They Just Want To Be Mad

As I’m sure most parents have, we have had situations in the past with my kids when enforcement of a common household rule resulted in one of them accusing us of being unfair and only punishing them because we”hate” them. Even though we were always careful to apply the rules equally across the board to…

Get On The Bus

If conservative policies are implemented, do we care who implements them? I wanted Ted Cruz to be president. He certainly has the conservative bona fides – but he is also part of the Most Exclusive Do-Nothing Debate Club On Earth and that association has limited presidents in the past – can’t buck the good ole…

The Church of What’s Happenin’ Now!

It hasn’t been that long ago that the progressive left was against “othering”. The word became so prevalent in the lexicon of the left that the word “other” mutated from an adjective and a pronoun into a verb. To “other” or engaging in “othering” was defined as viewing or treating (a person or group of…

Crossing A Line

First, I am not unsympathetic to the cause of illegal immigrant and asylum seeking parents with children and how they are treated at the border – but I do see a path in law that results in the the conditions we have today. People looking for open borders or are just anti-Trump say he can…

Bingo

Let’s just remember that the mass media tends to report in confirmation bias mode when they see their allies can make political hay. That does not necessarily mean that they are wrong on some basic facts, it is just that they tend to spin those facts in such a way to obtain the emotional outcome…

Outcomes and Opportunities

The very core of American law is that any law passed is equal in application, but the fact is that any law, while equal in application, is never equal in outcome. The Democrats are the masters of passing laws and then squealing about how cruel the laws are when these same laws are applied as…

The Business of Government

Polls show that a plurality, if not a majority, say “yes” when they are asked if they want the government run like a business (depending on how the poll question is phrased). I think that is because the phrase “run like a business” evokes a certain mental image of streamlined efficiency, effectiveness, and responsiveness that…

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…

Bee Country

Once you understand that left leaning, “I’m With Her” comedians are the shock troops of progressivism, this all begins to make sense. Their job is to push the boundaries when attacking anything that is not progressive so that, over time, attacks that seemed vile and unthinkable just a few years ago, aren’t even noticed. F.A.…