Author Archives: Lloyd Billingsley

A Bill Walton Back Story

Featured image Bill Walton, who has passed away at 71, was a basketball star at UCLA, an NBA regular season and finals MVP, and two-time NBA champion. Walton was also a fan of Arvydas Sabonis, “a combination of Kareem, Larry Bird, and Pete Maravich,” with “this incredibly spectacular game.” When Sabonis was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2011, he asked Walton, a huge Grateful Dead fan, to be his »

The Need for Memorial Month

Featured image May is Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Month, “to reflect and celebrate the important role that Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders (AANHPIs) have played in our shared history.” June is Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) Pride Month, “to honor the 1969 Stonewall Uprising in Manhattan, a tipping point for the Gay Liberation Movement.” By contrast, “the men and women who sacrificed their lives while »

Barry Goes Begging for Biden

Featured image Hoop fans who miss games can Google “NBA Scores” and find box scores, player statistics and YouTube summaries with all the key plays. In brief commercials on these videos, Biden and Obama have been asking for support. Following the Dallas Mavericks victory over Minnesota on May 24, it was Obama alone urging contributions to Joe Biden’s campaign. Viewers might think his handlers consider Biden unfit to make the plea himself, »


Featured image As Senators John Kennedy and Ted Cruz noted, Biden nominee Sarah Netburn accepted the claim of William McClain that he was “entirely a woman” and sent the six-foot-two serial child rapist “July Justine Shelby” to a women’s prison. In similar style, Obama judge Jon Tigar believed convicted murderer Rodney Quine’s claim to be a woman, ordered sex-change surgery paid by taxpayers, and “Shiloh Heavenly Quine” duly landed in a women’s »

Trans.Gov.Con [With Comment by John]

Featured image Last month Joe Biden nominated magistrate Judge Sarah Netburn for the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. In 2022, Netburn recommended that serial child rapist William McClain, who calls himself July Justine Shelby, be sent to a women’s prison. Netburn described the six-foot-two rapist as  “sober and entirely a female,” which piqued the interest of Sen. John Kennedy. “That phrase struck me as remarkable,” Kennedy said. »


Featured image Thanks to a 7-2 vote of the Supreme Court, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau will continue to be funded by the Federal Reserved instead of congressional appropriations. As the people should know, the court ruling does not confer any merit on the CFPB, a legacy of the Carter-Era Community Reinvestment Act. The CFPB was based on the assumption that even educated and informed consumers are unable to look out for »

When Aaron Met Tony

Featured image Dr. Anthony Fauci “was given over $350 million to research this, to come up with drugs, new or repurposed to handle the AIDS pandemic. And all they came up with was AZT,” contends New York Jets quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who also wonders about Dr. Fauci’s royalties from vaccine companies. The quarterback is on to something, but there’s more to the story. Anthony Fauci earned a medical degree at Cornell in »

May 19 Mayhem

Featured image May 19 marks the birthdays of Malcolm X and Ho Chi Minh, the pair who inspired the May 19th Communist Organization, according to William Rosenau, “the first and only women-created and women-led terrorist group,” and “sort of an offshoot of the Weather Underground.” In 2020 Rosenau authored Tonight We Bombed the U.S. Capitol, which the May 19s pulled off on November 7, 1983, hardly their only terrorist action. The gals »

Mutant Social Growths Revisited

Featured image In the course of writing From Mainline to Sideline I came across Huan-Ying: Journey Through Workers’ China, authored by Janet Goldwasser and Stuart Dowty and published by Monthly Review Press in 1975. “We wrote it to combat misinformation, ” explained Goldwasser in 2019. “China had a different way of setting priorities in terms of healthcare and working conditions, so we intended to get information to readers who weren’t able to visit themselves.” »

Bring on the Harris Pole

Featured image John Kerry once tapped James Taylor to croon “You’ve Got a Friend” to the French, a performance Steve thought difficult to surpass. On the other hand, with his rendition of “Keep on Rockin’ in the Free World” in Kiev, Antony Blinken may have pulled it off. If the Democrats now seek to surpass Tony, they can turn to vice president Kamala Harris. Remember, she got her start charming Willie Brown, »

Coastal Commission Surfari

Featured image An Australian man calling himself Sasha Jane Lowerson must be allowed to compete in a California surfing competition, which “cannot discriminate on the basis of gender.” As Sir Bedevere (Terry Jones) might say, who is this who is so wise in the ways of biological science and athletics? Why, it’s the California Coastal Commission (CCC),  an unelected body that overrides the elected governments of cities and counties on the California »

David Sanborn Plays the Out Chorus

Featured image Saxophonist David Sanborn has died of prostate cancer at age 78. Some obituaries focused on his work with Stevie Wonder, Mick Jagger, Bruce Springsteen et al, but David first made a mark with the Paul Butterfield Blues Band. At the Grande Ballroom in Detroit in 1968, David busted up the place, and the next year he played with Paul at Woodstock. In due time, Sanborn would go solo, with a »

Kristi Versus Colleen

Featured image Everybody’s still talking about Gov. Kristi Noem shooting down that dog but it wasn’t the first time an animal fell victim to an owner’s gunfire. As Mammy (Hattie McDaniel) explained in Gone With the Wind, when Bonny fell and broke her neck, “Mr. Rhett grabbed his gun and run out and shoot that poor pony. And for a minute, I think he gonna shoot himself.” Movies also abound with scenes »

Making Book on Newsom

Featured image “California Governor Gavin Newsom is currently working on a memoir, which is expected to come out sometime after the 2024 presidential election,” reports Evan Symon of the California Globe. “Memoirs are what presidential candidates bank on today,” explained literary consultant Glenn Forbes, and Newsom is “in the same corner as Obama was in 2006 or Harris in 2018,” with nothing much beyond name recognition. The governor will “probably go deep »

More Wittenburg Door Back Stories

Featured image As Steve recalled in his tribute to the Wittenburg Door, “Frankie Schaeffer later became a disgraceful leftist, repudiating his father’s worthy life work and legacy.” Frankie’s father is Francis A. Schaeffer, founder of the L’Abri international study center in Switzerland and author of The God Who is There, first published in 1968, and How Should We Then Live: The Rise and Decline of Western Thought and Culture, from 1976. As »

Noem Versus Nidal

Featured image South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem, a possible VP choice, continues to take heat for gunning down a vicious canine. That invites a look at Vice President Biden’s response to a mass shooting of American soldiers by U.S. Army psychiatrist Maj. Nidal Hasan, who billed himself as a “soldier of Allah.” On November 5, 2009 at Fort Hood, Maj. Hasan yelled “Allahu akbar” and blasted away with two handguns. He shot »

Signer of the Times

Featured image Joe Biden has been called as a waxworks effigy of a president, sock puppet, bobblehead and so forth. Those descriptions are all valid, but there’s a better way to view the Delaware Democrat now occupying the White House. Consider the experience of the composite character president David Garrow charted in Rising Star: The Making of Barack Obama. During Obama’s eulogy of Nelson Mandela on December 10, 2013, South African interpreter »