The Iconoclast

Monday, 09 October 2017
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by Michael Curtis It's very clear that ethical political behavior is here to stay, and we'll have Manhattan, the Bronx and Brooklyn too, acting to remove monuments to and memories of malefactors, evil doers, and scoundrels, foreigners as well as Americans. Regardless of what has been happening ...Read More...
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Posted on 10/09/2017 4:51 AM by Michael Curtis
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Sunday, 08 October 2017
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by Gary Fouse There is an article running in this month's issue of JLife (Orange County Jewish Life) by Lisa Armony, who is the director of the Rose Project, a financial arm of the Jewish Federation and Family Services of Orange County (California). It is entitled, Anti-Semitism in Charlottesville. ...Read More...
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Posted on 10/08/2017 2:25 PM by Gary Fouse
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Sunday, 08 October 2017
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Why Are Feminists Silent about Islamic Violence against Women? Dr Phyllis Chesler Explains from Two Raven Films on Vimeo.   ...Read More...
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Posted on 10/08/2017 7:01 AM by NER
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Sunday, 08 October 2017
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by Theodore Dalrymple Some people think that life can or ought to be lived as an open book, with nothing hidden and nothing left unsaid. This is certainly not my opinion, and it was not Shakespeare’s either, and he knew a thing or two about psychology, despite never having studied it at university ...Read More...
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Posted on 10/08/2017 5:41 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Saturday, 07 October 2017
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Saturday, 07 October 2017
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Is a load of PC agitprop claptrap. Reason 104 to abolish the licence fee and drain the swamp.  Except..... Who knew that Sparks and the Mael brothers are still alive and working? ...Read More...
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Posted on 10/07/2017 12:48 PM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Saturday, 07 October 2017
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  Update. BBC World reports that Scotland Yard says this is, thankfully, a road traffic accident. 11 people were injured, but no fatalities. I'm not in the country at the moment but this is breaking news from London, my home, this afternoon. From the Telegraph. A man has been arrested after ...Read More...
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Posted on 10/07/2017 10:09 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Saturday, 07 October 2017
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by Conrad Black Over many years, I have had occasional exchanges of friendly fire with Lawrence Martin of The Globe and Mail, who has been sent back to Washington to report on the Trump phenomenon. We first met when he was that newspaper’s Washington bureau chief in 1979, and reported to a large ...Read More...
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Posted on 10/07/2017 5:18 AM by Conrad Black
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Saturday, 07 October 2017
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by Michael Curtis On October 6, 2017 the Norwegian Nobel Committee awarded the Nobel Peace Prize of 2017 to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN). The text of the award stated, "We live in a world where the risk of nuclear weapons being used is greater than it has been ...Read More...
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Posted on 10/07/2017 4:38 AM by Michael Curtis
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Saturday, 07 October 2017
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by Hugh Fitzgerald Mustafa Akyol is a Turkish journalist and lecturer on Islam who presents himself as both a loyal Believer and as a determined Reformer, one whose understanding of the true Islam, if only it were to find favor among 1.5 billion Muslims, would allow the Faithful to slough off ...Read More...
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Posted on 10/07/2017 4:28 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Friday, 06 October 2017
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NBC: Authorities have cuffed three men in connection with an alleged ISIS-inspired plot to target concerts, landmarks and crowded subways in New York City in 2016, federal prosecutors announced Friday afternoon.  Three men -- Abdulrahman El Bahnasawy, a 19-year-old Canadian citizen; Talha ...Read More...
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Posted on 10/06/2017 5:06 PM by Rebecca Bynum
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Friday, 06 October 2017
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by Hugh Fitzgerald In the Telegraph, John Simpson, a journalist since 1966 with the BBC, and its World Affairs editor since 1988, upon whom all sorts of awards have been lavished, writes a more-in-sorrow article about Aung San Suu Kyi. What interested me was not his denunciation of her, or his ...Read More...
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Posted on 10/06/2017 8:37 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Friday, 06 October 2017
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Notes on the nation’s current controversies by Conrad Black American political discourse is becoming more fruitless all the time. The terrible tragedy in Las Vegas has led to amplified calls for gun control, although no version of gun control that anyone is advocating would have prevented ...Read More...
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Posted on 10/06/2017 8:13 AM by Conrad Black
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Friday, 06 October 2017
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Daniel Greenfield writes in Frontpage: In a political environment where feminism is both ubiquitous and meaningless, whether feminism means a t-shirt or unthinking adherence to leftist doctrine, Phyllis Chesler bears the scars of her activism from her time in Afghanistan to her activism in America. ...Read More...
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Posted on 10/06/2017 5:57 AM by NER
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Friday, 06 October 2017
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And other prophylactics by G. Murphy Donovan “Those capable of tyranny are capable of perjury to sustain it.” - Spooner Mendacity is the currency of modern American politics. Truth, it seems, is now a function of what an advocate is willing to sell and gulls are willing to buy. Words like ...Read More...
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Posted on 10/06/2017 5:03 AM by G. Murphy Donovan
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Friday, 06 October 2017
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1)      Sheriff Lombardo’s use of the word “radicalized” on Tuesday. 2)      Paddock carried two cell phones – one perhaps to communicate with his ISIS handler. 3)      ISIS claimed Paddock conducted “careful monitoring of the Crusader gatherings” which it has now come to light that he did, and ...Read More...
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Posted on 10/06/2017 4:49 AM by Rebecca Bynum
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Thursday, 05 October 2017
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We’ll never find satisfying explanations for Stephen Paddock’s evil, though it is human nature to try. by Theodore Dalrymple When someone kills 59 people at random and injures more than 500 (presumably with the intent to kill them), it is only natural to ask why he did it. But what answer ...Read More...
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Posted on 10/05/2017 7:01 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Thursday, 05 October 2017
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by Michael Curtis Anything men can do women can do as well, maybe better, was the declaration of the British writer Mary Wollstonecraft whose Vindication of the Rights of Women was published in 1792. She denied the prevailing attitude that women are naturally inferior to men, and insisted that ...Read More...
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Posted on 10/05/2017 4:23 AM by Michael Curtis
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Wednesday, 04 October 2017
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That's twelve MORE men to stand trial. From local Rotherham newspaper The Star Twelve men from Rotherham and Sheffield are to go on trial accused of child sex offences including rape. The men, aged between 33 and 38, are accused of 44 offences including rape, indecent assault, supplying controlled ...Read More...
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Posted on 10/04/2017 3:28 PM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Wednesday, 04 October 2017
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by Hugh Fitzgerald Pope Francis is a strange man. He has seemed, at times, to grasp the nature of the threat to Europe of what he once had no hesitation in describing as an “Arab invasion.” Here is what he said in 2014 in an interview with La Vie: “The only continent that can bring about ...Read More...
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Posted on 10/04/2017 11:43 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Wednesday, 04 October 2017
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On learning English from the North Koreans by Theodore Dalrymple Many people were surprised when the leader of North Korea, Kim Jong-Un, called Donald Trump a “mentally deranged dotard.” Not by his insulting tone, of course, but by his use of the word dotard, which is not exactly in current ...Read More...
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Posted on 10/04/2017 7:50 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Tuesday, 03 October 2017
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I just watched the press conference with the Las Vegas Sheriff. He said, "Did this person get radicalized unbeknownst to us and we want to identify that source." ISIS is doubling down in taking credit.  UPDATE: It was picked up by Infowars and linked by Drudge this morning.They have the clip.  UPDATE ...Read More...
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Posted on 10/03/2017 4:09 PM by Rebecca Bynum
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Tuesday, 03 October 2017
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Rolling Stone has a good obit.  ...Read More...
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Posted on 10/03/2017 8:20 AM by Rebecca Bynum
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Tuesday, 03 October 2017
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From Sky News and the French edition of The Local Five people are in custody after an apparent failed bomb attempt in an upmarket district of Paris. Police were alerted by a member of the public about suspicious activity in a building in the Porte d'Auteuil neighbourhood on Saturday. Authorities ...Read More...
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Posted on 10/03/2017 8:08 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Monday, 02 October 2017
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by Michael Curtis In a context of scenes of violence and disproportionate use of force by National police against citizens asserting their right to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly, the country of Spain is divided between a national government calling for respect for law and the constitution ...Read More...
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Posted on 10/02/2017 9:09 AM by Michael Curtis
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