Monthly Archives: September 2013

Monday

Humorous, Informative, or Frustrating Some may have noticed that TDE has gone back to its roots: multiple postings during the day. This won’t necessarily be a regular occurrence, but it will happen often. Throughout the day, I run across things … Continue reading

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From Reddit’s Today I Learned: “TIL Sugarcane is the world’s largest crop. In 2010, it was cultivated on about 23.8 million hectares, in more than 90 countries, with a worldwide harvest of 1.69 billion tons.” Link. “TIL that the island … Continue reading

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Leno

“A North Carolina woman stabbed her roommate’s ex-boyfriend because she claimed he wouldn’t stop playing Eagles music. He’s OK, but apparently she stabbed him with those steely knives but she just couldn’t kill the beast.” And Ferguson: “Right now a … Continue reading

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Friday

Great Merton anecdote: “Over Labor Day [in 1938, the year before he was received into the Catholic Church], Merton and Joe Roberts went to Philadelphia, arguing over mysticism and the Catholic Church, drinking so much that it took several days … Continue reading

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I appreciate Pope Francis’ efforts to emphasize the Church’s pastoral mission, but I wonder if he appreciated that he was giving hope to the hopelessly left-wing in the RCC. I’m seeing more and more articles like these popping up. Liberal … Continue reading

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Clives Kierkegaard

Kierkegaard discusses at length the ideal “knight of faith” in Fear and Trembling (probably the pioneer work of existentialism). Kierkegaard’s knight of faith is a man who fits in everywhere among everyone. He is happy with, suited for, whatever confronts … Continue reading

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Received in an Email

“Factoid from the Wall Street Journal: On a game day, Dallas Cowboys Stadium, what with air conditioning, giant scoreboards and all, consumes more electricity than the entire nation of Liberia.” Bookmark it: del.icio.us | Reddit | Slashdot | Digg |

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GKC Short

Background: When I was the editor of Gilbert Magazine, I was responsible for the “Tremendous Trifles” column. It was occasionally hard to find a sufficient amount of interesting GKC material to fill the page, so John Peterson sent me a … Continue reading

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Adventure v. Books

“The profoundest lessons are not the lessons of reason; they are sudden strains that permanently warp the mind.” Henry Adams, The Education of Henry Adams (Houghton Mifflin, 1973), p. 108. Based on my experience, it makes you wonder whether those … Continue reading

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Monday

Autobiographical Corner A good weekend, a very good weekend indeed. Unfortunately, it started off with a scorching hangover headache Friday morning . . . after a mere two tall tonics and gin at Frankie’s following my son, Michael’s, Freshman football … Continue reading

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I am Not a Crook

“This is the United States of America, we’re not some banana republic. This is not a deadbeat nation. We don’t run out on our tab. We’re the world’s bedrock investment, the entire world looks to us to make sure the … Continue reading

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Catholic Lane

My latest over at Catholic Lane: On Charity. It’s not my favorite piece: It’s pretty compact without much flair (no cogent quotes and clever anecdotes), and I’m concerned that the piece slightly conflates “charity” with “entitlements,” but overall, I like … Continue reading

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