My wife and I watched the 5-episode mini-series, "Chernobyl" two evenings this past weekend. It was better than good, and has as much relevance today as it would have had had anyone actually known what went on back in the USSR in 1986. Mikhail Gorbachev said, after he left office, that the Chernobyl accident was largely ... Read More

“I Hope I get a Good Mafia”

That was actually said in the early days of the crumbling Soviet Union. The speaker was a young man from the Caucasus who had staked out a street corner in Moscow where he planned to set up a kiosk to sell magazines and newspapers, notions and common drug store items. Just like newsstands on sidewalks in American cities. Before 1992, those ... Read More

Christ did not say “Blessed are the Vain and Arrogant”

This is a cautionary tale directed at those who self-identify pretty much as the title suggests. This is not to say that Christ did not love such people, which weighs on me terribly, because it is something I find almost impossible to do. But He did allude to them in some of His teachings, perhaps as a ... Read More

The Ease of Erasing History

I've always had an interest in the history of history. For one, that historians are even remotely interested in the lives of ordinary people is a relatively modern notion. 3000 years ago, even 600 years ago, the historian was that 1 in 10,000 person who could read and write and could therefore earn a living wage ... Read More

Messianic Psychosis: Thy Name is Democrat

I'm sure we all remember the "light bringer" Obama who would, by his winning the Presidency, stop the rise of the oceans Another Obama Failure: He Wasn't Able To Slow The Rising Sea Levels When former President Obama was just Barack Obama running for the White House, he indicated that if elected, he could, like ... Read More

American Exceptionalism #44, No Greater Love

(H/T to Pike Hightower, who provided this.) JFK'S Secretary of State, Dean Rusk, was in France in the early 60's when DeGaulle decided to pull out of NATO. DeGaulle said he wanted all US military out of France as soon as possible. Rusk responded, "Does that include those who are buried here?" DeGaulle did not respond ... Read More

American Exceptionalism #17: The American How-To Book

I'll get to #'s 1 thru 16 later. We've talked about them before. Note the book cover, which I only ran across a week or so ago. It was printed in 1908, in New York, Chicago, and London, but was in it's 6th edition, putting its original publication back into the 1890s. Just 192 pages ... Read More

Why did John Wilkes Booth call Abraham Lincoln a “Tyrant”?

When John Wilkes Booth put a bullet in Abraham Lincoln's head at Ford's Theatre on April 14th.1865, he jumped over the balcony rail onto the stage, broke his leg, then stood up, faced the audience, and proclaimed "Sic semper Tyrannis", or "thus always to tyrants!" That is also the motto of Virginia, which Booth called home, and which had just ... Read More

Leave the Bottle Filled for Others- Desert Pete

"Thank you kindly, Desert Pete" Billy Edd Wheeler was the O. Henry of folk music in the 60's. I don't recall him writing a single political lyric, not even sex. Just stories. Most had morals. He did write about a long-legged woman walkin' down the sidewalk of the city, making him think about a "stray-cat gettin' fed" ... Read More

Old Lawyers Shouldn’t Die, They Should Just Fade Away

(Photo, Doug Miller, New York Times) I believe that Robert Mueller has always believed that Donald Trump was capable of any crime, if he thought he could get away with it, and took the job as Special Counsel with that in mind. In other words I think he was predisposed to want to find Trump guilty of ... Read More

Memorial Day Tribute the Shoulders We Stand On

I've published an annual Memorial Day tribute to our fallen for several years. I think even military brass just doesn't capture the solemnity of what Memorial Day stands for. So, this year I've added a more sober musical montage, which you can use as the situation dictates. These are not smart marching tunes, but sober reminders ... Read More

Christianity and the Changing Face of Islam since 9/11

I published a short reminder in 2001 about the generational differences between the people who had to confront the killers of 9/11 and those who had to deal with the alliance who attacked Pearl Harbor and almost succeeded in destroying the Jewish race. That generation who laid all their earthly pleasures aside to defeat the Nazis and Japanese was my ... Read More

Untrackable, the Hidden Power of the People Over the Media, Part II

See Part I, and keep in mind this national 2016 election map and my "319 Square Miles" synopsis of how Hillary nearly stole the other 3,796, 681 square miles of America had it not been for the Electoral College. There is much to be pondered. Beginning with where Part I left off, being lied to ... Read More

The Diminishing Power of the Media, Part I

Keep this simple set of facts in mind when the subject of the strength of the Democratic Party base comes up. And keep a constant visual of this map in your head when the subject of the power of the media comes up. There are 3,141 counties in the United States. Trump won 3,084 of ... Read More

#AlabamaAbortionBan Time For #RoevWade To Be Overturned And Given Back To The States

It was a nuclear bomb on America by a Supreme Court decision when it was passed, and has not dissipated over 50 years. It has certainly changed minds along the way, as I am one who changed her mind. My mother was a "feminist" in the 70s, and raised her daughters to believe it was ... Read More