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    Archive for August, 2012

    Wednesday

    Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012

    140 Million Served Our country has 308 million people. It turns out that 165 million are full or partial dependents of the government (including 107 million welfare recipients and 22 million government employees). That’s a major problem. It means the majority of people in this country have an economic self-interest in promoting government, while only […]

    Tuesday

    Tuesday, August 21st, 2012

    Church Fathers and Hunter Thompson (Yes, Unrelated Posts) I need to get back and read the first generation of church fathers again. I used to dip in and out of their writings (guided primarily by Quasten–see below), but got out of the habit. Sites like this remind me that they deserve a lot more space […]

    Monday

    Monday, August 20th, 2012

    The container garden is shaping up. I took this pic yesterday. * * * * * * * Key element of container gardening: Herbs and spices (what’s the difference?) go in traditional containers; vegetables go only in self-watering containers. Vegetables that don’t set fruit, like spinach and kale, could probably go in a traditional container, […]

    Something for Sunday Morning

    Sunday, August 19th, 2012

    “If you are humble, nothing will touch you, neither praise nor disgrace, because you know what you are.” Mother Teresa And if things do touch you? I’m afraid that means you’re not humble, and if they hit you hard, you’re probably proud . . . terribly proud. Sigh. Bookmark it: del.icio.us | Reddit | Slashdot […]

    Saturday

    Saturday, August 18th, 2012

    Not much today. Marie and the kids are going to Frankenmuth, Michigan, for the annual Bavarian Music Fest. I typically join them, but I’m staying home this year. I’m simply tired. It’s been a brutal past couple of weeks, and with school year activities revving back up, I don’t see things getting better. I’m going […]

    Friday

    Friday, August 17th, 2012

    BYCU The Forty Best Beers in America! Kinda, if you’re into the health thing. It’s from the standpoint of calories, so if you’re gay, it’s a good list for you. Number one is Miller Genuine Draft 64, which might be the most wretched drink ever concocted by the wrath of Satan. But there are a […]

    Thursday

    Thursday, August 16th, 2012

    Letters to Children Whenever you’re dealing with something sinful, incidentally, it is helpful to see what it really is. Strip away the props; eliminate the frills and hype; and see what you really have. If you get the time or desire, you should read Dante’s Divine Comedy, especially the translation by Dorothy Sayers (Penguin edition). […]

    Holy Day

    Wednesday, August 15th, 2012

    Well, it’s not a holiday, but it is a Holy Day–and I’m swamped at the office–so blogging today is light. Just this little present from me to you: Elvis at TCM, all day on Thursday. Enjoy. I hope to catch Elvis on Tour tomorrow evening. Bookmark it: del.icio.us | Reddit | Slashdot | Digg |

    Tuesday

    Tuesday, August 14th, 2012

    Letters to Children Unfortunately, we live in a society that tends to look at the intellectual effort in connection with getting a practical education—i.e., an education that allows one to get a job—and with succeeding at the resulting job, as the end-all of intellectual endeavors. In other words, mental effort is viewed as a good […]

    Monday

    Monday, August 13th, 2012

    Miscellany So Romney chooses Paul Ryan. Alright, I’ll vote in November. I hardly consider myself part of a Republican base that Romney is trying to mobilize, and I still think voting in national elections is mostly a waste of time and signals approval for a system that has become nothing but a sham, but I […]

    Something for Sunday Morning

    Sunday, August 12th, 2012

    “The holy man always conceals his holiness; that is the one invariable rule.” G.K. Chesterton Bookmark it: del.icio.us | Reddit | Slashdot | Digg |

    Saturday

    Saturday, August 11th, 2012

    Letters to Children There are many places you can read about the real purpose of money, but I enjoyed the insight offered by a group of writers from the 1920s and 1930s known as the Agrarians, a group of writers and poets from Vanderbilt who criticized American culture. I can’t adequately paint a picture of […]

     


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