The Faucian Bargain

(With apologies to Christina Rossetti and her “Goblin Market”) Morning and evening Folks heard the coolies cry: “Come buy our pangolins, Come by, come buy; Bats and lemurs, Bits of Uyghurs, Human femurs, Embargoed seegars – All ripe together In wintry weather,- Morns that pass by, Fair foreign bats fly; Come by, come by; Pass the wet market.” ♠ Evening by evening Beyond the fence and bollards, Shi Zhengli bowed her head to hear, Her Wuhan boss, who hollered “Lady, veil your blushes Crouch in your office like a cave In the cooling weather; With cautioning arms and clasping lips,…

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Elegy for the Tank Man

June 5, 2021 | Posted by Peter Jakobsen | HISTORY, PETER'S WRITING, POLITICS |

[Tiananmen Square, Peking, 5 June, 1989] — A stand-off in the liquid heat of Tiananmen Square Caused Deng’s conga-line of tanks to begin rolling there. They rumbled down the avenue… Scoping tired students; waiting for their cue. — Suddenly a man appeared and stood before the ranks, Armed only with shopping bags – He defied the tanks, The lead tank turned and tried to pass, the man moved in its way; Then firing came, a soldier yelled but still he chose to stay. — He clambered on a tank and knocked, no friendly answer came, And finally the cameras stopped…

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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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