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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. ⚾️

2018-10-25: That dreary, baggy-pants middleman Along with giving me a firsthand acquaintance with some of the great philosophers, historians, …

2018-10-25: That feeling you get when someone with proper credentials says what you, with no relevant …

2018-10-25: When I think of people deserving bad things, I think of them having nominated themselves to get the …

2018-10-25: Discovery of the day: Google translate renders Κύριε, ἐλέησον as “Sir, take it easy.”

2018-10-25: Behold, I show you a post-Christian mystery: Some people’s fondest wish apparently is …

2018-10-25: Finished People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks. 📚 Some dustjacket reviewer said something like …

2018-10-25: Began Survival in Auschwitz by Primo Levi. 📚

2018-10-24: Sooner or later in life everyone discovers that perfect happiness is unrealizable, but there are few …

2018-10-24: From the preface to Primo Levi, Survival in Auscwitz.

2018-10-24: Religion transposed Pope Leo XIII taught in Immortale Dei that with the coming of Christ, religion—the giving of worship …

2018-10-24: On the fringes of a surprisingly large fan club I’m getting this weird “I thought I was the only one” feeling about Eugene …

2018-10-24: Wouldn’t it have been easier to improve his business practices?

2018-10-24: A true pastor's burden American culture is probably the least Christian culture that we’ve ever had, because it’s so …

2018-10-24: If liberals insist that only fascists will defend borders, then voters will hire fascists to do the …

2018-10-23: Am I the only one who reads or hears the explanations of why the stock market was up or down today …

2018-10-23: To be clear: buying this lottery ticket is precisely as rational as paying $800 a day for a device …

2018-10-23: Let us now praise less-famous men: Joachim Ronneberg.

2018-10-22: If there is one thing that the prophets of egalitarian ideology cannot abide, it is the true and …

2018-10-22: Perhaps that’s obvious, but to be an intellectual means nothing is obvious. David Gelertner, The …

2018-10-22: Bourbons passing for Jacobins As I seek to understand the Trump phenomenon, specifically his support by a lot of my more or less …

2018-10-21: What I learned today: The Left no less than the Right becomes shrill, almost hysterical, …

2018-10-21: Longing for the recent past It is wrong to long for the recent past — to wish we could go back to the ’nineties, the ’seventies, …

2018-10-21: A modest way of being Christian.

2018-10-20: The first step in normalizing political discourse is to stop using Netflix as the source of your …

2018-10-20: Cohesion and nationalism In the popular imagination and conventional wisdom, the debate between nationalists and their …

2018-10-20: Triggers and cycles. A reminder why Seth Godin remains in my RSS aggregator.

2018-10-20: Making some sense of Trump For all my criticism of our current President, I really do relish analyses that sort of make some …

2018-10-20: Maybe at night, with just one application open. Otherwise, I don’t think I like Mojave’s …

2018-10-20: Thanks. I needed that. Remember the ads where a guy got slapped in the face with Mennen Skin Bracer and jerked to …

2018-10-19: “The joke was that anyone in Vienna who wasn’t carrying a musical instrument was either a …

2018-10-19: Lament about the plagiarism problem in “Christian” publishing, rooted in worship of …

2018-10-19: Killing one man is very, very far from the top of the list of the most horrific things Saudi Arabia …

2018-10-19: Nones on Sunday

2018-10-18: Add this one to the list of “I can’t believe we commissioned that” artworks. (H/T …

2018-10-17: Finally “finished” Antifragile by Nassim Taleb only to find that the Glossary is worth reading, too. …

2018-10-17: Anything one needs to market heavily is necessarily either an inferior product or an evil one. from …

2018-10-17: Coddled or Indoctrinated? An argument can be strong or weak, civil or ill-mannered, calm or heated, edifying or misleading. …

2018-10-17: My big blog for the day, a mélange.

2018-10-17: Pleasant surprise. When Gregory Wolfe left Image journal, I figured its days were numbered. But its …

2018-10-16: It is a central property of suckers that they will never know they were the suckers because that’s …

2018-10-16: I marvel, too, that the press won’t mention the Bible passages the fired Atlanta fire chief …

2018-10-16: I marvel that a big, sophisticated city like Atlanta, with presumably sophisticated legal counsel, …

2018-10-16: The Sand Palace, “built to withstand the big one” at double the usual cost per square …

2018-10-16: When your epiphany is that “The structure of our federal government [accidentally] awards more …

2018-10-16: Lowest priority reading: Charles Blow, Trump’s Callous Use of Kanye.

2018-10-16: May dismissal of the Stormy Daniels defamation case against Trump, with attorney fees awarded Trump, …

2018-10-15: “I believe in the heuristics of religion and blindly accommodate its rules (as an Orthodox …

2018-10-15: Five years ago, I moved from the Bible Belt to New York City and ran headfirst into an unexpected …

2018-10-15: Interesting metaphor: Trump is “winning” in the same sense that George Foreman was beating Ali …

2018-10-15: Life milestone: Acquired cemetery plots for my wife and me 30 minutes ago. I thought I wanted shady …

2018-10-15: Do not expect Chesterton’s ballade to be any kind of love poem … He means to put to you, …

2018-10-15: World's Finest Bookstore In 2015, Mark Oppenheimer profiled in the New York Times a unique bookstore in Witchita, Eight Day …

2018-10-14: This, from Time magazine of all places, is maybe the first thing I’ve read that makes me think …

2018-10-13: Amateurs in any discipline are the best, if you can connect with them. Unlike dilettantes, career …

2018-10-13: There's always some guy who read Ayn Rand … Any time you try to talk about how internet censorship threatens our ability to get the jackboot of …

2018-10-13: In Counter-hegemony, I expand my comments on Heather MacDonald and take rare issue with an extremely …

2018-10-13: Put a spoonful of wine in a barrel of sewage and you get sewage. Put a spoonfull of sewage in a …

2018-10-13: A fine Saturday WSJ profile of Heather MacDonald, who was only halfway onto my radar previously. She …

2018-10-13: An example of the content banned by Facebook Thursday. Since then, I’ve posted nothing except …

2018-10-13: Life in October 2018: I can’t deny some satisfaction at the appearance that Democrat …

2018-10-13: To suggest that Justice Kavanaugh’s appointment “undermines the legitimacy of the Supreme Court” …

2018-10-12: A report out of Turkey on Friday claims journalist Jamal Khashoggi used an Apple Watch to record and …

2018-10-12: Snow. Big fat flakes that melt, but snow.

2018-10-12: The Economist | KAL’s cartoon www.economist.com/node/2175… (Not a marijuana advocate, but …

2018-10-12: This sort of story make me want to blurt out very bad words I’ll need to confess and to utter …

2018-10-12: I just discovered Bellingcat this week, and All Things Considered is featuring it in a few minutes.

2018-10-12: More cause for rejoicing: Peggy Noonan, like David Brooks, appears to have ended some sort of …

2018-10-12: Mind-bending and bananas Modern feminism demands I live in a constant state of feeling like a victim but if I’m white, I need …

2018-10-12: Croatia vs. England. ⚽️ Zero audience in stadium (something about a consequence of a swastika on the …

2018-10-12: Women are not all alike politically. The New York Times editor on gender issues gets it. Too bad …

2018-10-12: If nobody ever loved you … I’m very glad that David Brooks has finished his book and resumed his column: [T]here was an …

2018-10-12: Go high or go lower? Hillary Clinton — whose warmth, integrity and down-to-earth style were the largest reasons for …

2018-10-12: I have quite a varied blog today at my “big blog,” and not all of it is carping or …

2018-10-11: Snubbing the epistemic honor code The constitution of knowledge is organized around an epistemic honor code: Objective truth exists; …

2018-10-11: Unlike ordinary lies and propaganda, which try to make you believe something, disinformation tries …

2018-10-11: Attacking the constitution of knowledge “We don’t mail Elvis a Social Security check, no matter how many people think he is …

2018-10-10: Intransigent about being de-legitimized The New Yorker has a long article laying out the evidence that Russian “discourse …

2018-10-10: Once upon a time, conservative evangelicalism thought about homosexuality without so much culture …

2018-10-10: This Atlantic column by conservative Reihan Salam packs a lot of important and not terribly …

2018-10-09: Famous-for-being-famous, guilty-of-being-accused.

2018-10-09: I see that Janet Jackson is nominated to the Rock’n’Roll Hall of Fame. I was never a …

2018-10-08: I generally scorn Ann Telnaes’ WaPo cartoons, but I get this one and actually find it passing …

2018-10-07: Having just endured two weeks of he said/she said, I’ll be darned if I’m going to waste …

2018-10-07: When it comes to Iran, the U.S. is acting like a rogue state.

2018-10-06: Oh, dear! Why must I keep reading things that reveal the Emperor’s déshabillé? An account of …

2018-10-06: When I see the adjective “Contemporary Christian,” I get the Heebie-Jeebies, but the …

2018-10-06: With fewer than four weeks until All Saints Day, our stores and smaller-market “news” …

2018-10-06: It's over, but I can't let go Bret Stephens was moved to uncharacteristic partisan belligerency in part by Listening to Cory …

2018-10-05: During a long drive yesterday, I listened to the New York Times “The Daily” podcast on …

2018-10-04: Caitlin Johnstone reveals how to redeem Twitter.

2018-10-04: Wait! There must be some mistranslation! Surely Christ did more for the poor than that!

2018-10-03: Once upon a time, I said NPR was the only news coverage that didn’t make me feel dumber. I’m …

2018-10-03: The Whole World Groans by Michael Hanby. Good stuff. Speaking of Hanby, any other Mars Hill Audio …

2018-10-02: Wherein I admit (temporary) defeat in sorting out the Kavanaugh facts and conclusion and attempt to …

2018-10-01: Signal, noise, overintervention & iatrogenesis Imagine someone of the type we call neurotic …Compare him to someone imperturbable … The supply of …

2018-09-30: “Consider the iatrogenics of newspapers.” from “Antifragile: Things That Gain …

2018-09-30: It seems to me that this is a very powerful and heartfelt blog. Caveat: I’ve never been in the …

2018-09-30: Ross Douthat and Rod Dreher both try to elevate their analyses above last week’s DC …

2018-09-29: a.co “one should not expect laurels for bringing the truth.” from “Antifragile: …

2018-09-29: “A sacred space is never empty.” (Russian proverb, wrapping up this)

2018-09-28: Cet animal est tres mechant; quand on l’attaque, il se defend. What was the proper demeanor?

2018-09-27: “My dream—the solution—is that we would have a National Entrepreneur Day, with the following …

2018-09-27: I went to my first-ever Whiskey Tasting last night at an Irish pub, and I think I’m going to …

2018-09-27: The only part of today’s hearings I heard were those going at 17:00 when I tuned in for news. …

2018-09-27: Ladies and Gentlemen, I give you Caitlin Johnstone.

2018-09-27: If you are not indifferent to the matter of Brett Kavanaugh and his accusers, I offer, in my new …

2018-09-27: “If you think another civil war is imminent, get off Twitter.” (Damon Linker) …

2018-09-24: I think I actually had a couple of original and worthwhile insights on the Kavanaugh Kerfuffle. …

2018-09-23: Four items about the Kavanaugh nomination and Dr. Ford’s accusation against him. The fourth, …

2018-09-21: Je suis Marine Le Pen

2018-09-19: Finished reading Church of Spies. I had not read deeply on the theory that the Pope was …

2018-09-18: Finishing this book. From the Epilogue. a.co “Hartl then offered to spy against the papacy …

2018-09-17: More on the sacred art of Ravenna.

2018-09-17: The Benedict Option is a proposal to intentionally live Christian life in the Western world that is …

2018-09-16: Eliud Kipchoge of Kenya … hadn’t just set a new marathon record; he’d shattered the old one by a …

2018-09-16: A reminder that we are approaching autumnal equinox: traveling eastbound this morning at sunrise was …

2018-09-15: a.co “Brauchitsch, though outraged, would neither confront Hitler nor resign. Like Halder, he …

2018-09-15: Nothing you do this year will be more important than casting a ballot in November. Colbert King, …

2018-09-14: Friday Politics from “the bigger blog.”

2018-09-14: My interest in walkability and urban design has taken a back seat to other concerns, but isn’t …

2018-09-14: Once upon a time, Christian art was not a laughingstock or an oxymoron.

2018-09-14: Anne Applebaum, A Warning From Europe: The Worst Is Yet to Come, in the Atlantic. Highly …

2018-09-13: John Fea, an Evangelical at an Anabaptist-oriented college, is giving no quarter to 45.

2018-09-13: At age 69, my first cast. I’ve been walking around on a broken ankle, my doctor and I both thinking …

2018-09-13: Ordinary authoritarians are content to forbid people from speaking truths. Totalitarians insist on …

2018-09-11: Just added a sports package to my IPTV lineup. I think Working Roger would have thought Retired …

2018-09-11: Am I the only person confused by Markdown in DayOne 2.8.0? I’m finding I have to use an external …

2018-09-10: Political Potpourri from my Wordpress blog. A few of my own opinions as comments on those of others, …

2018-09-09: Anne Applebaum, Washington feels like the capital of an occupied country. Yes. That.

2018-09-09: Cyprus 2, Slovenia 1. Cyprus’s second goal was a misplaced head ball by a Slovenian. ⚽️ BTW: …

2018-09-08: Began reading Church of Spies. 📚

2018-09-07: Italy versus Poland. Pretty exciting so far. ⚽️

2018-09-07: Today’s collection from my Wordpress blog.

2018-09-07: Wesley Hill offers an interesting, even fruitful, typology of the clergy sexual abuse scandals …

2018-09-06: I should chill more often. Just spent a lovely evening watching Babette’s Feast for the first …

2018-09-06: Senator Cory Booker notionally risked it all to release some emails, dubiously withheld from the …

2018-09-06: If you enjoy background stories, the New Yor Times The Daily podcast for Tuesday does a pretty good …

2018-09-06: I guess Anonymous won’t make it into a Nike commercial “believe in something, even if it means …

2018-09-06: I tried to excerpt David French’s great column, The Democrats’ No Good, Frivolous, Ridiculous …

2018-09-06: The Barnum Brutus Our Times Deserves easily qualifies as the most literate take-down I’ve read …

2018-09-05: To the naked eye, this was a dim church interior in Salzburg. (2016)

2018-09-05: My blog overfloweth. Usually, my grab-bag blogs max out at eight or fewer items.

2018-09-04: It’s pretty weird that I had to have the leisure afforded by retirement to learn more …

2018-09-03: New Yorker festivalgoers only want to hear from people who agree with them, or who don’t seriously …

2018-09-02: Finished Strangers, Neighbors, Friends: Muslim-Christian-Jewish Reflections on Compassion and Peace. …

2018-09-02: Oops! Began Strangers, Neighbors, Friends: Muslim-Christian-Jewish Reflections on Compassion and …

2018-09-01: “Who started this round of violence? The answer depended entirely on where you began the …

2018-09-01: “This is quite insane. Just suicidal. Meanwhile, not every journalist has the charism of infinite …

2018-09-01: Saturday Sundries 9/1/18

2018-08-31: I do not like this style of street preaching. Even less do I like punishing this kind of street …

2018-08-31: Fredrik De Boer has some interesting comments on the “particular affected way of operating in …

2018-08-31: Remember two years ago when they made an Oscar-winning film about heroic journalists uncovering …

2018-08-31: Big news (not). One of the businesses I like on Facebook changed its name, turning “and” …

2018-08-31: Sundries 8/31/18

2018-08-31: … I do not believe in dwelling upon the distances that are supposed to dwarf the world; I think …

2018-08-31: Interesting theory: [T]he President’s Evangelical Advisory Board is doing substantive work … behind …

2018-08-31: California is proposing its own version of Net Neutrality. My legal instinct is that some …

2018-08-30: What retired guys do: resume watching sports; watch old movies. Watched the Maltese Falcon on day 1 …

2018-08-30: Irony is probably too much to ask of youth. If I can remember myself in my college years, the most I …

2018-08-30: Spleen Ventings (and more) from my “bigger blog.”

2018-08-30: When language itself becomes corrupted, it becomes impossible to describe reality. Journalists are …

2018-08-30: Hereditary Evangelical fiefdoms are a scandal too rarely highlighted. I’m looking at you, …

2018-08-30: This is what court evangelicals do … Falwell Jr. wants to protect Trump against accusations that he …

2018-08-30: The least risky way to prepare for employment in the 21st century economy may surprise you. (H/T …

2018-08-30: Perennial debate about what it means to be an “Evangelical” continues, with John Turner …

2018-08-30: Sometimes I think Food Critics have the best job in the world.

2018-08-29: A very timely stock photo

2018-08-29: Too Interesting Times

2018-08-29: The title and lede by William McGurn’s column on the Brett Kavanaugh SCOTUS nomination tickled …

2018-08-28: I seem to have reached my limit on wallowing in the details of the Roman Catholic Clergy Sexual …

2018-08-28: Spike it. It doesn’t fit The Narrative.. See here also.

2018-08-28: My Amazon Echo’s growing skill set: Going off-line spontaneously. Locking up. Chronically …

2018-08-28: A fresh vocal challenge: looks like I’ll be subbing for, maybe even joining, Lafayette Chamber …

2018-08-28: We have our Vichy Republicans. Where’s our De Gaulle?

2018-08-27: [A]s a young priest texted me this morning, the Vigano letter was the first thing in a long time …

2018-08-27: I’ve been surprised at some of the shrewd political insight of @ayjay, especially this, …

2018-08-27: [V]alues come before management … [P]olitics is downstream from culture, and the current problems of …

2018-08-27: I never understood why people raved about minimalist text editors for writing until I started using …

2018-08-27: After three months of procrastination, I finally finished a Snapfish book on my May Paris Trip. It …

2018-08-26: Beginning 📚 Strangers, Neighbors, Friends: Muslim-Christian-Jewish Reflections on Compassion and …

2018-08-26: Can pulpits across the nation stand for Trump? “Can pulpits across the nation stand for Trump?” A Colbert King column title. Religious …

2018-08-25: Finished The Lemon Tree. We’ll see how helpful it feels understanding the conflict after my …

2018-08-25: New icons in the altar, over and adjacent to the Apse.

2018-08-25: Tribe is overrated Democratic Sens. Mazie Hirono and Ed Markey canceled meetings this week with prospective Supreme …

2018-08-25: I’ve read a lot of disturbing words this week, but the innocent-sounding phrase I can’t …

2018-08-24: I’m really looking forward to getting and reading the (to me) surprising new release, 📚 …

2018-08-24: Since 2014, Trump has employed the phrase rule of law nine times in tweets. Seven of them refer to …

2018-08-24: Peter Leithart, Of Course Christians Are Theocrats. A kindred spirit to anyone who can get caught up …

2018-08-24: From the annals of Undue Delegation of Nettle Grasping: How in heaven’s name does a Pharmacy …

2018-08-24: I follow many bloggers with worthy insights, arguments or links about the clergy sexual abuse …

2018-08-24: Tom Wolfe said that a liberal is a conservative who’s been arrested. Ken “Popehat” …

2018-08-23: The Orthodox theologian Alexander Schmemann … defines secularism as the negation of man as a …

2018-08-23: J. Budziszewski explains here (2015) and here why a bad man cannot be a “good …

2018-08-22: A video I’d forgotten, a “family tree” from when I was too much into jazz to pay …

2018-08-22: There is a certain kind of white person for whom anti-imperialist discourse appeals because it … …

2018-08-22: After watching Premier League, watching United Soccer League is like following MLB with Colt League. …

2018-08-22: It’s disorienting watching the Indy Eleven ⚽️ play Toronto on a field defaced by Indianapolis …

2018-08-22: It’s August, and that means the news is stupid … That’s because the overall supply of …

2018-08-22: In Trump’s right-wing media universe, it was a day like any other. Sigh.

2018-08-22: Second potpourri of the day. We live in interesting times and some tendinitis in my ankle leaves me …

2018-08-22: This … age of manic news cycles … has left us deadened to amazing developments. So let me repeat it …

2018-08-21: Potpourri 8/22/18, released late the 21st because it comments on the late-afternoon news of Michael …

2018-08-21: More advice for first-year law students, again good. I wonder how many lawyers are “deeply …

2018-08-21: Two rather unusual skirmishes at the border of church and state, here and here.

2018-08-21: Purdue’s temporary student housing looks dystopian, I’m told. I had no idea that Hampton …

2018-08-21: Switzerland Denies Citizenship To Muslim Couple For Their Rejection of Gender Equality. That …

2018-08-21: Eve Tushnet writes on A Closeted Subculture. I give her an edge over Andrew Sullivan, though they …

2018-08-21: Potpourri, 8/21/18

2018-08-21: Datapoint: As fertility records hit record lows, one Minnesota company has begun offering …

2018-08-20: As the Trump era moves into its “maturity”, I’m happier than ever that I read both The Wall Street …

2018-08-20: Just started watching Soccer with Men’s World Cup, having played a little, very badly, in High …

2018-08-20: Church Replaces Boring Old Hymns With Same Four Songs Every Sunday Babylon Bee cutting close to the …

2018-08-20: Charities that appeal to my base passions (e.g., give us money so we can punish evildoers) are less …

2018-08-20: A collection from my main Wordpress blog of things that seem a poor fit for the ethos here.

2018-08-19: Continuing regarding my obliviousness about the six-day war-day war at the time: Extra ironic as my …

2018-08-19: Still reading The Lemon Tree, and surprised at the suspense I feel at the build-up to the June 1967 …

2018-08-19: Why compel Jack Phillips to knuckle under? Because you can, and because you hate him … T. H. White …

2018-08-19: In 1964, the case for intervening in the business of any particular motel operator or restaurateur …

2018-08-19: Ummmm, is that a threat or a promise? The Agenda That Dare Not Speak Its Name MATTHEW CONTINETTI The reason Democrats seek power in 2018 …

2018-08-18: Oh, dear! Privatization taken a bridge too far.

2018-08-18: St. Irenaeus, Against Heresies By transferring passages, and dressing them up anew, and making one thing out of another, they …

2018-08-18: By deciding to ban or suspend some, social media “platforms” start looking like …

2018-08-18: "Working with" sin [T]he 1960s … is when the spiritual combat with the World, the Flesh, and the Devil, was mostly …

2018-08-17: [I]n 1940 … De Gaulle had nothing except his uniform and his voice. No one has ever played a weaker …

2018-08-17: The David French had to write this column illustrates that our presidency is too imperial — and …

2018-08-17: Scardina was a troll, pure and simple.

2018-08-17: There is an argument offered at First Things that challenges a lot of circumlocution about clergy …

2018-08-17: Sooner or later, if you call any attempt to improve American lives “socialism,” a lot of people will …

2018-08-17: Trump Asks Justice Department to Sue Opioid Companies Wall Street Journal headline. Is that an …

2018-08-16: Ill-chosen aphorism: “Well, if you’re prosecuting bad people, the witnesses to their bad …

2018-08-16: Trump's biggest success to date The verbal sparring between my father and Sam Donaldson of ABC, or Helen Thomas of UPI, is well …

2018-08-16: Legal blogger Popehat has some prime advice for “1Ls”, those whippersnappers just …

2018-08-16: When her cancer appeared, Larson said, she wondered if it was nature’s retribution for her being a …

2018-08-16: An interesting analysis by Aaron Renn in issue 24 of The Masculinist, his free periodic email …

2018-08-16: [M]embers of all religions … have a constitutional right … not to consort with, be around, or do …

2018-08-16: “Since 1851, obituaries in The New York Times have been dominated by white men. With …

2018-08-16: Wall Street Journal writer criticizes NYC’s cap on Uber and Lyft licences, noting harm to …

2018-08-15: Started reading The Lemon Tree, recommended to me as preparation for an educational trip to …

2018-08-15: If there’s any silver lining to this presidency, it’s the illumination of how the …

2018-08-15: What we don't owe friends Our relationship foundered over the vexed issue of redefining marriage, for my friend was gay and …

2018-08-15: Journalistic balance today Day 1: Those fanatics at Roncalli H.S. are acting like Catholics, and all that is virtuous opposes …

2018-08-15: Starbucks pork belly bacon breakfast sandwich review: When you read “pork belly bacon,” …

2018-08-15: Seen on a friend’s T-shirt Monday at chorale rehearsal: E = Fb In a land grant college town, …

2018-08-15: Spread the pain — or bear it? I have been a proponent of making sure that rules applied to conservative Christians are applied to …

2018-08-15: I’m increasingly annoyed by the New York Times’ use of “far right” as an …

2018-08-15: For the record, I’m skeptical that the powerful Pennsylvania Grand Jury report was written by …

2018-08-14: Sic transit gloria mundi. René Girard’s book Things Hidden Since the Foundation of the World …

2018-08-14: Compare these two color pallets, posted about 80 minutes apart by separate bloggers, @restlesslens …

2018-08-14: Randomness is the inscrutable face which providence turns to us when we cannot trace its ways or …

2018-08-14: In sarcastic moments, I sometimes point out the gaping loophole in our public-records laws: Public …

2018-08-14: Expanding "essentials" I take it that for [Albert] Mohler and those with him, identity-talk is on the same doctrinal and …

2018-08-14: [Pope] Francis is causing a major, totally unnecessary crisis in Church authority. Don’t just listen …

2018-08-14: Renewed hope of actually reading Humanae Vitae to the end. Despite my sympathies, the argument has …

2018-08-14: Sex is the answer to some questions. As a Catholic theologian, I would propose that it is an answer …

2018-08-13: Thought comes first We have to consider the position of this human “begetting” in a culture that has been overwhelmed by …

2018-08-13: The decline of conservatism [A]n annoying thing for those who disliked Obama’s politics: He is at the same time a genuinely …

2018-08-13: Mend the GOP, Don’t Burn It Down, argues Jay Cost at NRO. Since I’ve echoed several …

2018-08-13: Finished Begotten or Made?: Human Procreation and Medical Technique. 📚

2018-08-13: “ … I have the best job in journalism.” “The best?” “I write what I want, and I piss people off.” …

2018-08-12: Nature and artifice To the moral theologian the most interesting feature of this conception [of gender transition …

2018-08-12: Voice recognition follies: “mere intellectual evasiveness” becomes “Mir and Alex will leave race of …

2018-08-12: Rare truth from Team Trump. Rudy Giuliani explains why Trump is coy about an intrview with Mueller: …

2018-08-12: I am reminded occasionally that preparation to win wars is not a very high priority in U.S. Military …

2018-08-11: Striving to pay the mortgage in the late seventies and eighties, some years I published four books. …

2018-08-11: “I decided that the joy of life and the beauty and connection of life were more important than the …

2018-08-11: A book reviewer notes the intersectional woes of “L.G.B.T.Q. black folk” contending with …

2018-08-11: Stations on our voyage to forgetting The narrative begins with the idea that companionate robots would be “better than nothing,” better …

2018-08-11: Straining at gnats In Denmark, The Times reported last month, “starting at the age of 1, ‘ghetto children’ must be …

2018-08-11: Obituaries » Anya Krugovoy Silver, Poetic Voice on Mortality, Dies at 49 A.W. Richard Sipe, a …

2018-08-10: Uninvented Might it be illuminating to nominate clever and seemingly good inventions which, in retrospect, one …

2018-08-10: An Evangelical, I passed out copies of John’s Gospel as evangelistic tools. Orthodox now, I …

2018-08-10: Blacklisting Alex Jones Dropping [Alex] Jones isn’t the problem. Using hate speech as the excuse is — because the definition …

2018-08-10: An eight-year long fuse It strikes me that the only reason it’s even feasible to make the Republican Party something that …

2018-08-10: Poverty of Ambition I should add, by the way, right now I’m actually surprised by how much money I got, and let me tell …

2018-08-10: Boris Johnson, the wily faux-buffoon of British politics … has resisted the calls to apologize — …

2018-08-10: After several years and many uproarious laughs, I just unsubscribed from James Howard …

2018-08-10: “You grew up expecting the horror. But not this horror … If we had to fight some other evil, some …

2018-08-10: R.I.P. On Tuesday, at Mr. Sipe’s bedside, the two men pondered the moral mystery of how so many clerics …

2018-08-10: The Facebook Distration (II) [T]he mainstream media has become a tad trial-lawyer-y—i.e., seeing what it can get away with. A New …

2018-08-10: The Facebook Distraction (I) A study last year of the 2016 election by six scholars affiliated with Harvard’s Berkman Klein …

2018-08-10: Trump’s ultimate disruption If it is Donald Trump’s strategy to suck all the political oxygen out of the room and choke off his …

2018-08-09: Starting Begotten or Made?: Human Procreation and Medical Technique. 📚

2018-08-09: Finished When Harry Became Sally. 📚

2018-08-09: Micah Clark says Gov. Eric Holcomb is increasingly out of touch with Indiana Republicans. While I …

2018-08-09: HP Tech Support ORIGINAL: Annoying music loop. Interruptions every 30 seconds to tell me that “All representatives …

2018-08-09: In Why the Left Is So Afraid of Jordan Peterson, Caitlin Flanagan adds a piece — or two or three — …

2018-08-09: The evolving party line on Trump and Russia.

2018-08-09: Jonathan Merritt on religious liberty Jonathan Merritt describes what the Trump Administration is doing with religious liberty. I agree …

2018-08-09: We’ve ended up with a large number of “supposed evangelicals” who … think that because they watch …

2018-08-09: Toppling Qaddafi without building a new order may go down as the single dumbest action the NATO …

2018-08-09: One of my friends likes to joke that the only improvement to the 1983 Code of Canon Law is that it …

2018-08-08: A national organization I’ve reflexively supported for years, I notice, has scheduled seven …

2018-08-08: My party assigned at birth is Republican, but I now consider myself party-fluid.

2018-08-08: The Nation Magazine Betrays a Poet — and Itself I was the magazine’s poetry editor for 35 years. …

2018-08-08: I’m not a big John Prine fan, but his “don’t forget to pack this” list is …

2018-08-08: Joseph M. Bessette notes that Pope Francis branded the death penalty “inadmissible”: …

2018-08-08: Urban Meyer at Ohio State “may have known of domestic-violence allegations against an …

2018-08-07: [Y]ou can’t have a vocation of not-gay-marrying and not-having-sex. You can’t have a vocation of No. …

2018-08-07: Too queer for some traditional Christian critics and too ascetic for more socially progressive LGBTQ …

2018-08-07: Iran is about as eager for the U.S. to topple the regime as the United States is for China to topple …

2018-08-07: Manton Reece offers two arguments, here and here, for getting onto Micro.blog and, ideally, …

2018-08-07: Intrinsic evils and rules of thumb What can steel the mind against temptation is the knowledge that an act is, in itself, destructive …

2018-08-06: Freudian obsessions Amongst Christians, when you consider the Freudian obsession with marital fulfillment set against …

2018-08-06: Turning things upside-down again LGBT+ Christians are accustomed to thinking of themselves as the “messy people,” the ones that …

2018-08-06: History rhymes In an ever-changing, incomprehensible world the masses had reached the point where they would, at …

2018-08-06: Antiliberal "Nationalism" [S]taunchly anti-liberal Americans are beginning to feel they have more in common with like-minded …

2018-08-06: Living in the ruins What is the worst thing about living in the rubble of a civilization? It is not that you shed a tear …

2018-08-06: [I]n most cases, to judge someone’s character you need to know more than what policies he supports. …

2018-08-05: 1995 Apple was on the verge of bankruptcy, about 90 days away from running out of cash, according to the …

2018-08-05: Worry, distrust, bickering, ill health - such a deal! When William Vanderbilt began building his Fifth Avenue mansion …, he was the wealthiest person in …

2018-08-05: It has been said that the great moments in science occur not when a scientist exclaims “Eureka!” but …

2018-08-05: Erotic worship It is worth considering whether our evangelical megachurches have sufficiently bounded their worship …

2018-08-05: Planning to visit the Republic of Georgia next Spring — a hidden gem, say seemingly all who know it. …

2018-08-05: The public is the least exclusive of clubs; anybody, rich or poor, educated or unlettered, nice or …

2018-08-05: Getting on with it Benedictines don’t opt out or hunker down waiting for an apocalypse. They are simply realistic and …

2018-08-04: QAnon is soooo June. The truth is that Everything is Alive. Pass it on.

2018-08-04: Microcosm of Dysfunction In 2002, when the bishops decided to hammer their priests and protect themselves they created a gulf …

2018-08-04: Listening to the Indiana Week in Review podcast, after long absence, I’m struck by what an extreme …

2018-08-04: Our lives were meant to be written in code, indecipherable to onlookers except through the cipher of …

2018-08-04: You’re worthless, the press is the enemy of the United States people and, you know what, rather than …

2018-08-04: Either the kids were going to live in big-box stores or detention centers or they were going into …

2018-08-04: Michael Brendan Dougherty is not impressed with Pope Francis’ categorical death penalty …

2018-08-03: Changing the Catechism ramifies Of the Pope’s changing the Catechism: It’s important for Catholic advocates for LGBT equality …

2018-08-03: My first reaction to the Pope changing the Catechism on capital punishment was pretty much a yawn. …

2018-08-03: USA 1980: Top 1 percent earns 11 percent of national income, bottom 50 percent, 21 percent. 2016: …

2018-08-03: Why is this alternative invisible? Theologian Miroslav Volf aptly notes in the foreword, “Much of the book depends on this claim” that …

2018-08-02: Precisely the right little point There’s an apocryphal Luther quote that goes like this: If I profess with the loudest voice and …

2018-08-02: Our surprisingly steady foreign policy At present there is no such thing as US foreign policy, at least not at the presidential level. …

2018-08-02: “The divisiveness of this White House is causing long-term damage,” said Koch network official Brian …

2018-08-02: The Awakening of Miss Prim In Natalie Fenollera Sanmartin’s bestseller The Awakening of Miss Prim, Miss Prudencia Prim has …

2018-08-02: [I]n our present cultural condition, … many in the Church have apparently embraced the idea that …

2018-08-01: Velvet Elvis gets some company.

2018-08-01: I thought it might be worth explaining why I’m a cryptocurrency skeptic. It comes down to two …

2018-08-01: Another sign of tectonic U.S. political realignment: Donald Trump and Steve Bannon have declared war …

2018-07-31: Jeff Sessions created a religious liberty task force. The response from many segments of the left …

2018-07-31: It was easier for me, as a convert from atheism, to trust that God loved me, than for a gay kid who …

2018-07-31: For us the bell tolls Though I ceased to believe as a Catholic in 2006, I fervently believe, and advocate in my writing, …

2018-07-31: Standard Procedures When she lays out my options, there really is just one option: the standard of reproductive care. …

2018-07-30: The only begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, He has exegeted Him. (Jn 1:18) Christ is …

2018-07-30: Finished Aquinas: a Beginners Guide, by Edward Feser. 📚 The last Chapter, on ethics, was not a slog. …

2018-07-30: Benchmark Millennial couples have traveling to do. Dogs to pamper. Degrees to finish. Children aren’t seen as …

2018-07-30: Approach age 70, and settling into retirement, I got my first library card in decades. Searched for …

2018-07-30: The ACLU boasts that it “defends the rights of all,” but as it boosts expansive LGBT …

2018-07-30: “[W]ithout personal contributions or loans” was a Braun campaign lie. Joe Donnelly …

2018-07-30: If every city had a Larry Krasner, there might be fewer people in jail who didn’t belong …

2018-07-30: My friend shook his head, smiling sardonically. “I had the ‘miracle of sharing’ homily at mass this …

2018-07-29: Still reading Aquinas: a Beginners Guide, by Edward Feser. 📚 I find Aquinas, so far, not …

2018-07-29: “[B]ecause of secularization and polarization and the bonfire they have made of their own moral …

2018-07-29: Lawyers acting badly Mr. Trump also took a shot at Mr. Cohen’s lawyer: “He even retained Bill and Crooked Hillary’s …

2018-07-28: Ryan Anderson on being irenic My entire life has been spent having people disagree with me, and, as you note, sometimes in …

2018-07-28: Ill winds for integralism Promoting Catholic integralism — the idea that temporal power (the State) should be subordinate to …

2018-07-28: Highly recommended: Rick Steves Travel As A Political Act. I don’t agree with it all, but I’m not …

2018-07-28: Intense disputes over social issues are a feature, not a flaw, of a functioning democracy. I am, …

2018-07-28: How to escape Facebook with your junk intact and on the #IndieWeb (that doesn’t gaslight you …

2018-07-28: Keening over Putin Just as there is what Cass Sunstein called “the expressive function of law”—“the function of law in …

2018-07-27: It is my conviction that three specific actions are required at this time. First, a fair and rapid …

2018-07-27: I would have loved to have seen the reaction of an informed observer of religion in late 1968 if you …

2018-07-27: "Gnawing disgust and contempt" [I]n his testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee this week, Secretary of State Mike …

2018-07-27: It’s the kind of art we can expect as more and more members of the creative class find themselves …

2018-07-27: [David Foster Wallace] fails to unearth what I believe is the flowering root of the widespread …

2018-07-27: Among the irritants in the New York Times are the daily “Best of Late Night” items, …

2018-07-26: Bad religion I left the Church in the way an animal caught in a trap chews its leg off to save its life. It is …

2018-07-26: [W]hile Congress is given broad prophylactic power to ensure that slavery is indeed banished, it is …

2018-07-26: How onerous is a "Benedict Option"? Just how onerous is it to implement a “Benedict Option”? No matter what was happening …

2018-07-26: The elephant in the conversation Procreation is the elephant in the room of all of our cultural conversations about sex, sexuality, …

2018-07-26: Killing the Messenger The Honduran seminarians’ letter reportedly was not met with praise for having come forward in June; …

2018-07-25: The punishments of hell McCarrick became Washington’s archbishop and then a cardinal. At this point the sex abuse scandal …

2018-07-25: Manichean politics Republicans forgive Donald Trump his surrender to Vladimir Putin, his siding with Russia over the …

2018-07-25: Flattening and obfuscation The general feeling seems to be that distinguishing between degrees of morally repugnant conduct …

2018-07-24: David Warren on Sunday and Tuesday writes most edifyingly about why we need the classics, how we get …

2018-07-24: Insanity in Toronto David Warren, resident of Toronto, fielded some questions on Monday about his safety after a mass …

2018-07-24: Timely comfort In the first Scripture reading at Mass this past Sunday, Catholics heard the striking words of …

2018-07-24: Getting our story back [T]he most important question is what story is the Democratic Party telling? As Alasdair MacIntyre …

2018-07-24: Russia still does not have the ability to roll back the post-1990 democratic revolution, overpower …

2018-07-24: FISA Courts [A] FISA court is no guarantee against surveillance abuse. To the contrary, it can invite …

2018-07-24: My own guess: By 2020, Mr. Trump will have fatigued the public. Voters will be turned off by him … …

2018-07-24: [O]n the basis of an uncorroborated document commissioned by a rival presidential campaign, the FBI …

2018-07-23: A watershed For the first time in Catholic history, we see a mass dissent from teaching among people who believe …

2018-07-23: My scales say that consciously walking an extra 50,000 steps per week does not give me carte blanche …

2018-07-23: 📖 Finished Things That Matter: Three Decades of Passions, Pastimes and Politics. Part Four, …

2018-07-22: Bottum-up renewal? On the renewed visibility of the Roman Catholic clergy sexual abuse scandal: Reading through …

2018-07-21: How not to be totally hosed Learning how to think really means learning how to exercise some control over how and what you …

2018-07-21: There’s a lot of trash-talking Hungary, the Czech Republic and other nations of Central and …

2018-07-20: Liberals … insist that the conservative legal movement is the product of a deep-pocketed conspiracy …

2018-07-20: If the hierarchy will not see that the scandal just hit a new level of insane, I resign myself to …

2018-07-20: He’s the kind of person who thinks that the mafia boss at the back table is the coolest guy in the …

2018-07-20: There is a social medium focused on neighborhoods, called “Nextdoor.” I got this …

2018-07-20: Rod Dreher’s renewed savagery (Ouch! What a title!) on clergy sexual abuse heightens my …

2018-07-20: By 2040 or so, 70 percent of Americans will live in 15 states. Meaning 30 percent will choose 70 …

2018-07-20: I have a special nexus with my former Senator Dan Coats, now 45’s National Security Director. …

2018-07-20: If you were hoping Tesla would fail on account of the Model 3 I’ve got bad news: This thing is …

2018-07-20: Big black eye for Amazon Web Services? None of my Wall Street Journal stories, hosted there, would …

2018-07-19: A growing number of people sense, often from painful personal experience, that “something is rotten” …

2018-07-19: I don’t think I can bear reading another story about the sexual depredations of Cardinal …

2018-07-19: Was HRC a "lousy candidate"? [A]nother email, which I’ll quote in its entirety but with orthodox capitalization: “It is insulting …

2018-07-19: Spiritual kitsch Rod Dreher recalls an incident where, in Jerusalem, he rushed over to kiss the hand of Cardinal Law: …

2018-07-19: The call to greatness was a repudiation of the cruel hypocrisy of America’s New Class, the dominant …

2018-07-19: FDA verse An almond doesn’t lactate The soybean never nursed You cannot milk a coconut And rice would be …

2018-07-19: A stench rises Last year’s Republican reform capped at $10,000 the state-and-local tax deduction … The previous …

2018-07-19: Absolutely perfect. It even alliterates: Balsamic blueberry baked brie with bacon. (From my …

2018-07-18: There is ⚽️ life after the World Cup. The Cincinnati/Charlotte crowd is impressive, and the game is …

2018-07-18: When Feelings Became Facts: Rousseau, Burke, & Today’s Outrage Culture, wherein it is plausibly …

2018-07-18: Friends don’t let friends study Constitutional Law on Twitter. Compare the Constitution …

2018-07-18: Coinage of the day: “Derivative gravitas.” Used in a sentence: “… Sen. Lindsey O. …

2018-07-18: How Putin meddles If you look at how Putin meddles in Western elections, his pattern is to back losing factions and …

2018-07-18: Press "hostile" to religion? A reader of GetReligion.org: It boggles this Catholic’s mind that you are surprised that any of …

2018-07-18: Denny Burk and Rosaria Butterfield may rue the day they tried to exercise an Augustinian veto on the …

2018-07-18: Will & Douthat on Trump & Putin Americans elected a president who — this is a safe surmise — knew that he had more to fear from …

2018-07-18: Are Americans prepared to go to war with Russia over countries they can’t even find on a map? The …

2018-07-18: Everyone is the hero of their own story. Eliezer Yudkowsky, Are Your Enemies Innately Evil? via …

2018-07-18: Great liars … rise to eminence, in business and public affairs, thanks to their natural gifts, which …

2018-07-17: Hoi polloi weren't buying it. With Putinism and Orbanism on the rise and the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall …

2018-07-17: Mr. Putin is a thug, but he is not reckless. It seems unlikely he would place a high-stakes bet on a …

2018-07-16: Trump in Britain [Her Royal Highness} looked as if she was assessing a large and rare marsupial, not exactly …

2018-07-16: The missus says the only attractive deal she saw at Prime Day was a pink steering wheel cover. And …

2018-07-16: Is our President trying to see how far he can go into lunacy without his supporters abandoning him. …

2018-07-16: Conde Nast traveler story includes a trip to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre: We wait our turn to …

2018-07-16: If I learned anything in my twenties, it was how deeply all of us are enculturated, virtually …

2018-07-16: France didn’t play football. They waited for their chance and they scored. They had their one tactic …

2018-07-16: … and we're here to help you Remarkably, federal agencies seized over $5 billion in [Asset Forfeiture in] 2014, which was more …

2018-07-16: You’d have to be a complete idiot to give money to Planned Parenthood on the grounds that the only …

2018-07-15: Kavanaugh’s nomination — indeed, every modern Supreme Court nomination — reminds us that the most …

2018-07-15: The only causes I was actually contributing to were the causes of mobbing and public shaming. Real …

2018-07-15: “[W]hy is industrial Europe reverting to the spiritual state of the pygmies?” Mary Douglas, Natural …

2018-07-15: [W]e, in our time, have been dealing with a more fundamental challenge to right and equity. We face …

2018-07-15: How can a narcissist be saved? I have engaged narcissists from time to time in a pastoral setting. I recall one case in which the …

2018-07-15: Began reading Aquinas: a Beginners Guide, by Edward Feser. 📚

2018-07-15: ⚽️ It’s astonshing to me, not a soccer veteran, how much France can let its opponents — all of …

2018-07-15: This bodes well I am pleased to repeat that Indiana’s Joe Donnelly, seems intent on getting into touch with Hoosier …

2018-07-15: Humbugs The philosophy of the schoolroom in one generation will be the philosophy of government in the next. …

2018-07-15: [A]ny liberal with an ounce of self-awareness should recognize the resemblance between their sudden …

2018-07-14: The Flip The flip is elusive For a generation after people realized that smoking would kill them, many smart, …

2018-07-14: During Chopped tonight on the Food Channel, University of Phoenix got a new competitor: Purdue …

2018-07-14: Trump as scapegoat? “What specifically do you dislike about Trump and his policies?” The replies were most often …

2018-07-14: The Great Myths 6: Copernicus’ Deathbed Publication. The irregular blogs at History for Atheists are …

2018-07-14: Another chapter in "Why I oppose the death penalty" If they have burglaries that are open cases that are not solved yet, if you see anybody black …

2018-07-14: [T]he [British] LGBT Labour National Committee … wants people who signed a letter saying that the …

2018-07-14: Western belief in its superiority, and long-suppressed resentment of that attitude in Eastern …

2018-07-14: For those who have been paying attention, [SCOTUS confirmation] hearings have revealed the …

2018-07-14: We have concluded that we need to do more, politically, to control the court, to pressure the court. …

2018-07-13: [Transhumanism] is a logical consequence of Gnosticism … which has theological roots in the …

2018-07-13: You can't re-Christianize America without well-formed Christians … I look with skepticism, even hostility, on the plans Christians have to “take America back for …

2018-07-13: Is it plausible to me that God has a good reason for not being maximally obvious? Joseph Minich. I …

2018-07-13: Europe is afraid of religious fanaticisms, but [Pope] Benedict [XVI] counters that reason produces …

2018-07-12: Fellow conservatives, put not your trust in princes, and pray. Lydia McGrew

2018-07-12: Why our establishment is failing In 2016, Hillary Clinton’s campaign platform included a plan to defer and in some cases forgive …

2018-07-12: What men and women really want A study shows that only the children of the wealthy conform to stereotypical patterns in which girls …

2018-07-12: On NATO I am a keen supporter of foreign aid; indeed, I think it is a moral requirement for any wealthy …

2018-07-12: By now, the broad outlines of how the John M. Olin Foundation and other right-wing groups spent …

2018-07-12: If anyone has been trying to follow the debate between proponents of “Spiritual …

2018-07-12: Just confirm him Everyone knows that North Dakota’s Heidi Heitkamp, West Virginia’s Joe Manchin and Indiana’s Joe …

2018-07-11: The representatives of Nato were behaving like British bus passengers do when an angry drunk …

2018-07-11: “Reframing” and “hatchet job” in this context seem to mean “He made us look bad” and if there’s one …

2018-07-11: ⚽️ Just beginning to watch soccer seriously, though I played a bit, badly, 55 years ago. The …

2018-07-11: Some blame an alarming increase in violent crimes against blacks and Latinos in Southern California …

2018-07-11: Note well: technology is not neutral. If you think that your kids are fine because as far as you …

2018-07-11: Censorship, book burning Any talk of saving culture, or restoring culture, begins with a defense of the humanities. Any hope …

2018-07-11: What makes me angry … are these supremely privileged twits declaring that the Kavanaugh nomination …

2018-07-11: I appreciated this reminder of why those “terrorist” “arsonists” in Oregon …

2018-07-11: Elites who sympathize with immigrants do themselves no favors by dismissing the working class as too …

2018-07-11: Antitrade and anti-immigrant voices offer a clear explanation of why good jobs left the U.S. (free …

2018-07-11: Economists have demonstrated immigration’s positive effect on gross domestic product, but that …

2018-07-10: ⚽️ I’ll be rooting for England tomorrow just because an England/France final would be …

2018-07-10: I’ll see your Obama Birtherism and raise you a “Trump has been a Russian-intelligence …

2018-07-10: [Y]ou quote Ross Douthat that “one should never underestimate the capacity of social conservatives …

2018-07-10: Everyone says that in life you must follow your dreams. Once I dreamt I was at the dinner table and …

2018-07-10: David Brooks and Ross Douthat, two of the three conservatives opining at the New York Times, have …

2018-07-10: A troubling trend If you look at close cases — 5 to 4 or 5 to 3 — going back to the 1950s to illustrate this division, …

2018-07-10: If you emphasize professional excellence first, if you gain a foothold in society’s mainstream …

2018-07-10: A testing moment {T]he Kavanaugh appointment brings us to a testing moment for the conservative legal movement’s …

2018-07-10: [T]he current confirmation process is badly broken, alternating between rubber stamps and witch …

2018-07-10: For the most part … the four-member bloc of Democratic appointees on the court — Ruth Bader …

2018-07-09: I probably could mount an intellectual defense of conformity, but mounting intellectual defenses …

2018-07-09: It’s easy to find progressives who believe, more or less, that devout Catholics — perhaps …

2018-07-09: Plato's cave — and Thailand's I’m … fascinated by the ways universal symbols activate in our human imagination. I’m intrigued by …

2018-07-09: The natural law tradition is hard, it requires a conceptual apparatus that is somewhat …

2018-07-09: Scalia’s verbal wit is just an added feature on the man’s a serious intellect, without which …

2018-07-09: Jeremiah speaks We tend to think of the prophets as fortune tellers, gazing into a crystal ball … But that is not …

2018-07-09: Church failure Even if a church closes, it doesn’t mean failure, said the Rev. Taylor. “When La Salle closes, it …

2018-07-09: Will a conservative SCOTUS scotch SSM? If there is a danger for Obergefell [the SCOTUS same-sex marriage decision] over the longer term, it …

2018-07-09: Sanctuary cities The separation of powers will be at stake as liberal states like California claim they can reject …

2018-07-08: It’s not easy to sum up everything that missiology teaches us not to do. and then repeat it three …

2018-07-08: Neutral redistricting Drawing up new legislative districts is an inherently political exercise; as one longtime legislator …

2018-07-08: The consequence of materialism is nihilism, the idea that morals, religion, even life itself is …

2018-07-08: Yesterday’s parody, today’s grim and intolerant orthodoxy. (H/T jonathan davis)

2018-07-08: I’ll never forget the night when an actor at ABC News – faced with Democrat Jimmy Carter …

2018-07-08: … the downward plunge which has brought us to the present time, when we can endure neither our vices …

2018-07-08: More than any other single political event … the dishonest and morally indefensible attack on Robert …

2018-07-08: [Barrett’s] interview with Trump apparently went quite badly (I’m not exactly shocked that the …

2018-07-08: Rakem Balogun is a kook. This is America. There’s no law against being a kook. Kevin D. Williamson …

2018-07-07: ReaderJohn ⚽️ Croatia’s coach looks like a young Bill Murray. Such a new, little country, and …

2018-07-07: ⚽️ So I’m sayin’ to the wife “How did Russia even get this far?” when Boom! They’re on the …

2018-07-07: 📖 Reading Things That Matter: Three Decades of Passions, Pastimes and Politics

2018-07-07: Latin Choral and Organ Music of Zoltán Kodály 🎶 I’ve been reorganizing my CD collection and came across one of my very favorites: In Praise …

2018-07-07: ⚽️ There aren’t opportunities for ads. Fox must be charging humongous prices for the ads …

2018-07-07: ⚽️: If I’m not hooked, I intend to become hooked. 🏈: Too commercialized, physically dangerous to …

2018-07-07: Trump doesn’t understand Bush I’s reference to “a thousand points of light.” …

2018-07-07: Not markers of male toughness: ability to deliver spittle-flecked tirades on cable news tweeting …

2018-07-07: [T]he [Casey] ruling[] demoli[shed] *Roe*’s capricious trimester construct and some of its post-Roe …

2018-07-07: Just wondering Casey’s fortune-cookie piffle is rivaled only by its arrogance: Where, in the performance of its …

2018-07-07: Tony's the Walrus Bemoaning our democracy’s impertinent resistance to judicial ukase, Kennedy & Co. proclaimed in …

2018-07-07: [T]he question of Roe’s vitality … is political theater: Democrats eliciting verbal acrobatics from …

2018-07-07: It is a sign of our wayward times that a “conservative” judge is one committed to construing the law …

2018-07-06: The Laws of Soccer. I found it useful, having gotten confused at some calls and no-calls, and so …

2018-07-06: ⚽️ Brazil overwhelmingly won the popular vote and had shot after shot at the Belgian goal. I …

2018-07-06: ⚽️ In the last round, I thought the South American teams were playing a level above the Europeans, …

2018-07-06: We are organisms, not computers. Get over it. Robert Epstein, The empty brain (H/T Anthony Esolen) …

2018-07-06: Convenient myth, inconvenient reality In a June 18 dispatch, Eric Fournier, the French ambassador to Hungary, reported that the alleged …

2018-07-06: Why we need writers I’m sitting in McDonald’s listing to people on CNN talk about a trade war with China. It seems like …

2018-07-06: Maximum grift [Scott] Pruitt served an important function in this White House. I do hope that we gave him proper …

2018-07-06: Regime change at SCOTUS Supreme Court decisions don’t often produce phrases that enter the vocabulary of political life, but …

2018-07-06: Euroskeptics, right and center The fervent euroskepticism of Europe’s insurgent movements may strike many voters as a second-best …

2018-07-05: 📚Completed Jesus: A Pilgrimage. Had a hard time crossing the Great Schism Bridge (conventionally …

2018-07-05: Food Channel is adding a Wedding Cake Champtionship. But there’s no artistry in custom wedding …

2018-07-05: A local furniture store sent out a mailer that it is having its annual million dollar inventory …

2018-07-05: Twitchy collected a wide array of smart and quotable comments on our “rigged” electoral …

2018-07-05: The dogs that caught the car After years of bleating “Repeal and replace!” conservatives were like the dog that …

2018-07-05: Since 1980, the U.S. has taken in 3 million of the more than 4 million refugees resettled worldwide. …

2018-07-05: Above deals and tweets Conservative thinkers[‘] … primary concern is with the aspects of society in which markets …

2018-07-04: Revealed, not a process of archetypal instantiation [I]n general [Jordan Peterson] gets it: he gets the deep structure that makes the West what it is; …

2018-07-04: [M]any Evangelicals … have an underdeveloped ecclesiology that allows America to replace the Church …

2018-07-04: Hostile takeover [T]here was a time, in America, when the government paid for infrastructure and the public had a say …

2018-07-04: It’s not often that I beat David French to the punch. Me, July 1; French, July 3. But French …

2018-07-04: One Melissa McCormick has taken a place on my notional list of estimable people. Moone Boy is a …

2018-07-04: I never thought I would see McCarthyism come to Martha’s Vineyard, but I have. Alan Dershowitz

2018-07-04: [T]he push for [Amy Coney] Barrett [for SCOTUS] isn’t based solely on her credentials. It’s also …

2018-07-04: Almost all Senate Democrats will vote against anyone the president picks, and almost all will invoke …

2018-07-03: Why Jordan Peterson is famous One ingredient in the astounding fame of Jordan Peterson is his capacity to show just how lazy, …

2018-07-03: A rather progressive “Christian America” proto-feminist talks back to Charles Lindbergh …

2018-07-03: Peace is a virgin who dare not show her face without Strength, her father, for protection. Charles …

2018-07-02: Paetyn, an impish 1-year-old, has two fathers. One of them gave birth to her. That is an actual …

2018-07-02: 📚Also attentively reading the Gospels from The New Testament: A Translation. Hart’s translation …

2018-07-02: Let us not get our hopes too high. Even if Justice Kennedy is replaced with an actual conservative, …

2018-07-02: Δ blindness

2018-07-02: 📚Currently reading Jesus: A Pilgrimage

2018-07-02: Recreational mummification bondage. What a country, what a culture. Rod Dreher The story behind …

2018-07-02: [M]any of the trends that [Steven] Brill identifies [in Tailspin], like political polarization, have …

2018-07-02: Trump’s ‘Purple’ Family Values In their book “Red Families v. Blue Families,” Naomi Cahn and June Carbone popularized the idea of …

2018-07-01: Bork I, Bork II Robert Bork’s America is a land in which women would be forced into back-alley abortions, …

2018-07-01: Loud dogma for SCOTUS! Trump promised SCOTUS nominees from a list of 25. I’ll forgive him the lie if he appoints Amy …

2018-07-01: Action, reaction How Conservatives Weaponized the First Amendment, New York Times, 6/30/18 Liberals candidly admit …

2018-07-01: Marks of the True Church Nicene Creed Unity Holiness Catholicity Apostolicity Protestant Reformers preaching of the Word, …

2018-07-01: The freedom of capital and genitals is not enough for human flourishing. (Ross Douthat)

2018-06-30: Civil Religion in God's House America has done a fine job of incorporating Rousseau’s “dogmas of civil religion,” keeping them …

2018-06-30: Maybe not quite worthy of a Nobel Food Prize.

2018-06-30: From the mouth of a purported dummy Evengelical (sic) Christians are a very large percentage of this country’s population and an even …

2018-06-30: More that just the "Mystery Passage" [C]onsider Hill v. Colorado, a case decided in 2000. A Colorado statute made it a misdemeanor for …

2018-06-29: Sex and affect For what it’s worth, the account of the criticisms which has been given to me is that although …

2018-06-29: Andrew Sullivan’s third item is astonishing. The Democrats should take note, but they may lack the …

2018-06-29: Veteran and highly-respected religion reporter Julia Duin highlights an aspect of the MS-13 gang …

2018-06-29: The Southern Poverty Law Center is a rich, hyper-progressive artifict of the civil rights movement …

2018-06-29: The autonomy ethos Justice Anthony Kennedy didn’t invent the shift from community to autonomy, but in 1992 he …

2018-06-29: Recommended: Frank Bruni, The Cosmic Joke of Donald Trump’s Power. There’s some hyperbole, but …

2018-06-28: Culture lies Contemprary culture lies to us. It tells us that if we’re chaste, if we’re continent, if …

2018-06-28: I should be feeling giddy [about Justice Kennedy’s retirement], but I’m not, because it feels …

2018-06-28: Take [Justice Kennedy’s] celebrated opinion in Obergefell [the same-sex marriage case] in 2015 …

2018-06-28: Between those who think that unions collecting fees from employees who do not wish to be associated …

2018-06-28: Non serviam I don’t particularly want to live in a world of conservative and liberal restaurants, where I’m …

2018-06-28: Two questions must be distinguished: Was the travel ban within Trump’s constitutional powers? …

2018-06-28: Is there a difference between “racial self-interest” and “racism”? I’m …

2018-06-27: [P]eople arguing about religion generally have to remember at some point that they are not, …

2018-06-27: This Business Will Get Out of Control, Jonathan Last, Weekly Standard

2018-06-27: The Aura “It is not exactly clear what the Aura is supposed to be. Perhaps it is a mass of glowing red, …

2018-06-27: A podcast I heard, probably from Better Angels, suggested that our trajectory toward a new civil war …

2018-06-27: Jusices Breyer and Kagan in their dissent in yesterday’s immigration ban case, “seem to …

2018-06-27: Forward-thinking This law is a paradigmatic example of the serious threat presented when government seeks to impose …

2018-06-26: Bye-bye Korematsu The second bright sport is the belated overruling of Korematsu v. United States (1944), the …

2018-06-26: One distinction between the Red Hen and the cake baker The Red Hen owner has the right to reject Huckabee Sanders — but should she? The baker has the right …

2018-06-26: Style pointer if you want to establish a police state make sure you look civilized, soft-spoken and very liberal, …

2018-06-26: ACLU waffles on free speech [P]ursuant to the [case selection] guidelines, the ACLU will not take a case if the harm of the …

2018-06-26: Civil society or Market Fundamentalism? [C]onservatives have always placed tremendous emphasis on the sacred space where individuals are …

2018-06-25: Mark your calendar. I actually encountered news I could use in a USA Today publication today, …

2018-06-25: A faithquake A strong Roman Catholic of Rod Dreher’s acquaintance has tweeted his “I can’t do …

2018-06-25: What I Miss These Days

2018-06-25: Re-ordering desire

2018-06-25: Google.gov Dreams of war between Google and government, however, obscure a much different relationship that may …

2018-06-25: I am a lucky man. When I was young, fads involved things like haircuts and clothing. (Drugs were …

2018-06-25: Normal economic growth The most important thing I learned from Piketty is that since the Industrial Revolution, normal …

2018-06-25: Psalm 34:4, New Evangelical Version They sought after Trump, he answered them, and he delivered them from all their fears. John Fea, …

2018-06-24: Advice to the lovelorn 6-year-old You share a keen interest in dinosaurs, you both enjoy red rover, and when he serenades you with the …

2018-06-24: Not even the illusion There’s good reason to think we are no longer producing things that centuries hence will give the …

2018-06-24: Twitter emailed me one of its listings of things said by prominent people I follow (e.g., Popehat, …

2018-06-24: Time for nauseating compromise? The Democrats need to accept that they lost the last presidential election for a reason, and that …

2018-06-23: Poetic souls For a person to become a Christian he must have a poetic soul. He must become a poet. Christ does …

2018-06-23: Renewing the nous I first tasted actual worship in the Orthodox Church, in the Divine Liturgy. Prior to that …

2018-06-23: Whose ox is gored? There is now a confirmed report of a business refusing to serve a Trump functionary just because she …

2018-06-23: “Hard to imagine this is going to help him convince Trump to pay his legal bills.”

2018-06-23: Two tech tips for my fellow tech-loving dinosaurs If your computer labors and wallows, try closing most of your brower tabs. I think I literally …

2018-06-23: There are two types of responsibility in Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment: a judgmental one and a …

2018-06-23: I have hesitated to believe the collusion même, and think that the FBI did more to bend voters …

2018-06-23: The afternoon at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue was heavy on compulsory authoritarian demonstrations of …

2018-06-22: Another Krauthammer homage In 1972, when he was a 22-year-old student at Harvard Medical School, [Charles Krauthammer] was …

2018-06-22: Place, Location, Formation [T]here were once times when people lived in places, and there are remote locations where people …

2018-06-22: Devotion vs. Entertainment The other interesting thing that’s happened [in contemporary Christianity] is this splitting of …

2018-06-22: Tipping his hand Half a century ago, Houari Boumedienne, the leader of a poor but militant Algeria, allegedly …

2018-06-22: Myths tend to celebrate grandeur and heroic superiority; parables tend to puncture the pretensions …

2018-06-22: 7 Creepy Facebook patents

2018-06-22: Requiescat In Pace > In October 2015 Charles, in reacting to Mr. Trump’s claim that “I’m a great …

2018-06-20: ACLU comes out of the closet The ACLU no longer supports free speech in any robust and traditional American sense: The 2018 …

2018-06-20: Ask A Drag Queen. ‘This Is A Moment, Honey’: ‘Queer Eye’ Gurus Jonathan And Antoni …

2018-06-20: Be it noted that POTUS just did what he has resolutely been denying he could do.

2018-06-20: Wonderfully succinct “You are forgiven” is a message grounded in the fact that there is something to forgive. That’s why …

2018-06-19: Instrumentalizing the faith Southern Baptists tend to look down on prosperity gospellers for their instrumentalizing faith for …

2018-06-19: Catch 22 or sheer sophistry? [Damon] Linker doesn’t mention it, but the flip side of [American] moralism is the kind of moral …

2018-06-19: Compelled speech The NFL isn’t the only football league coercing its players: Why should a soccer player face …

2018-06-19: "Believe me …" Is it possible that evangelicals voted for Trump not in spite of evangelicalism, but because of it? …

2018-06-19: Slowing the trans train When the Atlantic starts tacitly saying it would be prudent to put some brakes on the trans train, …

2018-06-18: Marriage No issues in the modern world seem to be pressing the Church with as much force as those surrounding …

2018-06-18: SPLC gets poetic justice (and I can't gloat) The SPLC has caved in to threats from a British activist who they characterized as an Anti-Muslim …

2018-06-18: 9th Commandment caveat Father James Martin has disambiguated his position on Roman Catholic teaching about sexuality. If …

2018-06-18: More Bible lipstick on a political pig Separating migrant families goes beyond just applying the law. More broadly, in practice, and by …

2018-06-18: Bible lipstick on a political pig For a time, it was frequently argued that Christianity was on the decline because Americans were …

2018-06-17: Michael McConnell on Masterpiece Cakeshop If a state recognizes the right of “shopkeepers” to refuse service on the basis of …

2018-06-17: [T]he greatest aim of our education should be to make true fathers out of the boys, and true mothers …

2018-06-16: Why the I.R.S. Should Go After Trump. Spoiler: He has shamelessly abused the Trump Foundation for …

2018-06-16: A fundamental need for order [W]hat [Jordan] Peterson has achieved is impressive. In his writings and public appearances, he has …

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2018-06-15: Living not by lies, USA, 2018 Earlier this year, when I was in Prague, one of the adult children of the late Czech dissident …

2018-06-15: Frederick Douglas on American Christianity Between the Christianity of this land and the Christianity of Christ, I recognize the widest …

2018-06-15: With enemies like this … Dear Robert De Niro, Samantha Bee and other Trump haters: I get that you’re angry. I’m angry, too. …

2018-06-15: Paranoiacs in power A strong story, in response to which I viscerally side more (but fairly far from 100%) with Shane …

2018-06-15: According to the New York Times, Hillary Clinton supporters feel vindicated that the FBI hurt their …

2018-06-15: Untrustworty [I]t was extraordinary and insubordinate for [Former FBI Director James] Comey to conceal his …

2018-06-14: Meaning and Context [M]eaning isn’t just about letters; it necessarily depends on context. So if you care about letting …

2018-06-14: GOP bankruptcy in focus I have felt for years that the modern GOP, largely because of its near single-minded fixation on …

2018-06-14: Wealth and virtue Satan cannot produce blessings and so his ancient trick is to make blessings a snare. John Mark …

2018-06-14: Proselytes of a bizarre new cult A blog post by Rod Dreher brought my attention yesterday to a new critique of Patrick Deneen’s …

2018-06-14: Red state, blue state [T]oday, for the first time since the Talmudic era, there are two strong, self-confident centers of …

2018-06-14: Motion isn’t winning. It’s just motion. Daniel Henninger, on the Trump administration so far.

2018-06-14: Letting the cat out of the bag Honestly, I think he’s going to do these things. I may be wrong. I mean, I may stand before you in …

2018-06-12: The best argument I’ve yet seen for a broad/“robust” reading of Masterpiece …

2018-06-12: Did it have to turn out like this? [Vincent] Muñoz seems to be saying: It didn’t have to turn out this way. To which [Patrick] Deneen …

2018-06-12: Chicken Sandwich of Hate [B]eing a supporter means that at all times and in all places you must earnestly, tirelessly, …

2018-06-12: Actual adult conservatives are arguing about whether Jordan Peterson is one of them. Reminds me of …

2018-06-12: Realism on Steroids [I]n the low-trust Trumpian worldview, values don’t matter; there are only interests. In the …

2018-06-12: Apple’s Memoji Are Gender Neutral — Here’s Why That Matters. Synopsis: It’s …

2018-06-12: [Twitter CEO Jack] Dorsey says on his Twitter feed that his social-media platform is committed “to …

2018-06-11: What happens when an atheist is hired to blog on religion X times per week but gets writer’s …

2018-06-11: DeNiro's Tony Award F-bomb This is so perfect. A New York-based movie star denounces Donald Trump in his introduction for a …

2018-06-11: Pop quiz: Welcome to the Gender Letter: a weekly take on news, trends and culture by our gender …

2018-06-10: Everything simple is false. Everything complex is unusable. Paul Valéry via Kevin D. Williamson

2018-06-09: Our barbarian administration I understand the need to maintain a strong border — and this can’t be achieved without armed force. …

2018-06-08: Jesus, loser

2018-06-08: Penitent Liberal Jonah Goldberg is at least temporary poster boy for Right Liberals. I’m not sure who’s …

2018-06-08: Jonah Goldberg vs. Patrick Deneen: Is Liberalism a Blessing or a Curse? has set for me a quest of …

2018-06-08: It’s an Attorney General’s job to defend his/her jurisdiction’s laws. Refusing to …

2018-06-07: Scofflaw Trump administration just keeps losing on its Sanctuary City thuggery. Thuggish extralegal …

2018-06-07: George Will’s column today reminds me that no artist or craftsman should be required to accept …

2018-06-07: Punishing the Wicked Rolling Stone magazine published a friendly profile of Tim Gill, “the Megadonor Behind the LGBTQ …

2018-06-06: God hears my every word and reads my every Tweet. So why should I live in terror of retweeting …

2018-06-06: Christendom is what happens when the state listens to prophetic Christian voices and heeds them, …

2018-06-06: Should Christians shun the Christianophobic NFL? (Live by the “phobia” suffix, die by the “phobia” …

2018-06-06: A black, politically moderate social scientist who voted for the American Solidarity Party in 2016 …

2018-06-06: “Why do I need to go to college?” “To get a high-paying job.” “Why do I need a high-paying job?” “To …

2018-06-06: Hurricane Maria killed 64 Americans in Puerto Rico. The belated, inadequate, incompetent, …

2018-06-06: "Discrimination" The idea that “discrimination” is always a bad thing (the worst thing in the world, as our culture …

2018-06-06: Aggregator: What does Masterpiece Cakeshop portend?

2018-06-06: Social Media An illustration of why I’m curtailing Facebook (and Twitter) in favor of Micro.blog and my WordPress …

2018-06-05: First Things’ R.R. Reno has an extraordinarily good reaction to Masterpiece Cakeshop (ignore the …

2018-06-05: Next round starts at 2-2 Mark Randazza is a genuine first amendment guy, though he’s a lawyer rather than a law prof. He has …

2018-06-04: Popehat plays fly-on-the-wall Paul Manafort allegedly tried to tamper with witnesses by phone and encrypted messaging. Popehat …

2018-06-04: Trump and the Truth I’ve seen people again opining that Trump doesn’t know truth from falsehood, or posting …

2018-06-04: Freedom for me but not for Amad. As a conservative Christian, I appreciate Trump’s solicitude for my religious freedom. Really. …

2018-06-04: I have been thinking a lot lately about the damage done to our culture by the trust we place in …

2018-06-03: A seductive dodge Around the Fall of last year, I took a sabbatical from criticism of “them.” We seem awash in …

2018-06-03: John Inazu on a key question Writing specifically about Evangelical Colleges, Molly Worthen identifies a key question facing …

2018-06-02: Protestant Post-Christian elites The new elite class of America is the old one: America’s Mainline Protestant Christians, in both the …

2018-06-02: Unforgiven There are all kinds of reasons … vindictive cycles of provocation and retribution are bad news for …

2018-06-01: Truth as “incendiary remark” Germaine Greer dismisses rape as “bad sex” and calls for a community …

2018-06-01: There are over 6,000 breweries in America, but when it comes to our politics, we get to choose …

2018-05-31: The elitism of liberal equality Even if you’ve got formal democracy, in reality there is some kind of technocratic elite in charge …

2018-05-31: The Smell of Death: Rusty Reno preaches to the choir, but at least one member of the choir (that …

2018-05-31: What Liberals believe about Trump Liberals are united in the belief that the election of Donald Trump constituted a cataclysmic …

2018-05-30: Are Celibate Gay Christians Allowed to Have Pride? On the one side, we’re shamed for being gay. On the other side, we’re shamed for abstaining from …

2018-05-30: Church Tribalism It is an iron law of sociology that over time, any elite will come to regard the interests of the …

2018-05-30: The death-eater nations that devour unborn children. Powerful and heartfelt.

2018-05-30: The missing telos The great achievement of the meritocracy is that it has widened opportunities to those who were …

2018-05-29: So, this bizarre "prophecy" is a thing. Really. Full Text of Mark Taylor’s April 28, 2011 Trump Prophecy: The Spirit of God says I’ve …

2018-05-29: Inviting God's Judgment I recalled being assigned Eugene D. Genovese’s A Consuming Fire during my MA thesis. In that short …

2018-05-28: There is no religiously neutral theory of religious neutrality. (Steven D. Smith)

2018-05-28: I was apparently aware of some rumblings about Russian disinformation two months before the 2016 …

2018-05-28: It’s hard to be empire It’s hard to be empire, for sure, but it’s even harder, apparently, to be a truly virtuous society. …

2018-05-28: The happy Irish For the first time in history, an electorate has voted to deny the right to life of the unborn. The …

2018-05-27: The image of evil A year or two after emigrating, she happened to be in Paris on the anniversary of the Russian …

2018-05-27: Things Dietrich Bonhoeffer never said: “When Christ calls a man, he calls him to become an amateur …

2018-05-27: The best and the brightest are bigots I think I’ve figured it out. The best and the brightest are bigots. Yup. Bigots. What else can …

2018-05-27: The March Against Fear in Brussels Belgium in March 2016 was canceled when the police said they …

2018-05-27: Behold the handiwork of the man who Mike Pence called a “tireless champion of … the rule of law.”

2018-05-27: Pentecost (in the Eastern Church) “Some people in the ‘multitude’ mocked the apostles, saying, ‘They are filled with new wine.’ So let …

2018-05-27: Now that you mention it, yes, it’s pretty obvious that “Donald Trump would have been one of Jack …

2018-05-27: Trump promised we’d be winning so much we’d get tired of it. He was right.

2018-05-26: May this observation lay to rest, once and for all, the trope that the Benedict Option means fleeing …

2018-05-26: twitter.com/PatrickDe…

2018-05-26: “The higher selfishness and the long defeat.” A rare intelligent Christian critique of a recurrent …

2018-05-26: Only back from Paris 13 days, but sorely missing saumon fumé, on almost every menu.

2018-05-26: The worst of two crazies Great opening paragraph In this episode, Markham Erickson highlights the Mugshots.com prosecution. …

2018-05-26: The Irish abortion referendum Some of my ancestors left Ireland because they got sort of tired of the English trying to kill off …

2018-05-26: Tolerance and Diversity We boast of our tolerance and diversity, pointing at immigrants. But those immigrants are economic …

2018-05-25: No unseeing or unfeeling [O]nce you allow a space for conflicting narratives, even those that might repulse you, the …

2018-05-25: It’s absurd that so much ink is spilled second-guessing or even bitterly complaining about …

2018-05-25: What is politics about? Recommended reading: If politics is about policymaking, then Donald Trump’s presidency thus …

2018-05-25: The NFL Plantation If you want a modern example of nakedly racist authoritarianism in America, look no further than the …

2018-05-25: This is what it looks like when you stress-test all of the institutions that undergird our …

2018-05-25: Not-so-unthinkable Hoover confessed that in 1964 the FBI had wired the Goldwater campaign plane, under orders from the …

2018-05-24: Intolerable assault When the state demands disloyalty for one’s faith as the price for entering society, that is an …

2018-05-24: Men have forgotten God A proof occurred to me that we’ve forgotten God: When calamity befalls us now, we don’t …

2018-05-24: The mob won Conservatives can recite the names of the publicly shamed from memory … Brendan Eich, … James Damore …

2018-05-24: As Ireland decides whether to relax abortion law, there is nothing progressive about voting …

2018-05-24: Secularism of the churches thinking that it exists the carry-on the world’s business for the …

2018-05-24: How alienation accellerates American liberalism [became] blind to the important role of mediating structures and, instead, …

2018-05-24: Apostles to Cindy Crawford I think of this Evangelical couple who, 20 years ago, sent us a form letter raising money to support …

2018-05-24: Here is a truly rousing sermon by a black Bishop-plus, unlike pabulum preached at Royal weddings.

2018-05-24: Jesus, as re-visioned by consumer capitalists in a therapeutic culture I live in a college town in the South where there are many college students in Bible study groups …

2018-05-23: Thought I should mention that I have a WordPress blog, too.

2018-05-23: Exploring this as an alternative to Twitter in particular. Not sure I understand it.

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