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Times and Seasons

Yesterday, I read some people complaining that Trump hasn’t stopped DACA yet. This is Wednesday, he was inaugurated last Friday, so give me a break. He’s accomplished more in the part of the last week than most presidents do in their first term. Take a deep breath and relax, he’s not going to do everything […]

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45 Finally

And so for the forty-fifth time, we in America will pass the presidency to a new man. That man is Donald Trump, it hasn’t mattered since 8 November whether you (or I) think that is the greatest thing ever or the worst. As I say so often, reality is real. He joins an uninterrupted line that […]

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Less than a Fortnight

We haven’t said much here about Russia. There’s a reason for that. The Adaptive Curmudgeon (wonderful name, BTW) spells out that reason for us and for you. Nobody regrets this advice: “If you’re doing a dumb, dangerous thing for a bad reason, or aren’t really clear on the reason… stop it.” Reasonable people can (and […]

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New Year thoughts

[One more of Jessica’s, because it reflects my beliefs as well, and is an excellent wrap up for the year. It’s been a very strange year, and in truth, I’m glad it’s ending. I should be home fairly late tonight, so with luck, I’ll have a new post for you tomorrow, although I’m not guaranteeing […]

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Ordinary Joes

I’m going to talk about the upcoming Presidency some this week, and I think Jessica, in this post, speaks to part of the reason Trump won, and I thought it more reasonable to simply repost her article, than to extensively quote from it. We will be looking at some of the reasons but it surely […]

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Remembrance Sunday

I wrote this morning on All along the Watchtower, this is part of that article. In Flanders fields the poppies blow Between the crosses, row on row, That mark our place: and in the sky The larks still bravely singing fly Scarce heard amid the guns below. We are the dead: Short days ago, We lived, […]

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The Beautiful Lie

Have you seen this, yet? It has about 600,000 views on YouTube. Steven Heyward over at PowerLine comments, “Here you will take in a typically politicized student, at South Africa’s University of Cape Town, arguing that “Science as a whole is a product of western modernity, and the whole thing should be scratched off.” The audience […]

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1066/1776 and all that

We’ve had a couple of posts in the last week concerning battles in Saxon England. Many Americans, I suspect, think it no part of our heritage, but in that, they are wrong, these battles shaped the development of England, and that shaped America. Jessica wrote about this a few years ago and her thoughts are […]

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Fifteen Years

I wrote the following five years ago today. It still seems appropriate now for the fifteenth anniversary of that horrid day. There isn’t one of us who doesn’t remember what we were doing. I was having a day off and was watching Good Morning, America and I will remember to my dying day Diane Sawyer’s “Oh, my God!”. […]

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In the Rear View Mirror (Redux)

Speaking of the UChicago and such things always makes me a bit nostalgic for the Region, and I’m just going to go with it today. It seems we run this article every once in a while, and I like it. As Mary Hopkins sang long ago, “Those were the Days”. Well, it’s been an interesting […]

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On Fire’s Downsides, NYT Has Nothing On Prometheus

It strikes me that I was perhaps a bit unfair to the New York Times yesterday. Yes, it was a stupid article, but it wasn’t quite as bad as the Tweet that got attached to it. But David Marcus, over at The Federalist, had some thoughts as well. Fire Means Power and Lost Innocence The […]

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What if?

Some of you might know that I read Quora and occasionally answer questions there. It’s interesting and sometimes informative, ranging over all sorts of subjects. Yesterday, I was reading there, and this question was posed: What would happen if the USA declared war on the UK today ? Sounds like a silly question, doesn’t it? But […]

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Gays, the Left, Terrorism, and a bit on Oil

We’ve been talking most of the week about gays and conservatives, in a political context. You can find those articles here, here, and here. And yes, I am always very grateful when Jessica chimes in on these matters, I’m an old fuddy-duddy sometimes and a younger (and female, not to mention British) perspective helps quite […]

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The State: and Terrorism

So, on Bastille Day, the French version of Independence Day, which far more than ours represents a revolt against the authorities, a guy named Mohamed, decided that a crowd of people in Nice, France  were having too much fun so he drove his truck over them, and then committed suicide by cop. It was pretty obviously […]

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Five Years and Counting

First, thanks, Jess. Always seems like much too little, to do or say, when your best friend does something like her post yesterday, but really what else can one do? She touches on something, though. Back in 2011, when I started this, we had problems, and we were fairly fed up with the administration, but […]

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Let’s Have a Moment of Candor

Like so many of you, I swore off Erick Erickson while he was at RedState. I don’t exactly what it was, but something just went sour. Since he started The Insurgent, he has improved, not completely, but he is again somebody I read (Thanks, Leslie!). In any case, he makes a whole lot of sense […]

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So the world continues to go to hell in a handcart, as it has been doing since Christ was a corporal. Business as usual then. Yes, there are wars and rumors of wars, and alarums in the night. We simply go on, doing our best. Chalcedon commented today that in his view “A Catholic University is […]

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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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Former NFL coach Buddy Ryan dies at age 85

A sad day indeed. I think all of us remember if we’re old enough when pro football was fun. Yeah, we all cared you who won and lost, that’s what competition is all about but we also knew that other things were more important than football. I grew up around Chicago, in Northwest Indiana, and I […]

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Jo Cox, RIP

Yesterday, a British MP was assassinated. Yes, I know, you missed it on the news, well I hate to say it I did too. I guess it wasn’t important enough to tell Americans about, but it is. Here’s why. First off she was a woman, her name is Jo Cox, in her early 40s, married, […]

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