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A Nation of Law(yer)s

Some time ago, Sophia Vergara, star of the ABC sitcom Modern Family, was sued by her eggs. No, I’m not kidding. I will leave any jokes about whether they were poached, scrambled or over easy to others. But it certainly …



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April 15, 2017   No Comments

The Similitude of a Dream and Pilgrim’s Progress

similitude
I have enjoyed listening to The Similitude of a Dream all week on my commute to and from work.  My son was so excited about a scheduled tour, that he immediately bought tickets for the two of us to go. Figuring I'd enjoy the show more if I knew what to expect, he lent me the CDs. He flew into town this weekend for the concert. We're going to the show tonight

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January 22, 2017   2 Comments

Why Review Books?

I’ve been asked this question a few times. What Would The Founders Think doesn’t enjoy a massive readership and doesn’t attain the level of sophistication one can find in the Claremont Review of Books, The New Criterion, Modern



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January 21, 2017   6 Comments

Rise and Fight Again by Spencer C. Tucker

Rise and Fight Again
This short biography of Nathaniel Green is packed with insight and erudition. Harry "Light Horse" sums up the impression with which Tucker leaves his reader:.. pure and tranquil from the consciousness of just intentions, the undisturbed energy of his mind was wholly devoted to the effectual accomplishment of the high trust reposed in him.

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January 2, 2017   No Comments

The Great Good Thing by Andrew Klavan

The Great Good Thing
Sardonic and hilarious conservative novelist, screenwriter, columnist, and commentator Andrew Klavan has written an autobiographical account of his intellectual life. The Great Good Thing covers only those aspects of Klavan's life that relate to his metamorphosis from an anti-intellectual, secular Jew, to an intellectual Christian obsessed with knowing the "why" of things. His was an intellectual conversion as much as a spiritual one.

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December 31, 2016   1 Comment

The Swamp Fox by John Oller

The Swamp Fox
John Oller, author of, American Queen The Rise and fall of Kate Chase Sprague (reviewed here), has written a new biography of The Swamp Fox. Some of the most interesting parts of the book are the exchanges Oller references between Nathaniel Greene and the Swamp Fox, Francis Marion. In fact, in places the book felt like it was as much about Nathaniel Greene as about Marion.

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December 16, 2016   No Comments

First Entrepreneur by Edward G. Lengel

The First Entrepreneur
Edward Lengel portrays a side of Washington that is frequently referenced in other books, but not explored to degree of the First Entrepreneur.

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October 30, 2016   No Comments

A Draught of Sewage

In the most recent Claremont Review of Books I stumbled upon reference to the following adage from Schopenhauer’s Law of Entropy.

If you put a spoonful of wine in a barrel full of sewage, you get sewage. If you put



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July 9, 2016   3 Comments

Trump vs Clinton: And the winner is…

A conservative columnist whom I hold in high esteem recently wrote a column in which the headline referred to deciding between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump as a Hobson’s Choice. Well, the only Hobson I’m familiar with is Butch Hobson, …



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May 25, 2016   4 Comments

ISIS is not just for the religious anymore

According to CNSNews, Secretary of State John Kerry said recently that religion does not necessarily play a role in turning some Muslims into radical Islamic terrorists. This makes sense since President Obama claims that ISIS is not Islamic. This despite …



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May 2, 2016   No Comments