Author: James Riley

The Glorious Lie

Oh, Zion!  Dear Zion! I have a lush novel planned–full of carnivals and music and beautiful girls slow dancing with their young men on moonlit patios. In the broader landscape described here, kindly old men will give sing-song sermons full of teary-eyed spiritual assurance.  It will all be set to a big, swelling chorus, and..

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Talking to Cogs

..and mistaking them for people.. A “cog,” they tell us, is a motion-transferring wheel with sprockets along its edge.  A collection of them, engineered and assembled, as in a Swiss watch, can be so beautiful to behold that some designers have taken to leaving the whole assembly visible to the eye.  It’s reassuring to ponder..

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AOC and My 8th Grade Self..

..Laughing, and blushing, into his locker Two things I should make clear at the outset:  Number one: in my book Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez earns a daily Maxine Waters award for unmitigated dimwittery in the execution of her congressional duties.  Her “Green New Deal” would consign most of the world to abject poverty, and she appears to..

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Where Did All the Grown-Ups Go?

How Bad Does It Have to Get? If you aren’t at least a little troubled by Steve Kirsch’s most recent inventory of Covid absurdities or Dr. Pierre Kory’s frontline report indicating an increase in cardiac “crash cart” inventory along with a very disturbing tweet about increased demand for child sized caskets, then I’m guessing you, like most people,..

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Right To Life: “We Were Just Kidding”

It’s not really a child.. Seventy different “Pro-Life” organizations penned an open letter on the subject of criminalizing abortion this week.  With the anticipated fall of Roe V. Wade, many states are proposing criminal penalties for providing or seeking an abortion.  There has been a huge amount of disinformation purveyed by pro-abortion groups on this..

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2000 Mules, The Enemy Within

Watchable.. There’s an annoying, and inexplicable, contention routinely spouted by the political establishment on both sides of the aisle: “..our election systems are rigorously fair and accountable; election fraud is impossible.  Anyone who questions our voter system integrity is un-American.”  George Stephanopoulos can’t even bring himself to begin an interview on the subject without barking..

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