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That Putin Interview

So as you know, there was an interview with Putin a couple of days ago.   Here are some thoughts. Couple things. First, I didn’t watch it, but I read most of the transcript. Secondly, I don’t have a dog in the fight.  To me, the ideal outcome is, Russia “wins”, but is so weakened they can’t do much with it other than lick their wounds and whine about how much everything sucks.  Well, more accurately, the ideal outcome is both Russia and Ukraine lose, but in practice, that’s unlikely.  Like… Read More »That Putin Interview

Stop With The Panic Porn Already!!!

So as y’all probably know, there’s a bit of a kerfluffle right now in Ukraine, and it looks like it might draw the US and Russia into a little war. Worse case, it could turn nuclear and cause quite a ruckus. There are lots of YouTube channels and other media predicting the end of the world in a nuclear holocaust.  They seem almost giddy about the prospect, and seem to be trying their best to scare the bejeezus out of everyone.  And I’m sick and tired of it. So let… Read More »Stop With The Panic Porn Already!!!

Shut Up and Dance

If there’s one thing I’m sick of right now, it’s celebrities thinking they have anything useful to say on any political topic.  They don’t.  By and large, their opinions are uninformed, ignorant, and even stupid.  They gained an audience or fanbase by doing whatever art they do (and maybe even competently) and then try to mobilize that base for whatever asinine political idea they get in their head. Celebrities, and particularly celebrities of the artist kind, should just shut up and dance, or sing, or whatever they do. Recently, an… Read More »Shut Up and Dance

Abe Shinzo: Why Gun Control Fails

Today (or yesterday, depending), Abe Shinzo was assassinated.  Abe Shinzo, for those who don’t know, was a fairly beloved prime minister of Japan for quite a long time.  To be honest, that, apart from his name, is the only thing I know about him, so I’ll leave memorialization and mourning for those who knew him better.  All murders are awful, of course, but I don’t virtue signal by mourning when I’m not at all affected. But for me, it is interesting to note that the person who committed the act made… Read More »Abe Shinzo: Why Gun Control Fails

The Ignorance of Leftists

And I really do think it’s deliberate. I’m going to be talking about some rather (comparatively) deep topics regarding the United States, what it is, and how the constitution works.  If you’re not interested, please skip.  If you are, read on, you might find it interesting.  Unless you’re a leftist.  Then you’ll probably put your fingers in your ears and yell “LALALALA” There was a time when basic civics was a required topic in school.  Yeah, it had a bunch of stupid things in it, like reciting the Pledge of… Read More »The Ignorance of Leftists

Roe vs. Wade: Living by the Courts

So, how could I not write about the biggest news to come out of US politics today.  For my international readers (of which probably all of you are), Roe vs. Wade was a ruling written in 1973 by the Supreme Court of the time that basically said that there is a constitutional right to abortions and the states can’t restrict them. This morning, that ruling was reversed. Now, as you might have gathered, I think this on balance was a good thing, and I have believed that this ruling (as… Read More »Roe vs. Wade: Living by the Courts

Gay Marriage: Serving Death

How’s that for a provocative title?  Well, hear me out.  I’m probably not quite going where you think I am. So this topic was brought to mind by the fact that a court in Japan has spoken out against gay marriage.  Gay marriage, of course, being defined as a legal and/or spiritual union between two men or two women that is in every way equivalent to a marriage between a man and a woman. I’m not talking about civil unions or other legal fictions that are designed to give gay people… Read More »Gay Marriage: Serving Death

An Intolerable Situation

I don’t have a title for this blog yet.  So I’m going to write it and then title it as the last thing I do before posting.  If I can remember. I mentioned in my last post that this whole war situation is particularly stressful for me.  It is difficult because I was programmed as a child to fear exactly this kind of war.  And it is astonishing to watch such a war play out in real time, in a world where it’s very difficult to keep images from the… Read More »An Intolerable Situation

The Utter Implosion of the Democratic Party

I want to write a post tonight, a semi-venty post, about American politics.  I don’t intend to write a “social justice” post, though politics and that topic are so intermixed right now, I won’t be able to entirely avoid the topic.  If you have no interest in US politics, or my thoughts on US politics, please feel free to move on if you so choose.  No hard feelings. A couple of days ago, there was a significant election in the United States.  For those of you who are international and… Read More »The Utter Implosion of the Democratic Party

The Terrorists Won, in 2001

Today, Sept 11, 2021, marks the 20th anniversary of the 2001 terrorists attacks that destroyed the World Trade Center in New York and killed about 3,000 or so people.  I’m not going to recount my experience of the event, because frankly, I didn’t really have one.  I was about 600 miles away at the time and it didn’t affect me directly.  That’s just simple fact.  It didn’t. I do remember that at the time I worked at a call center, and I went to work in the afternoon.  In the… Read More »The Terrorists Won, in 2001