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The Bitcoin Proposition

To paraphrase Shakespeare – “There are more things in Heaven and Earth, American Citizen & Taxpayer, than are dreamt of in your Philosophy.” Open your eyes and see the future!!

  • Posted: November 29, 2018

Esther & the King

Cinderella behind the scenes. A plunge into the history of the Middle East through the eyes of Herodotus, Ctesias, and the Book of Esther – with a nod to Rodgers and Hammerstein

  • Posted: October 23, 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

The Big Horn Debacle

George Custer had a lot in common with many project managers I have worked for.

  • Posted: June 27, 2018

The Darkest Hour

Dunkirk and The Darkest Hour are both fine movies, but they never ask the question: “How the hell did this happen”?

  • Posted: February 27, 2018

Science & the First Energy Crisis

The United States is about free enterprise until it isn’t. But the free market works anyway.

  • Posted: January 18, 2018

A Virgin Will be with Child

In times of trouble we seek a sign from God. There was a man who refused to seek a sign from God.

  • Posted: December 16, 2017

Love & the New York Times

American values & the New York Times – Is that an oxymoron?

  • Posted: November 30, 2017

A Saturday Spent Walking on Marye’s Heights

One way to understand Washington DC is to visit Marye’s Heights

  • Posted: August 9, 2017

Hunting Unicorns

Building pipelines isn’t just splashing through mud holes on the right of way in your jeep. You get to hunt unicorns too.

  • Posted: February 23, 2017
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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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