Ship of Fools

(By Tucker Carlson) (2018) The brilliant TV pundit Carlson (one of the few Americans in the public square who understand irony) is perhaps better on screen than in print. Still, this is an amusing, engaging, stimulating and un-footnoted overview of America’s political and corporate elites, and how they, like the Emperor with no clothes, disport their naked ambition with a staggering immunity from introspection. Carlson is a rock-solid conservative, and has plenty to say about American liberal idiocy and childishness, but that doesn’t mean he can’t or won’t train a metaphorical AR-15 on the Republican Party as well. In fact,…

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The Cuomosexuals’ Ardour is Dimmed

March 17, 2021 | Posted by Peter Jakobsen | American Politics, LIFE, POLITICS |

Three years is a long time in politics. In April 2018 we suggested that New York Governor Andrew Cuomo might make a run for President in 2020. He didn’t, but clearly nursed hopes in that regard. He should have been nursing other things: now hopes and ambitions have turned sour for Mr. Cuomo, suggesting that hubris leads to nemesis, particularly in political life. After all, in 2020, the ‘Governator’ was walking tall: he was seen as the natural heavyweight opponent of the left’s bête noire, President Trump, doing the heavy lifting in the semi-absence of the party’s actual presidential candidate,…

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What

March 16, 2021 | Posted by Peter Jakobsen | PETER'S WRITING, POLITICS, Ulalume |

(with apologies to Rudyard Kipling) What can you keep when everyone around you     Is hysterical and blaming all on you, “What the dickens,” is the way they sound you     Out, and stipulate the new taboo; What the devil is the endless queuing,     The waiting by the door we see, surprised, What went down when everyone was booing,     When emerged one, no longer disguised:                              — What you dream you are is often vaster;     Than the actual world…

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Impeachment Ripostes

February 4, 2021 | Posted by Peter Jakobsen | American Politics, POLITICS |

Mr. Donald J. Trump has sent his formal objection to the article of impeachment sent for trial to the Senate. A ‘legal analysis’ by Mr. Seth Abramson has been published recently in response*, by way of informal rebuttal.  We set out the essence of each, with our ripostes thrown in for good measure. TRUMP: The Senate of the United States lacks jurisdiction over the 45th President because he holds no public office from which he can be removed, and the Constitution limits the authority of the Senate in cases of impeachment to removal from office as the prerequisite active remedy…

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Parody # 1: “Un vieil imbécile sans pitié”

MANCHESTER NH. - OCTOBER 9: Ex Vice Pres. Joe Biden makes the sign of the cross after speaking about Giuliani speaks to supporters at an event at McIntyre Ski resort on October 9, 2019 in Manchester, NH. (Staff Photo By Stuart Cahill/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald)

With apologies and thanks to Charles Dodgson, The Varnished Culture offers some poetical parodies (based on great poems) to synthesize our thoughts on the preceding and forthcoming years… “Un vieil imbécile sans pitié“ (Inspired by “La Belle Dame sans Merci” by John Keats)   O, what can ail thee, Joe Biden, Alone and palely loitering? The right has pulled-back from D.C.  And no tweets sting.   I see creases on thy brow, With anguish moist and fever dew, And in the gardens fades the rose: Fast withereth too.   You met a lady on the Hill Full socialist, and Woke,…

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