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Month: April 2018


Today is St. Walburga’s Eve, better known as Walpurgisnacht. It’s a holiday that’s retained a whiff — heck, a whole snootful — of paganism despite honoring a Teutonic Christian saint. In Finland, it’s Vappu, one of the four biggest holidays of the year. On Vappu, you party and drink sima, a homemade low-alcohol mead that sounds suspiciously like prison hooch. Neighbor J is Finnish. Tonight she’s taking me to a Vappu celebration. Its promoters emphasize the Christian nature of the day. Yet they’ve chosen to feature a showing of the original Wicker Man — which as I recall ends up…


Weekend links too

  • Wow. Last night’s White House Correspondents Dinner must have been the fiasco of fiascos. Even the NYT and CNN are decrying the nasty attacks comedian Michelle Wolf made against Trump (who wasn’t there) and Sarah Huckabee Sanders (who was).
  • The inimitable Scott Greenfield slams it to those regressive fools who are cutting their own (and civilization’s) throat by dismissing free speech as nothing but a right-wing dog whistle.
  • Two on Alfie Evans: where is Jimmy Kimmel’s voice now; and Britain’s new Berlin Wall. 27 Comments
  • Friday (just for fun) Freedom Question: What did the Russians do?

    This morning the House released a report on Those Infamous Russians. Since the report apparently concludes that Trump didn’t do it (whatever “it” might be), we can be sure this report is far from the last word on the subject. Because of course, Trump had to have done it (whatever “it” might be). It occurs to me, though, that during 18 months of incessant media teeth-gnashing on the subject, I’ve never heard a single person in the real world so much as mention this gigantic, scandalous issue of the Russians (and whatever they may or may not have done to…


    I finally saw The Book yesterday!

    It’s definitely been a bit weird having a book on Amazon for nearly a month without ever having seen it. Of course I viewed the .pdf many times in many stages before co-author Kit Perez uploaded it. But that’s not the same. I don’t have a Kindle reader, I don’t like ebooks, and not holding a paper copy in my hands felt like something was missing. Because something was! Author copies have been pending, but Amazon’s been in no rush with them. (And that’s okay because they sell us our author copies at cost, rather than at the 50% rate…


    Thursday links

  • If you’re a prominent pro-gun Parkland student, prepare to be grilled, insulted, and generally abused.
  • In London (and to a lesser degree, all across England) violent crimes continue to soar. Murders up 44%! But worry not. The problem is entirely the fault of knives. A little knife control will take care of that.
  • The growing audiences drawn by people like Jordan Peterson, Sam Harris, and Ben Shapiro (who wrote the article) show that people crave and appreciate meaty arguments — even and perhaps especially when the mob doesn’t want those arguments heard. 7 Comments
  • Sale at

    NFI on my part, and I have never purchased from this company. But a friend alerted me that is having a storewide 15%-off sale now though 4/27. Honeyville is a supplier of freeze-dried fruits, vegetables, meats, meat subsitutes, dairy, emergency meals, and alt-grains and flours. Some of their prices look pretty decent and their shipping is economical. If you’ve bought their products and have any info to add about quality, service, price, or anything else, please feel free to post a comment. (H/T MJ)


    Movie: Little Pink House

    There’s a new movie out. Little Pink House is the story of the heroic Susette Kelo, of eminent domain as a crony-corporate giveaway, and of the worst Supreme Court Decision since Dred Scott (or at least since the supremes decreed that growing food on your own property could be “interstate commerce”). Haven’t seen it yet and probably won’t until Netflix delivers it later this year. But it stars Catherine Keener (always a good sign) and it’s 85/96 on Any of you see it yet?