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    Archive for June, 2011

    Thursday

    Thursday, June 30th, 2011

    Odd Names This blog post at NRO about odd Puritan names (“Experience Bliss,” “Thankful Clapp,” “Moses Sleeper”) reminded me of this passage from A Renegade History of the United States: “In 1864 Increase Mather set out to put an end to [dancing] with a precisely titled book, An Arrow Against Profane and Promiscuous Dancing out [...]

    Wednesday

    Wednesday, June 29th, 2011

    Received in an Email These insults are from an era before the English language got boiled down to 4-letter words: A member of Parliament to Disraeli: “Sir, you will either die on the gallows or of some unspeakable disease.” “That depends, Sir,” said Disraeli, “whether I embrace your policies or your mistress.” “He had delusions [...]

    Tuesday

    Tuesday, June 28th, 2011

    The Libertarian Political Philosophy in a Nutshell “Society, it should be kept in mind, is a group of people who cooperate with one another in order that they may severally and individually improve their circumstances, and the techniques by which Society achieves its purpose are production and exchange. There is no other way by which [...]

    Monday

    Monday, June 27th, 2011

    Quick Reference: “The idea that A could at the same time be non-A or that to prefer A to B could at the same time be to prefer B to A is simply inconceivable and absurd to a human mind.” Ludwig von Mises. Surely a few people recognize the epistemological overlap with St. Thomas Aquinas.

    From the Notebooks

    Monday, June 27th, 2011

    Pornography and Idiocy (from 2004) Writing about pornography is kinda like making pornography: what are you going to say (do) that hasn’t been said (done) before? The director of a pornographic movie tries to think of something that hasn’t been done before (“Three guys with a girl suspended with harnesses? That’s soooo Lasse Braun”). The [...]

    Something for Sunday Morning

    Sunday, June 26th, 2011

    “All fear arises from the love of something.” St. Thomas Aquinas

    Saturday

    Saturday, June 25th, 2011

    Miscellany Well, not much out there for economic news this week. The dollar is up and pretty much everything is down: the Dow, emerging markets, metals. Silver especially got hammered, finishing in the mid-$34s. Gold dipped below $1,500, making it a tempting play, but I just got my first college tuition notice, so . . [...]

    Friday

    Friday, June 24th, 2011

    Plato, Aristotle, and Aquinas? The Beer Taster recently featured Three Philosophers. That is one righteous beer. I agree with this description: “The aroma is very malty and full of cherries, as well as some other dark fruits such as raisins. I also found there to be a mild alcohol aroma which isn’t surprising due to [...]

    Thursday

    Thursday, June 23rd, 2011

    Studies like this don’t really impress me: Women Who Lost Virginity Early More Likely To Divorce. It’s nice to see empirical support for the idea that poor upbringing results in poor results, but I don’t think we can conclude from this kind of study that premarital sex leads to divorce. I think we can merely [...]

    Wednesday

    Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011

    Catholic Blog Surfing Bert Ghezzi is a genuinely good guy. I’ve corresponded with him on a few occasions, and he even expressed willingness to “go to bat” for me on a book proposal he liked (alas, even Bert can’t overcome one’s dearth of talent). He has written a new book. I haven’t read it, but [...]

    Tuesday

    Tuesday, June 21st, 2011

    Catholic Arts and Letters Weekly On the centennial of his birth, the influence of Catholicism on Marshall McLuhan’s Catholicism gets a fair and good hearing. Perhaps the best essay of the year so far. . . . more>> Simone Weil. Huge intellect, but with a heart and mystique even bigger. Perhaps the most puzzling woman [...]

    Monday

    Monday, June 20th, 2011

    The Angel and the Idiots What do Lady Gaga and Mother Teresa have in common? A lot, according to this vapid piece at The Economist: The Angel and the Monster. The piece isn’t sacrilegious (though it does recount some of Hitchens’ bogus criticism), but it is downright stupid. In its attempt to draw parallels between [...]

     


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