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Paying the Danegeld

I suspect most of you have heard that Chancellor  Merkel has a plan to pay the immigrants she invited to Germany to go away again  Joshuapundit wrote about it here. Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel is facing new elections and is not doing at all well in the polls. Quite simply, the Muslim refugees she imported […]

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Reality is Real

Something a bit different today, but it still follows our long running themes. Both you never had it so good as well as reality is real. The world we live in was built by men who understood reality and found ways to harness it for our benefit. That harnessing has led to the world we live in, […]

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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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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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Lechery, lechery, still wars and lechery, nothing else holds fashion

So, yesterday I heard from several places, that the GOPe will, if we end up in a brokered convention, attempt to foist somebody like Paul Ryan on us. Frankly, I don’t think Ryan would be all that bad a President, but that’s not the problem. The problem is that if the party is going to […]

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The Bard of the Common Man

150 years ago, on 30 December, in Bombay, India was born Rudyard Kipling. He was, of course, one of the best children’s books authors ever, simply see Kim of The Jungle Book. He was also a superb poet. Many call him, of course, The Bard of Empire, but only those who do not read him perceptively. […]

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The Constitution Is Not Incidental

Last Monday Ben Domenech, the publisher and founder of The Federalist published an article of his own that you need to read. It dealt with why there is such a disparity between what are ‘elites’ think, say, and do and what the rest of us know in our bones. In many ways, it sums up […]

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Jeremy Corbyn (and Others) aren’t anti-war. They’re just anti-West

This is from The Spectator (UK), and it’s about Jeremy Corbyn (the head of the Labor party). I think the author, Nick Cohen, is precisely on point. But I don’t think Corbyn is the only one. I would posit that anyone taking that position, and that includes all of the Democratic candidates for President and Obama […]

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Hillary! and Kipling

So Hillary! is running, Mollie Hemingway of The Federalist has some thoughts, and so do I. 8 Reasons Hillary Clinton’s Campaign Is Going To Be A Trainwreck http://t.co/PDwRm6cxMt — The Federalist (@FDRLST) April 13, 2015 To start with I don’t disagree with a single word she wrote here. It strikes me as strange that the Democrats, […]

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▶ Magna Carta, The 800 Year Legacy of Magna Carta

View image | gettyimages.com Dan Hannan was the other day, on a program on Radio 4 discussing Magna Charta legacy. It’s both good and interesting. I’m sorry it won’t embed but such is life. ▶ BBC Radio 4 – Magna Carta, The Legacy of Magna Carta. Along that line they quoted a bit of this, […]

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Heroes who wait

[Neo] I can’t speak for you but, I always find it a comfort when the cousins come with us on our military operations. Over the weekend Parliament overwhelmingly voted to join us in the air strikes in Iraq. That gives me some confidence that we may be doing the right thing. They aren’t joining us […]

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That Wind Blowing and That Tide

When I was 5 or 6 was the first time I was allowed to go to the funeral home with my parents. The person who had died was my Great Uncle Henry, and yes I knew him although not all that well, I had met him several times at family reunions. He was a very […]

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History Rhymes

  Mark Twain told us that history doesn’t repeat itself, but it does rhyme. As we look at the economic numbers which show the workers and the middle class are losing income every year, and only the connected are succeeding in increasing their income, it struck us that it is literally true in this case. […]

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Fallujah

[This post is a combination of a post of mine (Neo) Mesopotamia and a companion post of Jessica’s from her site, All along the Watchtower titled Epitaphs and Wars.] [From Neo] And so, in the last few days word has come through that Fallujah has fallen to the insurgents. If you recall during the surge our Marines made an extraordinarily […]

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Happy St. Crispan/Crispians Day

From Wikipedia: “Saint Crispin’s Day falls on 25 October and is the feast day of the Christian Saints Crispin and Crispinian , twins who were martyred c. 286.” That’s where the day gets its name. What it’s famous for is the battles of the English-speaking people that have been fought on it. The first we […] . . . → Read More: Happy St. Crispan/Crispians Day . . . → Read More: Happy St. Crispan/Crispians Day

Recessionals, Swivel Eyed Loons, Tea Parties, and Summer Soldiers

My friend, and Jessica’s co-author Chalcedon451 posted this morning in somber mood. I suspect I know the proximate cause, and have no reason to disagree. His post is titled Recessional? I find it a very good post, and suspect I understand the reason it appeared this morning. Nor do I disagree with him. He says that it […] . . . → Read More: Recessionals, Swivel Eyed Loons, Tea Parties, and Summer Soldiers . . . → Read More: Recessionals, Swivel Eyed Loons, Tea Parties, and Summer Soldiers

Kipling: Norman & Saxon A.D. 1100

Of all the poets who have ever written about England and Englishness, Kipling did it best.  There are many poems one could choose to illustrate the theme that Neo and I are dealing with, but this is one of my favourites. I think it should be on the wall of Congress and Parliament: “My son,” […] . . . → Read More: Kipling: Norman & Saxon A.D. 1100 . . . → Read More: Kipling: Norman & Saxon A.D. 1100