The Truth Is No Defense


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More cultural news from Europe – none of it good.

It is now perfectly acceptable to indoctrinate native, presumably Christian school children in the wonder ways of Allah.

PUPILS at a primary school were forced to chant “Allahu Akhbar” and “there is no God but Allah”, an appalled father has claimed.

The father of the pupil at the girl’s primary school in German ski resort Garmisch-Partenkirchen discovered that his daughter had been forced to learn the Islamic prayer when he discovered a handout she had been given.

He claimed she had been “forced” by teachers to memorise the Islamic chants and forwarded the handout to Austrian news service unsertirol24.

Just to be clear, it is wrong to have a Christmas tree, nativity scene or any mention of Christianity at the same German schools as that would violate the wall of separation between sense and education.

Next semester I hear the school will expand the lessons to include sexual assault, knife skills, and creative sidewalk truck driving. Diversity in education benefits everyone. No price is too high to include everyone’s views and cultural observations. Well, not all of them, it seems. There is a price for honesty in observation.

Nearby in Austria a popular newspaper editor is charged with a hate crime after printing the truth about the recent invader …er… visitors from Syria and other non-Western countries.

On 25 October 2015, Christoph Biro wrote of the masses of migrants who were travelling through the Styrian countryside and remarked on the assaults and property damage committed by migrants, reports Kurier.

Calling the majority of the migrants “testosterone-driven Syrians”, Mr. Biro recounted the multiple reports of migrants carrying out, in his words, “extremely aggressive sexual assaults”.

He also detailed Afghan men had slashed the seats of the trains that were transporting them to Germany because they refused to sit where Christians had previously sat.

The commentary provoked a negative reaction at the time with 37 complaints lodged against Mr. Biro. He took four weeks off from his position at the time, claiming that he had lost perspective and proportion of the situation.

Just because your country is overrun with anti-Christian bigots, rapists, and terrorists doesn’t mean anyone really wants to know about it. Get with the 21st Century, man. Your readers want to know when the jihad affirmation tour is coming to their elementary schools.


German school field trip exploring refugee benefits for commerce and transportation. Pamela Geller.

And he’s being criminally prosecuted will possible jail time at stake. Other people on the Old Continent have been imprisoned for similar truth speech.

At least America has the First Amendment. For now. And in legal theory. The SJWs do everything in their power to inflict all punishment short of incarceration. Free speech isn’t free and common sense isn’t common.

How much more of this do y’all want?

Stupid Is As Stupid Does. Or Doesn’t. Or Just Can’t.


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The other day I was mildly concerned about college students trying to find those elusive safe spaces. Turns out, that may be all they’re capable of. Either schools are not teaching or humans are becoming mentally retarded as the default setting. The esteemed Dr. Walter Williams explains:

Do you wonder why Sen. Bernie Sanders and his ideas are so popular among American college students? The answer is that they, like so many other young people who think they know it all, are really uninformed and ignorant. You say, “Williams, how dare you say that?! We’ve mortgaged our home to send our children to college.” Let’s start with the 2006 geographic literacy survey of youngsters between 18 and 24 years of age by National Geographic and Roper Public Affairs.

Less than half could identify New York and Ohio on a U.S. map. Sixty percent could not find Iraq or Saudi Arabia on a map of the Middle East, and three-quarters could not find Iran or Israel. In fact, 44 percent could not locate even one of those four countries. Youngsters who had taken a geography class didn’t fare much better. By the way, when I attended elementary school, during the 1940s, we were given blank U.S. maps, and our assignment was to write in the states. Today such an assignment might be deemed oppressive, if not racist.

According to a Philadelphia magazine article, the percentage of college grads who can read and interpret a food label has fallen from 40 to 30. They are six times likelier to know who won “American Idol” than they are to know the name of the speaker of the House. A high-school teacher in California handed out an assignment that required students to use a ruler. Not a single student knew how.

An article on News Forum for Lawyers titled “Study Finds College Students Remarkably Incompetent” cites a study done by the American Institutes for Research that revealed that over 75 percent of two-year college students and 50 percent of four-year college students were incapable of completing everyday tasks. About 20 percent of four-year college students demonstrated only basic mathematical ability, while a steeper 30 percent of two-year college students could not progress past elementary arithmetic. NBC News reported that Fortune 500 companies spend about $3 billion annually on training employees in “basic English.”

If this generation can’t use rulers, how long before some future cohort won’t even be able to speak? How, then, will we hear and understand their feeble cries for safe spaces and social justice?


The College Fix.

Given these observations, one sincerely hopes it’s the system and not the brains that have failed. Either way things are looking a little less than hopeful.

P*ssing Away The West


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Two stories this evening highlight the sunset of Western Civilization as we know it.

The first, literally in keeping with my *-sanitized title, comes from Europe. Ulm Minster is the world’s tallest church. It’s located in Ulm, Germany. Germany is in Europe. Follow, now. Europe is (was) the heart of Christendom. It is or was the heart of the West.

Now the great church is in peril; it’s base walls are being eaten away by the acid in human urine. Drunken idiots in Ulm have found the Ulm-timate way to symbolically bid farewell to their culture. After drinking and partying binges they use the church as a toilet. Fitting.

But now officials responsible for its upkeep say the stone base of the Gothic tower, which has long acted as a lightning rod to late-night revelers looking to relieve themselves, is being eroded by salt and acids in the urine, Südwest Presse reports.

“Wildpinkler,” as al fresco micturition is known in Germany, has become such a problem that earlier this year the city doubled fines to 100 euros ($109) for anyone caught in the act.

“I’ve been keeping an eye on it for half a year now and, once again, it’s coated with urine and vomit,” Michael Hilbert, the building’s head of maintenance, told Südwest Presse. “This is about preserving law and order.”

You’re nation, your continent and your whole way of life is being routed by invasion and all you can do is coat a church in urine and vomit. What the Taliban does with tanks and artillery, these fools are doing with pee. Almost makes one want to pull for the other side. Whatever else they might be, the Mohammedans are a proud people. And they’re coming on, incentivized by a horde of treasonous politicians and other enablers.


If this is it, then there ain’t much to lose. Buzz Feed.

They have only met resistance (yet) in a scant few locales. Waterford, MI is now among those places. The Township just voted unanimously to reject “refugees” under the failed and corrupt Federal Invasion Force Resettlement Act of 1980.


WHEREAS: Refugees are placed in Michigan through the Federal Refugee Resettlement Program, a federal taxpayer funded program that contracts with vendor agencies to coordinate placements and welfare benefits for refugee families coming into our country, and

WHEREAS: State records show that federal vendors operating in Michigan have requested a total of at least 4060 refugees be settled into Michigan in FY 2016, and

WHEREAS: President Barack Obama has called for the resettling of at least 10,000 Syrian refugees in the United States this fiscal year, and

WHEREAS: Federal vendors have, thus far this fiscal year, resettled more Syrian refugees in Michigan than any other state; Oakland County is a focus area for resettlement; and the arrival numbers are expected to surge dramatically given the federal vendors’ preparations, and

WHEREAS: The FBI and other homeland security agencies have testified before Congress that refugees from failed states such as Syria cannot be adequately vetted to ensure that they do not have terrorist ties because the necessary records do not exist, and

WHEREAS: Intelligence officials have testified before Congress that terrorists are seeking to use the program to enter the United States, and

WHEREAS: Federal immigration law requires that local governments be consulted prior to placement of refugees in their communities and that they be involved in defining their local capacity for refugee placements, and

WHEREAS: Federal reports indicate that there continue to be major gaps in communication between federal vendors and local governments and schools prior to the placement of refugees, and

WHEREAS: The Refugee Resettlement process creates significant unfunded financial burdens for receiving states, counties and local communities to provide public assistance to meet refugee needs for schools, law enforcement, housing and health care, etc., and

WHEREAS: There is pending federal and state legislation to reform the Refugee Resettlement Program requiring federal vendors to operate with more transparency, to more fully involve local governments in placement decisions, and to report to the state police all situations which could be related to security risks or human trafficking events,

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Charter Township of Waterford will not actively participate in the Refugee Resettlement Program until the Program has been significantly reformed, and until it has been demonstrated that the Townships of Oakland County have the capacity to absorb refugees without diverting funds from needy residents or exposing their residents to unwarranted security risks.

AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that copies of this resolution be provided to all elected county, state and federal officials representing the Charter Township of Waterford.

At least some Westerners still have a modicum of sense left.

There are detractors. Local idiot and probable self-hating white man Scott Hancock said, “I’ve lived here my entire life. I’ve never been embarrassed to be a Waterford citizen until I saw this resolution.” Out of 72,000 residents there has to be at least one.

Good for Scott for wanting to bring down what remains of his society. He doesn’t have to rely on the shameful city council to help. He can do it himself. All he needs to do is contact “Catholic” Social Services or some other “religious” charity tied to the invasi … resettlement effort and offer his own home and money for the cause.

While his new roommates are hacking him to death I’m sure at least a few of his deluded friends could enjoy a little eastern ethnic food and culture. Then they could get drunk and go vomit on a church.

Great nations and cultures always collapse from within not from without. It’s not “us” versus “them”. Some of us are much worse than most of them. I guess it’s them and them against us. But, who are we? The time to decide has come.

The New York Times Admits The Failures Of Gun Control


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This one must have been hard for them to write but Sharon LaFraniere and Emily Palmer did it anyway. The Times examined (pretty extensively) 130 shooting from 2015, all of which involved four or more victims. They found:

Still, an examination of high-casualty shootings emphasizes not only how porous existing firearms regulations are, but also how difficult tightening them in a meaningful way may be.

The New York Times examined all 130 shootings last year in which four or more people were shot, at least one fatally, and investigators identified at least one attacker. The cases range from drug-related shootouts to domestic killings that wiped out entire families to chance encounters that took harrowing wrong turns.

They afford a panoramic view of some of the gun control debate’s fundamental issues: whether background checks and curbs on assault weapons limit violence; whether the proliferation of open-carry practices and rules allowing guns on college campuses is a spark to violence; whether it is too easy for dangerously mentally ill or violent people to get guns.

The findings are dispiriting to anyone hoping for simple legislative fixes to gun violence. In more than half the 130 cases, at least one assailant was already barred by federal law from having a weapon, usually because of a felony conviction, but nonetheless acquired a gun. Including those who lacked the required state or local permits, 64 percent of the shootings involved at least one attacker who violated an existing gun law.

Of the remaining assailants, 40 percent had never had a serious run-in with the law and probably could have bought a gun even in states with the strictest firearm controls. Typically those were men who killed their families and then themselves.

Only 14 shootings involved assault rifles, illustrating their outsize role in the gun debate. Nearly every other assailant used a handgun. That is in line with a federal study that concluded that reviving a 1994 ban on assault weapons and ammunition feeding devices that hold more than 10 rounds would have a minimal impact, at best, on gun violence.

No, you can’t legislate morality. Every murder and violent crime in 2015 occurred in a jurisdiction that explicitly bans murder and violent crime. That people prone to violate these long-standing, somewhat universal laws also violate existing gun control laws is not unexpected. They would violate any such laws. And, even if the Second Amendment was undone and all guns were magically spirited away, these criminals would find other weapons. ISIS has made a study of that alternative choosing.

The writers ended the piece with the worn “wild west” analogy for increased armed vigilance against crime; they quoted the father of a victim: “he shudders to think what would have happened had other [would be victims] been armed that night. ‘Are you kidding me?’ he said. ‘It would have been like the O.K. Corral.'”

That man was understandably distressed. But his logic doesn’t hold. Herein lies the weakness in this otherwise good Times story. It’s the same weakness that plagues all liberal attempts to either ban what is already banned or to make sense of any shooting scenario. They simply cannot see any other parts of the equation except for victims and criminals. They completely overlook armed non-victims who fight back with success.


And then there’s protection against institutional criminality. Divine Freedom Radio.

Some of the same people who push gun control to keep us safe from guns push(ed) air bags to keep us safe from auto accidents. Both positions are somewhat comprehensible even if they disallow free choices. Air bags kill a certain number of people every year. However, they save many more lives than they take. It is the exact same thing with guns. Twenty thousand or so deaths are attributable to guns each year via homicides, suicides and accidents. Yet guns save a million or more lives every year.

I haven’t run the numbers but it strikes me that the guns / airbags death ratios may be very close percentage wise. Yet the while the liberals promoted and mandated the bags they fight against the guns. Something in the logic fails to make sense. Hoplophobia explains perhaps.

Societies have attempted to legislate murder away for as long as societies have existed. The fact that most people do not commit murder speaks less to the laws than to the fact that most people are not murders. Still, as they say, complete morality cannot be legislated. Thus, the rest of us, who are morally responsible, must take precautions against those who are not. Today, in America, precaution looks a lot like a gun.

Spaces of Communism


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America the stupid. Yesterday’s rather popular piece on Yoga Pants highlighted the efforts of fat women to kill the First Amendment. Today’s news of the all-too-common comes from a people and from a place where one would expect it – UC Berkeley:

Left-wing students at the University of California, Berkeley are protesting again. This time, however, these students are calling for “safe spaces” for transgendered people, as well as “spaces of color” at the University (which they already have).

The protesters are also harassing white students trying to study, barring their path across a key bridge while allowing students of color safe passage.

The protest, which began last Friday, blocked Berkeley’s Sather Gate, disrupted studying students in the Student Union, and blocked traffic at the intersection of Telegraph and Bancroft in front of campus.

The gaggle of neo-hippies, queers, commies, and color-mongers also attempted to close the campus bookstore because it allegedly turns a profit. Typical. Whites and capitalists are public enemies number one and three. (I am surprised they left number two alone. Were there no churches to burn?)


Australian News Commentary.

This sad story and the blocking of the bridge vaguely recalled to my mind a legend of UGA lore. That of “Pistol Pete,” a backwoods student (white, male, and presumably evil). He attempted to illicitly pass the North Campus Arch. A small group of hecklers and busybodies then set upon him. Guess why they called him “Pistol” Pete? But Athens isn’t Berkeley. Or wasn’t.

I pity the bridge-blocking leftist kids. Maybe they will finally find spaces sufficiently safe from the real world. Maybe they’ll grow up. Perhaps a lobotomist could assist.

In the meantime if you’re a student at Berkeley and you happen to be white, male, straight, Christian, and have an IQ over 70, consider a transfer.

#Hot Pants Matter


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The first news item that caught my attention today was a piece on the declining readability of the internet. It turns out the authors are concerned about font ratios literally making pages unreadable. I though it was about the slowing induced by all the ads. Noticed that? My speed and machines are excellent yet I feel like I’m running in 1998. Maddening.

Then there’s the ridiculous growth of all things social justice on-line. I’ve noticed Facebook has become a non-stop outrage fest. I can’t complain there as I constantly pollute the news feed with stories like this (and thanks for clicking!). SJ is all over the news sites. Everyone is upset about something. Everything is a micro-aggression. Someone, somewhere really needs a good shaming. Like this:

An army of women in yoga pants marched on a man’s house after he was critical of yoga pants. Yoga Pants Matter!

BARRINGTON, R.I. — The saga began Wednesday with a letter to the editor in a local Rhode Island newspaper criticizing women over 20 who wear yoga pants in public. Quickly, it snowballed into a “Yoga Pants Parade” Sunday afternoon with hundreds of people walking past the letter writer’s house — and a few death threats, according to the author, who said he had only intended satire.

“To all yoga pant wearers, I struggle with my own physicality as I age,” wrote Alan Sorrentino, 63, in the letter published by the Barrington Times last week. “I don’t want to struggle with yours.”

The letter, which said adult women wearing yoga pants in public was comparable to men wearing Speedos to the grocery store, went viral. The backlash was immediate, passionate, and international.

It was supposed to be funny, Sorrentino said, because what kind of “tormented, uptight individual” could possibly care enough about yoga pants to write such a letter?

“It was in the face of all this political stuff, with all these really important issues going on, and then there’s this letter about yoga pants,” he said.

A crowd that included young girls and older women met in front of the Hampden Meadows School about 2 p.m., wearing a colorful array of yoga pants — although, as many attendees stated, the event was about more than just yoga pants.

“I don’t get involved in much in the way of protests and marches and all of that, but this just brought me out because the guy’s letter was offensive,” said Ellen Taylor at the parade, who sported a neon yellow shirt with the words “ ‘MATURE OLDER WOMAN’ in yoga pants” written on it.

“It’s OK if you’re 20 and gorgeous to wear yoga pants, but don’t do it if you’re older and lumpy and bumpy?” she asked.

Let me answer that last question: “Yes, 20 and hot is what we’re after with yoga pants.”

There. Have a nice night.

Seriously, it’s a free country (kind of, maybe). Anyone can wear yoga pants in public. Even those who perhaps shouldn’t. It’s a taste thing.

Just so we’re clear: this is good:


Uber Punch.

This is … not so good:


People of WalMart.

Sorry about that. Crystal clear comparison.

Really, I’m all for girl power or whatever would drive a middle-aged woman to the grocery store in gym clothes. They do beat pajamas. I get it – free country.

I also get free speech. People are supposed to write letters to editors. That free expression thing. Writing a reply would be a good counter move. Assembling a host of marchers and targeting the man’s house was a bit much. I wouldn’t say it had a chilling effect on free speech; maybe more of a sickening effect? The death threats, while not likely very serious, were downright criminal.

Then again, nothing is off the table for the SJW set, spandex-clad or not. Man with bad ideas (no matter how good) MUST be punished.

Yoga pants. Halloween costumes. Comments about the workplace. Comments about the lack of a workplace. No comments. Anything goes – so long as it’s really not that important. I wonder if any of these yoga pants warrior women have ever considered that:

The country is in tatters;

People are killing free speech;

People are killing each other;

We’re $20 Trillion plus in debt;

There are multiple wars raging;

D.C. wants nuclear war with Russia;

Veterans are being robbed by Washington crooks;

There’s (another) rigged election show underway;

The West is being overrun by terrorists;

Football ain’t what it once was.

No, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, and no. Yoga pants. A march over a letter. ‘Merica. Social Justice.

I’m reading SJWs Always Lie by Vox Day right now. If you’ve ever had a run-in with the PC thought police nuts, you might want to get a copy. I’m still a little fuzzy on what GamerGate was but I do understand they handed it to the SJW crowd. Bravo.

In closing I’d like to make my own personal yoga pants plea. Yoga pants should only be worn by older, lumpy, hefty women. Young, hot, fit, college-age girls should never wear them. Now, sorority girls, if you would like to stage an appropriate protest, we can make arrangements…

A Mickey Mouse Election



A New Hampshire man lamented the coming election in terms many can relate to. Despite the fact most are not counted, many Americans prefer the write-in option to the pitiful choices offered up by the uni-party.

“I usually write in ‘Donald Duck’,” said the unnamed Keene resident. “This year I can’t as it might be construed as a vote for Trump,” he added.

“I thought about ‘Goofy’ but I don’t want my vote wasted on Hillary either,” he continued, “I guess that leaves Mickey.”

And, there you have it. Bad choices, no choices, or another cartoon character. All hail President Mouse!


East Oregonian.

Actually, there is hope and a lot of it. Not from the politicians, from us. Check out this video of a man literally giving someone the shirt off his back.

Never, Ever, Ever Trust The Empire


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Lesson in the Evils of Government, number 11,897,654,365,114,701: Thousands of California soldiers forced to repay enlistment bonuses a decade after going to war. The LA Times:

Short of troops to fight in Iraq and Afghanistan a decade ago, the California National Guard enticed thousands of soldiers with bonuses of $15,000 or more to reenlist and go to war.

Now the Pentagon is demanding the money back.

Nearly 10,000 soldiers, many of whom served multiple combat tours, have been ordered to repay large enlistment bonuses — and slapped with interest charges, wage garnishments and tax liens if they refuse — after audits revealed widespread overpayments by the California Guard at the height of the wars last decade.

Investigations have determined that lack of oversight allowed for widespread fraud and mismanagement by California Guard officials under pressure to meet enlistment targets.

But soldiers say the military is reneging on 10-year-old agreements and imposing severe financial hardship on veterans whose only mistake was to accept bonuses offered when the Pentagon needed to fill the ranks.

“These bonuses were used to keep people in,” said Christopher Van Meter, a 42-year-old former Army captain and Iraq veteran from Manteca, Calif., who says he refinanced his home mortgage to repay $25,000 in reenlistment bonuses and $21,000 in student loan repayments that the Army says he should not have received. “People like me just got screwed.”

The problem offers a dark perspective on the Pentagon’s use of hefty cash incentives to fill its all-volunteer force during the longest era of warfare in the nation’s history.

Even Guard officials concede that taking back the money from military veterans is distasteful.

“At the end of the day, the soldiers ended up paying the largest price,” said Maj. Gen. Matthew Beevers, deputy commander of the California Guard. “We’d be more than happy to absolve these people of their debts. We just can’t do it. We’d be breaking the law.”

The soldiers were paid, paid the price, and then got screwed. That pretty sums up the ordinary run-in with the state.

This story serves as a stark warning. The California Guard, the Army, the Pentagon, the Treasury, and the rest of Washington are simply not to be trusted. Ever. With anything. Believe nothing they say. Do nothing the ask. Accept nothing they offer. Flee them. They are evil.

And the line about “breaking the law” is a bullsh!t excuse. They didn’t mind breaking the law to go to war without a declaration. Or based completely on lies. They didn’t mind breaking the law when the banksters needed people to die so they could illegally profit from funny money not controlled by Congress. Only now, and only concerning the little people, is the law and honesty in finance important.

How much, total, could these bonuses have cost? $15 Million? $50 Million? $1 Billion? Why so much effort and persecution over so trivial an amount – if they even know how much they’re after. This is, after all, the same sorry outfit that cannot account for $6.5 Trillion, misplaced they know not where. No matter, except where the pennies of the soldiers are concerned.

The soldiers should be concerned. First, with their paid status. “Soldier” means, from the ancient Roman world, one who is paid to fight for the government. The term derives from the Latin, solidus, “solid” currency, as was the pay to the legions.


“We’ll just need this back after your legs are blown off and your kids are in college.” Fallon.

The Founders favored militias as a superior form of defense. Militiamen, literally fighting for their homes and families, are the best way to defend a Republic or a free state. Paid, professional soldiers are the tools of monarchs, tyrants and empires. And our Empire pays, then demands the money back. Indian giving, to be politically incorrect.

Second, those California guardsmen and the rest of the concerned public, should look at the employment status of the Guard as a whole. A few still maintain the lie that the N.G. is the modern militia. In truth it is only a reserve force for the regular, standing Imperial military. About the same time the several States foolishly traded their representation, tax authority, and currency to the charlatans on the Potomac, they also legally gave up their militias. The replacement “defense forces” generally serve as little more than traffic directors and storm cleanup agents. All of the power went to D.C.

So it was, that in 2005 when Hurricane Katrina came calling, the people of the Gulf found themselves short on first responders. The Louisiana Guard, being at the time in federal service, was far away keeping the world safe for banking profits. Pathetically, but still thankfully, the first military assistance came to New Orleans from Mexico and Canada.

The third consideration is the usage of the professional military – not for defense, but for profiteering and international meddling.

The final consideration, obviously, is the lying, cheating, back-stabbing ways of the government. Why any can still come to volunteer for this fraudulent force is a mystery. They can’t all be in it for the transgender benefits.

As this story serves as a warning, so let it serve as a call to action for all those who “support the troops”. They should shake the halls of Congress until the injustice is abated.

They won’t. They will make less murmur than they did about the underlying illegal wars themselves – wars we’re still fighting fifteen years later and with no end in sight. Millions will march on, enthusiastically paying their taxes and voting to continue the fraud.

Perhaps these lessons are learned by a few.

The Time I Met Reagan


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Memories of an increasingly distant past occasionally flutter through my mind. Some end up here: shotguns at football games, floods and rugs, Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter, etc. I think I once mentioned my meeting with President Carter and his wife outside the Governor’s entrance to the Georgia Capitol. Sweeter people were not to be found in Atlanta that afternoon.

As it happened I had, just the year before, met Reagan outside of D.C.

It was the warm summer of 2002. My then wife and I attended a Federalist Society leadership conference in Washington. I, despite my constant shunning of leadership, prepared to enter my second term as president of a Fed-Soc chapter.

Whatever else the Society may be or may have turned into, they hold pretty good conventions and even better parties. After a day of not-too-boring presentations, workshops, and speeches, the gathering removed from the urban center unto the genteel suburbs of Great Falls, Virginia.

The setting was the estate of then U.S. Solicitor General Ted Olson. I had met Ted the previous fall and I genuinely liked him. His has been a distinguished career, fighting for causes important and sometimes improbable.

Life and the greater world are not always so kind. Ted’s wife, Barbara, was murdered less than a year before on September eleventh. Still, he stoically (and in good humor) hosted a gracious affair. I’ve described these get togethers before. Elegant and sophisticated, with a who’s who list of conservative political celebrities. And a few surprises from the opposition. Power subdued by manners and wine.

This event was more laid back than most – a backyard barbecue, in a palatial backyard. I drifted from group to group. A sub-feature of the conference was the grooming of third-year law students for prominence in the Society and the greater legal community. I assume it worked with some.

I really did have a marvelous time. The company was pleasant (though the Ivy Leaguers incessantly talked in circles of immaterial pondering), the food was excellent, beer was free, the grounds Masters-esque.

At some point I found myself in a conversation out back. If I remember rightly it was with Ken and Alice Starr and Ted himself. Suddenly, and without pretense, up swaggered Reagan. All attention immediately turned to him. Ted made the obligatory introduction.

Now, if you’re searching your historical memory, you are on to something. At the time President Ronald Reagan was convalescing at home in California (departing only two years later). A few years ago Olson recounted his time working for the former President. Mine was a slightly different Reagan, a namesake.


Not Reagan, per se, though a good approximation. Pet Breeds.

This Reagan was one of Barbara Olson’s two Australian Shepherds (the other being named after Lady Thatcher). You see, while I did not meet THE Ronald Reagan, I did meet Reagan the dog. And he essentially stole the whole party.

Extraordinarily intelligent breeds, like the Shepherds, when not working will automatically seek out the best available companions. Thus, he came to me.

He was by far the most interesting member present. I remember him as a slightly larger than normal Ozzy, slightly shaggy but well-groomed. He exuded the charm and thoughtful contemplation for which the breed is famous. We talked, uninterrupted, for several minutes. He was the last person I thanked before leaving that evening.

I never did meet Barbara. Reading one of her books and watching her on television was the closest I ever came. Her taste in canine friends was impeccable. Through Reagan, Ted maintained a happy link to the past. Dogs are wonderful in that regard.

So it is that I recall my last substantive visit to fallen D.C. The failed chief city of the Old Republic held, at the time, an eerie sense of foreboding. It all makes sense now. And it is all okay, I suppose, all because I at least met Reagan.

Top Shelf Fall Festival


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If you weren’t there, you missed one heck of a party.


Food, fun, and smokes. Even blocked a handicapped spot.


A lively gathering.


Football inside, football outside. And Dominos.


Matt caught between the battle ‘o the reps.


Our Cuban connection.


Russell did act up a bit.


Slim Daddy behaved himself.


The legend, Chris Harper.


I will see you next year.*


*Actually, I’ll probably be with you tomorrow.