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The Reason for the Season

Happy Holidays or Merry Christmas? The Reason for the Season is what it means to us.

  • Posted: December 24, 2020

Shadow on the Faces

I want to know who the men (and women) in the shadows are. There are lives in the balance, there is blood on the wire. WARNING – disturbing imagery

  • Posted: December 14, 2020

Safety First

They who give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety

  • Posted: November 29, 2020

A New Hope – Episode IV

We want to hear of plans to prosper us, not to harm us. Plans to give us hope and a future.

  • Posted: November 16, 2020

Character Matters

When wealth is lost, nothing is lost; when health is lost, something is lost; when character is lost, all is lost.

  • Posted: November 2, 2020

My Presidential Vote – 2020

This is a dispiriting election, full of sound and fury. What does it signify?

  • Posted: October 26, 2020

Who Is Lisa Cutter?

If you really believe in what you do, wouldn’t you be honest about it?

  • Posted: September 21, 2020

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
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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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