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Banned in Britain?



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More success stories from the land of gun control.

Paella Western



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Norway is (the Guardian reports) reversing its ban on all films that were previously forbidden in that country (cue Mike Potemra and Jonah Goldberg to start arguing). Amongst the hidden masterpieces, “the British/Spanish spaghetti western A Town Called Bastard (banned 1972), starring Martin Landau and Telly Savalas.”

What a title, what a cast.


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Web Briefing: December 28, 2014

You Haven’t Done It Yet, Have You



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Look Who’s Hanging With The Saudis



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(Hint: He’s German.)

Hillary Goes to Iowa



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Iranian Woman



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Bashar Doesn’t Get It



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When Does Gray Davis



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Case Closed 2



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Barbra endorses, ahem, “Grey” Davis.

World Vs. Israel



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Expect a condemnation of Israel this week from the U.N. for the attack on a terror training camp in Syria.

The Face of Evil



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Lame, Cris, Lame



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In the waning moments of the Redskins game, Fox announcer Cris Collinsworth repeated a line he said came from the Fox studio show on the Limbaugh/McNabb controversy. He said “we’re all trying to move forward. It’s too bad someone wants to take us back.” You can disagree that McNabb is overrated. You can disagree with the reality that the media root for black quarterbacks to succeed (just as they root for more black coaches). But it’s lame times ten to suggest Rush Limbaugh is for “taking us back” to all-white quarterbacks in the NFL. Since when do Fox sports announcers start sounding like Al Sharpton?

Case Closed



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Mumia is French.

“No Crime in Vermont? Ha!”



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From a reader:
Jonah,

Just read your corner posting from a reader saying he has never locked his car or house doors. Well, I live in Burlington, and 2 weeks ago today I had my side window smashed out and my car looted. Last weekend my girlfriend left her apartment early to deliver the papers on her route and came back to find someone had ransacked her house at 5:00 in the morning. When she called the police, they came and said there has been a rash of break-ins, all drug related, and they can’t find who dunnit, and told her to get a guard dog. Roughly a month ago a homeless man was found killed just outside one of Burlington’s homeless camps. Around the same time several furloughed prisoners shot up a North end neighborhood, fortunatly no one was injured, but I’m sure the people there didn’t sleep well after that. If you can manage to look past the dirty hippies, Burlington IS a nice place to live, but Burlington is the exception in that it is a job center (IBM, Fletcher Allen Healthcare, UVM, General Dynamics etc), but the rest of Vermont continues to bleed jobs. An interesting story lately has been the fact that towns refuse to allow cellular phone towers to be built, meaning only 20% of the state has cell phone coverage. What business would want to come here with the high tax burden (sales tax just jumped to 6% from 5% on Oct. 1st), jumping through hoops for act 250 and stormwater permitting, and with no infrastructure?

[Name withheld]

Burlington, VT

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Re: Stupidity (The Emk Bush Award)



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I’m not so sure that giving the George Bush Public Service Award to Ted Kennedy is quite the piece of stupidity that other Cornerites think. Consider the possibilities:

1. It shows that old man Bush has a sense of humor after all. True, it is an embarrassment for Bush to give such an award, but isn’t it equally an embarassment for Kennedy to accept it? Think of all the trouble Kennedy got in with other liberals back in 2001 for going to the dance with Bush on the education bill.

2. It confirms, as if we needed more evidence, of how fundamentally clueless old man Bush was/is. A co-winner of the award is none other than Mikhail Gorbachev.

3. I notice that yet another co-recipient of the award is Helmut Kohl, suggesting that there could be weight classes for the Bush award (Kohl, heavyweight; Kennedy, medium heavyweight; Gorbachev, middleweight, etc.) This suggests there is hope for the eventual recognition of Jerry Nadler. He might croak of a heart attack if he was given the Bush Public Service Award.

4. So, in the spirit of the Bush presidential library, I think Cornerites should forward nominations in the various weight classes. I’m going to suggest that each statuette be accompanied by a lifetime supply of pork rinds, old man Bush’s favorite junk food.

George Plimpton



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Now there was a guy who knew how to throw a party. Here are some details from the New York Times . Note, however, that rather disappointing ‘anachronistic’:


“Mr. Plimpton despised guest lists; a minimalist selection of hors d’oeuvres laid out on the pool table; and an anachronistic offering of liquor that served as a kind of call-to-arms to revelry. “He would always order 38 bottles of Scotch, one bottle of white wine and a bottle of Dubonnet,” said Jonathan Dee, a novelist who served as Mr. Plimpton’s assistant in the 1980’s. “And it was always a struggle to get him to order food.”


The white wine, presumably, was for decoration, but the Dubonnet?


Stupidity



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Abc’s Arnold Assassin



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Byron York can tell you about ABC reporter Linda Douglass, the slime merchant behind the so-called “Arnold loves Hitler” scoop. He reported in 1998 that Douglass and her husband were long-time friends of Clinton campaign manager Mickey Kantor, and once made tender attempts to reform Webster Hubbell in prison. So it should not be surprising that Douglass is the Democrats’ majorette for the Nazi smear.

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