Francis W. Porretto

Mount Sinai, NY USA

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A Refutation

     It’s looking like another brain-trying, body-exhausting day for me – yes, it’s that again — so allow me a quick squib before I go forth to challenge Mother Nature once again.      The clip below should tell you what Democrats — any Democrat will do – really think of your right to keep and …

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The Poet Of Today

     …is likely to write song lyrics rather than straight prose poetry. Today, “poets” who proclaim themselves to be such tend to be indifferent to the rules and traditions of poetry. Worse than that, the majority of them are no-talents whose “poetry” is more masturbatory than evocative. Eliot, Tennyson, and Goethe would cross the street …

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Scum Will Side With Scum

     Imagine the following interview / conversation between a screener for a police academy and a candidate for admission: Interviewer: Let’s talk about some typical police-response situations. Here’s one: A school has been invaded by a shooter who’s already taken several lives when your team gets there. You expect that when you get there, you’ll …

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Yes, Virginia, There IS a Great Replacement In Progress

     And you are not permitted to obstruct it:      I admire Paul Joseph Watson immensely. God alone knows how many people in the British Establishment would love to see him dead. The video above is the briefest taste of his oeuvre. All of it is worth watching.      While he usually writes (and videographs) …

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An Endorsement

     By and large, I avoid dystopian and post-apocalyptic fiction. When I want to wallow in misery, I just peer out the back window at my lawn. (When I want to wallow in other people’s misery, I go to a news website or pick up the most recent edition of the New York Times.) But …

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A Sign That I’ve Been Reading Too Many Gun Websites

     …arose from the graphic below, which I encountered at 90 Miles From Tyranny:      Upon reading which I immediately thought “Does Fabrique Nationale make morons too? In what calibers?”      These early mornings…sigh.

Average

     [A short story for you today. I’ve been struggling to get my wheels back on the fiction track ever since I released The Discovery Phase, and it’s been chafing me. So after some extensive muttering to myself, I decided to return to shorter forms for a story or two, on the off-chance that it …

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But Their Lives Matter!

     Don’t they? It’s been screamed at us relentlessly and reinforced with lots of “peaceful” rioting and destruction. It must be true!      Well, possibly. But not to them:      Metro Police said they are looking for a man who allegedly shot and seriously injured his girlfriend Friday.      The victim told police that Friday, …

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A Quick Thought On Government And Freedom

     ‘The Enemy, of course, has long known that the Ring is abroad, and that it is borne by a hobbit. He knows now the number of our Company that set out from Rivendell, and the kind of each of us. But he does not yet perceive our purpose clearly. He supposes that we were …

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Reaction

     [This short story first appeared at Liberty’s Torch V1.0 on September 19, 2017. — FWP ***      Harmon grimaced. “You’re asking a lot from people who just want to be left alone. Like their whole futures. Maybe even their lives.”      I nodded. “I know. And I know that putting my own life and …

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Priorities

     Millions of people have been asking a single question: How could all those police in Uvalde simply stand around while children were being slaughtered? The answer is both simple and horrifying. It’s in the title of this piece. And it reflects something we all ought to be aware of for the rest of our …

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Tuesday Terpsichore

     A brief assortment today, as I have a lot of chores to address and must head out to them pretty much at once. Be comforted; at least I’m not regaling you with all the details. *** 1. Uvalde, Texas.      The atrocity of May 24, which resulted in so many dead children, has resonated …

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Why I Write Love Stories

     Yes, I’ve been asked that question…mostly by people who dislike love stories and exhort me to concentrate on other themes.      I call them “romances,” because that’s the name of the genre. However, they don’t bear a lot of resemblance to typical contemporary romances. The attraction comes early, as does the commitment. There isn’t …

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A Vignette About Government Subsidies

     There are a whole lot of people, organizations, and industries fighting for a place at government’s feed-trough. In the main, governments are happy to have them there, for a simple reason: Money Is More Addictive than Heroin.      That addiction can be used to control the behavior of nominally independent actors and organizations. Charles …

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Virtue And Its Nature

     The contemporary aversion to philosophy – and to most philosophers, come to think of it – has the same emotional foundation as the contemporary aversion to poetry. Sarah Hoyt once wrote that the decline of civilization begins with open-mic poetry nights. She had an excellent point. It would apply with equal force to open-mic …

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Prepping

     Just now…for some time, really…a number of my colleagues in this madness we call blogging have focused a great part of their efforts on preparing for the collapse of American society. They’ve been gathering the supplies and weapons they believe will be needed for the day when what remains of civil order disappears and …

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Day Off

     I have unpleasant things to do that will probably leave me foaming at the mouth, so I won’t be posting an essay today. But if you haven’t yet, read about this outrage at one of America’s most prestigious universities. Then ask yourself “What would Fran say about this?” That should fill the blank spot …

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Bizarre!

     Yesterday’s tirade about the mass slaying in Uvalde included an embedded video from Tucker Carlson Tonight. But this morning, I find that that video has been replaced by a video from some odd German chick. When I went to YouTube to find the Carlson show, it was nowhere to be found. All that was …

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Whither Police And Policing?

     Now that videos of the atrocity in Uvalde, Texas this past Wednesday are emerging and contradicting the statements of Texas’ police commanders, Texas’ governor, and the mainstream media, this question must be asked.      The Right has been nearly unanimous in its support of the police and its condemnation of the various “defund the …

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What I Will And What I Won’t

     [As I’m in a fey mood (“Again?” I hear you mutter), and have had to delete a rather large number of unacceptable comments recently, I thought I’d repost this piece from Liberty’s Torch V1.0, which appeared there on April 3, 2016 – FWP] ***      “Anonymous,” that lovable rogue we all know so well, …

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