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November 27, 2021

Remembering Peregrine Worsthorne

November 27, 2021

It is painful to lose a friend to an accident, as occurred recently to Dr. Angelo Codevilla. But sadness comes also with the death of those we knew and some we knew only by reading their books or opinion essays.

One of these latter was Sir Peregrine Gerard Worsthorne whom I knew only by reading his columns in the Daily Telegraph of London.

Like many American political conservatives today Worsthorne wrote of his country in 1997 “this is not a country I recognise or am particularly fond of any more.”

If you are interested, you may want to read his In Defence of Aristocracy published in England in 2004 by Harper/Collins.

Remembering Tom Wolfe

November 26, 2021

What is the purpose of a college education?

In 2013 the author Tom Wolfe asked and answered that question.

“Red” Smoke

November 25, 2021

Communist authoritarian Danny Ortegas was reelected President on November 7 in a fraudulent election in which Ortega detained 40 opposition figures earlier this year, including seven potential presidential candidates.

Why do I care?

I will smoke an occasional cigar and prefer a lighter “smoke” provided by Dominican broad leaf tobacco in what is called a “Connecticut” wrapper.

That’s when I recalled Anthony Bourdain’s visit to Nicaragua and his “No Reservations” program that aired in March 2011. While the ordinary people in Nicaragua struggle to survive and some are compelled to scavenge for food in garbage dumps, Ortega amassed a fortune of more than a billion dollars.

Bourdain, certainly held no sympathy for free market economics, but he knew gross injustice when he saw it and severely criticized Ortega.

When my supply of cigars had dwindled to three “Churchill” sized “Connecticut” cigars, I noticed how many Nicaraguan leaf cigars are low cost. Tobacco is grown on plantations, but who owns the plantations in Nicaragua?