Wisdom of the Elder

Larry Elder gave a wonderful speech at Hillsdale College. It is about an hour but it won’t seem like that. If you are strapped for time catch the last part with the Q and A. Here is the link.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xb91m6qoA3Y

I have a lot of respect for people who had a hard childhood and overcame it. They didn’t do it on their own. They had some relative that showed them how to not give up and get it done against the odds. ... [Read More]

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Oscars 2018 a Fantastic Show!

The Oscars 90 this year was the most enjoyable I have ever experienced, in all the many years I have been watching the show. The Oscars was produced by Michael De Luca and Jennifer Todd. Glenn Weiss directed. What an improvement! They did last year’s show too, when the quantum leap forward began. This year was even better.... [Read More]

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The Monster Next Door

This is the title of a recent article in the Weekly Standard by Ethan Epstein discussing the differences between serial killers (Ted Bundy, Son of Sam, Jeffrey Dahmer, etc.) and mass shooters. Apparently the first group often kills as “a form of lust murder” and avoids being caught. All of them  listed in this category are considered psychopaths.

Not so, apparently, for mass killers according to a FBI profiler. Relatively few are considered psychotic or insane; there are a host of other reasons for this behavior. We know a lot of them already: anger, insecurity, rage, abusive backgrounds. But author Malcolm Gladwell adds this disquieting observation:... [Read More]

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Oscars low ratings

The Oscars is one of those shows that has become a touchstone of popular culture.  Because movies are such an important element of modern American culture, many people entertain themselves by following who is nominated and then anticipating the awards and the patter of the show’s hosts, along with snippets from the films and some video and stage presentations.   It is supposed to be a star-studded celebration of celebrities associated with films, and it generally delivers that.   (I have not watched the Oscars in many years, and am speaking from memory.)

The big news that came out of this year’s Oscars show was the low ratings of the show.   Conservatives blamed the Oscars, saying many former viewers tuned out because they are tired of the tedious and tendentious speechifying and moralizing that have become hallmarks of the show in recent years. Leftist mass media blamed President Trump.... [Read More]

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TOTD 2018-3-10: Freaks Who are Normals

Let’s talk about public figures who “get it” — the Trump phenomenon. I have to start with Kurt Schlichter, since I first heard the term “Normals” from him (as opposed to Scott Adams’ “normies” who wouldn’t recognize persuasion skilz if they fell off a front loader onto their heads). And, since I’ve mentioned him, Scott Adams has some of the best insights around. His view that moving the embassy to Jerusalem is a message to North Korea (and others) is spot on. Trump signaled that things will not be as they’ve been in the past. There’s a new sheriff in town, he has the authority, and he’s going to use it to effect real change which benefits America(ns).

Public figures who are freaks of normalcy also include: VDH, Mollie Hemingway, Larry Arnn, Andrew Klavan, Dennis Prager… Who am I missing?*... [Read More]

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The Downstream Flow

Saint Andrew (Breitbart) said “Politics is downstream from culture” and many people have paid lip service to that, especially the professionals.

I have heard conservative after conservative bemoaning how will the ideal ever live on with the kids today and their silly leftism and lack of respect for tradition.... [Read More]

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Peter Collier Speech

For those who don’t have time skip to the 39 minute mark. At that mark he talks about education and gives a funny anecdote. For those who have time I found this video illuminating and helpful in understanding the 60s.

I had no idea that Peter Collier started Encounter Books before Roger Kimball took over, did you? I knew that he was a close friend of David Horowitz with whom he traveled from left to right with. It took courage, integrity, and time to make that journey. ... [Read More]

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TOTD 3.08.2018: Tilting the World

Yesterday, still frowning internally at my seeming inability to adequately express my thoughts so that my thoughts make some sense to the non-weird people, I happened upon this video.

It’s rather long, but no need to listen/watch the video all once.  I think it is a video worth watching several times, in small bits.   The first 15 minutes kept my mind occupied for most of yesterday.... [Read More]

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National Parks

We depart for Moab on April 29th, on a three week trip in Domus Aurea, and anticipate a bountiful display by Mother Nature.  Have not seen Arches, Canyonlands, or Capitol Reef before, so the anticipation, based on visits to other National Parks, is mounting.  That’s an understatement, on second thought!  We can’t wait.

Here are three pix from our last road trip to Utah, with a stop at Crater Lake on the way home.  The first picture was taken while wading up the Virgin River Narrows in Zion.  I tuned this one up in Photoshop, printed it, then the good wife framed it perfectly and hung it over the piano.  The second is a general vista shot of Bryce Canyon, and lastly the Lake of all lakes here in Oregon.... [Read More]

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