An Attempt to Rescue Tsar Nicholas


How would the world have changed had the Russian royal family not been murdered in 1918? Especially had they escaped Bolshevik captivity to serve as a focus for an anticommunist movement?

“The Romanov Rescue,” by Tom Kratman, Justin Watson, and Kacey Ezell, explores that possibility. It is an alternate-history novel, in which an attempt to rescue the Romanovs is mounted.

The authors posit a scenario where Kaiser Wilhelm decides to back an effort to rescue cousin Nicky and his family from the Bolsheviks. He sets in motion a mission to free the Russian Royal Family in December 1917.

Discerning Hate Speech from Free Speech


When athletes kneel for our National Anthem, that is called “free speech.” When others criticize them, that is called “hate speech.” There was a good example of this recently at a Nebraska volleyball game (emphasis mine):

When the national anthem was sung before the match, a few Maryland players took a knee, which has occurred at other sporting events when student-athletes want to publicly protest something.

A few Nebraska spectators yelled at the Maryland players to “stand up.” Those shouts only lasted for a few moments but could be heard throughout the arena.

Pablo Escobar, Woke Tech Lords, and 47 USC §230


The other night I was watching Narcos on Netflix and musing about how Pablo Escobar got so rich he felt entitled to run his country. It was as if after acquiring jet planes, pet hippos, and vast estates, there was nothing left to buy except absolute political power. I am beginning to think that in the USA our superrich Big Tech owners are in a similar state of mind.

Joe Biden’s narrow win in swing states was largely a function of Zuckerberg’s $300 million targeted registration drive combined with the tech barons’ uniform crackdown on any and all adverse news about the corrupt and enfeebled Joe Biden or about his son the troubled artist and former international energy consultant.  Escobar would be envious of their power to control the flow of information.  Instead of orchestrating a costly and messy series of hits on NY Post editors and writers, Dorsey and Zuckerberg disappeared Hunter Biden’s laptop with a few keystrokes.

Donald Trump wins First Debate with Chris Christie, Hosted by Peter Robinson


Shortly ago, @peterrobinson moderated a debate between on the one hand, the Once and Future President, God-Emperor of the United States Donald Trump — and on the other hand, perennial bridesmaid Chris Christie.

Despite literally mailing in his performance, Trump swept the crowd.  The YouTube video here had 21 comments at the time of this article, and they broke out as 13 for Trump, 2 for Christie, and 6 either off-topic or off-medication.  The comments on the Ricochet post similarly showed a clear preference for Trump, even when controlling for the repeat count of some excitable commenters.

A Catholic Bishop, Two Psychology Professors, and an Iconographer Walk into a Bar


I’m going to riff off of Rodin’s People Don’t Count post about the twistedness of leftwing ideology and an article written by Bishop Robert Barron on How to Live a Meaningful Life. My post’s title comes from the Zoom meeting between Bishop Barron, Jordan Peterson, John Vervaeke, and Jonathan Pageau where Peterson asked the men to give their “definition of meaning and, more specifically, of religious meaning.”

Eric Clapton: Vaccine Injured, Media Cancelled


When discussing the adverse effects of Covid injections, the common mantra of the vaccine apologists goes something like this: If vaccine injuries are so pervasive and devastating, we would be hearing more about them.

They argue that we would have cases all around us, yet they don’t see them. Well, one of the reasons people may not have heard about the vaccine-injured is because governments, the media, and the medical establishment don’t want you to hear about them. Even the famous ones. Case in point: Eric Clapton.

Democrats Prefer to Fight Faux Foes and Ignore Real Ones


From day one, it was blindingly obvious to everyone, including China, that crossing Donald Trump was a bad idea.  Anytime anyone attacked him, he hit back twice as hard.  He often seemed to do this for sport, retaliating against unimportant people, like basketball players or actors, simply for the fun of it.  It was also obvious that Trump loves America, and considered it his responsibility to act on behalf of Americans.  These traits of toughness and love of country are much less obvious in Joe Biden.  And this has not gone unnoticed by, for example, China.  So China has understandably been much less interested in what America thinks about, well, anything.  Which has allowed China to do whatever it wants.  Which has created increasing tension around the world.

For some reason, President Biden has decided to have a ‘virtual summit’ with Chinese leader Xi Jinping, for our virtual president to discuss his concerns about China’s more aggressive recent actions.  Donald Trump, of course, did not need a summit to convince China that they should not cross him.  They knew already.  Just like they know already that they can cross President Biden all they want with no fear of repercussions.  They don’t need a summit to figure that out, either.

The idea of President Biden intimidating anybody – especially a thug like Xi Jinping – in a meeting of any kind is ludicrous.  Which I’m sure is as obvious to Biden and his handlers as it is to Xi Jinping.  The only way that President Biden could possibly convince Xi that he means business would be through direct military action.  Which is why wars are created by displays of weakness rather than strength.

I Have Questions


Twitter is revelatory. The general population has probably always had a stupid streak, but Twitter makes it possible for ignorance to light itself on fire and burn so brightly it overwhelms the sun.

Reading the rants about the Kyle Rittenhouse trial is something else. First, there seems to be a large segment of the population who thinks the prosecution is doing a good job. Now, granted, I just catch the “lowlights,” but from what I have seen, Assistant District Attorney Thomas Binger has been surprised way too many times by his own witnesses.

Quote of the Day: We Don’t Have to be Perfect to be Good


“Refusing to stand during the national anthem is not and should not be illegal. But such blanket rejection of American customs is admittedly now a collective narcissistic tic — and hardly sustainable for the nation’s privileged to sit in disgust for a flag that their betters raised under fire on Iwo Jima for others not yet born. Sometimes citizens can do as much harm to their commonwealth by violating customs and traditions as by breaking laws.

“Instead, freedom requires constant reinvestment in and replenishment of a nation’s traditions and ideals. Self-criticism of one’s country is salutary to ensure needed changes, but only if Americans accept that an innately self-correcting United States does not have to be perfect to be good – and especially when, in a world of innately flawed humans and failed states, it remains far better than any of the alternatives abroad.”
Victor Davis Hanson

The tragedy of the Left is that it mainly lives in ignorance. Its true believers see darkness and emptiness everywhere. They accuse everyone who doesn’t follow their dogma as racists, white supremacists, capitalists, and Nazis. For them, there is no release from their own misery, and they remind all of us that we have no right to be happy and satisfied. Our achievements rest on their desolation, and we must pay for it—forever.

Bad Faith Governance and More Symptoms of the Great Unraveling


A few days ago I replied to a comment here about those who “blindly following the narrative because it’s ‘what the CDC recommends’…” with:

Not sure which is worse, those “blindly following” or the others who “cynically hide behind” while knowing full well it is all crap. Truth is, I won’t have much respect for either on the other side.

When elected leaders decide to look the other way from… ya know… the matters that actually matter to us, we find out about the kinds of people America has in its reserve stock. Yes, the supply chain is a mess; but we’ve got all three hosts to chat with Ryan Peterson, CEO of Flexport, who hopes to fix it. (Take a look at what is likely the first-ever viral tweetstorm on shipping logistics, as well as his children’s book to educate youngsters about the machines that power the world they inhabit!)

The gang ask Ryan about his boat tour of the Long Beach port complex to see for himself what’s got us so backed up. He gets us into the nooks and crannies of his industry; how the pandemic has showed its weak points, his ideas for innovating it; and, naturally, the regulatory burdens that slow it all down.

Entertaining Angels: Gift from God Edition


File:Guido Reni 031.jpgI think this is (at least) the fifth post on this theme that I’ve written on this site.  I take the original injunction (Hebrews 13:2) very seriously:

Be not forgetful to entertain strangers; for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.

As usual, I’m quoting the KJV, mostly in memory of an elderly Canadian fisherman (deep sea, not sport; grueling job, not merry persiflage) who, many years ago, gifted our family with a Bible of the King James Version variety, with the admonition that we should pay attention to it because it included–after all–“the actual words Christ spoke.”  That happened somewhere in the early 1970s, and I’ve told a few people that story since.  Some have borrowed it for their own use (without attribution of any sort), but that’s OK.  Point is that the Word is disseminated, right?  It’s the message that’s important, not the messenger.

On October 21, 2021, the Gray Center and the Heritage Foundation co-hosted a special event to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the confirmation of Justice Clarence Thomas to the Supreme Court of the United States. This event, consisting of a daytime law symposium and evening lecture, brought together jurists, legal academics and practitioners, including many of the Justice’s former clerks, where we discussed his jurisprudence and impact on the Court over the past three decades.

The second panel looked at the constitutional liberties of the first amendment, religion, race, and natural law, relating them to Justice Thomas’s jurisprudence. It included a discussion featuring: Allison Jones Rushing, Circuit Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit; Nicole Stelle Garnett, Professor of Law at Notre Dame Law School; Elbert Lin, Partner at Hunton Andrews Kurth and former Solicitor General of West Virginia, and Michael McConnell, Professor and Director of the Constitutional Law Center at Stanford Law School. It was moderated by Adam Mortara, Lecturer in Law at University of Chicago Law School.

Uncommon Knowledge: Boardwalk Empire: Chris Christie’s Unfinished Political Journey


Former New Jersey governor Chris Christie began his political career as a teenager watching Ronald Reagan and Gerald Ford joust for control of the Republican Party at the 1976 GOP convention. From there, he soon entered the University of Delaware and then received his JD degree from the Seton Hall University School of Law. He served as US attorney for New Jersey from 2002 to 2008 and as governor of New Jersey from 2010 to 2018. Gov. Christie ran for president briefly in 2016. The governor guides us through all of those—often embattled—chapters of his life in the course of this interview, including giving us his view of the Bridgegate scandal, and what it was like to be on the debate stage with Donald Trump in the 2016 Republican primary race. But it’s not all politics: we also cover the governor’s views on China, COVID policy, and domestic economic policy. Finally, while he doesn’t make any announcement about his future plans, Christie does describe why he might be the best choice to run—and win—in the 2024 presidential election.

Just When I Thought the Federal Bureau of Instigation Could Stoop No Lower


Last week, the apartment of James O’Keefe, founder of Project Veritas, was raided by the Federal Bureau of Instigation (no relation), ostensibly searching for a diary of Ashley Biden (el presidente’s daughter). The diary, having been surrendered to law enforcement over a year ago, was not present. Two smartphones owned by O’Keefe were confiscated in the pre-dawn raid. O’Keefe was kind of surprised when shortly after the raid, a reporter from The New York Times called him up to ask how it feels.

While the diary has been published online for over a year and contains quite a few juicy tidbits regarding the, ahem, inner workings of the family Biden, we now know that the diary was a pretext. It wasn’t about the diary.

Gym Class Music and Other Lapses in Judgment


I gotta feeling (Whoo-hoo) that tonight’s gonna be a good night
That tonight’s gonna be a good night
That tonight’s gonna be a good, good night.

I threw the basketball in a half-hearted attempt to make a basket, missed again, and got back in line. This particular gym class lesson seemed custom made for both my failure and boredom. My classmates and I were lining up, taking turns throwing the basketball from a spot around the key, moving to the next location, and doing it again. We were supposed to keep track of the number of shots we made, out of about 50 possible, and I was at zero about halfway through this exercise.

School boards across the country are imposing extreme and dangerous mask mandates on children, and soon vaccine mandates. It’s all supposedly in the name of science and public health. But it’s not. It’s about control. They think that they own your children. They are teaching your children to be submissive. To accept dominion. In most places, the school boards are entirely Leftist. Because conservatives, people on the right, we have more important things to do, we think, than go to school board meetings. So we’ve ceded this ground, this whole area, to Leftists. And they’re poisoning the children, both physically and psychologically.

So we need to run for school board. You need to run for school board.

In Flanders Fields


In Flanders Fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders Fields.
Take up our quarrel with the foe:

Thanks, Dad


SILVER STAR, awarded for actions during World War II to First Lieutenant Clarence O. Pratt under General Orders No. 32 (August 29, 1944).

CITATION: The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star to First Lieutenant (Infantry) Clarence O. Pratt (ASN: 0-342954), United States Army, for gallantry in action while serving with the (redacted) Infantry Regiment, 83rd Infantry Division, in action against the enemy from 7 August 1944 to 12 August 1944, in (redacted), France. Lieutenant Pratt displayed outstanding devotion to duty and conspicuous bravery in leading his company in the attack against the city of (redacted). The entire action was carried out under extremely heavy enemy small arms and artillery fire. Although severely wounded, he carefully directed the advance of his men and materially assisted the advance of the entire batallion. His heroic devotion to duty reflects great credit upon himself and the finest traditions of the military service.

People Don’t Count


It has been an enduring mystery of Progressivism: How can you support an ideology that in the end is anti-people when you are a person? There are a variety of explanations:

  1. Progressivism attracts insane people. Insane people are able to firmly hold contradictory beliefs without understanding that they are contradictory.
  2. Progressives are evil manipulators that think they are destroying the wrong people and conscripting others to serve them as drones to the Queen Bee. They understand well the anti-people nature of their ideology but have a plan to exempt themselves from its consequences.
  3. Progressivism attracts people who don’t think through anything, and are probably stupid enough to not see the end game and only focus on the high-sounding goodness of the slogans.
  4. Progressivism is the sinecure of the lazy and mendacious who see supporting progressivism as a means of an easy “score” and a means of comfort with little effort. Their expectations are always short-term and self-indulgent so the end game of progressivism simply is ignored. These people never expected anything so whatever they can get for as long as they can get it is all they ever care about.

You can’t pick just one of these explanations for the enduring push of Progressivism. It is a function of some combination of each.

A New and Ordinary Life


How often have you heard people say that when their life was threatened and they survived, they had a whole new lease on life? I’ve heard it a lot.

But that attitude hasn’t been true for me.

Ninety Feet


In game seven of the 2014 World Series, the Kansas City Royals found themselves in as hopeless a situation as you can possibly be when trailing by only one run. The score was 3-2, they were down to their last out in the ninth inning and San Francisco Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner was dealing. Bumgarner had just pitched three days earlier as a starter in San Francisco, completely mystifying the Royals in that game and now in game seven, he’d come on in relief in the fifth inning and was doing it again. The first two outs in the ninth had come easily for Bumgarner and the Royals’ hopes rested with Alex Gordon.

Alex was one of the few players on the 2014 Royals who had been with the team during some of the starving time years. He wasn’t very good in his first couple of seasons as a Royal, although it wasn’t a complete coincidence that the 100-loss seasons that had become a regular occurrence in Kansas City stopped when he arrived. Eventually, he developed into one of the best players in baseball and if there was one guy with the Royals that made you feel like there was at least a little bit of hope in that hopeless situation, it was Alex.

The Left’s Lies About Race


Americans are barraged with messaging from left-wing politicians and their supportive media informing us we are a fundamentally racist nation, frozen in amber from our slaveholding past, and denying it only proves how racist we are.

But the fact case is against these purveyors of resentment. Yes, racism exists — duh — but America is the least racist nation on earth. To label us unregenerate bigots is a slur purposed to divide us by skin color.