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Never a Drop

February 05th, 2018 by G.

I like the old folk song “The Parting Glass.”  Its a beautiful song that is a metaphor about final parting from friends and ultimately death.  (Every parting is a tiny death).  Every parting is worth mourning, because you are leaving friendships behind–“good company”–or else you are leaving behind the chances for good friendship, where you never quite found the way to shake the kaleidoscope so that you and they would fit well together.

Unfortunately, the metaphor is about drinking.

I was laughing at myself for enjoying the song so much when I got perhaps a bit of insight. (more…)

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February 05th, 2018 07:15:57

Coin-Operated Hips

February 02nd, 2018 by G.

A certain people had coin-operated hips. When they hit their full growth, a small metal box would appear on their side with a slot to insert coins. When they wanted to bend, they would have to insert a small coin. A dial on the box would wind up to 30 minutes and then tick down.

They all believed that frequent use of the hips was good for joint health.  It was one of those things that “everyone knows.”  So they all carried coin pouches around, used the coins frequently, and would loan each other coins on need.  If someone weren’t using coins much, there would be talk and maybe some benevolent counsel on how to get back in the habit.

Another people had the same device, but rarely used it.  They just put up with the inconvenience of not bending.  They had adapted to some extent.   All their shelves were high, for instance.  But the inconvenience was still real.  They expected it, though, and those few who frequently used coins were admired but not emulated.  If a man ran out of coins, no one would lend him one.  It was a luxury, not a need.  Imagine a relative who lost his job asking for a loan.  You might give him cash for food and rent.  You wouldn’t give him cash for his country club fees.

In another land, no one had the device.  Their hips were free.  But one day, one man alone developed one.   It was unfair.  No one else had to pay.  Each month the expense would be noticeable! So he often tried to avoid paying to bend, or forgot to bring coin with him.  The result was that over time his hips became stiffer and stiffer.  He slowly became less able to bend even when he inserted a coin.

Another man in that same country also came down with coin-operated hips.  His dial was broken, however.  There was no upper limit on how much time he could buy.  A surgeon who examined him told him that a cure would cost him thousands of dollars.  The man paid it, naturally.  He needed to be able to use his hips.


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February 02nd, 2018 06:24:55

If It’s Worth Doing, It’s Worth Doing with Vim

February 01st, 2018 by G.

If the things in Kipling’s poem are painful and stressful for you, and you struggle all night, and do them: yours is the Earth and everything in it. If you come at them mentally prepared, wake up at 10 AM, and do them with a smile: yours is the Earth and everything in it.

thus SPDI

I paint a gloomy picture, but I actually mean to do the opposite. Because the male bargain is: if you can avoid the pitfalls, you have dominion over the earth. It is a long road, fraught with danger and difficulty, but for men, it is the only one that actually leads somewhere—and in this case, “somewhere” means “WILD SUCCESS.”

Heck yes.

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February 01st, 2018 06:00:49

Full Moon Tonight

January 31st, 2018 by G.


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January 31st, 2018 19:54:21

Judging by your Own Standard

January 31st, 2018 by Patrick Henry

Today, many liberals act as if conservatives who hold the same positions they did until recently aren’t only wrong, but are so malevolent that they cannot be reasoned with, only rolled over.

-thus Rod Dreher

It makes a kind of sense. It wasn’t reason that caused them to flip their opinions on a switch when the fashions shifted. And therefore it wasn’t reason that caused them to have their prior opinions. So they naturally believe that those who hold on to the old opinion have no reason in it either.

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January 31st, 2018 10:15:42

Same-sex marriage was brought to us by…

January 31st, 2018 by Bookslinger

the same people who gave us the Sexual Revolution.

And how did that work out? (more…)

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January 31st, 2018 07:10:45

On outrage

January 30th, 2018 by Vader

Contrived and relentless outrage is a weapon for an ideological agenda, and an enemy of free speech.

— Thus Jack Fowler

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January 30th, 2018 11:04:20

“Breathtaking ignorance”

January 29th, 2018 by Vader

A long podcast worth listening all the way through, but particularly for the observations on our ruling elite at the end.

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January 29th, 2018 10:20:02

Strozk-Page Text

January 26th, 2018 by Bertie

Jeeves tell me that the Strozk-Page lost texts come to hundreds a day. Yegads! That is texting like billy-o. Dash it, I may be old-fashioned, but I recall the days when the swain in love would swan around writing scraps of poetry on scraps of paper, not gushing like some bedraggled specimen at a school for girls. The Wooster text game consists mostly of manly grunts, what, what, what?

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January 26th, 2018 08:03:39

Juxtapositions: Homeschooling

January 26th, 2018 by G.

I’m a mom of three homeschooled children. My older two daughters are living at home and attending local universities, and our youngest son is still homeschooling and taking classes at the community college to fulfill some high school requirements. Because of this arrangement we have a close-up view of life on campus in our Age of Discontent.

My eldest began her college experience at a respected Catholic university and transferred to a much less expensive public university, after she discovered that life on the Catholic campus was about little more than casual hook-ups, drinking and the disease suffered by seemingly all post-millenials: Social Awkwardness By Cellphone Disorder. We were all shocked by her experiences at that school and steered her sister away from it and to another, smaller, Catholic college where we hoped for a different experience.


A Dreher reader. Bad colleges, but a homeschooling success. (more…)

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January 26th, 2018 07:58:38

Enemies and Victims

January 26th, 2018 by G.

“Victim”, “aggrieved” are moral categories. I am only making a political statement. . . . The suspicion that an enemy has good reason to hate you is even more reason to be wary of him. I can’t emphasize enough the importance of Carl Schmitt’s insight: we must separate political from moral categories. The enemy is not necessarily evil; don’t demonize him, but recognize that he is a threat. Regard him emotionally the way you would natural disasters.

In fact, morality is often very difficult to determine. Contrary to the comic book picture of the world you get from the media, when groups fight, there are usually legitimate claims and grievances on both sides. Recognizing who wants to damage your group, on the other hand, is almost always straightforward. And it is usually the most important fact.

thus the Bonald. Interesting.

Quoting, not endorsing.

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January 26th, 2018 07:40:41

Ruminations on groupthink and the Church

January 25th, 2018 by Vader

Triggered by this graph in an article by David French:

The formula is simple. Ideological uniformity plus geographic concentration equals groupthink, and with groupthink comes a tendency toward extremism. It’s not a uniquely progressive failing. It’s simple human nature.


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January 25th, 2018 17:16:13

If you want your children to go on missions.

January 24th, 2018 by Bookslinger

If you want your children to pray regularly after they grow up,  they need to hear and see you pray regularly while they are growing up.  And they need to practice and establish the habit while they are growing up.

That’s just common sense, right? (more…)

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January 24th, 2018 15:13:25

A man who betrays his wife…

January 24th, 2018 by Bookslinger

… would also betray his country.

(Not original to me. I forgot where I picked it up.)

This aphorism’s truthfulness is apparent in the political scandals of the last 25 years.

I think it has been documented that our current president was not faithful to his first two wives. And it has been alleged that he was not faithful to his current wife.

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January 24th, 2018 12:23:34

The Swimmers and the Land

January 24th, 2018 by G.

They are a slow and sleepy people, drifting in the upper waters, lazily flapping open and closed their gills. They idly avoid going deeper, where the oxygen is lower.

Sometimes one swims to the surface and tastes the pure air. They have lungs to breathe it, this people. When they do, they wake up. Vigor, alertness, acuity. The sea, it has been said, is salty from the tears of joy and sorrow they weep when they first come up for air.


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January 24th, 2018 07:03:47