Shetland: The series so far

By John Ruberry Netflix binge watching just brought me to Scotland's remote Shetland Islands for the BBC crime drama Shetland, a series that is based upon books by Ann Cleeves. Stoic Director Inspector Jimmy Perez (Douglas Henshall), a Shetland native who moved back to the islands from Glasgow after the death of his wife, calmly investigates the archipelago's murders--and … Continue reading Shetland: The series so far

I’m old enough to remember when Britain was a Free Country

Thug:  You're Mr. Sherlock Holmes ain't ya Sherlock Holmes:  Yes. Thug:  I wouldn't come down here if I was you.  This is Limehouse and we don't fancy you're sort of bloke in these parts. Dr. Watson:  the fellow's absolutely right shouldn't we... Sherlock Holmes:  Quiet Watson,This is still a free country a man may walk … Continue reading I’m old enough to remember when Britain was a Free Country

Europe is right and Obama is wrong: Top-down government belongs in the past

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 capitol can plan our lives for us better than we can plan them ourselves." Ronald Reagan, A Time for Choosing, 1964. … Continue reading Europe is right and Obama is wrong: Top-down government belongs in the past

An Independent Scotland: The Great Socialist Experiment

Gandhi: Mr. Kinnoch, I beg you to accept that there is no people on Earth who would not prefer their own bad government to the good government of an alien power. Gandhi 1982 12th Doctor: It's good I'm Scottish. I'm Scottish. I am Scottish. I can complain about things, I can really complain about things. … Continue reading An Independent Scotland: The Great Socialist Experiment