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Civil War Studies

With the tenth anniversary of my U.S. citizenship coming up (on a most auspicious date), I’ve decided I don’t know half as much as I ought about the American Civil War. ...

How to Drink, Drive, and Skate

My rant about illegal-alien drunk drivers on last week’s Radio Derb drew this from a California fan, which I think almost rises to the level of a public-service announcement. It is at ...

Waffengebrauchsbestimmung

The widow of Erich Honecker, last ruler of Communist East Germany, has been talking to the press. She has no regrets. “For me the GDR was my life,” she said in the ...
Politics & Policy

March Diary

Under the influence     I guess I should apologize for not having made much of a showing in the Corner recently. Nor, for the eagle-eyed crew who pick through our print ...

Being Nice to the Pets

I’ve said what I wanted to say about the Dharun Ravi trial: a trivial instance of student misbehavior raised to the level of Grand Opera just because the offended party was ...

Golden Oldie

Following my mention of Charles Whitman on Radio Derb last week (in connection with the Afghan berserker), a pal reminds me of this little gem, which if memory serves won the ...

Vocabulary Items

A puzzled reader: “getting his collar felt”? What’s that? Me: It’s the Queen’s English, innit? How do you express the idea of the peelers taking a bloke down to the bridewell for a spot ...

Grateful Appreciation

I have been getting expressions of concern from kind readers. This is very touching; I offer sincere thanks to all, and I think I am up to date on individual ...

The White Tweeter’s Burden

Amusing to read about the Kony 2012 guy getting his collar felt by the San Diego PD on Thursday. We here at Radio Derb very much hope that his derangement (“in various stages of ...