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Things I Read in America’s Leading Conservative Magazine

December 31st, 2014 by G.

Even the most indefensible employment-suppressing policies, such as restrictions on Sunday retail commerce

-National Review

 

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December 31st, 2014 14:31:33

The 12 Days of Christmas

December 30th, 2014 by G.

Some say that ever ‘gainst that season comes
Wherein our Saviour’s birth is celebrated,
The bird of dawning singeth all night long:
And then, they say, no spirit dare stir abroad;
The nights are wholesome; then no planets strike,
No fairy takes, no witch has power to charm,
So hallow’d and gracious is the time. –Hamlet

 

John C. Wright is in rare form.

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December 30th, 2014 13:31:28

Time is Sin

December 29th, 2014 by G.

I was driving back from a friend’s house a couple of evenings ago.  I’m feeding and watering his ducks (3 Campbell crosses, one miscellaneous), chickens (5 Plymouth rocks), and one goat (hyper-active).  The sun had just set seconds before I got into the car.  On my left, the snow-covered Manzanos took the exact color of the twilight on my right.

The moment was breathtaking.  A voice, or something like it, said in my mind, ‘Time is sin.  Time is error.”  The sense, I think, was that all pure moments bleed into each other, are, in a sense, the same moment.  It was a good thought for Christmastime.

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December 29th, 2014 10:31:24

What are Chains?

December 27th, 2014 by G.

I dreamed I was on a empty plain sculpting a statue of Liberation–a muscled figure in marble breaking its chains.

A man with a flowing white beard suddenly spoke up behind me.

“Don’t break all chains,” he said.  “Every chain that binds you to a thing binds it to you.  Some chains are guy wires.”

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December 27th, 2014 10:03:18

“Someone apparently refused to give up”

December 26th, 2014 by Vader

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December 26th, 2014 12:36:00

Spotted on Facebook

December 24th, 2014 by Quis Custodiet

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December 24th, 2014 13:28:10

Christmas and the Paralysis of Indecision

December 24th, 2014 by G.

A young man of my acquaintance contemplates what he should be in the Nativity.  “Jo-fes” or a “Jesus shepherd”?

Jo-fes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

He decided on the Jesus shepherd. Both get to wear red cowboy boots, so that was a wash. But “Jo-fes has hair on his face” while the Jesus shepherd “has a big black dog named Spaceship-ha.” (I am not making these up).

Moral of the story: uh, don’t get stressed out over Christmas tasks and decisions.

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December 24th, 2014 08:14:54

Behold the Concubine of the Lord

December 23rd, 2014 by G.

Nothing made the Southern defenders of the peculiar institution more hot than the accusation that Southern men dallied with their slave women. An oblique reference to it by Senator Sumner was what got Congressman Brooks to near cane him to death. (more…)

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December 23rd, 2014 10:55:48

“Failing to consider the moose”

December 23rd, 2014 by Vader

His Majesty loves to monologue on the failure of otherwise intelligent people to rationally weight risks. He was delighted to see this expression in this article.

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December 23rd, 2014 10:34:42

Argentina court rules orangutan has human rights

December 22nd, 2014 by Vader

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December 22nd, 2014 11:58:48

Nativity Conversations

December 22nd, 2014 by G.

My younger kids made a nativity set for me.

Joseph the Hut

It goes without saying that there’s Joseph on the left, Mary on the right, the swaddled Infant Jesus in the center, and a lamb poking its head in at the bottom. Not pictured: a second Infant Jesus they made for the set, for reasons best known to themselves. (more…)

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December 22nd, 2014 10:43:37

As Terrible as an Army with Banners

December 22nd, 2014 by G.

On the sweetness of Mormon life (more…)

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December 22nd, 2014 09:30:09

Chiaroscuro of the Decline

December 22nd, 2014 by G.

If this is accurate, it certainly counterpoints a lot of the decline rhetoric we use around here.

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December 22nd, 2014 08:29:21

Peace

December 21st, 2014 by Vader

Our ward had its Christmas program today in Sacrament Meeting.

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December 21st, 2014 23:50:27

James Burnham: Suicide of the West. 50th anniversary edition.

December 21st, 2014 by Bookslinger

Peter Berkowitz of the Hoover Institution wrote an essay about the 50th anniversary edition of James Burnham‘s 1964 book, Suicide of the West: An Essay on the Meaning and Destiny of Liberalism. Berkowitz joins Steve Moore of the Heritage Foundation to talk about it on The John Batchelor Show.

John Batchelor Show podcast archive.

Direct link to mp3. This segment starts at 19:45.

Berkowitz’s article.

Burnham’s book at Amazon.

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December 21st, 2014 08:08:24