Month: January 2010


Abbreviated post today because it’s high school musical weekend: Beauty and the Beast. Daughter Abbie has a decent-sized role (“Chip”). I went last night, and my house is full of out-of-town guests.

The musical was outstanding. I suspected to see something that only a parent could love, but I ended up enthusiastically standing for an ovation at the end. I was blown away that a small high school could pull off such a feat. If any TDE readers live in this small town of mine: get to the Auditorium tonight if you like live theater. … Read the rest

Brews You Can Use

bells-oberon-2010Salvador, My Friend!

I’ve always found Salvador Dali a little too freaky for my tastes. Oberon, however, is perfect for my tastes (though too many Oberons make me feel a little Dali). In any event, I’m looking forward to seeing Dali grace my backyard this summer: “Bell’s Brewery will add some historical significance to its Oberon mini-kegs when they are released this spring (typically in May). The mini-kegs will feature an interpretation of Salvador Dali’s masterpiece, “The Persistence of Memory.” The clocks from the original are replaced with Oberon logos.”

Les Boys Do Cabaret . . .

Fag Nazis returning to Germany: “Germans may be famous around the world for their beer, but they drank less of the amber nectar in 2009 than at any time in the past 20 years, according to official statistics published on Thursday.”

(A free Oberon to the first TDE reader, besides my brother, to identify the source of the headline to this blurb.)

British beer consumption, on the other hand, might be improving soon. UK beer sales show signs of lifting out of the recessionary slump as 2009 fourth quarter results show the lowest fall for two years. Then again, this type of stat is like the optimists who think things are getting better because, though unemployment has increased, it is now increasing at a slower pace. … Read the rest


streetsign.jpgNoteworthy Freebie

Highly recommended: A free online book against abortion: 101 Girls Guide.Com. The author, Serena Gaefke, has gathered together a wide assortment of quotes and passages from pro-choice literature, thereby revealing their insidious agenda and mendacious methods. I’ve read a handful of the chapters. It’s an enjoyable read.


I guess TDE will remain free for awhile longer:

In late October, Newsday, the Long Island daily that the Dolans bought for $650 million, put its web site,, behind a pay wall. The paper was one of the first non-business newspapers to take the plunge by putting up a pay wall, so in media circles it has been followed with interest. Could its fate be a sign of what others, including The New York Times, might expect?

So, three months later, how many people have signed up to pay $5 a week, or $260 a year, to get unfettered access to

The answer: 35 people.


If you read the entire article, it’s not as bad as it appears, but it’s still a splash of cold water for any news outlet that’s thinking about requiring a subscription to access its Internet content.

Not Counting Courtships


“In 2003, a survey of female veterans found that 30 percent said they were raped in the military. A 2004 study of veterans who were seeking help for post-traumatic stress disorder found that 71 percent of the women said they were sexually assaulted or raped while serving. And a 1995 study of female veterans of the Gulf and earlier wars, found that 90 percent had been sexually harassed.”


The perpetrators ought to be … Read the rest


TebosTake a Picture: Ink Spots on Ebony

A glimpse into the heart of blackness: “A national coalition of women’s groups called on CBS on Monday to scrap its plan to broadcast an ad during the Super Bowl featuring college football star Tim Tebow and his mother, which critics say is likely to convey an anti-abortion message.”

An anti-abortion message! Horror of horrors!

What happened to that pro-choice position: Abortion is unfortunate, but it’s a necessary female freedom? I thought the vast, vast majority of Americans agreed that it would be preferable if nobody ever got an abortion, but that the disagreement broke down on whether it should be illegal or not. That, at least, is what the pro-choice people want you to believe. “We’re reasonable. Nobody wants to see a fetus get aborted. But it’s the woman’s choice.”

The Tebow commercial story shoots you into the pro-aborts’ real world: they simply don’t want babies. They hate people, and they’d prefer if there were fewer of them.

They are, in a word, anti-life.

Party of Special Interests

I don’t consider myself a red-hot partisan, but this list should get circulated to every Republican blog in cyberspace: Top political donors, 1989 to 2010. Out of the top 14 donors, eleven gave to the Democrats . . . and the other three were non-partisan. You have to get to number 15 before you find a Republican donor.

Hubristic and Proud of It!

Progressives are, by definition, arrogant: They think they have the answers to society’s problems. I’ve always distrusted progressives just for that reason. I mean, we could all use more humility, but progressives scarcely … Read the rest



Even though Senator Brown seems content with Roe v. Wade, he does have a soft spot for Catholic nuns: Senator Scott Brown, a protestant, raised money for an order of Cistercian Catholic nuns in Wrentham. Brown has a special relationship with the order. As a bonus, the nuns told him they pray for him three times a day.

I guess I gotta see “The Book of Eli:” Denzel Washington understands that Eli is the servant of the Lord, the bearer of the Word, and that it is the word that “sustains” creation. Washington’s spiritual maturity is what makes this film what it is, nothing less than art conceived as an act of worship.

Information overload has long interested me. It looks like it’s interesting many others. From The Economist: “Atul Gawande argues that humanity is in danger of sinking under the weight of knowledge, as scientists accumulate ever more information and the professions splinter into minute varying specialties.” Amen. I think it’s a call to return to a basic philosophy that gives us sound premises with which to sift through the bombardment of information that comes at us every day. And by “basic philosophy,” I’m talking about common sense philosophy–a/k/a Thomism. Baconian empiricism doesn’t work because there’s too much information, and the same goes with all the other ersatz modern philosophies: utilitarianism (Mill), positivism (Comte), and pragmatism (James). They can’t work because no one can sift through all the information to make them work. Some of the older philosophies might make a comeback, like Stoicism and skepticism, but all those science-enamored philosophies? The information age is crushing them to … Read the rest

Something for Sunday Morning

“[T]he will of God is now manifesting itself in those circumstances which are the duty of the present moment. . . . It is the fulfilling of this duty, no matter in what guise it presents itself, which does most to make one holy. . . . For example, if it is God’s will that the present moment should be spent in reading, then reading will exert a mystical power in the depths of the soul . . .”. de Caussade, Abandonment.… Read the rest