The Devil and Daniel Webster, 1941

This is 1941, when Hollywood apparently still approved of God. "The Devil and Daniel Webster" is a short story written by Stephen Vincent Benet in 1936 for Saturday Evening Post, then in book form in 1937, then this film version in 1941. It's available for free viewing on YouTube, only certain biases apply, as I could only find it ... Read More

The Satan Chronciles; An Invitation

Over at Unwashed Philosophy (a creation of "Haystack", one of the early behind-the-curtain tech-guys at RedState and now living a contemplative monk's existence in an aerie in New England) I was invited to do a series of short essays about how Satan became the political head of the whole world...except America. Central to that story has been ... Read More

Teaching History to C-Students, not just A-Students; a Note to Conservatives

Yesterday I saw a tweet by Mark Levin, plugging an August 19, 2019 article at The Federalist by Josh Lawson, "8 Back-to-School Books to Protect Students from Leftist Brainwashing". Other than throwing in an updated version of Thomas Paine's Common Sense and perhaps Alexis de Toqueville's Democracy in America, also updated for modern readers, making it a solid ... Read More

American Theology and “The Patriot’s History of the United States”

There is an American theology and has always has been. And some very fine historians have chronicled it. Samuel Eliot Morison covered the years of my education in the 1960s. American History and Government were required courses by state boards of education in every jurisdiction. And they were part of most state universities required core curricula ... Read More

By an Angel’s Kiss, MSG (Ret) Mark Allen, 46, Army

Kissed by an Angel, Where Violins are the Angels’ Voices, and the Cello Sings Harmony           MSG Mark Allen, 46, of Loganville, GA,         died in his home Oct 12, 2019 from injuries from a sniper's rifle ten years earlier in Afghanistan while searching for the deserter Bowe Bergdahl, at the time an Army Specialist. Rest ... Read More

The Liberating Joy of Lying with a Clear Conscience

Remember the old adage about removing God as the final judge for your actions? American corporations went to hell in a hand basket when they kicked God out of the boardroom by showing ethics the door. 1980s. Maybe earlier, but I was there in the late 70s and they still kicked around the notion of ethics ... Read More

#BetrayalOfTheKurds Oh Really? Which Kurds?

Amazingly, the media has done a very good job of gaslighting their sheep to the story of the poor pitiful Kurds. You might ask yourself who are these Kurds that every President since Bush the elder have betrayed? Well they are quite a mixed group of sad sacks I have to say. Who are the ... Read More

In Celebration of the Neocons

In 2004, awaiting a vote in the newly liberated Iraq, their first democratic vote ever, I wrote my first published essay, "Prospects for Democracy in the Middle East" - a 5500 word opus, and a pro-Iraq War website published it. (I think I have the only printed copy.) It was pretty popular and received a lot ... Read More

Driving Corruption from the Public Square

H/T to my friend @Specialist, who I still affectionately refer to as Beasley Beasemill, from our RedState days. This art will become our new trademark photo for future Dark Alley, Rolled-up Newspaper, Bloody Nose-Black Eye pieces. I just wrote 3500 words (a lot of words) a couple of days ago about the genesis of modern political corruption ... Read More

Will Either Party Survive after 2020?

Long before Donald Trump emerged, in 2013 I asked if the original Republican brand would survive where the GOP seemed to be going. That question has been answered. Happily at this juncture it no longer matters if the "corporate" Grand Old Party survives or not, for the Republican brand, and the people who cling to ... Read More

“Crook” or “Liar”, Which Matters More to Voters?

The game here is to define the Democrat candidates with a single word, then sell that word to the approximately 30% of voters who still might be swayed. I'll only discuss two right now, Joe Biden and Elizabeth Warren--first, because they are the top two, but also because the best single word to describe each ... Read More

Spoiled Little Parents, and Their Chil’rens

(From a book written in 1947 describing children of privilege when there were far fewer of them;  a description of French children of plantation owners around 1800 in the Caribbean: "There isn't one who hasn't the temper of the devil, the vanity of a peacock, the domineering instincts of a bully and a coward. They're ... Read More

The Clown Prince Writes (New York Times, 1918)

I found this old brown newspaper clipping, from a small stack on New York Times cut outs, going all the way up to 1932, when FDR was only "President-elect." Undated, but America didn't join the fighting in France until May, 1918 and in 5 1/2 months 50,000 had died before the Armistice November 11. NYT credited "Stars ... Read More

Revolution or Counter-Revolution? When two Revolutions Collide

When two revolutions collide, which takes precedence as the defending champion? And which is the contender? Who are the true revolutionaries here? The socialist-fascist Marxists, who go by so many names and historically contradictory to be irrelevant? Or is America the genuine revolutionary article? They both can't be. Yes, the American Left believes they are the true revolutionaries, only ... Read More

By an Angel’s Kiss, SFC Jeremy W Griffin, 40, Army, (Afghanistan)

Kissed by an Angel, Where Violins are the Angels’ Voices, and the Cello Sings Harmony           SFC Jeremy W Griffin, 40 of Greenbrier, Tennessee         was killed on Sept 16, 2019, in Wardak Province, Afghanistan by small arms fire He was of  3rd Bn, 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne) Joint Base Lewis-McChord Rest in peace,  Sergeant ... Read More

Protecting “Democracy in America” from Hot-Tub Socialists

Gunnar Myrdal was a Swedish Nobel Prize academician who was many thing to many people; social scientist, economist, and classic social liberal of the 1940s and 50s. So far as I know, however, he had nothing to do with the invention of the hot tub, which I'd always associated with the Swedes' brand of socialism, since that was ... Read More