Non Sequitur

Why Isn’t Israel Afraid of Iran?

Link to Iranian Air Force Commander Statement. I’ve followed Israel since the 1970s and visited there recently. While I wouldn’t say Israel isn’t afraid of Iran (you’ll get a lot of variance in attitudes among 8.7 million people, even in their government), I think they take the threat seriously and [Read More]

Non Sequitur

Is the best thing that could possibly happen the US right now, aside from a vaccine becoming available against C19, is for Trump to lose the election, so that the nation can heal, get back to decency, and bring people together after the great divide?

Were we divided prior to Trump’s election in 2016? The chart below shows presidential favorability percentages from Eisenhower through Obama. The source is a Pew Research article from January 2017 before Trump took office. The higher the bottom number, the less division. Note that prior to the Clinton era, the [Read More]

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Politics

The broken window theory and modern Democrat governance

In 2020, Democrat political figures (mayors, governors, congress critters) have taken the broken window theory in a whole new (very bad) direction. If you’re not reading Don Surber every day, why aren’t you? His posts are insanely intelligent. He has a knack for distilling things to their essence. He did [Read More]

Non Sequitur

Why did Carthage refuse to support Hannibal when he was so close to conquering Rome?

Good question. Unfortunately it’s a difficult one to answer because we have little information from the Carthaginians themselves. Nearly everything we know about them comes from Greek and Roman sources. Those provide a view from the outside, and a biased one a that. TLDR: The Carthaginians didn’t view the Romans [Read More]

Elections

Project Veritas’s latest Facebook exposé and Scott Adams’s Slaughtermeter

Project Veritas’s new exposé by political bias at Facebook reminded me that Scott Adams said a year ago that Big Tech would make a Trump loss a 100% certainty. Last year, Scott Adams created something called the “Slaughtermeter,” which was his mental tally of how badly Trump would be slaughtered [Read More]

Politics

Bookworm Beat 6/19/20 — the corporate pandering, Aunt Jemima edition

Can we still laugh at the leftist war on every American institution and value, including Aunt Jemima pancake mix? Read these memes and then you tell me. Putting aside his crazy noodle habit, this is the hero America needs pic.twitter.com/ciYtEM1LOe — Rita Panahi (@RitaPanahi) June 14, 2020 pic.twitter.com/vnRpk0zl5y — Donald [Read More]

Politics

Bookworm Beat 6/18/20 — Idle thoughts of an irritated mind

I’m in a Festivus mood: My Airing of the Grievances has me saying “I got a lotta problems with you leftists, and now you’re going to hear about it!” Sometimes victim-blaming is appropriate: I found the following statement circulating among my leftist friends on Facebook and it irritated me more [Read More]

Islam

Boris Johnson – Just Another Cowardly, Empty Suit

When Boris Johnson first became the UK’s Prime Minister, my original opinion was that he would finally see Brexit completed, deal with the migration problem and put the UK back on the right path. Yes, he fooled me too, although given the alternative of a Labour Party with anti-semitic Jeremy [Read More]

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Guns & 2nd Amendment

Guns and police, and still more guns

I spent a large part of the day talking about guns, thinking about police and guns, and handling guns. That’s what this post is about. Today was a gun day. It began when a friend who strongly supports the Second Amendment nevertheless wondered why police shoot people who end up [Read More]

Elections

The Fawlty Towers kerfuffle should be a Biden disaster

BBC’s attempt to cancel Fawlty Towers’ funniest episode may have been the worst “cancel culture” decision ever because it could (and should) hurt Joe Biden. The big non-Wuhan Virus, non-protest kerfuffle over the past few days was the decision that UKTV, a BBC-owned television network, make to delete the funniest Fawlty  [Read More]

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Politics

Bookworm Beat 6/13/20 — all the interesting things out there

This Bookworm Beat is a mish-mash of all the interesting things I’ve seen today whole browsing the “interwebs.” Leftists libraries and the new Orwellian world. The Royal Holloway library, part of the University of London, has proudly announced that it will begin censoring its collection. Where Western libraries once sought [Read More]

Faith

Defund The Police? Sure, Why Not?

The latest demand by the folks at Black Lives Matter and their ‘allies’ is to defund the police departments in the cities they and the Antifa pals have rioted in. The carnage in these cities is supposed to be a message and a warning, I suppose. And why not? Apparently [Read More]

Social Issues

Defunding police will leave a bigger void than leftists realize

Leftism is a rules-based system, not a morals-based system. Societies with only morals can manage without police; societies with only rules cannot. Growing up in San Francisco, I navigated through the geography of my community by the compass. The Pacific was to the west, the Bay was to the east, [Read More]

Culture

Candace Owens ” George Floyd Is No Martyr

Candace Owens belongs to a group of African Americans who see beyond the BS and understand what the real problems black Americans face are…and it isn’t ‘white racism.’ She’s totally correct that George Floyd is no martyr. He’s a thug who is simply convenient to the Democrats, BLM and Antifa [Read More]

Government

Where government gets its money

Talking with a young person about how the government gets its money saw me making an analogy to my mother crying decades ago over an empty bank account. When I was a little girl, we weren’t living in poverty, but we were hanging onto my mother’s cherished middle-class lifestyle by [Read More]