Refugees at Vienna West Railway Station during the European migrant crisis 2015. Source: Bwag/Wikimedia Commons CC-BY-SA-4.0.
Culture

Riff-Raff Runways

Vassar Bushmills (First written in 2010, a reflection on the traveling season.) Are riff-raff runways in America’s future? I’ll bet you didn’t know that Europe has had them for years, at least since the fall of the Berlin Wall nearly 30 years ago, I’ve flown through most every major European hub, [Read More]

The Five Senses: Smell by Adriaen Brouwer Circa 1631 (cropped)
Economics

“AN EXTREMITY OF NOMINAL DEMOCRACY”

Vassar Bushmills Barbara Tuchman was one of my two favorite historians, (the other is still alive). She published The First Salute in 1988, then died of a stroke early the next year, so this book was to have been her last salute. I have three well-underlined volumes on my bookshelf, and this last [Read More]

Bil'in Riot, Jan 2011 Source: Israel Defense Forces-Flickr (CC BY-NC 2.0)
Culture

THE CARAVAN; OPTIONS

Vassar Bushmills In 2013 when Obama was still president, I offered a piece entitled Ellis Island del Norte, Ellis C0rral deu Sur laying how we could open an orderly, relatively fast portal coming into the United States, much like Ellis Island stationed just off New York City, where millions would pass through, [Read More]

Culture

A TALE OF TWO MOBS

Vassar Bushmills Since 2006 I’d watched Republicans, including many conservatives, fed up with Party choices going back to Bob Dole in ‘96, hand our government over to first the Congressional Democrats, then, even after the Democrat’s dark side had revealed itself, still refuse to stop the bleeding. I thought perhaps that Obama [Read More]

Culture

One Ring to Rule Them All

Vassar Bushmills When a political end trumps personal destruction of the innocent, we know we are among evil people, from Jeff Flake, Lisa Murkowski, to DiFi, to CNN and dozens more. The cynical indifference to the infliction of pain and suffering on innocent people is the greatest sin… …cold blooded murder or [Read More]

Nominations

NO MORAL EQUIVALENCE BEWTEEN WITNESSES AT KAVANAUGH HEARING

Vassar Bushmills Very clearly, Christine Blasey Ford lied during her time in the spotlight at Thursday’s Senate confirmation hearing for Brett Kavanaugh. It’s a sort of law that when an accuser, under oath, says a thing was done to her by a named fellow “100%”, as Blasey Ford did yesterday, and then that named [Read More]

Culture

LAWYERS’ WIVES AND REFORMED WHORES

Vassar Bushmills I’m not sure who first used this title, and it may even have been me, in 2009, when I wrote a short essay on “Homer Simpson and the Constitution” at RedState.com The line had nothing to do with the content of the essay, and the content of the essay flew [Read More]

Sports

GAIJIN (ガイジン)

Vassar Bushmills Gaijin, pronounced “guy-jin” is a Japanese word meaning “foreigner”. But it is much more than that. I lived in Japan 1972-1975 as an Army officer. And I had studied Japanese for four semesters in college to satisfy my language requirements. A solid C-student, I came away with the [Read More]

Culture

OF NO-GO ZONES AND DRAGNETS

Vassar Bushmills It was this way once and it may have to be again. This is Walter Huston, “Beast of the City”, a 1932 gangland film, one of the early talkies, pre-censorship, and probably a scene which never really occurred in the real cops vs gang wars of those days. But [Read More]

Economics

TRADE BRINKSMANSHIP, NOT TRADE WAR, VERSUS GLOBALISM

Vassar Bushmills “Trade War” is a term the enemies of Donald Trump use to denigrate his proposals for restoring a balance to American trade policies. Only it’s not “trade war” but trade brinkmanship, which, as it was first used to define JFK’s strategy against the USSR in his years in the White House, were intended [Read More]

Culture

DIGGSTOWN, A CULT CLASSIC BY JAMES WOODS.

Vassar Bushmills I first saw “Diggstown” in a theater, which means I saw it in 1992 after returning from the recently-collapsed USSR. In Cincinnati. I immediately tagged it as classic, passed it onto my sons, more avid movie-goers who concurred. But I didn’t go to see James Wood. I had [Read More]

Culture

21 AND STUPID

Vassar Bushmills Every college kid remembers when he turned 21 because it was the day he could use his own drivers’ license to get into the Boom-Boom Room. That was in the first semester of my sophomore year, 1966. There were a lot of laws, even ancient ones, that were in [Read More]

Donald Trump

NORTH KOREA AND COMMUNIST IDEOLOGY

Vassar Bushmills Ideologically, North Korea stopped being communist 30-40 years ago. Like Starbucks, they found one good gimmick, in this case, raw power, then hung themselves by their own petard trying to grow it. Certain laws apply about going from true-believing Marxist ideologues in 1945 to power and privilege-seeking pipsqueaks 60 [Read More]

Culture

WENCHING, A STORMY DANIELS UPDATE

Vassar Bushmills (Editor’s note) The rising then falling star of Stormy Daniels and attorney Michael Avenatti has made this article a little prophetic, so I thought I’d update it with a reminder of just what a porn star does for a living:  This piece isn’t really about Stormy Daniels [Read More]

Culture

DEFEATING THE LEFT IS NOT THE SAME AS SAVING AMERICA

Vassar Bushmills (Just a friendly reminder. This is an enduring theme at VeteransTales.org, one of the pillars of why we opened that site. Veterans play a key role in saving America because they all have wagered so much more skin in the game than other Americans. Veterans as a group, for as far back [Read More]

Culture

For Millennials, Meet Your Alt-Right Grandparents as the Media Defines Them

  Vassar Bushmills The Law of Generations The Law of Generations is a simple rule about how families in America change from one generation to the next. Unlike much of the world, because of freedoms unique to America, and the constant flow of new blood to our shores, no two generations [Read More]