The Creosote of Manifest Nonsense

I do not want to use Orwellian-the-world newspeak, but rather Orwellian-the-author plainspeak. But in a world of froth, babble, fustian, agitprop, bubble, and vain repetition, what I am about to say might come across like being slapped in the face with a cold, dead halibut. Some might even go so far as to say that …

The Ratty Goodwill Dress Tops It Off

I write this having just read about the gunman who opened fire on some congressmen at a baseball practice, successfully wounding Steve Scalise, a Republican congressman from Louisiana. Early reports indicate the gunman was trying to kill Republicans in particular, and the left wing fever swamps on Twitter consequently began to celebrate the shooting. This …

Arguing With the Inmates

People of course can lose their minds, but so can cultures. An individual can lose his grip on reality (as we used to put it so quaintly), but it is also possible for the solons of a particular generation to lose that same grip. And as these solons circle the drain, remnants of the older …

Robert E. Lee and the Scandal of Causation

Introduction: David Hume set loose some bad juju into the world when he denied, in effect, that we can know that the cue ball caused the eight ball to thwack into the corner pocket. All we can say with any degree of certainty is that the one event followed the other in time. We cannot …

15 Theses on Alt-Pinkery

I have been studying the intersection between biblical faith and pop culture for decades now, and have read mounds of books on the subject. I have done this with one eye on possibly writing my own book on the subject—the working title is Devil in a Blue Dress—and I have been doing this because there …

Assyrian King Lumbersexual Beards

The only way we can physically inhabit the same common space is by a shared understanding of the meanings of things. There of course needs to be a shared “language proper,” but this principle also extends to other things that are not explicitly verbal. When Nancy and I have traveled to the U.K., we have …