Author: Tom Van Dyke

Tom Van Dyke, businessman, musician, bon vivant and game-show champ (The Joker's Wild, and Win Ben Stein's Money), knows lots of stuff, although not quite everything yet. A past inactive to The American Spectator Online, the late great Reform Club blog, and currently on religion and the American Founding at American Creation, TVD continues to write on matters of both great and small importance from his ranch type style tract house high on a hill above Los Angeles.

Today is White Saturday: #ShopSmall

Who knew? Small Business Saturday, November 24th, 2012. Patronize the Mom & Pop shops, tweeteth Drew Brees. Sponsored by American Express, we kid you not. $25 cashback for AmEx cardholders. Capitalist monster American Express...


The Amazing TV Remote Dead Battery Trick

Wifely just did it & reminded meself: Open the battery compartment, spin ’em around a bit in place. Voila. Works over and over agin. It’ll buy you a week or a month or a...


Gang Green

The Green Party is so irrelevant, they can’t even get arrested, as they say. Heh–sure they can.


Bubbly Joe Biden vs. Attila the Republican

It’s just not fair. Our sassy and vivacious Vice President is about to get smushed by his younger, smarter, wittier, more able, more fit, more handsome, more charismatic, more knowledgeable, more prepared, more everythingish...


Sweden: Conservatopia

HT: Via faithful commenter and occasional guest poster Ward Smith, the provocative Executive Summary of a paper by Nima Sanandaji, who according to his bio is a Swedish author “with a Kurdish Iranian background.”...

But I Trust the News

Via HuffPo: Yahoo News’ Washington bureau chief David Chalian was fired on Wednesday after a hot-mic incident during an online broadcast from the GOP convention in Tampa. … During the broadcast, Chalian can be...


Paul Ryan?

Paul Ryan. The most serious cat in Washington.


What Are Governments For, Anyway?

Anybody familiar with “The Lonely Crowd” [1950]? I’m not, but it seems relevant. Consider this a bleg—it was one of those pop socio-philosophical phenomena that came out of nowhere to sell a million-plus copies...


Surprise Veep Pick?



He Needed Killin’

Grand jury returns no charges. SHINER, Texas (HuffPo/AP) — Hearing his 5-year-old daughter crying from behind a barn, a father ran and discovered the unthinkable: A man molesting her. The father pulled the man...


Peter Van Dyck–“Conservative” Artist?

[From an earlier version @ LoOG’s Dutch Courage sub-blog.] To me, these days, any artist whose work has a resemblance to its actual real-life subject is “conservative,” so too any artist whose sense of...


The Evangelical War on Mormonism That Wasn’t

[Promoted by request from the Dutch Courage sub-blog.] A rather odd–or underreasoned–op-ed from Harvard prof Noah Feldman is making the rounds, that Mitt Romney’s candidacy is Mormonism’s ticket to American Protestant acceptance. That’s a...


Libertarianism in a Nutshell

I fancy meself a South Park Republican, no prig he, more likely to laugh at the ineptness of somebody trying to offend than to be offended. A Piss Christ or a Virgin Mary made...


Another Country Club Republican Bites the Dust

This time it’s Sen. Dick Lugar [R-IN] getting the Tea Party ax in the primary. Dick Lugar is the type of Republican who Democrats love although seldom actually vote for. If you’ve got a...