Paul Toohey

Paul Toohey

Paul Toohey is a senior reporter for the News Ltd group of papers, currently based in the United States of America.

Articles by Paul Toohey

People, not pollies, should decide our Prime Minister

People, not pollies, should decide our Prime Minister

27 Feb 13 Imagine if Australia had no Opposition Leader. It’s not such a stretch. The United States operates without one for almost…... Read more

How to die slowly - and just keep going

How to die slowly - and just keep going

16 Oct 12 Some performers get on stage and die. Glen Campbell is in the process of dying, beautifully, on stage. A half-full…... Read more

Neil Young: Music should fulfil its potential

Neil Young: Music should fulfil its potential

03 Oct 12 Something is happening to Neil Young’s brain, which may be the onset of Alzheimer’s. His dad had it, and it…... Read more

Despite the delivery, Clint was speaking for a big crowd

Despite the delivery, Clint was speaking for a big crowd

02 Sep 12 Mitt Romney has a real chance to make Barack Obama a one—term president. The polls say the two men are…... Read more

The New York Jew who wandered from the flock

The New York Jew who wandered from the flock

28 Aug 12 In Pearl Reich’s lounge room in Lakewood, New Jersey, is a symbol of her defiance. It is a large, new…... Read more

A sad little hate group, thankfully, fades away

A sad little hate group, thankfully, fades away

12 Aug 12 It’s a lonely and worrying business being racist. There are no signposts guiding the way to the Baptist church that…... Read more

The world belongs to Kevin. It always will.

The world belongs to Kevin. It always will.

28 Jul 12 Kevin Rudd, the backbencher from Queensland? No such thing. In his own mind, he’s still Foreign Minister. Prime Minister, too.…... Read more

The elephant in the room trumpets your values

The elephant in the room trumpets your values

15 Jul 12 Once I met a man who possessed an object of such great value that it was, in a monetary sense,…... Read more

This woman gives lawyers a good name

This woman gives lawyers a good name

09 Jul 12 It can be hard to fathom how a lawyer can stand up for a person who’s obviously a pedophile or…... Read more

We must do what we can to stop President Cruise

We must do what we can to stop President Cruise

08 Jul 12 Call it second sight. Call it bullshit. I know the exact moment when Tom Cruise decided he’d have Katie Holmes.…... Read more

When it comes to aliens Australia is not alone

When it comes to aliens Australia is not alone

01 Jul 12 On a highway in Arizona, south of Phoenix, a sign reads: DANGER — PUBLIC WARNING — TRAVEL NOT RECOMMENDED -…... Read more

Assange is no hero, but he deserves better from our govt

Assange is no hero, but he deserves better from our govt

25 Jun 12 Australian leaders like to claim, disingenuously, that a characteristic of the alliance with America is that Australia reserves the right…... Read more

The twisted Marine rotting in Goulburn Supermax

The twisted Marine rotting in Goulburn Supermax

24 Jun 12 When a small group of elite US Marines gather next year for their long overdue, 30 year reunion, they will…... Read more

Will Baz do to Gatsby what he did to Australia?

Will Baz do to Gatsby what he did to Australia?

17 Jun 12 Just across from Manhattan, on Long Island, two small peninsulas lean out and give shelter to a shallow dagger of…... Read more

Waiting for Mel…

Waiting for Mel…

10 Jun 12 Been trying to get an interview with Mel. Gibson. No luck so far. Frankly, I’m not even sure Mel knows…... Read more

Do humans dream of biological sheep?

Do humans dream of biological sheep?

03 Jun 12 George Orwell’s deadline came and went. No doubt for many who read 1984 in the years after it was published…... Read more

Our special forces don’t always need special treatment

Our special forces don’t always need special treatment

27 May 12 We admire them, but we’re not entirely sure why. We allow them to operate in the shadows; we rarely ask…... Read more

The brave chronicler of Mexico’s deadly drug war

The brave chronicler of Mexico’s deadly drug war

20 May 12 Ciudad Juarez, which shares a border with El Paso, in Texas, is the most violent city on earth. But you…... Read more

Reports of Ron Paul’s death are greatly exaggerated

Reports of Ron Paul’s death are greatly exaggerated

17 May 12 Reports of Ron Paul’s political demise have been greatly exaggerated and his tactical genius is becoming apparent as he gives…... Read more

The seedy little CD store where music is strict taboo

The seedy little CD store where music is strict taboo

13 May 12 A few months ago, Bill, the owner of Rainbow Music, spent several hours trapped under collapsed piles of CDs in…... Read more

New forms of language actually make us more liter8

New forms of language actually make us more liter8

06 May 12 The computer has cleaned up poor handwriting by eliminating it. Everyone can now write in a legible font and everyone,…... Read more

Stolen and raised by a different tribe

Stolen and raised by a different tribe

29 Apr 12 As best I know, Australia has no true accounts of white people being kidnapped or rescued and raised by tribal…... Read more

Zero tolerance on crime: Can you dig it?

Zero tolerance on crime: Can you dig it?

22 Apr 12 Watching from afar, I noted a press release from a federal minister talking about a Brisbane suburb. It was headlined:…... Read more

Of caged monkeys and scientific men

Of caged monkeys and scientific men

15 Apr 12 A week or so ago, in New Mexico, I met a man who spent decades interfering, on a scientifically aggressive…... Read more

The saddest, weirdest, most honest little town in America

The saddest, weirdest, most honest little town in America

08 Apr 12 New Mexico is strange country. On the White Sands Missile Range, they conducted the first atmospheric test of an atom…... Read more

Mao is dead, but his doublespeak lives on

Mao is dead, but his doublespeak lives on

01 Apr 12 The first and last time I was in mainland China was 1988. I caught a train from Guangzhou to Shanghai.…... Read more

The unsung aviator who helped saved Darwin

The unsung aviator who helped saved Darwin

18 Mar 12 A genuine American war ace who did his greatest fighting 70 years ago over the skies of Darwin has passed…... Read more

Steubenville: The place dreams aren’t made of

Steubenville: The place dreams aren’t made of

11 Mar 12 There is no Dean Martin Museum in Steubenville, Ohio. And the town’s other most famous export, former porn star Traci…... Read more

Back when the barstuds boiled their bloody billies

Back when the barstuds boiled their bloody billies

04 Mar 12 Published in 1943 and given to every American serviceman heading Down Under to help with the war effort, the US…... Read more

Death by dingo: The 32-year old saga that has to end

Death by dingo: The 32-year old saga that has to end

19 Feb 12 It is easy to understand why the parents of Azaria Chamberlain, Lindy and Michael, who have long since gone their…... Read more

American story: meat the last butcher in Little Italy

American story: meat the last butcher in Little Italy

12 Feb 12 Moe Albanese is the last butcher standing in New York’s Little Italy. His father, Vincenzo, was a butcher from Polizzi…... Read more

Paradise lost, but a pocket of America found

Paradise lost, but a pocket of America found

05 Feb 12 Just looking at him, elderly Miami resident Pedro C. Alvarez is not the type who would be inclined to take…... Read more

Dog ownership laws a load of total bullpit

Dog ownership laws a load of total bullpit

01 Feb 12 Max, a young and handsome American pit bull, sits on death row in Miami-Dade County’s Animal Services, a victim of…... Read more

Over-rated Redford and the Sundance kidding

Over-rated Redford and the Sundance kidding

29 Jan 12 Robert Redford was born in Santa Monica, California. Burt Lancaster was born in East Harlem, New York. There the similarities…... Read more

The futility and hypocrisy of the Occupy stragglers

The futility and hypocrisy of the Occupy stragglers

21 Jan 12 Across her neck, the contradiction of a permanent tattoo shackle that reads: “Freedom.” Across one forearm, a tattoo that reads,…... Read more

Disco: When music made straight for your groin

Disco: When music made straight for your groin

15 Jan 12 Someone had to pay for disco. Nile Rodgers took the bullet in late 1979 when it finally became official: disco…... Read more

Buried basements, witch hazel and bay rum

Buried basements, witch hazel and bay rum

08 Jan 12 Once your eyes adjust to the blur of big city New York, you start to notice there’s another world here.…... Read more

New York I love you, but Christmas here is a let-down

New York I love you, but Christmas here is a let-down

01 Jan 12 Bing Crosby – or maybe it was Bob Hope, or perhaps even Jimmy Stewart – on New York’s Fifth Avenue,…... Read more

Sweet home Alabama is only sweet for some

Sweet home Alabama is only sweet for some

25 Dec 11 Sailor’s Lounge caters to the hard-bittenest drinkers in the deep south coastal town of Mobile, Alabama. There’s a woman, maybe…... Read more

Filthy murderous mobsters are no Goodfellas

Filthy murderous mobsters are no Goodfellas

18 Dec 11 It doesn’t matter if these days they’re modern boardroom businessmen in Ermenegildo Zegna suits and Bally shoes. They’re still the…... Read more

Our American dream, our American nightmare

Our American dream, our American nightmare

11 Dec 11 When the Reverend Seth Kaper-Dale took over the running of the Reformed Church of Highland Park, in New Brunswick, New…... Read more

Don’t cry for me Australia. Truth is, I’m glad I left you

Don’t cry for me Australia. Truth is, I’m glad I left you

06 Dec 11 What’s Australia like? A sizeable question, but a young Argentine student who has returned home to Buenos Aires after a…... Read more

A walking, talking, real-life zombie from Haiti

A walking, talking, real-life zombie from Haiti

04 Dec 11 Twenty years after his death, Clairvius Narcisse, a zombie from Haiti, stood staring down at his own tombstone. The inscription…... Read more

Blood, gore and a respectful handshake in rural America

Blood, gore and a respectful handshake in rural America

20 Nov 11 Killing animals with antlers and hooves gets some men going. They will cross the world to do it. They like…... Read more

Nannying in New York is a black and white issue

Nannying in New York is a black and white issue

13 Nov 11 It never looks quite right. On any sunny afternoon in Manhattan’s wealthy Upper West, there are swarms of black nannies…... Read more

The Ronald Reagan Revival

The Ronald Reagan Revival

06 Nov 11 Many regarded him as a dangerously simple man who wanted to save the world by blowing it up. Hell, we…... Read more

Like flickering candles, the 9/11 babies symbolise hope

Like flickering candles, the 9/11 babies symbolise hope

12 Sep 11 The lack of comprehension for the atrocity committed on September 11 is such that it has taken 10 full years…... Read more

The day America said no to God

The day America said no to God

10 Sep 11 It’s a brave or foolish American who turns his back on God. But that’s what New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg…... Read more

The KKK kicked Butts, then Butts kicked back

The KKK kicked Butts, then Butts kicked back

29 Jul 11 Sometimes you can meet a person and feel blessed. I don’t mean touched by the hand of God. I just…... Read more

Bin Laden: From hide and seek to show and tell

Bin Laden: From hide and seek to show and tell

05 May 11 Was it a hit squad? The Americans’ codename for Osama Bin Laden was Geronimo. Geronimo was the Apache leader who…... Read more

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