I used to buy the Weekly Standard quite frequently- back in the Nineties. I don’t know if it was because there was nothing much else besides NR, or because I hadn’t matured politically. Back then, it seemed there was only one answer to Democrats, who I saw as barely closeted socialists and leftists, and that was Republicans.
But then I got my wish. G W Bush was elected and we had 8 years of, um, mostly wars, marble- mouthed assertions and shrugs. The son worshiped his father-President and the Presidency itself above all else. Dignity must be maintained at any cost, while the left advanced apace. Bush ( and McCain) gave us Obama. We started to see how chummy the Bushes were with the Clintons. It was strange to me, especially coming from the clan that held the Presidency in such worshipful esteem. I guess it was just the magic of David Copafeel that made it happen.... [Read More]
I know I must’ve read Gore Vidal’s 1876 back in 1976, or shortly thereafter. But I didn’t know as much history then as I do now; I’m sure all the stuff about the Second Empire and Napoleon III, and the Hayes-Tilden election, was lost on young gorgeous me.
I’m re-reading it now, and finding it very funny and pleasurable. And quite reassuring. Plus ça change, after all.... [Read More]
In this week’s Classicist podcast from the Hoover Institution, Victor Davis Hanson discusses examples from history of leaders who made their nations/empires great again at a time when the general consensus was that they were in an irreversible decline.
The introduction is particularly provocative, discussing the Eastern Roman emperor Justinian.... [Read More]
The Internet can be such a rewarding place when those with specialized knowledge share it. This can make it a place of light and wisdom.
I don’t know how it fares as a place of agreement. In many ways it can accentuate the difference but it can also give a fair reading of the opposing view. This for many people is a feature not a bug. Having one’s ideas challenged by a good person can make them stronger. (They can also be shown as a pack of suppositions with not any good support.)... [Read More]
It’s one of my favorite cities. It’s what I imagined Vienna would be like, but Vienna is all white and frosty and wedding cakey; I so prefer the warm red sandstone of Strasbourg. And the cassoulet, the foie gras! ( yeah, okay, I know–it is still one of the world’s most delicious dishes)! Do you know that during the Revolution the populace saved the cathedral from destruction by making a giant red Phrygian cap to cover its spires? I was hoping to see the cap, but it was destroyed during a later fire. It was tin, not wool. But: how did they make it–and how get it up there?
On the same day last we visited Strasbourg, we also saw Colmar, the Statue of Liberty’s hometown. We were there about this time of year, and we’re told that it is now their busiest season: tout Le monde wants to see the charming Christmas markets!... [Read More]
The Daily Beast reports that, following a vote last November where a proposition was approved to spend a portion of a city hotel tax to support the arts, San Francisco’s eleven-member Board of Supervisors unanimously approved spending US$ 3 million to fund “cultural districts” including “Calle 24: Latino Cultural District” and the “LGBTQ Leather Cultural District in SOMA”. (I presume “SOMA” stands for “South of Market” and not the happy drug from Brave New World, but in San Francisco, who knows?)
Anyway, also approved was the “Compton’s Transgender Cultural District” in the Tenderloin neighbourhood, funded initially with US$ 215,000 from the city, according to Clair Farley, director of the San Francisco Office of Transgender Initiatives (I wonder what his/her/its/whatever’s salary is for that job?).... [Read More]
See Sobieski’s piece in American Thinker today. It’s over a year since we found out that members of congress can, and do , use taxpayer money to pay off victims of their sexual harassment.
They get this money and pay it to complainants while they are sitting legislators. Now, um, how is THAt not a campaign finance violation? Aren’t they using our money to prevent emergence of a story which might scuttle their re-election bids?... [Read More]
Here’s an interesting one: I would like to generate metrics for a laptop, with which I can compare any laptop ever made. Note that I do not propose to compare *every* laptop ever made. That’s crazy talk. Still, I would like to be able to create cheesy graphics showing the “footprint” of various laptops on a log-log chart. I see two major axes for classes of metric: simple vs not-simple, and objective vs not-objective. Any number of metrics could of course populate each quadrant of a table organized that way — here is just one example in each quadrant:... [Read More]
Polustanochki, in Russian, are little train stations that dot the map, “whistle stops” There may be a town there, and there may not. Across the endless expanse of the Russian continent, these outposts of civilization are plopped down in the infinite nowheres.
This album from the year 2000 is in my opinion the best from this Russian group, ЛЮБЭ, whose name is rendered Lyub in English. The first, title track Полустаночки “Polustanochki” is intended to seat you in one of those little train stations, perhaps with a cup of Russian tea, watching all the myriad Russians going back and forth, buying a newspaper, eating some dumplings, and decidedly not watching them get smashed on 13% beer which after all is “not hard alcohol”.... [Read More]
The morning after at least two were killed and an additional 12 wounded near a Christmas market in Strasbourg, France, Trump tweeted “Another very bad terror attack in France. We are going to strengthen our borders even more. Chuck and Nancy must give us the votes to get additional Border Security!
“The Democrats and President Obama gave Iran 150 Billion Dollars and got nothing, but they can’t give 5 Billion Dollars for National Security and a Wall?”... [Read More]
Why, do you think, did Michael Cohen plead guilty to two felonies in violating campaign finance laws?
He must know, as we all do, that even a violation of that law is extremely difficult to prove. If there is any other personal motive for the outlay, it’s not a violation. They couldn’t even convict John Edwards! Menendez still has his seat in congress.... [Read More]
There is one persistent “tele-monster” that had called 15 times in the past 2 weeks. Last night I had enough. Granted NoMoRobo does detect these scam calls and terminates them as soon as they can get the caller ID. Unfortunately the caller ID is transmitted after the first ring, so I must endure many single rings from my land line phones. Tired of this, I set up my phone system through my provider so that when another call would come in and I knew it would, it would forward that call and only that call back to the point of origin.