Appendix N-

Appendix N-

It's always year zero for the social justice (and believing) set - so the events of but a few short years back, namely the nomination of Jeffro Johnson's Appendix N to the Hugo slate, and being dismissed among other works and editors for being liked by the wrong people are already ancient history lost in the antiquity of time. And one surely cannot expect a writer for a prestigious outlet like Boingboing to do better than indian tech support, and go off script enough to check if there are any books out there on the subject of the stories that…

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Poetry is for the Soul

Poetry is for the Soul

At MOTW, Ian writes of why we should read, respect, and learn to appreciate poetry. No, not the self indulgent crap angsty teenagers put to paper, but the real stuff. Also not generally the shit they shoved down your throat at school - though several of them I ran into courtesy of english teachers have held up where the books and stories they tried to plug my mind with generally haven't. Why should you care about it? The Iliad, the Odyssey, the book of Psalms, the Song of Solomon, the Aeneid, just to name a few reasons to care. Poetry…

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Richard's Worth

Richard's Worth

I'd posted before about Ethan Nicolle's Bearmageddon, and how he'd stepped away from a lot of his attitudes towards country people, and that he got in the city in general. If you continue thruogh the series, it shows. In one page, he neatly wraps up several moral questions, including one that Spider Man spent far too much time and angst over. In one page he covers valuing life and living it well - as opposed to in luxury - honor, duty, what separates humanity from animals, and last but not least, how to deal with a world that has far…

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Red Sea

Red Sea

If you told me 10 years ago that I'd prefer watching outright chinese commie propaganda more than most of what comes out of Hollywood, I'd have called you nuts. While I'd previously seen Wandering Earth and a few other movies originated out of China, and you could see the worldview/assumptions working in the background, it wasn't until watching Operation Red Sea - filmed entirely in cooperation with the PLA Navy as a "Chinese Navy Seals go to the Shores of Tripoli" - that I'd watched such an obvious and forthright propaganda film to push Chinese interests, attitudes, and aims.…

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Lies and Consequences - Gonna Believe Yer Lyin' Eyes?

Lies and Consequences - Gonna Believe Yer Lyin' Eyes?

This was originally going to be Decision Trees part two, about the Atlanta shooting. Among other things that have happened, St. Efan has been removed from the YouTube, which renders an easy reference to a lot of what I was going to bring up moot. Instead, I'm going to look at the lies surrounding that event and several recent others. Related to the Atlanta shooting of Brooks, we are of course told he was a devoted father, who didn't deserve to be shot for pointing a non-lethal tazer at a cop.  Because leftists only care about power, we're askede to…

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Worthiness, and the Common Good.

Worthiness, and the Common Good.

I just ran into this, which dovetails nicely with the core moral principle Razorfist was discussing regarding intellectual property: I’m not a fan of the word “deserve”. In many contexts, these days, it conveys (or breeds) a sense of entitlement, ingratitude and possibly selfishness. Instead, I’ve adopted the term “worthy”. I don’t deserve nice things. However, I am worthy of them. Whether it be time spent at the gym, a better pair of shoes, a cleaner home, et al, I don’t deserve it. I am worthy of it. Should, of course, I put forth the effort…

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Odds and Ends

Odds and Ends

Life has been conspiring to inspire me, and a few more posts are getting prepped. In the meantime, here are a few more bits that don't deserve a long treatment. First, Men of the West has picked up some of my posts, and will do so in the future when my articles fit their needs. It's a site I've regularly kept an eye on as they cover a broad range of subjects from the practical to the philosophical relevant to men without getting all squishy like Art of Manliness does all too often. I'll be trying out the orange chicken…

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Being Alive vs Living

Being Alive vs Living

Unfortunately, as I wrote it, the quote that inspired my most recent post on safety was utterly forgotten. During the Battle of Belleau Wood in WW1, First Sargeant Daniel Daly, 73rd Machine Gun Company, USMC, exhorted his men with the call "Come on, you sons-o'-bitches! Do you want to live forever?" before charging the Germans. Interestingly, Daly himself apparently disputes that, and claims he said "For Christ's sake men—come on! Do you want to live forever?" In either case, this quote was immortalized in lore, to the point that RA Heinlein used a similar line in his novel Starship…

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