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War, What Is It Good For?

Edwin Starr asked the question in a Sixties protest song and our emotions agree with his shouted response – “Absolutely nothing!” But our emotions, as always, blind us to the obvious.

  • Posted: April 19, 2022

Ukrainian Realities

There is something about underdogs and bullies that explains Realpolitik, the international balance of power, to a nation whose priorities are determined by Influencers, a recently coined job title for teenagers adept at creating TikTok videos.

  • Posted: March 31, 2022

The Great Flood

Something happened in the Black Sea 7,500 years ago. It’s all about climate change, real climate change. It could be the flood of Noah as told in Genesis. Is anybody interested?

  • Posted: November 30, 2021

Prelude to an Ending

It was 150 years ago that George Custer and the 7th Cavalry died on Last Stand Hill. They were to converge with two other columns. Where were they?

  • Posted: May 11, 2021

Science is Freezing Texas

Science is real. But then sometimes its not. Texas froze. That was real. Maybe its time to actually get real.

  • Posted: March 16, 2021

A Short Trek Into the Kingdom of “The Experts”

After a career as an expert, the sale of my company brought me into the fellowship of “Experts”. A nice place to visit but I wouldn’t want to live there.

  • Posted: February 8, 2021

Saturday Night in Greeley, CO

My wife and I went out for dinner a few nights ago. Dinner out, a familiar ritual transformed. One might imagine sitting down to burgers and beer in the ICU of a mediocre hospital. In earlier times I might have…

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  • Posted: July 6, 2020

California’s Burning – PG&E, Gill Ranch and Me

My heart goes out to the good men and women of PG&E delivering service to their customers. Like their customers, they have been betrayed. Some thoughts on their Generals.

  • Posted: November 11, 2019

We Three Kings of Orient Are

Christmas is here. The sacred and the secular mix in a swirling stew. Everyone has an angle, don’t you know?

  • Posted: December 17, 2018

In Search of Moonbeams and Unicorn Breath

It is getting increasingly difficult to separate reality from make believe. We have been seduced, not that we put up much of a fight. But the sweet nothings our lover whispers into our ear get increasingly hard to believe.

  • Posted: August 22, 2018
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    The Twelfth Department
    By William Ryan

    What happens when we forget, or never bothered to learn, what we believe in and why we believe? What happens when the emotional whirls of Facebook and Twitter are the depths of our understanding? Evil, great evil, is regularly found lurking in the unexamined depths of good intentions. Mathew Arnold put our present political climate in memorable words years ago:

    And we are here as on a darkling plain
    Swept with confused alarms of struggle and flight,
    Where ignorant armies clash by night

    Novels, good stories, provide a lens to see life, including our beliefs, without camouflage. As an example, JRR Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings trilogy is one of the finest Bible commentaries ever written. Progressive political ideals may lack in recent electoral success, but have undisputed possession of today’s moral high ground. And while death and taxes may be the only sure bets, the eventual victory of those holding the high ground have very good odds in any battle.
    And so fiction provides a look at eventual victories. There is no question that the outlines of today’s progressive agenda can be clearly seen in other times and places. William Ryan takes us to a time and place fondly imagined, idealized at the time, by the forefather’s of todays progressive leadership. In The Twelfth Department, we see a police captain in 1930’s Moscow. Captain Alexei Korolev is just a man trying to be a good father, a good citizen, a good police officer. In many ways Alexei is a fortunate man, with a good reputation and many more material advantages than the average citizen. But a high profile murder brings him into ambiguous circumstances. The tone of the book is respectful of life in Moscow, with no axes to grind. It is just a portrait of a man trying to do his job, bringing a gruesome killer to justice, among ordinary human beings seeking only to live normal lives in a progressive paradise.

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