Is Egypt the source of jihadism?

One writer in a forum about the excellent webcomic Doc Rat asked “Is Egypt the source of jihadism, though? I was under the impression that the Wa’habi sect in Saudi was the main cause…”

I think he’s sort of right both ways. Egypt is the home of the Muslim Brotherhood, one of the “double-nucleus” pieces […]

A Note on Patriotism and a Rare Heinlein Mistake

From this Robert Heinlein address to Naval midshipmen: “Today, in the United States, it is popular among selfstyled “intellectuals” to sneer at patriotism. They seem to think that it is axiomatic that any civilized man is a pacifist, and they treat the military profession with contempt. “Warmongers”-” Imperialists”- “Hired killers in uniform”-you have all heard such sneers and you will hear them again. One of their favorite quotations is: “Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel.” […]

Happy Thanksgiving

I am inclined to recap and update something I’ve said of Thanksgiving in the past. I like the idea of Thanksgiving, frankly. I have been fortunate in many ways; some of it is pure luck, but a very large amount of the good in my life comes from other people.

First among them, and no […]

Humor for the “ows” movement

Jim Fister at Finding Ponies has a post up about jokes for the “occupy” movement. He referred to a collection started here, but encouraged any contributions.

I had two, so far:

What’s the difference between the Tea Party and the occupy movement? One burns with national pride and waves the flag. The other waives national […]

ClimateGate 2.0


5,000+ more emails, and hundreds of thousands of more to be released at some future time. [Update] So far, these appear to be an additional release from the same November 2009 ClimateGate harvest. The Guardian has a story up.

There is also a set of documents, mostly Word but some in WordPerfect, going back […]

Occupy Theme Fail

I have been town between being wryly amused and disappointed by the “occupy” movement. It contains many people who fantasize about killing people like me and destroying the free enterprise system and rule of law that made the United States so great. At the same time, they are utterly blind to actual crony capitalism if it’s on the Left: they like big government and expect handouts. But I am a poet and songwriter, among other things, and thus I was interested in the song recently produced as a theme song for this movement. […]

Veterans Day and a bit of rhyme

We in the United States are here, and we are able to continue to live in the lifestyle that we enjoy, thanks to veterans. Of course, there are others involved as well, but only a small percentage of the population places themselves in harms’ way in support of ideals and principles that we worked so hard to establish more than two centuries ago. From time to time, these are threatened. […]

MF Global: Beyond crony capitalism

You might remember that a great deal of regulation was put into place to “protect consumers” from financial misrepresentation. Various new procedures would make certain that businesses were on the up-and-up. Of course, we’ve seen huge amounts of failure in the “green jobs” arena, but these are special cases, Protected by Special Relationship. They don’t operate by the same rules. […]