I quite like Jordan Peterson. I don’t agree with everything he says. Occasionally, as do many of his critics, I find him a bit glib and superficial. But if a generation of young men (and even some of their fathers and grandfathers) are going to listen to a social media muse on matters of culture,… Continue reading Jordan and Camille’s Excellent Adventure
“I always cheer up immensely if an attack is particularly wounding because I think, well, if they attack one personally, it means they have not a single political argument left.” — Margaret Thatcher Other than observing that, of course, this trenchant observation can be applied to a wide variety of arguments beyond the stated one (I… Continue reading Occasional Quote of the Day: The Iron Lady Speaks
Oh, I don’t mean that in what’s now become the commonly-accepted sense of the word, as is regularly on display these days, or as described in The Oxford Dictionary: “A person who is blamed for the wrongdoings, mistakes, or faults of others, especially for reasons of expediency.” I mean it in the more complex and… Continue reading In Praise of Scapegoats
Greetings fellow knitters (you know who you are). I just got cancelled from KnitCamp! It’s a knitting community I joined only about a week ago, at a friend's (former Lefty, now not-so-much) enthusiastic suggestion. She really enjoyed it because the woman who ran it hadn’t gone woke and/or wasn’t bullying her customers about such matters.… Continue reading Dispatches From the Front Lines of the Knitting Wars
OK, the title of this post is a bit of a cheat, since the Romans didn't engage in the craft of knitting as we know it. However, the Latin verb confervo means "heal, grow together, knit," so I'm stealing it for the purpose. I first wrote the post below on Ricochet more than five years… Continue reading Confervo Ergo Sum: I Knit, Therefore, I Am
News story #1: New York City auctioned off extra ventilators due to cost of maintenance. Yes, they did. Hundreds of them. Ventilators acquired by “Mini Mike” Bloomberg in 2006, in response to a new far-eastern flu strain. As part of that response, and in anticipation of an epidemic, New York City stockpiled ventilators and facemasks.… Continue reading A Tale of Two News Stories
Thank heavens for Bill de Blasio. In just a few short years as New York’s Mayor, he has turned its underwater finances around, eliminated racism, sexism, religious intolerance, and violent crime, and he has spearheaded a jobs-and-revenue initiative, the crown jewel of which was bringing Amazon’s second corporate HQ “home” to the city. Along the… Continue reading Friday Food and Drink Post: Pizza Fixin’ Edition
The past couple of weeks have offered up so many possibilities for menus inspired by current events, it’s hard to know where to begin. But I could start with large helpings of “Tripe.” Served, of course, with a “House Salad,” for which there is no fixed recipe, but which you make up as you go… Continue reading Friday Food and Drink Post: Impeachment Cobblers!
In what may be the Conservative’s last ad filmed before the election, BoJo parodies the carol singers scene from Love Actually to good effect. This just premiered a couple of hours ago on the UK and is already hugely popular. “Brilliant,” as my countrymen like to say. The Conservatives are polling at about 43%, Labor at 33%,… Continue reading Vote Conservative, Actually
Remember (not all that long ago), when those on the Left decried the Founding Fathers as a bunch of white, racist, slave-holding, and did I mention racist, rich, and did I mention racist, old men whose crown jewel, the Constitution of the United States was an out-of-date screed written by privileged, old (ADIMR) fuddy-duddies with… Continue reading But That Was Yesterday . . .