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The Road Not Taken

I’ve always been a fan of Yogi Berra’s advice, “When you come to a fork in the road, take it.” Sometimes you do wonder, “What if . . . .?”

  • Posted: August 31, 2020

The Hollow Men

In the time of a feckless and feeble persecution, we are being found wanting.

  • Posted: August 3, 2020

The Law – Bandimere Speedway, Dakota Access & Protests

Justice is blind, but what about the Law?

  • Posted: July 15, 2020

Who Benefits?

The Coronavirus lockdown and George Floyd protests have their own logic, but history is clear on the point that other agendas are being pursued – “There is a tide in the affairs of men . . . .”

  • Posted: June 13, 2020

Sober & Serious “Experts”

It all depends on the “experts”, fish or fowl, devil or angel.

  • Posted: June 6, 2020

Duty Faithfully Performed – Nancy Pelosi

Mrs. Nancy Pelosi is woman you might enjoy as a neighbor. She is a wife, mother and grandmother now in her 80’s. Why is she wasting her time hugging Joe Biden?

  • Posted: May 19, 2020

The Green Line

“Even the Jordon River has bodies floatin'” Barry McGuire had one description of the Jordon River, but time has turned it green.

  • Posted: May 11, 2020

It’s April – Play Ball???

We’re still living in that Twilight Zone episode, so no baseball. I don’t know how long I can hold out.

  • Posted: April 20, 2020

When the Herd Stampedes

Old cowboys know “When the herd stampedes, don’t stand in its way”

  • Posted: April 13, 2020

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
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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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