Accommodating a Void

PolicySmith Pays Tribute to Charles Krauthammer For most of the past year, viewers of Bret Baier’s Fox News Special Report have had to endure their favorite news analysis program without its titular head, Charles Krauthammer.  Viewers who embraced the erudite, thoughtful, sometimes curmudgeonly Krauthammer will grieve the loss.  The far smaller cast of poo-pooers of.. read more →

11 Jun 2018
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Freedom’s Dramas

Humankind has struggled against and at times vanquished oppressors down through the ages.  Tyrannies under the guise of religious conformity, political doctrines and allegiance to charismatic leaders have existed since the beginning of organized society. Humanity has valiantly combatted despots, servitude, hegemony and the evils of one group subjugating another.  Wars are fought, societies rise.. read more →

Energy and the Administration: Wins – Yes, Style Points – Nope

How does the PolicySmith address, and civilly discuss, the Trump Administration and its substantial advancement of energy production and advocacy?  Hmmm.  There are the never-Trumpers who stop reading right here, the Trumpsters who can’t get enough of the in-your-face Presidential style – and – those struggling to square problematic behavior with the very real accomplishments.. read more →

19 Apr 2018
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China — The Trillion Dollar Question: How long can they have it both ways?

Answer: Not as long as it appears. First, a confession. The PolicySmith was nearing completion of this essay that was to lay out the case for the erosion and eventual implosion of the China model. Recent developments there indicate a compelling case could and should be made that China is experiencing grave difficulties. The imminent.. read more →

Moving Past Climate Derangement Syndrome

This site has discussed at length chicanery, hypocrisy and distortions of all stripes in the free-for-all on climate. This blog entry was to be another revelation of more drivel from news sources, more science grist for the mill and so on. That is until my editor, my son with whom I am well pleased, pointed.. read more →

Victory, Alaska!

Note to PolicySmith followers:  This post concludes our first calendar year.  Thank you for your interest.  There will be less frequent entries in the coming several months as we take some time away.  Look for a return in early spring.  Have a safe and prosperous 2018. The wild ride of this calendar year closes with.. read more →

Bolsheviks at 100 – The legacy of Soviet wreckage buddies up to the Saudis

The one-trick pony that is Russia’s economy is, in late November, reportedly in discussions with the Saudis about oil and production cutbacks.  Petrodollars from oil and natural gas sales are the only thing standing between Vladimir Putin and the typically ugly – and final – exit of a Russian leader.  Just as in the late.. read more →

Thoreau at 200

Pencil maker, gardener, surveyor, author/poet, elitist, loner, and poster boy for enviro-purists, Henry David Thoreau, appeared on the Earth in 1817.   This anniversary is celebrated primarily for his revered (by the soft path crowd) work, Walden, and to a lesser degree, Civil Disobedience and other tomes, poetry and tracts. A relatively harmless oddity in his.. read more →

A Word – Actually Quite a Few – About Curmudgeons

Warning! Salty language and ribald observations straight ahead… The recent exercise in plumbing the depths of the popular press’s love affair with environmentalists, college snowflakes and the bands of assorted ne’er-do-wells populating the public consciousness causes the curmudgeon in the PolicySmith to surface with an emphatic Harumph! The press’s love affair is not nearly as.. read more →

Adventures in Objectivity – It’s Just Business

This is part 2 of a 2-part series. Click here to read both parts. Part 2 of 2 – The Sacramento Bee Lifts the Curtain on Big Enviro NGOs In Part 1 of this intended 5-part series, the PolicySmith stated, “Long lived success in commerce follows a simple axiom.  Deliver to the customer what is.. read more →