The Other McCain

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

Tips For Americans: Take Care Taking Tea To A Brit

by Smitty This is a quick bit of fun, and an excuse to try out Storify: [View the story “Tips For Americans: Take Care Taking Tea To A Brit” on Storify]

The Left Is Unaware Of Its Tribalism?

by Smitty Gallagher at The American Interest: Indeed, one of the chief causes behind the “Peak Left” moment that Walter Russell Mead addressed recently is leftist intellectuals’ inability to recognize that they, too, are a tribe. Somewhere around the ObamaCare cramdown, I started toying with the theory that the Left (at least its Godless Commie […]

No, The Homo Bureaucratus Infestation Is Not A Representative Sample

by Smitty USA Today is closer to being part of the problem than part of the solution: Yet to look around the USA is to see fear and anxiety. If you didn’t know better, you’d think this was a nation of wimps. Take, for instance, the response to the Ebola outbreak. Millions of people worked […]

Set Aside All Traditional Modes Of Argument, And The Left Does Make Sense

by Smitty But among all the posturers, none was so preening as New York’s Mayor Bill de Blasio. In advance of a trip to Washington for a White House summit on policing, he told the press that a “scourge” of killings by police is “based not just on decades, but centuries of racism.” De Blasio […]

Mandatory Reading: “Collectivism and the Presumption of Guilt”

by Smitty Go over and read this excellent piece by Hayward in full. A taste (emphasis original): This presumption of guilt is absolutely crucial to collectivism. The Left must teach its subjects to think of themselves as criminals. That’s the only way law-abiding people will endure levels of coercive power that would normally require specific […]

We Are So Doomed

If you’re an optimist, you obviously don’t have young children, especially daughters. To be a parent in 2014 is to know for a certainty that the social fabric of our civilization is rapidly unraveling: An 11-year-old girl from Arkansas gave her family the scare of their lives last week when she ran away from home […]

Enjoying Buzzword-Free Masculinity

by Smitty I’m old enough to remember when duty, honor, and manhood went both without saying and without marketing buzzwords: Spornosexual, lumbersexual & a man walk into a bar. Bartender looks at the man, curious. Man: “I don’t know, either.” — Reform Or Die (@smitty_one_each) December 3, 2014 For a lumbersexual definition, dive into […]

Prayer For A Gay Rabbi

by Smitty In reference to this: Not only is gay marriage now the law for over two-thirds of Americans while the value of marriage in general has been declining for decades; not only are television, film, music, and video games more vulgar than we could have imagined in 1980; but more Americans are declaring themselves […]

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