Monthly Archives: December 2016

Off For the Hols

We’re heading off across the pond for a couple of weeks to visit family old and new. Things will probably be pretty quiet here till the week of the 8th, but you never know: there may be reports from abroad. Feel free to browse our eleven years of archived posts (4,292 as of this entry), […]

Narrative Collapse. As Usual.

Well here we go again. Goodwhites (many of whom, I’ll confess, are my friends) have been aghast about all the “hate” unleashed among badwhites during the Trump ascenscion. Just look! — here’s a sweet young Muslim woman assailed by Trumpist bigots on the subway, while out at Nassau County Community College some sociopath, his mind […]

Three Years On

In the wake of the latest attacks in Europe, I’m re-linking to a post I wrote in April of 2013, in which I coined the term “Cultural Immunodeficiency Virus” to describe the lethal memetic pathogen affecting the West. The post seems to me as relevant now as it did then. Read it here. Related content […]

Figure And Ground

I always have to admire those who present quantitative data in visually compelling ways. With a hat-tip to David Duff, here is a wonderful example: Trumpland and the Clinton Archipelago, from the site Vivid Maps. Related content from Sphere

They Grind Exceeding Small

I’ve written before about the fractal nature of social grievance, and the curious inversion of status that is only made possible by comfortable political and material conditions. Back in 2014, I had this to say: As I’ve said before (see here and here), “injustice” is fractal. (Zoom out and you get slavery, the Holocaust, ISIS; […]

Europe: To Be, Or Not?

Last weekend my daughter, who lives in Vienna, sent us a photograph of herself, her husband, and our four-month-old grandson enjoying themselves in the Kristmasmarkt in Karlsplatz. Today a similar holiday marketplace in Berlin was attacked by a jihadist, who rammed a truck into the happy crowd. As I write the death-toll stands at twelve, […]

The Gift That Keeps On Giving

Well, the Electoral College has cast its votes, and the results are in. The envelope, please?   Aaaand … the winner is….   …Donald Trump! Hillary Clinton loses again! The best part? More of Hillary Clinton’s electors defected than Donald Trump’s. There is special kind of wonderfulness about this election: not only did we get […]

Careful What You Wish For

Here’s an unsympathetic op-ed piece — from the New York Daily News, of all places — on the Left’s desperate campaign to annul the recent presidential election by subverting members of the Electoral College. The author, Michael Tracey, writes: Such a move would be rightly labeled a kind of hostile coup, as it totally flies […]

Nuts, In A Nutshell

Here.

In Your Dreams

On Monday, the nineteenth of December, the Electoral College will register its votes. Many on the Left have staked their hopes on “faithless electors” denying Donald Trump the presidency. (Yes, this is really where we’ve got to in America, folks. Please fasten your seat belts.) Leaving aside the seismic social consequences of such a thing […]

It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like “End Of Fiscal Year”

Do you go out of your way to avoid the word “Christmas” when greeting people at this time of year? (I hope not, but maybe you do.) Perhaps, seeking to remain employed, avoid stupid arguments with pugnacious “social-justice” busybodies, or just generally toe the line, you wish them enjoyable “holidays” instead. Well, that line keeps […]

Feeling Their Pain

This ruction over “Fake News” is fascinating. There are so many angles and interests. I won’t say much here (tonight, at least) about some of the more widely discussed angles on this story — freedom of speech, the struggle for power, or the general deliquescence of the very idea of Truth, of which this latest […]

A.K.A. Deplorable

Saw an unfamiliar acronym over at Maverick Philosopher the the other day: “SIXHIRB”. I had to look it up. It’s a coinage of Dennis Prager’s, and it stands for Sexist, Intolerant, Xenophobic, Homophobic, Islamophobic, Racist, Bigoted: the “basket” of cudgels routinely applied to anyone to the right of the Vox editorial staff. I’d have preferred […]

The Big Red Button

Here’s one that’s been getting a lot of linkage in the past couple of weeks: a welcoming and inclusive note from firearms instructor Larry Correia to all those folks who didn’t get what they wanted on November 8th — many of whom are just now realizing that government can be scary. Yes, we’ve known that […]

12/8

It’s been a busy week, with scant time for writing. So just a couple of brief notes: First, it was a month ago tonight that an amazingly wonderful thing happened: we sent the Clintons packing. I still can’t believe we really did it. But we did! Also, I should note the death of John Glenn. […]

Well Said, Fred

I haven’t linked to Fred Reed in a while, but he continues to do what he does best: writing plain common sense. His latest, from the first of this month, is about gun control. Excerpts: The two most heavily armed countries in the world are (still, I think) Israel and Switzerland. In Switzerland, men of […]

Different Animals

Consensus is orthogonal to truth.

In Science Consensus Is Irrelevant

I’ve been on the road today, with no time for writing. So for tonight we have for you an evergreen speech by the late Michael Crichton on how real science works. Money quote: In science consensus is irrelevant. What is relevant is reproducible results. The greatest scientists in history are great precisely because they broke […]

Flags, Speech, and Symbols

Not long ago I had a little rhubarb on Twitter with my old e-pal Kevin Kim on the subject of flag-burning. Kevin had quoted George Carlin’s remark that he preferred to leave symbols to the “symbol-minded”. The meaning of Mr. Carlin’s remark, and of Kevin’s quoting it, is clear enough: that the flag is just […]

Cabinet-Building

I’m happy to to see that Donald Trump has named James Mattis as his choice for Secretary of Defense. (Just think: a warrior who understands what the miltary is and isn’t for. Amazing.) As a recently retired member of the armed forces, he will, according to the National Security Act of 1947, need a waiver […]