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Conservatives against private education

One little item came through the transom this week that, while not being particularly revelatory or earth-shattering in itself, was a useful reminder of the so-called American conservative movement’s wayward drift upon a sea of un-principles.  Betsy DeVos, Donald Trump’s secretary of education — a position conservatives used to say should not exist at all — made her semi-annual appearance to pitch for...

Hey, what’s a little quid pro quo among friends?

Donald Trump and his spokesmonkeys throughout the administration and the “conservative media” spent the first weeks of the furor over Trump’s alleged use of promised U.S. assistance to Ukraine as a bargaining chip for Ukraine’s help in providing dirt on Joe Biden’s son shouting, “There was no quid pro quo!” They used the expression exactly the way they had previously used “No collusion!” ...

A Morning Walk

After nine long months of recovering from two foot surgeries, this walking fanatic is finally returning to his proper routine, including a short early morning walk, alone, during which I clear my mind of irrelevancies, organize my thoughts, and generally enjoy observing the world around me on its own terms, which is to say entirely without practical concerns, without the emotional mire of...

When Obama is your moderate voice…

If you needed a simple example of how far off the left side of the beam the Democratic Party has fallen of late, you could do no better than to consider the fact that Barack Obama is now the party’s moderate voice. Here is America’s first overtly Marxist-inclined president, quoted at Patterico’s site, addressing today’s “woke culture”: “This idea of purity and you’re...

Defining Our Limits

Time is a faculty of the mind for ordering and measuring our spatio-temporal experience in terms of sequence. When our scientists, our appointed cataloguers of the mind’s measuring systems, decree (for the moment) that the universe is 13.8 billion years old — give or take a few hundred million, of course — they are defining the limits of the mind’s own measuring tool,...

On Helping and Harming

Who would harm me envies me. Who would harm the world envies all. The former honors me with his flattering hatred. The latter is a groveling worm beneath my foot, a tyrant in spirit…

Trump Helpfully Defines “Never Trumper”

Donald Trump submitted the following thoughtful remarks for the world’s perusal today, in which he examines the congressional testimony of a high-ranking military officer regarding Trump’s phone conversation with the Ukrainian president: Why are people that I never even heard of testifying about the call. Just READ THE CALL TRANSCRIPT AND THE IMPEACHMENT HOAX IS OVER! Ukrain said NO PRESSURE. https://t.co/VYmW8bYcgS — Donald...

Trump kills ISIS leader with his (tiny) bare hands!

The U.S. military, apparently with considerable assistance from the Russian and Turkish governments that recently sat down to divvy up the territory which used to belong to the Kurds, before Donald Trump abandoned them to mass slaughter, has found and killed ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. Needless to say, Trump is telling the world that he personally did this, and taking full credit...

Social Conservatism, Progressive-Style

In a classic example of the way progressivism, like all aggressive irrationalism, devours itself, we have the spectacle of the ubiquitous and increasingly literal policing of politically incorrect attitudes, a social deformity which has now grown into its final (in the sense of fatal) shape: today’s infantile world of safe spaces and public shaming. For generations, progressives attacked so-called social conservatives for their...

Weekend (wry) smile: America today

I just read that a University of Montana man, Jonathan Eastwood, who now identifies as a University of Montana woman, June Eastwood, has been named the university’s “female athlete of the week.” Because feminism and identity politics are essential to advancing the causes of equality and fairness for women. I saw a CBS News Online headline a couple of days ago announcing, in...