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Failure Theater

March 03rd, 2015 by Man SL

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March 03rd, 2015 17:37:21

The First Great Commandment

March 03rd, 2015 by G.

Love is not best considered as a feeling, it is not necessarily something at the forefront of consciousness. For many people, their deepest love is something which structures their life, rather than being at the front of our conscious deliberations for most of the time. Some (I am one of them) are very expressive of love – but this is not a necessity; and some very loving cultures and families and marriages do not go in for statements, hugs or tears.

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My understanding of the absolute necessity of loving God above all else is metaphysical rather than psychological – that without this, all other loves (including the love of Jesus) lose their meaning and function.

The supremacy of our love for God is that it makes all other loves possible – it makes other loves a matter of eternal significance.

 

-thus Bruce Charlton.

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March 03rd, 2015 08:13:41

Sportsmanship

March 02nd, 2015 by Vader

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March 02nd, 2015 15:18:37

Calamities Foretold

March 02nd, 2015 by John Mansfield

“European demographers even have an elegant name for the phenomenon: They call it the Second Demographic Transition (the First being the shift from high birth rates and death rates to low ones that began in Europe in the early industrial era and by now encompasses almost every society). In the schema of the Second Demographic Transition, long, stable marriages are out, and divorce or separation are in, along with serial cohabitation and increasingly contingent liaisons. Not surprisingly, this new environment of perennially conditional, no-fault unions was also seen as ushering in an era of more or less permanent sub-replacement fertility.

“According to Eurostat, the European Union’s statistical agency, the probability of marriage before age 50 has been plummeting for European women and men, while the chance of divorce for those who do marry has been soaring. In Belgium—the birth-land of the scholars who initially detected this Second Transition—the likelihood of a first marriage for a woman of reproductive age is now down to 40%, and the likelihood of divorce is over 50%. This means that in Belgium the odds of getting married and staying married are under one in five. A number of other European countries have similar or even lower odds.”

(From “The global flight from the family” by Nicholas Eberstadt, found at AEI and mentioned at Marginal Revolution)

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March 02nd, 2015 11:59:18

Call Off the Civil War Watch

March 02nd, 2015 by Patrick Henry

Matt Yglesias agrees that the country is headed towards a crisis.  So clearly we aren’t.  A stopped clock is wrong 86,398 times a day.

Regrettably, he does muster some evidence.

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March 02nd, 2015 10:24:25

Angina Monologue 10

March 02nd, 2015 by Vader

Fast Sundays seem to be for puttering.

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March 02nd, 2015 06:02:42

“Happy Sabbath”…

March 01st, 2015 by Bookslinger

is now one of the standard greetings I express at the chapel on Sunday.

For some reason this expression came to mind as a memory from my childhood. When I visited my paternal grandparents, who were Jewish, my grandfather taught me to say “Good shabbos” (“gut shabbes”) at the synagogue/temple on Friday evening.

Also, when the person I’m greeting is unknown to me, I usually offer “Welcome to ‘X’ ward.”

A few years ago, our then stake president gently and diplomatically chided our ward and stake for not being friendly and outgoing enough.

I try to make a point of arriving early and greeting new people and anyone else who does not seem to be engaging in a minimum level of interaction.

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March 01st, 2015 14:09:42

R. I. P. Leonard Nimoy, 1931 – 2015.

February 27th, 2015 by Bookslinger

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February 27th, 2015 12:10:52

Salt Lake Cop Fired

February 26th, 2015 by Man SL

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February 26th, 2015 14:06:51

Kevin Williamson Acquitted of Brutal Manslaughter Charges

February 26th, 2015 by Man SL

Jury foreman: They had it comin’.

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February 26th, 2015 14:05:48

The School for Grievance

February 26th, 2015 by Vader

Appears to sit alongside something resembling the old liberal tradition.

And by “old liberal” I mean something a lot closer to classical liberal.

His Majesty: “Bah. Don’t be deceived by what appear to be hopeful signs. Resistance is futile.”

 

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February 26th, 2015 11:18:04

Fishy laws

February 26th, 2015 by Vader

Make for strange bedfellows.

Just look at which justices were on each side of this split decision. You could have rolled dice for this result.

Incidentally, the decision strikes me as wrong. Though I think the law itself is an abomination.

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February 26th, 2015 10:26:30

Franciscan friars in Jerusalem have a snowball fight

February 25th, 2015 by Vader

Cute. Except they remind me too much of Jawas.

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February 25th, 2015 12:23:04

“Santa Claus is preferable to God in every respect except one”

February 25th, 2015 by Vader

There is no such thing as Santa Claus.

– P.J. O’Rourke

All thirty minutes are worth listening to.

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February 25th, 2015 11:36:14

“Homosexuals don’t recruit”

February 24th, 2015 by Vader

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February 24th, 2015 10:15:23