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Swedes Are Bores

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The Swedes are angry with America in general and President Bush in particular, and this has me feeling really blue. Almost as blue as when Uncle Joe Stalin croaked on March 5, 1953. Like most people, the Swedes take themselves extremely seriously, but it’s their sanctimony that makes me want to vomit. Throughout the Cold [&hellip
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Redford’s Gas

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As everyone who has had the bad luck to come in close contact with Robert Redford knows, the actor suffers from a terrible case of halitosis. My friend Jilly Cooper, the English novelist, almost passed out while interviewing him some time ago. The condition isn’t a malady affecting only winos and smokers, it also affects [&hellip
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Dirty Old Town

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On Thursday, June 7, the Brits will reelect Tony Blair and his gang of liars for a further five years. Polls are predicting an unprecedented landslide victory for a man whose ability to lie and spin are second to none, and in this I include Bill Clinton, the liar par excellence. After four years in [&hellip
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Oh No Cuomo

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There is nothing like commencement-day speakers to make one puke. Especially when it’s Ivy League, as in Yale or Brown. The latter had Madeleine Albright: war criminal, Clinton caddy and as intimidating as Shirley Temple but only half her size. Yale was even better. For Class Day, it had Hillary Clinton: smiling wallet-lifter, lunchbucket pilferer, [&hellip
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Rich Sport

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Last weekend I had to skip Rufus Albemarle’s wedding in Havana Vieja in favor of a cold boardroom in Geneva. Although an unforgiving foe of Fidel’s and everything he stands for, I was actually looking forward to visiting Havana, if only for the fact that the nearest McDonald’s is 90 miles away. Lord Albemarle is [&hellip
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Dienbienphu

Written by Taki on . Posted in Breaking News, Posts

When President Diem of South Vietnam was assassinated on Nov. 2, 1963, JFK had less than three weeks to live. The martyred American president got a bum rap at the time. There were many who suspected Kennedy had Diem bumped off, but he had only withdrawn America’s support from his fellow Catholic, leading South Vietnamese [&hellip
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The Liberty

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In early May, 1967, I got my first job. I was 29 years old, and until then I had been a rather unsuccessful player on the tennis circuit. On April 21 of that year, a bunch of patriotic, anticommunist, but as it turned out misguided colonels staged a coup against the then legitimate Greek government. [&hellip
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R. Tortellini (D-NJ)

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The Germans have a word for it, schadenfreude, which means taking pleasure in other people’s misery. Although I have many defects–excessive love of booze and pussy, for example–schadenfreude is not one of them, although I must admit I was tickled to death upon reading of Sen. Robert G. Tortellini’s latest problems. Tortellini is a hell [&hellip
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Hainan in the Living Room; A Just Mideast Peace; Easter, A Movable Feast; Vote Bloomberg

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Classicus | John Derbyshire | Taki | Scott McConnell| ClassicusFeatureA Movable FeastThe dating of Easter isn’t just one of your holiday games. You may think you know the formula: the first Sunday after the first calendar full moon following March 21. But you’ll need a table of moon phases to work it out. Better, as [&hellip
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We’re the Warmongers; What Legacy?; Rag Traitors, Heroes and Swine; Blair Bobbles the Vote

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Claus Von Bulow | Taki | Toby Young | George Szamuely What Legacy?It has been raining for months in London. This inspired the Almeida Theatre to stage Shakespeare’s The Tempest as an aquatic ballet. Prospero, Ariel and Caliban were gyrating like Esther Williams in some old Busby Berkeley movie. Ghastly. The Almeida is normally one [&hellip
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