A Red Christmas

It was a hectic day of Christmas shopping in Berlin. As of this writing, 12 people have been killed by a Vehicle of Peace, one Polish truck driver was murdered in his seat, 50+ other pedestrians are gravely wounded, and the architect of this holiday cheer primly plots her reelection. Of course there was a…

Rogue Zero

It’s fascinating how malleable the human mind can be. If you embed hooks deep enough in their psyche, people can be led around like bulls with a nose ring. I’ve consumed a modest allocation of WordPress’ free hosting in describing the ‘isms that can cause otherwise contemplative observers to sing like showgirls at their invocation.…

The National Gerrymander

A few years ago while having dinner in Paris, my wife and I struck up a conversation with another couple at an adjacent table. That’s not something we tend to do at home, though the proximity of Parisian dinning creates its own social dynamics. It took a couple of meals to come to terms with…

You’ll Know What I Don’t Mean the Moment I Say It

The word statement is a reliable antonym of agenda. What people say is often completely different than what they mean. As statements ascend the bullshit strata from personal to official, that tendency becomes axiom. Political actors and media organs issue statements strictly to advance an agenda, not explain or reveal a truth. Most people would…

Fake Russians and Real News

Every PR combatant wages war with his own arsenal of memes. That the right’s tend to be amusing while the left’s are lugubrious is mostly a function of the personalities each movement attracts. Two of those memes now churning up the liberal silt are Russian Hacking and Fake News. As to the former, dullard Republicans…

A Government that Serves

Several unmistakable public themes emerged from the primaries through the general election. Trump’s astonishing victory was carried by a wave of populist enthusiasm for an exotic concept of government interested in its own people. For sovereign borders, domestic industry, and a lengthy pause in the Fibonacci war sequence. For perhaps the first time in a…

Another Job Americans Won’t Do

Sophistry is a skill set of which America suffers an even greater deficit than lettuce pickers. We certainly have ample quantity, and the effort is Herculean. But the quality of Western sophistry is simply abysmal. What the hell are journalism students even being taught these days? Here’s an example: If somone offered to build a…

Rome to Berlin

A belated huzzah for our Italian friends. Globalist Matteo Renzi has been exhaled from office on the humorously hot air of his own ultimatum. In the determination to consolidate power through a referendum, he made the public an irresistible offer by threatening to resign if his requirements weren’t accommodated. As it turns out that was…

The Ghost Ship

Some interesting symmetry in Oakland and Austria this weekend. First, the former. As readers know, dozens of caricature liberals, cloistered in a cluttered hippy commune, slipped their surly privilege Friday night. The cause was a massive warehouse fire where many of them lived and “worked” in a sort of junk-heap honeycomb that appeared meticulously crafted…

Opportunity’s Fleeting Offer

A great tactician is one who wins with the pieces he has to play. A great strategist changes the board. We’re far from knowing whether Trump will be either, but only one of those skill sets will linger past his presidency. His underdog electoral conquest of both neo-cuckservatism and its lead-dog, liberalism, represents a brilliant…