Monthly Archives: August 2015

‘Cultural genocide is merely a prelude to physical genocide’

Hi, world, welcome to Donald Trump’s fans: After years of decline, the League has recently acquired a number of younger members, including Brad Griffin, a thirty-four-year-old who writes an influential blog under the name Hunter Wallace. Short and genial, he … Continue reading

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The Obama report card

My readers know that praise for Barack Hussein Obama comes rarely and is often modulated by several factors, not least of which is my scorn for political reporters to cite “accomplishments” as if they were rice cakes: calorie-free, without nutritive … Continue reading

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‘You grow cold when you keep holding on’

Like I posted today, I liked Pitchfork’s best of the ’80s list. Not much metal, but who would’ve thought Rene & Angela would get an allusion or that Evelyn King would make it in (thanks, David Drake, Eric Harvey, Tim … Continue reading

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‘A lot of head lice, a lot of scabies’

As the Beltway punditocracy claws for smelling salts bemoaning the rise of Donald Trump, it’s worth reminding the people to whom they condescend and don’t give a shit about covering accurately about what Trump’s putative colleagues espouse. Dumb shit they’ve … Continue reading

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Reclaiming bodies: Straight Outta Compton

There’s an ingratiating moment early in Straight Outta Compton: Dr Dre (Corey Hawkins) coaching and coaxing Eazy-E into rapping the first line of “Boyz-n-the-Hood” without sounding flat. He can’t hit the crucial line “Cruisin’ down tha street in my ’64.” … Continue reading

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‘Boys don’t sing Madonna’

Continuing my series of Stylus Magazine reposts before the site disappears, here’s an article that Wikipedia has excerpted several times, and one of the three or four I’m proudest of, one of the few times I interpolated autobiography for the … Continue reading

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Singles 8/20

With two songs in the Billboard Hot 100 top ten including a #1, The Weeknd finally realizes the success that cognoscenti predicted when he was mewling in the outer reaches of electrospace in 2011. Daryl Hall was the last pop … Continue reading

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The ebb of mainstream conservatism

Norm Ornstein explains why the usual dismissals regarding fools like Donald Trump won’t work: A part of my skepticism flows from my decades inside the belly of the congressional beast. I have seen the Republican Party go from being a … Continue reading

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Carly Rae Jepsen’s pop smarts

Carly Rae Jepsen – Emotion “But whatever lessons we learn from E•MO•TION—for example, that this palette of ’80s synth sounds and Madonna hat-tips will probably endure for eternity—we don’t learn much about Jepsen,” a critic wrote. Well, on this album … Continue reading

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The long decline of Jimmy Carter

To hear Jimmy Carter mentioned in exile Cuban-American circles is to partake of a loathing so visceral that it shocks the conscience. Welcoming thousands of their relatives and friends during the Mariel boat lift fades from the memory. Jimmy Carter … Continue reading

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‘Well, what’s wrong with slavery?’

An Iowan radio host has what Oliver North would call a neat idea: let’s set a deadline and if all illegal immigrants aren’t out of his state, then those people become the property of Iowa. Jan Mickelson is not using … Continue reading

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Hiding brutality ‘under a halo of pretty words’

Corey Robin, author of The Conservative Mind, looks through a card catalog and finds the kind of historical analogy that will drive the Republicans who aren’t in a stupor into apoplexy. Robert Brasillach, novelist and Vichy regime apologist, said the … Continue reading

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