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On losing a parent

My father, Max Prager, died last week. Here are some thoughts on the death of a parent.

1. Longevity

Parents who live long are very lucky. Not only for their longevity, and not only because they get to see their children grow into adulthood, and not only because they may see grandchildren, but for all those extra years to reconcile with their children. Had my father died when I was a teenager, we would not have had the decades since then to get closer.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 28 August 2014 06:22 )

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Israel now: A free state vs. a police state

LET’S drop the names “Hamas” and “Israel” and make a list of the characteristics of two imaginary warring entities. We’ll call them Entity A and Entity B. Entity A: • Declares that its raison d’etre is to annihilate Entity B. • Sends missiles to explode in the most populated parts of Entity B in order to kill as many civilians as possible. • Uses families and individual civilians as human shields to protect its own leaders from attack. • Tortures and kills domestic pol...
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What’s the preoccupation with the Redskins?

GIVEN how much evil there is in the world; given how many signs of moral, intellectual and economic decline there are here in America; and given the increasing irrelevance of America to world events, it is fair to ask why the American left is preoccupied with the name Washington “Redskins.” The Washington Redskins have been in existence for 82 years. For about 80 of those years, virtually no one, including the vast majority of American Indians, was troubled by the name. Yet, it is now of s...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 03 July 2014 02:07 )

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Dealing with bad economic news

MOST conservatives, and just about all independents, have a huge misperception of the left. They think that the gulf between conservatism and leftism is primarily about means, not goals. This perception is wrong. It is the goals that are irreconcilable. And until conservatives, independents and the Republican Party understand this, it will not be possible to defeat the left. Take economic indicators. Most conservatives talk and act as if bad economic news disturbs the left as much as it distur...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 22 May 2014 01:17 )

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What have you said in private?

A PRIVATE recording of racist remarks by the owner of the Los Angeles Clippers, Donald Sterling, in a telephone conversation was released last week. That his comments are racist and therefore contemptible goes without saying. But the incident raises other issues that are not so clear as the racism in Sterling’s comments, yet they are at least as important. One is the increasing release — and the acceptability thereof — of private recordings and videos. Take the video released last month...
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Marcy Oster The United States called on Israel to cancel the government appropriation of West Bank land in the Etzion bloc, while Israeli ministers praised and panned the decision. ... [Link]

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