Who Has the Classiest Female Voice?

From First Thoughts

Would it be Grace Kelly? Audrey Hepburn? Ingrid Bergman? Cate Blanchett? Helena Bonham Carter? I tend to forget actresses’ and actors’ names unless I see them in five or more films, so even though I’ve seen plenty from Hollywood’s Golden Era and thus vaguely remember a lot of . . . . Continue Reading »

Obama’s “Fix” Defies The Federalist

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Another good point Veronique de Rugy made on NRO was that . . . these constant changes in the law . . . inject a lot of uncertainties in an already uncertain environment. . . . The law says one thing, and the government does another. If I were an insurance company, I would seriously wonder what . . . . Continue Reading »

12 YEARS A SLAVE and Cinematic Justice

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Ours are crummy and low times by all sorts of measures, but they do have their good sides. We finally, for example, seem able to cinematically look slavery in the eye. We’ve had the material since the origins of film-making. Solomon Northup’s book about his experience as a free black . . . . Continue Reading »

What Sasse Says on Health Care

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Here are a few nuggets from the interview with Ben Sasse that Pete highlights below. I think most Americans believe in a basic social safety net. But if there are 3–5 million hard-to-insure people right now, why are we disrupting the 165 million persons in an employer-sponsored insurance . . . . Continue Reading »

Group Lie

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You’ve heard of group-think, right? Terrible phenomenon, caused no one to stand up to LBJ when the fateful decisions that got us further entangled Vietnam were being “debated,” for example.  Psychologists can tell you all about it. Today, Marc Thiessen , a pull-no-punches . . . . Continue Reading »

Duke 102: Dancers’ Choice

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I mentioned the new biography on Duke Ellington in an earlier post, and this weekend NRO has an interview with its author Terry Teachout, titled Duke 101 .  I can’t recommend the book enough—the interview highlights some of its contributions, and begins to suggest why Teachout is the . . . . Continue Reading »