Category: The Left

Further Symptoms Of Butkeritis-Induced Psychosis

     I believe this is called “living in their heads rent-free:”      The Kansas City Star, a newspaper based in Kansas City, Missouri, ignited a fiery debate with its latest opinion piece, advocating for the Kansas City Chiefs to oust their star kicker, Harrison Butker, in favor of a female kicker.      This radical suggestion …

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When You Cannot Argue

     “The fascists cannot argue, so they kill.” – Victor Marguerite      The Left discovered some time ago that its ideas are incapable of prevailing against the evidence. Of course, an idea that requires us to dismiss or deny the evidence is always going to have a few little problems in debate. But that doesn’t …

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Profiles In Unconsciousness

     Now and then, something will come down the pike that’s both puzzling and fascinating. I have such a phenomenon at hand today: a series of tweets from former CNN contributor Michelle Kosinski. Here it is:      Now, I know better than to expect a leftist to entertain a suggestion that she might be under-informed. …

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If You Have 8.5 Minutes…

     …please watch this video: Pastor Doug Wilson is the Christian nationalist they warned you about. pic.twitter.com/E92V7OMLTS — Tucker Carlson (@TuckerCarlson) April 15, 2024      Pastor Doug Wilson articulates an almost satisfactory vision of “Christian nationalism.” The adverb is the most important word in that sentence. For what questions will be asked of his vision …

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Evidence That Demands A Verdict

     That’s the title of a famous book by a notable Christian apologist. It’s also suitable for labeling this obscenity:      Protesters calling for a cease-fire in Gaza interrupted a Saturday night Easter Mass at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, chanting “Free, free Palestine” before being removed from the service.      Thousands of pro-Palestine demonstrators gathered in …

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Fears And What Lies Behind Them

     If a man should tell you that he’s “extremely fearful” of some possibility, it immediately has you inquiring for his reasons. In some cases, some of those reasons will be (damn it all) “obvious.” You might have known about them before he expressed his fear. But in others, the more important of his reasons …

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Concerning NBC And Ronna McDaniel

     I sometimes wonder if my function in this life is simply to remember things others have forgotten.      The recent hiring-then-firing of former RNC Chair Ronna Romney McDaniel has widely been treated as an unprecedented event…which it isn’t. Hearken to Ann Coulter’s narration of the media “career” of one Susan Molinari, former Congresswoman from …

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Argument, Rhetoric, And Ethics

     [The following comprises two pieces that first appeared at the old Palace Of Reason in early 2004. They’re relevant to our current national discourse…such as it is. Sorry, the embedded links no longer work.      Something to bear in mind as you read: a judge in Hawaii recently ruled that “the spirit of aloha” …

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Shamelessness As A Political Weapon (UPDATED)

     The key political asset of our time is the ability to tell any lie, however outrageous or absurd, with a perfectly straight face: eyes straight and flat, no lifting of either corner of the mouth, and no tightening of either nostril. Moreover, the liar must be able to maintain that solemn-as-a-judge expression through a …

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A Modern Political Wonder

     While it’s true that we prefer to associate with people who are much like us, the great majority of Americans are acquainted with at least some persons who differ with them in substantial ways, including in their political preferences. Despite those differences, we know, even if only subconsciously, that those “others” are not monsters. …

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Oh, The Irony!

     Mostly I’m pissed off that nothing is off limits. Everything is political. Yes, Breitbart was correct, “politics is downstream from culture,” but sometimes I just want to listen to music or watch a movie and not be punched in the nose by somebody else’s politics. — Charlie Brown’s Dildo      Politicizing everything inescapably is …

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Don’t Imagine For A Moment…

     …that they don’t really mean it. They do:      God bless Mike Miles for finding this stuff. I haven’t the stomach for it.      It’s time to take this bit of advice equally seriously:      “Take your choice—there is no other—and your time is running out.”

If You’re Still In Any Doubt

     All reason for doubt has been erased: they want your children to be ignorant and bigoted:      A parent has shared a distrubing worksheet provided to students in a Seattle Public School high school English class as part of Black Lives Matter at School Week with KTTH radio host Jason Rantz.      Rantz reports …

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Blinding Flashes Of the Obvious Dept.

     “The more you look, the more you see.” — Robert M. Pirsig      “Not necessarily, Bob ol’ buddy.” – Me.      Dennis Prager is a reasonably bright man. He’s made a number of pithy observations over the years. Yet it’s taken him a lot of those years to realize something that I’ve been harping …

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A Shift You Won’t See On The Gridiron

     Geez. Not yet six AM and the day has already become strange. I just found myself explaining “sync idle” to the C.S.O. (Never mind why.) But let’s get to the most recent burr under my saddle, shall we?      Surely you’re familiar with the sojourn of nine-year-old Kansas City Chiefs fan Holden Armenta. Some …

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The Infuriators

     Viktor Orban.      Giorgia Meloni.      Geert Wilders.      Javier Milei.      And now, Nayib Bukele:      El Salvadorian President Nayib Bukele has won a landslide victory in the country’s presidential election, earning him a historic second term and underscoring his status as one of the world’s most popular political leaders.      Posting on …

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Another Non-Surprise

     That perennial loser “Beto” O’Rourke wants the invasion of Texas to continue unbounded: Abbott is using the Texas Guard to defy a Supreme Court ruling. When Gov. Faubus did this in 1957, Eisenhower federalized the Arkansas Guard to ensure compliance with the law. Biden must follow this example of bold, decisive leadership to end …

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Sports Illustrated is done

The entire staff is getting laid off. I used to read SI on a regular basis, both in print and online. But way back in the first Bush administration I noticed the Leftism creeping in. Reporters are notoriously Leftist, and sports reporters are the worst of the lot. There’s a reason that ESPN is so …

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Humor And The Great Distribution

     If you’ve kept in touch with sociopolitical trends these past few decades, you’ve surely noticed that the spokesmen of the Left are full of plans for “re-educating” us uncultured barbarians in the Right. There must be something wrong with us not to see things as they do, they “reason,” so once they’ve got sole …

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Dismissal Through Diagnosis

     The old rhetorical gambit called argumentum ad hominem is most often deployed by advocates for a shaky proposition. If Smith has a better case for his position, such that the preponderance of the evidence and the logic it supports appear to have won the day, his adversary Jones will be powerfully tempted to “attack …

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