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Processed politics: The curse of conventional conventions

Processed politics: The curse of conventional conventions

By Sol W. Sanders Call me masochistic, but I watched both conventions. Chalk it up to nostalgia for a mistaken youth as a politics junkie. Back then, we bet on whether the “Roll Call of the States” might trip up FDR’s dumping left-wing populist Vice President Henry Wallace for Harry S. Truman. Or savored the […]

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When Irene hit, Vermont — not government — showed what people can do

When Irene hit, Vermont — not government — showed what people can do

By John J. Metzler BRANDON, Vermont — It’s been a year since Tropical Storm Irene unexpectedly crashed into Vermont, causing unprecedented flooding and damage throughout much of the Green Mountain state. Yet despite Irene’s wrath across much of the Northeast, Vermont’s near singular resilience and steadfastness in the face of the storm remains an enduring […]

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Say this for the French: Passionate about American popular culture

Say this for the French: Passionate about American popular culture

By John J. Metzler PARIS — One of the more common misperceptions in transatlantic relations is the near instinctive knee-jerk comment that “the French don’t like Americans.” That is unless you overlook much of the music on  French radio which is American,  a considerable segment of prime time TV are American programs, and a majority […]

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From late-night arrests in the USSR to Soros-funded 'progressive' assaults on freedom in the U.S.

From late-night arrests in the USSR to Soros-funded 'progressive' assaults on freedom in the U.S.

By Lev Navrozov I was born in Moscow; I went to a Soviet school, where I discovered that there were things one should never mention in class. In particular, my parents told me never to reveal to my classmates any conversations we were having at home and never to discuss anything going on in our […]

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Gaffes? No, Romney nailed it, speaking truth to media-bureaucratic power

Gaffes? No, Romney nailed it, speaking truth to media-bureaucratic power

By Sol W. Sanders Poor ol’ Mitt Romney. He forgot politicians are supposed to cater to the media. And when he spoke truth to power of the left-wing comme il faut Anglo-American journalist mob, they came down on him like the proverbial ton of bricks. And so what were all those uncommon observations labeled “gaffes” […]

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Olympic uniform controversary brings bipartisan 'gotcha moment'

Olympic uniform controversary brings bipartisan 'gotcha moment'

By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — With the London Summer Olympics fast approaching, the eyes of America are on Team USA, or more precisely on the manufacturer’s labels on their uniforms. What looked like a proud sporting moment when designer Ralph Lauren unveiled a really classy looking blue navy blazer, white pants and slightly […]

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Soviet health care almost aborted our son: Reflections on our 40th anniversary in freedom

Soviet health care almost aborted our son: Reflections on our 40th anniversary in freedom

By Lev Navrozov In 1972, my wife, our son, my mother, and I were on our way to the United States from Italy, where we had spent almost six months waiting for our American visas to be processed. All other Russian émigrés who also received their visas chose to go to the United States by […]

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Keeping LIBERTY alive an uphill battle on this July 4, 2012

Keeping LIBERTY alive an uphill battle on this July 4, 2012

By Lev Navrozov “Mr. Navrozov, I have been reading your columns for the last two years. Your knowledge of liberty vs. communism is unsurpassed. I pray that you will be able to continue to teach the free countries the importance of keeping liberty alive. I wish I were able to take over for you in […]

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Grounds for American optimism in times that require courage

Grounds for American optimism in times that require courage

By Sol W. Sanders “A policy of strategic ambiguity” is a striped-pants way of saying “keep your opponent guessing”. It can also be a Foggy Bottom euphemism for lack of policy or not knowing what to do in a difficult situation. It has the advantage of keeping your opponent off balance, never quite sure what […]

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Madonna does her part to justify jihadism

Madonna does her part to justify jihadism

By Jeffrey T. Kuhner American popular culture is a moral sewer. It celebrates drugs, pornography, abortion, mindless violence, street thugs, sexual promiscuity, homosexuality, hedonism and even cannibalism. For the past 25 years, one of its cultural icons has been Madonna. The singer has limited talent. The key to Madonna’s success has not been her voice […]