H. L. Mencken’s recipe for dealing with activist judges

Both sides of the political spectrum in the USA have from time to time expressed “reservations” (euphemism!) at the decisions of judges that affect causes, laws and activities which they support.  Ninety-five years ago, H. L. Mencken had a suggestion on how to deal with them. To punish a judge taken in judicial crim. con. by fining him or sending him to jail is a bit too facile and obvious. What is needed is a system (a) that does not depend for its execution upon the good-will of fellow jobholders, and (b) that provides swift, certain and unpedantic punishments, each fitted neatly to its crime.

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A snappy answer to a stupid question

In the wake of last weekend’s mass shootings, Bette Midler tweeted: Brian Cates promptly replied: Says it all, doesn’t it?  The perfect answer to a demented leftist’s refusal to face reality.  Sadly, comparing the likes/reposts/etc. of the two tweets shows the dominance of left-wing thought on that particular channel.  It’s no wonder so many conservative and right-wing voices are being banned from it.  Its denizens simply don’t want to be challenged by any view different from their own.  They want their own insular echo chamber, nothing more. Speaking of refusal to face reality, astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson ran into that when he tweeted last

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Happy book news – and another new book is out!

Last night was celebration time for Miss D. and myself.  “Taghri’s Prize“, my latest novel, has been on sale for just nine days.  As of the time of writing, it’s hit #1 on Amazon’s Hot New Releases list for Historical Fantasy! It’s also at #13 on Amazon’s Hot New Releases list for Epic Fantasy, and #11 on the Hot New Releases list for Sword & Sorcery Fantasy (both, again, at the time of writing). That’s the first time I’ve reached the top of any Amazon book ranking list. Color me happy! Thank you very much to all of my readers.  Your support made this possible. Of

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Hunting the feral pizza!

Friend, fellow author and blogger Alma Boykin has written a very funny short story on her blog about hunting feral pizza. Gina found the spot and set the box down. She shifted it until the shadow dapples broke up the straight lines of the trap’s edges. The brown blended into the soil, so she didn’t bother with the camouflage drape. Gina opened the fresh tub of bait, a fragrant blend of ranch dressing and bits of crust, and set it in the back of the box by the hinge. Then she triple checked the tranquilizer tips on the stabilizer mounted to the trap’s

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Vegans tackle cowboys – and lose

It seems cowboys, or gauchos as they’re known there, are still common in parts of Argentina, and they enjoy a rodeo as much as their American counterparts.  Therefore, when vegan protesters tried to shut down a rodeo in that country, the gauchos were not amused – and showed it with whips and spurs! The next time moonbat protesters try to shut down a freeway or an Interstate highway in this country, I think we should hire those gauchos to deal with them – preferably broadcasting it live on TV for (almost) everyone’s viewing pleasure! Peter

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So much for Beyond Meat!

The Babylon Bee hits another one out of the park. Look out, Beyond Meat — a new competitor has emerged in the market of turning vegetables into a food that tastes just like meat. But while companies like Beyond Meat use laboratories to turn vegetables into something tasty, this new process uses a much more natural method: feeding the vegetables to a cow. The startup, which goes by the much simpler brand name of “Meat,” came upon this process after using hundreds of millions of venture capital dollars to research how to turn vegetable products into something delicious that could be used as

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Heh

I empathize.  (Click the image to be taken to a larger view at the comic’s Web site.) After walking and squats at the gym this morning, I’m tempted to try Pig’s recipe! Peter

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“Taghri’s Prize” is published!

My new fantasy novel, “Taghri’s Prize”, is now available in e-book format on Amazon.  A printed version will follow as soon as the cover is ready. The blurb reads: Taghri has left the Sultan’s army to seek his fortune – and he seizes opportunity when it knocks. In the confusion of a pirate raid on a trading caravan, he kills their leader and captures their ship. The vessel is now his prize of war… but some prizes may be more trouble than they’re worth! Nestled among the gold coins in the captain’s cabin is a stolen Temple sacrificial knife, whose Goddess

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A blast from my motorsport past

I’ve mentioned a few times that I used to do rallying in South Africa when I was (much) younger (and a lot less wise).  I drove a Ford Escort Mk. 2 most of the time, with a two-door body and a 1,600cc engine with a manual transmission (stick shift, for Americans).  It had a few components replaced with upgraded versions for sporting use, but basically it was pretty much the same vehicle you could buy off any Ford dealer’s lot.  It’s probably long since been scrapped, but I remember it with fondness. I was therefore very happy to come across this video

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