The Wednesday Eudemon

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18 things a man doesn’t have. It’s a pretty good list, but I don’t agree with all of them (what’s wrong a cheap case of beer (#11), especially if you have to share?).

Where two or more are gathered in His name, you might still need interpretive guidance: An 11-year-old girl died after her parents prayed for healing rather than seek medical help for a treatable form of diabetes . . . The family does not attend an organized church or participate in an organized religion. “They have a little Bible study of a few people.”

Theater chain to charge $35 per ticket: Each complex will sport theaters featuring 40 reclining armchair seats with footrests, digital projection and the capability to screen 2-D and 3-D movies, as well as a lounge and bar serving cocktails and appetizers, a concierge service and valet parking. No word on whether you get a price discount if it’s a Jessica Alba film.

Pictures from an elephant trunk cam. Pretty cool. They could probably make a mint if they strapped a camera on the head of prison inmates.

Speaking of which: Company Sells Greeting Cards for Inmates. “Ho, ho, ho. You’re Bubba’s ho. Happy Holidays.”

A French culinary snob? Say it ain’t so. What? He also has body odor? No way! Nicolas Sarkozy has reportedly ruffled royal feathers by demanding to see the Queen’s wine list ahead of a state banquet.

John Adams hated Catholics. So did many founding fathers. The Washington Times has a blurb entitled, “The First Prejudice.” “In fact, one of the causes of the revolution was the Quebec Act, which gave religious protections to Catholics in Canada. This infuriated the colonists. ‘Does not your blood run cold to think that an English Parliament should pass an Act for the establishment of arbitrary power and Popery in such an extensive country?’ wrote Alexander Hamilton. … Sam Adams told a group of Mohawk Indians that the law would mean that ‘some of your children may be induced instead of worshipping the only true God, to pay his dues to images made with their own hands.'”

Dang it! We just took over first place a few years ago, and now we’re already getting knocked from the perch: The increasing influence of Islam on British culture is disclosed in research today that shows the number of Muslims worshipping at mosques in England and Wales will outstrip the numbers of Roman Catholics going to church in little more than a decade.

I’ve been plugging the Second Spring journal (just received my first issue two days ago and am greatly enjoying the first essay). If you want to learn more, John Zmirak writes about it this morning at Taki’s Top Drawer. Excerpt:

Learned in the work of other “Inklings” C.S. Lewis and Dorothy Sayers, and well-versed in the smart cultural criticism of Chesterton and Belloc, Caldecott provides a contrarian voice among orthodox Catholics—one that takes seriously the importance of “just war” teaching, distributism, and internal cultural renewal instead of the confrontations urged upon us by the neocons.

I’m not sure Sayers can be considered an Inkling, but you get his point.

Boy, I’d like to have this in my community.



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