Robert Conquest’s Second Law of Politics is that any organization not explicitly right-wing sooner or later becomes left-wing. Nowadays even the explicitly right wing organizations are sliding left; conservatives are starting to joke about fake National Review articles like How Liquidating the Kulaks is Really a Good Thing. My theory is that once an institution […]

Over the last 12 months a throwaway post from 2017 has become my third most viewed. The title of the post: Why Incest is Wrong. It gets almost daily views. In that post I don’t try to convince anyone of anything, I just point out that Thomas Aquinas gives some interesting and unexpected reasons for […]

In my last post I briefly reviewed Laura Miller’s The Magician’s Book: A Skeptic’s Adventures in Narnia. Though I didn’t really do her book justice, especially her comments on Lewis’ biography and his literary criticism which was his day job as professor of Medieval Literature. Anyway, inspired by Miller’s book I decided to revisit The […]

Update: I reread this the morning after posting it and saw a bunch of grammatical errors so I pulled it down and rewrote it. Laura Miller formerly of Salon.com wrote what is probably the best critical work on C.S. Lewis’s Chronicles of Narnia I’ve ever seen, The Magicians Book: a Skeptic’s Adventures in Narnia. She […]

Critical Race Theorist: You are a Racist. Me: No, I am not. CR Theorist: You can’t be Not-Racist, you only be a Racist or an Anti-Racist. Me: What is an Anti-Racist? CRT: Someone who spends the rest of his life apologizing for his own existence and kissing the asses of people who have more melanin […]

A few weeks ago I was having dinner with family and everyone was complaining about the nation’s devolution into ever greater stupidity. It occurred to me that they were going through the stages of grief for America, or perhaps for their idea of what America should be, and were currently in the “Anger” stage. I […]

I’m going through my excel-based fishing log in which I had recorded data from my 2020 fishing trips: date, time, tide, water and air temperature, wind, lures and catch. Patterns that emerged: Aside from some herring, no fish were caught under 50 deg water temp. (Salem Sound’s water temperature does not get above 50 until […]

Critical Race Theory (CRT) is basically an epistemology i.e. a theory of how we know things. The point of departure of CRT is the axiom that all humans have inherent racial biases. If all humans are biased does that make all humans racist? No. According to CRT racism is bias + power. Only whites have […]

David French has a little book review of a book called  Jesus and John Wayne: How White Evangelicals Corrupted a Faith and Fractured a Nation. The title pretty much says it all. French summarizes the book this way: Evangelicals have adopted a caricature of masculinity from American culture – the John Wayne model of strength […]

Two things I regretted about 2020 were 1) not going to the gym and 2) not reading enough books, especially since I had oodles of free time working from home thanks to Covid. So this year I have resolved to do more working out and more reading. Here are some books I’m currently reading. By […]