Monthly Archives: November 2014

The Problem of God

I’ve been thinking about a few ideas about philosophy and religion, trying to draw them together in a sharper synthesis. It is a good exercise. What follows is not meant to be a polished essay, not even a draft, more of an exploration. I might do a few more like this and try to tighten up […]

Still River, Massachusetts

The village of Still River, Massachusetts, is named for the oxbow of the Nashua River at the bottom of the hill on which it sits. It is one of the few corners left in central Massachusetts which looks more or less like it did two centuries ago. The lazy little Still River itself meanders through […]

Kevin Williamson Against an Idiot

Williamson does it again. This time he fisks actor Russel Brand. I particularly like this line: Socialism is not a series of statements about how the world should be; rather, it is a series of statements about how the world is, and those statements are false.

Hooked on Phonics: Massachusetts Edition

I was taught to read according to the Phonics method, which is probably superior to the look-and-speak method used nowadays. Phonics is not perfect however, English spelling being based not so much on hard and fast rules as much as tradition. Learning Phonics and growing up in New England made spelling hard, since around here “A” and […]

Don’t Hate Me ‘Cause I’m Human — A blast from the past post Dec. 2010

Originally posted on According To Hoyt:
There’s this disturbing trend I’ve observed recently – okay, the last thirty years. It’s part of what I was talking about yesterday, in a way. For a book to be considered serious, or introspective or relevant, it has to attack the past or western culture or civilization or tech…

On the Stupidity of the American Voter

No matter how low your opinion of Washington, it is nothing compared to Washington’s low opinion of you. –Iowahawk A few weeks ago I wrote a post about how the people running America despise real, live Americans. A few days ago I got a wonderful confirmation. Back when the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) was passed, the […]

The Many Meanings of Equality

Feminism is the belief that men and women are equal. By that definition, everybody this side of Saudi Arabia is a feminist. But we know that is not the case. No self-respecting feminist would ever call me feminist. If a feminist were to ask me “Dave, do you believe that men and women are equal?” […]