When I began writing this post, I thought it was the 100th edition of Lazy Sunday. However, I double-checked the long list of “Other Lazy Sunday Installments” that I put at the end of each of these posts, and after applying the “Numbered list” option, realized I was off by five!
I traced the error back to the seventy-fifth Lazy Sunday post, “Forgotten Posts, Volume IV.” I mislabeled it as the eightieth post. So I’ve gone through and corrected the Roman numerals in the list following this post. I won’t go back and change it in every post, but at some point I’m going to correct the titles of those posts, though the URLs will remain unchanged.
That will be a tedious task, but one worth doing for the benefit of accuracy (and to placate my own desire for fastidious organization). I was excited to celebrate 100 Lazy Sundays, but it’ll be able to wait another five weeks.
But what won’t wait was my original plan—to look back at the “best” of Lazy Sunday based on pageviews. It is Lazy Sunday, after all—why put forth the extra effort?
In addition to the best Lazy Sundays based on pageview, I’ll also highlight a couple of “Honorable Mention” posts.
I’ve enjoyed putting together Lazy Sunday posts, which give me a bit of a break on Sundays from writing full-fledged posts, but also allows me to organize some favorite posts thematically. I’ve written so much over the past couple of years—over half-a-million words—that it’s easy to forget about posts. Indeed, I routinely stumble upon posts I have no recollection of writing; Lazy Sunday gives me an opportunity to catch up with my literary red-headed stepchildren.
With that, here are “The Best of Lazy Sunday“:
“Lazy Sunday XXX: Trump, Part I” (64 pageviews) – Thirty Lazy Sundays seemed like a pretty good milestone to go bigly with some posts about GEOTUS Trump. That was late 2019, when things were looking good for Trump and America. What a glorious age it was.
“Lazy Sunday XIV: Gay Stuff” (55 pageviews) – The provocative title of this Lazy Sunday surely helps make it one of the more popular installments. There was a great deal of loafer-lightened hysteria in Summer 2019, with gay Leftists sashaying their way tyrannically through the body politic, trying to get everyone with normal sexuality deplatformed. Then the progressives came to prefer black destruction in 2020 to booty-shorted hijinks, and the gay mafia doesn’t seem quite as active these days.
“Lazy Sunday XI: Walls” (37 pageviews) – I wrote a great deal about walls and border security in the earlier days of the blog. Read all about these stony securers of national sovereignty here!
“Lazy Sunday V: Progressivism, Part I” (36 pageviews) – To understand the issues facing the West today, conservatives must understand their opponents—the progressives. Indeed, I think I write more about them than I do about us. I have to be careful—if one stares too long into the abyss, the abyss stares back. Gulp!
Honorable Mention: “Lazy Sunday XLIX: Family” (35 pageviews) – I’ve always enjoyed writing about the family—which I think is the true basic building block of society, not the individual. Our obsession with individuality—which, as an eccentric weirdo, I very much prize—has served, in part, to undermine the importance of the family. It, not the individual, should be the focus of our society. Anything we can do to support family formation and to keep families intact should be encouraged.
First Lazy Sunday: “Lazy Sunday: APR Pieces” (30 pageviews) – The very first Lazy Sunday, this one featured some posts I wrote for American Patriot Radio, which I believe is now defunct, but the posts are still there (I just checked). They were written during those early, exciting days of the Trump Administration in 2017, when every day brought some fresh victory of sanity and conservatism, and when Trump still had a ragtag team of outsiders spitting out policy reforms one after the other. Talk about a great time to be alive!
That’s it for this not-quite-100 edition of Lazy Sunday. Now to get all the editions from seventy-five on fixed. Ugh….
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It’s a hot weekend here in South Carolina. It’s been a mostly mild summer so far, but today the brutal combination of heat and humidity hit with their full rancor. I’m currently writing this post from the third story finished attic at my parents’ house, as it’s been another big family weekend, this time to celebrate my maternal grandmother’s birthday. Like every protagonist from Stephen King’s early work, I’m typing shirtless and drenched in sweat—an image none of you needed.
It occurred to me Friday that I’ve (improbably) hit twelve editions of Phone it in Friday, so I thought I’d cheekily dedicate the next few Sundays to looking back at past PiiF installments—a month of Fridays for a month of Sundays. Chalk it up to laziness—I mean, that’s the point of these Sunday posts—-but I’m running out of umbrella topic ideas, and this lame tactic gives me a month to dream up some more.
So, without further ado, here’s the first installment of our Phone it in Friday Lazy Sundays:
“Phone It in Friday – Musings & Reflections on NATO, Brexit, Etc.” – The very first PiiF goes back to 13 July 2018, before I was doing daily posts. I believe I was sticking to a thrice-a-week MWF schedule. The astute observer will note that I capitalized the “I” in “It” for this first installment, and lowercased it for (I believe) the rest. The post covered Brexit, why I believe Turkey should not be in the NATO alliance (the alliance itself is probably obsolete, anyway), and President Trump’s visit to England. Remember when Theresa May was still the Prime Minister of England and kept delaying Brexit?
“Phone it in Friday II: Boris, Bond, and Borders” – It would be slightly over a year, on 26 July 2019, before I resorted to another PiiF. That pithy PiiF celebrated Boris Johnson’s election as Prime Minister of Great Britain (which presaged the victory of true Brexit), the literary death of James Bond, and a Chicago Chamber of Commerce piñata bashing for illegal children. ¡Ay caramba!
Yesterday I wrote (in essence) that this whole coronavirus fiasco is going to clarify a lot of things. For one, we’re seeing the lethal consequences of open borders thinking and political correctness. We’re not allowed to say that it’s China’s fault, even though we all know it is. Every prudent person knows that, for better or for worse, you should avoid Chinese people who are fresh from China. Similarly, people are going to realize that throwing open our borders to anyone is a bad idea.
What I most fear, though, is what will happen if things get really tight. Right now there’s a run on toilet paper. That’s ultimately more humorous than dangerous; there’s always Kleenex, paper, or—if it comes to it—leaves and a hot shower.
But what if people can’t get food? Or medicine? The latter is far likelier, given our dependence upon China for ingredients and raw materials necessary for many medicines (a degree of autarky isn’t such a bad idea after all). But the former could be a possibility if supply chains are seriously disrupted. Again, I don’t think it will come to that, but it makes sense to prepare for the worst.
My assessment up until this week has been that we should be prudent in preparing for the impact of the coronavirus, but that it’s a tad overblown—it’s just a nasty flu. I still caution prudent prepping—and against panic—but after the events of the past week, I’m adjusting my assessment. There is definitely something different about this pandemic.
This piece, dating back to late May of this year, was a full-throated screed against the manifold injustices of illegal immigration. Few topics make my blood boil more: the flagrant violation of the rule of law, the entitled attitude (“we have it tough, so we have a right to be here”), the two-tier system of justice—all are make my stomach turn.
So, here’s my prescription to cure our ills: a healthy dose of “Deportemal“:
Then there’s the matter of the vast gulf between mainstream American culture and the virtually premodern peasant cultures from which most illegal migrants come. Child rape is serious problem among men of certain Latin American cultures, as a recent piece from The Blaze demonstrates. A twenty-year old illegal immigrant impregnated an eleven-year old.
A major theme—perhaps clumsily conveyed—of yesterday’s post was that Americans should be able to keep their culture and local identity without shame. As I noted, struggling rural communities are particularly susceptible to being swept away by large-scale immigration, legal or otherwise. Thus, we see small South Carolina towns gradually hispanicize, turning into little replicas of various Latin American cultures, rather than the old Southern culture that predominated.
One often hears that Americans should be tolerant and open-minded to other cultures, and to extend maximum understanding and patience. That is a generous and worthy view: I don’t expect the Chinese foreign exchange students at our school to speak accent-less English and understand liberty their first day off the plane. In that instance, we go out of our way to attempt to understand the cultural background from which those students came.
It’s another matter, though, when it involves the permanent or long-term relocation of foreign aliens to our land. Remember the expression, “When in Rome, do as the Romans do?” That rule always seems to apply to Americans—who are routinely criticized for being uncouth abroad—but never to any other ethnic group, and especially not to cultures outside of the West.
It’s an enduring frustration of mine: one-way cosmopolitanism.
When breaking that number down by partisan affiliation, it’s not surprising that 90% of Republicans believe that illegal immigration is bad. What is somewhat surprising is that 63% of Democrats believe that illegal immigration is bad. That suggests that opposing illegal immigration and border control continue to be winning issues.
My planned post summarizing and analyzing the introduction to Richard Weaver‘s seminal Ideas Have Consequences, then, is going to wait until Monday, when I have a bit more mental energy to spare. My students in History of Conservative Thought are writing an essay about the introduction to that book for their final class session, which is Tuesday. It’s a dense read for high school students, so that post will help break down some of the main ideas for them.
Instead, this evening’s posts will be a rare “Phone if in Friday” featuring some pieces that crossed my transom today. Enjoy!