The controversy over the Hugo Awards contains elements of a good dystopian science fiction story. Unfortunately, the media brat-fit over the successful effort to rescue escapist fantasy literature from its political pursuers comes not from the pages of Brave New World but from Slate, Salon, and Entertainment Weekly. Read my column @ the American Spectator on how like video games, sports, and cake baking, science fiction inevitably became politicized by the bores.
Andrew Keen's "The Internet Is Not the Answer" doesn’t start by saying a spectre is haunting the World Wide Web or end by telling us we have nothing to lose but the invisible chains of our smartphone. But it’s method of analysis is familiar enough to anyone who has read Karl Marx. That's too bad. The internet's contempt for copyright disincentivizing several creative industry and erosion of literacy through a promotion of time wasters serve among its chief sins, which certainly merit a book length--not a Tweet-length--critique. Read my review @ the American Spectator on a technological phenomenon that plays as answer and problem, something gained and something lost.
True believers attending the Church of St. Hillary have compiled a list of forbidden words, "polarizing," "calculating," "disingenuous," etc., avoided in relation to the former secretary of state under penalty of loud shouts of "sexist!" Read my column @ the American Spectator on how This Is Spinal Tap tells us all we need to know about Hillary Super Volunteers and other humorless ideologues providing much unintentional humor.
Chuck Bednarik, member of two of the three Philadelphia Eagles teams to win a championship and last of the NFL's 60-minute men, died at the conclusion of a week in which another linebacker, Chris Borland, retired after his rookie season because of concerns that football threatens health. Concrete Charlie was 89. Football hardly served as the most dangerous part of his life. He flew as a tailgunner on 30 missions in a B-24 during World War II. Read my piece @ Breitbart Sports on the last of the one-platoon players leaving behind one of the most iconic images in NFL history and taking from us the final link to old-school football.
More than three decades ago, The Nation, Mother Jones, and other left-wing outfits predicted that the Islamic Revolution would result in peace, human rights, and democracy. Today, the president of the United States continues to harbor delusions about Iran despite Teacher History offering him lessons unknown to the benighted enlightened of 1979. Read my column @ the American Spectator on how Western fantasies projected upon the Islamic Republic are as old as the Islamic Republic itself.
Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus announcedthe abolition of elephants from their act. One imagines the circus ringleader a bit like Burma imperial policeman George Orwell in “Shooting an Elephant.” Rather than doing what they ought, both do what the mob demands. Unfortunately for the ringleader, it’s not the happy crowd under the big top but the angry animal-rights one outside that dictates his actions. Read my column @ the American Spectator on why humans need to be saved from the humans who save the elephants--and the world.
M. Stanton Evans, a gifted writer and one of my favorite people, passed away earlier today of pancreatic cancer. He leaves us with 10 books and 10,000 jokes, among those one that he lived by: “I always start the morning with black coffee and cigarettes because breakfast is the most important meal of the day.” Read my obituary @ Breitbart on the author of the Sharon Statement that launched Young Americans for Freedom and helped define the postwar conservative movement.
Reports of the demise of FlynnFiles, like those of an earlier literary giant, have been greatly exaggerated.
Welcome to the revamped FlynnFiles. Events beyond my control led to a nearly four-month hiatus. Two misfortunes hit FlynnFiles one after the other.
First, in mid-November, I could no longer access my own site through Movable Type. The same means by which I accessed the site since its origins in 2004 suddenly closed to me for reasons unknown. Several tech-savvy types had warned me to update to a newer version of Movable Type. I didn’t, and a calamity ensued.
Shortly after this debacle, the company that has hosted my site for the past seven years informed me that the site’s server neared the end of its existence. I had to move servers quickly or risk losing the site and its archives. Unfortunately, for whatever reason, efforts to transfer the old FlynnFiles to the new server failed to bring over the existing site. Essentially, this forced my hosting company to use the old site to attempt to construct a near approximation of the old one. Hopefully, the new site will experience some more renovations to more closely resemble the one left behind. My conservatism extends to website aesthetics.
So, here we are with a revamped FlynnFiles on a new server. The site’s archives, for now, remain offline and in storage. If we can restore them, we will. But a more likely scenario would involve reposting some of the best material from the first decade of FlynnFiles. The situation may not strike you as ideal. But the chances of the site’s survival appeared less than even a month ago.
Rebooting the site came at some cost to me. And since I’m in the business of writing and merely the hobby of blogging, the idea of losing more money to maintain a blog that has become difficult to update with a full-time writing gig devouring my time seemed an argument for ditching the site. But I’ve put more than a decade into building it. So, even with the events of recent months conspiring to destroy it, I decided to reinvest in the site and move into the future without breaking from the past.
In December of 2013, I took a job as editor of Breitbart Sports. The job is two. But it enables me to write for pay, break the occasional story, and attend big sporting events every month or so. I had the good fortune in 2014 to cover such varied events as Miguel Cotto-Sergio Martinez at Madison Square Garden, the events leading up to Super Bowl 48, UFC fights featuring the likes of Conor McGregor, Alistair Overeem, Jose Aldo, and Frank Mir, and the Only Game That Matters at Harvard Stadium. Atop this, I write a Friday column at the American Spectator that I hope you check out before departing work for the weekend.
So, if you’ve stuck with me through the recent inactivity here, I thank you. Hopefully, I will be able to reward you with new content (and old) in the days to come. "
The colonists who founded the United States Marine Corps in Tun Tavern 239 years ago certainly understood their demographic. The launch of the USMC in a Philadelphia bar makes sense in a way that the founding of NAMBLA in an old church does not. This weekend, I spoke as the guest of honor to Marines celebrating their birthday. Sure enough, there was a bar in the room--it is as it was. Read my column @ the American Spectator on one of the few good men who elevated the title "Marine."