A mixed up, muddled up, shook up world

Surely we live on the best of all possible worlds. Surely: Nobody at the age of zero will get a legal sex change, so it makes sense anyway, says expertStine Hansen, TV2 News, August 17 Persons as young as zero must be able to perform legal gender reassignment. The government presented this on Monday in…

Hatred as a political principle

In covering Liz Cheney’s entirely predictable defeat in Wyoming’s Republican primary, Berlingske offered a telling headline: She became world famous for hating Trump. Now she has lost.Sara Hodzic, Berlingske.dk, August 17 It’s an accurate headline: Liz Cheney, daughter of former vice-president Dick Cheney, did indeed become world famous for hating Trump, and she lost her…

The opening shots in the war on menstrual poverty have been fired

It’s a red-letter day in Scotland. As the DR headline puts it, “Starting today it’s free to menstruate in Scotland.” Menstruation has always been free of charge in Scotland, as far as I can tell, but beginning today tampons and menstrual pads will be available free of charge to that country’s menstruators. (Really to everyone: apparently…

A Danish journalist gets it all wrong for a change

A couple of weeks ago, in one of my posts from “the the west,” I briefly mentioned a profile piece that Berlingske had published on TV2 News’s US correspondent Jesper Steinmetz. (And neglected to include a link: here it is.) I wrote: It reveals a Steinmetz I wish we could all see more of on…

“Half the Country”

Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton deleted confidential emails from the illegal server maintained at her private New York residence. Former National Security Adviser Sandy Berger was caught smuggling stolen documents from the National Archives by stuffing them into his clothes. President Joe Biden has been heavily implicated in the emails discovered on the laptop of his…

The Mar-a-Lago Mazurka

I had to scroll down quite a bit to reach Berlingske’s story about the FBI’s ransacking of Mar-A-Lago—an event unprecedented in American history. Republicans are furious: “When we get power back, people are going to be held to account”Sara Hodzic, Berlingske.dk, August 9 On DR’s website, the story was just beneath the metaphorical fold: Ransacking…

Winter is coming

Would you give a friend the keys to your car if he or she were obviously drunk? Would you let a toddler play with a loaded gun? Would you give your child a set of carving knives to practice juggling with? I’ll assume that you either answered no to all three questions or you decided…

What Is a Woman?

Herself and I watched Matt Walsh’s documentary What Is a Woman last night. It’s mostly a polemic against our increasing willingness to let our children be irreversibly chemically and surgically altered to bring their physical bodies into harmony with their identities. That may not sound like a subject that would lend itself to a light,…

Trumpism—and its opposite

I don’t write much about Danish politics because that’s not what this blog is about. (Also because Danish politics is of little or no interest outside of Denmark.) Yesterday Berlingske published a very “inside-baseball” article about the state of play in Danish politics as the parties position themselves for the next election (which must take…

Generalissimo Francisco Franco is still dead

Berlingske published their most superfluous and redundant editorial of the decade this morning: Berlingske believes: Everything and everyone is better than TrumpBirgitte Borup, Berlingske.dk Leader, August 1 There’s no need to parse through the whole thing because there’s very little in it that’s new or novel. The headline alone is just a condensation of the…

Imagine there’s no countries

Personal Note: I’m still on vacation, but this is the part where we tear the house apart in preparation for renovations—where we box up entire rooms to clear them for the Invasion of the Contractors that begins next week. My basement office is already in total disarray and will remain so until I get it…

Forward?

We got back from “the the west” very early Wednesday morning. Cool, gray, drizzly Denmark was a welcome relief after our week without air conditioning in the sun’s European anvil. The Danish media are mostly dominated by stories about Jonas Vingegaard’s Tour de France victory, and the local celebrations of that victory, and the planning…

Notes from the Algarve: II

If you’re a full-throated left-wing extremist—if you still want George Bush and Dick Cheney hog-tied before a Hague war crimes tribunal, for example, and if you believe American news media are biased to the right, and if you simply cannot understand why Donald Trump still hasn’t been taken out and shot— then Poul Høi is…

Notes from the Algarve: I

(Remember: the name Algarve is derived from the old Arabic Al-Gharb, meaning “the west,” so to speak of “the Algarve” is to speak of “the the West.”) We’ve been here a couple of days now, Herself and Youngest and I, on a brief southern getaway while Eldest holds down the fort and tends Dog back…

Are our solar panels green or red?

TV2 News published an interesting article last week. I only first came across it Monday morning. It was apparently based on a TV2 documentary called “Operation X: The Dark Side of Solar Panels.” I haven’t seen the documentary, but the article seemed balanced, interesting, and thoroughly researched. It was the kind of investigative journalism “60…

Sound On

I’ve decided to try something new. I’m going to begin posting audio recordings of my posts. It’s just an experiment, at this point: something to play around during this vacation while I have a little more time than usual on my hands. I worked a lot with sound design back in my theatre days, but…

Ole Puddinhead Goes A-Beggin’

Candidate Joe Biden, October 2020 (my emphasis): Two years ago, Saudi operatives, reportedly acting at the direction of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, murdered and dismembered Saudi dissident, journalist, and US resident Jamal Khashoggi. His offense – for which he paid with his life – was criticizing the policies of his government. Today, I…

Patience has a shelf life

I was pleased to encounter the following statement in Fox News article I stumbled over last night. It was made by CNN host Don Lemon on live television: “We sit around and we talk about these things and we want to give this false equivalence to Democrats and Republicans. That is not where we are…

The wild and hysterical extremism of the global left is the most destructive political force in the west. Change my mind.

My headline is my contention: the wild and hysterical extremism of the global left is the most destructive political force in the west. Let’s start with some definitions, in accordance with my old-fashioned notion that communication and understanding work best when people are talking about the same things. By “the global left” I mean the…