And one eminently realizable in our current toxic military command culture.
Indeed, there’s a tendency on the right to bemoan the fact that traditional morality is breaking down — and that’s obviously true. But the conclusion many take from it is that nothing is taking traditional morality’s place. I’ve been writing for years that this isn’t true. Society, like nature, abhors a vacuum; if you remove one moral dogma, another will rush in to take its place. That’s what much of political correctness is — an attempt to replace one system of customs, mores, values, and ethics with another. The idea that the tweedy Torquemadas who make lists of “trigger warnings” are moral libertarians —or libertines —is resplendently asinine in its manifest ignorance of how the world actually operates.
Thus Jonah Goldberg
The whole conversation is worthwhile, but Chapter 3 focuses on the contradictions in Supreme Court free speech jurisprudence.
His Majesty has been shaking his head all week in astonishment.
Has anyone else said this yet?
This agreement takes Obama up a couple of notches in my estimation. I thought he was just another empty suit mouthing silly platitudes and breaking down the culture because he was too dim to appreciate what he was destroying. A bull in a china shop. But this move shows a glimmer of actual evil genius.
Of course Obama knows the Iranians aren’t going to honor the agreement. And Obama knows the Israelis know the Iranians aren’t going to honor the agreement. So the Israelis are going to have to strike the nuclear facilities, because for them, it really is an existential threat. They will calculate that they have no choice.
So the Iranian nuclear threat will be eliminated without Obama getting any (more) tarnish on his Nobel Peace Prize.
And Obama will then, in a burst of self-righteous fury, use that strike as a reason to cut all U.S. ties with Israel. Oh, he’ll offer to maintain ties if Israel gives the Palestinians everything they demand — but that is also an existential threat to the Israelis, who will calculate they have no choice but to refuse.
Israel will then have to look for allies wherever she can find them.
And if she can’t, she’ll have all the nation of the earth arrayed against her. Sounds positively apocalyptic.
The headline: “CDC: Don’t kiss your pet chicken”
The real lede: “Our 9-year-old daughter wanted a dog for her birthday and we surprised her with chickens instead. She was at first disappointed,” said Ruth Harrigan.
What kind of parent would do that?
To my thoughtful, conservative Catholic friends in their present perplexities.
Yes, I understand the Pope is considered infallible only when speaking ex cathedra and infallibility is not impeccability. Cling to that as long as you can.
And colleges have become the premier institutions in our civilization for passing on the ignorance of the past.
A gift tag attached to the horse, which is surprisingly light for its size and has small holes along the length of its body, suggested that it should be placed in the bank’s vaults overnight to avoid it being targeted by thieves.
The courts have found that there cannot possibly be any reason to deny gays the benefits of marriage that is not rooted in animus. Bigots on the Right claiming that there are rational arguments for the traditional view of marriage are just lying about their real motivations. Here’s a quote to prove it:
I mean this in the Platonic sense. A computer trained to recognized squirrels, by being shown a huge number of examples of squirrel versus not-squirrel, was instructed to draw an image of a squirrel. So this is the computer’s notion of an ideal squirrel.
Occam is looking better all the time. Or Turing is looking worse.