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Duty

We’re going to stay on the topic of duty today. Yesterday, in speaking of the Queen’s accession to the throne, we spoke of her in the context of doing her duty, always. Today we will speak of two young US Marines, who did as well. The story comes to us from Mike McDaniels, who explains: After […]

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Sapphires and Duty

Yesterday was the sixty-fifth anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II’s accession to the throne. By all reports, she spent it quietly at Sandringham, in Norfolk, where her father, the King died 65 years ago. She is now the longest reigning monarch in British History. And the only one to have parachuted into the Olympics! Fr Alexander Lucie-Smith […]

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Paraplegic British Cop Walks

What a remarkable story! But in a way, it’s not. It’s what happens in societies that are free to develop new ideas and revolutionary concepts. Remember, there was a day when the steam engine was just as remarkable. From Jewish News via Weaponsman Nicki Donnelly was confined to a wheelchair after being seriously injured in […]

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The Most Recent Man to Walk on the Moon

The most recent man to walk on the moon, Eugene Cernan, Capt, USN, ret, BSEE ’56, Purdue, died Monday. We are saddened by the loss of retired NASA astronaut Gene Cernan, the last man to walk on the moon. https://t.co/Q9OSdRewI5pic.twitter.com/gPdFTnXF2C — NASA (@NASA) January 16, 2017 It’s hard to emphasize enough what the space program meant […]

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Common Sense Tuesday

Most of you know that I really like the liberal arts, especially history and English. Kind of shows in the blog, doesn’t it? Taught properly they teach one critical thinking skills that one needs to get through life properly. But they are my avocation, I spent many years as an electrician and a lineman, and […]

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12 Bucks for a Cup of Joe – Why it is Worth it to Many

George Will notes in the Washington Post the other day that Starbucks has a new and exclusive coffee experience awaiting you. Let him explain. Indiana’s Thomas R. Marshall, who was America’s vice president 100 years ago, voiced — he plucked it from a Hoosier humorist — one of the few long-remembered utterances to issue from that office: […]

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What’s in an Armorer’s Toolkit?

This is pretty interesting , well, at least to those of us who claim to be able to fix things. From Weaponsman, who knows a helluva lot more about fixing weapons than I do. Well, currently, the Army has a thing they call the SARTK, Small Arms Repairman’s Tool Kit. Since we didn’t find a […]

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Why Are Leftists Such Pansies? |

Melanie Phillips had some things to say about feminized Britain and neutered men. Here it is. I don’t necessarily agree with every point she makes here, but I do most of them. And you know, I wonder if it is connected with this from Andrew Klavan. I think it might well be. Many times we accuse […]

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Engineering Club Sensible

By outlook, if not degree, I’m an engineer. My basic question is always, “Will it work, as designed, and can we build and run it on budget (or below)?” As far as I’m concerned, it’s what built the world we live in. It has nothing whatsoever to do with good intentions, it has much indeed […]

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King Coal and Freezing in the Dark

We talked about the South Australia blackout the other day, but I want to say a bit more. The Spectator AU tells us this: State governments are sheltered workshops for mediocre politicians rarely good enough to make it in the Canberra big league. They have just one basic task in the Australian federation: to maintain […]

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Ideology > Engineeering and Logic

A couple of reports mixed here, because they go to the same point. First, South Australia had a power outage last week. Ordinarily, that’s not news, but in this case, I gather nearly the whole state was off. Why? Here’s Andrew Bolt to tell you. South Australia ran to Canberra for subsidies to protect Arium Steel […]

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Experts?

The other day, over on The Conservative Woman UK, Cresta Norris wrote about our growing distrust of experts. Here’s a bit of it, but you should read it all. ‘People in this country’, said Michael Gove, ‘have had enough of experts’. During the run up to the referendum, geeky Gove was ridiculed for his views. Brexiteers who […]

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What Would JFK Have Done in Vietnam After 1963?

This is rather fascinating. In it, JFK comes across as more of a smart realist than anything else. Getting caught in a situation where all choices are bad, like the Congo, he appears to have his head on pretty straight, I doubt many of us would have done better. By Sheldon Stern, who is “the author […]

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In Praise of the Go-Between

I doubt there are any who read here who don’t know that I’m a history buff, although I’m no historian, except maybe an amateur, not overly disciplined one. But part of that is that so many academic historians forget that history isn’t a spreadsheet, it’s a story. It’s a story that has fascinated us from […]

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GOP Environmental Platform, a Nice Dream

Good stuff, here, from the Republican Environmental Platform. “The most powerful environmental policy is liberty, the central organizing principle of the American Republic and its people.” The Republican platform on the environment is factual and realistic. It focuses on real environmental issues and not the trumped up one of carbon dioxide (CO2) as a pollutant. […]

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Bad Science Scuttles Anti-#Fracking Study

Well, imagine that! Do you suppose they made a mistake because obviously, they weren’t paying attention to whoever funded them and wanted the original results. Like Steve says, I don’t hate environmental scientists either, I too have some in the family. I do, however, hate fraud and deceit. Here’s Steve In March 2015, the journal Environmental […]

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Hillary, Comey, and the Rule of Law

And so it happened, as I said it would, Hillary Clinton will not be indicted. Well, I thought it pretty obvious that the Obama administration would not indict the Democratic nominee, pretty much no matter how strong the evidence. Here is FBI director James Comey’s statement on the matter. I like so many others, see […]

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Alvin Toffler, Author of ‘Future Shock,’ Dies at 87

From the New York Times. Alvin Toffler, the celebrated author of “Future Shock,” the first in a trilogy of best-selling books that presciently forecast how people and institutions of the late 20th century would contend with the immense strains and soaring opportunities of accelerating change, died on Monday at his home in Los Angeles. He […]

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Can Grown-Ups Save Conservatism? A Preface

Considering what has happened to conservatism, and conservatives, politically, ideologically, culturally, even morally, in the past eleven months because of the rise of Donald Trump, it may come as a surprise to you that I wrote the bulk of this article five years ago in September, 2011 when another outsider was making a run for the presidency. His […]

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Why Uber Keeps Raising Billions

This is interesting, and a chase of pace. Apparently Uber is sitting on a pile of cash and borrowing more. I don’t know enough here to even have an opinion, but it tends to fascinate me. Here, read the whole thing.™: It feels like almost every other week there is a new headline about Uber […]

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