Kimmel: “Some parents ruin Halloween for their kids by not allowing them to get candy. The way our economy is going, it may be good practice for our kids to start begging for food.”
Archive for October, 2010
“The greatest obstacles to the soul’s trying to follow Christ and to help others have their origin in a disordered love of self. At times this leads us to overestime our strength. At other times, it brings discouragement and despondency as a result of our own weaknesses and our errors. Pride often reveals itself in [...]
“Every single great idea that has marked the 21st century, the 20th century and the 19th century has required government vision and government incentive,” he said. “In the middle of the Civil War you had a guy named Lincoln paying people $16,000 for every 40 miles of track they laid across the continental United States. [...]
Popping Culture Market Entertainment memorabilia is over-heated, as evidenced by the $1,437.50 that someone paid for Elvis’ used tongue depressor. Vintage comic books are over-heated at the high end (two comics brought in over $1 million this year), but you can find decent value at the lower end of the comic spectrum. Vintage movie posters [...]
Hallowbeers Man, lots of spooky beer stories out there today. I guess it’s no surprise, since “Halloween is actually the biggest weekend of the year for beer sales.” The drinking theme is so popular, “nearly 100 breweries now offer a pumpkin beer” and there are scores of scary-sounding beers, like these brews that LA Weekly [...]
From the Notebooks If it’s possible to love a fictional philosophical character, I’ve loved one for many years. It’s Sören Kierkegaard’s “knight of faith,” which he describes in the pioneering work of existentialism, Fear and Trembling. Kierkegaard’s knight of faith is a man who fits in everywhere, among everyone: “This man takes pleasure, takes part, [...]
“On average, our basic food costs have increased by an incredible 48% over the last year (measured by wheat, corn, oats, and canola prices). From the price at the pump to heating your stove, energy costs are up 23% on average (heating oil, gasoline, natural gas). A little protein at dinner is now 39% higher [...]
Not much today. We held our pumpkin-carving family party last night. I’m whipped. I did, however, salvage enough time to read this neat little essay by Lew Rockwell: What We Can Learn From the Middle Ages. The School of Salamanca has interested me for a few years now. If you’re unacquainted with the School and [...]
Hold onto your silver: * BN CFTC CHILTON MAKES STATEMENT ON SILVER MARKET * BN * SILVER PRICES SUBJECT TO “FRAUDULENT” INFLUENCES, CHILTON SAY * BN *”REPEATED ATTEMPTS” MADE TO INFLUENCE SILVER MARKET, CHILTON * BN *SILVER MANIPULATION SHOULD BE PROSECUTED, CHILTON SAYS Link.
It’s Not Just the Shortest Month of the Year I think black history month would do better if it promoted more stuff like this: biography of John Mitchell, the “Fighting Negro Editor” of the Richmond Planet at the turn of the century. The man had it all: guts, erudition, and prose. Kinda like your blogger. [...]
Lynching reached its peak in the South in the early 1890s, when, on average, a black man was hanged every other day for alleged crimes that ranged from rape and murder to hitting a white man or even just writing an insulting letter. Link.