From the Editor, 2,177 posts later. It was fun blogging. I wrote for this blog and several national blogs. We did it our way and had fun doing it amidst a whole lot going on out there. We had plans of working with Fox in appearing on Red Eye and with our friends over at [...]
By Brice Buckley (Editor-at-Large, Clarion Advisory) 4-11-13
Yes…yes…we are still here. The two key aggregators of unvarnished economic and geo-political information we direct you to until we have something worthwhile to, ahem, say are 1) Zero Hedge and 2) Jim Sinclair’s Mineset.
You can of course find these two gems on the right side bar of our blog…for the 3 folks reading our blog in Poland and West Texas you will appreciate this… hey, we are givers.
[editor's note - is "Side bar" spelled as one or two separate words when used in connection with a blog versus a court of law?] Perhaps our friends over at the Volokh Conspiracy could give us an answer… after they are done, of course, discussing the very interesting and compelling Brillo Pad case .
We are enjoying our extended blog sabbatical and will start clicking the key board in the near future.
Now get to reading.
By Brice Buckley (Editor at Large, Clarion Advisory) 2-18-13
I have obtained permission from the original author to post the following, which is a healthy snippet, from an article originally published by Clarion several years ago. An article our friends over at The Heritage Foundation kindly referenced. Here at Clarion, we are working on a series of editorial ideas and projects and will publish them….when we feel like it. I had to throw that in. (parenthetically, I get that we shouldn’t end sentences in prepositions, but hey, we also shouldn’t be embracing socialism)
In the meantime, I encourage you to review the following guiding principles as penned by William F. Buckley, Jr. some 57 years ago. Principles that are timeless.
I would also ask Rich Lowry over at National Review to 1) thoroughly review these principles or credenda (as WFB called them) and 2) re-publish the subject Credenda in NRO with a healthy dose of commentary.
“……Mr. Buckley established specific operating principles for his flag-ship magazine, National Review, in 1955. National Review is a publication still going strong while staying true to its original operating principles. National Review has become one of the most highly read and respected political publications - becoming a top publication in New Media through National Review On-line under the direction of Mr. Buckley’s hand-picked Editor- in-Chief, Rich Lowry.
Immediately below are the seven original ‘Credenda’ [principles] as penned back in 1955 by William F. Buckley Jr. Decide for yourself if Mr. Buckley, in addition to all of his other attributes, may have also been well ahead of his time:
The Magazine’s Credenda
Among our convictions:
- It is the job of centralized government (in peacetime) to protect its citizens’ lives, liberty and property. All other activities of government tend to diminish freedom and hamper progress. The growth of government(the dominant social feature of this century) must be fought relentlessly. In this great social conflict of the era, we are, without reservations, on the libertarian side.
- The profound crisis of our era is, in essence, the conflict between the Social Engineers, who seek to adjust mankind to conform with scientific utopias, and the disciples of Truth, who defend the organic moral order. We believe that truth is neither arrived at nor illuminated by monitoring election results, binding though these are for other purposes, but by other means, including a study of human experience. On this point we are, without reservations, on the conservative side.
- The century’s most blatant force of satanic utopianism is communism. We consider “coexistence” with communism neither desirable nor possible, nor honorable; we find ourselves irrevocably at war with communism and shall oppose any substitute for victory.
- The largest cultural menace in America is the conformity of the intellectual cliques which, in education as well as the arts, are out to impose upon the nation their modish fads and fallacies, and have nearly succeeded in doing so. In this cultural issue, we are, without reservations, on the side of excellence (rather than “newness”) and of honest intellectual combat (rather than conformity).
- The most alarming single danger to the American political system lies in the fact that an identifiable team of Fabian operators is bent on controlling both our major political parties(under the sanction of such fatuous and unreasoned slogans as “national unity,” “middle-of-the-road,” “progressivism,” and “bipartisanship.”) Clever intriguers are reshaping both parties in the image of Babbitt, gone Social-Democrat. When and where this political issue arises, we are, without reservations, on the side of the traditional two-party system that fights its feuds in public and honestly; and we shall advocate the restoration of the two-party system at all costs.
- The competitive price system is indispensable to liberty and material progress. It is threatened not only by the growth of Big Brother government, but by the pressure of monopolies(including union monopolies. What is more, some labor unions have clearly identified themselves with doctrinaire socialist objectives. The characteristic problems of harassed business have gone unreported for years, with the result that the public has been taught to assume(almost instinctively) that conflicts between labor and management are generally traceable to greed and intransigence on the part of management. Sometimes they are; often they are not. NATIONAL REVIEW will explore and oppose the inroads upon the market economy caused by monopolies in general, and politically oriented unionism in particular; and it will tell the violated businessman’s side of the story.
- No superstition has more effectively bewitched America’s Liberal elite than the fashionable concepts of world government, the United Nations, internationalism, international atomic pools, etc. Perhaps the most important and readily demonstrable lesson of history is that freedom goes hand in hand with a state of political decentralization, that remote government is irresponsible government. It would make greater sense to grant independence to each of our 50 states than to surrender U.S. sovereignty to a world organization.
Given today’s political climate of liberal notions, it is worth pointing out that, progressivism’s objective is to continually reinvent itself into the contemporary. This is what is at the core of liberalism; a core of variant interchangeable elements left only to the confines of one’s imagination.
Imagination fuels lively thought but it should never become the substitute of principle nor the foundation of its conviction.
William F. Buckley Jr. keenly understood this and set-forth building a conservative establishment based upon intellectual integrity.”
By Brice Buckley (Editor, at Large, Clarion Advisory) 2-12-13
Was at a party on Saturday…had an interesting conversation with a former Kansas City Royals employee. As some of you may know, Rush Limbaugh worked for the Royals back in the 80′s before breaking into the Sacramento AM market. While I am not at liberty to tell you the stories, I can tell you that Rush was a gentleman back then and remains one now.
Now if you want a good Bert Blyleven story…that’s different.
By Brice Buckley (Editor-at-Large, Clarion Advisory) 1-29-13
Well, well, well. Seems somebody here took a break from blogging. While blogging can be fun, it can also be a bore at certain intervals like the current one we’re presently in. Good grief, I can’t even make it past the second sentence here without incurring the grammatical infraction of using the words, “current” and “presently” inside the same lame clause. Wow, a bit rusty am I, eh? So if you can move past the grammatical redundancy (thank you in advance) let’s focus on the so called, “interval” mentioned above. I would say this so called, interval is simply an ironic expose of America at the dawn of its new social paradigm. A paradigm where man is constructing an intellectual tower of babel where natural law and its sacrosanctity is being shaped as the problem.
Yup, America is in a full state of progressivism with a new found esprit de corps taking shape where the so called, esprit, as it were, is a viral thing gone all progressive on us. Progressivism is the new smooth lingo of those whose brains excite with filial love of all things socialism…. and the corps part to go along with the esprit, well, the corps is the manifold of the new socialism called progressive.
I suspect there will be no need for history books in our new social paradigm as history to the political elite just gets in the way of the new utopia.
By Brice Buckley (Editor-at-Large, Clarion Advisory) 1-9-13
Yes…we are still here. It’s not like we have over 100 RSS feeds constantly updating news stories on the left and right side-bars of the blog… wait…we actually do. So get reading. And we’ll be back before you can say… Democratic Party Induced economic collapse.
By Brice Buckley (Editor-at-Large, Clarion Advisory) 12-22-12
You were an inspiration to me and brought many of us closer in faith over the years when you took over from Duffy on 99.5.
Christmas time in Heaven Frank – Oh Happy Day my friend. God Bless you ~
By Boris Bartok (Visiting Russian Scholar, Clarion Advisory) 12-21-12
Your Kirkland Vodka is far cry — Russian Standard with pravda cigarette. As you know, I am guest in country working on thesis and tan. Other day, friend in Hollywood gave me big heavy book, you call coffee table.
Have nice day.