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August 2022

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August 9, 2022

I'm having a bit of trouble with the site this morning. Please forgive anomalies until I can figure out what's going on. I suspect it's just a faulty Internet connection on my end. The bleeping thing is making it really hard for me to stream my favorite fetish flicks.

To startled new TDE readers: TDE is nothing if not ironic.

To seasoned TDE readers: Please don't whisper to yourselves, "Well, it's nothing, at least."

August 8, 2022

Weekly Column

Jack Kerouac: The Tao on Steroids
Kerouac rejected The Great Rejection

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Jack Kerouac: The Tao on Steroids by The Weekly Eudemon
He sat on his mother’s couch, smoking marijuana and watching the McCarthy hearings, cheering Tail Gunner Joe. He was 32 and it was 1954. In his 20s and the 1940s, he said he’d like to join his Russian comrades and fight against Fascism.He coined the term “Beat Generation” which became the proto-cou…
The TDE weekly column, with additional commentary

August 7, 2022

Remembering the President of the Oaklawn Improvement Association

Matthew Walther offers a remembrance of history's most-recent anti-Pope, who just died.

Pope Michael, RIP
From The Lamp

August 6, 2022

Seed Oils

Fear the rape . . . seed oil. I've been staying away from it for a few years now and I think it's making a huge difference in my cholesterol numbers.

Seed Oils and Bad Science
From The American Conservative

August 5, 2022


It’s Bourbon’s Turn
A few bourbon notes, infused with Walker Percy observations

August 4, 2022

Quitting or Getting Wise?

When is quitting a proper understanding of our finiteness and limitations, and when is it lazy? That's the question asked in this article about the chess master quitting. For the rest of us, I might add, "When is quitting a proper response to failure and when is it cowardice or lack of resolve?" Tough questions, those.

Did the Best Chess Player in the World Just Give Up?
From Christianity Today

August 3, 2022

GKC Wednesday

In a letter dated August 4, 1928, the Irish playwright Sean O'Casey mentioned the manuscript of a play written by G.K. Chesterton, with the title Tragic Women. According to O'Casey the play was written as a joke for some outfit called the Beaconsfield Club.

The manuscript is undoubtedly lost or it would have landed in the nets of Denis Conlin, whose tireless research provided the Chesterton Quarterly and Ignatius Press' Collected Works with so many similarly obscure Chesterton writings. [The Letters of Sean O'Casey, 1910--41, New York: Macmillan, 1975, p. 302]

Another College Keeping Costs Low

A new Catholic trades college in Ohio keeps the total cost of attendance at $15,000 annually, plus it pays students as they learn blue-collar trades. It's also dedicated to forming Catholic workers (not of the Socialist ilk, mind you; just blue collar guys who are dedicated Catholics).

Taking the Faith into the Trades
From The Washington Examiner

It seems more such alternatives are coming onboard. New College in Franklin, Tennessee, really seems to be onto something. This great books college is using host families to keep the cost below, I think, $10,000 per year.

I assume everyone knows the entire student loan debt debacle is Exhibit A of why big government doesn't work. Big Government and their cronies in Big Education, with the encouragement of Big Business (Hudge and Gudge and Sudge), arranged for massive educational grants and subsidies, thereby assuring that colleges and universities could splurge on expenses, and then also made student loans non-dischargeable in bankruptcy, creating a flood of loan money. It was the proverbial gas-and-fire arrangement. And now we have $1.7 trillion in student loan debt. There's no moral defense for now declaring it forgiven, but a case could be made for less drastic measures, like permitting student debt to be discharged in a Chapter 13 bankruptcy reorganization (pay what you can for five years) or maybe enact a new bankruptcy chapter: Chapter 14, which allows people to pay what they can for, say, ten years.

August 2, 2022

Mary Harrington is Worth Watching

The "reactionary feminist" Mary Harrington put herself on my radar screen with this radar screed. She questions the modern world's "progress," throwing darts at industrial agriculture, Bill Gates, "castration cults," the WEF (a "trade union" for the "richest and most influential"), voluntary infertility, and a host of other individuals, groups, ideas, and circumstances . . . all the result of modernity, I believe she'd conclude. It's worth checking out. When time permits, I plan on reading it a second time and clicking more of her links, so much am I taken by this short essay.  

Progress has Given Way to Bubbling Madness
The WEF: a kind of trade union for the most wealthy and influential

August 1, 2022

Monday Column

A Rambling Column Resulting from a Bushwhacked Week
Ah, the life bushwhack. When I wore a younger man’s clothes, I thought the bushwhacks would go away. I’d get my seven kids out of constant-crisis mode (making sure they didn’t wander away, fall down the steps, or get eaten by a dog), then I could return

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