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    Archive for August, 2006

    Forced Conversion

    Thursday, August 31st, 2006

    The Fox reporters had to convert to Islam or die. How does that work for a Christian? Jimmy Akin breaks it down, and does an excellent job. Excerpt: If, therefore, a Muslim terrorist has kidnapped you and is threatening to kill you if you are a Christian and insist on remaining one, you would be [...]

    Meth Bust

    Thursday, August 31st, 2006

    Federal, state, and local law enforcement authorities in North Georgia have reported a record seizure of about 341 pounds of suspected crystal methamphetamine at a residence in Gainesville, Ga. The find breaks a previous record seizure of 187 pounds of meth made just two weeks ago in Buford, Ga., officials said. Link. I can’t wait [...]

    The CNN Story

    Thursday, August 31st, 2006

    I assume everyone has heard this by now, but just in case (this story is too good not to mention): Her “loving” husband emerged pretty well, but her “control freak” of a sister-in-law is probably less amused, after a CNN presenter left her microphone on while chatting to a colleague in the toilets. Viewers who [...]

    E-mail Gone Wild

    Thursday, August 31st, 2006

    RadioShack Corp. notified about 400 workers by e-mail that they were being dismissed immediately as part of planned job cuts. Link. You don’t need McLuhan to decipher the effects of media on those 400 workers. One commentator thinks it might be dehumanizing. I think “insulting” is a better word. What goes through a worker’s head [...]

    No God Spot?

    Wednesday, August 30th, 2006

    From LiveScience: The human brain does not contain a single “God spot” responsible for mystical and religious experiences, a new study finds. Instead, the sense of union with God or something greater than the self often described by those who have undergone such experiences involves the recruitment and activation of a variety brain regions normally [...]

    Burning Man

    Wednesday, August 30th, 2006

    Burning Man 2006 is underway. It’s gotta be the quintessential bohemian event in America, and I enjoy bohemians about as much as jock itch. Still, this festival intrigues me. Here’s a story at the LA Times about it. Here, a sane Christian recounts his experience at Burning Man.

    Light

    Tuesday, August 29th, 2006

    Light blogging today. I’m busier than a tornado in a trailer park. A few quick bites, though: *The prosecutors dropped the case against the Ramsey confessor faster than they drop drunk driving cases against Kennedys. *The new Gilbert Magazine is out. Read about it at Chesterton and Friends. *It’s the feast of St. John the [...]

    William Morris

    Tuesday, August 29th, 2006

    I watched Drumline with my family Saturday night. It’s a movie about a glitzy marching band at an historically-black school in the South (a fictional school, “Atlanta A&T”) and its battle with another black school (Morris Brown). It was decent (I’d give it a C+). I Googled it Sunday morning and came up with this [...]

    New Anthology

    Monday, August 28th, 2006

    The Norton Anthology of Children’s Literature: The Traditions in English: I wasn’t even aware of this anthology. Now I’m aware of it, and I don’t want it. Link to unfavorable review. Excerpt: The editors of the anthology acknowledge in passing their debt to Locke and Rousseau—who in a sense created our modern understanding of childhood, [...]

    Pope and ID

    Monday, August 28th, 2006

    From this morning’s Guardian: Philosophers, scientists and other intellectuals close to Pope Benedict will gather at his summer palace outside Rome this week for intensive discussions that could herald a fundamental shift in the Vatican’s view of evolution. There have been growing signs the Pope is considering aligning his church more closely with the theory [...]

    Augustine

    Monday, August 28th, 2006

    It’s St. Augustine’s feast day. By coincidence, I ran across this yesterday in Fr. James Schall’s new book, The Life of the Mind: One of the books that we must have in our library is Augustine’s Confessions, a book that, perhaps better than any other, accounts for the restlessness we cannot help but feel in [...]

    The Mexican Eudemon

    Monday, August 28th, 2006

    Maybe I oughtta call it the Seven-Tecate Eudemon. I mentioned on Saturday that the neighbor girl was turning 15. She’s Mexican, so it’s a big deal. A real big deal. We got invited two weeks ago. No other neighbors got invited. Of course, none of the others are Catholic and none of the others ever [...]

     


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