2021-04-13: What a normal human being looks like – Tipsy Teetotaler ن

2021-04-12: Fragmentary oppositions – Tipsy Teetotaler ن

2021-04-10: In the West, revulsion toward killing and dying in the name of one’s religion is one of the …

2021-04-09: A fan of classical education, my favorite line in How To Not Raise Egotists | Circe Institute is “My …

2021-04-08: Boycott boycotts When I was growing up, there was a slogan on the left: “The personal is the political.” Everything …

2021-04-08: Postlapsarian Kindergarten Songs – S I L O U A N

2021-04-08: Unbelievable. The NRCC, an entity of my former party (I left it Inauguration Day 2005) …

2021-04-06: An old favorite S’il n’y a pas de solution, il n’y a pas de problème.

2021-04-05: I could not have asked for a better rendering of the National Anthem at NCAAM finals than one by 5 …

2021-04-05: Huzzah! The United States District Court is not a wholly owned subsidiary of either TRT or Facebook …

2021-04-05: I take no solace that some of the “Nones” sorta-kinda believe in something-or-other but don’t …

2021-04-05: On Easter, when Orthodox Pascha follows Western Easter by at least a week, I most feel the distance …

2021-04-04: When the world is Upside down Follow the fool For solid ground. Dirt Poor Robins, No Land Beyond, …

2021-04-04: Excellent: Yuval Levin: How religious institutions can regain public trust - Deseret News

2021-04-02: Rebuttable presumption: any blockbuster story about the so-called Judaeo-Christianity Tradition …

2021-04-02: Contrary to many people’s expectations, preliminary CDC data showed that the number of suicides in …

2021-04-02: Concepts create idols. Only wonder comprehends anything. St. Gregory of Nyssa

2021-04-01: I don’t know, to me being a badass bitch doesn’t seem fun. It seems alienating and tiresome. Also …

2021-04-01: I can’t say that I, age 72 with an orientation toward Classical and Jazz, really expected …

2021-04-01: Sigh! They’re locking down France again and the rest of Europe isn’t looking too good, either. …

2021-03-26: Je suis toujours Charlie.

2021-03-25: I’ll venture a well-educated guess that I’m not the only one here commemorating Christ’s …

2021-03-22: How could it possibly be healthy for the entire media industry to be captured by any single niche …

2021-03-22: RIP Hugh Newell Jacobsen, after whose strangely traditional and familiar “modernist” residential …

2021-03-20: Am I the only one who thinks abusive and threatening Tweets toward losing athletes (f’rinstace) …

2021-03-19: Whence the odd interjection “of a” in phrases like “not that big of a deal”? Suddenly, it seems to …

2021-03-18: I like this a lot.

2021-03-18: Apropos of nothing particular in the news, those who said “If you don’t like the Religious …

2021-03-16: Matt Taibbi asks: Without Trump, Is A “Depression In Television” Coming? Trump saved the …

2021-03-16: The really big money comes in through the capital campaigns. The really big money comes in through the capital campaigns. These are fundraising events dedicated …

2021-03-13: There is a tonic in the things men do not wish to hear, it’s been said. But not much money. Stephen …

2021-03-10: Forgiving when you just can't forgive I want to offer two thoughts on the forgiveness of enemies. Both have been of use to me. The first …

2021-03-09: There is absolutely no need to appear more frequently [than weekly, fortnightly or monthly] in …

2021-03-08: For what it’s worth, I probably have bought my last book, ever, from Amazon, in any format. …

2021-03-08: Doublethinkers Best thing I read today. This is just a taste: It was easy enough to remind myself and them who was …

2021-03-08: Something is in the air when FAIR and the Academic Freedom Alliance go public within three days. I …

2021-03-08: Spicy Basil Fried Rice with Beef. Not what I expected for my last meat before Pascha/Easter, but …

2021-03-06: I’ve had some fun thinking hard and sytematically with Obsidian the last few days. But this fine …

2021-03-03: So many people here use Obsidian that I’ve looked at it repeatedly, bewildered each time. Finally, …

2021-03-03: This could get interesting: Is There a Civil Rights Remedy for Toxic Wokeness? - The French Press

2021-03-02: Martinet pronouns (and much more) – Tipsy Teetotaler ن

2021-03-01: Really good: Are We Still Thinking? - The Map is Mostly Water. I don’t remember who put me …

2021-02-28: “All right, wise guy. If our disorder can’t be cured by politics, what’s your big idea?” I haven’t …

2021-02-24: CPAC (a big annual gathering of “conservatives”) isn’t what it used to be. Then …

2021-02-24: Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Poet Who Nurtured the Beats, Dies at 101 (Paywall - New York Times)

2021-02-20: I have seen men, proud of their ability to lie, and exciting laughter by their clowning and joking, …

2021-02-12: Just added a Hey.com email account this afternoon. It’s now my preferred domain for its huge …

2021-02-07: They say I’d enjoy SuperBowl better if I had “skin in the game” (i.e., used one of the betting …

2021-02-07: Polanyi on Knowledge – Tipsy Teetotaler ن

2021-02-06: Boy, did I ever enjoy reading Paul Kingsnorth, In the Black Chamber today. Written around 2014, it …

2021-02-05: Covidtide has led to a new family ritual of watching 60-90 minutes of Netflix (or other streams) …

2021-02-04: Many sour notes and flat landings, but the Babylon Bee gave me a chuckle with this one that even …

2021-02-02: Why don’t I think of gentle mockery more often? It’s so much more effective a response …

2021-02-01: Currently reading: The Crisis of the Modern World (Collected Works of Rene Guenon) by René Guénon 📚

2021-02-01: Pack dynamics: Son’s family adopted a standard poodle puppy 9 days ago. Ran into puppy’s …

2021-01-31: Currently reading: Commentary on the Apocalypse by Andrew of Caesaria, translated by Eugenia …

2021-01-31: Finished: Power of Gentleness: Meditations on the Risk of Living by Dufourmantelle, Anne 📚 @JMaxB : …

2021-01-30: I heard that anti-inflammatories may diminish the Covid vaccine’s efficacy, so I stopped my …

2021-01-29: No, this is not unprecedented, but one must go back 600 years, to Avignon: The Antipope of …

2021-01-28: Sorting and filing old notes, I got a reminder why I wish former California A.G. Xavier Becerra …

2021-01-26: Writing to the Left: I saw politics as a fight between left and right. I don’t see it that way …

2021-01-25: The tomb of Ignatius Here I am not that Cleon celebrated in Alexandria (where it is hard to astonish them) for my …

2021-01-25: What It’s Like Growing up in a Family That Never Lies - The Atlantic. Whether from my family …

2021-01-24: How to deal with two conservative problems – Tipsy Teetotaler ن

2021-01-24: If you, like I, have been wondering what we can do about QAnon, I’d recommend David Hines, How …

2021-01-24: Someone here wrote “So *that*’s what it feels like to exhale.” Yes, that it is. But I have not fully …

2021-01-23: Currently reading: Power of Gentleness: Meditations on the Risk of Living by Dufourmantelle, Anne 📚

2021-01-22: FWIW, I’m pretty unhappy with Nord VPN. It crashes, it fails to connect, it leaves me unprotected in …

2021-01-22: Conservative wisdom from a pundit to my left. In a nutshell, don’t get your hopes up so high …

2021-01-21: I notice the press and commentariat trying to elide MAGA into QAnon. I’ll bet most MAGA Trump …

2021-01-21: The podcast formerly known as “All the President’s Lawyers” was at least …

2021-01-21: [T]here is something in man that hungers for the exaltation of his own will, that thirsts after his …

2021-01-20: Eyes and clicks On the one hand: One of our favorite (non-TMD) morning newsletters the past several years has been …

2021-01-20: I was unaware of Why Intellectual Conservatism Died (Michael Lind, 1995), and I probably would have …

2021-01-20: I always get a “Daily Dose” of Far Side cartoons. I don’t think the timing of this one was …

2021-01-20: Well worth reading: 14 Reasons that Democracy Survived - Persuasion

2021-01-18: Standing advice: The people you think of as your enemies aren’t as wicked as you believe them to be.

2021-01-18: Strange and stressful times. Many people I hoped in as leaders have gone off the rails, and today I …

2021-01-17: Most beer ads today are either offensive or unintelligible to me. So I’m kind of glad Bud Lite …

2021-01-17: Shame Culture and lesser things – Tipsy Teetotaler ن

2021-01-17: Ben Sasse has pretty well lived up to expectation, and he really grasps the nettle in The GOP Must …

2021-01-16: We raise sons who are not weaned at age twenty-five, yet for some reason we have contempt for the …

2021-01-16: Listening to Alrich, Jenkins & Rorem: Mallet Concertos, featuring Dame Evelyn Glennie. I …

2021-01-15: One grifter down, N to go.

2021-01-15: Winston Smith did not spend his days on BigBrother.com complaining that BigBrother.com had stripped …

2021-01-14: Insurrection and impeachment, yesterday’s All the President’s Lawyers podcast, is an …

2021-01-14: As of yesterday afternoon, Donald Trump is now the only cast member of Home Alone 2: Lost in New …

2021-01-13: An anniversary and a testimonial is my meditation on “life verses,” which were an …

2021-01-13: Vaccination now available for 70+ in Indiana. With two vaccination sites in the county, I almost …

2021-01-13: What do you call it when rightwingnuts do something horrible and then pretend it was leftwingnuts …

2021-01-12: One of our very best religion reporters, Julia Duin, covering some roiling charismatic backwaters: …

2021-01-12: If you’ve been mucking around in QAnon (I’d be surprised if anyone I follow follows …

2021-01-12: I am grateful for Jay Nordlinger. He made me feel less alone today.

2021-01-12: The Republican Attorneys General Association’s policy arm, the Rule of Law Defense Fund, authorized …

2021-01-11: Ohio State has no answer to DeVonta Smith. I can use the extra sleep more than I can use the second …

2021-01-11: Jake Meador’s After Evangelicalism will surely resonate with a lot of Christians ‘round here.

2021-01-10: The Saints/Bears game is metaphysically closer than 21-3. I am a Saints fan, but the Bears have …

2021-01-10: Optimism is a con man; Hope endures “Optimism is a confidence-man, got up in the garb of hope. Pay him no mind. Some ages are more …

2021-01-10: A Jewish publication blames Wednesday’s riot on post-Christian pagans. Christian David French blames …

2021-01-10: Worth a read (even though you must register): The Return of Paganism and the Desecration of …

2021-01-09: About Wednesday again, but curated fairly carefully I’ve been thinking a lot about the storming of the U.S. Capital on Wednesday. Most of my …

2021-01-07: How to make a birthday unforgettable Preface: My main computer with my blogging software, MarsEdit, is out of commission temporarily, so …

2021-01-07: Please don’t ask why there have been so few arrests. If they so much as identify them, Trump can …

2021-01-07: I have fallen off the wagon. I’m watching CNN, knowing it is shamelessly partisan (because … …

2021-01-06: I wish the press would stop talking about Congress being prevented from discharging its “sacred” …

2021-01-06: The late 1990s, my wife’s car bore a bumper sticker saying “My Disgust With the Current …

2021-01-05: Currently reading: The invention of nature by Andrea Wulf 📚

2021-01-04: I guess Congressman Chip Roy was technically engaged in a reductio ad absurdum, but it seems wrong …

2021-01-04: Get to know the pernicious variant of propaganda we’re currently experiencing: “conspiracy …

2021-01-04: Asbury defended episcopacy by … [f]ollowing Wesley’s lead, … linking [his authority] directly to the …

2021-01-04: By the 1840s one analyst of American Protestantism concluded, after surveying fifty-three American …

2021-01-04: “You can refute Hegel,” said W. B. Yeats, “but not … the Song of Sixpence.” Nathan O. Hatch, The …

2021-01-04: It has been a long time since I devoured a book as I devoured The Democratization of American …

2021-01-03: How many times will these bozos from my former party cite public doubts about the election — doubts …

2021-01-01: If it was just a matter of who has the cooler helmets, this Rose Bowl would be in the bag for Notre …

2021-01-01: Finished: A Concise History of the Arabs [Mar 27, 2014] McHugo, John by Mchugo; starting The …

2020-12-31: I had stopped following the Bee, but someone else flagged a good one: 2020 Rated Worst Year Ever, …

2020-12-31: Boston Dynamics made a video: Our whole crew got together to celebrate the start of what we hope …

2020-12-29: I’m probably going to have to settle for watching a young Purdue men’s basketball team develop …

2020-12-29: Seen and loved at the recent Jericho March: I really must read Nathan Hatch, The Democratization of …

2020-12-29: As did Gollum, Trump practiced evil and self-absorption for decades. I don’t think he could …

2020-12-29: Seeing this reminds me that my Unsubscribe request to the Trump forces apparently has been honored.

2020-12-29: A Poem by Marie Howe: What the Living Do - The Atlantic. Published in 1994, I somehow missed it …

2020-12-29: Learning to be human A friend of mine is a well-known economist at a leading American university. He’s also the …

2020-12-28: It is hard to be a man or woman for others in culture that is dominated by us versus them. Emma …

2020-12-27: Titans at Green Bay with snow. This is the way God intended late-season football to be played. The …

2020-12-26: From the Diary of Anne Frank All college students are being asked to sign an official statement to the effect that they …

2020-12-25: How bad has 2020 been? I’ve resorted to watching sportsball again - and enjoying it, even when it’s …

2020-12-25: The invisible God painted his own portrait on the canvas of the incarnation. Father Patrick Henry …

2020-12-24: Cooling my jets waiting to sing the 11:15 Matins of Nativity followed with a Midnight Liturgy. …

2020-12-24: My former party Republicans were deluding themselves if they thought they could avoid this fight …

2020-12-23: Goldberg the Idealist versus Gladwell the Reichian – Tipsy Teetotaler ن

2020-12-22: Following up on my last reply.

2020-12-22: Let Us Know. If you could bury your own preferred provision into a 5,000+ page piece of legislation …

2020-12-22: Discovered by my wife on Pinterest: If you boil a funnybone it makes a laughingstock. That’s …

2020-12-21: Do not cry, my child Do you know, my child, why the clouds are closed when the fields are thirsty for rain, and why they …

2020-12-21: I don’t care what astronomers say: Winter Solstice is December 21 forever in my mind. Daylight …

2020-12-19: Beginning: A Concise History of the Arabs by John McHugo 📚

2020-12-19: Working within the system or sedition? As I have said before, filing in courts and raising objections in Congress is operating within the …

2020-12-19: WSJ has a story today about an emblematic church (in my former tradition) where people have so …

2020-12-19: Read Andrei Dîrlāu, The Book of Things Unknown, soon to be published by St. Nicholas Press, …

2020-12-18: Our local newscast ended the noon news today with Lafayette Master Chorale’s virtual recording …

2020-12-17: The 16 Best Albums of 2020 - The Atlantic contains zero albums that speak to me, though Maps of the …

2020-12-17: News that made me smile — guiltily. Trump Can’t Live Full-Time at Mar-A-Lago Because of 1993 …

2020-12-17: The Lafayette Master Chorale (including me) did a virtual recording for the season. One pretty much …

2020-12-16: Eating crow.

2020-12-16: It is peculiar that many of the same right-wing critics who say we shouldn’t trust Bill Gates …

2020-12-15: A columnist I trust tells a story on Michelle Obama. I highlighted it — but then realized that I did …

2020-12-15: My wife has been making Christmas cookies. No problem. I’ve barely touched them (the …

2020-12-14: Things I miss from the 60s Among the things I miss from the 60s are “smoke-filled rooms”: As with many if not most of our …

2020-12-14: Whichever side you’re on, this may help you understand the other side (which is something I …

2020-12-14: As I downloaded The rise and fall of the Oxford School of fantasy literature, a pop-up asked for …

2020-12-14: The kerfuffle over Jill Biden’s use of the honorific “Dr.” Confirms that the news …

2020-12-13: An impulse to test the consequences of the “stolen election” narrative seized me. Trumpist …

2020-12-13: The Indiana University men’s basketball team looks fantastic in highlight reels. Live against …

2020-12-12: Currently reading: For the Time Being: A Christmas Oratorio (W.H. Auden: Critical Editions) by …

2020-12-12: Optimism says that everything can only get better. But that’s not realistic. Hope, on the other …

2020-12-11: Justices throw out Texas lawsuit that sought to block election outcome Supreme Court Unanimously …

2020-12-11: Most (but not all) of the signator[y attorneys general and congressmen] know the case has no chance. …

2020-12-10: My evening synthesis of a disturbing day: Republican Treachery – Tipsy Teetotaler ن

2020-12-09: Indiana’s soon-to-be-ex-Attorney General has joined in Texas’ jackassery. I guess I should be …

2020-12-09: I’ve been tempted to make a bumper sticker that says “Biden Won. Get Over It.” But I fear it …

2020-12-08: ‘The Rise and Triumph of the Modern Self,’ with Dr. Carl R. Trueman: the self got psychologized, …

2020-12-08: Through a Looking Glass Darkly | Comment Magazine. I’m very impressed by the author, Jessica Hooten …

2020-12-07: I live in a magnet county surrounded by the three worst counties in our second-worst state for new …

2020-12-06: Currently reading: Love in the ruins by Walker Percy 📚 It has been four or five decades, I think, …

2020-12-06: A banquet of tasty morsels – Tipsy Teetotaler ن

2020-12-06: In honor of the centennial of Dave Brubeck’s birth, 12/6/1920, I recommend Chris Brubeck’s …

2020-12-05: Chief Justice Roberts Was Right About One Thing: There are no “Trump Judges”. I’m proud for my …

2020-12-05: In Screwtape Went Down to Georgia, Jonah Goldberg has written something of our juncture that will be …

2020-12-05: Why conspiracy theories can be right-wing, but are never conservative. You aren’t a conservative if you believe in conspiracy theories. … [T]he incompatibility of …

2020-12-05: The Director of an ecumenical Christian charity of my fond acquaintance for some five years explains …

2020-12-04: When history hands you a McCarthy [I]t is her “Declaration of Conscience” speech for which [Margaret Chase Smith] is best remembered. …

2020-12-03: Currently reading: The Alteration by Kingsley Amis. 📚 I thought I’d read something lite. From …

2020-12-03: “Who is prepared to take arms against a sea of amusement. To whom do we complain, and when, and in …

2020-12-03: Followup on Primephonic streaming classical music: The longer I live with it, the better I like it — …

2020-12-03: “The clock,” [Lewis] Mumford has concluded, “is a piece of power machinery whose ‘product’ is …

2020-12-02: I was unaware that some Protestant scholars are starting to un-learn the errors of Luther and Calvin …

2020-12-02: If you’re not running away with your hair on fire from anything election-related, Sara Isgur, …

2020-12-01: A little thing to note and be grateful for: the newfangled toilet seats with sticky feet to grip the …

2020-11-30: I’ve been waiting for restoration of James Howard Kunstler to his right political mind. I’m …

2020-11-29: Prediction 1: SCOTUS will not accept further frivolous appeals from Team Trump re: Pennsylvania. …

2020-11-29: The loss of Christendom gives us a joyous opportunity to reclaim the freedom to proclaim the gospel …

2020-11-26: Beginning Brave New World by Aldous Huxley. 📚 It’s not entirely unrelated to The Rise and …

2020-11-26: [W]hat today is called the left fights less and less in terms of class warfare, and more and more in …

2020-11-26: “Is the statement ‘The Twin Towers fell down on 9/11 because of gravity’ true or false?” The Rise …

2020-11-26: Finished The Rise and Triumph of the Modern Self by Carl R. Trueman. 📚 Subtitle “Cultural …

2020-11-26: A shout-out to the nice “German Baptist” (Amish lite) men around here with their Ford Trucks and …

2020-11-26: Entirely un-political, Peggy Noonan’s column this week is lovely and most apt for Thanksgiving Day, …

2020-11-24: I dropped of my MacBook Air at FedEx roughly 27 hours ago for shipment to a Memphis facility. It got …

2020-11-24: The Justice Department unsealed an indictment yesterday against 15 individuals connected to the …

2020-11-23: Advisory Opinions and All The President’s Lawyers both ran unscheduled podcasts today just …

2020-11-23: My wonderful MacBook Air lasted about nine months before the butterfly keyboard started failing. I …

2020-11-23: Dark Humor courtesy of the Gang that Couldn't Steal Straight Trump’s lawyers—who described themselves as an “elite strike force” on Thursday—have fallen into …

2020-11-23: The Trump Administration will go down in history as, among other things, an Administration from …

2020-11-20: the CIA’s “most endangered employee for much of the past year” was the whistleblower who helped …

2020-11-20: Many readers outside of California will not have heard of Governor Gavin Newsom. But if you need to …

2020-11-19: Wendell Berry on "intentional communities" When an interviewer in 1973 asked him about the widespread emergence of “intentional …

2020-11-19: The neighborhood is more truly cosmopolitan than the superficial cosmopolitanism of the like-minded. …

2020-11-18: As of Tuesday night, the Trump campaign and its allies were—by Democratic election lawyer Marc …

2020-11-17: Not a good omen: Biden Transition Team Member’s Op-Ed on “Why America Needs a Hate Speech Law” – …

2020-11-17: Portugal (whose national anthem I can still sing 52 years after rote memorization) versus Croatia: …

2020-11-17: Obama is actually nicer to his enemies than Trump is to his friends. (Jeffrey Goldberg’s …

2020-11-17: Damon Linker plays it straight in not exonerating Democrats of undermining trust in Democracy. …

2020-11-16: A week ago, I couldn’t identify my favorite spy movie. Tonite, the wife of my youth and I …

2020-11-16: If you’re not familiar with Lawrence Brownlee, consider the (new?) Erato CD, Amici e Rivali with …

2020-11-16: Do your pork chops socially distance? [T]he Danish mink episode is just one more proof that factory …

2020-11-16: It comes a shock to me how delightful is much of the music of Maurice Ravel, and a kind of …

2020-11-14: I just learned of a Mac OS development that I find quite offensive. I’m not taking a vow never …

2020-11-14: Many theories on why Trump is resisting concession. Occam’s razor: He is retiring campaign …

2020-11-12: Another choice quote from The Myth of Religious Violence More Myth of Religious Violence: Transhistorical definitions of religion enforce the normativity of …

2020-11-12: The confessing church, like the conversionist church, also calls people to conversion, but it …

2020-11-12: This strikes me as Knowhere News’ first disappointing call on newsworthiness.

2020-11-12: Where to spend your civil liberties dollars Someone observed that the ACLU stopped taking several constitutional rights seriously after it …

2020-11-12: Worthy birthday reading There were present at that season some who told Him about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had …

2020-11-11: I mentioned the other day that my favorite “spy podcast” was Intelligence Matters. Lo …

2020-11-11: Audacious Plaintiff gets aptly smacked down. If you want privacy, folks, you don’t go to …

2020-11-10: If you love music, but tend to forget its power, watch this, one of the most bittersweet things …

2020-11-10: We break every spirit of mockery right now. What matters is not what man says, but what God says. …

2020-11-10: Solzhenitsyn's retrospective on his Harvard address What surprised me was not that the newspapers attacked me from every angle (after all, I had taken a …

2020-11-10: You don’t want to mess with the people who make the widgets that undergird the financial system …. …

2020-11-09: I hate war (I was a conscientious objector during the Vietnam era), but I love war stories, …

2020-11-09: Another curated collection – Tipsy Teetotaler ن

2020-11-09: DJIA up over 1000 points today?! Spin your narratives starting now.

2020-11-09: Curing a serious omission in my past reading: Alexandr Solzhenitsyn: Harvard Commencement Address (A …

2020-11-09: Russian Icons, Fundamentalist Idolatry Police A great cry went up from Orthodox throats across the globe earlier this year when the Turkish …

2020-11-08: As I’ve been saying to my Trumpy friends throughout the Trump era, think about your answer to the …

2020-11-08: It has been nearly 16 years since I considered myself a Republican. Nevertheless, I’ve probably …

2020-11-07: Bookend. Sanity. Bookend. I could add to these C.S. Lewis, who wrote of modern news as, basically, …

2020-11-06: Fr. Stephen Freeman, The Gospel of Progress - and the New Jerusalem refuses to instrumentalize the …

2020-11-06: Not making this up: A public university administrator has declined to condemn vandalism of a …

2020-11-06: Yeah. That just about says it all.

2020-11-04: Damon Linker, The left just got crushed, is some pretty sharp punditry.

2020-11-04: This may be heresy, but I’m rather enjoying my mostly-lurking Twitter account this afternoon, …

2020-11-04: Last night, all I wanted was the vote and plausible state-by-state calls. This morning, I want …

2020-11-04: Not sure why AP itself doesn’t have its election data formatted as nicely as my local paper …

2020-11-03: I will not watch cable news tonite because it’s stultifying. I wish I knew where I could get …

2020-11-03: New Atheist Sam Harris and I shared a problem: how can Trump attract the votes of nearly half the …

2020-11-03: Sometimes I write too much for what seems like the ethos of MB. Today was one of those times. (H/T …

2020-11-03: Here’s a rhetorical* question for the “everyone should vote” set: should I remind …

2020-11-02: Currently reading: The Aviator by Vodolazkin, Eugene 📚

2020-11-02: Meet newly-minted insta-Saint Simone Barretto Silva She is not what came to mind when I heard of …

2020-11-02: What destroyed Family in the modern world It cannot be too often repeated that what destroyed Family in the modern world was Capitalism. No …

2020-11-02: Appalling knowledge There is nothing ineffable about Trump’s barbarianism. “Appalling” isn’t the same thing. The …

2020-11-02: Ineffable Knowledge When I speak of ineffable knowledge, this should be taken literally and not as a designation of …

2020-11-01: There will be no shortage of hindsight prophets. Here’s foresight: The combination of …

2020-10-31: November 3-4, 2020 David French recalls election night 2016: At 12:06 a.m., he took Iowa, and then at 1:35 a.m. he …

2020-10-30: On tearing down Suppose that a great commotion arises in the street about something, let us say a lamp-post, which …

2020-10-30: I love KAL’s cartoon this week

2020-10-29: Why should The Strand survive? I loathe Amazon as much as the next person who relies on it. But on recent visits to The Strand I …

2020-10-29: Theology at critical remove The problem with Theology done at a critical remove is that we can become untethered from love of …

2020-10-28: … at least 66 million Americans have already cast their ballots for next week’s election, a historic …

2020-10-27: A fine irony: after spending ~150 years proving that Roman Catholics are good liberal democratic …

2020-10-27: I believe we are far advanced down and past the destruction of the republic … [but] maybe Frodo and …

2020-10-27: I EarlyVoted today. Deep down inside, I must still be into adolescent fads, wanting to be like the …

2020-10-27: I was leaning toward Supreme Court Term Limits (18-year term, one justice out every two years) until …

2020-10-27: It may well be that our loss of faith is the cause of the nation’s decline, but I refuse to …

2020-10-27: Intriguing quote to chew on about Trump’s state of mind one week out.

2020-10-26: I don’t see stuff by ACNA Priest Tish Harrison Warren more than a few times per year, but …

2020-10-26: Read this if only for the chyrons.

2020-10-26: Another pet peeve: Podcasts and such that carefully spell out the URL for some website, like …

2020-10-24: Secularism in disguise Maybe European secularism is simply more honest in the idioms it employs. It has abandoned the …

2020-10-23: I’m watching Spotllight on Netflix. I sometimes forget how well-done a movie can be.

2020-10-22: The six (and counting) rules of court-packing The first rule of Court packing is you do not talk about Court packing. The second rule of Court …

2020-10-21: Finished: Bullshit Jobs by David Graeber 📚 I think I’d better take a second look at his prior book, …

2020-10-21: Venting about a pet peeve “Two new peer-reviewed studies are showing a sharp drop in mortality among hospitalized COVID-19 …

2020-10-20: Via a podcast Bible class, I’m internalizing that, understandably, nobody expected Messiah to …

2020-10-19: I can’t plan any European travel. This is, I think, the quintessential “first world problem,” …

2020-10-19: Don't discount subterranean realities I believe we are far advanced down and past the destruction of the republic. Only in very limited …

2020-10-17: Tom Howard, RIP Tom Howard has died at 85. He was the Evangelical author of Christ the Tiger when I first heard of …

2020-10-16: Datapoint: The KIPP charter schools recently eliminated the phrase “work hard” from its famous …

2020-10-16: This seems like a very 2020 cartoon: “What could possibly go wrong” say decades. …

2020-10-15: Decompressing from my last book, which was quite serious, I’m currently reading: Bullshit Jobs …

2020-10-15: We're So Vain ( we probably think this "British" story's about us) Imagine a political party that stood for election on a platform of Pissing Everyone Off. The …

2020-10-14: Cui bono? If you’re debating substance, you’ve already lost. … So, if you read a book or blog post, or listen …

2020-10-14: Should finish The Rape Of Man And Nature: An Enquiry Into The Origins And Consequences Of Modern …

2020-10-11: Currently reading Philip Sherrard, The Rape of Man and Nature: An Enquiry into the Origins and …

2020-10-10: I can’t think of many movies where the hero defies calls to go his own way and instead saves the …

2020-10-10: Another worthy article is D.C. Schindler, Social Media Is Hate Speech: A Platonic Reflection on …

2020-10-10: One of the best things I’ve read this week was Mary Harrington, Our Humanity Depends on the …

2020-10-10: Sooner or later in life everyone discovers that perfect happiness is unrealizable, but there are few …

2020-10-09: I just received a two-week-old Economist in the mail. I don’t think I’ll be trusting the mail for …

2020-10-09: Pretty amazing.

2020-10-08: By Season 2, Episode 1 of Last Tango in Halifax, I feel variously contemptuous toward most of the …

2020-10-08: Worst president of our lifetime? [A]s we arrive at what seems likely to be the end of his presidency, it’s worth noting what …

2020-10-08: I think this came from my first adult visit to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. 15-20 years ago. …

2020-10-07: Finally a yard sign I’m proud to display (for whatever difference it will make).  

2020-10-07: The Milky Way over St Michaels Mount from Astronomy Picture of the Day (via Prufrock)  

2020-10-07: The old world has run its course. You cannot polish things up a little bit and pretend that …

2020-10-06: Why does my country’s government always seem to give the back of the hand to Christians of the Near …

2020-10-06: Spin failure The president highlighted a supporter saying his return to the campaign trail would make him an …

2020-10-04: Very quiet family Sunday. Bon mot: Short of institutional suicide, there is little that Google can …

2020-10-03: I get a lot of junk mail, but American Energy Alliance today retched out to me with Carbon Tax …

2020-10-03: Distaff and I watched the first episode of Last Tango in Halifax last night and loved it. I’d …

2020-10-03: Is "religion" coherent? Some readers may find this mind-bending. I know I still do. I’ve learned my lessons too well, …

2020-10-02: Pro tip from a Cantor: Groomsmen should spit their gum out before the service. Failing that, swallow …

2020-10-02: Watching a CBS News Special Report as I wait for local news at 6 PM. It is as irritating as the 24 x …

2020-09-30: How old am I? I’m old enough to remember Al Gore’s boorish debate stunt, and …

2020-09-30: It’s a very neurotic, creepy, controlling way to spend one’s time, worrying about who others are …

2020-09-30: Judging from morning-after coverage, I chose wisely by reading a good book instead of watching the …

2020-09-29: If not debate bingo, how about a debate drinking game? America makes history tonight, as the first ever televised debate between a terminal narcissist and …

2020-09-29: No, both sides are not being hypocritical on Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmation, Merrick …

2020-09-28: Having found out that another aging, irascible blogger besides me thinks Trump’s tax returns …

2020-09-28: With the heart of a poet St. Gregory of Nyssa asserts, “Only wonder understands anything.” The …

2020-09-28: I think Trump has internalized and updated an old maxim: when you owe the bank $421,000, it owns …

2020-09-27: Second thoughts about *Wired* I wasn’t all that impressed with what Wired has become, as revealed when I took them up on a …

2020-09-27: It appears that there finally exists a secure, transparent, auditable, and reliable voting system. A …

2020-09-26: I just discovered Freeform Notes in Readwise, because I had a bunch of notes from @ayjay’s latest …

2020-09-26: Who really cares which charismatic renewal group Margaret Atwood superficially noticed in the course …

2020-09-24: I read First Things since its inception. As a consequence, I get many pieces of mail (increasingly …

2020-09-24: Vignette too good not to share: What I Learned From Amy Coney Barrett | Laura Wolk | First Things

2020-09-24: Bald Eagles and Canadian Geese For many of us who have grown up in small towns, we are drawn to the allure of the big city. We …

2020-09-24: They have erected a level of hell and call it paradise Desires, in our modern parlance, were known by the ancients as the “passions.” Interestingly, the …

2020-09-23: You are too obvious, O Lord Exceedingly sad is the blindness of the sons of men, who do not see the power and glory of the Lord. …

2020-09-22: Wherein my prophecy is vindicated I used to say that I thought I’d live to see Africa evangelizing the United States. I was …

2020-09-22: In the genus of “things you can’t unsee once seen”: While CNN called Biden a “devout …

2020-09-21: There are many things in the law that are rageworthy. Lori Laughlin’s cushy prison is not one …

2020-09-21: Annals of Kitsch: A candle for sale featuring Ruth Bader Ginsburg as a saint. Photo via Etsy.

2020-09-21: Harvardifiable Consider two types of knowledge. The first type is not exactly “knowledge”; its ambiguous character …

2020-09-19: Supreme Court Realism I propose to defend and explore three claims in this Essay. First, there is very little actual “law” …

2020-09-19: Reading commentary on the death of RBG, I’m reminded that I liked her, despite general …

2020-09-18: Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has died.

2020-09-18: It’s a bit weird to confess to something like a crime and expect only nice things to happen to …

2020-09-18: This week, I watched videos of people literally burning Harry Potter books, like latter-day Nazis, …

2020-09-18: At some point, unless you’re willing to kill and be killed, you need to live and let live. David …

2020-09-17: Be careful what you say insincerely. Someone just might take it seriously.

2020-09-17: Problem-solver Dan Coats, longtime Republican senator from Indiana and former Director of National Intelligence in …

2020-09-17: The lens of a people made of wood I think it’s fair to say that if the Western world has an ilbal [sacred text], it is science … …

2020-09-16: Taken literally, the ne plus ultra of oxymoronic book titles: Uncollected Poems. Is “collected” a …

2020-09-14: It’s good to get reminders of how Democrats (as well as Republicans, which is obvious) have …

2020-09-12: We have our own Gavrilo Princip in the person of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, …

2020-09-12: News you can use: If you’ve been loafing around all Covidtide in open-toe Birkenstocks, be …

2020-09-12: I could have had the new @ayjay book on Tuesday, but I chastely waited on a special order at my …

2020-09-12: “Look! A squirrel!” Me browsing the web on Saturday with my wife out of town.

2020-09-12: If I ever buy a car for sheer fun … But there is more bad news. In the future, cars won’t only be automatics; it appears they’ll …

2020-09-10: And the premise of the question is … Should We Really Expect Democrats to Promote Democracy Better Than Trump? - The Dispatch …

2020-09-10: Today’s Gospel reading was the Gadarene demoniac told by Mark. It reminded me of the …

2020-09-09: Success! I managed to introduce my narrowly-educated trainer to September Song when she asked …

2020-09-09: I remember that my high-school biology text dealt with the human body by listing its constituent …

2020-09-08: Disney World? Fuggedaboutit. 2838 E. Douglas in Wichita is the real happiest place on earth!

2020-09-08: Jonathan Adler, Repairing the Rule of Law: A Post-Trump Agenda is interesting if only as a reminder …

2020-09-08: After reading a very thoughtful and positive review, I’ve reversed course and pre-ordered Rod …

2020-09-07: He may not be the equal of J.S. Bach, but Jean-Phillipe Rameau is a delight. I’m not equipped …

2020-09-07: Comic (?) relief: Share This Post with Your QAnon Conspiracy Theorist Facebook Friends and Family …

2020-09-07: Scandalizing a client When I was still practicing law, a fundamentalist client (nice guy, not a caricature) came across …

2020-09-07: Tradition is not the worship of ashes, but the preservation of fire. Gustav Mahler

2020-09-07: Well, do tell: my fair county (estimated 2019 population 195,732) has a very noticeable Covid spike …

2020-09-06: I probably could share David French three Sundays out of four, but his thoughts on Kyle Rittenhouse …

2020-09-06: Wherein I finally give Trump a pass on something I heard a liberal commentator opining that Democrat mayors of places like Portland and Kenosha are …

2020-09-06: What the Church is for Philip Sherrard has further noted that Christianity is uniquely ill-suited to function as a …

2020-09-05: I don’t want to obsess too much about the nice, minimalist watches at Slow watches, but am I the …

2020-09-05: There are a suspicious number of “last acceptable” bigotries, biases and prejudices. …

2020-09-05: A famously clean stand-up comic let loose a potty-mouth Twitter stream against Trump, and the Wall …

2020-09-03: [T]he Baconian project wreaks havoc in three different ways: lashing out with violence against …

2020-09-03: Strife, that great misery-maker, watched in delight. Alone of the gods she was there among them as …

2020-09-02: Recommended: Peter Viereck: American Conservatism’s Road Not Traveled | Front Porch Republic

2020-09-02: There are no secular solutions to anything – for, in truth, nothing is truly secular. We are …

2020-09-02: "How are you doing?" My experience made me wish we still lived in the era of Victorian mourning clothing, so that …

2020-09-02: I place Tesla stock somewhere between Tulip Bulb Mania and government-condoned scam.

2020-09-02: Kyrie Because we cannot be clever and honest and are inventors of things more intricate than the …

2020-09-01: It appears (see 270ToWin, Politico, and RealClear Politics) that I can vote for the American …

2020-09-01: The nice, thoughtful, Protestant lads at the Mere Fidelity podcast are chastened by the failure of …

2020-09-01: Jaron Lanier is an amazing mensch This is wise: The pandemic had only complicated his relationship with his peers, he said. Many …

2020-09-01: The Scriptures appointed for the Indiction (Church New Year) seem somehow especially timely and …

2020-08-30: Someone I’ve never heard of at National Review is writing about the supposed viciousness of …

2020-08-29: President Trump read a boring speech badly last night. The long recitation was punctuated by odd …

2020-08-29: A hopeful sign in a polarized country: a news source whose mission is to be unbiased.

2020-08-28: You feel like home. Poet/lyricist Charles Anthony Silvestri, describing a distinct feeling as he …

2020-08-28: New prayer, of my own devising, triggered by the news: Lover of man, forgive and heal my …

2020-08-28: Hold your horses there, cowboy!. Grabbing your guns and joining other cosplayers to “protect …

2020-08-28: “What keeps you up at night?” is the new “How are things?” (Paraphrasing …

2020-08-24: Thick-tongued inebriate notions Berry is fairly adept at remaining unaffiliated. He is as successful at eluding the card-carrying …

2020-08-24: So quickly this morning the outrages mounted.

2020-08-22: What they cannot reach [O]nce you say you are ashamed, reading the page they hold out to you, then such light as you have …

2020-08-22: Nothing a mob does is clean Demo by Les Murray No. Not from me. Never. Not a step in your march. not a vowel in your unison, …

2020-08-22: Gerald Seib, How Trump Has Changed the Republicans versus Michael Barone, The Normalcy of Trump’s …

2020-08-21: I had hoped that newpolity.com would introduce me to some serious Integralist thought, but The …

2020-08-21: Resident Aliens One of our former parishes was next door to the synagogue. One day over coffee, the rabbi remarked, …

2020-08-21: By man death has gained its power over men; by the Word made Man death has been destroyed and life …

2020-08-19: Primephonic has been exceeding expectations. It’s a classical music streaming service. …

2020-08-19: Conspiracy-fodder If you were going to create in a lab a crisis that would test Trump’s weaknesses the most … …

2020-08-19: [T]he U.S.P.S. is currently the world’s largest baby trapped at the bottom of the world’s largest …

2020-08-17: “A fornicator I always was, but a heretic I never was,” went the legendary last words of the …

2020-08-17: Thoughts while fleeing Paris Revolutionaries are always in the wrong, since, in their juvenile fervor for everything new, in …

2020-08-17: The Prospect Of Normalcy What frustrates me is the extent to which 2020, a true trainwreck of a year, has sapped my idealism. …

2020-08-14: Recommended: The end of secularism is nigh - UnHerd. I thought the Atlantic’s article on the topic …

2020-08-14: [O]n June 22nd, the president suspended the arrival of new au pairs … Wealthier families … have …

2020-08-14: Nobody wants to be on Team Lesser Evil. You want to feel like you’re on Team Good. (David …

2020-08-14: The trouble with Evangelicals is that too often we’ve been wise as doves and innocent as serpents. …

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