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Woody Allen & William Buckley do comedy together

An evening pause: This isn’t sixties pop music, but it is definitely the 1960s, especially if you look at the clothes. It also takes us back to a time when Woody Allen was actually funny. It is a clip from a 1967 Woody Allen television special.

Hat tip Charlie Tutino.

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From the press release: In this ground-breaking new history of early America, historian Robert Zimmerman not only exposes the lie behind The New York Times 1619 Project that falsely claims slavery is central to the history of the United States, he also provides profound lessons about the nature of human societies, lessons important for Americans today as well as for all future settlers on Mars and elsewhere in space.

Conscious Choice: The origins of slavery in America and why it matters today and for our future in outer space, is a riveting page-turning story that documents how slavery slowly became pervasive in the southern British colonies of North America, colonies founded by a people and culture that not only did not allow slavery but in every way were hostile to the practice.  
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  • Jeff Wright

    I miss FIRING LINE.

  • wayne

    On the other hand…..

    Tom Woods Show 1433 (May 2019)
    “Michael Malice on William F. Buckley and Other Villains”

  • Stephen Italiano

    Notice the civility of the discourse and the fact that William F. Buckley’s conservatism led to great prosperity. My fellow conservatives need to be civil, truthful, logical and love our fellow man as God does, especially when it is difficult to do so. Set the example so that we may continue our civil society.

  • Col Beausabre

    As a measure of WFB’s greatness, I can remember when Buckley endorsed Democrat Allard Lowenstein in an election, saying he’d rather have an honest Democrat in the position rather than a hack like his Republican opponent.

    “William F. Buckley, a conservative icon, endorsed Lowenstein when he ran successfully for the U.S. House of Representatives from Nassau County, Long Island, in November 1968. Lowenstein’s profound intellectualism and sincere commitment to principle made him a figure to whom Buckley could easily relate. “

  • wayne

    It should be noted, WFB was a particular Type of conservative and not necessarily aligned with some of us who have a more libertarian/anarcho-capitalist bent.

    Col Beausabre-

    ->early 80’s; had a libertarian psych-professor advisor who advised me that if I wanted a good Verbal score on the GRE test for grad school, I should develop a vocabulary like WFB.

    Best Of Enemies Official Trailer (2015) –
    Gore Vidal, William F. Buckley Jr.

  • Jeff Wright

    Fa Fa Fah!

  • Jason Lewis

    That was surprisingly funny. I wasn’t sure what kind of chemistry this very odd couple would have, but it worked It also shows the civility among two who had obviously differing political viewpoints.

  • wayne

    “Theme From Firing Line”
    Bach – Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 in F major

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