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    Archive for September, 2011

    Friday

    Friday, September 30th, 2011

    BYCU I collected a lot of beer cans in my youth and I’ve drank a lot of different beers as an adult, but I ain’t never heard of no National Beer. Anybody else ever hear of it? A convenience store client of mine, incidentally, was able to order Cass River Blonde Ale from his distributor. [...]

    Thursday

    Thursday, September 29th, 2011

    Gilbert Arrived The new issue of Gilbert Magazine arrived a few days ago (for those unaware, I used to edit that esteemed rag). Dale Ahlquist has a splendid travel piece about this recent trip to England. He spent time in a monastery with Dom Phillip Jeb, who is the grandson of Hilaire Belloc; visited biographer [...]

    Wednesday

    Wednesday, September 28th, 2011

    The Humor Escapes Me You know who I can’t stand? Stephen Colbert. I’ve actually grown to like Jon Stewart a little, but Colbert? I can’t stomach him (yeah, yeah: I know he’s Catholic–that just makes it worse). His entire schtick strikes me as the effort of a smarmy teenager who thinks he’s too clever for [...]

    From an E-Newsletter

    Tuesday, September 27th, 2011

    “Yum! Brands and other companies who own fast-food restaurants are heavily lobbying the administration to allow their franchisees to take food stamps instead of cash,” writes a reader looking at the issue from a different angle. “That should ensure we have a never-ending supply of obese diabetics with heart disease to bankrupt our health ‘care’ [...]

    Tuesday

    Monday, September 26th, 2011

    I’m Walk(er)ing to New Orleans The Walker Percy Center’s Inaugural Conference is October 14-16. It’s kind of late notice, but I’d really like to go. Unfortunately, it’s in New Orleans, and I fear Marie won’t let me slip away without a fight. I once wrote a fair amount about Percy. I was working on a [...]

    Monday

    Monday, September 26th, 2011

    The mighty Lions! They’re 3-0. I didn’t think they looked good yesterday, so I’m not as excited about them now as I was 48 hours ago. But seven straight regular season wins, a come-from-behind win (against the Vikings), a blow-out win (against the Chiefs), and a tight win on the road against a playoff contender [...]

    Something for Sunday Morning

    Sunday, September 25th, 2011

    “Contradiction and contentiousness come from deceit, a companion of unbelief and haughtiness.” The Philokalia

    Saturday

    Saturday, September 24th, 2011

    Econ Saturday Wow, silver takes a knock-down punch for the second time this year. It dropped below $31 an ounce, before finishing the week at $31. If you haven’t gotten into the silver market, now is probably the time. Gold is similarly beaten down (to the mid-$1,600s). Unless there’s a deflationary crunch that brings down [...]

    Friday

    Friday, September 23rd, 2011

    BYCU Blatz plays a key role at the end of The Adventures of Beer Man, so when I saw this poster, I decided to post it. New Beer Writer I ran across an unfamiliar beer writer this week, E.D. Kain. Earlier this week, he wrote a decent post about beer’s decline across America, but pointing [...]

    Thursday

    Thursday, September 22nd, 2011

    Don’t You Dare Call It a Ponzi! Governor Perry referred to Social Security as a “Ponzi scheme” and the Left went ape. Somehow, they think it’s nuts to refer to Social Security as a Ponzi arrangement, even though their own darling, Paul Krugman, has said it has a “Ponzi game aspect.” So is it a [...]

    Wednesday

    Wednesday, September 21st, 2011

    More Fed Power Grab What’s in the Dodd-Frank bill? Another strike at the principle of subsidiarity. I explain in my most-recent piece at Catholic Lane. Excerpt: Community banks are being pressured into a “one-size-fits-all” approach. That’s frustrating. Most community banks made responsible loans during the aughts (and to the extent they didn’t, it was often [...]

    Tuesday

    Tuesday, September 20th, 2011

    From the Notebooks Allegations of Brownson’s inconsistencies in later years are often misplaced. Recent biographer R.A. Herrera, for instance, alleges that Brownson’s view on the democratic revolution that was picking up speed in the mid-nineteenth century flip-flopped. Herrera criticizes Brownson for saying, in 1856, that the democratic “revolution, in some form, will go on,” and [...]

     


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