Author Archives: Steve Lancaster


The New Savonarola

Savonarolaby Steve Lancaster   2/5/14
At the end of the 15th century, Europe was a confusion of conflicting fledging nation states, competing cities, and the Papal States. In the Florence of the Medici — the center of art, literature and culture in Italy — 1492 saw the death of Lorenzo “the Magnificent” and the rise of an obscure monk, Savonarola. More » • (1059 views)

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Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit

by Steve Lancaster   2/3/14

This was not a waste of money. In fact I found it to be one of the best comedies in the last 10 years. I doubt that it was intended to be so, but anyone who has done real intelligence work will laugh till their sides hurt. More » • (741 views)

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The American Western

TheSearchersby Steve Lancaster   2/3/14
Much has been said about the western recently. Brad has written movingly about the characters in Lonesome Dove, Open Range and Broken Trail. These are great movies in their own right and there is little I could add to the commentary. More » • (1011 views)

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Who is Obama?

BigBrotherby Steve Lancaster   1/26/14
The United States is in the middle of one of the forty year cycles of scrutiny of core values. This examination is often prompted by economic crisis, and the credit meltdown of 2008/09 was certainly that. More » • (2362 views)

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The War for the Old Republic

DontTreadThumbby Steve Lancaster   1/20/14
The War Between the States was fought over the issue of slavery but the implicit purpose of the war was to define what style of government would dominate in North America. More » • (2007 views)

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A Job to Do

WorkEthhicby Steve Lancaster   1/8/14
Not long ago I was visiting with my grandson and his family. We had left post housing for the NCO club and were enjoying a few beers. My grandson had recently returned from the sandbox, for the third time, and with a few of his friends we were telling stories of Army and Marines from Vietnam to Iraq. More » • (1633 views)

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TV Series Review: Victory at Sea

VictoryAtSeaby Steve Lancaster   1/5/14
This is not so much a movie review as a series review. This is a black and white documentary of the importance of naval power and how the United States Navy defeated Japan in the Pacific. There are episodes devoted to the war in the Atlantic, but for the most part it’s a tribute to the men and women who with limited resources won the war in the Pacific. More » • (2801 views)

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The Progressive Bike

BigWheelby Steve Lancaster   1/4/14
Have you ever been stopped at a light or stop sign and a person on a bike, generally but not exclusively male, whizzes through the stop without even slowing down? You observe that the rider is dressed in spandex that is altogether too tight and leaves little to be imagined, a helmet shaped like a teardrop; More » • (1258 views)

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Too Much Government

DontTreadThumbby Steve Lancaster   1/2/14
Good Morning fellow criminals. I say this because before the day is out everyone reading this will be in violation of a law, statute, or regulation with the force of law. With the New Year over 40,000 new laws in the US and at least 100,000 new regulations go into effect. More » • (1976 views)

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A Mostly Libertarian View – Part III

DontTreadThumbby Steve Lancaster   1/1/14
Economics and Business: “The best lack all conviction, while the worst/Are full of passionate intensity” (Yeats again). More » • (1004 views)

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Jesustarian

LibJesusby Steve Lancaster  12/28/13
Jesus was the first Libertarian. There it is said, but does that make it so? There are undoubted thousands perhaps millions who would contend with that statement and have excellent reasons to dispute based on scripture and two thousand years of history. More » • (1538 views)

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A Mostly Libertarian View – Part II

DontTreadThumbby Steve Lancaster   12/26/13
Politics and Government: More » • (1334 views)

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