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Every Democracy is Irish Democracy

March 31st, 2015 by G.

The sovereign is the one that makes exceptions. That’s the famous aphoristic summary of Carl Schmitt on political theory. It’s intuitively compelling while intuitively incomplete.

Schmitt is usually thought of as a theorist in the fascist ballpark. His aphorism, however, is democratic. It suggests that every institution includes an implied arrangement for voting by recalcitrance.  Every democracy is Irish democracy. (more…)

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March 31st, 2015 12:00:08

The Sovereign and Suffering Christ

March 31st, 2015 by G.

Christ, with a crown of kingship and a crown of thorns

 

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March 31st, 2015 07:00:29

Over-reliance on technology

March 31st, 2015 by Bookslinger

This story doesn’t say if the over-voltage would have knocked out older style electric meters (non-smart).

The surge was enough (in terms of voltage and duration) to overwhelm/jump across: (a) additional transformers “downstream”, (b) the homes’ main circuit breaker and (c) the individual circuit breakers and (d) go on to blacken wall receptacles.  So I would suppose that a surge that large would still have blown out the older “dumb” meters too. (more…)

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March 31st, 2015 04:15:23

An Irrefutable Syllogism

March 31st, 2015 by MC

1. All American children used to grow up hearing the story of how little George Washington cut down a cherry tree, then confessed to the deed by saying, “I cannot tell a lie.”

2. It is generally agreed among historians, even those not disposed to tear down the reputations of the Founding Fathers, that the cherry tree story was an invention of Parson Weems.

3. Therefore, George Washington almost certainly did not exist, and we need to stop hurting people by making such a fetish of honesty based on fairy tales like these.

Q.E.D.

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March 31st, 2015 00:39:13

How to Stand Up for the Family

March 30th, 2015 by G.

There is honey in the jawbone of an ass.  (more…)

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March 30th, 2015 12:10:51

Life is Genre Fiction

March 30th, 2015 by G.

‘Plan’ is the wrong kind of concept for life – to think of life as having a ‘Plot’ comes much closer to the proper Christian attitude.

-thus Bruce CharltonRead the whole thing.

We don’t know how we are going to get to the end of this story and we don’t know when.  We still feel like shrieking “don’t go into that room!” at the main character and we still get frustrated when the protagonist makes things more complicated just by being a chump.  But we still keep turning the pages because we know that the happy ending is gonna make the whole story worthwhile.   (We don’t skip to the end, either, because its the whole story that makes the happy ending worthwhile).  Even if there is a it of deus ex machina at the end, we trust the Author to pull it off well.

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March 30th, 2015 10:14:35

A respite from His Majesty

March 29th, 2015 by Vader

For all of you, not for me.

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March 29th, 2015 21:57:31

That Which I Would Do, I Do not.

March 29th, 2015 by G.

Our souls peep-out through a personality and set of abilities and habits which are, to some extent, arbitrary and alien – and what this superficial self wants and what it does can be (and can become) very different indeed from what the innermost soul aspires to.

-thus Bruce Charlton

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March 29th, 2015 07:04:01

Catching Up with Thurber

March 26th, 2015 by John Mansfield

[Following are the final two paragraphs from James Thurber’s “Sex Ex Machina” which first appeared in The New Yorker, March 13, 1937.]

I should like to end with the case history of a friend of mine in Ohio named Harvey Lake. When he was only nineteen, the steering bar of an old electric runabout broke of in his hand, causing the machine to carry him through a fence and into the grounds of the Columbus School for Girls. He developed a fear of automobiles, trains, and every other kind of vehicle that was not pulled by a horse. (more…)

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March 26th, 2015 21:38:25

A Measured Take on Game

March 26th, 2015 by G.

There is no real defense of “pick-up artistry” from the standpoint of someone who takes the idea of community, much less the idea of morality, seriously. Trawling bars and nightclubs, plying young women with “cold openers” and drinks, securing one night stands and upping your “notch count”—these are empty and hedonistic pursuits. They’re disfiguring to the souls of everyone involved.

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Even in the crassest forums of the PUAs you can occasionally see glimpses of impulses worth salvaging, worth encouraging even. There are people attracted to “game” simply because they are tired of being sadsack losers who have no control over their own fortunes, romantic or otherwise. You have young men groping for some sense of personal agency, of personal efficacy. That’s not an unworthy gesture.

-thus John Glanton

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March 26th, 2015 12:18:52

Manhood Means Responsibility

March 25th, 2015 by G.

What’s the difference between boyhood and manhood? (more…)

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March 25th, 2015 07:00:46

Professional football linesmen

March 24th, 2015 by Pecos Bill

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March 24th, 2015 14:55:54

Hidden Christianities

March 24th, 2015 by G.

Bruce Charlton has an endearing post (I hope he doesn’t mind us calling it endearing) about the possibility of some hidden Christian pre-history for his native soil.

As I grow older, I find this kind of thing more likely.  Marriages, friendships, cultures, projects–they all have an inner life and meaning that isn’t accessible to observers.  A demand that our history be open and public and accessible is a demand that it not be true.

I have also come to believe in the hidden Christianity of many human hearts.  The Great God Tash often crouches, and pounces, and shakes his mane.

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March 24th, 2015 14:23:05

Religious Freedom is for Bigots

March 24th, 2015 by Man SL

Lots of private foundation money around for getting rid of religious liberty exemptions.

Private foundations are key organs in the Cathedral/Clerisy/That Hideous Strength, etc.

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March 24th, 2015 13:46:42

Dark Lord Funk

March 24th, 2015 by G.

Some BYU boys have some high-style fun with Uptown Funk, which itself is a pretty good song.

 

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March 24th, 2015 10:08:51