Mar
29

Dignity, Please

Does the word “dignity” get much consideration in our politics, anymore? I wonder sometimes. My latest cause to wonder is the sorry episode from CPAC involving former conservative (now politically…whatever) mouthpiece/child Jonathan Krohn being cornered by a group of nominally conservative attendees from disparate corners of the Internet – notably Katie Pavlich, CPAC Blogger of… Continue reading »

Aug
11

Romney-Ryan 2012!

This morning I had the pleasure of attending the rally in Norfolk, VA at which Mitt Romney introduced his running mate for the 2012 election. Speculation had flown around the Internet for days, as pundits made their case for or against this or that candidate. There were many attractive prospects this year, including my governor… Continue reading »

Apr
10

Botherdamn

I want to attempt to articulate the things that bother me. This is not as easy a task as it seems. Very often I am driven to distraction by competing sources of annoyance. It’s like listening to two television programs at the same time and trying to make sense of them both. In situations like… Continue reading »

Jan
08

Book Review: Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea

With the recent death of Kim Jong-Il, America’s favorite dictator, the situation in Chosŏn is somewhat ambiguous. What seems to be clear, through the spectacle of the funeral and fake mourning, is that Jong-Il’s son, Jong Un is moving to consolidate his power according to his father’s wishes. Indeed, what few reports have been verified… Continue reading »

Dec
30

Events Are Not to My Liking; and Other Things of Marginal Concern to You

It’s not that I haven’t wanted to write; it’s just that there are so many things I want to do at a given moment that eclipse my desire to write a blog post and cast it into the cold unfeeling nether. All that aside, I’m here now and I’m pissed. Why? You might well ask… 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
03

Letter to Occupy Norfolk

To the Editor, Virginian-Pilot: Occupy Norfolk and the larger Occupy movement have devolved into what astute critics said they would from the start: farce and ruin. Our own Norfolk chapter of the “movement” (which has no goals, no leadership, and sadly no end in sight) has failed to gain much traction. Why the city renewed… 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
08

Impressions From the Debate

After last night’s Republican debates, some impressions: Romney and Perry are the clear frontrunners. While I think Perry made a huge impression on people, Romney sounded more polished, professional and more Presidential. Perry needs to tighten up, get a few answers prepared to tough questions. But the race is between them. I liked the jabbing that went… 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 »

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