Feb
18

With Apologies to Wilfred Owen

Please, somebody. Bent double, we new beggars under tax, Knock-kneed, reading news rags, we cursed at Drudge, Till on the haunting views we turned our backs And towards November’s test began to trudge. We voted asleep. Many lost their roots But limped on, nails-gnawed. Perry lame; all blind; Drunk with fatigue; deaf even to the… Continue reading »

Jan
19

Perry’s Out; Now What?

Well it’s finally happened. Rick Perry’s campaign, derailed by poor debate performance and an insistence by some members of the conservative punditariat that vaccines were more important than a record of job creation, has ended. It ended on a good note, as Perry left the race without playing spoiler. His supporters in South Carolina represent… Continue reading »

Dec
07

Blurbs

I don’t have the energy, interest, wherewithal or pluck to attempt a blog post longer than a few words. I shall therefore apply a scattershot approach, and hit on several topics or random thoughts. Join me on this potentially amazing experience. *** Bad news out of Smithfield, my hometown. The priest there has been suspended from… Continue reading »

Nov
16

Decision 2012

I’ve decided that I am going to support Rick Perry for President of the United States. Some regular readers here and on Twitter (mostly on Twitter; this blog is like an Alaskan mining town – rich in resources but scantly populated) may have noticed that I’ve resisted making a decision about lending my active support to a… Continue reading »

Nov
14

Know Your Political Cults

This political season has seen the conservative movement struggle with its identity and its prospects for the future. A lot is on the line in the 2012 election, certainly. What I’ve noticed more and more is just how personally everyone seems to take the merest criticism of their preferred candidate. The reactions range from defensive scorn… Continue reading »

Oct
26

The First Among the Rest

The contest for the Republican nomination for President has, well before the first primary, been both raucous and caustic. As yet it has not dipped into toxicity, although prior to Sarah Palin’s voluntary departure from consideration the onset of psychosis among some of her core supporters seemed inevitable. Ron Paul has even managed to keep… Continue reading »

Sep
07

Handicapping Tonight’s Republican Debate

The Republican field is beginning to take shape. While tonight’s debate will almost certainly not give us any clear indication of who the eventual nominee will be, it is the first test for the newest entrant, Governor Rick Perry of Texas. Perry shook up the field quite a bit when he announced his candidacy, and… Continue reading »