Ryan’s 15-minute address—he took questions afterward—was a high-minded speech from a high-minded speaker. He spoke eloquently and optimistically about why he got into public service, the nation’s founding ideals, his mentor Jack Kemp, and what politics can be. “Ideas, passionately promoted and put to the test—that’s what politics can be.That’s what our country can be,” Ryan said.... to climb down from their high trees? How do we get monsters like Ryan and Podhoretz to stop gesticulating and shouting incoherent curses? How do we reintroduce them to the reality on the ground? How do we confront them with the million people they have killed and the billion lives they have ruined? Seattle Man In Tree clearly has some well-developed talents and skills. He was comfy in his nest while the wind moved the tree around, and after 24 hours without food and water he climbed down smoothly and easily. DC Men In Trees have no skills or talents. They rely on servants to perform daily tasks. JUMP, DC Men In Trees! JUMP! JUMP! JUMP!
Polistra was named after the original townsite of Manhattan (the one in Kansas). When I was growing up in Manhattan, I spent a lot of time exploring by foot, bike, and car. I discovered the ruins of an old mill along Wildcat Creek, and decided (inaccurately) that it was the remains of the original site of Polistra. Accurate or not, I've always liked the name, with its echoes of Poland (an under-appreciated friend of freedom) and stars. ==== The title icon is explained here. ==== Switchover: This 2007 entry marks a sharp change in worldview from neocon to pure populist. ===== The long illustrated story of Polistra's Dream is a time-travel fable, attempting to answer the dangerous revision of New Deal history propagated by Amity Shlaes. The Dream has 8 episodes, linked in a chain from the first. This entry explains the Shlaes connection.