Junior Ganymede
We endeavor to give satisfaction

Sublimity is among us

August 31st, 2015 by Vader

Each man takes care that his neighbor shall not cheat him. But a day comes when he begins to care that he does not cheat his neighbor. Then all goes well — he has changed his market-cart into a chariot of the sun.

Thus Ralph Waldo Emerson.

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August 31st, 2015 17:49:08

What is Freedom

August 31st, 2015 by Patrick Henry

Spontaneous order is freedom.

-thus “neocolonial”

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August 31st, 2015 16:09:21

An essay so controversial it couldn’t be published.

August 31st, 2015 by Bookslinger

That’s the tease that Dan Peterson gave to this article:
You should have kids because it’s your moral duty to do so.

The sub-heads and some of the sound-bites are rather Mormon-y.

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(Just to be sure it doesn’t disappear off the web…) (more…)

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August 31st, 2015 10:09:42

The Military Mental Model of Mormonism

August 31st, 2015 by MC

While once trying to explain to a non-Mormon friend why missionaries had such a strict dress code, I talked about showing respect for others, about norms of economic equality between rich and poor missionaries, but none of it seemed to register. Finally I said, “Look, becoming a missionary is like joining the Army. They have a collective goal, and everything is focused on that goal, to the point where things that you might otherwise find bothersome really don’t matter. If you are so concerned about individuality that you resent having to wear a uniform, then you are probably out of place there.” That made sense to him.

That sparked a years-long reflection on my part about how many aspects of Christianity in general, and Mormonism in particular, make more sense if you remember the words of the hymn, “We are all enlisted ’til the conflict is o’er.” As I’ll explain in more detail below, points of doctrine or Church history that might be troubling and confusing become less so when one realizes that we are in a spiritual war.

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August 31st, 2015 06:15:41

Angina Monologue 20

August 30th, 2015 by Vader

I must obey my master.

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August 30th, 2015 17:20:42

The Stars are Blazing Like Rebel Diamonds Cut Out of the Sun

August 30th, 2015 by G.

There is a truth in those brilliant lights in the darkness that no amount of philosophizing can obscure.

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August 30th, 2015 02:00:39

A dish best served cold

August 28th, 2015 by Inigo Montoya

bambi

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August 28th, 2015 13:19:20

Manhood is Impossible

August 28th, 2015 by G.

Manhood is impossible in our society.  You become a man when you accept responsibility.  But today our society won’t even let a guy accept responsibility for himself.

This morning the pool was closed at the YMCA so I wandered up to the gym instead, where I was promptly kicked out.  Why?  Because you have swim flipflops on.  If you dropped free weights on your feet, you might get hurt.  [Which is dumb, because that’s my problem, and tennis shoes won’t help much anyway].  Out loud: as you can see, I’m not using free weights and I wasn’t planning on using the free weights.  No, you still have to leave.  Why?  Because.  For your own good.

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August 28th, 2015 12:00:03

Equality Means Conflict

August 28th, 2015 by G.

“If Men were Angels, No Government would be Necessary”

-thus James Madison

“Wrong”

-thus John Finnis

John Finnis is right. Even angels, he says, would need to pick which side of the road to drive on. (more…)

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August 28th, 2015 09:04:12

Instruments?

August 28th, 2015 by Vader

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August 28th, 2015 08:27:52

Be Wise as Serpents

August 28th, 2015 by Zen

I think that, in the age of hyper-partisanship and preemptive balkanization, it is especially important to try to understand eachother, even those who chose very wrongly.

So why do so many hold to tightly to abortion, even in the face of gruesome scandals? For a great many, if not most, women, it is because their self-image is single and corporate. And to have a child, is a kind of death of self. And if they give birth and give it up for adoption, then they have died AND they are bad mothers. So abortion is a kind of self-defense, in their minds.

In other words, what might be the single most important thing, is to get our daughters to see themselves as mothers, and to not resent it.

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August 28th, 2015 05:23:49

Q: What’s wrong with this statistic?

August 27th, 2015 by Bookslinger

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August 27th, 2015 16:09:17

Angina Monologue 19

August 27th, 2015 by Vader

I woke to the sound of His Majesty cackling happily. He was up early and feeding nips to the cats.

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August 27th, 2015 12:02:54

It can always get worse

August 27th, 2015 by Vader

I thought Clinton versus Bush (round 2) was horrifying enough. But now it’s looking like Biden versus Trump.

One hopes sanity will yet prevail. But, if not, and this nightmare scenario comes to pass, I will write in Romney’s name in 2016.

His Majesty: “I’m writing in Cthulu. Why settle for the lesser evil?”

Actually, I think His Majesty has even worse in mind. Hold on to your hats.

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August 27th, 2015 11:58:44

The real difference between George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton

August 27th, 2015 by Vader

George H. W. Bush did not need to be president, and Bill Clinton needed it worse than any normal human being can imagine.
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August 27th, 2015 10:50:13