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    Archive for March, 2009

    Tuesday Miscellany

    Tuesday, March 31st, 2009

    Hell freezes over: The devil’s in the details, but it looks like Obama’s willing to let the automakers go bankrupt. I never thought he’d let that happen to his UAW constituency: The Obama’s administration’s leading plan to fix General Motors Corp. and Chrysler LLC would use bankruptcy filings to purge the ailing companies of their [...]

    Feature Essay

    Monday, March 30th, 2009

    Good revolutionaries get slaughtered. That might be one way of characterizing the lesson of Barabbas. On that scary day 2,000 years ago, when Hell unleashed its fury on the God Man, that wicked man was freed to go. We don’t know what happened to him, but on that day, the bad revolutionary thrived. As have [...]

    Something for Sunday Morning

    Sunday, March 29th, 2009

    “Our friends, relatives, colleagues and acquaintances have to find us loyal, sincere, cheerful, optimistic, good at our job, resilient, pleasant, courageous . . . At the same time, in a simple and natural way, we must make known our faith in Christ.” Francis Fernandez, In Conversation with God

    Econ Saturday

    Saturday, March 28th, 2009

    Rolling Stone published a very good feature piece in its April 2 issue: The Big Takeover. It’s lengthy but worth reading for anyone who doesn’t understand what happened these past couple of years and the problem we’re in now. The gist: AIG and other behemoths got themselves into a huge pinch by dealing in collateral-debt [...]

    Brews You Can Use

    Friday, March 27th, 2009

    An old drinking friend comes to town tonight: Uncle Joe (who’s movin’ kinda slow–joke). He re-located from Detroit to Florida about six years ago. Born in 1946, he’s the first of the baby-boomers, but more conservative than the average Depression baby. We almost lost him about ten years ago to a massive heart attack. He [...]

    Douthat

    Thursday, March 26th, 2009

    I hesitatingly renewed my subscription to New York Magazine last month. I really like the magazine, but it leans left and at times is too risque to have around my children. My first post-lapse issue came yesterday. One of its first features: A profile of the New York Times’ new columnist, Ross Douthat (entertaining pdf [...]

    Wednesday Miscellany

    Wednesday, March 25th, 2009

    Whew, things have exploded around the office. After the October 2008 Stock Crash, things really slowed down at the office. I was always busy (thankfully), but it was a leisurely-paced busy. Enjoyable busy, if not as lucrative. But now, it feels like pre-2008 Crash again. It’s a good feeling, though I can’t say I welcome [...]

    From the Catholic Anarchy Archives

    Tuesday, March 24th, 2009

    Anarchy or Subsidiarity? The anarchist welcomes the Church teaching of subsidiarity, which says the smallest units of society ought to handle whatever they can, with the larger units getting involved only when the smaller units can’t handle something. “Right on,” says the anarchist. And the smallest unit of society is the family. And even though [...]

    Monday, March 23rd, 2009

    Feature Essay

    Monday, March 23rd, 2009

    Orthodoxy and the Modern Creed I’ve been in circles when young, growing families are discussed. The conversation goes something like this: Person One: “E is having another child.” Person Two: “Another! What is that, five?” Person One: “Yeah; five kids, can you imagine?” Person Two: “I can’t imagine, but if that’s what he wants, that’s [...]

    Sunday, March 22nd, 2009

    Something for Laetare Sunday Morning

    Sunday, March 22nd, 2009

    Joy in the Cross Today, “the Church wishes to remind us that joy is perfectly compatible with mortification and pain. It is sadness and not penance which is opposed to happiness.” Francis Fernandez, commenting on one of the most bizarre teachings of Christianity in the eyes of modernity’s ethos. We ought to call this “Counter-Cultural [...]

     


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