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Columbus Day

“In 1492 Columbus sailed the ocean blue” True enough, but it’s also true that Cristoforo Columbo had a lot in common with Meghan Markle and Donald Trump.

  • Posted: October 12, 2023

Stranger Things

Behind the flotsam and jetsam of Trump, of Biden, of Fox News, of CNN, there is evidence of something else. There could be a very real game for very real power between players we don’t see for stakes unknown.

  • Posted: July 25, 2023

Ken Caryl Middle School – “Go Tell the Spartans”

My granddaughter’s school changed mascots because of an “offended parent”. The “Crusaders” became the “Spartans” and the teachers union removed a Superintendent they hated.

  • Posted: May 31, 2023

Whither Texas?

Texas has a rich history. Will it protect the State from becoming another enclave of the “woke”?

  • Posted: May 16, 2023

Who Do You Say That I Am?

The future is in the hands of young people, the heartland of “Wokedom”. How will they answer Jesus’ question?

  • Posted: April 4, 2023

The Nord Stream Whodunit

Destruction of the Nord Stream pipelines was an “Act of War”, but who did it? The US/Norwegian Navy or a Ukrainian Danny Ocean? Do we have a free press?

  • Posted: March 14, 2023

“My Truth”

“We hold these truths to be self evident . . . . “

  • Posted: January 16, 2023

I Can’t Get No Satisfaction

Despite its absence in our nation’s capitol, leadership is alive and well. It can be found everywhere, coming in surprising variety of shapes, sizes and colors.

  • Posted: September 8, 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

The Big Horn Debacle

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

  • Posted: June 27, 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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