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    Archive for October, 2013

    Franz II

    Thursday, October 31st, 2013

    If you want to see a Catholic historian implement some of Franz Oppenheimer’s findings (purposefully, I don’t know), check out Christopher Dawson’s essay, “Warrior Peoples and the Decline of Archaic Civilization” (found in Dynamics of World History), in which he points out the warrior class “was always in a sense parasitic” on the settled pastoral […]

    Humorous

    Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

    H.I.F. More late night The Jonas Brothers have broken up. The music industry is in mourning. It’s kind of like when the Beatles announced they were breaking up — minus the part where people gave a crap. Ferguson The Red Sox are up 3-2 in the World Series with the last two games at home […]

    The Man

    Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

    Uncommon Valor Heroes are made every day: “Six adults and two young children were inside watching television when the room began filling with smoke. After the children were rescued and everyone made it outside safely, Walter Serpit told WVTM television that he went back inside to retrieve his beer. He said he went back inside […]

    Halloween Thing

    Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

    St. James Sag I often put books for the season in our family room. During December, there are books about Advent and Christmas. During Lent, books about the Passion. This year, I put out a book about ghosts. The Encyclopedia of Ghosts and Spirits by Rosemary Ellen Guiley No one read it, of course, except […]

    Humorous

    Tuesday, October 29th, 2013

    H.I.F. Good late night According to a new report, more than 700 fake Obamacare websites have been created. Security experts say it’s simple to identify the phony sites because they are easy to log on to. Leno Kanye West went to a baseball stadium in San Francisco with Kim Kardashian, and he popped the question […]

    Humorous and Frustrating

    Tuesday, October 29th, 2013

    H.I.F. So if I’m reading this story correctly, this African priests starts dorfing a woman on Fridays, then decides he wants to marry her. He finds a group of other priests who want to dorf, and they get together and name him Archbishop of their group. The group then says priests within their group can […]

    Franz

    Tuesday, October 29th, 2013

    I’ve never really understood the appeal of Franz Oppenheimer’s The State, yet it is the seminal work of the political worldview I adhere to: the State constitutes a class within society. From this, a person logically concludes that, if you’re within the class, you want more State. If you’re not in that class, you don’t […]

    Interesting and Humorous

    Monday, October 28th, 2013

    H.I.F. The best pithy parenthetical of the month comes courtesy of Zero Hedge, which posted today that Ohio does not have enough of the lethal injection drug pentobarbital to carry out a scheduled execution next month. Zero Hedge writes: Ohio is the latest U.S. state to face a scarcity after the European manufacturer banned its […]

    Benedictine Monday

    Monday, October 28th, 2013

    That’s a picture from the Clear Creek Abbey’s October grape harvest. From their e-newsletter: “The monks of Saint Benedict engage in many forms of manual labor. Recently it was harvest time in our vineyard. We grow grapes of the Cynthiana family, very similar to (some say identical with) Norton grapes, popular in Missouri. We grow […]

    Interesting

    Sunday, October 27th, 2013

    H.I.F. Apparently no one read new health law very carefully. In two spots, it says tax credits are available for people who buy insurance “through an exchange established by the state.” But 36 states opted not to establish exchanges, so is the act effectively dead in those states? Four lawsuits say “yes.” The Affordable Care […]

    Frustrating

    Saturday, October 26th, 2013

    H.I.F. The insightful Arnold Kling breaks down the Obamacare website. The debacle borders on the scary: “This is not a technical screw-up, and it will not be fixed by technical people. It is an organizational screw-up. And until that is recognized, it probably will get worse. I write [in a WaPo letter to the editor]: […]

    Friday

    Friday, October 25th, 2013

    BYCU A long-time TDE reader sends along this great anecdote about fin de siècle medicine. “Peptonized Port was helpful for ‘people who are nervous, cannot stand noise, start at the least unusual sound” and “get that fly-to-pieces feeling often.’ The ad below informed consumers that the remedy was a combination of port wine and pepsin, […]

     


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