Author: Daren Jonescu

When You Can Make Sarah Palin Look Mature and Classy…

Back when the Tea Party looked like a constitutionalist movement, rather than a bunch of frightened apron-string clingers at Uncle Donnie’s heels, one of their great hopes for wresting control of the Republican Party from the Rove-McConnell establishment was to challenge GOP senators and congressmen in state primaries. One marquee target of such a challenge was John McCain. Sarah Palin thwarted them. Palin,...

COVID Context

I just finished reading an interesting medical study published in October, 2019, regarding annual flu mortality rates. Given its currency and subject matter, it would be precisely the sort of study that would be getting cited by the news media and government health authorities, if those entities had an interest in providing useful context against which citizens might evaluate the COVID-19 pandemic for...

Ted Cruz is Full of Beans

Last year, Ted Cruz publicly vowed to boycott Nike products, after the company announced it would stop selling shoes with the Betsy Ross flag on the recommendation of its progressive athlete poster child, Colin Kaepernick. The senate’s great champion of the U.S. Constitution (and of anti-constitutional demagogue Donald Trump) trumpeted his Nike boycott as a proud assertion of the right to free speech....

Overcoming Prejudices: Being Right, Being Lazy

Recently, a student told me that she feels “disgusted” by her father’s way of speaking of other people, whether in the news or in the world generally, as he tends to criticize everyone as though they are all “stupid” if they do not think as he does. In reply to this student, I noted that sometimes we feel “disgusted” by another’s attitude —...

Never saw that coming! (snicker)

So Donald the Baby-Brained Demagogue has commuted the sentence of Roger Stone, one of the leading cretins responsible for foisting his moronic dung heap of a presidency upon a once-great nation that will have finished its last writhing moments of life by the time he is carted out of the White House and back to the trash-TV moral dumpster where he belongs. Gee,...

Seoul Mayor Commits Suicide

I don’t do “breaking news” here in Limbo, but since I live in Korea, perhaps a word or two of first impressions would be in order, in light of the news that long-time Seoul mayor Park Won-soon has committed suicide after being accused of sexual harassment by a former secretary. This accusation is especially humiliating, in this nation built on pretenses of spotless...

Education Reform Now! (Or Not)

This morning, I received an e-mail from a regular reader noting that this might be a boom time for my Case Against Public Education, given that there is a lot of “chatter” these days about “the dangers of public education.”  My immediate reply: The “dangers of public education” chatter is just that — chatter. Nothing will happen, no one will change. Everyone is...

The Paradox of the Experts

An expert is a person we are supposed to believe because what he says is science, and therefore true. Likewise, any self-proclaimed expert, meaning anyone who accepts that public designation and thus grants himself the authority to be trusted as such, assumes that his own statements should be believed because what he says is science, and therefore true. And yet every single example...

Headlines To Die For

Some prominent headlines I read today during a five-minute scan of the mainstream news media: “U.S. coronavirus death toll tops 130,000 amid surge” “Fauci: Avg. patient age has dropped by 15 years” “Atlanta mayor tests positive for coronavirus” “239 Experts With One Big Claim: The Coronavirus Is Airborne” “35-year-old bodybuilder with COVID-19 talks about near-death experience” “Formerly Robust Athlete Loses More Than 60...

A Stellar First Term

In the three and a half years since Donald Trump became President of the United States, and thus the informal but historically relevant “leader of the free world,” Xi Jinping has established himself as China’s “president” for life, becoming a more powerful dictator than Chairman Mao ever dreamed of being; Vladimir Putin has established himself as Russia’s “president” for life, ensuring that, barring...