It is probably a milestone of some sort, though I do not know what, when one of your kids flags you down to share a few lines of poetry that caught her eye, while wearing Groucho Marx spectacles and mustache.
in realtime to the loss of social technology.
It seems plausible to wonder if government can build a nation abroad, fight social decay, run schools, mandate the design of cars, run health insurance exchanges, or set proper sexual harassment policies on college campuses, if it can’t even fix a 232-foot bridge competently
-thus Larry Summers
We were strolling around a local town a few evenings ago. There is a beautiful old courthouse there, built in honor of New Mexico’s statehood. At the time, this town was raw and small. But they built well.
We are so much richer now, my wife said, but everything we build is so much uglier.
These two items from President Lee’s talk at the October 1972 Priesthood session seemed to speak to me, by way of laying out a problem and offering a solution: (more…)
John C. Wright exercises his powers of invention very, very little:
Good Morning, Leftist. How are you?”
“You’re Hitler, thank you. How are you?”
“Fine, thank you. Nice weather we are having.”
“Yes, it is a fine day to destroy Israel, burn the Jews! I yearn to see fair-skinned Jewesses raped repeatedly by Palestinians in front of young children, but you, not I, are Hitler.”
“Sorry, did you say you wanted to burn the Jews?”
“Hail the Muslim A-Bomb! No, no, I was just pointing out that Muslims are people too, and not all Muslims are terrorists. You believe that because you are racist.”
“But, uh, Islam is a religion, not a race.”
“I was just reading MEIN KAMPF. Hitler said the same thing.”
A bull was by himself in the corner of the pasture, weakly tossing grass with his horns and lowing softly. To all appearances he was disconsolate. A passing fox stopped and watched for a little while.
The fox spoke. “You are a great bull with many cows and calves and fine pasture. I see you in excellent health. What grief can have overcome you in this way?” (more…)
Peter Thiel’s takedown of Gawker, along with Gawker itself, are troubling indicators of the growing weaponization of American civil life.
Towards the end of the Republic, the Roman courts were also struggles for existence, where politics was carried on by other means and to the hilt.
I sent my girls to a volleyball camp at the local military institute. The first day I showed up early to retrieve them. So I got a chance to wander the halls of their gym for a little bit.
Interesting stuff, this phenomenon of school pride and sport. Animal mascots, team colors, the whole lot. Lots to think about.
What caught my attention this time was the school’s sports motto.
Victory with Honor. (more…)