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Topic - Samuel Johnson
The race card has been played so often over the five years of the Obama administration that it's fraying at the edges. We haven't seen and heard it played quite so often lately as Obamacare crashed and burned. Everyone feels the same pain. But Oprah Winfrey, the billionaire black diva from Chicago, is trying to preserve it. She explained to an interviewer for the BBC the other day how she thinks the opposition to the president's radical politics works. "There's a level of disrespect for the office that occurs," Miss Winfrey said, "and that occurs, in some cases, and maybe even many cases, because he's African-American."
Samuel Johnson's celebrated observation that nothing concentrates the mind like the prospect of hanging applies to nations, too. Benjamin Netanyahu reminded the delegates to the United Nations this week that Israel, surrounded by threats to its survival, pays close attention to both enemies and friends, particularly to friends of suspect reliability in the clutch.
Religious leaders in the Dominican Republic are calling for another round of protests Monday over President Obama's decision to nominate an open homosexual to serve as U.S. ambassador to the predominantly Catholic Caribbean nation.
Read enough copies of The National Review, The Weekly Standard or any other conservative publication and it is clear that Edmund Burke is some kind of lodestar for modern conservatism. But who was he, and what did he stand for?
"The triumph of hope over experience." Samuel Johnson, 18th-century essayist on second marriages.
The prospect of hanging, as Samuel Johnson observed, "concentrates the mind wonderfully." We're counting on that kind of concentration to keep us from falling off the infamous "fiscal cliff."
A gripping account of a doomed attempt to climb Mount Everest has won Britain's leading nonfiction book prize.
An exhibition on the history of lunch in New York City over the past 150 years serves up some delicious tidbits.
"They love him, gentlemen, and they respect him, not only for himself, but for his character, for his integrity and his iron will, but they love him most for the enemies he has made."
British poet Ted Hughes was honored Tuesday with a memorial stone in Poets' Corner in Westminster Abbey, joining a line of great British writers going back to Chaucer.
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Every once in a while, a writer gets a good idea, and a couple of years ago, journalist and bibliophile William W. Starr got one. Realizing that 2009 was the tercentenary of the birth of Samuel Johnson, the famed English lexicographer and essayist, Mr. Starr decided to retrace the steps of the journey Johnson and his devoted biographer James Boswell made to Scotland in 1773.
Some authors are so major that even their minor efforts deserve attention. Such a man is Paul Johnson, the English writer whose 15 books include an outstanding history of Christianity and several worthy popular compilations on subjects including the American people, the English people and the birth and evolution of modern times.
Since ancient man produced the first crude wine in sunken tanks dug into the earth, possibly in Colchis, the legendary land of the Golden Fleece (part of what is now the Republic of Georgia), a certain romance has attached itself to all things vinous.
The publishing of the Declaration of Independence 233 years ago by our Founders was responded to in London by two of the 18th century's greatest minds: Dr. Samuel Johnson (after whom a literary age was named) and Edmund Burke (the intellectual father of modern Anglo-American conservatism).
Samuel Johnson said that "patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel."
After all, the action will really start to cost jobs just in time for the 2012 election season — and, as Samuel Johnson once said, there is nothing like a hanging to concentrate the mind.