Yearly Archives: 2008

Junkyard Jim

The least peaceful person I have ever known has died peacefully. May he rest in peace. Jim Mattox was restless, irrepressible, and combative on plenty of occasions. He was never one to let sleeping dogs lie. As a kid, I …

Slow Train to Freedom

That Abraham Lincoln “freed the slaves” may be the most enduring myth in American history. “But wait!” you say, remembering the fine print of the Emancipation Proclamation. “Lincoln freed the slaves only in territory controlled by the Confederate Army in …

The Ground Game

It was a voyage of discovery. The initial challenge in 2008 was to unlock the political meaning of America’s presidential terminology-to find what the pundits kept calling “the base” of the Democratic Party. In my neck of the woods, that …

Editorial

If you’ve ever been moved to wonder why otherwise enlightened liberal intellectuals can be positively dimwitted when it comes the South, you’d have found a pretty powerful clue on the front page of their go-to information source, The New York …

Dialogue

NITS TO PICK There are numerous misstatements in this article (“Whack-a-Speaker,” Nov. 28). Two in particular jump out. First, there was no “deep gridlock” last session-the House considered and passed significantly more bills in 2007 than in 2005 and 2003. …

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