Still Trump Questioning

I’m still TQ – Trump Questioning. I’d say that while 90% of the time I wish he would handle things with a little elan and cut down on the Twitter insults, I agree with about 80% of what he has done. I still have enough NeverTrump in me that I often cringe at the intemperate…

The Flat Affect People

A while back there was a Twitter thread by Thomas Wictor that has stuck with me. In this thread he talks about people with the flat affect. These folks are defined by their lack of a moral compass to the point of mental illness; they are akin to an empty shell. This got me to…

Evolution

Societies and their dominant cultures change slowly when left to their own devices. Government can be brought to bear, and changes forced when some aspect of society or culture is determined to be “bad” or that a change will make situations “better”. One can argue whether these “changes” result in speeding societal evolution along or…

Hulk Smash

“In the matter of reforming things, as distinct from deforming them, there is one plain and simple principle; a principle which will probably be called a paradox. There exists in such a case a certain institution or law; let us say, for the sake of simplicity, a fence or gate erected across a road. The…

Keep Kalm and Carry On

In this morning’s exercise in sophistry, Dr. Michael Kalm writes in the Salt Lake Tribune that if you support President Trump you are a disease: “Some viruses, like AIDS and cancers, hijack the immune system, making it difficult for the immune system to combat. But with AIDS we have found ways to heal and augment…

The Fine Art of Doing Nothing

It is not too much of a stretch to think that after Trump’s second term is over in 2024, there will be books written comparing the policies of the Obama years to the policies of the Trump years and the success and failures of each of those 8-year periods. Obama’s years will surely be described…

Never Go Full Cathy Newman

I think Jordan Peterson must have legally changed his name to Jordan Peterson, Hero of the Alt-Right.   At least that’s how every article about him begins.   These days, people can’t disagree without having some sort of agenda assigned to the disagreement. If someone disagrees with a black person, it must mean they are…