The No Kool-Aid Zone Blog

I don't drink the Kool-Aid. For Anyone.

Clifford Pauley: A Memorial

May 27, 2024

Odin remembers. For a young airman named Clifford, this was it, the fiftieth and final run his country would ask of him, the final mission of his second 25-mission hitch. Statistically, the chances of making it through one full complement of twenty-five missions were about 25% in 1943. Three of every four airmen had their…

The “Stolen Election” Hoax, Revisited

May 6, 2024

A little over three years ago, I wrote a piece in which I made the claim that, not only DID I not believe the idea that the 2020 election was stolen, but that based on the things I had learned over the course of 60-plus years of living, as well as both the utter implausibility…

A Tale of Two Baptisms

April 28, 2024

The news greeted me last evening: today, Russell Brand is being baptized in the Thames River. This reminded me of my short trip last weekend to Ball Ground, GA, for the occasion of the baptism of my best buddy from junior high school, Wayde Trent. The stories of these two men are remarkably different…and remarkably…

Fantasy Football and Real Life

September 6, 2023

In 1990–more than a third of a century and over half my lifetime ago–I created something called the Armchair Football League. Fantasy baseball, or “rotisserie baseball”, as it was then called, had been around for awhile, but we were some of the pioneers of fantasy football at the time. I invited seven friends and then,…

Of Course the Supreme Court Got it Right

July 8, 2023

A lot of ink has been spilled and a lot of hands wrung–and a lot of lies told and misinformation (disinformation?) disseminated–by progressive-types. In typical sky-is-falling fashion, they are convinced that the recent Supreme Court decisions (most specifically the ones eliminating affirmative action and preventing the state of Colorado from compelling a web designer to…

Self-Delusion and the 2024 Election

June 27, 2023

The more I read excellent analyses of our current situation like Jonah Goldberg’s Suicide of the West, the more convinced I become that the march toward progressivism in this country must be arrested. I have little doubt that, left unchecked, so much of the incredible success of this country–what Goldberg calls “The Miracle”–stands to be…