Immigration, character, welfare, and economic destiny
Politics

Immigration, character, welfare, and economic destiny

America’s economic growth will benefit from an immigration policy that sees people with skills come to work, not to latch onto America’s welfare benefits. A few decades ago, when I was getting my history major at Cal, something very rare and special happened: I had a brilliant professor. Every lecture [Read More]

Bookworm Beat Social Media
Politics

Bookworm Beat 5/7/19 — the Vanishing Conservatives on Social Media edition

There are reasons for you to be very afraid of the social media crackdown on conservatives (even fringe ones), plus other scary stuff in today’s world. Democrats prepare for 2020 by silencing conservatives.  If I had to identify the scariest news today, it would be Twitter’s purge of conservatives, which [Read More]

The Death of Moses, as in Deuteronomy 34:1-12, Bible card published 1907 by the Providence Lithograph Company (cropped) Source: Wikimedia Commons
Christianity

FIRST PRINCIPLES: FIRST IMPRESSIONS ABOUT AMERICA

Vassar Bushmills Anyone, anywhere, who hears the name “America” already has a first impression about America; either positive or negative. It doesn’t matter if he/she is 18 or 80, and located anywhere in the world. If abroad those impressions are a mixture of street talk, music, films, and of course, relatives [Read More]

Impeachment Trump Derangement Syndrome
Donald Trump

President Trump is the “dayenu” president

No matter how imperfect Trump is, looking at his record of accomplishments, as to each one I say the Passover word “dayenu” — it would have been enough. During the Passover dinner, one of the songs Jewish families sing is Dayenu. It is in the nature of a “count your [Read More]

The border fence between El Paso and Juarez has an elaborate gate structure to allow floodwaters to pass under. The grates prevent people being able to cross under, and can be raised for floodwaters carrying debris. Beyond the fence is a canal and levee before the Rio Grande; the Border Patrol cars hang out on the levee. Wikipedia (CC BY-SA 4.0)
Culture

MEXICO LINDO, A BRIEF HISTORY

Vassar Bushmills Three men, standing at the Mexican border, looking south: Man #1: Mexico Lindo. Man #2: I don’t see nothin’ so ‘lindo’ about it. Man #3: Just looks like more of Texas to me. Man #1: You have no eyes! (Iconic lines from a film, anyone want to guess which one?) It’s an interesting history, [Read More]

Donald Trump State of the Union speech
Donald Trump

Trump’s State of the Union speech open thread

The State of the Union speech was a triumph of principle over the ugliest and most divisive politics. I loved it and am very proud of President Trump. I watched the State of the Union speech from beginning to end and thought it was marvelous. It was also a remarkably [Read More]