Courage and cowardice.

A comment from reader Purge on my podcast article.

Terrence Popp is a member of the Army Special Operations who came home from one of several tours of duty to dind that his wife blew up their marriage. And Vox calls people like that “cowards”?

Yeah, Vox is an asshole.

Vox’s point is not that Popp or men like him are cowards, but that there are different types of courage and cowardice. A man can be courageous on the field of battle but a coward at home under his own roof against his wife. One does not necessarily equate to the other. Perhaps an aspect of wisdom is knowing where your own courage lies.

A real warrior against injustice.

Retired Australian rules footballer Adam Goodes has been the subject of a recent documentary that decried the horrible things that were supposedly done to him by a racist Australian public. It is of course a pack of lies but the AFL powers-at-be didn’t hesitate to apologize. In fact, their zeal to rush to be the first to denounce their own paying customers as horrible racists would be humorous if it weren’t so insulting.

Catallaxy Files has an excellent summary of the story behind the booing of Goodes.

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If The Breakfast Club was made today.

An article by P.J. O’Rourke on his late friend John Hughes and his classic 80s teen film, The Breakfast Club.

Like all of John’s movies, The Breakfast Club is conservative. Note that the first thing the disgruntled kids in detention do is not organize a protest, not express “class (of 1985) solidarity,” not chant “Students of the world unite, you have nothing to lose but your locker combinations” and not claim it takes a Shermer to raise them.

They present themselves, like good conservatives do, as individuals and place the highest value, like this conservative does, on goofing off. Otherwise known as individual liberty.

That’s point 1.

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Boys love war.

Here is a documentary of the only operational De Havilland Mosquito in the world going on one of its first flights. The narrator, an ex-Royal Marine, is almost giddy with excitement before the flight and fully emotional about the experience afterwards, (and for once a modern narrator who isn’t a giant douchebag as so many of them are.)

To gain an understanding of why people love this plane so much, (and incidentally it is also my favorite combat aircraft of the Second World War), you have to return to your own youth and remember why as children we played army men in the backyard, and built models of our favorite vehicles and aircraft, and read countless books and comics about battles large and small.

It’s because boys love war.

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