As of: May 25, 2022

Some written by me, some by others

COVID is here to stay

No-Inflation Thanksgiving

The Way Out

Sir John Glubb - The Fate of Empires

June 8, 2021

Macrubin Owens - Culture War On The Military    

Wokeness is weakness when the point is to defend the country. By Macrubin Owens.

August 17, 2021

Philippe Lemoine - Why COVID-19 Is Here To Stay, and Why You Shouldn't Worry About It  

From the Center for the Study of Partisanship and Ideology (CSPI), authored by Philippe Lemoine

August 23, 2021

Robert Gray - Duty, Honor, Country

Duty, Honor, Country and the Price of Failure in Afhganistan

September 8, 2021

Tom Flanagan - Progressive Identity Politics:  The New Gnosticism  

This article from the Canadian C2C Journal. Author is Tom Flanagan, written July 9, 2021.

Progressive Identity Politics: The New Gnosticism

September 25, 2021

Robert Gray - Cowboy Joe and the Border Patrol

Cowboy Joe and the Border Patrol

September 27, 2021

Jeff Jacoby - Washington and the Debt Limit

This article from the Patriot Post.  Author is Jeff Jacoby, September 27, 2021

As Washington Debates the Debt Limit, the Hypocrisy Is at Flood Tide

October 24, 2021

The Wit and Wisdom of Thomas Sowell

Thomas Sowell is probably my favorite political writer.  Author of over 30 books, he is a must-read source for anyone who wants to go deeper than just a discussion of current events.  Sowell explains why things happen, and the reasons that the actual results often differ so wildly from the original intentions.

Kyle Smith of National Review has put together a collection of Sowell's quotes.  Read the complete article, and enjoy.

November 9, 2021

Robin Smith - Conservatives Are Happy, Leftists Are Angry

This article from the Patriot Post.  Author is Robin Smith.  The article discusses the emotional difference between Conservatives and the Left, including "Growth mindset" versus "Fixed mindset",  relating to the research of Dr. Carol Dweck.

Conservatives are Happy, Leftists Are Angry

November 15, 2021

Robert Gray - Ann Coulter Comes To Texas Tech

On November 15, Ann Coulter (anncoulter.com) spoke at a public meeting at Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas.  The meeting was hosted by the Young Conservatives of Texas –Texas Tech chapter.  I agreed enthusiastically with most of her comments, but was somewhat surprised by her remarks about international trade.  Here are my comments.

November 18, 2021

Peter C. Earle - A No-Inflation Thanksgiving

I don't usually think of economics (the "dismal science") as a source of humor , but this article by Peter C. Earle is great.  How to "adjust" your Thanksgiving menu to avoid inflation. 

The Horrors Of A Noninflationary Thanksgiving

November 21, 2021

Woke Religion: A Taxonomy

Michael Shellenberger has published a taxonomy of the "Woke Religion".  Read about Shellenberger,, who used used to be a Progressive.  He has also written a book about his experiences in San Francisco titled "San Fransicko:  Why Progressives Ruin Cities"

November 18, 2021

The Way Out

Imprimis is a free publication of Hillsdale College, and reaches over 6 million readers.  In November, 2021, Imprimis published the November 18, 2021 speech of Larry P. Arnn, the twelfth president of Hillsdale College.  In his speech, Mr. Arnn addressed two issues: (1) how would you reduce the greatest free republic in history to despotism in a short time, and (2) how would you stop this from happening?  His thoughts are a sobering reminder of how far we have descended into Orwell's 1984,  and what we must do to rescue our country, our families, and ourselves from an all-to-likely end to freedom in America. 

Mr. Arnn focuses on the following threats to our republic:

The complete article is available on the Hillsdale website.  To subscribe to Imprimis, go to the subscription page.

March 11, 2022

Sir John Glubb - The Fate of Empires

"The only thing we learn from history," it has been said, "is that men never learn from history".

Sir John Glubb (1897 - 1986) was a British soldier, scholar, historian, and author of some 20 scholarly books, many about the Arab world and Islam.  One of his major works was a treatise on "The Fate of Empires and the Search for Survival".  In this work, he chronicles some 3000 years of "empires" (or "superpowers" to use a more modern term) and provides an analysis of their rise and fall.  He claims that, on average, a superpower, from origin to decline,  lasts for about 250 years.  Glubb also shows how the life histories of great states are surprisingly similar, and that each  passes thru six phases:

  1. The Age of Pioneers
  2. The Age of Conquests
  3. The Age of Commerce
  4. The Age of Affluence
  5. The Age of Intellect
  6. The Age of Decadence

In particular, the Age of Decadence is marked by the following characteristics:

Additional reviews of "The Fate of Empires" are available at Conciliators GuildTimeless MythThe Hidden Dominion , and Chester Grant, among others.

April 22, 2022

Robert Gray  -  To Mask or Not To Mask-Why is This Even A Question?

Amidst all the controversy over mask mandates, what does the data actually show us about the effectiveness - or lack thereof - of wearing a mask?  And, as we've had about 2 years of states with mandates versus states without mandates, how do the results compare.  Ian Miller has collected the data, and the results show negligible benefit of mask mandates, clearly not worth the serious negative side-effects.  Read the article, and and see what science shows us.