Bright Spots in Dark Days

It’s the first day of December, and we woke in darkness to a snow that’s still very lightly falling. Intermittently. It’s also already dark again. So maybe it’s not snowing anymore. I worked from home today so was able to sip my coffee while watching Youngest make her maiden attack on her Advent calendars at…

The Art of Deflection

As the gentle reader of this blog will know and as Greg has stated in the About text (upper right hand side on the page), we have a particular interest in the intersection of news from America and the way in which these news are delivered to the Danish people. It was therefore with a…

The Bold New Taste of Socialism

Despite obvious philosophical differences, George Orwell and Ayn Rand had a lot in common as novelists: they both cranked everything up to eleven and whacked you over the head with it to make sure you got their points.  Their characters are cartoonish, their plot lines are simple, their morality is black and white.  They aren’t…

Misdirection

Mikkel Danielsen had a strange piece out in Berlingske yesterday: Fox News’s big star put a video out on the internet. Then the hosts burst into conflict.Mikkel Danielsen, Berlingske.dk, Nov 25 (“Then the hosts burst into conflict” is a lousy translation of a Danish colloquialism for which there’s no handy English equivalent, so the clunkiness…

You Say You Want a Revolution

Multiple sources, local and national, were reporting on Wednesday than one Vaun Mayes, identified as a leading BLM activist in the Milwaukee area, said in (and of) Waukesha that, “It’s possible the revolution has started.” Vaun Mayes is apparently a troubled soul, currently “on pretrial release on federal charges in the allege (sic) Molotov cocktail…

On Standards

Most of the posts on this blog relate to Danish misrepresentations of America and Americans. But the Highway of Misunderstandings has always been a two-way street. With multiple lanes in each direction. And heavy traffic. Case in point, a tweet from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution from a few weeks ago (which came to my attention via…

Scarecrows and Tin Men

In a small New England town back in the early 1980s, a group of four high school students founded a group called “Youth for Communism.” One of those bright young idiots, it does not pain me to say, was myself. Some readers might find it surprising that a confession of such stupidity causes me no…

The Boomerang Bunch

Earlier this year I wrote about the Boomerang Principle: what you do to your adversaries today, they will do to you tomorrow. It may be novel to bring a gun to a knife fight—but only once. After that, every knife fight’s gonna be a gun fight. This principle obviously isn’t limited to physical combat: it…