Francis W. Porretto

Mount Sinai, NY USA

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Standards

     First up today, courtesy of Mike Miles at 90 Miles From Tyranny, an indispensable quote from the indispensable Thomas Sowell:      Now, a few words from Ksenya Aleksandrova at Chicks on the Right:      I see that the ugly lies that math, timeliness, and successful life habits are systems of racism and whiteness are …

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In Need Of A Title

     [A short story for you. One of my irritations as a fiction writer is a huge collection of Supporting Cast characters that sporadically demand to be given Marquee status in tales of their own. That’s the case with the co-protagonists of the tale below. One appears in my novel Polymath. The other appears in …

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Two From Bookworm

     Our favorite Bookworm has one of her illustrated editions posted this morning. I snagged two items as particularly relevant to a phenomenon I’ve known about for some time, but which other people have a hard time digesting. Here they are:      Let’s overlook, just for the moment, that any Gentle Reader of Liberty’s Torch …

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On Writing As An Avocation

     avocation n: something a person does in addition to a principal occupation, especially for pleasure; hobby: “The doctor’s avocation is painting.”      Writing is not necessarily something to be ashamed of…but do it in private and wash your hands afterward. – Robert A. Heinlein      I retired from engineering in 2015, which freed me …

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The Experts, The Politicians, And The Wuhan Virus

     Karl Denninger has produced a compendium of “expert” errors and lies about the Chinese Coronavirus and its social and political outcroppings. It’s an exceptionally useful item that everyone should read. If you’ve harbored suspicions that the Kung Flu has little to do with public health and a lot more to do with the aspirations …

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Have We Witnessed America’s Racial Fort Sumter?

     Some time ago, I wrote a series of essays about what I saw as a race war in progress. I’ve added those essays to the ones ported here from Liberty’s Torch V1.0 (i.e., the Blogger edition). Here are the links: It’s On It’s On: What Now? It’s On: Where Explanation Remains Required It’s On: …

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Insight And Humor…

     …are an unbeatable combination:      With applause to the indispensable Brock Townsend.      Mark Steyn’s insight, delivered toward the end of that little clip, should resound throughout this land. The Biden Usurpation is the proof: The Deep State holds the levers of power. Presidents are no longer needed nor wanted.      Steyn’s gift of …

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The Good Patriot: Part 2, the Army

     Here’s the second video:      This video continues the central theme of successful resistance to the encroaching totalitarianism of the Left expressed in the previous one: If you don’t need them, They can’t control you.      However, rather than analyze the Left’s control strategy and the social and economic conditions upon which it’s founded, …

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The Good Patriot: Part 1, the Shield

     With thanks and applause to Irish, I’ve downloaded two videos I think eminently worth the time of the Gentle Readers of Liberty’s Torch. Here’s the first of them:      This is excellent, wholly consistent advice. Our innermost line of defense against the seductions of evil must be our own skulls. We must refuse to …

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Assorted 2021-03-25

     Things are rather difficult at the Fortress just now. We’re having a patio of sorts built in the back yard, which has had a curious consequence: Joy, our one-year-old Newfoundland puppy – here she is:      …is absolutely terrified of going outside. We think it’s because of the Bobcat the workmen have been using …

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Occupational Grooves

     (Not to say ruts.)      It’s an appropriate time for some humor – I could frame a fair argument that it’s always an appropriate time for humor, but that’s a subject for another day – so have an old chestnut I first spotted about twenty years ago, when general access to the Internet was …

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Culture, Context, And Criticism

     Forgive me, Gentle Reader: I’ve lost the link, but a few days ago I read an article that sticks in my mind for reasons you will soon grasp without prompting. It was a critical article about The Who, the great British rock group that blew through pop music in the late Sixties and early …

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Deciding To Believe

     Many Christians never face a moment when they must decide: “Can I accept this set of propositions called Christianity as credible…plausible…true, and worth committing my life to them?” In part, that’s because many of us who were “raised in the Faith” never get an opportunity to question its soundness. In equal part, it’s because …

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Beware!

     Someone has been sending out emails that purport to come from me.      I have not been emailing the Gentle Readers of Liberty’s Torch. Someone is trying to “phish” you. Do not click any links in any email that bears my name, or a Liberty’s Torch address.      An email originated by me will …

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“Domestic Terrorism” (UPDATED)

     I pay almost no attention to the mainstream media. While I’ll occasionally take note of one of their distortions or deceptions, normally I ignore them. They’ve fouled their own nests so thoroughly as to have forfeited all credibility as sources of verifiable information.      Nevertheless, the media are important: not because they convey important …

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Conditions For Tolerance

     Sane persons in a sane society appreciate the value of a degree of conformity: not smothering, “everyone must be and think and do exactly alike” conformity, but a concession to important norms of conduct pertinent to public places and public events. It’s why we have “blue laws” about acceptable degrees of personal exposure on …

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Your Morning Giggle

     A morning that starts with a belly laugh presages a day that will be all right – and The Feral Irishman has provided us with one. Sadly, I can’t figure out how to copy or embed it, so head on over to Irish’s place and enjoy it there.      Laughter isn’t just the best …

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America’s Gate

     I was once in favor of an immigration regime equivalent to open borders. Then I did some thinking, along the lines of this famous G. K. Chesterton quote:      There exists… a certain institution or law; let us say, for the sake of simplicity, a fence or gate erected across a road. The more …

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Faith Gives You Power…

     …and power is required to do this:      Bravo, young Americans. We need more of you.

The Antidote Is Practical Anarchism (UPDATED)

     The evidence has mounted to a conclusive level: the federal government is in the hands of persons who are utterly consumed by hatred of America.      Any number of people would look at that statement and say “Yes, but what can we do about it?” Bookworm asks that question this very morning:      So …

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