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At What Cost?

In this bubble of an unreal reality, the time of the coronavirus, my wife and I often turn to each other and just say – “Can it get any weirder?” And then it does. We are starting to look over…

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  • Posted: April 2, 2020

Winter is Coming

In the time of the coronavirus, it is well for us to take a breath and remember that “we are not descended from fearful men”

  • Posted: March 20, 2020

Fracking Israel

A trip to Israel left me desperate for good coffee, but from now on, I will see the Bible in color, not black & white. It turns out Israel is not an Adorable place.

  • Posted: March 3, 2020

Incident on the Saline River

President Trump had the bad taste to compliment the men & women of the American frontier in his State of the Union. Of course a CU Boulder History professor had to set the record straight.

  • Posted: February 18, 2020

The Apocalypse of the Geese

God has placed the stewardship of His creation in the hands of men. It looks like He can rest easy.

  • Posted: February 2, 2020

The Mythos of Gun Gulture

Jumping in where angels fear to tread, a Deplorable in the land of the Adorables talks about guns.

  • Posted: August 28, 2019

Homeless in Denver

How is it that the streets of Denver are colonized by the homeless? Perhaps Nala & Mufasa, with the Denver Post’s help, can guide us to understanding.

  • Posted: August 7, 2019

Tales From the Great White North

Traveling the Great White North is not all back bacon and beer. Canada is our older more sensible brother on the continent. Traveling the Great Lakes teaches perspective.

  • Posted: July 16, 2019

The 6th of June

Seventy five years ago, American along with Canadian and British troops landed on the beaches of Normandy. Opposing them were German troops. We’re all friends now.

  • Posted: June 6, 2019

A Glimpse of Truth on the 16th Street Mall

“Hide and Seek” is not just a kid game. The costs of “Saving the Earth” sometimes hide in plain sight.

  • Posted: May 29, 2019
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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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