Here are some simple ways of defining key gospel terms that make them easier to understand and apply. They are not the only possible meanings. They are just true and productive meanings. (more…)
From a number of sources, some on the inside, I learned that our security establishment has been trying to say that the threat of Islamic terrorism is overplayed and threat of domestic terrorism, especially right-wing domestic terrorism, is not. This is called domestic “violent extremism.” The recent Orlando attack by an Afghani Muslim is judged to confirm this diagnosis: the real threat is domestic violent extremism.
It turns out that the people making this judgment are largely the old kind of violent extremist–the imported kind. Here is a shocking example, a Syrian Muslim who celebrated 9-11.
I recently discovered the inexpensive (and cheap/cheapy) Baofeng brand of Chinese-made hand-held dual-band ham radio transceivers.
I wouldn’t describe them as “good”, speaking as a ham with previous experience with better quality transceivers. But they are “acceptable”, and I have to begrudgingly admit they are worth what you pay for them.
These prices make for a very low cost entry into Ham (Amateur) Radio.
Up, awake, ye defenders of Zion!
Is there any more militant hymn in the hymnal?
The foe’s at the door of your homes;
Let each heart be the heart of a lion,
Unyielding and proud as he roams.
Remember the wrongs in Missouri;
Forget not the fate of Nauvoo.
Or any hymn that is more explicit about Church history?
When the God-hating foe is before you,
Stand firm and be faithful and true,
Stand firm and be faithful and true,
Stand firm and be faithful and true;
When the God-hating foe is before you,
Stand firm and be faithful and true.
WE sang it proudly for Memorial Day.
Here’s a parody blog making fun of Russophile paleocons:
The parody unfairly lumps Russian Orthodox Christians like Rod Dreher in with Putin-adoring Lew Rockwell types, although the writer’s voice resembles nothing so much as one of those neoreactionary bloggers for whom Russophilia is just the next logical step after they’ve gotten bored with Dungeons and Dragons.
I find myself sympathizing more with the paleocons over time. While Putin is not a good man, and Russia is not a place I would like to live, the affinity for Putin’s Russia didn’t come out of the blue. I think I can demonstrate this with an economy of examples. (more…)
Song of the Sea (2014) is a really lovely animated movie; lovely in its visuals, music, voice-acting and the story. It is made with a sureness of touch that scarcely puts a foot wrong. There is beauty, sadness, peril and joy. And it has an inspiring and resonant ending.
There is a double aspect to the movie, which has a dominant mythic and fairytale element – and also a modern, psychological parallel plot which I must admit pretty-much passed me by until after I had finished watching and my son pointed it out. I think I was so swept-up by the main story that I had no attention left over.
BTW: I would advise you NOT to watch the ‘trailer’ – which gives-away about 3/4 of the plot.
Ivanhoe, I can take it or leave it. But you can read find Waverly to read for free. So I decided to give old Sir Walter Scott another try.
I am glad I did. He is better when writing about his own nations, and manners and times not far removed from his own.
It has what a variety of the best science fiction has–a genuine sense of another time and place.
But oddly enough, I also acquired a nonfiction companion to Rob Roy that he wrote, a short biography of the real Rob Roy, and it was even better. It lacked some of the arch and labored phrasing that writers of that period used to show off.
Seeing as we are in an election year, it is worth remembering that memes, like genes, can sometimes have a life or force of their own. There are things that our genes try to get us to do, that are not in our best interest, and the same is true with memes.
You can find some strange things on the byways of the internet.
I ran across a post recently that does not meet my standards for linking too. Too vulgar, and its conclusions are deeply silly.
But honey is in the jaw of a lion. Here are some truths about our world worth repeating.
The point of due process was to prevent the King from treating repectable decent people like criminals. But now that we are all treated like criminals, people just don’t care.
Power divided can be power reduced. If the benevolent party controls all the food, or ninety nine percent of the food, as in communist China, today’s Venezuela, or Allende’s Chile, then you are toast. The result is at best severe oppression as in Venezuela, at worst mass murder on an enormous scale, as in China.
If however ninety nine percent of the food is controlled by ninety nine members of the one percent each of whom controls one percent of the food, then no problem. In this case, power divided is power reduced.
But if you need ninety nine approvals by ninety nine bureaucrats to build a house, you are more than ninety nine times as oppressed than if you need the approval of one bureaucrat, because you face a coordination problem between bureaucrats.
With one bureaucrat, you could hope to pay him off, formally or informally, by giving his bagman/consultant, say, a third of the surplus value you create by building the house. With ninety nine bureaucrats, they each want ten percent, so you just cannot build the house.
In this case, power divided is power increased, enormously increased.
In America, the presidency has gathered to itself enormous power, intervening in every small business, every household.
But the presidency is not the president. It is an enormous horde of bureaucrats that are theoretically supposed to obey the president, but which the president cannot fire, which results in anarcho tyranny. If the president could fire them, this would enormously increase the power of the president, but enormously decrease the power of the presidency, because one would be merely subject to one tyrant, instead of ninety nine tyrants.
In practice, the bureaucrats tend to treat the president as their public relations boy, rather than their boss. And if he fails to run good PR for what they have already decided to do they will smack him around the ears in the pages of the New York Times.
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.
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.”