Why John Stuart Mill is still important

By John Ruberry I have been thinking about John Stuart Mill lately, a true liberal by the way, meaning he was open-minded, ever since Little Marathon Pundit returned from London a month ago. It was there she came across, at Victoria Embankment Gardens, a bronze statue of Mill. Then a week and a half ago, … Continue reading Why John Stuart Mill is still important

Review: Bag Man, a Rachel Maddow podcast from MSNBC

By John Ruberry One of my criticisms of my left-wing friends is that they cocoon themselves in media that is comfortable to them, such as the New York Times, the Washington Post, and MSNBC, TV shows featuring fellow travelers, such as Will & Grace, and agreeable authors, such as Noam Chomsky. They yelp back, "But … Continue reading Review: Bag Man, a Rachel Maddow podcast from MSNBC

Slave versus enslaved person

By John Ruberry I did not contribute my usual Sunday post here because Mrs. Marathon Pundit and I were on a short vacation to Nashville. Among our visits were stops at three mansions, Carnton in Franklin, as well as Belmont, and the Hermitage, which was Andrew Jackson's home. There we were told by tour guides … Continue reading Slave versus enslaved person

John Zenger and Andrew Hamilton Weep as some thing never change.

I must insist at the same Time, that what my Client is charged with, is not a Libel ; and I observed just now, that Mr. Attorney in defining a Libel, made use of the words scandalous, seditious and, and tend to disquiet the People ; but (whether with Design or not I will not … Continue reading John Zenger and Andrew Hamilton Weep as some thing never change.

Review: The director’s cut of Heaven’s Gate

By John Ruberry Over the last few years I've been encountering snippets here and there about how that 1981 movie bomb, Heaven's Gate, was in fact, a better film than the reputation that surrounds it. After the success of The Deer Hunter, which gained him a Best Picture and Best Director Oscar, Michael Cimino, the … Continue reading Review: The director’s cut of Heaven’s Gate

An October Surprise Bombs Update: The Left Rolls a Seven

One of the problems for the left/media 's anti Trump "Nazi" narrative has been the conspicuous lack of Nazi like actions by the president. And unlike the big event in Boston two years ago where the lack of Nazi's didn't hold back the narrative in a state so blue you have trouble telling when the … Continue reading An October Surprise Bombs Update: The Left Rolls a Seven

1968: When the left killed civility

By John Ruberry There are cries on both sides of the political aisle for a return to civility. When did it go away? It happened fifty years ago in Chicago during the Democratic National Convention. The left killed civility. The documentary Best of Enemies, available on Netflix, centers on ten debates broadcast on ABC during … Continue reading 1968: When the left killed civility

When Obama mocked McCain

By John Ruberry While "the betters" on the Sunday talk shows were praising John McCain, who died from brain cancer Saturday, Mrs. Marathon Pundit turned to me and asked, "Why isn't anyone talking about the number of houses he owned?" The TV talking heads weren't. In his laudatory statement about the Arizona senator's passing, of … Continue reading When Obama mocked McCain

Don’t Know Much About History

The teaching of history in high school has become so appalling that few students arrive at a university with any coherent understanding of the past. As an example, I’ve been asked to be on a panel for my college’s students who are too young to know much about 9/11. Think about that. Somehow college students … Continue reading Don’t Know Much About History

The history of Democratic Party failures on Russia

By John Ruberry Since Donald J. Trump's upset win in 2016 over Hillary Clinton--who after the election the left-wing media belatedly informed us was a flawed candidate--we've been bombarded with story after story that the president is either colluding with Russia or is weak in dealing with it. But the Democrats have a decades-long history … Continue reading The history of Democratic Party failures on Russia

A visit to the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum and a look back

By John Ruberry Little Marathon Pundit and I were on vacation earlier this month and our travels brought us to Wisconsin and Michigan. On our final day of that trip we visited the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum in Grand Rapids, just six days prior to the 105th anniversary of the birth of the 38th … Continue reading A visit to the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum and a look back

Review: The Terror

By John Ruberry "It [the Thames River] had borne all the ships whose names are like jewels flashing in the night of time, from the Golden Hind returning with her round flanks full of treasure, to be visited by the Queen's Highness and thus pass out of the gigantic tale, to the Erebus and Terror, … Continue reading Review: The Terror

Failed state Illinois creating distraction from pension crisis by trying to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment

Illinois cannot cope with the present, let alone with the future, so it's fighting a symbolic battle from the past. Here's a little history lesson: In 1972 Congress submitted the Equal Rights Amendment to the state legislatures, which read: Section 1. Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the … Continue reading Failed state Illinois creating distraction from pension crisis by trying to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment

Alfie Evans Dead for the NHS’s & England’s Want of one Hour of Churchill

Hayden: [stopping his horse and drawing a pistol] Good night Mr. Breen John Breen: You mean I can go? Hayden: Anytime John Breen: [looking at the armed men around behind him] What makes you think I will? Hayden: Because that way you've got a chance, a small one, but a chance John Breen: [griping reigns … Continue reading Alfie Evans Dead for the NHS’s & England’s Want of one Hour of Churchill

South Africa about to do the Zimbabwe

"First we must cross the river," Benito was saying.  "Do you believe me now when I tell you that you must not attempt to swim it, or even get wet from it, or must you try that too?" "What happens if I just dive in?" "Then you will be as you were in the bottle. … Continue reading South Africa about to do the Zimbabwe