Forthcoming books: I’d appreciate your input, please

As regular readers will know, I suffered a heart attack (my second) late last year.  I’m recovering fairly well from it, but with one ongoing problem.  The extra medication I’ve been prescribed in the short term (added to the other pills I take for other, long-term problems) is messing with my creative mind.  I’m finding it very hard to produce fiction of a quality acceptable to me (let alone my readers).  I hope that’ll solve itself after mid-year, when I stop taking the problem medication, but until then it’s a pain in the proverbial. I need the income I derive from

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Tragic news from SayUncle

Well-known gun-blogger SayUncle’s wife died suddenly and without any warning a few days ago. On March 20th, my beloved wife and mother of my children, unexpectedly went into cardiac arrest. She had never presented any symptoms prior to then. On March 21st, her doctor informed me that her brain was no longer functioning and there was no chance of recovery. On March 22nd, in accordance with her wishes outlined in her living will, I authorized the medical staff to remove life support. She passed away peacefully at 8:48am central time while I held her hand. She will be missed. March 23rd

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Important questions. Can we answer them?

I’m very impressed by Tucker Carlson’s rigorous analysis of situations and his insight into their deeper implications.  He’s one observer of our way of life to whom I’ll listen carefully and with great interest.  I’m beginning to regard him in the same light as Victor Davis Hanson and others of his ilk.  What’s even more important to me is that Carlson doesn’t appear to be an ideologue.  His analysis is based on logic and reason, and he doesn’t push either a right-wing or a left-wing agenda.  He’ll criticize both sides equally if the need arises.  That’s rare in these troubled

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For all the coronavirus doubting Thomases out there .

those who still maintain that the coronavirus pandemic is overblown, that it’s no worse than the flu, that the authorities are overreacting and using the pandemic as an excuse to take away our civil liberties . . . sorry, but you’re wrong. This is the reality of the coronavirus in full swing, in Bergamo in Italy.  Watch for yourselves. Coming soon to a hospital near you – perhaps with you and your family in starring roles – if we don’t shut down social contact and halt the spread of this disease. As John Mauldin points out: Here in the US there’s

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COVID-19: What can I, personally, do to help?

I think we’ve all read enough about the coronavirus pandemic to take it seriously.  We have no idea what the infection rate, survival rate, etc. are going to be, apart from broad parameters;  we can only go by the information available to us, and much of that information is suspect.  However, the trend is ominous.  (The statistics at the link will update daily;  the graphic below was accurate at the time of writing.) The powers that be are taking a pessimistic view, and implementing increasingly draconian measures to slow down the spread of the virus – no matter how disruptive those

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Be careful what you wish for

I had to laugh at a suggestion from an Australian economist concerning the run on toilet paper supplies in that country, thanks to the coronavirus epidemic.  There really does seem to be a panic about it there, as this video from an Aldi store in Sydney demonstrates. Alfredo Paloyo offers his views, including this suggestion. There are two other solutions. The first is for the government to step in as guarantor. In 2008, for example, the market crash engendered by the subprime mortgage crisis left multiple Australian banks vulnerable to depositor runs. In response, the Australian government announced a guarantee scheme

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“California Is a Cruel Medieval State”

That’s the opinion of Victor Davis Hanson, who writes: A paradox ensues that Californians both have a high, indeed smug, view of themselves and yet do a lot of damage to their fellow human beings. Their haughtiness is based largely on the reality that Silicon Valley, sandwiched between Stanford University and University of California, Berkeley, became the birthplace of the global computer, internet, social media, and a high-tech revolution. For progressives who deprecate the capitalist lifestyle, having a lot of money still allows one to say one thing and live out the opposite. The state’s multi-trillion-dollar companies have hired tens of thousands

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COVID-19: Look after the small things you can control

The fear-mongering and panic stations concerning the current coronavirus epidemic are reaching fever pitch.  Politicians are accusing each other of failing to prepare for it;  pundits are bloviating every which way;  and alarums and excursions are the order of the day.  In the midst of all this folderol, we find ourselves rudderless.  Which way should we turn?  Whom should we believe?  What should we do? The short, simple answer is that we should do whatever is in our power and our control to do.  If something is beyond that – national health-care policy, hospital staffing and facilities, international implications – then why are we worrying ourselves about it? 

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COVID-19: Time for a dose of realism

The media hysteria surrounding the coronavirus epidemic (which doesn’t yet deserve that name in any part of the world but China, BTW) is getting repetitive and annoying.  What’s even worse are attempts by his political opponents (aided and abetted by the generally anti-Trump news media) to make the President appear responsible for it, and to hold him accountable for every “failure” or “mistake” or “misstep” or inept behavior by officials that comes to light.  That’s simply not true, as any investigation of the facts will demonstrate. See, also, the hysteria surrounding Vice-President Pence, who is (according to some news media) allegedly

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