Deferred Action for Japanese Aggression (DAJA)

On December 8, 1941, both the US House and Senate passed war resolutions against Imperial Japan. These included authorization to initiate conflict and bring it to a prompt and successful conclusion. In passing this decree it was widely understood that Senators themselves would not be storming jungle machine gun nests, but rather their surrogates in…

The Exact Words I Wrote You Said

So I had a meeting recently with my boss. He doesn’t care for me much at all; which is quite a bit warmer than my feelings for him. Given this mutual antipathy, I decided to take meticulous notes on our meeting. I did this because I am a servant of the truth, and it is…

Spayed May Pays

Commenter Jeppo has historically mined the election numbers to offer analysis more penetrating than stock political glibery. So I’m happy to headline below his remarks on the British election for those interested in discussion. After looking closely at the final results, I’ve come to the counter-intuitive conclusion that — contra the media narrative — this…

The Cowards of Tours

You’ll notice men rarely miss an opportunity to present their failings as flattery. That’s because failure offers an easy and established path, while success may involve discomfort and name calling from those who’d prefer you not have it. And since we are prone to both leisure and self-praise, it should be little surprise how unselfconsciously…

Apology to Enoch

In nineteen hundred and sixty eight, a prophetic speech was made. A pol named Powell saw a future foul, so he would have to be flayed, my friend. He would have to be flayed. The gates were flung and the Paks flew in, as fast as allah could fly. But it was all good since…

Xerxes in Springfield

There are times when forces of math, physics, or nature resist the will of man. And when that occurs those forces must be punished. Some of you may recall an ancient example from 480BC. It was then that Achaemenid Emperor Xerxes found his armies thwarted by the Dardanelles strait (or the Hellespont as it was…

Stockdale’s Revenge

In Western society it is considered impolite to state obvious things. No one mentions that a dullard is dull, since insulting the witless is seen as an effective self-indictment. And so in rhetorical combat we do the opposite. Since imbeciles, no matter how grasping or malicious, are viewed as expedients rather than competition, they are…

The High Cost of Education

Thinking about the ongoing series of Trans-Atlantic diversity murders, one of the more sobering realizations is that there is no bridge too far. There is no injury, insult, or florid spray of intestines that would catalyze a broad public inflection point. The elasticity of tolerance appears infinite. The outrages, large and small, month by year,…

Smile When You Say That, Pilgrim

You’re reading a blog post right now, which is a presumptively constitutional act. But what if you’re reading this while dripping with intolerance? That might stain your couch; but does it also place you in legal jeopardy? According to the US Fourth Circuit Court, the answer–by a 10-3 margin–is absolutely yes. That was the determination…