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Did my New York Times Oped Inspire Latest Terrorist Plot?

Paul Rosenfeld of Tappan, New York was just arrested for building a 200 pound bomb that he planned to detonate on Election Day on the National Mall. According to news reports, he planned the explosion (and suicide) to bring attention to “sortition” –  a system which randomly selects politicians from the citizenry. U.S attorney Geoffrey […]

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New York Times: The ‘Of Course’ Curse (1983)

Thirty-five years ago, the New York Times published this satirical piece inspired by editors who stuck lame-assed nitwit phrases into my articles.  Happily, I have had no reason to complain about editors since then.  Admittedly, it is difficult to find editors who will tolerate “bedamned” in articles these days. The article was accepted by Robert […]

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Happy 350th Birthday, Jonathan Swift!

Today is the 350th anniversary of the greatest English satirist, Jonathan Swift.   Folks who only know Gulliver’s Travel have missed a goldmine of glorious prose and devastating wit.  If you haven’t read “A Modest Proposal” since school days,  trust me – it is even better when not read under duress. His “Argument Against Abolishing Christianity” is […]

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July 4th: Fighting for Freedom is Winning

On Independence Day, I salute all those folks who have fought and are fighting for liberty and refusing to submit to oppression in their daily lives. I also salute everyone who makes the effort and often the sacrifices to secure their own personal independence. Government has become far more oppressive and intrusive in recent decades. […]

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Celebrating July 4th by Satirizing Congress

  July 4th is my Independence Day, regardless of how depraved the government has become. Thirty-seven years ago, the New York Times printed a satire I wrote on the failure of the All-Volunteer Congress.  Some congressmen wanted to revive the military draft in order to have a higher quality army.  I showed that the same argument […]

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