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The Dirty Hands of 2020’s Black Swan

In a global economy dominated by companies using “best practices” promulgated by “experts” following the “science”, how is it we are experiencing infant formula shortages?

  • Posted: June 2, 2022

Exciting Baseball – An Oxymoron?

A fan since teenage years, my interest is wavering. Baseball is now controlled by billionaires advised by “experts” following the “science”. The result is predictable.

  • Posted: May 12, 2022

The Hydrogen Economy

Someday, all those windmills will be making hydrogen to replace natural gas. Society will be much the poorer but a lot of engineers will be employed. What is a simple engineer to do?

  • Posted: February 17, 2022

To Wear, or Not to Wear

“To wear, or not to wear, that is the question:
Whether ‘tis nobler in the day to suffer
The slings and arrows of outraged logic
Or to take arms against the Adorable’s fatuous affectations”

  • Posted: February 1, 2022

Dreaming of a White Christmas

The holiday season disrupts our settled routines, letting us know that our life is not ours to order. Else why would I be at a holiday hootenanny?

  • Posted: December 28, 2021

Theater of the Absurd

Last Saturday I watched my three year old grandson play basketball. As to his future ability to play basketball, I am hopeful. As to the masked citizens of Jefferson County watching, I did not know whether to laugh or cry.

  • Posted: December 13, 2021

School Boards and Mama Bears

School boards are a local election. Who do we vote for and how do we know?

  • Posted: November 1, 2021

Looking for a Ground to Stand On

Sooner or later, we all need to be grounded. If we don’t do it, the Universe will do it for us.

  • Posted: October 22, 2021

Looking for Meaning

Where does a man find meaning in his days as he grows old?

  • Posted: September 21, 2021

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
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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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