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The Great Portcullis

November 14, 2019
Author: Chilton Williamson

  In the third week of August someone pushes the button and brings sum­mer to an end in the Mountain West, though beautiful weather and Indian summer lie ahead. Typically, the change comes with the dis­charge of a powerful thunder cell, seemingly no different from any other electrical storm but collapsing into a gray leaden… Read More

Please Don’t Smile, Mr. President

November 8, 2019
Author: Chilton Williamson

I have read the results of last Tuesday’s elections, which indicate that President Trump continues to lose ground in the suburbs, among women particularly. Many explanations for his unpopularity with educated and prosperous women, not all of whom I imagine are also ladies, are possible, of course. One of them, I suggest, is that Mr…. Read More

Stan Laurel for President

November 3, 2019
Author: Chilton Williamson

What is wrong with the Republicans? The answer: They are the Stupid Party, as the British Tories were called in the late 19th century. Which prompts a further question. And a further answer. Why are they stupid? Answer: Because they are are intellectually and politically dishonest with themselves and with their constituency. They see that… Read More

The Signs of the Times

October 30, 2019
Author: Chilton Williamson

It has been many years since I last saw bedraggled men on street corners wearing sandwich boards or holding up signs prophesying the imminent end of the world. Perhaps this is yet another symptom of the further decline of the Christian faith in America. It is Christianity that introduced into the world the concept of… Read More


October 28, 2019
Author: Chilton Williamson

I am busy setting up an account with MailChimp, the marketing platform, to handle the automatic transmission of blog posts to my subscribers.  They are said to be the best in the business but the name also tickles my fancy, calling to mind the spectacle of scores of millions of chimpanzees busily emailing notes to… Read More