Lest I forget that Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is a nasty piece of work, there’s Religion Clause: Texas AG Seeks to Liquidate Catholic Agency Providing Services to Migrants

Any social medium where a guy with the handle “Turd Flinging Monkey” is an influencer with 80,000 followers is not a place I’d care to hang around. The Anti-Family Right by Matthew Schmitz.

(And don’t get me started on BAP)

How should we live?

  1. First, live as though in the coming of Jesus Christ, the Kingdom of God has been inaugurated into the world and the outcome of history has already been determined. (Quit worrying)
  2. Second, love people as the very image of God and resist the temptation to improve them.
  3. Third, refuse to make economics the basis of your life. Your job is not even of secondary importance.
  4. Fourth, quit arguing about politics as though the political realm were the answer to the world’s problems. It gives it power that is not legitimate and enables a project that is anti-God.
  5. Fifth, learn to love your enemies. God did not place them in the world for us to fix or eliminate. If possible, refrain from violence.
  6. Sixth, raise the taking of human life to a matter of prime importance and refuse to accept violence as a means to peace. Every single life is a vast and irreplaceable treasure.
  7. Seventh, cultivate contentment rather than pleasure. It will help you consume less and free you from slavery to your economic masters.
  8. Eighth, as much as possible, think small. You are not in charge of the world. Love what is local, at hand, personal, intimate, unique, and natural. It’s a preference that matters.
  9. Ninth, learn another language. Very few things are better at teaching you about who you are not.
  10. Tenth, be thankful for everything, remembering that the world we live in and everything in it belongs to God.

(Fr. Stephen Freeman)

“It’s a funny thing to take 40 days each year to remember that we will die.” Lent as Counter-culture

Is SCOTUS going to announce the decision of the “Section 3 disqualification case” at 10 am Friday?

Reading Allan C. Carlson, Third Ways: How Bulgarian Greens, Swedish Housewives, and Beer-Swilling Englishmen Created Family-Centered Economies–and Why They Disappeared. 📚

Finished Arthur Koestler, Darkness at Noon. 📚

Buckingham Palace has not yet divulged what kind of cancer King Charles has, but I’m thinking that prostate cancer is so common that true royals don’t get it.

Reading Arthus Koestler, Darkness at Noon. 📚

This is looking more like prophecy, less like mere venting.

One of my favorite weekly podcasts decided to do “Our Superbowls, Ourselves” today. Even that ensemble could not hold my interest in our annual spectacle, which I would watch, if at all, only because it’s traditional to debut clever new ads there.

The low quality of callers-in to CSPN Radio, in the run-up to this morning’s SCOTUS arguments, is pretty depressing. I have thought of CSPAN as pretty upscale, yet ….

A rarity: I expect to listen to an audio stream of the SCOTUS arguments in Trump v. Colorado this morning.

My fairly settled theory is that, counter-intuitively to us today, POTUS is not an “officer” of the United States. I’m dying to see how much emphasis that gets today.

If you’ve been smitten by Aaron Renn’s positive world, neutral world, negative world taxonomy (I was only impressed, not smitten), I strongly recommend this as a corrective: What Happened When My Church Encountered Negative World.

“What you see and what you hear depends a great deal on where you are standing. It also depends on what sort of person you are.” (St. Clive the New Academic)

Better to reign in Hell than to serve in Heaven

‘Milton was right,’ said my Teacher. ‘The choice of every lost soul can be expressed in the words “Better to reign in Hell than serve in Heaven.” There is always something they insist on keeping even at the price of misery. There is always something they prefer to joy—that is, to reality. Ye see it easily enough in a spoiled child that would sooner miss its play and its supper than say it was sorry and be friends. Ye call it the Sulks. But in adult life it has a hundred fine names—Achilles’ wrath and Coriolanus’ grandeur, Revenge and Injured Merit and Self-Respect and Tragic Greatness and Proper Pride.’

(C. S. Lewis, The Great Divorce)

Reading the late Tom Howard’s Chance or the Dance. 📚Jarringly, the Foreword to this edition was by Eric Metaxas, writing in 2017 on the brink of his descent into Election Denialism and hectoring as faux-Christian Nazi collaborators anyone who won’t descend with him.

I’m now officially not reading Septology any more. Not to say I finished it, mind you. 📚

I didn’t hate it. I think I understood what the author was doing. But I didn’t want to spend weeks and weeks doing it with him.

Matthew B. Crawford, Why the meritocracy is not viewed as a legitimate ruling class. This one merits re-reading. (It’s a Substack and may not be public).

I’m now officially reading Septology by Jon Fosse. 📚Probably won’t start tonight, though.

The founders of Poems Ancient and Modern are Joseph Bottum, a writer living in the Black Hills of South Dakota, and Sally Thomas, in the Western Piedmont of North Carolina. Acutely sensitive to copyright (violated by far too many online postings), we will be limiting ourselves to works that are in the public domain (currently those from before 1929)

Here We Stand - Poems Ancient and Modern

Despite my schadenfreude, I was troubled by the $83.3 million libel verdict against you-know-who. That’s an implausible amount of harm.

Well, maybe they were burying this key tidbit deeper in the stories than I read: $65 million is punitive damages, not compensatory.

My main blog is the Tipsy Teetotaler, http://intellectualoid.com.