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July 1st, 2016

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Max’s View: Tom Brady is the Greatest QB of All Time, (darn it)

You can’t imagine how disheartening it is to be a New York Jets fan in the Tom Brady era. I vividly remember the day the era began. It was September 23, 2001. I was watching the game at a bar. Jets linebacker Mo Lewis put a nasty hit on Patriots franchise quarterback Drew Bledsoe, knocking the veteran signal caller out of the game. The Jets won tha...

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Crips and Bloods: Made in America ***1/2 Some people say that the United States is a violent country. The fact that 14,000 people were murdered last year seems to back it up. However, 14,000 is fewer than any year since 1968. It’s fewer than Mexico. And, most significantly, the vast majority of murders take place in big cities and more than half of...

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Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret **** Individual environmentalists are generally good; they’re just trying to do the right thing to cause less harm to the earth. Big environmental organizations, on the other hand, are full of it. If they were truly sincere about saving the planet, they would condemn people who reproduce. The inconvenient truth...

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Inside the Court of Henry VIII ***1/2 For 250 years, the most powerful and influential nation in the world has been a western country. Specially an English-speaking western country. First it was Great Britain. Then it was the United States. Dr. Jared Diamond thinks he knows why. While doing research in New Guinea, a local asked him why it is that w...

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The Day the 60s Died ***1/2 I believe we can stop the next war that the government wants us to fight. It won’t be that hard, either. Before the war begins, compose a Facebook post and a Tweet about why the war is unnecessary. Then write an email to your congressman saying that you will vote for him if he publicly opposes the war. Or you will donate...

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Max’s View — Pat Buchanan: Great Political Thinker of Our Time

“Wait, max! Pat Buchanan? Isn’t he that old, ultra-conservative religious nut?” No. Mr. Buchanan has a bad reputation in some circles but the people who insult him don’t seem to know much about him. He is far from your average 21st Century conservative. Pat Buchanan’s view of American foreign policy is based on a fundamental belief that interventio...

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Whitey: The United States of America v. James J. Bulger *** On November 14, 2013, notorious Boston crime boss Whitey Bulger was sentenced to life in prison. A ruthless gangster is behind bars for good. Justice was finally served. Or was it? When he was convicted, Whitey Bulger was 84 years old. When he was arrested outside his humble Santa Monica a...

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The Race to Nowhere *** My most vivid memory of middle school (that didn’t involve getting to slow dance with Amanda) was the shocking afternoon that I got my report card and learned that I got a B in 6th grade English. That B gave me a jolt of fear of shame that haunted me for the rest of my childhood. I remember crying as I reported my failure as...

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Divorce Corp ***1/2 Picture it: 1969. California Governor Ronald Reagan signs a new law that makes divorce a whole lot easier. Instead of having to prove fault, an unhappy couple can just choose to part ways without the state’s permission. Thank you, Mr. Reagan. America’s most beloved divorced dude struck a huge blow for freedom. Finally, the crush...

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Happy Valley *** My best friend often says, “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.” On the face of it, this saying seems pretty sound and moral. But I fundamentally disagree. I believe that in most cases, turning the other cheek is preferable to heroic action. For example, if the United States had done nothing i...

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