Monthly Archives: December 2011

Thoughtcrime Alert

GlobalPost informs us that the International Committee of the Red Cross is in moderate-to-high dudgeon over atrocities. So far, so good, but the atrocities in question are virtual, in such first-person shooters as (specifically) Call of Duty: Modern Warfare: While … Continue reading

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“Why brought he us from bondage,/ Our loved Egyptian night?”

Well, because every silver lining must have its cloud, or every rose its thorn, or every great band its “Mr. Moonlight“, The Guardian‘s Neil Clark pegs the stupid meter by looking at the dark side of Vaclav Havel’s Velvet Revolution: … Continue reading

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I’m a Little Late On This One…

… but yesterday’s column from Victor Davis Hanson will break your heart. Mondoville hasn’t reached these levels yet, but then, we aren’t as trendy as California.

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The Knives Get Bigger as the Steaks Get Smaller

I’ve talked before about the course that nearly drove me from the academy. One of my outstanding memories of that class was a handout we received, arguing that the notion of “quality” was itself merely a tool the power structure … Continue reading

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Music to Melt Your Face By…

A band I’ve mentioned a few times here is the stoner-metal legend that is Masters of Reality. While the driving force behind MoR, Chris Goss, has become an important producer on the desert rock scene, original Masters co-conspirator Tim Harrington … Continue reading

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Tolerance, Intelligence… As Long As it’s Zero.

Legal Insurrection hips us to some goings-on in my native Middle Tennessee, specifically the city of Smyrna, where if memory serves, my family would go on weekends to watch flat-track motorcycle races. In any case, it seems one Nicholas Taylor, … Continue reading

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QotD — Journalism Edition

The quote comes from Jay Nordlinger’s “Impromptus” column — one of my favorite parts of National Review Online: Last month, a CNN reporter, Dan Lothian, had a question for President Obama: Are the Republicans “uninformed, out of touch, or irresponsible?” … Continue reading

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