The Other McCain

"One should either write ruthlessly what one believes to be the truth, or else shut up." — Arthur Koestler

In The Photo Finish, Huxley Beats Orwell By A Joint

by Smitty People have been looking a Fort Meade and trembling in Orwellian fear, but it looks like civilization may be more likely to end up drowned in a bong than sent to Room 101: Welfare recipients can’t use their EBT cards at liquor stores but they can at marijuana dispensaries in states such as […]

Well, Sink My Car & Call Me ‘Ted’

by Smitty Emphasis and vomiting mine: The Naval Academy was ranked 13th in the list of best national liberal arts colleges, above its rival, the U.S. Military Academy, which was 24th. St. John’s College in Annapolis was ranked 56th. I mean, yeah, you can major in English at Sing Sing on the Severn, but you […]

Labor Day Miscellaneous Linkagery & Open Thread

– by Wombat-socho Nature abhors a vacuum, and blogs without posts cause readers to get bored and drift away, so here’s a few things you may find of interest: Pic somewhat relevant: I’ll Bet That Vladimir Putin Is Scared Now! over at First Street Journal. The International Lord of Hate fisked one of the Grauniad’s […]

The Rotherham Horror

Imagine if more than a thousand girls, some as young as 11, were sexually exploited by members of a fundamentalist religious cult. Now imagine that authorities refused to act to stop this heinous abuse of young girls because of their fear of offending public opinion. Except you don’t have to imagine this. It actually happened. And the […]

Shoot It. Shoot It In The Head.

– by Wombat-socho I’ve been kind of slack about hitting the library lately, having been busy with Ingress; what I’ve been re-reading as a bedtime book is the David Drake & S.M. Stirling collections Warlord and Conqueror, which between them contain the first five Raj Whitehall novels. For those unfamiliar with the series, Whitehall is […]

A Lesbian Feminist Horror Movie

Lesbian actress Ingrid Jungermann (left) and director Stewart Thorndike. Working on “Sex Trouble,” my continuing series about radical feminism, I routinely search Twitter for relevant news and commentary. Searching for “lesbian feminist,” this headline popped up: Lyle Director Stewart Thorndike on Making the Lesbian Version of Rosemary’s Baby and the Need for Feminist Horror We […]

A Statement To Ponder

by Smitty Emphasis mine: A hundred years ago, the first group of progressives concluded that this country needed to change in a big way. They argued explicitly for a refounding of the United States on the grounds that the only absolute in political life is that absolutes are material and economic rather than moral in […]

The Moral Case is the Simple One

by Smitty The question is not: “What if your daughter was a porn star?” The question is “How shall one maximize joy in life?” Linker starts off with observations that are fair as far as they go: No, libertarianism hasn’t consistently changed how Americans think about taxation, government regulation, or foreign policy. But it is […]

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