Category Opinion

Art Meets Realpolitik: Winston Churchill and Darkest Hour

Blowhard. Buffoon. Dotard. Egomaniac. Madman. Warmonger. If you’ve been following American political news lately, you might think I’m referencing the gossipy allegations from Michael Wolff’s new book about President Donald Trump that leftist media and anti-Trumpers have glommed on to in their latest quixotic attempts to find something—anything—tangible to confirm the view they’ve held since November 8, 2016, that a duly-elected president should be removed from office.  However, as viewers

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The Sydney Mardi Gras: A Riot of Beautiful Energy and Diversity

Despite facing intense adversity in its early stages, the Sydney Mardi Gras festival has become the largest annual event held in Sydney, Australia that celebrates the LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transsexual) community. The celebration is an explosion of color, creativity, and, most importantly, acceptance. The party lasts for three weeks and people from around the globe go to enjoy the parades, performances, and fairs, among other wild events. In a

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Scientific Puritans Aren’t Helping

All too often, superstitious thinkers have stood in the way of meaningful scientific innovation, and they still do. This is terrible given the serious theoretical and technical challenges we face. Fortunately, history shows that most major scientific discoveries that promised to serve humanity especially well were adopted despite fierce resistance from despotic religious interests. Ironically, now an unsettling number of materialists have become scientific Puritans. They assume that anything beyond

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Writing for the Universe

I hate writing for the universe. It’s like dancing in front of a jeering crowd, painfully aware of yourself. You feel caged in your own body with every thought from the audience jabbing your heart as you move. Yet unlike dancing, writers can’t avoid the audience. They are haunted by them in every word they write. The audience will weasel the heart out of you, whether you like it or

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Alabama Senate Race Post-Mortem: Democrats Don’t Get Out-Jesused Again

Happy Birthday to me! I publish today’s column on my 53rd birthday. Mike, Mr. Darcy, and I are in Sweet Home Alabama right now planning for Mother’s surgery tomorrow. This year, it’s a southern Christmas for us. Speaking of Alabama, I enjoyed the hell out of watching last week’s Alabama senate race election results roll in, county by county. Alabama elections are ALWAYS interesting whether the national press comes along

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A Full-Tilt Tribute to the 1896 Harmonica

A harmonica? The thing’s only four inches long! All kinds of notes are missing! Harp players have to show up with a briefcase full of different keys, just to play! They’re so tinny and shrill! So why would a serious musician ever choose the harmonica to play music on? Admittedly, this is good question. But a large one. American harmonica has a long and venerable tradition. For now, this means

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