Cats & Dogs & Belly-Laughs

And here I am, remembering to post the video after I select it and load it. But I’d best not brag, just in case I suddenly discover I’ve forgotten something else.

Isn’t it amazing, how gentle most of these dogs are with cats who are just a fraction of their size? You will not I said “most,” not “all.” There really are moments in these relationships when the cat has a duty to assert his dominance.

Memory Lane: The Colonel’s Den

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Imagine that you’re twelve years old, visiting, with some of your friends, their cousin’s house. And you all go downstairs to what in most homes would be a cellar: but in this house, it’s a military treasure trove.

It all belongs to the cousin’s grandfather, The Colonel, relics of a long military career in the Far East. Suddenly you’re in a very different world, a world that might have been  created by Rudyard Kipling or Joseph Conrad. The lighting is subdued, and the walls hung with swords, spears, samurai gear, Japanese battle flags, and exotic weapons whose use you can’t even imagine. There are cigarette lighters made of hand grenades, artillery shells standing on the floor, and a brightly-lit aquarium, built into the wall, inhabited by fish you’ve never seen before. All very shadowy and quiet.

The Colonel himself is a tall, straight figure of a man with an iron-grey crewcut; and although I visited his house many times, I’m sure I never heard him speak. I doubt he ever knew my name.

The collection dazzles me. It would take all day to see it all. One of the Japanese battle flags has a tear in it, and a dark stain that must be old, dried blood. One is not inclined to be frivolous, down here, and loud talk is garishly out of place. I feel as if I will never be able to describe it adequately, however hard I try. But it’s also unforgettable. Almost sixty years later, I can close my eyes and see it.

What it tells me is that the world is very wide, full of peoples and places that I couldn’t hope to list, who fought battles and waged wars that I won’t be able to track down in a hundred books of history. So much vastness, in such a small space!

But The Colonel saw it all. He was there. He doesn’t need to speak: his collection says more than he can ever say.

‘The Loving Left’ (2013)

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Barbara Bush, one of the least annoying First Ladies in my lifetime, died the other day. Almost instantaneously, a–er, ahem!–college professor at Cal State Fresno proclaimed her glee that the “witch” and “racist” and “mother of a war criminal” had died: so over the top, even the college was embarrassed (

But that’s what leftids always do, isn’t it?

If you think you’re the only one who’s noticed that some leftids sound like they’re demon-possessed… you’re not.

My Newswithviews Column, April 19 (‘Lovers of Death’)

Leftids the world over are sounding more and more like a death cult–and I’ve only scratched the surface of it.

I think the Book of Proverbs got it right: “All they that hate me love death.”

‘Restoring the Promise of America’–Without God?

In this Chalcedon book review from last year, I examined Professor F.H. Buckley’s totally secular solutions to America’s problems (, The Way Back: Restoring the Promise of America.

As Bayard Rustin once said, there are a lot of stupid smart people.

Anyway, click the link and check it out. And please visit The Chalcedon Foundation’s new expanded website, .

‘Living With Fantasy’ (2010)

This, I think, is the first post I wrote for this blog. And my friend Bob Jason, in Canada, made the very first comment.

Otherwise, not much has changed in eight years!


‘Little Is Much When God Is In It’

I’ve never heard this hymn before–Little Is Much When God Is In It–and as I write this post, it’s yesterday: this morning I’m gathering dust in the eye doctor’s waiting room.

Sung by Nathan and Lyle, with family and friends, in Denton County, Texas, in a family sing-along. I wish my family had done this.

Cats Loving Babies

I’m just not right. I loaded this video at the usual time and then just plumb forgot to post it. Looking at my stats just now, I wondered why no one had bothered to watch the cat video. Then I discovered that there was no cat video. *Sigh* Well, better late than never.

Lawsuit: ‘I am not Mr. Bean!’

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A Social Justice Studies professor at Mordor State University has sued a fictional character for “making people think I’m him.”

Dr. Che Lastima says the well-known comic character, Mr. Bean, was purposely created by racists to be an identical duplicate of him, “so as to make my students laugh at me,” he told several random passers-by. “They even got him sitting on a chair on top of a car, because I do that.”

The lawsuit, filed at Porky’s Mini-Golf Park across the street from the campus, demands that Mr. Bean’s creators, if they can be found, pay the professor $895 million in damages. No one at Porky’s, which is closed until Memorial Day, was available for comment.

“I’ll show them they can’t do this to an intellectual!” said the professor.

I Review ‘Expelled’ (2008)

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Here’s another goody from the archive at Chalcedon’s shiny new website: my review of Expelled: The Movie, from 2008 when it first came out. A lot of you have mentioned it in passing, and have probably seen it. If you haven’t, track it down and enjoy it.

There’s a lot of stuff on that I didn’t write, and please don’t think I’m using this as an opportunity to show off. It’s going to take me time to learn my way around the site, and for re-posting here, I find it easiest to go to articles that I remember writing. In time I’ll branch out from there.

Meanwhile, I’m just doing what I can to help the new site find an audience, at least among my own blog audience. When you visit Chalcedon, I hope you’ll become acquainted with our other writers–and speakers, too: lots of video and audio available. Please feel free to dig in!

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