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Melting Down Art and History
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Melting Down Art and History

After the Civil War, former North Carolina governor Zeb Vance became a U.S. senator. His Northern colleagues enjoyed his affable nature and sense of humor, and some of them invited him to Massachusetts during a break in government business. While

Melting Down Art and History
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Melting Down Art and History

After the Civil War, former North Carolina governor Zeb Vance became a U.S. senator. His Northern colleagues enjoyed his affable nature and sense of humor, and some of them invited him to Massachusetts during a break in government business. While …

Hoodwinked: There Is No Mandate
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Hoodwinked: There Is No Mandate

From government employees to healthcare workers, from professional athletes to school teachers, large numbers of Americans find themselves either having to resign their positions for refusing the COVID-19 jab or being fired. It doesn’t matter whether they’ve already recovered from

Shipping Backlog Calls for Christmas in October
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Shipping Backlog Calls for Christmas in October

“Santa Claus is comin’ to town,” are the repetitive words to a classic Christmas song. But will those words ring true this holiday season?         

Perhaps not, if the ongoing backup of ships and supplies at major American ports continues. The

American Barbarism Is Alive and Well
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American Barbarism Is Alive and Well

The other day I was sitting in a coffee shop when a rap song began playing in the café. The F-word—you know, the one that rhymes with muck and yuck—featured prominently in the lyrics. I was happy there were no

Climate Change: The Next Power Grab
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Climate Change: The Next Power Grab

Certain politicians and special interest groups have brought out the pipes and drums to renew the Green New Deal. I recently heard our president on the radio shouting—and he was really shouting—about the perils we face if we don’t

Politics Are Killing Medicine
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Politics Are Killing Medicine

Recently I needed to visit the Urgent Care Center here in Front Royal, Virginia. I have gone there two or three times over the past four years, usually waiting around 15 minutes to see a doctor or a nurse. This

Throwing Victimhood in the Trash
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Throwing Victimhood in the Trash

We can trace our American penchant for victimhood back decades. Consider the 1957 musical “West Side Story,” which features two New York City gangs, the Sharks and the Jets, warring with each other. At one point, some of the Jets

A Nurse Shares Six Reasons for Health Care Decline
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A Nurse Shares Six Reasons for Health Care Decline

Sally* has worked as a nurse in an operating room for more than 30 years. She’s seen horrors most of us can only imagine, gunshot victims, patients maimed beyond belief, the dead from failed surgeries carted off to the morgue.           

Keeping an Eye on Grandpa, the Terrorist
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Keeping an Eye on Grandpa, the Terrorist

I’ve just learned I may be a terrorist.           

On Aug. 13, the Secretary of Homeland Security issued a statement warning about an increase in domestic and foreign terrorism. At the end of the document’s summary were these words: “Such threats

Notes From the French COVID Underground
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Notes From the French COVID Underground

A 60-something French Intellectual Takeout reader and I began an email correspondence a few years ago. We lost touch in recent months, but when I learned of the severe COVID-19 restrictions being enforced in France, I reestablished contact to get

The Wuhan Virus and Our Children
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The Wuhan Virus and Our Children

In Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland, the Mad Hatter poses this riddle: “Why is a raven like a writing desk?” After some further conversation, the Hatter asks Alice: 
 
‘Have you guessed the riddle yet?’…
‘No, I give it up,’

Notes From the American Asylum
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Notes From the American Asylum

Many people seem to be wondering what will become of the human soul in another world. I am wondering what has become of the human mind in this world.

G.K. Chesterton wrote those words almost a century ago in his

The Elites’ Abuse of Average Americans
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The Elites’ Abuse of Average Americans

When I went to pick up my laundry last week, one of the employees, who had just finished folding my clothes, began weeping. “This is the last load I’ll ever do here,” she said in a choked voice. “They’re letting

The Other F Bomb: Our Education Crisis
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The Other F Bomb: Our Education Crisis

“F” is for failure.

Last week, I happened upon an article reporting over 40 percent of Baltimore’s high school students had a 1.0 grade point average or less. In other words, 40 percent of these students were practically flunking their

Congress, We’ve Got Your Number
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Congress, We’ve Got Your Number

Dear Members of Congress:

Some of you who are doing your duty in representing your constituents need not pay attention to this letter. You know who you are.

For the rest of you, I have a question: Where in the

Seventy Years Old and an NBA Star (in My Mind)
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Seventy Years Old and an NBA Star (in My Mind)

I’m 70 years old, 5’7”, and a bit past my ideal measurement on the Body Mass Index. Let’s say I wake up tomorrow morning, look at myself in the mirror, and suddenly decide I’m capable of hitting three pointers in

’Knock-Knock’: Another Dumb Idea From Our Government
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’Knock-Knock’: Another Dumb Idea From Our Government

Many of my grandkids love knock-knock jokes, but the younger members of the gang don’t quite grasp the concept. They get the “Knock-Knock” part correct, but the rest of the joke falls pancake flat, as in:

“Knock-knock.”

“Who’s there?”

“Sally.”

‘Deny Thyself’ Is Not in Politicians’ Vocabulary
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‘Deny Thyself’ Is Not in Politicians’ Vocabulary

Joe Biden calls himself a “devout Catholic.” Sorry, Joe, but your claim is bogus and your hypocrisy rank, as can be seen in the whole recent communion controversy.

That Catholic bishops shouldn’t have to deny Joe Biden communion because of

American Gestapo
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American Gestapo

Joseph Bolanos’ reputation as a pillar of New York City’s Upper West Side community was shredded in February when FBI agents and heavily armed police raided his mother’s apartment where Bolanos was spending the night. They handcuffed him while other

There Ain’t No Such Thing as ‘Free Love’
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There Ain’t No Such Thing as ‘Free Love’

TANSTAAFL with its triple repetition of the letter “A” is an acronym popularized by science-fiction writer Robert Heinlein meaning, “There ain’t no such thing as a free lunch.”

TANSTAFL with a double A is my play on Heinlein’s contrivance: “There

Dads, the Nation Needs You
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Dads, the Nation Needs You

Father.

Now there’s a word weighted with meaning.

For Americans indoctrinated in gender politics, father brings to mind the patriarchy, male domination, and oppression.

For others, the word father summons nightmares from childhood, abuse, slaps and punches, drunken rages, constant

Let’s Aim High: Our Kids and Their Education
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Let’s Aim High: Our Kids and Their Education

Twelve-year-old North Carolinian Mike Wimmer recently graduated as valedictorian of his high school class while simultaneously earning an associate’s degree at his local community college. Cooped up like everyone else during the pandemic, young Wimmer decided to go to a

A Trip Back to the Fifties
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A Trip Back to the Fifties

Please hop into my time machine, and I’ll give you a short tour of Boonville, North Carolina in the summer of 1959, before bringing you back to the present day.

Strolling around this small hamlet of 600, note the town’s

Leaving Love Scenes to the Imagination
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Leaving Love Scenes to the Imagination

In the movie Casablanca, Ilsa (Ingrid Bergman) demands her brokenhearted former love, Rick (Humphrey Bogart), hand over some letters of transit that will allow her husband Victor to escape the Nazis. When he refuses, she pulls a gun and

A Response to Biden’s Stimulus Letter
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A Response to Biden’s Stimulus Letter

At my elbow is a letter from President Biden that came in the mail this past weekend. It’s torn in half, dotted with coffee grounds, and slightly soggy, because I just now retrieved it from my kitchen wastebasket.

I rescued

The Sea Change of Declining Birth Rates
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The Sea Change of Declining Birth Rates

In the parish church I attend here in Front Royal, Virginia, out-of-town visitors are often surprised by the number of babies, children, and teens at any of the four Sunday services. Wiggling kids fill the pews, somewhere a baby is

Down the Tubes: The Tax Man Cometh
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Down the Tubes: The Tax Man Cometh

Last week I filed my federal and state taxes.

The tax preparation service I use here, mostly for backup purposes in case of an audit, informed me by phone that the forms were ready for my signature and that I

Restoring Civility in the Workplace
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Restoring Civility in the Workplace

It’s May, and the chilly dawn here in Virginia brings singing birds, velvet-soft breezes, and the rich perfume of freshly mown grass and damp earth. I take pleasure and joy in the time I spend on my front porch, sometimes

Why I’m Happy I’m Sad
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Why I’m Happy I’m Sad

“Gloom, despair, and agony on me,
Deep dark depression, excessive misery….”

Those were the opening lines to a song based skit from the country music and comedy show “Hee Haw” back in the 1970s. Somehow the words and tune have

Saying Goodbye to Papa
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Saying Goodbye to Papa

I first became a huge fan of Ernest “Papa” Hemingway back in my twenties. I read his short stories, nearly all his novels, and his memoir, A Moveable Feast, recounting the time in Paris when he was just beginning

Courage in the Face of Tyranny
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Courage in the Face of Tyranny

A Man For All Seasons is a film for our time.

In this classic period drama, Sir Thomas More (Paul Scofield), a brilliant writer and intellectual and former Lord Chancellor of England, refuses to approve Henry VIII’s marriage to Anne

Goodbye to Lady Justice
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Goodbye to Lady Justice

Are we witnessing the end of justice and equality before the law in America?

On April 15, the Department of Justice announced that the still-unnamed police officer who shot Ashli Babbitt during the protests at our Capitol in early January

The Death of Reason in the Land of Make Believe
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The Death of Reason in the Land of Make Believe

In the driveway sits my nine-year-old Honda Civic, which I purchased two years ago after a deer demolished my Accord. Fingerprints of my grandchildren dot the rear interior window, the carpeting and seats are screaming for a vacuum, a large,

Our Government is Oblivious to Invasion
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Our Government is Oblivious to Invasion

Recently while driving from town to my house, I was running through some radio stations when I landed on the Glenn Beck show. His guest was Lara Logan, a journalist and commentator unfamiliar to me, and I was sickened and

Beating the Blues With Homegrown Hospitality
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Beating the Blues With Homegrown Hospitality

Last week I invited my young neighbors, Becca and Sam, and their two little girls to supper. I prepared lasagna and salad, and Becca and Sam brought wine and freshly baked bread. After supper, the girls entertained themselves with the

Some Arguments for Guns You Never Hear
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Some Arguments for Guns You Never Hear

Two recent mass shootings in Atlanta, Georgia and Boulder, Colorado, have once again roused those whose goal is to destroy the Second Amendment. Before the bodies of the slain were buried, before the bereft were given even a day or

Sticking Up for the First Amendment
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Sticking Up for the First Amendment

There is an advantage to being 70 years old, with no Twitter account, no interest in Facebook, no regular job, and no financial dependents.

I can speak my mind.

I refrain from pushing my politics on others, but if asked

Looking Past Our Lilliputian Leaders
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Looking Past Our Lilliputian Leaders

All of the presidents of the 21st century—Bush, Obama, Biden, and yes, even Donald Trump—seem a cut below the gravitas and statesmanship of the founding fathers.

The first three were—and are—globalists, and as anyone with eyes can see, Joe Biden

Halting the Energizer Bunny of ‘Wokeness’
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Halting the Energizer Bunny of ‘Wokeness’

The “woke” crazies never quit.

In the last couple of weeks, we’ve seen Mr. Potato Head attacked for his gender-bias and the Muppets “put into context” by Disney. Meanwhile, as Intellectual Takeout’s Annie Holmquist reports, the cancel culture