Dispatches from our hero’s private oasis. From Ben’s monthly print Diary.
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I think I will just stay in bed here in the Garage Mahal with Julie until I expire. Outside, life is too frightening.
But outside, there is also Sandpoint, Idaho, and Lake Pend Oreille, and I am already itching to get back there and zoom around on my boat. I am also itching to walk around town and cruise around on my bicycle and say hello to all of my friends.
Maybe this is the way it is when world situations are collapsing: People just stay in their own little corners and hide with their Julie Good Girls.
Maybe tonight I will go see Skyfall again. I have seen it at least nine times now and know every word, look, and gesture. It is by far my favorite action movie. It is clear to my wife and me by now that Judi Dench, who plays the British spymistress, “M,” is really the villain (not the same “M” I had lunch with yesterday). Javier Bardem is no hero, but he is a very impressive character. The movie really is about relations between and among mothers and sons. Did you know that Ian Fleming, who wrote the original James Bond books, called his mother “M”? He did. It explains a lot.
Wlady told me long ago that possibly the only thing that lasts is old crushes. And who is the original crush?
As I mosey back to bed, I never forget, not for a moment, that my sleep, my rest, my dog, my liberty are all protected by men and women in uniform, by military, by police, by firefighters, and some not in uniform, the FBI, the CIA, the NSA, and by the teachers, too, and prosecutors and prison guards (I guess they are in uniform) and by parents and nurses and doctors and probation officers. I don’t just get to lie here with Julie by fate. Someone is making it happen.
I am grateful.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?