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When the Reign of Terror Is Part of Your DNA

Great Moments in Chaos and Order, Part III: These Guys Deserve Each Other

The European Social Survey–a science group and past winners of The Descartes Prize, Europe’s annual science award—showed in 2018 that 96% of the French population believed climate change was occurring. The same survey also said that the French weren’t losing much sleep over the notion of cataclysmic global warming. But the citizens forgot about nervous elites like President Macron, who not only believed in the bad science of media-hyped manmade planet warming, but was terrified for France and, most importantly, for the world. Macron’s one of many church-going elitists rushing across our “burning planet” scaring everyone to abandon fossil fuels through policies like the Paris Climate Accords.

Great Moments in Global Warming

Great Moments in Chaos and Order, Part II: Come In From the Cold

In Gangster Town, book three of my American Blackout series, a courtroom drama weaves inside the main storyline of slavery’s return. On trial is a university professor who’s been accused of being skeptical of manmade global warming and not sufficiently aggressive in implanting in her students the meme that the debate’s over. In this fictional world of society’s collapse after an EMP attack and people dying of starvation, disease, and at the hands of criminal enterprises, the leaders in Cincinnati still find the energy to pump up their kangaroo court in rare moments of stability.

Click here for Part 1 of this series, “From the Big Bang to Sinatra’s ‘Night and Day.’” Purchase Gangster Town here on Amazon. Also check out this sample from Pulse of the Goddess: American Blackout Book 1 and the opening chapters from book 2, Slaves Beneath the Stars.

A Thanksgiving Salute

November brings the confluence of three anniversaries – the birthday of the United States Marine Corps on November 10, Veteran’s Day on November 11, and of course, Thanksgiving. There was a passenger onboard the Mayflower who could be honored upon all three. He was a soldier of fortune who, in between wars, took pity upon these hapless farmers and artisans we call Pilgrims – who were armed with faith but little else – and agreed to accompany them to the new world as military advisor. He was the only one who did not get sick that first brutal winter (half of them died, including his wife, Rose) and so he tended to all the others, especially William Bradford, who would soon serve as governor for most of the remainder of his life and become his life-long friend. The calm, thoughtful Bradford and this fiery-tempered soldier formed a partnership that not only allowed New Plymouth to survive, but eventually thrive. That soldier’s name was Myles Standish.

11 Risks of Self-Driving Cars Most Don’t Consider

Self-driving cars are upheld as a shining solution to so many problems. Drunk driving doesn’t matter if the car drives the drunk home. Teens can take rides anywhere at any time. Older adults can still access transportation even as vision and reflexes deteriorate. However, there are risks introduced by self-driving cars many fail to consider. Here is a short list of concerns beyond your insurance rate spiking because you’re braking so hard…

From the Big Bang to Sinatra’s ‘Night and Day’

Great Moments in Chaos and Order, Part 1

From the unknown, let’s call it the eternal, a place outside of time and space, comes ignition and a monstrous flash of energy. This creative power unleashes the universe and births the stars. The Big Bang made its appearance some 14 billion years ago, followed by the Earth at 4.5 billion years. Single-cell microorganisms clock in a billion years later.

In the 1920s the Big Bang’s lines of energy reached the well-ordered mind of Belgian priest George Lemaitre, who had been studying the universe’s creation, incorporating Einstein’s general theory of relativity, and unearthing that flashy moment of creation when an itsy-bitsy particle ignited our ever-expanding universe.

Battling some dissenters, atheist Stephen Hawking agreed that the Jesuit priest was the Father of the Big Bang theory. Hawking also believed that if the Big Bang had come out of the chute a tad slow, or too fast, life would never have developed. Perhaps only in Western Civilization would a priest and a confirmed atheist have strong points of agreement, both affected by the energy traces of the Big Bang, and both departing the world, not as the punchline of a joke, but with plenty of grace.

Just What is Conservative Theatre Anyway?

I’m delighted to share my thoughts about conservative theatre with Liberty Island.

As the founder and president of Stage Right Theatrics—the country’s only conservative theatre company—you’d think I’d have a pretty firm grip on just what “conservative theatre” means. Well, I’ve got a grip on it, but I often feel as though I’m holding onto something that’s been thoroughly greased. That’s because the concept of a “conservative theatre” is, in my mind, still evolving. Its definition has expanded over time as I have given it more thought and read/produced more plays, but it is still very much a work in progress.  Here’s where I’m at with it now.

Drive-bys from the Drive-In

Making some snap judgements so you don’t have to…

In this week’s Cultural Dispatches from the Alamo, Griff sets his sights on five recent releases…

On Conservative Antiheroes

In Defense of the Flawed Protagonist

In her Political Writing 101 column here on the Liberty Island website, Jamie K. Wilson argues that conservative writers “need to unashamedly embrace the epic hero”. “I get tired of antiheroes.” she writes. “They are the damaged and suffering heroes that SJWs wish they could be.”

I thought of this advice in light of my own forthcoming novel from Liberty Island, Red Line Blues: The Ballad of Owen Cassel, due out in November. My hero is clearly not an epic hero. He is much closer to the “damaged and suffering” heroes that Jamie disdains. I sat down to write my novel with a particular purpose: to challenge the prevailing sense in mainstream culture that someone with conservative views cannot be complex, let alone cultured. Conservatives are always corrupt, ignorant, and bigoted. If they have some redeeming features to them, they become liberals in the end (like Scott, in Woody Allen’s “Everybody Says I Love You”, whose conservatism turned out to be the result of a brain tumor). Thus was born Owen Cassell—an alcoholic, divorced, disillusioned lapsed Catholic and failed professor, who is nonetheless highly intelligent, charming, well-traveled, and sensitive. His problem is that he falls in love with a younger woman who is liberal.

The Incredibles 2: How To Waste A Good Premise

The Importance of Theme Revealed by Comparing the Original to the New Sequel…

I recently saw The Incredibles and The Incredibles 2 back to back. The Incredibles is a brilliant film: a master-class in storytelling and a lot of fun. The Incredibles 2 is a good film: enjoyable with exciting action sequences and several hilarious bits about parenting. However, in my judgment it does not approach the brilliance of its predecessor. And a big part of the difference, I think, is in the two films’ treatment of theme. [Spoilers ahead!]

The Growing Hidden Market for Information Appliances

Bringing in information appliances like Alexa and Siri costs you your privacy. They’ll monitor and record everything you say, parsing it for key terms to be used in advertising. However, I can’t say they aren’t for everyone. I’m going to ignore those who want to live in a networked home because it feels like the future has arrived and focus on those that are the best (or worst) case scenario.

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