The Queen is Dead

Oh look, an idiotic article about the Queen. Alright, let’s get all the obvious out of the way: (1) I’m American, so I officially DON’T CARE whether the UK has a monarchy. (2) Notwithstanding, my disinterested opinion is that monarchies are silly, so the UK should get rid of its monarchy. (3) I realize that…

Ten Plus One – Review

Ten Plus One is an above-average police procedural. People are being shot on the street by a sniper, seemingly at random. It’s up to Steve Carela, Meyer Meyer and the rest of the gang at the 87th precinct to find the criminal, but with no discernable pattern to the shootings, this feels like a hopeless…

Lessons from the Anschluss

An article in the American Spectator comparing John Boehner’s dealings with Obama to standing by while Hitler sealed the Anschluss draws the normal historical lessons. If only Britain had stopped appeasing Hitler sooner, WWII could have been avoided. There comes a point where you have to put your balls on the line and fight. Etc.…

Guns and Coups, Real and Imagined

A Facebook friend posts some information about the Wounded Knee Massacre, which is about 122 years old now. The point he was making was one for gun rights. You know, the REAL purpose of the Second Amendment is not self defense against criminals, but popular self defense against tyranny. Now, he’s not wrong. I guess…

Bad Glass – Review

Richard Gropp’s Bad Glass is one of those books that seems a whole lot better than it is. When I finished this, I was pretty enthusiastic about it. The more I thought about it, the more it came apart. The premise is excellent. Spokane (of all places) has been quarrantined for reasons that are not…

The Predicton Racket

Perhaps the most famous of the forecast models to get it righter than Nate Silver in 2012 was Drew Linzer’s Votamatic, which is explained in some detail here. I know, I know, the election’s long over, and they officially sealed the deal almost 10 days ago – but I ran across a link to some…

OMG, do you Think Chernobyl had Something to do with it?

An article in Slate proposes the PREPOSTEROUS thesis that somehow the Chernobyl meltdown was the proximate cause of the Soviet Union’s demise. Just listen to how far they’re sticking their necks out on this one: Could Chernobyl have caused the first, most fundamental crack in the Soviet state and led to its collapse? That might…

Reagan and Assault Weapons

I’ve blogged before about demandaplan.org and their annoying celebrity video shoot. Now I’m seeing links to a quote that they lifted from Ronald Reagan’s 78th birthday speech, given weeks after he’d left office. I do not believe in taking away the right of the citizen for sporting, for hunting and so forth, or for home…

The Souvenir – Review

Patricia Carlon’s The Souvenir is a frustrating book. In many ways, it’s one of the better crime novels I’ve read. But it’s also deeply flawed in ways that were entirely avoidable. At many turns, there were temptations that should have been resisted. The author either doesn’t know her limitations and so can’t work within them,…