Francis W. Porretto

Mount Sinai, NY USA

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From The “Je M’accuse” Files

     For some years, I fought back against being called a racist. For some time after that, I simply ignored it. Today I embrace the characterization. I maintain that there’s enough evidence to do so.      Evidence such as this report from the Kyle Rittenhouse trial:      George Floyd’s nephew, Cortez Rice, has issued veiled …

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Brilliance That Must Not Blush Unseen

     I’ve long had a high regard for Paul Joseph Watson. I know, I know: “he’s not to everyone’s taste.” But he strikes the jugular with great regularity. I have yet to catch him in a falsehood or a deliberate distortion, and you can bet your bottom dollar that I’m alert to such things. So …

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Wishful Thinking In Its Rawest State

     On May 1, 2015, I retired from employment as a software engineer, a trade I practiced for nearly five decades to great satisfaction and profit. I keep in touch with old colleagues, both for friendship’s sake and so I can have a sense for how developments affect the kind of work I once did. …

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Kind But Deadly Assumptions

     Some things must be seen and heard to be believed, like an “Energy Secretary” laughing about skyrocketing gas prices:      If the rapid increases in energy products have affected you, I’d bet you’re not laughing. Homeowners whose homes will cost twice as much to heat this winter won’t laugh either. But why did Granholm …

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Tools For Predation

     Every thief has his favorite tools. Car thieves once carried “slim jims” they used to defeat the locks on car doors. House burglars carry whatever will help them to defeat homeowners’ locks and other provisions. Street muggers, of course, carry weapons: knives or guns.      Activists “carry” your compassion for others, which they seek …

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Always Reinforce Success!

     One of the harder tactical lessons to learn, if we judge by the behavior of field commanders throughout history, is rather simple: Cut Your Losses;Reinforce Your Successes.      The first part of that maxim is on all fours with “Don’t throw good money after bad.” It’s remarkable how many people will nod sagely when …

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When Princes Meet

     Just because I feel like it…and because it is exactly what princes do: When princes meet, the poor little men must tremble In judgment seat. they speak of their wars while great armies assemble Their armor shines to shame the sun They move like gods they do resemble All bow their necks to iron …

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Has The Bitching Begun?

     It appears (note that carefully selected verb) that Glenn Youngkin has prevailed over former governor Terry McAuliffe in the race for governor of Virginia. The margin wasn’t a large one – slightly more than 1% of the votes cast – but it appears (yes, again) to be safe at this time. So for the …

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A Bellwether Election?

     Apparently, the polls are now unanimous: Glenn Youngkin commands a significant lead over Terry McAuliffe in the race for governor of Virginia. Even the blatantly partisan Washington Post has called out McAuliffe on his lies, gaffes, and dirty tactics. Were the polls a reliable indicator of anything, Virginia would elect Youngkin its next governor…but …

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Concerning Hallowe’en And Related Things

     The costuming, the candy, and the partying all to the side, Hallowe’en – the night before All Saints Day – is actually a Christian event of some antiquity. It and All Saints Day (November 1) itself arose as counterweights to the pagan festival of Samhain, which also occurs on these two days.      The …

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Scientism, Democratism, And Statism

     The ism suffix particle most often indicates a faith, or a similarly faith-based system of beliefs. There are a few exceptions – bruxism, for instance, is dentists’ term for habitual grinding of the teeth, and a neologism is just a newly coined word – but the rule is usually reliable.      Recently, we’ve had …

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Preparations

     [Rather than strain a tired brain beyond its current capacity, I’ve decided to recycle a piece from 2017, when the urban rioting we’ve “enjoyed” since then was just coming over the horizon. – FWP] ***      A great deal of one’s ability to feel secure – i.e., prepared for likely developments rather than threatened …

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The Remedy

     I have a great deal to do today – yes, Gentle Reader, I have a life away from the computers, as implausible as that may sound – so this will be a brief piece. First, the response to: this essay, this subsequent one, and this brief coda      …has been overwhelming. It suggests that …

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They’re Going For Broke

     The signs are all there.      Consider this rather naive piece. “More Bad Polls For Joe Biden – Will Democrats Ever Learn?” Learn what? That one should sit on one’s opportunities until they’ve evaporated, as the Republicans do? Truly, if anyone in this country knows the value of political hegemony, however brief its tenure …

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On Trusting Democrats

     Don’t!      New Jersey has a record for having produced the most deceitful and utterly corrupt Democrat politicians in the United States. Phil Murphy, though he’s “the next one in the series,” nevertheless seems determined to lower the bar still closer toward unalloyed evil. If New Jerseyans allow him another term, it will only …

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The Storm Is Upon Us

     Yesterday’s piece, which I was reluctant to post, seems to have gotten a stir going. Perhaps that’s to the good. But if you liked it, you’ll purely love the following video: a speech from the most admirable man in entertainment, Jim Caviezel:      I believe we see things the same way, which comes as …

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Carts And Horses, 2021 Edition

     Good morning, Gentle Reader. I’ve given much of the past day or so to thinking about this Victor Davis Hanson essay. It’s a good piece – what else would we expect from Hanson – but I think it’s missing one component to give it a full picture of our enemies: both the visible figures …

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The War Is Over

     All right, enough of that uplift stuff. Let’s get back to the depressing crap:      Yes, do have a nice day.

Mood Elevator

     Aware that my mood and my writing have been trending darker, I’ve been trying to post as many uplifting pieces as possible. Have one right now;      Many virtuosi are more concerned with promoting themselves than with making music as it should be made. Pat Metheny is not of their ilk. Unparalleled in skill …

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The March Of Malevolence

     I was about to say “words fail me,” but in truth, they don’t:      There have been transwomen and transmen for at least five decades. Time was, they were tolerated without much comment…because they were discreet and undemanding. They practiced public modesty. They worked to perfect their presentation, the better to be accepted by …

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