Hard, Ugly Truth

Let’s get right to it. The Golden State Warriors public relations team is distancing the franchise from minority owner, Chamath Palihapitiya, after the billionaire boldly stated “nobody cares” about the Uyghur genocide in China on Saturday. That’s from an article in the insufferably progressive NPR, but it’s all true: Palihapitiya did say it, he is…

A Soldier, a Cougar, and Some Numbers

Soldierly Language DR followed up on yesterday’s widely-run wire story about Swedish conscripts being sent home to recover from “rough treatment” with a little more depth later in the day. It doesn’t really add to or change the original story, or affect my initial reaction, but there was a bit more detail in one respect:…

Lighten Up, Sven

There was a story in Berlingske Tidende yesterday about something I’d caught in the English language press a week or two ago: the Scottish Ballet’s plans to “help drive anti-racism” by introducing changes to their annual production of The Nutcracker. The headline on the Berlingske story by Amalie Haun is “Famous Christmas classic being remade:…

No MAGA Country for Smart Men

I lived six years of my life in Chicago. I have many friends who still live there. I have some family there. It’s a one-party town. Has been forever. The last Republican mayor of Chicago left office in 1931. There are a few Chicago precincts in which Donald Trump outpolled Joe Biden in 2020—the Dread…

Apologies Our Sorry Media Won’t Report

On September 29th, the National School Boards Association sent a letter to President Joe Biden requesting, in its own words (and capitalization), “Federal Assistance to Stop Threats and Acts of Violence Against Public Schoolchildren, Public School Board Members, and Other Public School District Officials and Educators.” In that letter, signed by NSBA President Viola Garcia…

Paying the Swede-geld

Insufferable neurotic high-school dropout Greta Thunberg has popped up in another news cycle, this time for her presence on the cover of the the first edition of Vogue Scandinavia. Greta Thunberg adorns the cover of Vogue and criticizes the fashion industryBerlingske.dk (Ritzau/TT), August 9 It’s hard to determine who comes off as more ridiculous here,…

There’s Life in the Old Lie Yet

On Sunday, Berlingske published the first in a series of three interviews with Danish authors on the subject of racism in Denmark: Author Sofie Jama got shit smeared on her front door: The aggressiveracists are the most sincere in their communication Kristian Lindberg, AOK, Berlingske.dk, August 1 Sofie Jama is a Somali-born Dane who came…

“Mr. Biden, Tear Down This Party…”

It’s gratifying to hear something you’ve been saying for years get said on the floor of the House of Representatives. During comments on a bill to remove certain statues from Congress yesterday, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said a number of things I’ve said repeatedly on this blog, and have been saying for an even…

The Phantom Menace

G.K. Chesteron opens up The Superstition of Divorce with a passage I think I’ve already quoted somewhere on this blog: It is still in some strange way considered unpractical to open up inquiries about anything by asking what it is. I happen to have, however, a fairly complete contempt for that sort of practicality; for…