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Your Morning Cup of Links

MFA Boston receives its largest gift of European paintings ever

When Beethoven met Goethe

8 things you should know about da Vinci’s ‘Salvator Mundi,’ his Holy Mona Lisa

Paintings hung above eye level judged aesthetically superior

“The case for the policies I’d lobbied for crumbled when I examined the evidence.”

Trump’s empty culture wars

“About that fourth tax bracket”

McHealthcare Deluxe 

Trump vs. the First Amendment

The Third Reich and “World Ice Theory”

A marvelous new translation of a Middle English masterpiece

Can alcohol fuel creativity?

What happened to the literary Midwest?

Christ in the Garden of Endless Breadsticks

Out for Young Blood

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Your Morning Cup of Links

OMG. Hamlet!

It’s time to deal with the police threat to the Second Amendment

“Trump is Woody Allen without the humor”

The utter contempt I have for these petty fascists cannot be overstated.

“In the era of Trump, we’re lost in the monkey house

From guitar manufacturer to “musical lifestyle company”?

Frank Lloyd Wright at 150

The ‘no guardrails’ presidency

Vintage Casablanca poster sells for $478,000 

The death of reading is threatening the soul

This is so good:

These guys don’t want to see Alec Baldwin in Glengarry Glen Ross. What they want is to be Blake. They want to swagger, to curse, to insult, and to exercise power over men, exercising power over men being the classical means to the end of exercising power over women, which is of course what this, and nine-tenths of everything else in human affairs, is about. Blake is a specimen of that famous creature, the “alpha male,” and establishing and advertising one’s alpha creds is an obsession for some sexually unhappy contemporary men.

If that sounds preposterous, remind yourself who the president of the United States of America is. Trump is the political version of a pickup artist, and Republicans — and America — went to bed with him convinced that he was something other than what he is. Trump inherited his fortune but describes himself as though he were a self-made man.

He has had a middling career in real estate and a poor one as a hotelier and casino operator but convinced people he is a titan of industry. He has never managed a large, complex corporate enterprise, but he did play an executive on a reality show. He presents himself as a confident ladies’ man but is so insecure that he invented an imaginary friend to lie to the New York press about his love life and is now married to a woman who is open and blasé about the fact that she married him for his money. He fixates on certain words (“negotiator”) and certain classes of words (mainly adjectives and adverbs, “bigly,” “major,” “world-class,” “top,” and superlatives), but he isn’t much of a negotiator, manager, or leader. He cannot negotiate a health-care deal among members of a party desperate for one, can’t manage his own factionalized and leak-ridden White House, and cannot lead a political movement that aspires to anything greater than the service of his own pathetic vanity.

He wants to be John Wayne, but what he is is “Woody Allen without the humor.” Peggy Noonan, to whom we owe that observation, has his number: He is soft, weak, whimpering, and petulant. He isn’t smart enough to do the job and isn’t man enough to own up to the fact. For all his gold-plated toilets, he is at heart that middling junior salesman watching Glengarry Glen Ross and thinking to himself: “That’s the man I want to be.”…Hence the cartoon tough-guy act. Scaramucci’s star didn’t fade when he gave that batty and profane interview in which he reimagined Steve Bannon as a kind of autoerotic yogi. That’s Scaramucci’s best impersonation of the sort of man the president of these United States, God help us, aspires to be. But he isn’t that guy. He isn’t Blake. He’s poor sad old Shelley Levene, who cannot close the deal, who spends his nights whining about the unfairness of it all.

Hunting a 500-year-old shark

New research on the effects of power shows that it really does corrupt…your brain

A history of the rock star 


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Firearms Friday


National reciprocity bill will apply to non-resident gun carry permits

Good. They should want to change it. Something else I’d like to change is the media’s terribly uninformed reporting on firearms issues. It’s pathetic. Seriously.

The Left doesn’t understand how gun ‘silencers’ work. Here are the facts.

19th Century rifles fished up 200 miles offshore continue on road to preservation

“Hunters don’t need bans to prevent them from using sniper equipment”

Best concealed carry revolver caliber on the market?

Canada to replace 1940s Browning Hi-Powers with new pistol

Colt brings back the Combat Commander 1911 for 2017


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“I’m not willing to sacrifice my family for your gun-free dreams”

American support for an ‘assault weapons ban’ just hit a record low

No, Hillary Clinton, the Supreme Court’s Heller decision wasn’t about toddlers

October gun sales see massive spike, set yet another record

Springfield Armory introduces new AR rifle: ‘The Saint’

NPR reporter has no idea what ‘Come and Take It’ means

Why every state should recognize other states’ gun laws

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Gun ownership rises to 44% of all homes

Record gun sales in August

Using shooting gloves

Illinois background checks triple in August

Good guy with a gun stops Minnesota mall stabbing spree

Indiana sees surge in CCL applications, number of female gun carriers skyrockets

Watch The Daily Show’s Trevor Noah accidentally destroy the case for gun control

Missouri becomes the 11th constitutional carry state

The booby trap bra is a great option for packing heat on a run

Knocking down the leading myths about guns

Journalists should be a lot more skeptical of new gun study

Gun rights group files $12 million suit against Katie Couric over deceptive edit

The New York Timeslack of gun knowledge is embarrassing

“Lest anyone think this kind of training is a burden, or a sad concession to a broken and dangerous world, it is both challenging and enjoyable. The bonus is the people. Spend much time around the world of trainers and serious gun owners, and you’ll spend time with some of America’s best. American ‘gun culture’ ultimately isn’t about weapons, it’s about the people.”

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Dear sweet Christ, the stupidity:


The Second Amendment: How does it work? Progressives have no idea.

I am genuinely curious: is there any other constitutional right, or any other constitutional amendment, that is so consistently and so aggressively handled with such base and inexcusable stupidity, on so regular a basis, and on such an industrial scale? I am not sure. You don’t usually see arguments of this idiotic magnitude when it comes to, say, the Fourth Amendment, or the Sixth. You certainly see dumb interpretations of the First Amendment, but that’s usually a matter of degree, not kind: you will have people arguing that the First Amendment doesn’t protect “hate speech,” for instance, but nobody ever argues that the First Amendment only applies to state governments, say, rather than to individual members of the body politic.

Only the Second Amendment is subject to such illiterate and ahistorical analyses. Once you realize that, you can fully grasp why : many people simply do not like guns, and they will lie—or else keep themselves deliberately ignorant—to prevent other people from having them.

Kim Rhode is the first woman to medal in six straight Olympics. You haven’t heard of her because our gun culture is nothing like Norman Rockwell’s.

“The only holsters I wear”

A gun-mounted computer that will help you shoot better

The idiocy of the #CocksNotGlocks movement

New Honor Guard 9mm compact pistol from Honor Defense

Olympic shooters garner little fame, but rack up lucrative gun-industry endorsements

I hate him, but credit where credit is due. Good for Chris Christie.

Concealed carry permits soar 215%

Of course Hillary wants to ‘abolish’ the Second Amendment. She has said it repeatedly.

Real women reload

Common sense gun safety – handgun safes

Gear Review: SCOTTeVEST Annie concealed carry jacket

What’s important when assessing any trigger’s quality?

FN recalls SCAR rifles

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Armed and diverse

As one might expect, concealed carry has grown dramatically in popularity over the last decade or so, and, as one might expect, that growth has coincided with a remarkable drop in crime. Between 2007 and 2015, Lott reports, the “murder rates fell from 5.6 to 4.7 (preliminary estimate) per 100,000,” while “violent crime fell by 18 percent.” Over the same period, “the percentage of adults with permits has soared by 190%.” As for those “adults with permits” . . . well, they are most certainly not all old and white and male. On the contrary: Lott notes that in the “eight states where we have data by gender . . . since 2012 the number of permits has increased by 161% for women and by 85% for men.” That has meant a dramatic leap in the share of carry-permit holders who are women, a figure that has increased by almost half in Tennessee and Texas and a third in Florida.

A similar dynamic has developed within minority communities — at least, it has in the one state that keeps data by race. “Texas,” Lott records, “provides detailed information on both race and gender from 1996 through 2014.” And that information shows that permitting has increased fastest for blacks, followed closely by Asians. While whites still hold the vast majority of permits, the number of black permit holders has grown more than twice as quickly as the number of white permit holders. Moreover: When permit data is broken down by race and gender, we find that rates of permit holding among American Indian, Asian, black, and white females all grew much faster than the rates for males in those racial groups. Concealed carry has increased most rapidly among black females. From 2000 to 2015, the rate of growth was 3.81 times faster than among white females.

July gun sales crush previous record

Guys GUYS, Apple just solved our young-male-losers-shooting-up-places problem! WHY DID NO ONE THINK OF THIS BEFORE?!?

Guns: a family affair

Study: Law-Abiding Firearm Owners Really Don’t Commit Gun Crimes (Which Is What We’ve Been Telling You All Along)

Top 5 weird guns you never knew existed

Nazi officer Hermann Goering’s gold-plated pistol up for bid

Marine smashes 31-year-old National Trophy Rifle Team Match individual record

Smith & Wesson acquires Crimson Trace

Debunking the myths of appendix carry

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