Month: June 2016



Whoa! Hot dog! The preliminary reports out of Britain were wrong!!! It’s a major step away from globalization. I honestly never thought it would happen. Even if, I figured, British voters overcame the elites’ marketing campaign and mustered the votes, the elites would rig the final vote, but no. I was wrong. Britain took its country back, and I’m mightily stoked. Just as the rise of Trump and Sanders gave me hope that my blanket pessimism about America’s future is wrong, this has given me hope that my blanket pessimism about the West might be wrong.

I might, just might, celebrate with a drink tonight. The problem is, I drank pretty much all week, being on vacation on all. I need to dry out my liver a bit.

But if I were going to drink, I think I’d drink the Muddler. This is a drink I learned at the feet of the Master just two weeks ago and it has proven wildly popular with every person I’ve given it to, from my two-year-old niece to my mother-in-law. It’s perfect for large gatherings when you simply don’t have the resources to mix elaborate drinks.

The ingredients: vodka, Sprite, and blueberries.

The mix: fill glass with ice (cubes, chunks). Add vodka. Top off with Sprite. Dump in muddled blueberries.

Although I haven’t measured precisely, I’m guessing it’s a 3-to-1 ratio of Sprite-to-vodka. To muddle the blueberries, you just put a dozen or so into a glass and rough them up with a spoon or fork, then dump them into the drink.

I’ve been using fresh blueberries, but I think it’d be better to use frozen (I have a message into the Master, asking him which one he uses). I think the frozen blueberries would give you more blueberry “run off” juice, … Read the rest


Dorothy Day

“I love the Maritains for their love for St. John of the Cross.” Dorothy Day.

And I love Dorothy Day for her love of the Maritians for loving St. John of the Cross. And you, dear TDE reader, can love me for loving Dorothy Day for her love of the Maritians for loving St. John of the Cross. You can then find someone to love you for loving me . . . We can keep this going indefinitely or until someone kills us for being annoying. … Read the rest


Pope Francis recently said that the majority of modern Catholic marriages are worthless because couples don’t always mean it when they say they’ll love each other forever. And that’s the last time Pope Francis was ever asked to give a best man speech.… Read the rest



“[D]espite ample evidence that Islam’s tentacles were all over the Orlando attack, much of the progressive media turned the focus to guns and homophobia. This was not Islamic terrorism, they insisted, it was an NRA-enabled hate crime against gays. (In case you didn’t realize it, the NRA is a powerful lobby—obviously more powerful than a nuke-owning government that’s trying to take away guns in their full-court press toward globalism.) Anyone who suggested that it had anything to do with Islam was quickly derided and shamed…or even censored. In the hours after the attack, moderators at Reddit reportedly deleted any posts that mentioned either Mateen’s name or an Islamic connection to the shooting.” Another Taki Magazine link. … Read the rest



Well, I’ve made it official: I’m a big fan of Taki Magazine. I have now added it as a favorite to Google Chrome and iPhone Safari. I think it produces at least five great pieces a week and, more importantly, the ratio of great pieces to crap/middling pieces is good. Just last week, I ran across these two pieces by Steve Sailer:

Anarchy in the U.S.A., which offered this great phrase: “the bipartisan Washington establishment that has grown rich off the conventional wisdom of Invade the World/Invite the World.”

The other Sailer piece actually linked to a different Sailer piece, but that piece featured this great phrase: “the dominant ideological logic is trending toward making it inevitable that all 7 billion noncitizens on Earth be assumed to have civil rights to move to America.”

It also offers a hilarious weekly rundown of the previous week’s news (at least, I think/hope it’s a weekly feature). Excerpt from the most recent:

Rolling Stone magazine has been publishing for so long that it once represented the counterculture and now is a shameless apologist for the globalist establishment. In the wake of the Orlando massacre, constitutional law professor David [cough] Cohen recently pecked out a screed titled “Why It’s Time to Repeal the Second Amendment”:

I teach the Constitution for a living. I revere the document when it is used to further social justice and make our country a more inclusive one….But sometimes we just have to acknowledge that the Founders and the Constitution are wrong. This is one of those times. We need to say loud and clear: The Second Amendment must be repealed….In the face of yet another mass shooting, now is the time to acknowledge a profound but obvious truth – the Second Amendment is wrong for

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Miscellaneous Rambling

Ceiling. TrastevereWelcome to the longest day of the year. If you want to know more about the summer solstice than I, click here.

Ceiling. TrastevereSo what saint can we spend the longest day of the year imitating? None. According to my St. James Calendar of the Christian Year, the RCC has no saint it remembers today. So I went to American Catholic and checked its saint calendar: same result. That, of course, can’t be the case: each day of the year normally has a dozen or more, so I went to Catholic dot Org. It has over two dozen listed . . . none of whom I recognized (St. Helena isn’t that Helena).

Ceiling. TrastevereBut I did learn about a thing called the “Irish Catholic Martyrs”: “Irish Catholic Martyrs were dozens of people who have been sanctified in varying degrees for dying for their Roman Catholic faith between 1537 and 1714 in Ireland.” Hmmmmm. I might have to adopt June 20th as my Irish day, since I’ve never really a big fan of St. Patrick’s Day. I’ll start tonight be hoisting a few during today’s long daylight of evening.

Ceiling. TrastevereA long-time University of Michigan fan, this story really brightened my day: “OSU mascot Brutus will walk in Columbus pride parade.” It’s fitting. Here’s a post from a few years ago about the homoeroticism that is Buckeye Land.

Ceiling. TrastevereI continue to listen to a lot of Al Kresta during my hours of gardening. I really enjoy him. Yesterday, as I was mowing weeds down for the (hopefully) last time this summer with my wheel hoe, he went into a monologue about how the Catholic Church has never responded in a positive way to the homosexual problem. Unlike abortion, where the Church responded with crisis pregnancy centers … Read the rest