I have been in touch with my fellow designers of weapons of mass destruction at Los Alamos, New Mexico, who have been driven out of town by the 90,000-acre Los Conchas wild fire. They tell me that law enforcement in the area is warning folks of fradulent phone calls purporting to be soliciting donations for the Red Cross. This has prompted a couple of thoughts on my part. (more…)
In the book 1861, I just read that Frederic Church “daubed a canvas with a garish piece of patriotic kitsch.” I looked up the painting. Naturally, I liked it. (more…)
Re internet anonymity, I agree with the chappy who said, “real names are for finite communities.” Most apposite, dash it. Gorblimey, if feller wants to hide his light under a dashed bushel while still letting it shine, let him, says I.
Justice Thomas’ dissent in the violent video game case is luminous, profound, thoughtful, historically-informed, and in every sense the distillation of the sentiments of every right-thinking man. He shows both as a matter of experience and practice, as a matter of logic, and of historic American principle that children are to be educated in virtue by their parents with the cooperation of society before being shoved out into the rough-and-tumble of the marketplace of ideas. Raising children with a thousand voices howling in their ears is no part of what the First Amendment stands for. (more…)
UPDATE: No longer up at the loldogs site. Probably a wise decision by the proprietors given the insanity of what was being depicted (a father holding out his baby to a frightened dog).
I have fallen in love with the Mormons’ names,
Ernesto Saenz and Young Adcock . . .