Simple Saturday

We didn’t set the world afire this morning, that’s for sure. We rode a relaxed pace from slumber to coffee to consciousness and then, with Smudge and our Texas friends, into the waiting Silverado.

It was simple day, really. Another visit to Gray Spring, at our guests’ request. A BBQ lunch from Blacksheep, the first meal at our new picnic table on the homesite. Time at the summit and watching the dogs play. An early evening nosh prepared by our friends.

They’ll leave for Texas in the morning. It’s been a great week.

It’s been over 18 months since I recommended that readers subscribe to Fox Nation. That was about the time that “Tucker Carlson Presents” did a feature called “Patriot Purge,” a theme repeated on the hosts nightly shows. Here’s what I said in October of 2021:

“Deb and I subscribe to Fox Nation, a paid streaming service of Fox News. We appreciate the independent nature of its voices and content, free of broadcast constraints. We consider it a wise investment.”

Truth is, the only reason to watch Fox Nation was Tucker Carlson. With rare exceptions, the rest of the content — fluff pieces, Bible studies, Duck Dynasty run-ons, castle tours, Piers Morgan — is awful.

Worse than that, the app is the worst I’ve ever used, and navigating the service is an exercise in frustration. Getting to the content we actually wanted to watch was so maddening that months ago Deb and I unsubscribed until we learned of something worthwhile, then re-subscribed. When we were done, we canceled again.

I never explicitly withdrew my recommendation to you, figuring that each of us has different thresholds. Now, thanks to “leaked” video, we see how Carlson himself felt about the streaming service.

“I don’t want to be a slave to Fox Nation, which I don’t think that people watch anyway.”

“But nobody’s going to watch it on Fox Nation. Nobody watches Fox Nation because the site sucks. So I’d really like to just… dump the whole thing on YouTube. But anyway, that’s just my view. OK. I’m just frustrated with it. It’s hard to use that site. I don’t know why they’re not fixing it. It’s driving me insane. And they’re like making, like, Lifetime movies. But they don’t, they don’t work on the infrastructure of the site. Like what? It’s crazy. And it drives me crazy because it’s like we’re doing all this extra work and no one can find it. It’s unbelievable, actually. I don’t know who runs that site, but — “

“We’re like working like animals to produce all this content, and the people in charge of it, whoever that guy’s, whatever his name is, like, they’re ignoring the fact that the site doesn’t work. And I think it’s like a betrayal of our efforts. That’s how I feel. So I, of course, I resent it.”

At the risk of pointing out the obvious, with Tucker Carlson out of the picture we no longer have a good reason to fight with the Fox Nation app — done.

Ring, scepter, crown. Old hymns, soaring chorales and prayer upon prayer. Liturgy recalled from times forgotten.

England has its king.

I find it all fascinating, even strangely moving, though I have neither connection to it nor affection for it — the country or the monarchy, any monarchy. Pledging fidelity to royalty doesn’t exactly square with John Galt:

“I swear by my life and my love of it that I will never live for the sake of another man, nor ask another man to live for mine.”

We kicked the Crown’s ass — twice — to win and preserve our independence, at the core of which is individual Liberty. I can find no particular cause for celebration.

Still, England is our friend and our ally. This, historically and for now, is how they do things. So to my Brit friends, good for you.

And to my fellow Patriots, who don’t kiss rings or bow to any man, whether divinely anointed or duly elected, it sure feels good today to be Americans, doesn’t it?

Take care of yourselves, Patriots. Stay calm. Stay sharp. Stay free.

#WiseUp #LibertyOrDeath

#LetsGoBrandon #FJB