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“America is great because she is good, and if America ever ceases to be good, she will cease to be great.”-Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America. I start with this quote because it gives me hope for the future of America. Daily headlines inundate us with the latest murder cases, tragic accidents, & political scandals. […]

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Just Say Yes?

 

I grew up in Boulder, Colorado, so I feel traitorous taking a public stance against pot legalization. Nevertheless, I did it, today at The Week.

The Democrats are now pushing legalization with great enthusiasm, and many Republicans are clearly on board as well. I’m aware that there are some pretty good arguments for legal pot. I think the War on Drugs has a very mixed legacy of good and bad effects, and I don’t deny the existence of moderate pot users who really aren’t doing any harm. I understand that a libertarian would view these arguments as more than adequate to justify legalization. I respect this as a non-ridiculous view.

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The developed nations are being invaded by people from less, or un, developed countries. And one thing we can say about the people camped at the borders, at Gaza, at the edge of Mexico, and those now ensconced in Europe in enclaves like Mollenbeek is that they don’t have jobs. They don’t work, and yet, […]

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Ricocheters, an old buddy of mine, who sends me all kinds of conservative e-mails, many questionable, sent the following statistics. (I have a feeling it’s been sent around the internet before.)  What do you make of it?  Is is fake news?  Is it misleading?  Is it real?  Is there an alternate explanation than the obvious? […]

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When I was a boy, my dad put a basketball hoop up in our driveway – one of those wooden, roof-mounted jobs that I don’t see as often now. For several years my adolescent summer days were filled with games of some number vs. some number (rarely even odds) and games or HORSE – the […]

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Like 99.6% of America, I had much better things to do than pay any attention to the White House Correspondents Dinner. PDT also did, holding a rally in Michigan with the common folk rather than go to an event where a bunch of snotty elitist media operatives who hate him (and the people at his […]

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A Parallel Universe Has Been Discovered!

 

Somehow we always knew it was there. Now we have solid evidence provided by that eminent expert on extra-universal idiocy, the renowned P.J. O’Rourke.

Do parallel universes exist? I have proof that one does. I confirmed the hypothesis in a manner very like that of the young Isaac Newton, who was sitting in a garden when an apple dropped on his head. I was standing in a convenience store when a Sunday New York Times dropped on my foot. Newton, in a stroke of brilliant insight, comprehended gravity. I, in a throb of bruised toe, opened the April 22, 2018, Sunday Review section.

Ahhh … think of the glib stupidity, the facile ignorance, the $20 martinis. Nothing can compare to that mysterious parallel universe called The Times.

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In the UK, Home Secretary Amber Rudd has had to resign over misleading the House of Commons over deportations of descendants of the Windrush generation, who had been invited to Britain. It was undoubtedly a put-up job by civil servants within the Home Office who had taken full measure of the ineptitude of Miss Rudd. […]

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I write a weekly book review for the Daily News of Galveston County. (It is not the biggest daily newspaper in Texas, but it is the oldest.) My review normally appears Wednesdays. When it appears, I post the review here on the following Sunday. (Or Monday, if I spent Sunday traveling.) Seawriter Preview Open

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http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-43945522 It, or some vestage of it, has reached the border. I can’t find now where I was reading average-American comments over the weekend – I think somewhere on Facebook – but I was amazed at the anger and resentment towards this event. Comments centered around how most of the “asylum seekers” were men, not […]

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Of Grandpappys, Brass, and Juxtaposition

 

Most wisdom is mined. The ore is buried deep in the experiences that life throws us, to be mined in retrospect. But every now and then, wisdom is minted, stamped out of new bright metal. This is the story of how some wisdom was minted. Well, how some apparent folk wisdom was minted. Well it’s a story at any rate. Actually, two stories and a dinner table synthesis.

First story: One of my sons bought a house and found a roommate to share it with him. This is California and his roommate was from Louisiana. His roommate, let’s call him Otis, was a bit of a character and realized that, with his Louisiana accent, he could say “Well, my Grandpappy Allus said…” and follow it with any old thing he wanted and it sounded like genuine back-country folk wisdom.

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At the press conference following Trump’s physical, Dr. Ronny Jackson scored THE greatest triumph for our side since Nov 8, 2016. There he stood, for as long as it took, as ordered by the President, a confident professional speaking from his expertise and experience. The press, slavering for bad news about Trump’s eating and sleeping […]

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Direction by Joe & Anthony Russo Screenplay by Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely Characters Created by Stan Lee & The Mighty Marvel Bullpen!! “In time, you will know what it’s like to lose. To feel so desperately that you’re right. Yet to fail all the same. Dread it. Run from it. Destiny still arrives.” – Thanos […]

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Kevin Williamson, Joy Ann Reid, and the Media’s Willingness to Forgive

 

After National Review’s Kevin Williamson was hired to work as a columnist for The Atlantic’s new Ideas section, a social media mob coordinated by liberal activist groups spent weeks doing all they could to unearth enough opposition research to make the mainstream magazine withdraw its job offer. Eventually, it did, on the heels of a tongue-in-cheek tweet and podcast comment taken literally. Williamson, now without a full-time gig, wrote about the experience of being targeted by the social media mob in a freelance piece for the Wall Street Journal.

This phenomenon of the social media mob is nothing new and Williamson is hardly the first scalp its claimed. Jon Ronson wrote an essential book on the subject, profiling average Americans who lost everything because of an ill-advised Facebook post or tweet.

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Swedish friends of mine have lived in the US for decades now. They are well traveled and speak to associates throughout Europe. One recently remarked that the problem of people disassociating from each other after debating politics at dinner is a uniquely American phenomenon. He said it is a tale one hears often from Europeans […]

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“I Brought You In. I Will Take You Out”

 

After the Battle of North Fork of the Red River, Ranald MacKenzie did not return immediately to his campaign against the plains tribes. Sheridan and Sherman (who was now the General of the Army since Grant had assumed the presidency) had another need for their best paladin at the moment. The legislature of Texas was demanding some action along the international border. This was before the acceptance of “open borders” and the interception of unwelcome raiders from the south was not considered politically incorrect.

Although there were a variety of groups raiding across the Texas/Mexico border, Kickapoos and Lipan Apache were considered to be the worst. That was, and is still, open to debate but they certainly were a major player. Originally an eastern woodlands tribe, the Kickapoo had been pushed ahead of white settlement until they were in the southwest. By the 1850s, several had landed in Mexico and had struck up a bargain with the local government. They would be allowed to settle and have the protection of the Mexicans if they would, in turn, protect the Mexicans from the Lipan and Mescalero Apache.

Over time several of the Lipan joined in with them because they could raid across into south Texas and jump back to the safety offered below the border. MacKenzie and the 4th were moved to the border for the time being.

Gender Identity and Blood Donation

 

I am a long-time regular blood donor to the American Red Cross. I’ve always found it an easy way to “give back” to my community. Being tall, giving a pint is easy for me to do. I also used to enjoy the post-donation treats, but my revised way of eating has placed those snacks off-limits.

On my most recent visit, I had taken the “RapidPass” online, where one answers 30 or so questions on one’s lifestyle choices and how they may impact what I’m about to donate. I’m thinking with that out of the way, starting my donation should be quick. I sit down with my American Red Cross assistant interview, and he begins;

“How do you wish to identify? He or she?”

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So Trump started a trade war with China because China legitimately cheats on the established rules of trade. After the the trade war started, Trump mentioned that he wouldn’t mind starting up the TTP (Trans-Atlantic Trade Partnership) which he formerly opposed. The TTP was started to counterbalance China and secure the rule of law and […]

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