Author Archives: David

Elections Matter

“We have always known that eternal vigilance is the price of freedom. It’s worse now, because capture of government is so much more important than it once was. There was a time when there was enough freedom that it hardly mattered which brand of crooks ran government. That has not been true for a long time — not during most of your lifetimes, and for much of mine — and it will probably never be true again.” — Jerry Pournelle


“IN a word, the world does not explain itself, and cannot do so merely by continuing to expand itself. But anyhow it is absurd for the Evolutionist to complain that it is unthinkable for an admittedly unthinkable God to make everything out of nothing and then pretend that it is more thinkable that nothing should turn itself into everything.” — G.K. Chesterton: St. Thomas Aquinas, Chap. VII─The Permanent Philosophy.

Our House

“We’re not living in a two-story house with us on the bottom floor and God upstairs and that’s it. Far more realistic is to realize that we’re living in a skyscraper and that there are who knows how many dimensions of creation above us.” — Mark Shea, at

More Reed on today’s reporters

“Journalists are not stupid, running to well above average in intelligence. You could form a large chapter of Mensa by raiding newsrooms in Washington. However, with a fair few exceptions, they are not intellectuals, not contemplative, not studious. They are high-pressure fact-accountants, competitive, comfortable under tight deadlines, aggressive, combative, quick but shallow. This can be a serviceable substituent for stupid.” — Fred Reed

Otherworldly Twits

“Do you wonder why the legacy media are such puzzled otherworldly twits? Why, for example, they had no idea what was happening in the recent election? Why they seem to know so very little about America or much of anything else?

“Some thoughts from a guy who spent a career in the racket:

“Ask journalists when they were last in a truck stop on an Interstate, last in Boone, North Carolina or Barstow, California or any of thousands of such towns across the country. Ask whether they were in the military, whether they have ever talked to a cop or an ambulance crewman or a fireman. Ask whether they have a Mexican friend, when they last ate in a restaurant where a majority of the customers were black. Whether they know an enlisted man, or anyone in the armed services. Whether they have hitchhiked overnight, baited a hook, hunted, or fired a rifle. Whether they have ever worked washing dishes, harvesting crops, driving a delivery truck. Whether they have a blue-collar friend. Know what the Texas Two-Step is, have been in a biker bar.

“Now do you see why Trump surprised them?” — Fred Reed

If You Don’t Read Books

“…the most suggestive thing I saw in America the past 18 months I actually think of an item in a hotel gift shop in southern Florida. It was a decorative kitchen towel, I think made locally. It bore these words: ‘America, 2016.’ Below that it said, ‘Once we had Steve Jobs, Johnny Cash and Bob Hope. Now they’re gone, and we’re outta jobs, outta cash and outta hope. And below that it said, “Please Kevin Bacon, don’t die.”” — Peggy Noonan, at the Catholic University Commencement

Clever line, but what’s it got to do with reading? Well, follow the link and read the rest of her remarks – it’s worth it!

Let Them Paste Passwords!

The British NCSC agrees with yours truly that those websites who prevent you, me and everyone else from pasting passwords (or using browser plug-ins that do it for us) in the name of “security” are in fact undermining security. I’m not always a fan of NCSC, but on this one they’re 100% right on.

Read the report here.

Cold Civil War

“Much of the heat in contemporary American politics comes from the attempt, principally from the Left but increasingly from the Right as well, to force the entire nation to live in precisely the same way with precisely the same values. Statesmanship should begin by questioning and moderating that tendency.” — Angelo M. Codevilla