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    Archive for July, 2015

    Humility and Vianney, Part 2

    Tuesday, July 21st, 2015

    The reasons for the combination of humility and wisdom are not easy to understand (and almost-certainly beyond the understanding of superficial and arrogant persons—today’s all-too-common flipside of wisdom and humility—who would dismiss the combination as a mere coincidence or result of fanciful speculation by devotees). It lies in a theological problem that starts with the […]

    Humility and Vianney, Part 1

    Monday, July 20th, 2015

    Socrates was an ugly, poor man with no pretensions. In the eyes of the world, he was a misfit and fool, a constant butt of jokes around sophisticated Athens, but he didn’t mind. He was very humble, thinking little of himself and caring little for his earthly affairs. His humility was combined with intense wisdom, […]

    Sunday

    Sunday, July 19th, 2015

    “States have successfully managed to persuade their subject populations that they themselves are the state, and therefore that any insult to the honor of the state is an insult to them as well, any questioning of its behavior or intentions a slap in their very own faces.” That’s Tom Woods from his book, Real Dissent. […]

    Saturday

    Saturday, July 18th, 2015

    Kontent from the Kindle “Equalization of wealth, progressive taxation, nationalization of industries, the raising of wages and improvements in working conditions, worker-management councils, housing ventures, death taxes, unemployment insurance plans, pension systems, and the enfranchisement of formerly voteless elements of the population have all been, in one country or another, achieved or advanced under the […]

    Friday

    Friday, July 17th, 2015

    BYCU Slate magazine has never seen a politically-correct cause it didn’t like. Last week, they jumped into the craft beer arena with this self-righteous tripe: Craft Brewing Has a Sexism Problem: There are gross puns and derogatory illustrations on far too many beer labels. The misogyny needs to stop. The article is written by Will […]

    Thursday

    Thursday, July 16th, 2015

    A Few Random Passages I enjoy works that impart broader truths in the context of a narrower subject. A great example from Kingsley Amis’ Everyday Drinking: Never despise a drink because it is easy to make and/or uses commercial mixes. Unquestioning devotion to authenticity is, in any department of life, a mark of the naïve—or […]

    Wednesday

    Wednesday, July 15th, 2015

    Kontent from the Kindle A truer political truth there never was: “The Populists, as do all reformers, assumed that social good can be achieved through political action. They ignored the age-old fact that whenever the government does ‘good’ it acts in the interests of some at the expense of others, meanwhile acquiring power for itself. […]

    Kirk Reissuance

    Tuesday, July 14th, 2015

    Great piece The Imaginative Conservative about the recent reissuance of Russell Kirk’s Eliot and His Age. This is one of the few books of Kirk’s I haven’t read. I was able to write my essay biography of him without it, and when I eventually went to pick it up, I couldn’t get into it for […]

    Monday

    Monday, July 13th, 2015

    Miscellaneous Rambling Great weekend. I attended a high school reunion Friday night. About fifteen years ago, I pushed hard to hold “all-class” reunions on the evening before the main reunion. The idea has taken off, so this year, it’s the Class of 1985’s 30-year reunion. They put the word out that they’d be meeting the […]

    Sunday

    Sunday, July 12th, 2015

    Kontent from the Kindle “The Weimar Republic, the near-republican Italian monarchy, the Spanish republic, the decolonized’ free nations from Haiti to Tanzania, from North Vietnam to Indonesia, Latin America from Santo Domingo to Buenos Aires—all have been grievous disappointments to ‘progressive’ Americans, all terminating in dictatorships, civil wars, crowded jails, confiscated newspapers, gallows and firing […]

    Saturday

    Saturday, July 11th, 2015

    Perhaps one of the most-interesting things on the web this morning: Does the US Need a Nationwide Exorcism? It’s from the National Catholic Register and it made it to the top of line of Drudge this morning. It concedes that a nation-wide exorcism is unlikely, but suggests it might be done diocese-by-diocese. Bookmark it: del.icio.us […]

    Friday

    Friday, July 10th, 2015

    BYCU Like last Friday, I present a nifty little thing that shouldn’t even exist: The Field Guide to Drinking in America: A Traveler’s Handbook to State Liquor Laws. * * * * * * * I guess I need to get out more: Coconut apparently is a great ingredient for beer. “Maybe that explains why […]

     


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