2021-09-19: The short version is that fewer than 50% of Evangelicals attend Church at least weekly. The longer …

2021-09-17: Well, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar now has a Substack — on sports, politics and pop culture.

2021-09-17: If English Departments were shut down and their students given jobs driving cabs and given the …

2021-09-16: The Dispatch currently has a 30-day free trial going on. I’ve subscribed almost from the …

2021-09-13: Almost as miraculous as mRNA vaccines? We shall see, with experiments forthcoming.

2021-09-13: Reasons not to invest in crypto: Invest is a euphemism. “Speculate” is more like it. …

2021-09-13: Seven Days on the Roads of France, June 1940 Finished Seven Days on the Roads of France, June 1940 by Vladimir Lossky. 📚 Selected highlights: …

2021-09-12: I had forgotten, if ever I knew, that this world includes things called “MG Magnette ZB …

2021-09-12: It takes a special kind of gall for Dominos to make me pass a Captcha to unsubscribe from daily+ …

2021-09-11: I thought about not writing about today’s anniversary … because it seems … banal. … I think the …

2021-09-10: Well this is new. We’re watching a documentary on John James Audubon, and when the live birds …

2021-09-10: The perfect fictitious charity benefit, for “Rich People Who Wish To Help Poor People Without …

2021-09-09: It is a signal characteristic of “hermeneutic philosophy” to say we can no longer believe in …

2021-09-09: A close and long-time friend was deathly and painfully ill. Finally they figured out Lyme disease. …

2021-09-08: Reading Seven Days on the Roads of France, June 1940 by Vladimir Lossky. 📚 Having fled to Paris from …

2021-09-08: One of my Mac’s endearing eccentricities is randomly switching into French, particularly on …

2021-09-07: I love classical education and classical educators.

2021-09-07: Taking a break between nonfiction books to savor various poets. 📚 For some reason, I cannot get into …

2021-09-07: Between the Woods and the Water 📚 I had meant to live like a tramp or a pilgrim or a wandering scholar, sleeping in ditches and ricks …

2021-09-07: The moral horse and the doctrinal cart – Tipsy Teetotaler ن

2021-09-06: They know the words "insurrection" and "coup" It’s OK that our babies may not have learned all their times tables. They learned resilience. They …

2021-09-06: I was a young fan of Bill Buckley’s polysyllabic erudition, and cheered when Buckley …

2021-09-05: Where's my political home? David French was at the top of his game as a socio-legal pundit Sunday. It’s hard to know what …

2021-09-05: I have seen the village, and it don’t want it raising my child. Spotted by my wife on …

2021-09-04: My wife sometimes reads me things she sees on Pinterest, like “By replacing your morning …

2021-09-04: TV recommendation: Amazon Prime’s The Gardener, on Frank Cabot’s extraordinary Les …

2021-09-03: Scotland, a cradle of the Enlightenment, abolished the crime of blasphemy in March. At the same …

2021-09-03: Disenthralling again – Tipsy Teetotaler ن

2021-09-02: Deep in the heart of Texas – Tipsy Teetotaler ن

2021-08-30: Classical music streaming service Primephonic apparently is being acquired by Apple and integrated …

2021-08-23: My hopes for Did Music Create Human Rights? were minimal and vastly exceeded. (By the way: Though …

2021-08-23: Godspeed, Professor Volokh. Trying to Intervene to Unseal Filings in Rep. Devin Nunes’s Libel Suit …

2021-08-22: Someone finally hit the outer limits of the federal Freedom of Information Act: Government …

2021-08-22: A name I haven’t thought of in a long time: Curtis Sliwa Has 16 Cats and Is Running a …

2021-08-20: Re-reading Kyriacos C. Markides, The Mountain of Silence. 📚 After The Evangelicals: The Struggle to …

2021-08-20: Follies of my youth: It is mortifying to think that I was concurrently vilifying Catholics for …

2021-08-20: Finished Frances Fitzgerald, The Evangelicals: The Struggle to Shape America. 📚Spoiler: The heirs of …

2021-08-18: Reminder to self (you may eavesdrop if you wish): Keep those electronic gadgets as long as possible. …

2021-08-18: Why CAPTCHA Pictures Are So Unbearably Depressing | by Clive Thompson | Aug, 2021 | OneZero

2021-08-17: I’m far from bullish on the U.S., but two more positive takes on Afghanistan might just be …

2021-08-17: Is theology a science? Is the Bible a storehouse of facts from which theology synthesizes systematic …

2021-08-10: I hadn’t thought of it this way, but Apple’s new measures to battle child pornography …

2021-08-08: Reading Frances Fitzgerald, The Evangelicals: The Struggle to Shape America. 📚I find, to my …

2021-08-06: Fascinating article in the Economist today on open-source intelligence

2021-08-04: I think it was 2005 when Ross Douthat first said “If you dislike the religious right, wait …

2021-08-04: I have a browser plug-in to download web pages in markdown, with key metadata in a header. Whoever …

2021-08-03: I have finally internalized the lesson that the press is too biased to merit reliance. All of them. …

2021-08-03: A classical school teacher talks with his 12-year-old daughter about rich cosmopolitans.

2021-08-03: Watched Terrence Malick’s The Tree of Life. 🎥 I’m becoming part of his fan club.

2021-08-02: Basic Writings of Nietzsche status report. On the one hand, if I force myself to finish I can say …

2021-07-31: A long podcast that I enjoyed very much (and I probably should listen to the first 40 minutes again, …

2021-07-30: Heaven help me! At age 72, I’ve never deliberately (only coincidentially, second-hand) read …

2021-07-30: Finished Wendell Berry’s Nathan Coulter. 📚

2021-07-28: The Rise and Fall of Mars Hill from Christianity Today has been riveting thus far. But dare the …

2021-07-27: Chattering class gotta chatter. This story on “D.I.Y. Christianity” reads as if it was …

2021-07-26: Finished Patrick Leigh Fermor, Between the Woods and the Water. 📚 Classic.

2021-07-19: Not everything needs to be instrumental — especially when the “good” instrumentally …

2021-07-17: Reading Patrick Leigh Fermor, Between the Woods and the Water: On Foot to Constantinople: From the …

2021-07-16: There’s a self-referential culture war over who started the culture wars. I never should have …

2021-07-14: I’m in the very early stages of planning a solo trip (my wife resists foreign travel) to Paris in …

2021-07-14: Finished, after 29 days, Iaia McGilchrist, The Master and His Emissary 📚 Highly, highly recommended …

2021-07-11: I think the Heinekan ad playing during Euro 2020 (the one with That’s Life as the soundtrack) …

2021-07-11: Just about the only thing I find cool about billionaires racing each other to “space” is …

2021-07-11: Vignettes The loss of Christendom gives us a joyous opportunity to reclaim the freedom to proclaim the gospel …

2021-07-07: Murder & mayhem suddenly dominating my local TV news. May I remember that when I’m tempted to …

2021-07-05: ‘The President’s Daughter,’ by BIll Clinton and James Patterson book review - The …

2021-07-03: What (some) American Orthodox are doing for the 4th of July – Tipsy Teetotaler ن

2021-07-03: Dear Sam’s Club: Please re-stock Morningstar Farms Chipotle Black Bean Burgers. If I want …

2021-07-03: The Aristocracy of the Competent Buddhism, I’ve found, is how to live in Hell without becoming a devil. The competent man who guards …

2021-07-02: Swiss goalie is definitely earning his pay.

2021-07-02: With no apparent sense of irony, c|net Apple Report today has articles in this sequence: How to …

2021-06-30: One of my worst LP decisions ever was famous Opera singers trying to cover jazz standards. Times …

2021-06-30: I need periodic reminders that I’m a human, not a hyper-rational machine. My feelings about …

2021-06-30: I had sooner play cards against a man who was quite sceptical about ethics, but bred to believe that …

2021-06-30: Once every seven years or so, we suffer the calamity of July 4 falling on a Sunday, whereupon tens …

2021-06-29: The “mechanistic” or non-teleological picture of the natural world that purportedly made modern …

2021-06-27: I opposed DJT from the beginning. His Presidency ended more-or-less predictably (an extreme …

2021-06-22: I thought I was just buying a nice hat that cost too much. I find I’ve enrolled in the Sacred …

2021-06-17: Right call, right reason (but punts the issue, really) – Tipsy Teetotaler ن

2021-06-15: I don’t think I’ll bother with Tolkien Society Summer Seminar 2021 – The Tolkien Society.

2021-06-14: Lighten your day: Texas Governor Signs Executive Order Donating City Of Austin To California | The …

2021-06-13: Paideia – Tipsy Teetotaler ن

2021-06-08: George Packer, The Four Americas is a very broad-brush look at America’s current divisions, …

2021-06-05: Peggy Noonan, What Drives Conspiracism struck me as good and timely. This is her blog version, with …

2021-06-04: Prime satire: The Lab-Leak Theory Is Unbearably Racist.

2021-06-03: I am astonished repeatedly when esteemed institutions that should know better do ham-handed stuff. …

2021-05-30: Indiana University: vaccination is mandatory for Fall 2021. (Resentment, lawsuits.) Purdue …

2021-05-30: Dilbert is entirely too good today.

2021-05-28: Dogma and tradition are … like the universal knowledge among athletes of what it takes to become …

2021-05-27: happy as gods and equally in control Paul Kingsnorth’s recent (January) conversion to Orthodox Christianity, from a non-Christian …

2021-05-25: I love it when I stumble onto good news.

2021-05-23: Finished Jane Jacobs, The Death and Life of Great American Cities. I’ve been interested in her …

2021-05-23: My favorite part of Matins may be what I call martyr word-play. Example: On this day the holy …

2021-05-21: Today is the tenth anniversary of the end of the world. (In a quieter corner of Christendom, we …

2021-05-19: Dr. Russel Moore is leaving the Ethics and Public Policy arm of the Southern Baptist Convention. A …

2021-05-17: 65 Maxims for Life On the 15th of each month, a reminder pops up to read my maxims (they actually come from two …

2021-05-17: Quotable, wherefore quoted I’ve been using Readwise to store and remind me of my book (and some other) highlights. Out of …

2021-05-17: RESOLVED: This is a great blog installment. DISCLOSURE: I’m unequivocally in support of free speech. …

2021-05-16: I haven’t been willing to invest the time to gain pop-culture literacy, but the way @Ayjay …

2021-05-15: Learning helplessness: I have always been quite good at parallel parking. But now I have my first …

2021-05-15: One of two choirs I sing in, Lafayette Master Chorale, is announcing on Thursday our return and our …

2021-05-14: Bari Weiss lends her Substack to a Bitcoin debate. Balaji S. Srinivasan says Bitcoin Is …

2021-05-13: I recently started listening to Malcolm Gladwell’s Revisionist History podcast. When …

2021-05-11: Apparently today is National Eat What You Want Day, the “one day a year of eating with no regrets.” …

2021-05-10: I notice an awful lot of orphans in Obsidian, and when I re-read them, I find nothing to connect …

2021-05-10: A local grade school principal challenged her students to collect 1000 cereal boxes in a week, …

2021-05-10: Happy Monday to everyone except Medina Spirit, this year’s Kentucky Derby winner (for now) who, it …

2021-05-10: Doyle has 43,000 Twitter followers, a fan base 20 times smaller than that of the Sarcastic Mars …

2021-05-09: In the past few days, my wife has gotten official-looking certificates congratulating her on her …

2021-05-08: Environmentalism, the Tower of Babel and the Disintegration of Culture | with Paul Kingsnorth. A …

2021-05-07: I just finished watching Julie & Julia on Netflix. 🍿 I watch very few movies. I’d watch more if …

2021-05-04: I understand that language evolves. I reluctantly admit that usage (eventually) makes proper. …

2021-05-03: Sunday was the 10th Anniversary of SEAL Team 6 killing Osama bin Laden. Politico has a terrific, …

2021-05-03: I’m not sure EWTN sees what I see in this swag:

2021-05-03: I just bought Saul Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals in full expectation of finding much of …

2021-05-03: Finished The Overstory. Ingenious winding of characters. 📚

2021-05-01: Tonight, Orthodox Christians keep midnight vigil for Christus Victor. Knocking Down the Gates of …

2021-04-30: Today He who hung the earth upon the waters is hung on the tree … Today He who hung the earth upon …

2021-04-23: Miscellany, 4/23/21 – Tipsy Teetotaler ن

2021-04-20: If evangelicals can come to the realization that the United States is the more superior the less it …

2021-04-19: All we like sheep …

2021-04-18: We in the West invented this thing called ‘modernity’, and then we took it out into the world, …

2021-04-17: Pathos, Ethos, Logos – Tipsy Teetotaler ن

2021-04-17: We’re not destroying the environment simply because our cars spew carbon; we’re destroying the …

2021-04-16: This morning, I’m feeling churlish about news media. One story after another has made me feel …

2021-04-15: Despite an apparent 5.6 percent decline in suicides over the past year, additional preliminary data …

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. …

2020-08-14: Are we really going to waste time listening to theme and variations on whether Kamala Harris is …

2020-08-14: Yet another unanswerable survey: Do you think voting by mail is more or less likely to be accurate …

2020-08-13: Hearing a professional wordsmith use the phrase “sufficiently enough” twice within 30 seconds makes …

2020-08-12: Shrewd election slate analysis A little bit of racism has a whole lot of stink on it — enough to rub off on everybody around you, …

2020-08-12: Age 71, I watched Casablanca last night for the first time. Apart from its excellence and …

2020-08-12: Maybe I’ll remember the weather category “Derecho” after Monday’s impressive show.

2020-08-11: I looked again at OmniFocus. Overkill. I looked at Todoist. Still overkill. I guess I’m a …

2020-08-11: Gospel of John Outline Dr. Jeannie Constantinou Chapter 1 - Prologue - Testimony of John - Calling of the first disciples …

2020-08-10: Poking around classical Primephonic, I came across “Copland Essentials” and am reminded what a …

2020-08-10: Shibboleths & Substance Set aside the pretty girl in Daisy Maes with zipper partly down and tummy exposed. Set aside the …

2020-08-09: We put so much emphasis on the redemption narrative that we are too willing to excuse sinful …

2020-08-09: Eugene Volokh, “Dance Like Nobody’s Watching. Tweet Like It’s Going to Be Read Aloud at Your Trial” …

2020-08-09: At long last, I watched The Lives of Others. 📽 I’m fine with dark films and literature. This …

2020-08-09: Nothing in Tocqueville so far has sounded less prescient that his description of the poor …

2020-08-09: Iowans speak parables; New York Times hears, but does not hear Evangelicals did not support Mr. Trump in spite of who he is. They supported him because of who he …

2020-08-08: A worthy, mind-expanding read: B. Duncan Moench, A Producerist Manifesto (Tablet Magazine). I …

2020-08-07: Seppuku is a good, rather poetic word. If I were as full of self-loathing as the Editors of Poetry …

2020-08-07: This kind of thing generally cheapens the idea of anti-racism. Universities are rather sad and …

2020-08-07: Of course, Kurt Anderson has a book to (pre-)sell, but I Was a Useful Idiot for Capitalism still was …

2020-08-07: I had outpatient surgery this week and the intake clerk described my wife as my “spoux”. …

2020-08-06: Currently reading *Democracy in America.” 📚 Coming up, Iliad, Odyssey and Aeneid. I’m not that …

2020-08-05: Be careful what you wish for, hot-head conservatives. (The Great (De)Commission: How Defunding …

2020-08-04: The darkest moments of the modern world have come as a result of various plans to “improve” things … …

2020-08-03: Who said philosophy isn’t practical?

2020-08-03: Re-reifying race [S]ome people on the left have decided we haven’t talked enough about race, that we need to carve …

2020-08-03: On an almost infinitely lighter note, Budweiser Zero is an attack on American values

2020-08-03: Signs and wonders Wouldn’t this be a shock? Typically, the African-American vote strongly favours a Democratic …

2020-08-03: Ken Myers on musical emotivism Having survived a type of coronary event that has a 4% survival rate, I asked some hard questions …

2020-08-03: The most important technological tool in whatever device our listeners use is a pause button. The …

2020-08-02: I’m afraid Matt Taibbi’s review of Thomas Frank’s The People, No: A Brief History of Anti-Populism …

2020-08-01: One theme that keeps popping up in my thoughts as I watch the world, for most of my adult life, is …

2020-08-01: Robocalls to home phone gave me fits. Forward home phone to iPhone. Settings>Phone>Silence …

2020-07-31: “The job of a political reporter is to be a fight promoter.” Attributed to David Broder by Jonah …

2020-07-31: Apologies due, apologies withheld Joe Biden accused Trump of trying to delay the election. He should know better.. Henry Olsen, …

2020-07-31: A voice of consistent sanity, Peggy Noonan is back Peggy Noonan is back, presumably from some Covidworthy 5-week vacation, and that’s not surprisingly …

2020-07-31: Indirectly, I learned yesterday that cancel culture isn’t entirely new or uniquely Western. …

2020-07-30: Remembering Charles Evers Fulsome as it was, however, and seemingly exhaustive, the obituary failed to note a singular and …

2020-07-30: If the protests in Portland qualify as “largely peaceful,” I’d call the Federal …

2020-07-29: This minute, 55 years since a memorable motorcycle collision.

2020-07-29: “What are the duties required in the ninth commandment?” | War Correspondence ن

2020-07-29: Psssst! The Washington Football Team should be re-named the Red Tails! Pass it on!

2020-07-28: Presumption It is an interesting question just how it came to pass that an idea— justice—that has received the …

2020-07-27: Interesting. How do you comply with incoherent requirements? David Bernstein, The Government Should …

2020-07-27: Mason Gaffney, Who Argued for Taxing Only Land, Dies at 96 - The New York Times. The Georgists are …

2020-07-27: A blow to my Parish: our iconographer (who had finished cupola, apse, altar, and Nativity and …

2020-07-26: Albert Mohler undertakes in First Things to explain why he is a Baptist: because it’s …

2020-07-26: Nevertheless, she persisted Why I’m leery of “Hate Crime” laws, Chapter n: Last month, Libby Schaaf, the …

2020-07-25: As a rule, editors and writers at major sports publications rarely make spiritual judgements about …

2020-07-25: Very fairly treated [T]he president is still the man that he has spent his entire life becoming: a character out of C.S. …

2020-07-25: Receiving two mathematics doctoral candidates into the church today, one by baptism and one by …

2020-07-24: [T]he very idea that the fate of our republic depends on each American election is more dangerous to …

2020-07-23: News about severity is more interesting to me than mere numbers. Where the Virus Is Sending People …

2020-07-21: Some of what I gathered today: “This is a democracy, not a dictatorship,” Oregon Gov. Kate Brown, a Democrat, said on Twitter. “We …

2020-07-21: Curling is the perfect analogy for political campaigns. Sarah Isgur, Do Campaigns Matter? (The …

2020-07-21: A "Kairos Year"? Many are characterizing 2020 as a kairos year, the forces of a global pandemic and a long-simmering …

2020-07-21: Part of yesterday's harvest (long and varied) Andrew Sullivan has been disinvited from writing for New York Magazine. From his remarkably sanguine …

2020-07-20: What happens when a JuCo Politics professor covers “Islamic Terrorism”? Atheists beware: a new …

2020-07-18: One good thing has come out of the past three-and-a-half years, I sense and hope: center-left and …

2020-07-18: There is an old joke in the semiconductor business that the number of people predicting the death of …

2020-07-17: Headline of today’s CNET Apple Report: Are buying refurbished AirPods Pro worth it? …

2020-07-17: Agree or not with the gist, the writing is stylish: Because of his incontinent use of it, the …

2020-07-16: Study is a prayer to the truth. (Chris Perrin, Classical Christian Press, quoting A.G. …

2020-07-16: Recommended. Bret Weinstein’s Dark Horse podcast

2020-07-15: Via the Ezra Klein podcast (“Free spech, safety, and ‘the letter’”), there are three spheres in the …

2020-07-15: Seems especially timely: [L]earn to love your enemies. God did not place them in the world for us …

2020-07-15: From our friend @ayjay, currently on a sort of sabbatical but not idle: The emotional intelligence …

2020-07-15: Enjoy the Stars in the Astronomy Photographer of the Year Shortlist

2020-07-14: Rules for Young Writers Rule One: Speak your mind at your own peril. Rule Two: Never risk commissioning a story that goes …

2020-07-14: Ross Douthat, 10 Theses About Cancel Culture (New York Times)

2020-07-14: America Today A friend of mine describes America today like this (and he’s talking about right wingers as well as …

2020-07-13: The DC NFL team has announced that it is abandoning the name “Redskins.” Among the …

2020-07-13: For my Anglican friends here, The Search for Anglican Identity.

2020-07-13: What a gracious and tailored response! Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson uploaded several anti-Semitic posts to Instagram …

2020-07-12: I have supported two public-interest law firms One winsomely updates me occasionally on its cases. …

2020-07-11: Finished War & Remembrance. 📚 Magnificent.

2020-07-11: Thanks, I needed that [T]he other message from this [Supreme Court term] is, I think, to religious conservatives: Please …

2020-07-11: Yes: Churchill was a racist. But, as the joke goes, wait till they find out about the guy he was at …

2020-07-10: Primephonic. A twist on a mature idea, but to a niche market. I’m a plausible candidate. Free …

2020-07-10: I hear behind me. Slow wave on the back deck. I want joy I do not know I have been living. I want …

2020-07-09: Well, at least there's that. And it's important. Far more important than the raw number of COVID-19 cases, of course, is the number of people who …

2020-07-09: Signs of the times: Scrabble Will Ban Racial and Ethnic Slurs From Tournaments and Game Rules (The …

2020-07-08: Terry Mattingly, who covers media religion coverage (no, that’s not a typo), is not amused at …

2020-07-08: Deconstruct your vote During a time of social upheaval, one of the most disturbing aspects of our lives is the turmoil …

2020-07-08: 200-Proof Liberals: FAQ’s. These are my kind of “liberals.”

2020-07-07: Is there something wrong with me that I don’t want to read about Jeffrey Epstein’s …

2020-07-06: The wrong lesson to take from today’s Barr v. Am. Ass’n of Political Consultants …

2020-07-06: I haven’t been able to shake this, which seems potentially to save a lot of time and …

2020-07-06: I have found readily-available ways to read the Wall Street Journal and New York Times online with …

2020-07-06: For some reason, I don’t care to read 1984 again. Brave New World has long felt more …

2020-07-05: A stranger stranger Peck met patients who didn’t fit a standard diagnosis but had certain recurring traits. These …

2020-07-04: This comes close to articulating what I’ve sensed: Frankly, the Trump era has made booking a …

2020-07-04: Don’t miss Andrew Sullivan, The New Newspeak, the second part of his July 3 Intelligencer column.

2020-07-03: What happens when you pardon and valorize a war criminal?

2020-07-02: I have minimal idea whether this is true, but if true, it’s big: many Female-to-Male trans …

2020-07-02: Can this vital coalition endure? The most important near-term question in American politics, obviously, is whether the anti-Trump …

2020-07-02: Hope our elected officials can chuckle with self-recognition at this, in a year or so if not now. (I …

2020-07-02: Heather Mac Donald: Go in peace. There’s no problem and you’re not responsible for it. …

2020-07-01: Hook for Mac. Day by day, week by week, this helps me more and more. Yeah, I’m retired, but …

2020-07-01: The Soul and The Body on The Beach

2020-06-30: … The white-robed wizards of Silicon Valley now ply the black arts of algorithmic witchcraft for …

2020-06-30: I rarely agree with SCOTUS liberals when the court’s not unanimous, but “the Montana …

2020-06-29: beware however of overweening pride examine your fool’s face in the mirror repeat: I was called—was …

2020-06-29: Every Republican leader and figure could condemn this movement in tones that would make Sohrab …

2020-06-29: Violence that is deemed secular, on the other hand, is often necessary and sometimes praiseworthy, …

2020-06-28: Reading War & Remembrance. 📚

2020-06-28: Writers often compare the beauty of the pagan myths with the brutality of the biblical story. This …

2020-06-28: Nothing to see here. Move along now. Extending beyond the basic requirements of the Decalogue, the Bible is full of if/then propositions …

2020-06-27: The best response to unfairness and intolerance is for reasonable people to be brave. David French

2020-06-26: He hasn’t been equal to the crises. He never makes anything better. And everyone kind of knows. The …

2020-06-26: Autonomous vehicles are, to paraphrase Jane Austin’s Ms. Bennet, much more rational but much …

2020-06-25: Somehow this feels like a parable.

2020-06-25: Terrific OpEd by two serious thinkers in response to the Bostock Title VII decision last week, …

2020-06-24: Turns out I don’t have “a lot of unread books.” I have a big “antilibrary.” Here via here.

2020-06-24: This is how the law convolutedly works through legal ramifications of technological change. (My son …

2020-06-24: I confess my confirmation bias on the original: An FBI investigation found that the “noose” …

2020-06-24: Everybody knows Yeats’ Second Coming, which always seems to fit. Too few know Vonnegut’s …

2020-06-23: Reading The Patient Ferment of the Early Church: The Improbable Rise of Christianity in the Roman …

2020-06-23: The Activist and the Do-Nothing Congress I’m glad David French put in writing his remarks from Monday’s Advisory Opinions …

2020-06-23: Why did I book a truth-teller? Eric Metaxas had English conservative journalist Peter Hitchens on the show to condemn England’s …

2020-06-23: I’ve got butterfly-keyboarditis really bad (and the MacBook Air isn’t very old). With a …

2020-06-22: It is surely more serious, or at least much more dangerous, for man to deny original sin than to …

2020-06-22: Three weeks ago, The Violence of Modernity. Today an echo from neuroscience, The Soft …

2020-06-22: Major pet peeve: confounding “scatology,” “obscenity,” and …

2020-06-20: Finished Jacques Barzun, From Dawn to Decadence. 📚 I won’t hit my original 52-books-this-year …

2020-06-20: He went cold turkey for months, but he just had to have a hit, and he’s getting it today in Tulsa.

2020-06-19: The American Soviet Mentality None of those who joined the chorus of condemnation, naturally, had read the novel—it would not be …

2020-06-19: Once … stories of hard leftists becoming staunch conservatives were common … These days the most …

2020-06-18: The gang at the dispatch podcast is brilliant. They correctly identified today’s top North …

2020-06-16: This decision hands LGBT activists the coercive machinery of civil rights law. R. R. Reno, A …

2020-06-16: “[I]f we stop testing right now, we’d have very few cases, if any. Donald Trump quote in The …

2020-06-15: I’ve been trying to figure out what to say about today’s Bostock decision, but all I have so …

2020-06-15: [Denver Riggleman] betrayed the very Republican Party Platform he swore to uphold. Accusation of …

2020-06-14: Single-minded to a fault I don’t agree with Cotton’s view. I know of nobody at The Times who agrees with it. The Wall Street …

2020-06-14: A black man was shot dead in Atlanta for public intoxication. Okay: public intoxication followed by …

2020-06-13: This might be funny if it were in The Onion.

2020-06-13: If you have access to the Wall Street Journal, don’t miss Arnold the Grammarian. A sweet …

2020-06-12: Most of my news sources are conservative, so David French, The Wokening vs. the Trumpening came as a …

2020-06-12: Damon Linker on the woke revolution in American newsrooms [T]he woke revolution in American newsrooms is … disheartening … because it’s yet another sign of …

2020-06-12: “Speaks out” is journalese for “officiously mouths off in way we approve.”

2020-06-12: There are no randomised controlled trials showing that parachutes save lives when you jump out of a …

2020-06-12: Covidtide update: U.S. passes 2 million total cases while my moderate-size county adds zero new …

2020-06-11: 3rd-Generation lawyer Jason Bennett advances to “semifinals” for an upcoming Indiana …

2020-06-11: "Systemic racism" may not mean what you think Of particular concern to some on the right is the term “systemic racism,” often wrongly interpreted …

2020-06-11: There can be consequences to being a chest-thumping jerk (at least if you’re not the …

2020-06-11: Trump enters a performative Executive Order about CDA section 230 that does nothing besides letting …

2020-06-11: Randall Kennedy disclaims theoretical privilege to utter the N-word for pedagogical purposes, but …

2020-06-11: Aging amateur techie, scratching head, asks: POTUS Tweets “… appearing to scan police …

2020-06-10: I am enjoying life more, stressing less, by conscious quashing of news and commentary obsession. …

2020-06-10: If it’s consciously dishonest, it’s not conservative, because maintaining trust and truth is …

2020-06-10: The bottom-line is this: [Martin Luther] King spoke truth to power. [Robert] Jeffress bows to it. …

2020-06-09: Flawed heroes need not apply If all our heroes must be perfect, we’ll have no heroes. No, make that one hero (but …

2020-06-09: In 2014 the government took more money from citizens [in civil forfeitures] than burglars stole from …

2020-06-07: Michelle Goldberg, Tear Gas Is an Abortifacient. Why Won’t the Anti-Abortion Movement Oppose It? …

2020-06-07: How could Hollywood accept Woody Allen for so long? Allen makes an astute point in this otherwise scabrous and unnecessary part of the book: For …

2020-06-07: A second great coinage encountered today. Attention muggers: people that insist that everyone focus …

2020-06-07: If you are wearing knee pads to Church today, you just might be Orthodox.

2020-06-07: The June 5 The Weeds podcast from Vox (which I highly recommend) has me thinking about our need to …

2020-06-07: Doomscrolling is a fantastic coinage (and hashtag) for the computer screen era. (H/T Doomscrolling: …

2020-06-06: Suspicious asymmetries [W]hat if this apparatus were revealed to be not very serious about safety, the very ideal that …

2020-06-06: Reading the signs Every morning we squinted into the rising sun as Garrison Keillor told us about the advent of the …

2020-06-05: No need to tell me I don’t live up to this. I may have to foreswear all political news and …

2020-06-05: I’ve been averting my eyes from quite a few of Rod Dreher’s columns since George Floyd, …

2020-06-05: Gerson does some semiotics: Trump is our cut-rate Constantine … “In this sign,” Trump seems to be …

2020-06-04: If a conservative idea falls in the woods, but there isn’t a libertarian dollar to fund it, does it …

2020-06-04: Liberty University’s Director of Diversity Retention Has Resigned | the way of improvement leads …

2020-06-04: A moral and cognitive benchmark If only there were evil people somewhere insidiously committing evil deeds, and it were necessary …

2020-06-03: Big political news: James Mattis denounces Trump

2020-06-03: If we can learn the lesson that assembling a $10 toaster from a just-in-time supply chain spanning …

2020-06-02: The Promise (and Peril) of Using the Military to Stop American Riots - The French Press. From his …

2020-06-01: An atheist speaks for me here Whatever Christianity is, it is not worship of the God-shaped hole. Whatever Judaism is, it is not …

2020-06-01: Black Liberty University graduates rebuke Falwell fils and the school under his …

2020-06-01: Not about George Floyd: Every problem is greeted only with the question of how it might be fixed, …

2020-05-31: Prickly Presidents are the same wherever you go Authorities in Tanzania charged a comedian, Idris Sultan, after a video on social media showed him …

2020-05-31: 2020 started off like 1974 [an impeachment crisis], quickly became 1918 [a pandemic], turned into …

2020-05-31: MTF trans athletes in Connecticut So, ADF found a receptive ear within the Trump administration, on MTF transgender athletes: The …

2020-05-30: Quandary time: If you ordinarily would not watch a snuff film, does the “newsworthiness” …

2020-05-29: Donald Trump Is the Ultimate Karen: He calls the cops on those who challenge him, even if there’s no …

2020-05-29: I’m on my second episode of The Weeds podcast from Vox. Very impressed: podcasters who are not …

2020-05-29: Why President Trump’s Order on Social Media Could Harm Him - The New York Times. Did the Times …

2020-05-28: Sad to say, but some people, in conscious bad faith or reflexive racism, will make “The Real …

2020-05-28: Ravi Zacharias, who practiced a form of Christian theology called apologetics, … Obituary photo …

2020-05-28: [L]ong twitter threads, even if they are direct in their way, are such a mockery of literary form. …

2020-05-28: G.K. Chesterton … once wrote, “When a man concludes that any stick is good enough to beat his foe …

2020-05-27: I had mentioned on Facebook, but not here, that I have a public Pinboard which I am trying to use to …

2020-05-26: … and to heck with his collateral damage—like the widower, for instance He is signaling to the country that what really matters to him is that Joe Scarborough has been mean …

2020-05-26: Were I the judge, I’d add “You can dismiss the case and maintain your secrecy or you can continue in …

2020-05-26: Russiagate. Obamagate. “We should never attribute to malice that which can be explained by …

2020-05-26: “Overtly racial undertones” is an oxymoron, isn’t it?

2020-05-25: In taking a wife, choose only the one you would choose as a friend if she were a man. Joubert, via …

2020-05-25: This challenges “my priors” about a certain elected official. I prefer my priors. A principality is …

2020-05-25: No way on earth The thought occurs, why theories of government at all? The forms and devices vary greatly with times …

2020-05-24: Becoming the people you warned against The gift of the Enlightenment, of modernity, was to place objective reality, truth, at the center of …

2020-05-24: Around my Father’s house are many mottes and many baileys. (If you, like me a few weeks ago, …

2020-05-24: A genuinely interesting reflection on pastor John MacArthur’s on-again-off-again plans to …

2020-05-24: I have heard that this pain can be converted, as it were, by accepting “the fundamental impermanence …

2020-05-23: Was Michael Flynn railroaded? Eli Lake’s The Railroading of Michael Flynn (Commentary Magazine) persuades me that Michael …

2020-05-23: I rediscovered Sojourners, inclined to like it. I found it disappointing overall. When Jim Wallis …

2020-05-22: Religion Clause: Texas Supreme Court Rules In Favor of Break-Away Episcopal Diocese. Unusual facts, …

2020-05-22: Of course, Andrew Sullivan (With Trump, the Pathology Is the Point) is terrific today, but what …

2020-05-21: RIP: Fewer TV news story about a reduction in traffic accidents during lockdown. Reporters, police, …

2020-05-21: John Fea’s blog is good. His item in Sojourners is better.

2020-05-21: What’s really behind Republicans wanting a swift reopening? What’s really behind Republicans wanting a swift reopening? … Gary Abernathy asks in the Washington …

2020-05-21: Abstraction can undermine sound thought Many conservatives who had deep reservations about the way stay-in-place orders have damaged our …

2020-05-21: Adam Geller, Ex-Green Beret nabbed in exec’s escape has lived on the edge. I think it’s …

2020-05-21: Things I’ve not been obsessing over: Whether Ronan Farrow is our greatest living investigative …

2020-05-20: Iranian Revolution’s 3 Organizing principles: Death to America Death to Israel Veils on women …

2020-05-20: Is there any coffee you just won’t touch? I never drink decaf. Decaf was invented by Satan …. A …

2020-05-20: It’s good to skim. When Robert and his son decided that Fox News had gotten too soft, too …

2020-05-19: Help wanted: Ballast Job description: When the ship of state lists to port, throw your weight to …

2020-05-19: Giving out of raw fear [O]ne of my chief problems with our partisan moment is that people are constantly, relentlessly, and …

2020-05-18: The trend is popular in particular among young people who grew up in Baptist or non-denominational …

2020-05-18: I know that David Crosby is, in many ways, less than an exemplary person. But his music (including …

2020-05-18: Rusty Reno repents, or at least relents, in approximately proper tone and brevity.

2020-05-18: Disillusioned - War Correspondence ن

2020-05-18: Mike Pompeo, under investigation for misuse of government assets, persuades Trump to fire the …

2020-05-18: You learn something every day (if you’re lucky or really attentive), even when you’re …

2020-05-17: “Turn off, tune out, drop in.” Mitch Daniels 2020 Commencement Address Purdue University. …

2020-05-17: Neil Armstong's lame moon jokes Purdue celebrated its own landmark this year, our 150th anniversary. Since it coincided with the …

2020-05-17: I presume that every Editorial Board editorial is groupthink expressed with no discernible style. …

2020-05-17: Doing what feels good, what’s convenient, what’s easy — that’s how little kids think. Unfortunately, …

2020-05-16: On March 16th the South African Reserve Bank issued a statement denying that it had sent collectors …

2020-05-16: News sources: I don’t trust any of them, so I feel as if I must read all of them. Heckuva …

2020-05-15: I fell into the news and commentary trap again today. So much to say, it seemed to fit my WordPress …

2020-05-15: Having established the principle that each department must “pull its weight” …

2020-05-15: Performative: I threw my June/July First Things in the trash, unopened. Substantive #1: I already …

2020-05-15: Three new unnamed articles on race from the Immanent Frame. I’ve named them: How the social …

2020-05-15: “I found out with both Bush and Clinton, their childhood heroes were Willie Mays,” Shea said. “Bush …

2020-05-14: You know you’re getting old when conservative media lard their commentary with cultural …

2020-05-13: If trees were gods, horticulturalists would be "ministers" I’m a proponent of strong and broad protections of religious liberty, and I put a fair number …

2020-05-13: Ethical reporting There’s a provision in the New York Times ethics guidelines that limits what a news-side reporter …

2020-05-13: I hate to be pedantic, but the frequent failures of experts does not prove that we would be better …

2020-05-13: Many white lies being told in this pandemic. Of course masks are worn to protect the wearer. And …

2020-05-12: Branding Weirdness There’s a swagger to [Tara Isabella] Burton’s prose, no surprise to those who wisely read her …

2020-05-12: Oddity du jour: Indiana’s Attorney General will be suspended from law practice (for groping …

2020-05-11: There comes a time in every book … There comes a time in every book I work on when I can’t tell if it’s good, bad, or what: it’s just …

2020-05-11: I’ve been singing in Church for maybe 65 years and in choirs for 56 years. Lockdown is hard, …

2020-05-11: Disabused of what French secularism implies Reading Rod Dreher’s fuller account of his interview by Tara Isabella Burton, I was reminded …

2020-05-11: Theodore Roepke, I Knew a Woman Little Richard, The Girl Can’t Help It Compare and contrast.

2020-05-10: Back before he crashed and burned (from bipolar disorder, as I recall), Freddie de Boer wrote a …

2020-05-10: The church on the edge of Ergun, in Inner Mongolia … Atop it are golden crossbeams, the lowest …

2020-05-10: Rod Dreher on "Christian values." The phrase “Christian values” has been worn as smooth as an old penny by overuse, especially in the …

2020-05-09: David French demolishes the cockamamy theory that the white guys who shot Ahmaud Arbery were doing a …

2020-05-09: Bret Stephens and Roger Cohen today gave me fresh reasons for continuing my New York Times …

2020-05-08: Today was basically lost. Got up, saw that DOJ was dropping charges against Michael Flynn, head …

2020-05-08: “Conspiracy theories are needed when you’re socialized to question every authority but …

2020-05-08: An elegant statement of one side of today’s raging debate: Only after that December 2017 plea …

2020-05-07: What hath Bestsy wrought? The Department of Eduction has issued its final Title IX Regulations, running 2022 pages. I had to …

2020-05-07: Thinking Christianly About Ahmaud Arbery, Travis and Gregory McMichael lynched him.

2020-05-07: Given the candidates, 2020 could yield an almost exclusively attack-based campaign. When it’s over, …

2020-05-07: Okay, this is 55 minutes long. But if you realize that there’s a crisis in “higher …

2020-05-07: Should we call this era the “Pandeltacon”, as in “this changes everything”? …

2020-05-07: Interesting interactive map. It’s astonishing how effective California and Oregon have been.

2020-05-07: The world we've created Another Wednesday, another midweek G-File (🔒). In it, Jonah examines the argument feminist writer …

2020-05-06: Despite Amazon Prime streaming, I’ll keep paid Pandora if only for my “Celtic …

2020-05-06: Datapoint: The GOP currently holds a 53-47 advantage in the upper chamber of Congress, but has to …

2020-05-05: Barack Obama will headline a televised prime-time commencement address for the Class of 2020. We …

2020-05-05: I highly recommend Liberalism, the American Right, and the Place of Love in Politics. But be …

2020-05-05: I hadn’t thought of Trumpworld as a headless state, but it fits.

2020-05-05: Most memorable hotel ever (stayed there several days in the Fall of 2018). Even the (curated) …

2020-05-05: Rod Dreher channels the late poet Les Murray on mobs (with a comment that reminds me why MLK, …

2020-05-05: Not merely coronavirus, Russia now has an epidemic of doctors falling out of windows!!! (Lookin’ at …

2020-05-05: Every scientific truth is (famously — it’s a boast of science) subject to revision, yet we are …

2020-05-05: Itching Ears redux Each day, I visit my local Gannett paper, the Wall Street Journal, Associated Press, New York Times, …

2020-05-05: 25 years ago (5/7/95), Indiana Pacers star Reggie Miller scored 8 points in 8.9 seconds at Madison …

2020-05-04: A Pulitzer in Commentary for an introduction to a massive historical fraud. A Pulitzer in history …

2020-05-04: Protestant Work Ethic unmasked In England …, with the abolition of Roman Catholicism, a new way of life began to unfold. There were …

2020-05-04: Coronavirus silver lining: live broadcast of SCOTUS arguments.

2020-05-04: With Donald Trump, it’s hard to rank the outrages, but allowing his campaign committee to sue …

2020-05-03: Efficient versus resilient (or "antifragile") Our predominant mode of thinking over the last century, afflicting cities and suburbs alike, favors …

2020-05-03: Status: Mind Blown. I totally bought the “intuitive” scenario Chuck Marohn describes in his first …

2020-05-03: Wife got very excited seeing a pair of Orioles at our feeders. Then we both got bummed not seeing …

2020-05-01: WSJ is fulminating almost daily over how the FBI nailed Michael Flynn. Are they faking it, or are …

2020-04-29: A pandemic day spent with Jenny. Worries? I can’t think of any. The coffee is strong, We all get …

2020-04-29: Three Great Untruths [W]e are unintentionally teaching a generation of students three ”great untruths.” They are: The …

2020-04-28: The gentle lowing of golden calves 2 Chronicles 7:14 is “the John 3:16 of the American civil religion. … 2 Chronicles 7:14 isn’t …

2020-04-28: Two friendly Christian political adversaries discuss politics in front of anabaptists. Two less …

2020-04-28: [I]f I were the world’s greatest computer hacker, I’d inject some code into stories like this that …

2020-04-28: I turned in last night thinking my brain was shutting down as I tried in vain to read a poem with …

2020-04-27: Kind of stark, but it seems timely: I must confess that every time I hear anyone speaking about …

2020-04-26: I look at this guy, and don’t see Jesus, or St. Paul in chains, or Polycarp, or Dietrich Bonhoeffer, …

2020-04-26: Of his theological colleagues in the late 1960s, the young Joseph Ratzinger observed: “They changed …

2020-04-26: This gentle dig still makes me smile two days later: I agree with Solomon that knowledge tends to …

2020-04-26: In a “Discover” romp this morning, I saw several people talking about coffee. FWIW, though I can …

2020-04-26: [I]n a striking empirical regularity, deliberation tends to move groups, and the individuals who …

2020-04-25: Equality is not equity, Chapter N Succinct summary of how generally I’ve been starting to think: Consider a thought experiment …

2020-04-25: Began reading 📚 Jacques Barzun’s From Dawn to Decadence. Man, that’s tiny print, long …

2020-04-25: “And he’s going to get re-elected.” “And he’s going to get re-elected.” Not a day goes by without several friends — Republicans as well …

2020-04-23: When the Gods wish to punish us, they make us believe our own advertising. Daniel J. Boorstin via …

2020-04-23: So much music, so little time! The older I get, the more I like Celtic-flavored songs like Cathy Ryan’s And Here’s to …

2020-04-23: Commoditizing Blake Our elusive fellow micro.blog-ger Ayjay has a new essay up at Harpers (Everything is Illuminated) …

2020-04-22: Sycophancy in politics [Cornel] West: If you’re feeling a no, but don’t have the courage to say the no, then you’re a …

2020-04-22: Datapoint: usually, it’s a bad sign when radical protestors are masked. Now it’s bad …

2020-04-22: Indeed, you can’t make this stuff up.

2020-04-22: Useful phrase du jour: iniquity signalling. Earth Day revisited : Essays in Idleness

2020-04-19: I laughed, Piebald, because you were wondering, as I was, about this law which Maleldil has made for …

2020-04-19: Timeless, ever-timely | War Correspondence ن

2020-04-18: The Wall Street Journal, New Data Suggest the Coronavirus Isn’t as Deadly as We Thought. This …

2020-04-17: Orthodox Christian for going on 23 years, I’ve probably thought more about this than any other …

2020-04-15: President Trump announced the United States is placing a hold on funding for the World Health …

2020-04-14: Who says you can’t turn back the clock? I needed to file a 990-N for a small nonprofit. I …

2020-04-14: Hook: A surprisingly useful utility for Mac, at least for knowledge workers (or OCD retirees …

2020-04-14: "Gotcha!" #fail Washington Post interrupts it regularly-scheduled good religion coverage to bring us this …

2020-04-13: The signature hymn of the early days of Orthodox Holy Week The signature hymn of the early part of Orthodox Holy Week Behold, the Bridegroom comes at …

2020-04-12: Cyrus Habib had a good chance of becoming Governor of Washington before age 40, with higher offices …

2020-04-12: Wall Street Journal story headline: Your Favorite Celebrity Will See You Now If I cannot think of …

2020-04-11: What will we learn, where will we turn? “You did not come back from hell with empty hands,” said André Malraux to Whittaker Chambers after …

2020-04-11: Dodgy Journalism in time of plague It’s baffling how some crackpots can make beaucoups bucks by crackpottery (e.g., Alex Jones) …

2020-04-10: Bought a new Psalter I hadn’t heard about. The translation is modern without being obnoxious …

2020-04-10: “The true mortality rate is difficult to calculate due to incomplete testing regimens” a daily …

2020-04-10: My wife was skeptical of my quick mental calculation that roughly 1 in 700 Americans has been …

2020-04-09: Serious Social Disease Here’s the problem with all these false dichotomies: At bottom, they come from, and reinforce, …

2020-04-07: If you’re tired of cookie-cutter critiques of Adrian Vermeule’s performatively …

2020-04-06: Terry Mattingly wins the internet for his headline today: Angry preachers fight ‘shelter in …

2020-04-05: Factless faith [A] faith that will not account for half of the facts or even more is actually, in essence, a kind …

2020-04-04: Image, a journal of “Art, Faith, Mystery,” is dropping its paywall for two months. Get acquainted.

2020-04-04: Well put: Amazon is getting an opportunity to steer us all into a model that will benefit it … …

2020-04-03: It had not occurred to me that Adrian Vermeule might not be trolling us all, but might be gleefully …

2020-04-03: Ideological violence There were certain fleeting moments in the late twentieth century in which one could almost think …

2020-04-02: [I]n past times people did not go to church to be made happy; they went to have their misery …

2020-04-01: Illusions of clarity and autonomy from my “big blog.”

2020-03-31: “I Saw a Man Fly! I Am Sure I Did!” How refreshing to read about something other than Coronavirus …

2020-03-31: A better country The command to honour your father and your mother serves as a divine memento mori. It necessitates …

2020-03-31: Stockholm Syndrome virus Gavin Newsom and Andrew Cuomo both have caught the Stockholm Symdrome virus: Trump isn’t just …

2020-03-31: Pandemic Temps Leaders to Seize Sweeping Powers, says the New York Times headline. It’s …

2020-03-30: It’s amazing how informative a Coronavirus updating can be when the CEO is willing to introduce …

2020-03-30: Very interesting comparison of Russian (really, Orthodox) Bibles and English (really, Protestant) …

2020-03-28: Could there be something godly in this? My principal, practical hope from the present viral medical crisis — a light affliction as these …

2020-03-27: Eight confirmed cases in my county, seven at home, one in hospital. The one in hospital died today — …

2020-03-27: Moral Reasoning in a Pandemic Some will protest that there won’t be hundreds of thousands of deaths, and anyone who says so is a …

2020-03-25: When the Catholic editor of the leading conservative Christian magazine allows the fanatically …

2020-03-25: We have multiple things to worry about every day, but Anthony Fauci has been worrying about …

2020-03-25: When all else fails, serve Typica for Annunciation at home.

2020-03-24: I’m not sure I can bear to renew First Things after Reno’s latest screed.

2020-03-24: Everyone seems to have a theory on how coronavirus totally destroys the political party or movement …

2020-03-20: Succinct: The human race has been playing epidemiological Russian roulette all along. It has taken …

2020-03-20: Praise for medicine and physicians from scripture that (sigh!) not all of you have in your Bibles.

2020-03-20: I must remember when people say stupid and skeptical things about the pandemic (still in early …

2020-03-20: I have a reminder that pops up at 7:15 daily to check my calendar. Under social distancing, …

2020-03-17: Ode to Social Distancing

2020-03-17: I’m so far beyond adolescence that it had not even crossed my mind that the coronavirus takes a …

2020-03-17: A favorite, especially on St. Patrick’s Day.

2020-03-16: My Goddaughter, an amateur poet, got me The complete poems of Cavafy for Christmas. I just got to …

2020-03-16: I sow a man and reap surprise … From Sally Thomas, The Hermit As Work of Art, in Local Culture, Vol …

2020-03-16: To know what to know is all he asks of the trees as they stand unleaving …. From Sally Thomas, …

2020-03-16: Personal bugaboos Number N of a no-doubt continuing series. “Often times.” As opposed to “often …

2020-03-15: I finally watched Terence Malick’s A Hidden Life last night on Amazon Prime. (Had to buy it; …

2020-03-15: Aha! So coronavirus deaths are the result of us not being organic vegetarians, drinking from the …

2020-03-15: Hubris and Nemesis have come out of exile and put in a few appearances.

2020-03-14: A Prayer in Time of Viral Outbreak

2020-03-14: I’ve been drinking from a firehose of reporting and punditry. I think it’s time to stop …

2020-03-13: Mona Charen is a goddess.

2020-03-12: Our model citizen is a sophisticate who before puberty understands how to produce a baby, but at the …

2020-03-11: Personal bugaboo: when a National Security personage says “nucular” instead of “nuclear.”

2020-03-10: Schopenhauer’s Law of Entropy: If you put a spoonful of wine in a barrel full of sewage, you …

2020-03-10: Here, honey. We need a girl’s byline on this story: It’s Still Not Because She’s a Woman By …

2020-03-10: The truth, the whole truth [B]efore he said any more, [Rieux] wanted to know if the journalist would be allowed to tell the …

2020-03-10: Finished Stanley Kurtz, The Lost History of Western Civilization. 📚 Meh. Repetitious treatment of an …

2020-03-10: Finished Camus, The Plague. 📚

2020-03-09: Unusually Orwellian. Prosecutors are using rap lyrics as evidence of crime. Guess what skin-tone the …

2020-03-09: Miracle: Coronavirus Passes Over Houses With Chick-Fil-A Sauce Smeared On Door Posts. Facebook …

2020-03-06: Innumeracy or deceptive editing? 500 million dollars, divided by 327 million Americans, makes $1 million per American, with enough …

2020-03-04: New vocabulary du jour: curvatus in se.

2020-03-04: Bloomberg can’t buy a primary win in even one state with a half-billion-dollar media blitz. …

2020-03-04: Religious texts say that societies face destruction when they forget God. The coronavirus, like the …

2020-03-03: Useful coinage du jour: performative impartiality.

2020-03-02: Often when re-subscribing to a blog or podcast, I puzzle over why I ever unsubscribed. I think the …

2020-03-02: Where do you find hope? Last question: Where do you find hope? In the palpable desire of many people, right and left, …

2020-03-02: David Von Drehle on Putin's cyberwar David Von Drehle, Vladimir Putin’s virus. There are some inevitable half-truths (Von Drehle …

2020-02-29: I generally steer clear of politics here, but from what I’ve been reading about Bernie …

2020-02-29: Freeman Dyson, realist Dr. Dyson did not begrudge Feynman, Schwinger and Tomonaga the Nobel they received in 1965. “I think …

2020-02-29: Someone might care that I write regularly also at two other places: WordPress, where I’ve …

2020-02-29: Forgiveness – The Hardest Love of All [O]ur experience of those who are truly enemies is that we do not want to forgive them. We do not …

2020-02-24: When talking heads tell us why the market is up or down on a given day, I consider it a Just-So …

2020-02-24: Finished The Innocence of Father Brown. 📚 Next up is a The Lost History of Western Civilization, …

2020-02-24: Diversity is a bore The elements of a diversity drama are bare and simple. In the beginning was the man, the white man, …

2020-02-23: When the hanged man was taken down from the gallows his eyes were still unbroken. The executioner …

2020-02-22: As a Purdue fan, I was not experiencing a very exciting game against Michigan, so I shut it off a …

2020-02-22: I am experiencing a very exciting game’s end in Kansas vs. Baylor as I await Purdue vs. …

2020-02-21: Great photo from the Atlantic (Photos of the Week #14)

2020-02-21: Bong happy ‘Parasite’ succeeded despite the disparity it showed (Headline on an AP story) Somehow, …

2020-02-21: Reading The Complete Poems of Cavafy, probably interspered with other reading as I usually do with …

2020-02-21: Flesh and Devil, but no World So long as worship of the Emperor as a God was required by law of all citizens, to become a …

2020-02-20: One of the pleasures of retirement is trying new things with fewer time constraints. Metropolitan …

2020-02-20: Reading Chesterton’s The Innocence of Father Brown, to take a break from heavier stuff. 📚

2020-02-20: Finished Alexander Schmemann, For the Life of the World This one deserves regular re-reading. 📚

2020-02-20: The self-loathing Mr. Buttigieg “I grew up gay in Indiana,” the even-keeled Mr. Buttigieg says in a stock line when asked about the …

2020-02-19: Aphorism roundup Tradition is not the cult of ashes, it is the transmission of fire. (Attributed to Gustav Mahler) …

2020-02-18: More on secularism and worship [W]hatever the degree of his secularism or even atheism, man remains essentially a “worshiping …

2020-02-18: If Trump really wanted Andrew McCabe to be prosecuted, he proved his own worst enemy, because his …

2020-02-16: What is “secularism”? Secularism, I submit, is above all a negation of worship. I stress:—not of God’s existence, not of …

2020-02-16: Pray in response to your worries – do not let them fester And what you worry about is almost always …

2020-02-16: Name withheld If the world’s wealthiest and and most powerful collection of Christians are supine before their …

2020-02-15: I’m not sure I’ve ever encountered a word more useless than demisexual — unless the …

2020-02-15: "One of the greatest fake movies I ever saw" In his recent Times essay, Professor Goldsmith said that Mr. O’Brien had given him a rather blunt …

2020-02-14: Goldberg, Goldsmith - solid gold I could blow the whole day reading very interesting stuff I’ve encountered already this …

2020-02-13: Progressive moderation We need not be “loyal to the earth” like the atheist Zarathustra, but we would do well to expect our …

2020-02-08: Purdue at Indiana, 2pm. Porgy and Bess now (Metropolitan Opera HD - not live, alas, because live was …

2020-02-08: You can’t run a Whole Foods campaign in a Campbell Soup nation. Brian Williams, MSNBC, during …

2020-02-07: Dostoyevsky, O’Connor and René Girard's mimesis The choice to submit to divine or demonic activity does not present itself only once, nor is it …

2020-02-07: Finished Jessica Hooten Wilson, Giving the Devil His Due: Demonic Authority in the Fiction of …

2020-02-06: I received my Team Todd Young 2020 for Senate membership card in the mail today, the day after he …

2020-02-06: I was uneasy with David Bentley Hart’s recent provocation. I didn’t know the half of it.

2020-02-05: Remember when President Obama awarded a Medal of Honor to Louis Farrakhan during SOTU? Me neither. …

2020-02-05: Hannah Arendt's pre-totalitarian signs Here is a short list of Arendt’s pre-totalitarian signs that we see very strongly in our society: …

2020-02-04: If the Kansas City Chiefs are granted a White House visit, will they have to investigate the Bidens? …

2020-02-04: It will be hard to top Damon Linker, Trump just won the Iowa Democratic caucuses, as an instant …

2020-02-03: After three failed attempts, I guess I’ve got to put “learn how to post photos on …

2020-02-03: Peter Serkin, 1947-2020 Yet, though he was proud of his heritage, Mr. Serkin found it a burden. Like many who came of age in …

2020-01-31: 10 minute to Brexit. Nigel Farage’s final speech at the European parliament and the school-marmish …

2020-01-31: If you die before you die, then you won’t have to die when you die.

2020-01-29: One really should read, if possible, Robert P. George’s fond remembrance of Roger Scruton, by …

2020-01-29: [W]hat still escapes most of us who “opt out” of Facebook and the like: making a loud declaration of …

2020-01-28: Unintended consequence, Iraq edition In Iraq, there are now around 202,000 Christians, down from 1.5 million before 2003.” Notably, this …

2020-01-28: Trump didn’t do the thing he’s accused of doing, but if he did it was fine, and in fact …

2020-01-28: … there, near checkout, saw a freezer case with the sign, “Artisan Ice Cubes,” a bold new step in …

2020-01-27: With today’s arrivals, my reckoning says I have 208 unread books. At one per week, if I buy no …

2020-01-27: I am getting very tired of the prejudices I see, masquerading as sophistication, among members of …

2020-01-27: Liturgy, mimesis, humus I went to a symposium over the weekend, the intimidating theme of which was For I Am Holy: The …

2020-01-26: This sort of thing pops up at the Eighth Day Symposium. Thanks be to God.

2020-01-24: What I’m doing today and tomorrow.

2020-01-22: I just became a fan of Tim Tebow despite my general skepticism about celebrity fandom.

2020-01-22: That community can be more real in a megacity than in smaller towns really is a paradox. (First …

2020-01-22: It’s like a second Christmas! Two books I forgot I’d pre-ordered were delivered on the 21st!

2020-01-22: I’d prefer having three wise men show up at my door with gold, frankincense and myrrh whenever I …

2020-01-21: We’re lending money we don’t have to kids who aren’t going to be able to pay it back to educate them …

2020-01-21: There is only one hatred: the hatred of recognition. Freddie, Elizabeth Wurtzel, 1967-2020

2020-01-18: As I try to trim down my digital consumption, too many printed helps focus on productivity rather …

2020-01-17: The New York Times, rather belatedly, has published an obituary for Roger Scruton.

2020-01-17: A wonderful pedagogical pledge.

2020-01-16: “We need more clicks” is the prayer of a demon. Michael Martin, Transfiguration, page …

2020-01-15: A wonderful essay, fittingly summarizing some highlights of a consequential life in the words of its …

2020-01-15: If Justin Amash runs for President as a Libertarian, I’m 99% certain I’ll vote for him — …

2020-01-14: I have added a new DevonThink tag — “I quit” — to signify my despair over polarization …

2020-01-14: Sir Roger Scruton still died Sunday, last time I checked. New York Times still hasn’t noticed, …

2020-01-13: Regarding A Hidden Life Malick’s film … is not widely accessible to a post-Christian audience — …

2020-01-13: Sir Roger Scruton died yesterday, but you wouldn’t know it from today’s New York Times.

2020-01-12: One year ago today, I finished Michael Martin’s Transfiguration. My notes said it was a …

2020-01-11: [W]e have become unable to rouse ourselves to take public problems seriously unless we can persuade …

2020-01-11: The great spiritual conflict of our age is The Struggle Against the Normal Life. One of the …

2020-01-11: This is deliciously recursive. A politician who sues for libel for being called a “fool” …

2020-01-11: After a stressful few hours on the complications of simplifying things, I get a reward from the …

2020-01-09: I just read a reply that was too intriguing not to follow into the conversation. The conversation …

2020-01-03: The most unwittingly pernicious of all modern errors. The anti-sacramentalism (and non-sacramentalism) of some Christian groups is among the most …

2020-01-01: Septet pour la fin de la présidence Title adapted, with apologies to Olivier Messiaen. 1 Why boastest thou thyself in mischief, O mighty …

2020-01-01: I think Netflix will “stick” now that I’m retired. I watched The King’s Speech (2010) earlier …

2020-01-01: May the new year be better than you know it’s going to be! Polish Toast, via George Weigel

2019-12-30: To my pleasant surprise, I just completed book 39 for 2019, and it was another highlight: Charles L. …

2019-12-30: Do any journalists work harder than the Atlantic’s Emma Green? Two new articles yesterday with …

2019-12-29: Religionized politics bodes to kill us

2019-12-28: My total book reading for 2019 will be 38. Highlights: The Winds of War The Gurus, the Young Man, …

2019-12-28: Entering the Mystery of Christmas … Because the kind of knowledge that is saving knowledge both causes and requires an inner …

2019-12-27: Noticed that the Federal Robocall legislation is advancing. But I eliminated robocall problems on …

2019-12-26: Belated: At the Nativity of our Lord, God and Savior in the flesh, buried under the sentimentality …

2019-12-22: Excerpt from my annual Christmas reading (Mary) My flesh in terror and fire Rejoices that the Word Who utters the world out of nothing, As a …

2019-12-22: Can great Hercules keep his Extraordinary promse To reinvigorate the Empire? Utterly lost, he cannot …

2019-12-12: Quoting T.S. Eliot.

2019-12-11: David Warren pens a politically incorrect but heartwarming tribute to “Darlings.”

2019-12-11: Adult coloring books I don’t see that the variety of books has especially diminished since …

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2019-12-09: Worse than persecution and plagues? [T]he challenge of living with popular culture may well be as serious for modern Christians as …

2019-12-06: [T]he short history of the modern world is the story of a civilization that staggers from one crisis …

2019-11-27: Daily prayer: Lord, if only I was in control, I would mess things up so much differently than You’re …

2019-11-18: Veneration (of icons and the whole of creation) [Y]ou will not see anything face-to-face unless and until you venerate it. Veneration is a word that …

2019-11-03: I’d have enjoyed history classes more had the texts been written this well.

2019-11-03: We humans are odd birds. Odd, because if rocks are dropped on our heads, we can expect them to make …

2019-11-02: I detest gambling so much that I’m missing the E.D. ads, supplanted by sports gambling sites and …

2019-10-31: Is Young Goodman Brown the definitive parable for this quadrennium?

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2019-10-28: Listening to a podcast interview of Wilfred McClay about Land of Hope, I decided I should buy it. …

2019-10-28: Podcast recommendation: Intelligence Matters from CBS New Radio. There are actual adults in the …

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2019-10-24: A nice little app, Paste, has developed an annoying habit of asking me to rate it every single time …

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2019-10-18: Began a new book.

2019-10-16: I’m glad I kept (re-)reading after several times thinking “I remembered something better than this …

2019-10-16: I’ve decided at my late stage in life to go to NYC specifically to see my first on- or …

2019-10-12: In John’s final moments on earth, his family played a song by the Beatles to send him off with one …

2019-10-12: One retirement goal was to focus on weight loss, but I hit a plateau at about 20 pounds, far short …

2019-10-09: It’s in heavy play on one of my personal Pandora channels, but I’m glad it is: Neil …

2019-10-08:

2019-10-08: David Leonhart’s New York Times column on tax rate disparities has a mesmerizing interactive …

2019-10-08: It’s sobering to put in an LED bulb recognizing its pretty good odds of outliving me. #MementoMori

2019-10-07: This should be the epigram on a sober Commentary.

2019-10-07: On the fifteenth day of the month of Kislev in the year 145, King Antiochus set up The Awful Horror …

2019-10-06: I needed a break from surveillance capitalism.

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2019-10-04: Becoming human When I became Orthodox, I often said of the idea of “theosis,” “divinization” or (as St. Peter …

2019-10-02: I have very recently discovered Tara Isabella Burton as a prolific writer, increasingly on religious …

2019-09-29: The plot thickens a.co “The government’s need to evade constitutional oversight, argues legal scholar Jon …

2019-09-28: The era of robocalls led me to change my call handling: I ignore unknown callers, voicemail …

2019-09-27: I’m not a fan of generic “religion,” but error travels faster than truth, so I’m going to …

2019-09-27: Begins with “A is for aisle” …

2019-09-24: The New York Times has a notable Overlooked No More “series of obituaries about remarkable …

2019-09-22: Ayjay on the transformation of "evangelical" [W]e now have a peculiar situation in which people who don’t know what the term evangelical …

2019-09-22: Looking for some hopeful reading as the nation sometimes seems to be flying apart? Try James Fallows …

2019-09-22: Listening to my current favorite personal Pandora station, I kept hearing Crosby, Stills, Nash and …

2019-09-21:

2019-09-21: Nice twist. The “inevitable” here is total loss of privacy.

2019-09-19: Conveniently sanitized via the passive voice.

2019-09-18: Paradoxical choice to bind oneself.

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2019-09-17: The death of Cokie Roberts is of much more import to me than any of the recent Rock-n-Roller deaths. …

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2019-09-14: Annual reading of a vital classic.

2019-09-02: You can’t have moral authority unless you’re willing to be unpopular. The word jeremiad …

2019-08-30: I know campus is the focus, but I’ve been seeing a lot of non-students riding Pace Bike Shares …

2019-08-30: Advantage Becket - War Correspondence ن

2019-08-30: What’s distinct is the sameness, the sensation of repetition, the feeling of forward momentum giving …

2019-08-27: Secularized education ‘It would be oversimplistic to say that education stands in relation to humanism as …

2019-08-26: I hope that whatever Apple plans to replace iTunes is way, way faster at synchronizing with an …

2019-08-26: Ponder this: In Wisconsin v. Yoder, if the legislature had carved out for the Amish the same …

2019-08-26: Greg Peters had me at his title, The Monkhood of All Believers: The Monastic Foundation of Christian …

2019-08-25: “Amateur”, from French amateur “lover of” … (Wikipedia) One nice thing about …

2019-08-24: Do not look directly at Apple Card. Do not speak to Apple Card. Do not denigrate Apple Card in Its …

2019-08-23: The virtue least able to stand alone

2019-08-23: Receiving a tradition is a matter of a living relationship with what has gone before and recognizing …

2019-08-21: Joe Biden delivered a speech I belatedly viewed and enjoyed very, very much — to my surprise. It …

2019-08-19: May Ben Howe’s tribe increase.

2019-08-18: Headlines that disuaded me from bothering: Let’s Stop Pretending Christianity Is Even “Christian” Anymore. The vast majority of Christians …

2019-08-18: Splendid! I found a word I’ve been needing: myrmidon. I have tended to conflate that with …

2019-08-17: Conclusive disproof of corporate media bias In sum: a $10 million per year anchor for a Comcast …

2019-08-16: I heard that Joe Rogan had a good podcast with Tulsi Gabbard, my favorite antiwar, …

2019-08-16: Well when events change, I change my mind. What do you do? Paul Samuelson ‘When someone persuades …

2019-08-14: Again, news of rather random violence (i.e., against people who don’t insist on living life in …

2019-08-13: If Christianity is the one, true religion, is it that much of a stretch to believe that there is …

2019-08-13: Notes from Brother to a Dragonfly Brother to a Dragonfly was written by Will Campbell, a good-ole-boy Southern Lefty who became kind …

2019-08-13: Is it just me, or does anyone else find it weird to refer to Jeffrey Epstein’s suicide as …

2019-08-12: You’ll find no saner assessment of the shootings nine days ago than The prognosis. Now if we …

2019-08-11: Professional ethics too often are procedural safe harbors substituting for real moral reflection. …

2019-08-11: Good for what? Whenever the Guardians of the existing order claim that someone or something is unfit or unsuitable …

2019-08-11: Listening to a McCoy Tyner cover of it, I’m reminded that She’s Leaving Home is my …

2019-08-10: Jeffrey Epstein is dead. We’ll need another scapegoat now.

2019-08-07: Finished 📚 Dignity by Chris Arnade. Still reading The Making of a Poem by Strand & Boland (sort …

2019-08-07: “We, unlike the Europeans, have people in our big, empty churches.” Wish I’d …

2019-08-07: Where have you been all my life, Atlantic? What great writers! What range of opinion!

2019-08-07: My favorite time in the sunroom: morning light almost blinding in the peripheral vision of my right …

2019-08-05: Make a stand now, gentle reader! It is time that we staged a Revolt Against Glibness.

2019-08-04: Reading 📚 The Making of a Poem by Strand & Boland, plus Dignity by Chris Arnade. Both …

2019-08-04: Thanks to @ayjay’s mentioning it again, I looked and decided I’ve been neglecting Pinboard and …

2019-08-04: I visited the 13th Century this afternoon. I think it was France, but that may be anachronistic, as …

2019-08-02: An Open Letter to Josh Harris. This is unapologetically Orthodox Christian. I would expect a …

2019-08-01: Why free speech? I’m really enjoying So To Speak, a free speech podcast from F.I.R.E.. I listened to one today …

2019-07-22: Finished reading Sherry Turkle, Alone Together . 📚 If you’re going to read it, skim, note the …

2019-07-21: My goddaughter, a poet (among other things) shared this poetry blog with me. It was the only place …

2019-07-20: Working on learning to write something more ambitious than Haiku. (These are just three new …

2019-07-20: Visiting my grave. Salutary exercise: Memento mori.

2019-07-19: If I have not mentioned it lately, I owe a debt of gratitude to whoever it was here who put me onto …

2019-07-18: Loud bigoted drunk. Raging about immigrants. I just can’t even.

2019-07-16: Seasons turn quickly. They say it was always so. Why was I not told?

2019-07-13: “Alexa, How Do We Subvert Big Tech’s Orwellian Internet-of-Things Surveillance?”

2019-07-12: The progressive is by definition “on the side of history,” a cause so irreproachably good that pious …

2019-07-10: Whack-A-Mole Chase religious ideas out one door and they inevitably come in another — because the human mind …

2019-07-09: I thought this Ross Douthat column was so interesting that I blogged an introduction and some …

2019-07-08: V-E Day Starts a Slow, Confused Unwinding of American War Industry Wall Street Journal, May 8, …

2019-07-07: Finished reading Pieper, Leisure: The Basis of Culture.📚 I suspect most throughtful contemporaries …

2019-07-07: Some DeSomethings and Van der Others at my wife’s Reformed Church were wearing orange this …

2019-07-05: Currently reading Pieper, Leisure: The Basis of Culture.📚 I wish I hadn’t waited so long. …

2019-06-28: I can’t lose this afternoon. I love France, too, so I’m just looking forward to some …

2019-06-28: Hi & Bye Just stopping back by to say “hi” and (more or less) “bye.” This is a lovely platform, but I …

2019-05-09: Today, packing, pre-emptive personal grooming (trim the beard good and short), attend Board Meeting …

2019-04-19: This time is that time Orthodox Christians complete their Lenten Fast this weekend and enter the days of Holy Week. Very …

2019-04-19: I can’t help but notice that although almost nobody is talking about the Mueller Report, …

2019-04-08: I’ll predict Virginia by 23-22. 🏀 Yes, I’m expecting a defensive battle. (Caveat: I …

2019-04-07: “Loser!” is the taunt of the modern world (a word spawned in the pit of hell). … Become a Christian …

2019-04-03: Yay! God willing, I’m going to the Republic of Georgia next month! (There was a potential …

2019-04-01: Purdue’s Men lost a heart-breaker to Virginia Saturday night - so close. We’ll miss Ryan …

2019-04-01: Found: The Perfect FPR Presidential Candidate! Bodyguardz flavored screen protectors This has gone …

2019-04-01: I commend to my friends Jesse Singal’s newsletter, two-thirds of which will be …

2019-04-01: I should have known that Frank Bruni would not write the dull restaurant review his title (The Best …

2019-04-01: Apple News I came to Apple for design and quality, and I’m staying because at Apple, I am not the …

2019-03-30: Beginning a modern Lent Our modern self-understanding sees people primarily as individual centers of choice and decision. A …

2019-03-29: Synkatavasis, anyone? The United Methodist travails, when I get my anger at the progressives under control, evokes what I …

2019-03-28: Purdue 99, Tennessee 92. Purdue led by as much as 18, but when they went into overtime at 82 each, I …

2019-03-28: C.S. Lewis has no discernible Sell-By Date

2019-03-28: Joanna Stn wins the internet for Thursday with Appl Still Hasn’t Fixd Its MacBook Kyboad Problm …

2019-03-27: This article fascinated (and appalled me) when I first read it: How a Bitcoin Evangelist Made …

2019-03-27: Q: How many pieces of real estate did Microsoft Co-Founder Paul Allen leave when he died at age 65? …

2019-03-27: Skyscrapers and the March equinox. (H/T Micah Mattix at Prufrock)

2019-03-26: Am I too angry for this? I am not an angry man. I have sometimes, when driving, spoken sharply to other drivers about their …

2019-03-26: Apple announced four new or upgraded services yesterday. Only one of the four interests me, but it …

2019-03-25: One of my favorite memories of last Fall’s Israel trip, from the Grotto of the Annunciation in …

2019-03-25: St. Photius of Constantinople on the Annunciation, which we ecclesial Christians observe today …

2019-03-24: How curious that the Lord of the Universe might exist, yet not be important enough to think about.

2019-03-24: So I sez to myself “Self: Stop wasting time reading about the Electoral College. It …

2019-03-24: We need a Still Point, from which to depart. It cannot be hypothesized. It is too simple for that. …

2019-03-24: “The system is dysfunctional … No one man could possibly control everything.” Andrew Higgins, How …

2019-03-23: Purdue’s start against Villanova 🏀 is their best in about a month. Raining 3s. Offensive …

2019-03-21: I recommended this Peggy Noonan paywalled column last Friday. Now it’s on her blog. I still …

2019-03-21: I thought Minnesota would out-perform expectations, and they did upset Lousiville. 🏀 Unfortunately, …

2019-03-21: Bodhisattva, come to think of it, ranks right up there with Lyle Lovett’s You’re Not from Texas as …

2019-03-21: A rather small but illustrious group avers that there’s no conservative case left for Zombie …

2019-03-20: Humans inevitably come into conflict. Conflict inevitably resolves to hierarchy. Therefore hierarchy …

2019-03-19: Flashback: Warming up for a concert years ago, sitting arms-length from one of our soloists. Our …

2019-03-19: Sunroom in the morning.

2019-03-17: Purdue’s out, and I’ve developed a liking for Xavier Tillman, so to my surprise, I’m rooting …

2019-03-17: It took almost three weeks, but I finished Herman Wouk, The Winds of War 📚 Worth all thirty or so …

2019-03-17: A bruised reed He will not break, And smoking flax He will not quench A lot to chew on there. In the …

2019-03-16: Sometimes, you don’t even need to read past the headline and sub-head: Beto O’Rourke’s 2020 …

2019-03-16: If you’re suffering from low blood pressure this morning and have a Wall Street Journal …

2019-03-15: I’ve suspected for a while that “Cultural Marxism” is basically a lazy epithet for …

2019-03-15: As a sort of coda to the college admissions scandal, this from the obituary of Birch Bayh, a very …

2019-03-15: Peggy Noonan has, hands down, the best column I’ve read in major media on the college …

2019-03-15: I’m going to stick my neck out and predict, once again, that the Christchurch Mosque shooter(s) will …

2019-03-15: Sometimes the daily readings seem particularly prophetic.

2019-03-14: There’s something really odd about the commentariat’s outrage over the college …

2019-03-14: Parenting today Is this the most deliciously revealing facet of the college admissions scandal?: the parenting book …

2019-03-13: Lessons from Cardinal Pell’s 6-year jail sentence If the appeal fails, [Cardinal Pell] must spend at least three years and eight months in prison …

2019-03-12: Anyone here use Nord VPN? Have you had problems with VPN servers dropping or going so slow your …

2019-03-11: The only time my Amazon Echo microphone is enabled is when I want to say “Alexa, stop” …

2019-03-11: Just ordered a new cassock from Nikita the Tailor, though it appears that he’s dialed his …

2019-03-11: Wesley Hill quoting Sam Wells, on Church controversies that boil down to “too much binding” versus …

2019-03-11: St. Andrew of Crete Loaded his Canon with Types Volleys of mercy.

2019-03-10: Orthodox begin Lent this evening with a service where everyone, one-by-one, asks and gives …

2019-03-08: Materialist Morality Some of the classical atheist philosophers, such as Camus and Nietzsche, struggled with how can we …

2019-03-08: Rod Dreher’s Laws, including a new one. Very observant and memorable.

2019-03-08: Neo-Maoists It’s tempting to satirically call-out Peggy Noonan for her characteristically sane March 8 …

2019-03-07: From Christopher Benson, a Litany of Penitence for Lent. I adapted for myself where my besetting …

2019-03-07: I appreciate the heck out of Camille Paglia (and her comrade in arms Jordan Peterson).

2019-03-06: A two-faith nation America changed from a largely single-faith culture to a two-faith nation — sacred and secular — and …

2019-03-06: The nightmare after crypto ‘Cryptocurrencies are scams and anybody who puts any money into one and …

2019-03-05: Flapjack Tuesday (Canada) The churches (Protestant and Catholic alike) emptied out when they ceased to expect much of people. …

2019-03-05: Staying abreast Ira Rifkin shares some wisdom on his way out the door at GetReligion: I’ve written for GR for …

2019-03-05: This is the most encouraging denial of certiorari in a religious freedom case I can ever recall …

2019-03-04: This Day in History: Pfc. Leonard M. Kravitz faces a banzai charge

2019-03-04: Not makin' it alone A blessed Lenten journey to one and all. In the Eastern Church, Lent in the full sense arrives in …

2019-03-04: Whenever there’s a particularly odious criminal defendant, the moral cretins come out to …

2019-03-02: Perspective: If Purdue had gone completely scoreless in the second half, Ohio State would have won …

2019-03-02: Holy smokes! Purdue 48, Ohio State 20 at half! 🏀 Purdue’s team play has never looked better. …

2019-03-01: Living in the deathworks Perhaps one of the most confusing aspects of this present age is the sheer speed with which …

2019-03-01: Am I the only one who has mixed feelings when (1) a crime is solved (or a hoax crime unmasked) …

2019-03-01: Wednesday night, Purdue’s 7’-3” Matt Haarms 🏀 scored 21 points, got 10 rebounds, blocked five …

2019-03-01: If you’re interested in basketball 🏀 and can get past the Wall Street Journal paywall, …

2019-02-28: How to get rid of a Lemon So what should the Court use to replace Lemon [v. Kurtzman]? At one point, Chief Justice Roberts …

2019-02-28: Reeling from contentious LGBT vote, some Methodists pledge to fight while others mull leaving That …

2019-02-28: 7’-3” Matt Haarms for Purdue 🏀 actually looked coordinated in last night’s 73-56 win over Illinois, …

2019-02-27: Reading Herman Wouk, The Winds of War 📚 I’m not sure I can bear this evening’s news, so …

2019-02-27: Raced through last 2/3 of Vaclav Havel, The Power of the Powerless 📚

2019-02-27: The dumbest takes on Tuesday’s United Methodist Church decisions are those gasping that it …

2019-02-27: Why can’t bots check “I am not a robot” checkboxes?. I was thinking kindly of Google for this …

2019-02-26: The Musical Aphasia of Maurice Ravel (H/T Prufrock)

2019-02-25: Kneeling during the National Anthem at gladiatorial spectacles, is the equivalent of Havel’s …

2019-02-25: A favorite homilist loves to stand convention on its head. He ignores palpably negative connotations …

2019-02-25: Is Donald Trump a tragic hero? What makes such men and women both tragic and heroic is their knowledge that the natural expression …

2019-02-25: Began reading Vaclav Havel, The Power of the Powerless 📚

2019-02-24: Finished reading Oren Cass, The Once and Future Worker 📚 I raced through the ending, apparently …

2019-02-23: As part of my self-improvement program, I’m watching Lacrosse for the first time. …

2019-02-23: [F]or a moment we all saw, I think, that the danger of pluralism is that it becomes factionalism, …

2019-02-22: Charles Barkley’s advice to Jussie Smollett: ‘If you’re going to break the law, do not write a …

2019-02-22: A daily potpourri of not-entirely-random news and commentary

2019-02-22: Just punishments Mr. Smollett deserves to be punished for his hoax to deter others. The media’s punishment will be …

2019-02-21: Oh, joy! I’ve been waiting for Peggy Noonan to blog what first appeared last Friday behind a …

2019-02-21: Mixed feelings: a beautiful hawk has decided that our well-patronized bird feeders are his happy …

2019-02-21: As I read, highlighted, and tagged Wesley Hill’s blog, I was surprised to learn that I’d …

2019-02-21: Karl Rove writes regularly for the Wall Street Journal. Sometimes, he’s right.

2019-02-21: Love Story had it wrong: it’s “buying your ink by the barrel” that means never …

2019-02-21: L’affaire Jussie Smollett is mostly about celebrities, politicians, media and other bien pensants …

2019-02-20: Just discovered that NordVPN has a pretty useful blog, recently focused on alternatives to …

2019-02-20: Michael Gerson turns acute depression into a sermon, and much more. Potpourri, 2/20/19

2019-02-20: I’m a pretty strong advocate of press freedom (I had a newspaper client for a while), as well …

2019-02-20: SCOTUS accepts Indiana Supreme Court’s challenge (“the United States Supreme Court has not …

2019-02-20: Bernie Sanders is running for President in 2020 on a platform opposing age discrimination.

2019-02-20: Apropos of the death of Chanel’s Karl Lagerfeld, I’m reminded how very odd it is, and …

2019-02-19: I swore off Facebook today over its censorship of an image from the martyrdom of 21 Coptic …

2019-02-19: Clippings and Comments, 2/19/19

2019-02-19: There’s something touching and even uplifting about a widow of the Aurora, Illinois factory …

2019-02-19: This Day in History: Former Vice President Aaron Burr is arrested for treason. Quite good.

2019-02-19: I despair for the state of literacy today: America’s choice to embrace the blind rage of late-stage …

2019-02-18: I have thought this for a while but hadn’t uttered it yet: It’s surprising how many …

2019-02-17: I’ve just shared three snippets from the blog of Fr. Stephen Freeman, whose blogs are pretty …

2019-02-17: [Myth haters’] religion … is flat and empty. What modernity labels as “fact” is insufficient for …

2019-02-17: Finding the questions Many years ago, I had a mentor who said, “Don’t answer questions that people are not asking.” His …

2019-02-17: Thinking noises A sentiment that says, “I think human suffering is terrible,” is generally a sentiment that will …

2019-02-17: Clippings & Comments 2/17/19

2019-02-17: If your faith is strong, it doesn’t need a challenge. If your faith is weak, it cannot stand a …

2019-02-17: Ouch!. The screens are just the setup.

2019-02-16: Beholden to false truisms We’re beholden to many false truisms. One is that our coasts are diverse places representative of …

2019-02-16: Nice to see there’s a Jewish equivalent of the Babylon Bee.

2019-02-16: America long has been and still remains a nation of sentimental moralists. Unless this changes, our …

2019-02-16: Some of the political stuff I promised to move to WordPress are here.

2019-02-16: Nobody has mentioned it, but I’ve been overdoing controversial politics. I’ll try to do better …

2019-02-16: Prelude in C Sharp Minor, Op. 3, No. 2 just came on Pandora - again - and for the first time ever I …

2019-02-16: Breaking: U.S. Former Cardinal Is Defrocked After Sex-Abuse Conviction Decision makes Theodore …

2019-02-16: Of the 21 Coptic Martyr Saints If you subscribe to First Things, don’t miss Baptism of Blood in the March edition. If you …

2019-02-15: In praise of poetic Bible translation Poetry has fled from this modern Bible, frightened away by twentieth-century scholars who offer us a …

2019-02-15: In the next 30 years, the population of the African continent will more than double, from 1.2 …

2019-02-15: Great line: Nothing says emergency more than “I didn’t need to do this.” https://t.co/djCmOMqdnY — …

2019-02-15: Contemning your voters [L]ook at who Republican voters increasingly are. They are people who disproportionately serve in …

2019-02-15: A Court Case in Iowa Shows the Reality of Religious Discrimination in America (David French)

2019-02-15: Let’s build a wall, and make El Chapo pay for it. … That’s why I have reintroduced the Ensuring …

2019-02-14: A National Emergency Declaration, concurrent with signing the budget deal, signals that end of even …

2019-02-14: It not only comes as no surprise to me that More people around the world see U.S. power and …

2019-02-14: George Will on GND's significance The [Green New Deal] has no practical importance but much significance. First, it underscores the …

2019-02-14: Metaphor of the day: reality’s viscosity. Problem with the metaphor of the day: How can it be …

2019-02-14: Maybe the best thing Mitch McConnell ever did for editorial cartoonists was taking a pass on Lasix.

2019-02-14: Another "betrayal" by John Roberts? New York Times Contributing Opinion Writer Linda Greenhouse makes a plausible case for why Justice …

2019-02-14: It has taken years of agricultural policy to get us into this mess. Getting out of it is a question …

2019-02-13: California’s bullet train was (and is) the Green New Deal in miniature … At the time of its demise, …

2019-02-13: Freddie deBoer has some sharp comments on “controversies” that are mostly within the …

2019-02-13: We’ll see how long it takes to get an injunction against this new, likely unconstitutional, Los …

2019-02-13: The state of conservatism today is lousy National Review, hardly uncritical of Trump, is saying that he and the Republican Congress got a …

2019-02-13: What if …? Consider the following hypothetical exchange: Bezos representative: If you publish his illegally …

2019-02-12: Two small birds, in rapid succession, flew into the window in our family room. That’s what …

2019-02-12: What with reports of hackers attacking thermostats, refrigerators, and other IOT appliances, I was …

2019-02-12: Sheriff Says Use of Camera to Zoom in on Defense Attorney’s Notes Was “Inadvertent” [Insert your own …

2019-02-12: When it comes to viewing leaked sexual ephemera, the knowing is its own harm … The exclusivity, the …

2019-02-12: A classic sidebar to a non-story.

2019-02-12: Where Is Crown Prince Mohammed? Out of public view, he attempts to control Saudi society with a …

2019-02-11: I’m not as familiar with Ivan Illich as I should be, but I shall soon sample the Kindle …

2019-02-11: All Things Considered apparently is going to waste time on the Virginia blackface kerfuffle. If I …

2019-02-11: Some days I just wanna get down on my knees and thank God for the free speech aspect of the first …

2019-02-11: There’s no reason to worry about what journalists, activists and politicians are coming from a place …

2019-02-11: On “open communion” from the vantage point of ecclesial Christianity: Coming to my church and …

2019-02-10: Prosperity > GDP A properly broad definition of prosperity can seem intangible and unquantifiable, but that does not …

2019-02-10: Do language games moot natural law? A common objection to natural law, albeit in academic garb: Given the implications of …

2019-02-09: 🏀 Purdue vs. Nebraska: 1. Who are these Gold & Black imposters who actually get defensive …

2019-02-09: Began Oren Cass, The Once and Future Worker. So far, it looks really good (and it has gotten much …

2019-02-09: By stretching the boundaries of normal conversation, [trolls] shift the “Overton window” — widening …

2019-02-09: A fairly short (4:24) but pointed All Things Considered story Friday on the toxicity of blackface, …

2019-02-08: A little Red Pill

2019-02-08: A bill was proposed in Hawaii to raise the legal smoking age to 100. After that Hawaiians would be …

2019-02-08: Hey! I’ve got a great idea! Let’s do the RICO on AMI, parent company of the National …

2019-02-08: Having learned that Virginia Governor Ralph Northram attends an integrated church with a black …

2019-02-08: Running the world on dark matter [T]he laws of physics override the bright ideas of politicians. America has been … promoting …

2019-02-08: … a day without Twitter is like a day without anthrax … Michael Gerson

2019-02-08: Obituaries After clipping the outstanding New York Times Obituary on Frank Robinson, I decided to inventory my …

2019-02-08: The Commonwealth of Virginia … prides itself on being the mother of presidents (eight so far) and a …

2019-02-07: [Trump] insisted on referring to the Democratic agenda as a “Democrat agenda” — the most tired of …

2019-02-07: The first woke primary season Of the multiple kerfuffles in Virginia Democrat officialdom: Democrats are about to embark on the …

2019-02-07: Even before reading the column, I got a big chuckle out of E.J. Dionne’s title: Trump …

2019-02-06: The Lord's Prayer from Old Saxon The Lord’s Prayer from Old Saxon Father of us, the sons of men, You are in the high heavenly …

2019-02-06: Perfecting each person Education is a very great good in itself and not a mere instrument of success. The end of education …

2019-02-06: The best thing I can say about the Ralph Northam kerfuffle is that a group of Catholic School boys …

2019-02-06: For those who rank the Second Amendment as one of their favorite things, I offer this as a new …

2019-02-06: Of late, I’ve found a term for my political temperament: “trimmer” (second listed …

2019-02-06: My Church is the best Church because it never interferes with a man’s politics or his religion. …

2019-02-05: Trafficking in academic indulgences [S]ome universities – and famous ones – are granting college credit to students passing these tests …

2019-02-05: Prerequisites to reading and writing The next time my colleague the chemist says his students cannot read and write, I shall say, “you …

2019-02-05: Bookends: Kevin D. Williamson sings the praises of big business (and scorns “Small Is …

2019-02-04: Finished 📚John Senior The Death of Christian Culture. It grew on me, after riling me up with …

2019-02-04: Oh the protestants hate the catholics and the catholics hate the protestants and the hindus hate the …

2019-02-04: George Yancey has now published What I don’t like about the left to complement his prior What …

2019-02-03: New Goat in Town. The feeding frenzy is set to 11 at the Washington Post. “Scoop of a …

2019-02-03: Accumulated clippings, 2/3/19

2019-02-03: [A]s world leaders pile in for Mr Maduro or against him, they are battling over an important idea …

2019-02-03: If we lived in a saner country … On Tuesday, I speculated in passing that if Tulsi Gabbard started getting traction in the Democrat …

2019-02-02: Modernity as crack eliminator Must every London gentrified street have a Starbucks, a Pret A Manger, a Caffè Nero, a Costa Coffee, …

2019-02-01: I hate, hate, hate it when right-leaning flaks try to match the progressive zanies for …

2019-01-31: Finished 📚 Thomas Merton’s Seven Storey Mountain. But I expect to chew on bits of it again …

2019-01-31: 🏀 Penn State has got to be the best 0-10 team in the Big 10. That sounds sarcastic, but they really …

2019-01-31: Once again, I find myself appreciating the courage of Tulsi Gabbard, which sparked a contemptible …

2019-01-31: I generally detest modern epithets ending in “phobe” or “phobia,” so let me …

2019-01-31: I try to avoid Chicken Little stuff, but I think Ontario’s sanity has met its Waterloo.

2019-01-31: I don’t care if the authors are George Will and Megan McArdle: it’s too damned early for …

2019-01-30: Too simple to understand [A]t great cost I bought the first volume of the Works of St. John of the Cross and sat … and turned …

2019-01-30: New research spearheaded by George Yancey indicates that media personnel are most likely to …

2019-01-29: Detoured from 📚John Senior The Death of Christian Culture to read 📚 Thomas Merton’s Seven …

2019-01-29: Order, continuity, authority Iranian political culture is deeply authoritarian, and, therefore, whatever political order follows …

2019-01-29: Left & Right The primary distinction I make, between Left and Right, could be put in this way. Going back to the …

2019-01-29: Europe, Political Parties. Some original content, not compilation.

2019-01-29: By the way: Stay safe, midwest friends. I was in Arizona during the blizzard of ‘78, but this is …

2019-01-29: Vintage: … Hundreds of poems have been written about standing on the beach and looking at the waves …

2019-01-29: “Puff Graham,” William Randolph Heast is reported to have said of Billy Graham. Things …

2019-01-29: If the New York Times isn’t planning to turn its “Overlooked No More” obituaries …

2019-01-27: It just beggars belief that the same liberals who fret about “micro-aggressions” for 20-somethings …

2019-01-27: Brett Kavanaugh vs. Covington Catholic One of the unexpected and very pleasant comments I heard over the weekend was on the excellent Left, …

2019-01-27: Very glad I’m filling a great gap in my post-college auto-didacticism by reading Thomas Merton’s …

2019-01-27: Scott Adams and Freddie DeBoer do a mind-meld. Is this the dawning of the Age of Aquarius?

2019-01-27: Three points against Impeachment [T]here are several difficulties with the current briefs for impeachment, which suffice for now to …

2019-01-27: A cynic knows the price of everything, the value of nothing. One of the best reasons to get rid of …

2019-01-26: The worst thing that had ever happened to me was this consummation of my sins in abominable coldness …

2019-01-26: English prep school religion I think St. Peter and the twelve Apostles would have been rather surprised at the concept that …

2019-01-25: Ephraim Radner and Hans Boersma as keynoters at Eighth Day Symposium. Pretty darn good.

2019-01-25: Short of sleep from disrupted travel; banquet for a group I like; overpriced drinks at cash bar; I …

2019-01-25: The people at NYT, WaPo, etc. who keep pearl-clutching about the “white male privilege” of the …

2019-01-25: In Wichita for the Eighth Day Symposium. O’Hare was seemingly fine, but regional jets scheduled to …

2019-01-24: It is said that Friedrich Nietzsche once hurled at God the challenge, “I too can make a man.” God …

2019-01-24: Distilling to a single image Were I to distill “the dynamics of the current moment into a single image,” focusing on negatives, …

2019-01-24: Ethics reminder to the New York Times One of my rules of thumb is that if Caitlin Flanagan wrote it, it’s probably worth reading: …

2019-01-23: Giving the devil his due, that has been a terrific run by Ohio State against Purdue. 🏀

2019-01-23: [I]n the same way that some presumably intelligent and decent people on the left have convinced …

2019-01-23: You can’t turn a bully into a flower child. But you can turn him into a knight … Affirm the knight. …

2019-01-23: It's just what sane people do Until he read David Brooks’ Tuesday column, Alan Jacobs had not heard about the kerfuffle on …

2019-01-23: Covington Catholic closed for death threats. The saga continues. Can’t we talk about someone …

2019-01-23: That there could be something called an “emotional support alligator” proves that …

2019-01-22: In a demographic intervention, Patriarch Ilia II of Georgia now four times per year personally …

2019-01-22: An interesting bit of Supreme Court “signaling” today. The signal portends something I would …

2019-01-22: Neologism of the Year Neologism of the Year: Recursive mobbing The outcry of the mob on social media is just that: a mob. …

2019-01-22: The elephant in the Covington room A very good point: But for the sake of arguing let us assume that the boys did just what the …

2019-01-22: When SCOTUS reverses Roe: a prediction

2019-01-22: Revealing The Others' dark hearts [I]n the age of social media [polarization is] almost entirely about social type. It’s about finding …

2019-01-21: J. Edgar Hoover and MLK On the 18th of November, 1964, the FBI’s appallingly corrupt boss J. Edgar Hoover denounced Martin …

2019-01-21: At the risk of beating a dying horse … Then more videos surfaced on Sunday; videos that showed some appalling insults from the Black …

2019-01-20: Began 📚John Senior, The Death of Christian Culture (1978, with 2008 foreword and introduction).

2019-01-20: The icon on today’s bulletin was “The Chains of St, Peter.” I don’t think …

2019-01-19: Finished 📚Peter Nasmyth, Georgia: In the Mountains of Poetry. It was hard to put down.

2019-01-19: History rhymes The president of the United States has so singular a combination of defects for the office of a …

2019-01-19: Un-compelling titles: I Put My Baby Daughter in Dinosaur Overalls. Am I an Anarchist?

2019-01-19: The Lost History of Liberalism In spite of her best efforts to make liberalism’s interest in public morality stand on its own two …

2019-01-19: My wife surmises that the birds, thick all morning, are now on lunch break.

2019-01-19: Fellow Miracles, Let Us Rejoice Together! The other pre-requisite for living sanely in an insane world is an attitude toward life, which I can …

2019-01-19: I’ve used Vanguard Funds quite a lot, for myself and as Trustee for my aging mother, but I had …

2019-01-19: Not for me to know the thoughts of man The instantaneous awareness of so much folly is not, I now think, healthy for the human mind. …

2019-01-18: The wave-form of Tower of Power’s 40th anniversary concert. Yeah. Pretty much non-stop funk.

2019-01-18: 2:13 of sheer, exuberant joy. 1:49:14 of sheer, exuberant joy. You are welcome.

2019-01-18: What makes an intense weirdo? Last week Deadspin ran six sentences and a picture under the headline “Philip Rivers Is An Intense …

2019-01-18: Everything is political. Everything. It never would have occurred to me that Karen Pence going to work teaching art to children in a …

2019-01-17: The West is now rudderless. To be rudderless puts you at the mercy of elements. The elemental forces …

2019-01-17: Portlandia has shifted to the north.

2019-01-16: A true patriot takes over DOJ We have been blessed by President Trump’s occasional discovery of quality people who love the …

2019-01-16: Political quarantines For a quarantine to work, you have to be willing to commit to it even when it has electoral costs. …

2019-01-16: I am guessing that many men … don’t want to be mistaken for being a toxically masculine Gillette …

2019-01-15: Wisdom requires us to ignore most provocations. David Warren, The Wisdom of Sheep

2019-01-15: Infidel! … Anyone who suggests … that America must come first, above all else, is not merely wrong he is …

2019-01-15: Intellectuals: purveyors of novelty Without culture and its attendant explanation through story and ritual, what is left instead is “the …

2019-01-15: Article 6 lives Having announced a Presidential run, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard puts some distance between herself and the …

2019-01-15: How time flies! I had no idea QB Drew Brees was turning 40 today. (H/T Wall Street Journal article …

2019-01-14: How not to be a cortisol factory Most of the things that get me upset fall into two categories: 1) minor indignities of daily life …

2019-01-14: Don’t worry about finding yourself. If you try to acquire the virtues, your self will take care of …

2019-01-13: Clippings and (a little) comment

2019-01-13: Modern Snakeoil salesmen We are always being told to replace something natural with some artificial pill or product that is …

2019-01-13: Should you say ‘please’ to an AI?. Not a bad question, but Michael Martin in Transfiguration asked …

2019-01-13: Church cancelled for weather. Didn’t want y’all to think I’d gone pagan posting on …

2019-01-12: I think we exceeded the 5” forecast.

2019-01-12: Began reading 📚Peter Nasmyth, Georgia: In the Mountains of Poetry, anticipating a trip 🗺there in …

2019-01-12: Finished Cicero, How to Grow Old. It was pretty short. 📚

2019-01-12: “The Muslims worship a different God” strikes me as a modern form of henotheism. Disambiguate, …

2019-01-12: Began reading Cicero, How to Grow Old. (It’s not as simple as “don’t die.”) …

2019-01-12: Finished Michael Martin, Transfigurations: Notes Toward a Radical Catholic Reimagination of …

2019-01-12: Lee Friedlander’s Intimate Portraits of His Wife, Through Sixty Years of Marriage. Recommended.

2019-01-12: … reasoned discourse has been tweeted out of existence … Andrew Sullivan. I missed him over his …

2019-01-12: A closed circle of mutual loathing We spend too much time on “he hit me first!” and too little asking why we care. Why would anyone be …

2019-01-12: The Washington Post asks what’s the last song you want to hear before you die? Maybe …

2019-01-12: How wonderful it is for the soul when—after so many struggles with lust, ambition, strife, …

2019-01-11: [T]he Dutch prosecutor is considering prosecuting Christians for signing a statement of their …

2019-01-11: [I]nsurrection and paramilitary operations are only 3 percent of what the Knights of Columbus do. …

2019-01-11: “Grievance studies” is an entirely bogus discipline and its “scholars” are …

2019-01-11: The Saudi government struck a blow for feminism, decreeing that women whose husbands divorce them …

2019-01-11: Governing by shutdown … harms the democratic spirit because it so vividly tells Americans—rubs their …

2019-01-10: Began reading Michael Martin, Transfigurations: Notes Toward a Radical Catholic Reimagination of …

2019-01-10: Holy Smokes! Tucker Carlson lit a fuse and Michael Brendan Dougherty just ignited!

2019-01-10: Head-scratcher of the day: In California, around $2.5 billion of legal cannabis was sold in 2018, …

2019-01-10: President Trump apparently imagines that declaring a national emergency to get his border wall built …

2019-01-10: Fixing Jesus Among the most useless pronouncements in our modern culture are the statements, “Jesus never said …

2019-01-10: Which is worse precedent? A President declaring a bogus national emergency to gesture at fulfilling …

2019-01-09: Life with Limits I awoke in the middle of the night to a strange thought. It did not seem to come out of a dream but …

2019-01-09: I won’t quote the title of this because someone might think it was just bashing Trump. It …

2019-01-09: Finished City of Thieves. 📚 Meh. Part Quest, part Buddy Movie (author is a screenwriter). Plot …

2019-01-08: Clippings and comment, 1/8/19

2019-01-08: As the effect moves well beyond the nation’s capital, craft brewers cannot get approval from the …

2019-01-08: A moral imperative to "do whatever it takes"? “If you don’t do it, you’re fighting with one hand tied behind your back,” said Mr. Osborne, a …

2019-01-07: Began reading City of Thieves, a brilliant “take a chance” Christmas present from my …

2019-01-07: The Russian Orthodox Church, a close ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin and the largest and …

2019-01-06: Seduction is the unmentionable sin, the sin of which we dare not speak, lest doing so undermine our …

2019-01-06: In America, “nobody with a good car needs to be justified.“ Flannery O’Connor, quoted in Philip …

2019-01-06: Finished Philip Bess, Till we have built Jerusalem: architecture, urbanism and the sacred. 📚 Very …

2019-01-05: Very good Federalist Society profile My admittedly unscientific sample of a dozen Federalists’ personal stories — backed up by political …

2019-01-03: Being a geezer has its advantages. I’m not jumping on the Hemp Oil bandwagon because I …

2019-01-03: Hooray! I’m regaining an attention-span that allows me to read serious writing for an hour or two …

2019-01-02: Of the ordination of WomenPriests, TMatt at GetReligion has big issues with how the press reports …

2019-01-02: Senator-elect Mitt Romney is criticizing Trump openly and fairly. But remember that Romeny’s …

2019-01-02: There’s a risk to thinking about genes all the time. Science historian Nathaniel Comfort, on James …

2019-01-01: Began reading Philip Bess, Till we have built Jerusalem: architecture, urbanism and the sacred. 📚

2019-01-01: How Big is Trump’s amygdala?, my amateurish review of The Republican Workers Party, which I …

2018-12-31: I nominate for the Nobel Peace Prize whoever it was who came up with the idea of making a cheese log …

2018-12-31: My 2018 reading list. Leaf by Niggle (more a short story) Against Amazon The awakening of Miss Prim The shallows Fare …

2018-12-31: I had no idea that “St. Clive the New Academic” had cheated me of the proper context of the …

2018-12-31: My main thought about Brad Vermurlen’s 25 Non-Christian Press Books from 2018 that Christians …

2018-12-31: I could probably link to Seth Godin about half the time, but you can follow him yourself if …

2018-12-31: Bobby Jindal (If Democrats Were Shrewd) has an interesting suggestion for some partisan jujitsu, …

2018-12-31: Anticlimax of the day: Elizabeth Warren is running for President.

2018-12-30: Began The Republican Worker’s Party: How the Trump Victory Drove Everyone Crazy and Why It Was …

2018-12-30: Finished The Silk Roads, A New History of the World, this afternoon. It’s a good way for a …

2018-12-29: Just got my new ZoomZoom magazine as a Mazda owner. I’ve long liked Mazdas (much better than Toyota …

2018-12-29: Step back “Step back” is advice I need to hear, so probably some others do, too. I’m talking …

2018-12-29: What other president would insist on shutting down part of the federal government because Congress …

2018-12-28: All Things Considered interviews Joan Baez, reminding me (a) I always like her as a person of …

2018-12-28: If Purdue 🏈 doesn’t score on this possession, I have a The Silk Roads 📚 waiting for my eyes.

2018-12-28: Purdue 🏈 vs. Auburn is reminding me why I haven’t made watching Purdue 🏈 a priority. 🏀’s …

2018-12-28: Larry Eisenberg, 99, Dead; His Limericks Were Very Well Read New York Times headline. The obituary …

2018-12-28: Noble rats If you have a Wall Street Journal subscription, don’t miss this week’s Peggy Noonan …

2018-12-28: Progressive nonprofits bode to make things uncomfortable for Team Trump. The left has no bigger …

2018-12-27: Sad Radicals Want to know what Westboro Baptist Church would look like without an explicitly religious ideology? …

2018-12-27: Orthodox hymnody hints that we, too, may once have commemorated St. Stephen on the 26th: Yesterday …

2018-12-27: I voted against this bill because I cannot support a wall that is nothing more than a 14th Century …

2018-12-27: It’s so obvious. Why didn’t I think of “King Minus Touch”?

2018-12-27: When celebrities come out with ideas for passing new laws, it’s usually polite to avert one’s glance …

2018-12-26: Camile Paglia on Jordan Peterson There are astounding parallels between Jordan Peterson’s work and mine. In its anti-ideological, …

2018-12-26: An ethical choice masquerading as medical fact The heart, in my assessment, of one of the year’s top long-form journalism pieces: In 1967, Henry …

2018-12-25: A Christmas Letter from New York … In New York, diversity is a fact, it isn’t a formula imposed by the diversity committee. You look …

2018-12-24: An Arabic Christmas hymn (with subtitles). Eastern Christian hymnody, especially about Christ, is …

2018-12-24: A surprisingly complicated tale The best way to describe Trump’s support in the Republican primaries—when he was running …

2018-12-24: I am a word guy, but I understand that words sometimes fail, or that “a pictures is worth a …

2018-12-23: Faith is not the supposition that something might be true, but the assurance that someone is there. …

2018-12-22: Live Not By Lies Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, wrote towards the end of the Soviet Union. Living under a regime that was …

2018-12-22: A major reason I read American Conservative.

2018-12-21: Began The Silk Roads, A New History of the World, last night. I’m a lousy historian, but reading …

2018-12-21: Cutting bait The resignation of Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is the icing on this blood-drenched cake. Yes, …

2018-12-20: Each year, around now, I read W.H. Auden’s For the Time Being. (@ayjay has a critical edition …

2018-12-20: They know better Highly paid software engineers and tech executives aren’t stupid. Although they may not have read …

2018-12-20: Diversity is a shibboleth that shifts attention from the substantive question of whether our elites …

2018-12-19: Der Spiegel reporter Claas Relotius sacked over ‘invented’ stories. I most resent this …

2018-12-19: Into the vortex of apostasy.

2018-12-18: Alan Dershowitz Is Lying To You, says Popehat.

2018-12-18: Can’t be at ease with your Halloween costume. Can’t be at ease with the music you listen to. Can’t …

2018-12-17: Be very afraid: Kremlin discovers humor. “Russia’s move towards using humour to influence its campaigns is a relatively recent phenomenon,” …

2018-12-17: My Advent/Christmas choral singing is complete, after four extra rehearsals and three concerts in …

2018-12-17: Have you ever wondered whether Orthodox Christians really worship icons, denials notwithstanding? I …

2018-12-16: When you’ve figured out that you’re never going to figure it all out, how do you figure how much …

2018-12-15: Brilliant! Sisyphus Tweets his day.

2018-12-15: Will Donald Trump’s accidental legacy be an overdue clawing back of power from the Executive by the …

2018-12-15: Judging from Obituaries in national newspapers, Nancy Wilson was not underrated; she just …

2018-12-15: Here’s the racket that you should have gone into … Here’s the racket that you should have gone into. You’re selling something, a college diploma, …

2018-12-14: Tucker Carlson is smart and interesting enough that I’d like to watch him on TV if I liked to watch …

2018-12-14: I’m the kind of guy who, if I became a billionaire, would be happy to lose money on publishing a …

2018-12-14: One of the hardest life lessons I ever had to learn is that in the main, people prefer to be …

2018-12-14: Report from The Retired Guy, playing househusband to his still-working wife: our light loads stick …

2018-12-14: Electing Magic Ponies Peggy Noonan once again puts into words something that a lot of us probably have intuited vaguely: …

2018-12-14: Sigh! Nancy Wilson, who always seemed more than a bit underrated as a songstress, has died at age …

2018-12-13: Christian struggle against evil in this world is not, in its first instance, political or social, …

2018-12-13: I very recently retired from the practice of law, midwest county seat style. I hated dealing with …

2018-12-12: They can keep the furniture; we’ll keep the faith. Sherri Edman, ACNA Member whose church lost all …

2018-12-12: Princess Gloria is working with Stephen K. Bannon, center, the populist former adviser to President …

2018-12-11: Complicit with The Man, I’m really enjoying streaming the “Best of Joni Mitchell” play list on …

2018-12-11: [T]here are good Catholics and bad Catholics and … the [New York] Times team gets to decide who is …

2018-12-11: We. Are. Doomed. More people are getting their “news” from social media than from print …

2018-12-11: It seems unlikely that I’ll read anything timelier today than Joseph Sternberg, Macron’s …

2018-12-11: Compounding meritocracy [U]nless families are abolished, successful parents will always pass on advantages to their …

2018-12-10: The Origin of Pointy-Haired Bosses This is where Dilbert’s pointy-haired boss came from: “I don’t actually know much,” an …

2018-12-10: #NeverTrump conservatives holding firm The past two years have given the lie to many of the nastiest accusations the left levels against …

2018-12-10: Anti-meritocracy has a "last chapter problem" When an author caps two hundred pages of rhetorical fire with fifteen pages of platitudes or utopian …

2018-12-10: Patronage is the outward and visible sign of an inward and spiritual grace, and that is Power. …

2018-12-10: Everyone has a religion. It is, in fact, impossible not to have a religion if you are a human being. …

2018-12-10: Jake Meador announces his “2018 Eliot Awards” for best magazine writing. There’s some very …

2018-12-09: I’d like to say that everyone on the Purdue team who’s not named “Carson Edwards” or “Evan …

2018-12-09: 🏀 I’m very, very happy for Carson Edwards. I wish he could get a little help from his friends. …

2018-12-09: “There is a reason normal people hate journalists.”

2018-12-09: Wall Street Journal says binge-watching is “only the beginning” of the future of television. I may …

2018-12-08: Ammon Bundy creates a teachable moment, but some people are just incorrigible, unteachable — and …

2018-12-08: As long as I’m kvetching about language use (like “shaking up” an Administration that’s in constant …

2018-12-08: Emollients, I hope.

2018-12-08: A lovely Luci Shaw poem via Malcolm Guite.

2018-12-07: What does Alexander Acosta’s exercise of prosecutorial discretion in the case against …

2018-12-07: Chilling words from the Orthodox Lectionary today (Gregorian calendar): “Then Satan entered Judas, …

2018-12-06: THREE shot-clock violations forced by Purdue against Maryland! 🏀

2018-12-06: “Die young as late as possible” is an endearing slogan, though not as pious a goal as …

2018-12-06: Mars Hill Audio Journal, to which several of the people I’m interacting with here should be …

2018-12-06: Add to the list of things that do not acutely worry me: Who Will Run to Bernie’s Left?. I’m …

2018-12-06: It’s now official: I have a weakness for woodcuts and linocuts. Two are in view as I sit at …

2018-12-06: Personal Rule of Thumb for songs: if it only sounds good with the performer writhing in a video, it …

2018-12-06: Big doings in SCOTUS today (pay wall). My drive-by reaction is “uphold the precedent” …

2018-12-06: Tutored in Bible “literalism” and, like Hammarskjöld, punctilious about words, I just …

2018-12-05: I am very envious of how Klein got a 26-minute book trailer courtesy on prime time. Guess it’s who …

2018-12-05: Obituary Wars Bryan Behar did something unconscionable. He praised George H.W. Bush. The former president had just …

2018-12-05: It is a shame that systematic injustice to men generally was insufficient reason for this feminist …

2018-12-05: Missing the WASPs Why the extraordinary attention to George H.W. Bush? Put simply, Americans miss Bush because we …

2018-12-05: Milestone: My first Social Security Retirement check hits the account today.

2018-12-04: I’m the cog in the middle that makes it all turn together. Brad Parscale, Trump’s 2020 …

2018-12-04: Joe Carter is wrong. Rod Dreher is right. Dreher might deepen your understanding of why hundreds of …

2018-12-04: A blog I’ve been following spent a lot of time Monday on Jerome Corsi. I finally blurted out …

2018-12-04: Humanly irrelevant distinctions Mom, I am so sorry. My life has been hell since March 2003 when I was part of the Iraq …

2018-12-03: What's "manly" and "tough"? I equate toughness with moral fiber, with character, with principle, with demonstrated leadership in …

2018-12-03: Sully, George H.W. Bush’s service dog, lies before his casket in viral photo - The Washington …

2018-12-03: What do Alan Dershowitz and Willie Mays Have in Common? Yes, this is legal wonkery, but the smart participants at micro.blog can get it if they take a deep …

2018-12-03: Well, they did ask for my opinion… AT&T wanted me to take a customer survey. Everything was multiple choice until, at last, an …

2018-12-03: Court Throws Out Season Ticket Holder’s Lawsuit Over Football Anthem Protests

2018-12-03: I try not to play Ding-A-Ling to any Hokey Wolves, but it’s still shocking to see the …

2018-12-03: The Assange test case What happens to Assange will be one of the biggest test cases for press freedoms in America ever. At …

2018-12-03: Brooks' conservatism, Bacevich's conservatism [T]o say that compassionate conservatism did not work out is, at the very least, misleading. The …

2018-12-03: The fate of the Special Counsel Report? I was inclined to think that the Trump administration would bury the Special Counsel Report, and to …

2018-12-03: Les gilets jaunes Rather than an ideology or a clear philosophy, the gilets jaunes seem to share a set of attitudes, …

2018-12-02: How to "read" God Christ is how we “read” God. We cannot get behind Christ to speak about God as though we knew …

2018-12-02: Talkin’ bout my generation: Remember Chef BoyArDee Ravioli? Blech!!! If that’s your memory of …

2018-12-02: Grandkids’ piano recital in Indianapolis today. The penultimate performer, Romanian ancestry, did a …

2018-12-02: Social Media Microcosm: Nextdoor was burying me with notices from all over the city until I found a …

2018-12-01: Long a fan of Cogi, it never occurred to me that time (and Otter) might have passed it by. (On the …

2018-12-01: From my “big blog,” Clippings & Commentary for today.

2018-12-01: If they’re thinking of re-emphasizing teetotalism to keep their members unspotted by the …

2018-12-01: Toxic Masculinity We used to argue that climate change was a tough political question because its effects were so …

2018-12-01: Headline: “Judges for Betsy DeVos - Another ruling for the campus due process she is trying to …

2018-12-01: Of the $17.5 billion or so of stolen money for which claims have been filed, they have recovered …

2018-11-30: Bamboo socks: very comfortable and durable; drying time = half-life of Cesium-137.

2018-11-30: If you have any interest in what Special Counsel Robert Mueller is up to, Ken White lays it out in …

2018-11-29: There’s nothing all that unprecedented about Paul Manafort’s lawyers talking to the …

2018-11-29: Media software developer Plex has enabled its users to stream Tidal through the app alongside their …

2018-11-28: MSM Is Like Big Pharma: The Rewards Of Malpractice Outweigh The Penalties Interesting headline, …

2018-11-28: Perhaps the greatest grace ever given me was my loss of interest in popular culture some decades …

2018-11-26: Rare occurrence: I didn’t like the looks of my waiter at Sunday dinner yesterday, so I decided …

2018-11-25: William S. Lind is at the rightmost edge of bloggers I follow, and I read him with caution because …

2018-11-25: If you have a tour with “Winterreise” or “Songs of a Wayfarer,” something like that, you can’t …

2018-11-24: Tough question If you could require the president to read one book, what would it be? There is a joke in here …

2018-11-24: I regret the absence of a wrestling emoji as I watch a dual meet, Purdue at Iowa, on BTN.

2018-11-23: David Brooks, The Return of the Chastened Establishment. A glimmer of political hope and sanity.

2018-11-22: The December First Things has arrived, and R.R. Reno is worth the cost again after a few months left …

2018-11-22: Useless beauty (expanded) Beauty does not feed the body, but the soul, and thus beauty testifies to the fact that there is …

2018-11-22: And now you can drive someone out of business for what they didn’t print.

2018-11-21: What POTUS gets wrong about SCOTUS We do not have Obama judges or Trump judges, Bush judges or Clinton judges. What we have is an …

2018-11-21: Behind every five-dollar bill handed out a car window to a homeless man, there is some useless …

2018-11-21: No democracy can survive in … a paranoid climate of ambush and summary execution. Camille Paglia

2018-11-21: [S]ecular humanism has failed. As an atheist, I have argued that if religion is erased, something …

2018-11-21: The benefit of the law The success of his appeal makes me ashamed to be an American. It is a reminder that in cases …

2018-11-21: Eugenics today In France a pro-life video was banned by the government because it shows children and adults with …

2018-11-21: Sisyphus today New York University finance professor Aswath Damodaran, who literally wrote the book on valuation, …

2018-11-20: Facebook has its Upton Sinclair moment, when we see just how the sausage is made and it turns our …

2018-11-20: From 1945 until today - 20 to 30 million people killed by the USA..

2018-11-20: Ingenious: Divide States to Democratize the Senate. (Pay Wall) It responds to a plausible concern …

2018-11-20: An instructive pattern emerges: When Gospel Coalition people opine on LGBT issues and celibate …

2018-11-19: In anticipation of Black Friday In 2007, the journalist Adam Welz records, 13 rhinos were killed by poachers in South Africa. This …

2018-11-19: Seth Godin on (metaphorical) Signal to Noise Ratio.

2018-11-18: On a lighter note, I think Purdue men’s basketball is going to be a real pleasure to watch …

2018-11-18: Then there are the lies of self-deception, the ones we tell about ourselves. These are the most …

2018-11-18: After much effort, overnight success The suddenness of the cultural revolution of the Sixties was due to the fact that the Western …

2018-11-17: Every so often, it’s worth paying homage to people who “got it right” when others …

2018-11-17: I’m consistently impressed by Alastair Roberts, affiliated with Theopolis Institute, though …

2018-11-17: Expert: One who assures that the evidence fits the desires of those who get invited to all the best …

2018-11-16: They changed the world to sand, and now find it slipping through their fingers. Jonathan Pageau

2018-11-16: Off the beaten path, but excellent every time I’ve attended: Eighth Day Symposium, Wichita, …

2018-11-15: So the last time I read Brave New World I said to myself “Self: this Huxley fella is way more …

2018-11-15: “Stand fast and hold the traditions which you were taught, whether by word or our epistle.” II …

2018-11-12: Cultivating the soul [P]eople only really become interesting when they differentiate themselves from one another, as true …

2018-11-11: Our future is thus most likely to be a dystopian one. But it won’t be the dystopia of the …

2018-11-11: The world would be better off if people tried to become better. And people would become better if …

2018-11-11: One of the big reasons why the Right has never been able to defend itself from undermining attacks …

2018-11-11: Provocative and very worthwhile: How Christians Invented Secularism (And Pop Culture). [F]or my …

2018-11-11: Why Western European heads of state choose childlessness: “My dad arranged for your dad a $20 …

2018-11-11: On this Armistice Day, Fire: A Sestina For Survivors, by Malcolm Guite

2018-11-11: If we are crazy, then it is because we refuse to be crazy in the same way that the world has gone …

2018-11-09: The Venn diagram is dead. There’s no overlapping area. David Brooks

2018-11-09: [T]hose of us who are teachers, preachers, pastors, we don’t do people any good by trying to make …

2018-11-09: I’m encouraged by groups like Better Angels and Mejdi multiple-narratave tours, promoting …

2018-11-09: I’ve been frustrated by the speculation about what “Acting Attorney General” …

2018-11-08: I just returned from a dual-narrative Mejdi Tour of the Holy Land. Our problems in the U.S. are a …

2018-11-08: With all due respect to the breathless pundits, Tuesday was not a particularly strong rebuke of …

2018-11-06: Temple Mount is beautiful, as is the Dome of the Rock. But it’s easy to imagine someone desiring its …

2018-11-02: Yesterday in “Capharnum,” ruins of a synagogue Jesus frequented. Today, arrived at Jerusalem and …

2018-10-28: But-but-but-but — the announcers said the momentum had shifted to Oakland. How can this happen? 🏈

2018-10-28: Pro Tip: When you demonstrate angrily in public, you may not be happy to find your photograph …

2018-10-28: Some sober thoughts on the Pittsburgh shooting. [T]here is one infallible rule for a sensible …

2018-10-28: To pursue The Quieter Life requires overcoming our fear of missing out, our fear that, if we let our …

2018-10-28: If you can’t describe the problem without babbling about Jews and Jewishness, it’s …

2018-10-28: Almost everything I need to know about Robert Bowers, the Pittsburgh synagogue murderer, is …

2018-10-28: [M]anager Dave Roberts emerged from the dugout. He had decided that the bullpen gave the Dodgers a …

2018-10-27: Feeding frenzy One reporter from a national newspaper deceived his way into our library so that he could rummage …

2018-10-27: Corporate interference in politics If there was money to be made in pointing out double standards, the job would be very secure: …

2018-10-27: I made two good decisions in the last 11 hours: Watching game 3 of the World Series ⚾️; and …

2018-10-26: When you’re out of the habit of watching baseball, seeing Hank Aaron, Sandy Koufax, that …

2018-10-26: "Fear of the Lord" is soooo old paradigm The essence of de-Hellenization is a loss of “the superiority of the immutable over the changeable,” …

2018-10-26: When paradigms shift. [R]ival paradigms are incommensurable … Incommensurability means that there is no agreement about …

2018-10-26: Gather ye foul balls while ye may, Los Angeles. ⚾️

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