The Cinch Review http://www.cinchreview.com Tue, 02 Feb 2016 02:29:49 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Three Score and Ten http://www.cinchreview.com/three-score-and-ten/15757/ Sat, 16 Jan 2016 23:24:19 +0000 http://www.cinchreview.com/?p=15757 It was a passing thing, the merest of blips in the constantly gushing torrent of news, if even by chance one happened to have noticed it at all. It was simply this: Two widely reported celebrity deaths happened in quick succession, and both persons died at the age of 69. The first was the pop-music […]

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Frank Sinatra’s 1957 Christmas Special (with Bing Crosby) http://www.cinchreview.com/frank-sinatras-1957-christmas-special-with-bing-crosby/15738/ Thu, 24 Dec 2015 03:01:33 +0000 http://www.cinchreview.com/?p=15738 Directed by Frank Sinatra himself, and sponsored by the good people of Bulova and Chesterfield, it’s surely one of the classiest Christmas specials ever to go out over the airwaves: twenty-five minutes of unassuming Yuletide excellence. And it’s currently available via YouTube (and embedded below). The year, 1957, was also when Sinatra recorded his great […]

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A Jolly Christmas from Frank Sinatra http://www.cinchreview.com/a-jolly-christmas-from-frank-sinatra/8994/ Thu, 24 Dec 2015 01:45:48 +0000 http://www.cinchreview.com/?p=8994 (Bringing this out of the archives to mark Frank Sinatra’s centenary) There’s a communal feeling about most Christmas music. Maybe this is because we generally hear the songs in the company of others, whether it’s as we’re elbowing our way down the aisles of the department store or perhaps singing along with them in church. […]

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Sacrifice in Afghanistan http://www.cinchreview.com/sacrifice-in-afghanistan/15704/ Wed, 23 Dec 2015 03:22:06 +0000 http://www.cinchreview.com/?p=15704 Reading the newspaper summary of the life of Joseph Lemm—who was killed with five other American troops in Afghanistan two days ago—makes for a devastating reminder that the people we lose on these battlefields and outposts thousands of miles from home are the very best of us. We have no right to expect such people […]

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I Wanna Be Sedated http://www.cinchreview.com/i-wanna-be-sedated/15661/ Fri, 11 Dec 2015 02:44:31 +0000 http://www.cinchreview.com/?p=15661 The harbingers of civilizational collapse and impending apocalypse have become so very common as to encourage a serious case of the old ennui. There is little to generate surprise in the latest catastrophes and the daily litany of hopeless headlines. Yet once in a long while something can come along that compels even the most […]

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Bob Dylan Chooses Hired Guns Over Cancellations http://www.cinchreview.com/bob-dylan-chooses-hired-guns-over-cancellations/15640/ Fri, 20 Nov 2015 17:50:34 +0000 http://www.cinchreview.com/?p=15640 The U.S. State Department has warned Americans abroad to steer clear of numerous sites in Italy that are apparently threatened by jihadist attacks. These include in particular the Vatican in Rome, and two sites in the city of Milan: the Duomo and La Scala opera house. The warning also mentions more general targets “such as […]

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“In Flanders Fields,” read by Leonard Cohen http://www.cinchreview.com/in-flanders-fields-read-by-leonard-cohen/15623/ Thu, 12 Nov 2015 02:57:06 +0000 http://www.cinchreview.com/?p=15623 Marking Remembrance Day in Commonwealth nations, Canadian poet, songwriter and singer Leonard Cohen recites “In Flanders Fields,” a poem written in 1915 by John McCrae. (Below via YouTube, courtesy of Legion Magazine) In Flanders fields the poppies blow Between the crosses, row on row, That mark our place; and in the sky The larks, still […]

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The Concern of a Canine http://www.cinchreview.com/the-concern-of-a-canine/15577/ Tue, 03 Nov 2015 20:04:20 +0000 http://www.cinchreview.com/?p=15577 Yours truly is not a particularly friendly guy, as his friends would readily attest. My dog, a fourteen pound mutt named Billie, is quite different: a friend to anyone who makes eye contact with her. She is also quite different in the level of concern she’s capable of showing to unknown passersby. Life in the […]

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Paying God Back (in Oregon) http://www.cinchreview.com/paying-god-back/15548/ Fri, 02 Oct 2015 21:25:47 +0000 http://www.cinchreview.com/?p=15548 So there has been another act of nihilistic mass murder in America, this time at Umpqua Community College in Oregon, where nine people were shot to death yesterday before the murderer himself was killed. And so there are many people crying, there are some people praying, and there are some taking sides in the political […]

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Crime and Punishment http://www.cinchreview.com/crime-and-punishment/15468/ Wed, 02 Sep 2015 01:21:14 +0000 http://www.cinchreview.com/?p=15468 It’s not easy for a nation to see itself in the mirror. And it’s even harder when the visage in the glass is as misshapen and horrific as this. Forty years ago the U.S. Supreme Court decided that the practice of abortion was not merely permissible but was a fundamental right sitting somewhere between the […]

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