Happy New Year!
This has been a momentous year and it leads directly into a presidential election year. So much good stuff, it’s hard to choose but I’ll give you my opinions below.
Most Important Political Developments
Failure of Robert Mueller’s Investigation
Naming of Special Counsel John Durham
Inability of Impeachment to Lower President’s Poll Numbers
The Haplessness of the Democrat Presidential Candidates
Boris Johnson’s Election Triumph
Best Books Reviewed
American Nations – A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America – by Colin Woodard
This book puts the social tendencies of the various regions of the United States in an interesting perspective.
Galaxy’s Edge (Volume 9) – Retribution
This was the final volume in the series (or at least the first “season” of the series) and did a good job of settling the present war that had been raging. But there are plot ends dangling in all directions and the next season must be imminent.
Hell or High Water
Most Important Cinematic Conference
03JAN2019 – Quote of the Day
Much of the appeal of feminism is that it encourages women to do what they always felt like doing anyway: take everything personally. But to succeed at the highest level, you need some objectivity, which feminism hates. Feminists see objective reality as a conspiracy out to make them feel bad about themselves.
15FEB2019 – Quote of the Day
“The feminists hate me, don’t they? And I don’t blame them. For I hate feminism. It is poison.”
18AUG2019 – Quote of the Day
In the absence of any other proof, the thumb alone would convince me of God’s existence.
19AUG2019 – Quote of the Day
Not only is the Universe stranger than we think, it is stranger than we can think.
07JAN2019 – Quote of the Day
“Almost by definition, secularism cannot be a future: it’s a present-tense culture that over time disconnects a society from cross-generational purpose. Which is why there are no examples of sustained atheist civilizations. “Atheistic humanism” became inhumanism in the hands of the Fascists and Communists and, in its less malign form in today’s European Union, a kind of dehumamism in which a present-tense culture amuses itself to extinction. Post-Christian European culture is already post-cultural and, with its surging Muslim populations, will soon be post-European.”
23JAN2019 – Quote of the Day
A nation that cannot control its borders is not a nation.
24JAN2019 – Quote of the Day
It’s not that liberals aren’t smart, it’s just that so much of what they know isn’t so
14FEB2019 – Quote of the Day
“There are too many people who imagine that there is something sophisticated about always believing the best of those who hate your country, and the worst of those who defend it.”
04APR2019 – Quote of the Day
Diplomacy is the art of telling people to go to hell in such a way that they ask for directions.
26APR2019 – Quote of the Day
If you will not fight for right when you can easily win without bloodshed; if you will not fight when your victory will be sure and not too costly; you may come to the moment when you will have to fight with all odds against you and only a precarious chance of survival. There may be even a worse fate, you may have to fight when there is no hope of victory, because it is better to perish than to live as slaves.
29APR2019 – Quote of the Day
The Man in the Arena as it is called, is part of a speech called Citizenship in a Republic made by Theodore Roosevelt in Paris, France on April 23, 1910. It’s well known but well worth requoting.
It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.
Stay tuned in 2020.