Liberals scoff when conservatives denounce Obama and his policies as socialist. After all, they argue, Obama isn’t Stalin and America is nothing like the Soviet Union. But socialism doesn’t always resemble the Berlin Wall or the Iron Curtain, as National Review editor Kevin Williamson proves in his new book, The Politically Incorrect Guide to Socialism.
Set during the Civil War, against a backdrop of grand estates, unimaginable riches, and deadly secrets, three teenagers in Mystic Falls, Virginia, enter a torrid love triangle that will span eternity. Brothers Stefan and Damon Salvatore are inseparable, until they meet Katherine, a stunning, mysterious woman who turns their world upside down. Siblings turned rivals, the Salvatores compete for Katherine's affection....
"Based on TV show not the book"
In Maryland, Big Brother plays Big Mommy.
Written by the world’s leading experts and campaigners, Modern Slavery: A Beginner’s Guide blends original research with shocking first-hand accounts from slaves themselves around the world to reveal the truth behind one of the worst humanitarian crises facing us today. Only a handful of slaves are reached and freed each year, but the authors offer hope for the future with a global blueprint that proposes to end slavery in our lifetime.
After his brother, Damon Salvatore, betrays him in New Orleans, Stefan starts over in Manhattan. Vowing never to harm another human, he roams the streets, trying to disappear into the city’s chaos. But just when he thinks he’s left his past behind, Stefan discovers that he can never escape his brother. Damon has grand plans for the vampire Salvatore brothers - whether Stefan likes it or not. Together, they take New York by storm. When their exploits end up on the society pages, an old enemy resurfaces - one hell-bent on revenge.
"Gotta Love Damon!"
When Stefan Salvatore's first love turned him into a vampire, his world - and his soul - were destroyed. Now he and his brother, Damon, must flee their hometown, where they risk being discovered . . . and killed.
There wasn’t a transgender City and the Pillar, or even a transgender Will and Grace. Hollywood has always had a soft spot for transvestite comedy, but mainly in the context of broad situational comedy well insulated from any messy sexual questions: Robin Williams cross-dresses to be close to his children, Shawn and Marlon Wayans because they are dedicated FBI agents.
We face instead a set of conventional, intractable systemic failures.
Hillary Clinton has this weird thing she does: She forgets to smile until a half a second after she has entered a room. If you keep your eyes open, you can see her do it and practically hear the hoists and pulleys and whatnot lurching squeakily into action to pull that dour mug into its familiar for public-consumption rictus. Maybe she’s feeling antsy: She’s under federal investigation, and the Brooklyn Navy Yard, scene of the New York Democratic-primary debate, used to house a federal prison.
Notes from a weekend with Bernie.
"Ideas have consequences” is a phrase conservatives of a certain age may associate with Rush Limbaugh. Before that, it was associated with the philosopher Richard M. Weaver, who published a famous book by that title in 1948, arguing that the Western world was in decline because William of Ockham convinced Europeans that there is no such thing as absolute truth, hence Buchenwald, Communism, and the oeuvre of Jackson Pollock.
The Libertarian party is having a big year. Its presidential ticket is composed of two former Republican governors with reasonably good records and a great deal more relevant executive experience between the two of them than the Democratic and Republican nominees combined. "For once," the Libertarians joke, "we aren’t the crazy ones."
It is strange that Michael Dougherty so fundamentally misdiagnoses the conservative reaction to Trump: “A Trump win,” he writes, “at least temporarily threatens the conservative movement, because it threatens to expose how inessential its ideas are to holding together the party.”
Sometimes, appearances are everything.Script pull
There is no such thing as ‘presidency studies’. Exhibit A in the category “Questions Nobody Is Asking”: Does Howard Dean believe that Wisconsin governor Scott Walker is qualified to be president?
The asteroid will hit our economy in 2021.
Or the use of administrative diktat to make rock 'n' roll and pro football polite.
NR and heterodox Republican administrations: a brief history.
The sun is blazing, and Steelers Nation is restive. It may be that the tribe members gathered at the newly rechristened Hard Rock Stadium in Miami aren’t used to getting serious sunburns in October - or it may be that they just aren’t used to losing, at least not to a bunch of second-raters like the 1–4 Dolphins with their dopey Jimmy Buffett fight song and their just-this-side-of-Scores “cheerleaders” and their communal “HOO-AH!” after every first down.
In the 1980s, every punk band had a song about racism, the classic of the genre being "Racism Sucks," by 7 Seconds, whose teenaged members had no doubt learned a great deal about the hard facts of black life on the almost exclusively white streets of Reno, Nev., in 1981. There was also the Dead Kennedys' "Nazi Punks F*** Off," also from 1981, Black Flag's "White Minority," Operation Ivy’s "Unity,” Minor Threat’s “Guilty of Being White" - it is a pretty big catalogue.