I’m heading back to California tomorrow, for the first time in about six weeks (the longest I’ve been away from home since I moved back in 2009), but meanwhile, my long-awaited piece in The New Atlantis is on line.
[Update a few minutes later]
Sorry, that’s just a preview, unless you’re a subscriber. The full piece will be free on line in the future, but I’m not sure when.
This is the worst natural disaster since Sandy. If Bush was on the links during it, imagine the howls from the media.
Which brings me to another sore point. I think the demand that presidents should show up to a disaster to “feel peoples’ pain” is emotional and stupid. It’s not part of a president’s job description, and like many terrible traditions, it was started by Bill Clinton, after the idiotic media outrage over the GHWB response to Andrew. But I just wish that the media would be consistent, and not hypocritical, in modulating their outrage depending on which political party is in the White House.
I’ve been saying on Twitter that I’ve been waiting for years for a Republican to call out the Democrats on not just their historic, but current cynical racism and oppression of the black community that turns out to so reliably vote for them. I’m just sad that it took Donald Trump to do it. FWIW, I’ve never accused Trump of being either a racist or a bigot, but I do think that he is cynical himself in allowing racists and bigots to think he is.
At first glance, these suggestions from my long-time friend Linda Billings seem sort of anodyne, but she gives away the game at the end:
Deep in my brain and in my heart I think and feel that colonizing other planets and exploiting extraterrestrial resources would be immoral at this stage of human development. I’m not at all sure that Eilene Galloway would agree with me. I wish I could talk with her about it.
I’m pretty sure that Eilene would disagree. I know for certain that I do.
I’m a lot older than I’d like to be, but I can’t recall a time when the people running the country were so clueless and incompetent. I wonder how much of it was the destruction of the educational system by the Left?
I haven’t seen the movie, and I’m glad that it exposes young people who’ve been taught a false history (or little history at all) of the Clinton crime syndicate, and the vile racist nature of the Democrat Party, going back to its founding and continuing through today. But the Republicans have their own issues, and the notion that it’s unpatriotic to not be one is nonsense.