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    Archive for July, 2014

    Interesting

    Thursday, July 31st, 2014

    H.I.F. Is this Athens, Georgia or Athens, Greece? Cops Attack Gay Couple In Athens For Holding Hands. Home of the Sacred Band of Thebes, Patroclus and Achilles, and a host of other homosexuals and pederasts? Of course, a lot changes in 2,400 years. Bookmark it: del.icio.us | Reddit | Slashdot | Digg |

    An Unusual History

    Thursday, July 31st, 2014

    I’ve been slowly making my way through Peter Marshall‘s Demanding the Impossible: A History of Anarchism . At the rate I’m going, and given the length of the book (841 pages), I figure I’ll finish it in 2025. But don’t let my turtle approach mislead you: it’s very good. If you’re interested in knowing the […]

    Barzun

    Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

    I bought this book when it came out: From Dawn to Decadence: 500 Years of Western Cultural Life 1500 to the Present by Jacques Barzun. I’ve never read it, primarily because it hasn’t fit in with any of the projects I’ve worked on over the past couple of years, but the next couple of weeks […]

    GKC Wednesday

    Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

    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 file full of Chesterton ancedotes. They were idiosyncratic, historical, and Chestertonian. He gave me permission […]

    Meyers

    Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

    A restaurant in New York has created the Rice Burger, which replaces normal burger buns with rice patties. The restaurant also replaces customers with empty chairs. Bookmark it: del.icio.us | Reddit | Slashdot | Digg |

    Letterman

    Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

    According to the Centers for Disease Control, the largest single transmission of deadly germs is a handshake. You’re lucky, because the most popular form of greeting here in New York is the middle finger. Bookmark it: del.icio.us | Reddit | Slashdot | Digg |

    Montaigne and Our Silliness

    Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

    William James’ stream of consciousness, that fundamental fact of our existence that cannot be stopped (we “think” like we breathe, not like we walk or fish or watch TV . . . thinking cannot be stopped) “explains without moralizing what that wonderful self-observer Montaigne found as the chief mark of man: he is [diverse and […]

    Cracked Me Up

    Monday, July 28th, 2014

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    Monday

    Monday, July 28th, 2014

    Miscellaneous Rambling The skies around Alpena were incessantly filled with the buzz of fighter jets, presumably coming from the Alpena Combat Readiness Training Center. I’ve been vacationing in the same spot for 48 years and I never recall hearing so much activity, even in the summers leading up to the Iraqi wars. An occasional jet, […]

    Sunday

    Sunday, July 27th, 2014

    I returned from my final vacation of the year. This was our annual excursion to Alpena, Michigan. Northern Michigan is one of the prettiest places on the planet during the summer and, though Alpena doesn’t have all the natural beauty of the Lake Michigan coast and it’s partly marred by industry, it’s still a pretty […]

    Interesting

    Saturday, July 26th, 2014

    H.I.F. Here’s President Obama on taxation: President Barack Obama has blasted American multinationals that move to Ireland to cut their tax bill. In his toughest comments yet on the subject, he accused big US corporations of trying to play “the system” by “magically becoming Irish” through so-called tax inversion deals. “I don’t care if it’s […]

    Friday

    Friday, July 25th, 2014

    BYCU (Kinda) Even though I converted in 1991, which, I think, was the height of Mother Angelica’s popularity, I never listened to her. Partly, it’s because I rarely watched any TV back then, but partly out of arrogance. Mother Angelica, I vaguely felt, was for the Catholic pedestrians. Anyway, I regret that attitude now. I […]

     


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