The Daily Eudemon
"The only end of writing is to enable the readers better to enjoy life."
Samuel Johnson, The Idler, 4/5/1760




  • Home
  • Favorite Quotes
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • TDE Lens

  • archives
  • February 2017
  • January 2017
  • December 2016
  • November 2016
  • October 2016
  • September 2016
  • August 2016
  • July 2016
  • June 2016
  • May 2016
  • April 2016
  • March 2016
  • February 2016
  • January 2016
  • December 2015
  • November 2015
  • October 2015
  • September 2015
  • August 2015
  • July 2015
  • June 2015
  • May 2015
  • April 2015
  • March 2015
  • February 2015
  • January 2015
  • December 2014
  • November 2014
  • October 2014
  • September 2014
  • August 2014
  • July 2014
  • June 2014
  • May 2014
  • April 2014
  • March 2014
  • February 2014
  • January 2014
  • December 2013
  • November 2013
  • October 2013
  • September 2013
  • August 2013
  • July 2013
  • June 2013
  • May 2013
  • April 2013
  • March 2013
  • February 2013
  • January 2013
  • December 2012
  • November 2012
  • October 2012
  • September 2012
  • August 2012
  • July 2012
  • June 2012
  • May 2012
  • April 2012
  • March 2012
  • February 2012
  • January 2012
  • December 2011
  • November 2011
  • October 2011
  • September 2011
  • August 2011
  • July 2011
  • June 2011
  • May 2011
  • April 2011
  • March 2011
  • February 2011
  • January 2011
  • December 2010
  • November 2010
  • October 2010
  • September 2010
  • August 2010
  • July 2010
  • June 2010
  • May 2010
  • April 2010
  • March 2010
  • February 2010
  • January 2010
  • December 2009
  • November 2009
  • October 2009
  • September 2009
  • August 2009
  • July 2009
  • June 2009
  • May 2009
  • April 2009
  • March 2009
  • February 2009
  • January 2009
  • December 2008
  • November 2008
  • October 2008
  • September 2008
  • August 2008
  • July 2008
  • June 2008
  • May 2008
  • April 2008
  • March 2008
  • February 2008
  • January 2008
  • December 2007
  • November 2007
  • October 2007
  • September 2007
  • August 2007
  • July 2007
  • June 2007
  • May 2007
  • April 2007
  • March 2007
  • February 2007
  • January 2007
  • December 2006
  • November 2006
  • October 2006
  • September 2006
  • August 2006
  • July 2006
  • June 2006
  • May 2006
  • April 2006
  • March 2006
  • February 2006
  • January 2006
  • December 2005
  • November 2005
  • October 2005
  • September 2005
  • August 2005
  • July 2005
  • June 2005
  • May 2005
  • April 2005
  • March 2005
  • February 2005
  • January 2005
  • December 2004
  • November 2004
  • August 2004
  • July 2004
  • June 2004
  • May 2004
  • April 2004
  • March 2004
  • February 2004
  • January 2004


  • syndicate this site
    RSS Feed
    RSS 2 Feed
    Atom Feed
    My Yahoo!
    Comments RSS

    Send the Webmaster an E-Mail


    Wednesday
    February 22, 2017

    Yet More Miscellaneous Rambling

    Ceiling. TrastevereDigging this warm weather? Putting your garden in early? Don’t get too confident. A TDE reader sends this along from an Illinois weather site: “We set a bunch of record temperatures in February 1930 (the records we are breaking now). The following March 1930 there were significant snow falls with up to 19″ of total accumulation. To say winter is completely over is a farce.”

    Ceiling. TrastevereBut I have those four low tunnels, so I’ve jumped into planting with spinach, Red Russian kale, and radishes. We’ll see what I get. I had a big spinach harvest last week, but not enough for sale, just enough for personal consumption.

    Ceiling. TrastevereNow that I’m working with Max to sell greens (here’s the site), I decided, “I have to figure out and and for all whether I should capitalize the names of vegetables.” I consulted The Chicago Manual of Style and discovered . . . pretty much nothing. “Common names of plants and animals are capitalized in a bewildering variety of ways, even in lists and catalogs having professional status. . . . Chicago Press recommends a down style . . . capitalizing only proper nouns and adjectives . . .”. 7.107-109 (14th ed.). So, “spinach,” but “Red Russian kale.” Or should it be Red Russian Kale?

    Ceiling. TrastevereI greatly enjoy such technical issues, though the frenzied pace of life normally requires me to dispense with them. For some odd reason, clients don’t want to pay me by the hour to track down such things.

    Amazon Deals of the Day

    Bookmark it: del.icio.us | Reddit | Slashdot | Digg | Facebook | Technorati | Google | StumbleUpon | Window Live | Tailrank | Furl | Netscape | Yahoo | BlinkList

    Send this post to a friend

    Tuesday
    February 21, 2017

    misc-rambling-picMore Miscellaneous Rambling

    Ceiling. TrastevereMan, I haven’t laughed so hard at a headline in a long time. From Eye of the Tiber (the Catholic version of The Onion): Burke Named Head of Vatican’s Congregation of Janitorial Services. The article itself wasn’t that good, but boy, that headline had me in tears.

    Ceiling. TrastevereI’m glad all our Muslim fears are simply silly medieval notions: “For 6,000 years, the people of the earth have suffered under a mischief-making rule. Bloodshed and war, hatred and strife, all because a man with a new color — or the lack thereof — thought that he was better than all of those who inhabited the earth before he was even a thought,” Farrakhan said. “But I am here to announce today the end of his world and the beginning of a brand new reality that all human beings will enjoy peace, freedom justice and equality under the rule of Allah.” From “Thousands chant ‘Allahu Akbar’ for Farrakhan in Detroit.”

    Ceiling. TrastevereGavin McInnes writes about his altercation and getting pepper-sprayed at New York University, then dealing with his protesters during his speech. It’s a very good piece. A few excerpts:

    “[T]hey have made “Nazi” mean: any white male who isn’t deeply ashamed of himself. So yeah, I guess I’m a Nazi.”

    “I told the crowd I was nervous immediately after I got sprayed because I worried it was acid. ‘Then I remembered, this isn’t Islam,'”

    “I approached them and offered up an extra microphone. I said they could come up on stage and make their point. They recoiled in horror at the idea and stared at the ground while chanting like catatonic Moonies.”

    “In retrospect, I should have just grabbed one and hurled him across the table. That was the only thing these kids would understand. They’re not here for politics or a rational discussion. They’re here to look cool. It’s a new subculture.”

    Amazon Deals of the Day

    Bookmark it: del.icio.us | Reddit | Slashdot | Digg | Facebook | Technorati | Google | StumbleUpon | Window Live | Tailrank | Furl | Netscape | Yahoo | BlinkList

    Send this post to a friend

    Monday
    February 20, 2017

    misc-rambling-picMiscellaneous Rambling

    Ceiling. TrastevereI sent this question to a well-placed and knowledgeable Catholic: “Has the primacy of conscience over doctrine always been a contention of the Catholic left (say, since Vatican II), or is it a new attempt by the Catholic left to implement their liberal agenda?” I’ll let you know what he says, unless he binds me to confidentiality and, regardless, I won’t be able to disclose his identity.

    Ceiling. TrastevereIn my mind, I’m likening the efforts of Coccopalmerio and Co. to destroy doctrine in the name of conscience to Julian the Apostate’s last gasp effort to turn back the tide on Christianity. Secular historians say he would’ve succeeded, if his life hadn’t been cut short.

    Ceiling. TrastevereI found Coccopalmerio’s emotional plea, incidentally, unsettling . . . maybe even disgusting in its intellectual disingenuousness. It’s almost like he just wanted to wash wave and wave of emotion over the rock, hoping the waves would smooth away the edge of logic.

    Amazon Deals of the Day

    Bookmark it: del.icio.us | Reddit | Slashdot | Digg | Facebook | Technorati | Google | StumbleUpon | Window Live | Tailrank | Furl | Netscape | Yahoo | BlinkList

    Send this post to a friend

    Sunday
    February 19, 2017

    Listverse has a decidedly anti-Catholic, Whig historical perspective, but it’s a pretty good site. This recent article is one of their better offerings. I can identify five of the sects as Gnostic, and my hunch is, all ten of them are, but a heresy is a heresy.

    The craziness reflected in this piece is a nice reminder in light of the liberals’ last gasp in Rome these days. R-rated, btw:

    Bookmark it: del.icio.us | Reddit | Slashdot | Digg | Facebook | Technorati | Google | StumbleUpon | Window Live | Tailrank | Furl | Netscape | Yahoo | BlinkList

    Send this post to a friend

    Saturday: Ramblings
    February 18, 2017

    Tunnels

    Wow, what weather. My apologies for not posting any BYCU yesterday. I had a small crisis at the office that hit me first thing in the morning. I kept running through noon, then broke early to plant spinach, harvest spinach, prune blackberry canes, and put up another low tunnel (giving me four in all).

    I then crashed. Every year, the first few times I work outside for an extended period, I get exhausted. They say, “It’s all the fresh air.” I guess so, but I don’t know why fresh air for the first time after winter exhausts me. It just does.

    Big potential news: It looks like I have acquired a half acre of scrub/woods that I hope to clear next month. It’s part of a larger parcel that I’m acquiring for other reasons. As long as environmental and building inspections go alright, the urban farm should take a big step forward.

    I never totally understood what happened in the Mike Flynn matter. As always, Pat Buchanan has laid it out simply, in a way that anyone can understand . . . and in a way that should make everyone shudder.

    Another “hate crime” that wasn’t. The person who sent me the story writes, “This was a huge deal in local news when it happened, everyone rallied around” the Arab family that was targeted by apparent white supremacists. It turns out, a wouldbe paramour of the daughter did it because he was mad at her.

    Criminy, the Left has so politicized everything, you can’t even spurn a boy without him killing two birds with one stone in retaliation: strike at the uppity girl AND make whites feel guilty. I preferred the days when the boy just toilet papered girl’s house and wrote her name on bathroom stalls.

    Bookmark it: del.icio.us | Reddit | Slashdot | Digg | Facebook | Technorati | Google | StumbleUpon | Window Live | Tailrank | Furl | Netscape | Yahoo | BlinkList

    Send this post to a friend

    Meyers
    February 16, 2017

    Taco Bell has announced plans to offer a $600 wedding service at its flagship restaurant in Las Vegas. And this is cool — the burritos are conveniently wrapped in divorce papers.

    Bookmark it: del.icio.us | Reddit | Slashdot | Digg | Facebook | Technorati | Google | StumbleUpon | Window Live | Tailrank | Furl | Netscape | Yahoo | BlinkList

    Send this post to a friend

    Kimmel 

    Congratulations are in order for a German shepherd by the name of Rumor. Rumor the German shepherd won best in show at the Westminster Kennel Club. This is a huge honor that the dog has no idea it received.

    Bookmark it: del.icio.us | Reddit | Slashdot | Digg | Facebook | Technorati | Google | StumbleUpon | Window Live | Tailrank | Furl | Netscape | Yahoo | BlinkList

    Send this post to a friend

    Conan

    Thieves in London made off with $3 million worth of rare books from the Middle Ages. Authorities describe the suspect as “boring.”

    Bookmark it: del.icio.us | Reddit | Slashdot | Digg | Facebook | Technorati | Google | StumbleUpon | Window Live | Tailrank | Furl | Netscape | Yahoo | BlinkList

    Send this post to a friend

    Both Found During the Same Sitting

    President Trump’s approval rating is at 39 percent, according to a new poll.

    The latest Pew Research Center poll released Thursday shows Trump at a historic low compared with prior presidents in their first weeks in office.

    The poll found just 39 percent approve of his job performance while 56 percent disapprove.

    Link.

    ______________________

    The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Thursday shows that 55% of Likely U.S. Voters approve of President Trump’s job performance. Forty-five percent (45%) disapprove.

    The latest figures include 38% who Strongly Approve of the way Trump is performing and 36% who Strongly Disapprove. This gives him a Presidential Approval Index rating of +2. (see trends).

    Link.

    Bookmark it: del.icio.us | Reddit | Slashdot | Digg | Facebook | Technorati | Google | StumbleUpon | Window Live | Tailrank | Furl | Netscape | Yahoo | BlinkList

    Send this post to a friend

    Thursday

    misc-rambling-picMiscellaneous Rambling

    Ceiling. TrastevereAh, man. This is depressing: Orbis Books is issuing James Martin’s Essential Writings as a volume in its Modern Spiritual Masters series. That’s really disappointing. I’ve really liked what I’ve seen in this series. I wonder if the book will feature any passages from Martin threatening people with hell if they disagree with his politics (like he seems to do in the last paragraph of this piece).

    Ceiling. TrastevereTDE readers know I have long been interested in Buddhism. I’ve also long been a fan of Catholic Stuff You Should Know. The two came together in a CSYSK episode last week on Buddhism. Here’s the link. Fast forward to minute 15:00.

    Ceiling. TrastevereWelcome to the first annual Day without Immigrants. Sigh. Everything is a parade of idiocy. I guess it was time for my Mexican friends to join. Crazy, loony days we live in.

    Amazon Deals of the Day

    Bookmark it: del.icio.us | Reddit | Slashdot | Digg | Facebook | Technorati | Google | StumbleUpon | Window Live | Tailrank | Furl | Netscape | Yahoo | BlinkList

    Send this post to a friend

    February 15, 2017

    The U.S. Army has officially lifted its ban on soldiers having dreadlocks. This is good news for the Army’s elite Hacky Sack Corps. Conan

    Bookmark it: del.icio.us | Reddit | Slashdot | Digg | Facebook | Technorati | Google | StumbleUpon | Window Live | Tailrank | Furl | Netscape | Yahoo | BlinkList

    Send this post to a friend

    Wednesday

    Russell_Kirk

    Reference: Monday the 13th Post.

    Kirk’s distrust of libertarianism seems to stem exclusively from its demonic individualist strain, that of Isabel Paterson and Ayn Rand. Those, ahem, challenging women’s personalities, aggressive prose, and egos drove him away . . . and rightly so. (I once dealt with an unpleasant German immigrant woman in Grand Rapids, who I described to my client as “Ayn Rand without the charm and grace.” He immediately understood what I was dealing with.)

    I, too, find the ego-driving individualism of libertarianism distasteful. But the thing is, that’s not why I’m a libertarian. I’m a libertarian because I want to see people come together: trade together in commerce without Washington squelching it in the name of interstate commerce, work with others without fearing sanctions from the State if they decide not to work with that person later, form social groups without fear that the State will force them to admit people they don’t want later (and yes, I would even let bigots form whites-only groups . . . I wouldn’t join, but I’d prefer to let such organizations exist than for the State to restrict in any fashion how we associate with others for non-criminal purposes).

    The State is what atomizes society, not liberty. If the State tries to meet all of society’s needs, we don’t need society any more. It’s that simple. If the State provides a huge safety net, the white trash can cast a huge middle finger at society, knowing they don’t need anyone or anything . . . they’re entitled to federal government benefits. If the State provides for the poor, we don’t need people to come together in charitable organizations like the Salvation Army to alleviate their condition. The more the State does, the less people need each other . . . and society weakens, until it absolutely crumbles, like it did in Soviet Russia.

    So, though I hate to say it, Kirk was wrong. Simply 180 degrees wrong. He was right to distance himself from the ego (and, let’s be honest, hateful) libertarianism of Ayn Rand, but any power given to the State, even if for “conservative principles,” ultimately weakens society and increases individualism. In the name of creating a society that is open to the other, we need to shrink the State that kills it.

    Bookmark it: del.icio.us | Reddit | Slashdot | Digg | Facebook | Technorati | Google | StumbleUpon | Window Live | Tailrank | Furl | Netscape | Yahoo | BlinkList

    Send this post to a friend

    Enter Amazon here, buy something, and get me a kickback.


    For more than fifty years, the Intercollegiate Studies Institute (ISI) has been helping conservative students achieve a genuine liberal arts education. Offering study guides, graduate fellowships, conservative books and speakers, online audio lectures, and a host of other programs and publications.

    Catholic Men's Quarterly, a one-of-a-kind general interest men's magazine written by Catholic men for Catholic men. Makes a great Father's Day gift.


    "The Daily Eudemon is the sort of thing that Chesterton or Mencken would be doing, if they were alive today. It's what, in saner times, was called journalism. In the writing and in the reading, it's exactly the sort of leisure we should want at the basis of culture."
    Mike Aquilina, Author of The Fathers of the Church and TV Talk Show Host.

    "Literate Catholicism-urbane, witty, engaged-is alive and well! If you can read, you should be reading The Daily Eudemon!" David Scott, author of A Revolution of Love: The Meaning of Mother Teresa

    "If you like your blogs pithy, nimble, pointed, high-spirited, and waggish, then bookmmark The Daily Eudemon. Ooops! You want prolixity, density, meandering, dull, and sober? Then run (do not walk!) to the blogs of the major news outlets. They have just what you want. Honestly they do." John Peterson, Editor, G.K. Chesterton: Collected Works, Volumes 12 and 13.

    "TDE is full of information and insight.  Always worth a read."  James V. Schall, Author of Another Sort of Learning.

    "TDE is one of the few indispensable sites in an overcrowded blogosphere." Thomas E. Woods, Jr., Ph.D., New York Times Bestselling Author and Author of How the Catholic Church Built Western Civilization.

    links
    Abbey-Roads
    Acts of the Apostasy
    After Abortion
    Aggie Catholics
    All Manner of Things
    Belinda’s Brain
    Bethune Catholic
    Betty Duffy
    Book Reviews and More
    Catholic Blogs
    Catholic Exchange
    Catholic Fire
    Charlotte Was Both
    Chesterton and Friends
    Crossroads
    Decent Films
    Digital Hairshirt
    Dyspeptic Mutterings
    EWTN
    Fathers of the Church
    First Principles
    Get Blogs
    Gilbert Magazine
    Godspy
    Happy Catholic
    Mark Shea
    Mere Comments
    Michelle Reitemeyer
    More Last Than Star
    National Catholic Register
    New Advent
    Phat Catholic
    Pillar and Fire
    Post Modern Papist
    PowerBlog
    Pro Ecclesia
    Quaffs and Quibbles
    Reasoned Audacity
    Reconnaissance of the Western Tradition
    Roman Catholic Info
    Ruri et Orbi
    Scholium
    Shadow of Diogenes
    Signs of the Times: Salvo Blog
    Some Have Hats
    St. Blog’s Parish Blog Digger
    St. Blog’s Parish Directory
    St. James Journal
    St. Peter Canisius Apostolate
    Standing on My Head
    Stella Maris
    Stony Creek Digest
    Streams of Mercy
    Stupid Scholar
    Suicide of the West
    Summa Minutiae
    Taki
    The American Conservative
    The Blue Boar
    The Cafeteria is Closed
    The Crescat
    The Curt Jester
    The Dawn Patrol
    The Drunken Dollar
    The Impractical Christian
    The Inn at the End of the World
    The Michiana Blawg
    The Muniment Room
    The Radical Academy
    The Reticulator
    The Saint Wannabe
    The Scratching Post
    The Snoring Scholar
    The Summa Mamas
    The Waffling Anglican
    The Western Confucian
    Things and Stuff
    Thursday Night Gumbo
    Uncovering Orthodoxy
    Victor Lams
    Video Meliora
    Vita Mea
    Vox Nova
    What's Wrong with the World
    With Both Hands
    Within the Garden
    Without Having Seen
    World Wide Words

    the bloghorn
    Abbey-Roads
    Acts of the Apostasy
    After Abortion
    Aggie Catholics
    All Manner of Things
    Belinda’s Brain
    Bethune Catholic
    Betty Duffy
    Book Reviews and More
    Catholic Blogs
    Catholic Exchange
    Catholic Fire
    Charlotte Was Both
    Chesterton and Friends
    Crossroads
    Decent Films
    Digital Hairshirt
    Dyspeptic Mutterings
    EWTN
    Fathers of the Church
    First Principles
    Get Blogs
    Gilbert Magazine
    Godspy
    Happy Catholic
    Mark Shea
    Mere Comments
    Michelle Reitemeyer
    More Last Than Star
    National Catholic Register
    New Advent
    Phat Catholic
    Pillar and Fire
    Post Modern Papist
    PowerBlog
    Pro Ecclesia
    Quaffs and Quibbles
    Reasoned Audacity
    Reconnaissance of the Western Tradition
    Roman Catholic Info
    Ruri et Orbi
    Scholium
    Shadow of Diogenes
    Signs of the Times: Salvo Blog
    Some Have Hats
    St. Blog’s Parish Blog Digger
    St. Blog’s Parish Directory
    St. James Journal
    St. Peter Canisius Apostolate
    Standing on My Head
    Stella Maris
    Stony Creek Digest
    Streams of Mercy
    Stupid Scholar
    Suicide of the West
    Summa Minutiae
    Taki
    The American Conservative
    The Blue Boar
    The Cafeteria is Closed
    The Crescat
    The Curt Jester
    The Dawn Patrol
    The Drunken Dollar
    The Impractical Christian
    The Inn at the End of the World
    The Michiana Blawg
    The Muniment Room
    The Radical Academy
    The Reticulator
    The Saint Wannabe
    The Scratching Post
    The Snoring Scholar
    The Summa Mamas
    The Waffling Anglican
    The Western Confucian
    Things and Stuff
    Thursday Night Gumbo
    Uncovering Orthodoxy
    Victor Lams
    Video Meliora
    Vita Mea
    Vox Nova
    What's Wrong with the World
    With Both Hands
    Within the Garden
    Without Having Seen
    World Wide Words

    << # St. Blog's Parish ? >> 


    Copyright 2003-2015. All rights reserved.