Review: Hinterland (Y Gwyll), the series so far

By John Ruberry Much well-deserved criticism has been leveled at the BBC for compelling Doctor Who to go transgender by having, after 41 years, a woman take the lead role. Not because, as DaTechGuy himself noted two months ago, the best performer was hired, but because the Doctor Who franchise apparently needs more diversity. Keep … Continue reading Review: Hinterland (Y Gwyll), the series so far

The hubris of inevitable leftism defeated the Democrats

By John Ruberry There are thousands--maybe hundreds of thousands--of explanations about why Donald Trump defeated Hillary Clinton last week that you can find online and in print, as well as why the Republicans maintained control of Congress and gained governorships. Here's another one, although this discussion confronts one angle, what I call "inevitable leftism." Barack … Continue reading The hubris of inevitable leftism defeated the Democrats

1968 returns

By John Ruberry This year could end up being the most tumultuous year since 1968. During that year there was of course a heated presidential election, the Democrats nominated Vice President Hubert Humphrey, who represented the status quo, one that was not especially popular. The Republicans chose a former vice president, Richard Nixon, whose critics … Continue reading 1968 returns

Britain’s Reagan and Trump moment

By John Ruberry "This is the issue of this election: Whether we believe in our capacity for self-government or whether we abandon the American revolution and confess that a little intellectual elite in a far-distant capital can plan our lives for us better than we can plan them ourselves." Ronald Reagan, A Time for Choosing, … Continue reading Britain’s Reagan and Trump moment

Brexit and The Wisdom of the Aged

Yesterday I found myself at the wedding of one of my wife's co-workers that took place in a backyard. As I sat there I noticed two doors down a Union Jack flying in the wind. As the neighborhood was curiously devoid of fences I walked over and asked permission to take a photo of the … Continue reading Brexit and The Wisdom of the Aged

The Unexpectedly Chronicles: Oh THAT EU Micromanagement

Jim Hacker:  I understand that one of your officials spends all his time paying farmers to produce masses of surplus food while someone in the next office pays people to destroy the surplus. Maurice:  That's not True! Sir Humphrey Appleby:  No? Maurice:  He's not in the same office, he's not even on the same floor! Yes … Continue reading The Unexpectedly Chronicles: Oh THAT EU Micromanagement

The #Brexit quote of the Day

via Tim Blair: UPDATE III. Reader Steve emails: I phoned my Uncle Johnny (WWII Parachute Regiment) last night to wish him a happy 90th birthday. He was putting on his overcoat and heading into the rain to his polling station in West Yorkshire. I asked which way he was planning to vote. “When I was … Continue reading The #Brexit quote of the Day

Three (Ok four) Quick Brexit Thoughts

Because I'm working tonight I only have time for three quick thoughts on the Brexit vote before I crash: MSM in Mourning: The first I heard of the result of the Brexit vote was as I left work & turned on EWTN radio morning to hear Morning Glory radio announce the improbable win.  By the … Continue reading Three (Ok four) Quick Brexit Thoughts

#Brexit wins

Today's headlines: Britain voted to leave the European Union. Prime Minister David Cameron tended his resignation. Two older headlines that went mostly ignored: Last week, Switzerland withdrew its application to join the EU. Last year, Iceland dropped its application to the EU, Thomas Minder, counsellor for the state of Schaffhausen and an active promoter of … Continue reading #Brexit wins

Obama the internationalist sticks his nose into UK politics

By John Ruberry Colonel Ahmed: "Not the President of America, sir. The President of Earth." Doctor Who, Death in Heaven. Not content with "fundamentally transforming" America, Barack Obama is in Europe right now causing mischief. During a joint press conference with German Prime Minister Angela Merkel that concluded a few hours ago Obama praised her open … Continue reading Obama the internationalist sticks his nose into UK politics