The Left Side of History

Once again, the political Left, a term increasingly synonymous with today’s Democrat Party, is on the wrong side of history. It’s nothing new. Whereas they're accustomed to winning micro-political battles, they have yet to prevail in a macro, geopolitical struggle. Their closest approach to victory was in the aftermath of the Bolshevik Revolution with its Soviet Union and near worldwide spread of socialist and communist governments. You remember. The world was to be transformed into…Read More

The Russian Rage

That's what Billy Beck sometimes calls her, especially when talking in code to those of us who know what it means. I'd recommend checking out Billy's post and the other two articles he links, first here, and then here. This is timely, because as you might note, my two previous entries on this blog have involved an old friend who accuses me thusly: This is a godless philosophy, a philosophy of atheism at its core.…Read More

Not Even Golden Handcuffs

If you haven't already, or don't have it in mind, you ought to read my previous entry first, as what follows is the answer I received back. What you might keep in mind is that in that previous post, I merely pointed out that after all, what's being proposed is that some group of "chosen-elite" know what's best for all of us and will impose it. To add context and perspective, my interlocutor is an…Read More

Sent Items

An old friend emailed yesterday to continue a long exchange about philosophy, religion, governance, etc. After a few exchanges, I get this, which I quote in full, and then dissect with comments: No, it's all system dynamics, a completely different paradigm. Capitalism is the philosophy that creates the market, the economy as a whole. this system operates upon us, but is not society itself. Society is full of other values--cultural, moral, familial, aesthetic, etc, all…Read More

Pipsqueaks and Clowns

Having served as a US Navy officer on the staff of the US Seventh Fleet, permanently embarked on its flagship, the USS Blue Ridge, and subsequently, on the flagship of the French Navy's Mediterranean Fleet, FNS Colbert, I had no small experience with lots of "dignitaries" looming about. As such, I've no reason to doubt a single word of this account of the tsunami relief effort being undertaken by the USS Abraham Lincoln. But you…Read More

Tell it to Someone Else

One reason commies and lefties (like there's much of a difference) don't like to talk to me very much is that I don't buy their lines: I'm against the war, but I support the troops. I'm against the U.S. presence in Iraq, but I hope it ends well. I'm against America's actions, but I'm a patriot. Don't question my patriotism. It's all rubbish. You can't be against a soldier's primary mission and support him at…Read More

Equilibrium

Speaking as an observer who has many friends with libertarian instincts, I would point out that terrorism is a much more formidable opponent of political liberty than government. Government acts almost as a recruiting station for libertarians. Anyone who pays taxes or has to fill out government paperwork develops libertarian impulses almost as a knee-jerk reaction. But terrorism acts as a recruiting station for statists. So it looks to me as though we are headed…Read More

I Went to Church This Moring

See the Psalm. Greg Swann and I have been collaborating, of sorts, since just before last Christmas, as documented in a few previous posts on his blog. I'll be writing more on that soon. This, his latest entry, really speaks to the very heart of the matter.Read More

Not Laissez Fair, But Not Bad, Either

While the new Airbus Industries A380 is quite an accomplishment by any standard, I nonetheless had to have a good laugh at the Q&O blog's dig at the Europeans on the topic. On the other hand, the guys and gals who drove the rivets on this project have every right to their immense pride. Well done.Read More

Note to Condi

With regard to this: "We can have this discussion in any way that you would like, but I really hope that you will refrain from impugning my integrity," Rice told Boxer. "I really hope that you will not imply that I take the truth lightly." Now I'm convinced you'll make an excellent SecState. Only an accomplished diplomat could muster what it takes to maintain such poise in the face of an onslaught at the hands…Read More

Through the Lens of History

Lately, one of my themes on this blog has been to shed light on what I believe to be a breathtaking lack of perspective on the part of most who believe we ought not be in Iraq, or, that we are making a mess of it and such is a shortcoming of president Bush. I say "breathtaking" for a number of reasons. First, their historical references never go farther back than Vietnam. Second, their references…Read More

Sent Items

In response to my last Sent Items entry, I received email suggesting that I may not have read towards the end of the article citing Dr. Marcia Angell, former Editor-in-Chief of The New England Journal of Medicine, and that in a dispute between her views and mine, my emailer would have to side with her. So, I reply: Angell is a doctor, and now, a writer. She actually did good work when she wrote a…Read More

Don’t Wanna Hear It

Thou dost protest too much "Muslims are part of the fabric of this great country and are working to build a better America." That very well may be, and I truly understand the difficulty one might have who is completely innocent (physically and spiritually), yet painted with a wide brush. On the other hand, it's just not a complaint I'm all that sympathetic to, and truth be told, I'm just not that interested in hearing…Read More

That Pig-Headed FDR

One of my great amusements is in reading or seeing material from the left that essentially paints Bush as a pig-headed maverick in his prosecution of the war on radical Islam (which, make no mistake, is exactly what it is and must be). Bush doesnt' listen to our "allies" (by which they typically mean the French and Germans), prefering to go it alone. This may all be true, but it's nothing new, and unsurprisingly, most…Read More

Sent Items

Just one, this time, out in email (edited for even more sting). If ordinary Americans got the same sweet treatment from this administration as the great pharmaceutical houses, we'd all be in a much better place. Oh, how the left inspires. If only I could be just an "ordinary American." To be a victim in the eyes of the left; to be dependent upon them to set me in "a much better place" . .…Read More

What’s so Funny?

Here's an idea. Let's decide the future path of human civilization on the basis of who can put together a better manifesto that's both funny and poignant. It would be the advocates of individualism and liberty vs. those of collectivism and socialism. For those of us who advocate individualism and liberty, we probably couldn't do better than this bit of Clinton-era wit on the part of P.J. O'Rourke, which I quote here in full. The…Read More

Fly Away

The men's world hang gliding championship (flex wing) is currently taking place in Hay, New South Wales, Australia. You can read all you want to about it and more in The Oz Report. Here below is a great photo of Alex Ploner of the French team during a 180 kilometer task. I'd say he's at least 2,000 ft. AGL. That protrusion from the right corner of the control frame is a GPS, altimeter, variometer, and…Read More

Salute

I bought my first PC in 1990, an x386. I've owned many, many of them since then, and in my company, I generally move up to the fastest thing every few months and hand down my old one. In a Windows Server 2003 domain as we maintain, network PCs are easy to swap out while maintaining all the user's settings and files. I've been running the same profile, moved from PC to PC in a…Read More

Live Well

A couple of entries ago, I said: Yet in spite of all of it; ALL of it, the average guy all over the world is far better off than he was 10 years ago, or 20, or 100, or 1000, or 5,000. In spite of all the evil, we do better and better. As an individual, the chances are ever greater that you will live a longer and more prosperous life than anyone who has…Read More

Critical Distinctions, Please

John Henke highlights several instances of torture or mistreatment of Iraqi prisoners. He concludes: But whenever I see supporters of the war glossing over--even praising--torture, indefinite detainment, efforts to avoid the law....and demanding no explanation from the people who authored and engaged in these things....? Well, I wonder whether some of us are becoming the amoral participants that we profess to fight? Now, I have no idea in the world whether any of the actions…Read More