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Love & the New York Times

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

  • Posted: November 30, 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

The Denver Post & American Values

Why does the Denver Post keep slapping me around? Do they forget I have feelings too?

  • Posted: February 8, 2017

The Standing Rock Follies

Many things are on display at Standing Rock.

  • Posted: January 10, 2017

A Morning in Barcelona

There is a lot to see in Barcelona. The Sagrada Familia, Olympic facilities from 1992, topless beaches, La Rambla Boulevard, nightclubs, etc. There are some other things too.

  • Posted: March 2, 2016

An Afternoon Along the Washita River

A peaceful scene overlooking the Washita river in Oklahoma. It was not always so peaceful.

  • Posted: September 3, 2015

Time Passages

Al Stewart’s “Time Passages” and the search for wisdom are an odd mix. But once you are out in that misty meadow, anything can happen.

  • Posted: March 24, 2014

Trip to the Job Site

What happens when engineers visit construction sites? Sometimes its a real education.

  • Posted: August 12, 2013
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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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