Culture, Feminism, Politics

A Podcast Worth 62 Minutes of Your Time: Peter Robinson Chats with Jordan Peterson

Let's get this out of the way first:  I like and respect Jordan Peterson.  I have a fair number of friends who don't like him all that much, and a few friends who find him harsh, grating, offensive--even dangerous--and almost always in the wrong. But any man who argues for individual responsibility and that there's… Continue reading A Podcast Worth 62 Minutes of Your Time: Peter Robinson Chats with Jordan Peterson

Media, Politics, Truth

Winning the War; Losing the Peace

Just listened to this week's Steyn Audio Show, a weekly feature of his site in which Mark entertains questions and thoughts from members of the Mark Steyn Club.  (Anyone can listen; only club members can submit topics for conversation.)  As usual, it's a fascinating romp through a smart and witty man's mind, together with the… Continue reading Winning the War; Losing the Peace

Plain Speaking, Politics

I’ve Been Cancelled by the Daily Telegraph: One of the Proudest Moments of my Life

I posted a comment in response to this article: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/family/life/final-straw-family-farm/ Many of you may find it’s behind the paywall, so a few excerpts: Generations of farmers have stood up to Brexit and other difficulties, but the Ukraine war could push them over the edge financially For consumers, the war in Ukraine and its impact on commodity… Continue reading I’ve Been Cancelled by the Daily Telegraph: One of the Proudest Moments of my Life

Culture, Family, Love, Politics

Just a Daughter’s Memories: Nigeria 1959

March is a problematic month for me, being one of those two or three in the year in which anniversaries and memories--those both deleriously joyous and desperately sad--seem to congregate and coalesce in an inescapable, and sometimes overwhelming, swarm.  My granddaughter's birthday. Our dinner of grace and the death of Mr. Right's first wife.  "Fifteen… Continue reading Just a Daughter’s Memories: Nigeria 1959

Culture, Plain Speaking, Politics

A Meditation on Russian Birds Brides and the Men Who Love Want Them

I don't know how many of you follow Bari Weiss, but I find her to be pretty insightful.  She's an extraordinarily bright and accomplished woman with a fascinating and--as the children like to say--'impactful' life, who's best known today only for her most recent high-profile move in which she resigned from the New York Times… Continue reading A Meditation on Russian Birds Brides and the Men Who Love Want Them

Culture, Plain Speaking, Politics, War

The Simple Things

More than five years ago (November 2016, just before the election), I wrote this post on Ricochet.  I've not posted it here yet, but today I do. A headline in today's Telegraph: "A Shell Crushed the Family Next Door." Memories. For Ukraine.  And the glory of the simple things.   I spent several hours this… Continue reading The Simple Things

Farming, Humor, Politics, Uncategorized

Cluckservative?

Surely you remember the word?  It was coined a few years ago to define establishment Republicans who--according to those more edgy--had failed themselves, their constituents, and their country, and were headed--following the 2016 election of Donald Trump--into oblivion. Well, almost. The word was CUCK-servative.  What Lewis Carroll would have called a "portmanteau" word, derived from… Continue reading Cluckservative?

Plain Speaking, Politics

Who is Chrystia Freeland?

She's a former journalist married to a New York Times reporter (of course she is!) and she's the (unelected) Deputy Prime Minister of Canada, as well as its Minister of Finance.  She's incredibly well respected for her intellect (which distinguishes her from her putative boss), and is known, informally, as the "Minister of Everything," due… Continue reading Who is Chrystia Freeland?

Plain Speaking, Politics

A Letter From America

Dear England, This from a Brit living in the States--one with a pretty good understanding of the cultures on both sides of the Atlantic, à la the late Alistair Cooke, I write regarding "Partygate" and the transgressions of the British Prime Minister and his little clique at Number 10. Let's start by being perfectly clear… Continue reading A Letter From America