Biden announces plan to decimate the Strategic Petroleum Reserve

As with the mind-blowingly reckless withdrawal from Afghanistan, I am struggling to understand what the Biden administration's endgame with the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR) is. The SPR is the United States Department of Energy's emergency stockpile of oil, which is stored in underground tanks in Louisiana and Texas. The SPR dates back to 1975, when … Continue reading Biden announces plan to decimate the Strategic Petroleum Reserve

Social media and cable news are not real life, parts per million

I have good friends who have been deeply disturbed by things some conservative influencers have been saying about the Ukraine War, specifically those who seem to be sympathizing with Putin or scapegoating the US (even though the US is not directly involved). I'm not going to lie - I find it absolutely bonkers (and anti-American) … Continue reading Social media and cable news are not real life, parts per million

Alex Jones brought the televangelist business model to politics

Above all, don't lie to yourself. The man who lies to himself and listens to his own lie comes to a point that he cannot distinguish the truth within him, or around him, and so loses all respect for himself and for others. And having no respect he ceases to love.Fyodor Dostoevsky, The Brothers Karamazov A … Continue reading Alex Jones brought the televangelist business model to politics

How Trump exploits evangelical influencers that monetize God

Longtime readers know that I have something of a niche fascination with how the evangelical Christian community uniquely attracts charlatan media personalities. In a recent post, I discussed how Jerry Falwell Jr.'s spectacular fall from grace (which took the reputation of Liberty University down with it) fits a well-established pattern of folks constructing and maintaining … Continue reading How Trump exploits evangelical influencers that monetize God

A review of Tara Westover’s Educated (by a homeschooler)

On Saturday mornings, we drive our daughter down to Naples for fencing lessons. Although Naples is not far away geographically, it takes roughly 45 minutes each way to get there with stop-and-go brunch and farmer's market traffic. Then her fencing lessons usually run about two hours long. This ritual requires that I tow along a … Continue reading A review of Tara Westover’s Educated (by a homeschooler)

The United States is not “dependent” on Russia for oil

I realize it is probably obvious from my posts lately, but I have absolutely lost my patience with MAGA narratives. As a lifelong ideological conservative, my biggest problem with Trump was that he wasn't a conservative. I was, however, willing to give him the benefit of the doubt because I agreed with his views on … Continue reading The United States is not “dependent” on Russia for oil

British scientists identify gene sequences behind severe Covid symptoms

For much of the Covid-19 debate, I have maintained that the scientific community would eventually identify what specific biological mechanisms were exploited by the Covid-19 virus, and it would not be any of the generic factors people on both the far-left and the far-right are talking about. If you talk to people on the far-left, … Continue reading British scientists identify gene sequences behind severe Covid symptoms