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Intermission: What a Wonderful World

For all its chasmic faults and cavorts with the brink, the world is undeniably, irrepressibly, wonderful.

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As 2011 fades to black, it's all too easy to look back and feel enervated. Our most recent circuit around the sun was composed of equal parts triumph, tragedy, and tumult; to consider it in its entirety is to need a very large, very stiff drink. And 2012, so long as the Mayans have it wrong, will likely be similar.


Keep in mind that we are still here, though—and will continue to be. For all its chasmic faults and cavorts with the brink, the world is undeniably, irrepressibly, wonderful.

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Prager used the discussion to make the point that people are allowed to use anti-Jewish slurs but cannot use the N-word because "the Left" controls American culture.

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