Latest musings, analyses, and general madness

It’s January 2nd: So what?

Living on the other side of the globe from most of my readers, and therefore between nine and seventeen hours ahead of many of you reading these words, I typically have the peculiar advantage of experiencing “tomorrow” before you. Thus, I can reassure you now, at 9am on January 2nd, 2019, that the world feels no different today than it did on New...

Canada: History’s Inadvertent Joke

Okay, some jokes, as comedy writers are wont to say, write themselves. Within the category of such jocular freebies, however, the People’s Populist Pothead Democratic Non-Republic of Canada may be the only nation-state that writes itself. Here’s a New Year’s Eve headline I just read on Yahoo Canada News: “It was a year Canada will never forget…” Now that’s funny, in a “country”...

Free Souls for Slavish Days

Two thousand eighteen, upon any honest reflection, must be judged to have been a year of robust and energetic activity for the forces of tyranny, inhumanity, and vulgarism. In other words, it was yet another year — and perhaps more than just “another year” — of predictable failure for freedom, character, and taste. In short, the body is winning, the soul losing; earth...

Annoy a Conservative! Recommend “The Case Against Public Education” Now!

He will be taught how to do socially useful things, and how to accept his social role peacefully, perhaps even to like it; that will be his “adulthood.” Meanwhile, the basic emotional dependency, fear of standing alone, and need for external guidance intrinsic to childhood will become permanent conditions of his soul. It is the teacher’s role to hold the child in position,...

Christmas Turkey; The Teacher

Merry Christmas to Everyone Here in Limbo! It’s my honor and pleasure to have you here in my home away from home — which is to say my home in a world that no longer has a place for the likes of me. Two items for this Christmas, one new and typically dreadful, one very old and eternally joyful. The contrast will, I...

In the Bleak Midwinter — A Full Moon!

Martina Navratilova is being vilified on Twitter, and, like most others, cowering before the intimidation of the lynch mob, after committing the progressive sin of questioning the rationality of allowing biological men to compete in sports against women merely because they “identify” as women. Rachel McKinnon, a male professor who believes he is a woman and recently won an international women’s cycling championship...

It’s Worm Time! (Told Ya So)

When Donald Trump plunked his net into the Fox News mire for the umpteenth time and hauled up John Bolton, so many self-proclaimed conservatives were over the moon with optimism. “Now,” they gushed, “the administration’s foreign policy will really get coherent and tough. Bolton is a straight-talking genius, a real man’s man.” I took flak from many such “conservatives” when I pointed out,...

Understanding the North Korean Dynamic

North Korea has just issued a “surprisingly blunt” warning to the world that they will not denuclearize until the U.S. has fully removed its “nuclear threat.” Here’s the key concept from the North’s statement: “The United States must now recognize the accurate meaning of the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, and especially, must study geography,” the statement said. “When we talk about the...

Weak in Review (not a typo)

Within the past week, Donald Trump has promised to shut down the government if he does not get funding for his meaningless Wall, and then conceded that of course he is not going to shut down the government, and will support a temporary solution that provides no funding for a wall. He has proudly vowed to proceed with phase two of his massive...

Ted Cruz Bails Out (Like Everyone Else)

Last week, the Senate passed the final 2018 Farm Bill, a massive subsidy to farmers “designed to offset the effects of Trump’s trade war with China,” i.e., designed to win voters in the easiest and most common way, namely by paying them off with other people’s money. One of the senators who voted for this bailout — remember when that was a bad...