From Sarah Hoyt, on her blog: We don’t need a national divorce. We already have that. We’re a separated couple, sharing the same house, avoiding each other at every chance and interpreting the noises we hear as being something exciting like rains of spiders or giving birth to snakes, when really the ex just… Continue reading Quote of the day
I’m sure the very last thing Kyle Rittenhouse wanted was to become a living meme, but sadly that’s what’s happened to him. America is as divided over his case as it has been over President Trump – so much so that it’s not far-fetched to call it “Rittenhouse Derangement Syndrome”, after the similarly weird… Continue reading “Rittenhouse Derangement Syndrome” now rivals “Trump Derangement Syndrome”
Thomas Sowell is one of the most important thinkers of our time, IMHO. He’s published many books, and proved a prescient observer of our political and social scene. Here’s a video interview he did last month, which analyzes two competing visions driving our politics and social policies. I think it’s important viewing, to put… Continue reading Competing visions of reality
Last week I repeated a warning that’s been sounded by many people whose judgment I respect. The “Lobby Day” in Richmond, Virginia on Monday, January 20th, directed against the new anti-gun proposals and legislation being imposed by the newly-elected Democratic Party government of the state, is turning into a tailor-made opportunity for anti-Second Amendment, anti-gun,… Continue reading The Richmond protest: things are getting squirrelly out there
As I’ve said many times, I’m neither Republican nor Democrat, neither left-wing nor right-wing. I have my own views on life, the universe and everything, shaped and formed through some pretty eventful experiences, and I don’t expect anyone else to subscribe to them. Nevertheless, I try to understand what both wings of politics are going… Continue reading Fanatics, politics, and one-track minds
Fred Reed, whom we’ve met in these pages many times, isn’t very hopeful about the future of the USA. It’s hard to gainsay the negatives he’s seeing. I am not sure why people write columns. Partly from boredom, I suppose, or lack of anything better to do. Partly from exasperation. Yet partly from the hope… Continue reading Decline and fall?
It’s been obvious to all of us for some time that people on the extremes of US politics, both left and right, are growing more and more intolerant of anyone who disagrees with their warped, twisted, monomaniacal perspectives. Please note that I blame both sides equally. You can’t point a finger at a right-wing screed… Continue reading So much for tolerance, civility and balance
Remember: Memories Pizza in Indiana? When its owner declined to cater gay weddings, and the store shut down under a monumental wave of hatred and backlash, a fundraiser collected over $800,000 for the owners. Sweet Cakes by Melissa in Oregon? Forced by a hostile state agency to pay damages to a lesbian couple for whom… Continue reading I hope the silent majority is gathering itself for action . . .
I’m beginning to wonder whether the events at Charlottesville, VA last weekend were deliberately set up and allowed to unfold, as a calculated political maneuver to put President Trump in particular, and the Republican Party and conservatives and the alt-right in general, into an impossible position, where anything they might do could be criticized by… Continue reading Was the entire Charlottesville imbroglio a setup from start to finish?
There have been a large number of comments and developments following last weekend’s violence in Charlottesville. Here are a few that I found particularly interesting. 1. The ACLU questions whether law enforcement was deliberately trying to provoke a confrontation. “It is the responsibility of law enforcement to ensure safety of both protesters and counter-protesters. The… Continue reading After Charlottesville: some very interesting responses