sky News A young woman who says she was "raped and sold" in Hull has not been interviewed by police, despite a high-profile two-year investigation into grooming gangs in the area. Kate (not her real name) claims to be the victim of a gang of sex abusers in the East Yorkshire city. Police ...Read More...
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Posted on 11/28/2021 11:16 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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