“Something very worrying is happening in France.”

Writing Summer of Long Knives meant spending a lot of time immersed in the crimes of the Nazi regime. It would be pleasant to imagine that those crimes, and the mindset behind them, are museum pieces now, to be studied with the same puzzlement we would a Canopic jar, but recent articles about the rise of… Continue reading “Something very worrying is happening in France.”

Are You Pondering What I’m Pondering?

A couple of days ago I did the Jeopardy Online Test. I most likely passed, but I’d be a damned sight happier if I hadn’t vapor locked on the Oscar Wilde question. History tells us that when Europeans forget how to stop pursuing policies that have no chance of working, things get ugly. (Not that… Continue reading Are You Pondering What I’m Pondering?

Are You Pondering What I’m Pondering?

Mitt Romney blames his loss on Obama’s skill at giving out “gifts” to women, the middle class, and minority groups. After all his blather in October about how his 47% comments didn’t reflect his genuine thinking, I guess he now feels free to confess that it did. I regret that Will Rogers is dead, for… Continue reading Are You Pondering What I’m Pondering?