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Jamie Malanowski, a resident of Briarcliff Manor NY, is the author of the new book Commander Will Cushing, Daredevil Hero of the Civil War, published by W.W. Norton.

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An All-But-Forgotten American Hero

(1) Comments | Posted October 28, 2014 | 11:49 AM

The following post is excerpted from the forthcoming book Commander Will Cushing, Daredevil Hero of the Civil War (W.W. Norton, 2014).

October 28 marks the 150th anniversary of what may well be the greatest individual feat of arms in American history. The author of that and many other...

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Stop Honoring Rebel Generals

(16) Comments | Posted July 15, 2013 | 1:05 PM

Thousands of visitors will travel to Gettysburg this summer to mark the 150th anniversary of the most famous battle of the Civil War. Many will visit the National Cemetery there, where 3500 Union soldiers are buried. Most will grasp, perhaps for the first time, the sacrifices made by our forebears,...

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Return of the Stoic Hero?

(12) Comments | Posted April 9, 2013 | 4:19 PM

Anyone who spends any time watching cable television is bound to develop a fairly depressed view of the American character. Vain housewives, self-absorbed designers, responsibility-denying restauranteurs, narcissistic chefs, fascistic dance teachers, scheming survivors, snide judges--altogether we see a whining, insecure, blame-shifting, easily-insulted mass of humanity at its shabbiest. Throw in...

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Talkin' the Peas and Band Aid Blues

(1) Comments | Posted July 12, 2011 | 10:32 AM

July 12, 2511--Archeologists working in the remnants of the great financial meltdown found remnants of a rare 21st century recording that survived the Great iTunes implosion of 2022. Performed by an obscure 21st century blues singer named Blind Muddy Obama, it is entitled "Band Aids and Peas," and apparently contains...

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Today's Republicans Are the New Secessionists

(50) Comments | Posted July 8, 2011 | 10:23 PM

As you read about the current debt ceiling debate in Congress, remember this: there didn't have to be a Civil War.

In 1860, radical slaveholders in the lower south used the election of Abraham Lincoln to push their neighbors and countrymen into choosing secession. Never mind that Lincoln explicitly...

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A Naked Lie from the New York Post

(21) Comments | Posted March 29, 2009 | 11:20 AM

This morning The New York Post appears with an unbelievable cover story-literally unbelievable. Headlined (at least online) as "AXED GALS TAKE POLE POSITIONS: Pros Stripping Amid Wall St. $lump", the article by Anka Radakovich (one time sex columnist for Details magazine) reports "Scores of professional New York women stripped...

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Defining Extravagance Up

(4) Comments | Posted March 20, 2009 | 10:59 AM

Whatever else anybody says, the real reason why nobody at Treasury pulled the plug on the AIG bonuses is simple: nobody thought the sums were truly outrageous or that the practice was completely outside the norm. Sometime over the last ten days, of course, everyone became a virgin again and...

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Mirror, Mirror: Today's GOP Resembles 1981's Democrats

(9) Comments | Posted March 2, 2009 | 9:36 AM

If history is repeating itself, it's watching itself in a mirror. Listening to the right-wingers weep and wail and gnash their teeth against Barack Obama and his initiatives at the CPAC convention this past weekend, one heard a party that was befuddled and confused. They could not believe that their...

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Bringing Freedom to Great Britain

(14) Comments | Posted February 26, 2009 | 7:47 AM

Freedom-wise, there's nowhere more self-satisfied than Britain. Bastion of personal liberty, home of the ground-breaking Magna Carta, the place where the sturdy yeoman can sit under his thatched roof secure from the intrusions of the king... Pull the other one. Any sentient citizen must realize that in terms of liberty,...

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Obama's Bad Luck

(26) Comments | Posted February 12, 2009 | 10:10 AM

Call it bad luck. President Obama gets passed a stimulus bill aimed to revive the economy, and Karl Rove says that what he's really done is revive the GOP.

Arguing in The Wall Street Journal that ``sometime late this year or early next the economy'' would have rebounded...

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Is It The 'Roids or the Records?

(14) Comments | Posted February 10, 2009 | 2:24 PM

I don't like cheaters and I don't like perjurers and I couldn't care less if Alex Rodriguez spends the next nine years getting booed (if you're sympathetic, envision Madonna giving him a nightly cuddle to soothe his bruised ego and saying "Now now, Alex, it will be all right. Here,...

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Command and Control?

(45) Comments | Posted February 9, 2009 | 10:04 AM

Maybe I missed it, but where was the Fireside Chat?

Eight days after his swearing-in, Franklin Roosevelt went on the radio for the first of the so-called fireside chats. He had declared a bank holiday, and he told people why. He explained why bank runs were so damaging, how they...

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Swear it Again!

(8) Comments | Posted January 22, 2009 | 11:34 AM

Following Tuesday's Official Swearing-In and Wednesday's Swearing-In Unplugged, the White House this morning announced the swearing-in schedule for the rest of the month.

January 22nd: Swearing in En Espanol
January 23rd: Swearing In: Dance Party Mix
January 24th: Backwards Day nI gniraewS
January 25th: Swearing In All...

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Dear Dick: We Have Received Your Resume...

(20) Comments | Posted January 9, 2009 | 9:12 AM

These Days, More and More People Are Looking For Work

Dear Mr. Cheney:

Thank you for your recent letter inquiry about a position with the Gallup organization. As one of the nation's leading polling firms, we are always on the lookout for individuals with talent and experience,...

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I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus von Staffenberg

(2) Comments | Posted December 15, 2008 | 10:44 AM

The holiday movie season is upon us. No, I don't mean Four Christmases and Nothing Like the Holidays and the endless broadcasts of It's A Wonderful Life and Miracle on 34th Street. I'm talking about Valkyrie, the movie about the attempted assassination of Hitler, and The Spirit, Frank Miller's blood-saturated...

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Unprepared, Unexpected, Unbelievable

(5) Comments | Posted December 2, 2008 | 1:23 PM

Will all famous people turn out to be surprisingly stupid? Six weeks ago, Sarah Palin surprised us with her understanding of the vice president's duties by saying, inaccurately, "They're in charge of the US Senate so if they want to, they can really get in there with the Senators and...

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A Pick For All Seasons

(5) Comments | Posted September 9, 2008 | 11:57 AM

FOXBORO, MASS. -- Acting boldly to fill the void left by the injury to perennial All-Pro Tom Brady, the New England Patriots announced that they had signed Alaska Governor Sarah Palin as the team's starting quarterback. "We're extremely excited," said team owner Robert Kraft. "In Sarah Palin, we have a...

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Not Uma. . . Una!

(0) Comments | Posted August 13, 2008 | 4:18 PM

The Montana cabin where Theodore Kaczynski was captured is included in an exhibit on the history of the FBI currently mounted at Washington's Newseum. In a hand-written letter to the US Court of Appeals which can be viewed at The Smoking Gun, the infamous Unabomber, whose bombs...

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The Maddening Part of Mad Men

(24) Comments | Posted July 25, 2008 | 10:13 AM

Sunday night marks the return of Mad Men, the AMC program that is now without dispute the best program on television. What's most interesting about this series is that even though each episode emphasizes different characters having different experiences and feeling different emotions, one prominent element of every episode is...

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Moon Over Suburbia

(5) Comments | Posted June 27, 2008 | 4:52 PM

The story rocking my little town in suburban New York is that of a senior at our high school's graduation ceremony who marked the occasion by mooning the audience. This act would have been news enough, but then the principal -- a fine and dedicated public servant known to...

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