By Rod Dreher, The American Conservative
Hello all, I was away at the dentist for much of the day. After a decade of non-dentist-going (because I hate going to the dentist), I finally had to give up my cowardice-related boycott — this after suffering some unpleasantry resulting from biting down on a popcorn kernel. Turns out that I chipped a filling, which will need to be replaced, but they promised to sedate me heavily, because I’m Dustin Hoffman in Marathon Man when it comes to all things dental. Wonder of wonders, they told me that my teeth were in really good shape after a decade. Of course, I said; if you’re afraid of the dentist, you don’t miss brushing and flossing.
Anyway, all of that is to explain why I’ve been away from the keys today. We also had a pipe burst in the house last evening, which flooded the back end of the house. The good news is that we probably won’t have to take out the drywall, but the man came today and said the baseboards are shot. We have to keep the monster humidifiers running through the weekend, then he’ll come back to test for moisture in the walls on Monday to see if we’re okay. Merry Christmas! As if that weren’t enough, all the alarms in the house went off this morning at 4:30, for no discernible reason. We got them all off except the fire alarm in our bedroom. The alarm company lady told us there was nothing she could do. Nothing worked, except my 16-year-old son bashing it into silent submission.
It’s been quite a day, I tell you.
So, I am happy to hand over this post to a reader, who sends in a disturbing letter:
A few weeks ago, you mentioned a Twitter contrasting the styles of a Chinese military propaganda video and a U.S. Army recruiting advertisement.
Well, Tucker Carlson addressed the elephant in the room. His entire monologue is worth watching, but below are the key points: