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Trial by Existence, Frost

December 16th, 2014 by G.

asphodel

Even the bravest that are slain
Shall not dissemble their surprise
On waking to find valor reign,
Even as on earth, in paradise;
And where they sought without the sword
Wide fields of asphodel fore’er,
To find that the utmost reward
Of daring should be still to dare.

The light of heaven falls whole and white
And is not shattered into dyes,
The light for ever is morning light;
The hills are verdured pasture-wise;
The angel hosts with freshness go,
And seek with laughter what to brave;—

-thus Frost. The poem goes on, but not nearly so well. In fairness, though, anything would be letdown after the line ‘wide fields of asphodel forever.’

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December 16th, 2014 12:30:24

Angina Monologue 2

December 10th, 2014 by Vader

You never know what will get His Majesty monologuing over breakfast.

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December 10th, 2014 12:24:33

Regarding the Ferguson protests

November 26th, 2014 by Inigo Montoya

“Justice.” You keep using that word. I do not think that words means what you think it means.

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November 26th, 2014 10:56:08

The Anabasis: God, Democracy, and Free Speech

November 20th, 2014 by G.

I just finished listening to the Anabasis on a free librivox.org recording. It’s been over a decade since I read it last. It surprised me. It had a lot to say about democracy, free speech, and faith. (more…)

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November 20th, 2014 13:02:51

Liberating an automobile

November 18th, 2014 by Vader

In the name of the oppressed.

The irony is strong with this one.

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November 18th, 2014 11:47:31

“Large families, large houses, traditional role models, and single incomes”

November 18th, 2014 by MC

Those words would be as good an answer as I could give to the question originally addressed to Conan the Barbarian: “What is best in life?”

But they’re actually taken from this passage: (more…)

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November 18th, 2014 02:31:03

At breakfast this morning

November 13th, 2014 by Vader

His Majesty dropped a totally random aphorism into the middle of the conversation.

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November 13th, 2014 23:51:36

The sacred Artist

November 12th, 2014 by Zen

When Wilford Woodruff was the 4th President of the church, he had a curious experience in the temple. He wrote in his journal,

Two weeks before I left St. George, the spirits of the dead gathered around me, wanting to know why we did not redeem them. Said they, “You have had the use of the Endowment House for a number of years, and yet nothing has ever been done for us. We laid the foundation of the government you now enjoy, and we never apostatized from it, but we remained true to it and were faithful to God.

Everyone of those men that signed the Declaration of Independence, with General Washington, called upon me as an Apostle of the Lord Jesus Christ, in the Temple at St. George, two consecutive nights, and demanded at my hands that I should go forth and attend to the ordinances of the House of God for them.

I straightway went into the baptismal font and called upon Brother McCallister to baptize me for the signers of the Declaration of Independence, and fifty other eminent men, making one hundred in all, including John Wesley, Columbus, and others.

When Brother McAllister had baptized me for the 100 names I baptized him for 21, including General Washington and his forefathers and all the Presidents of the United States–except three. Sister Lucy Bigelow Young went forth into the font and was baptized for Martha Washington and her family and 70 of the ‘eminent women’ of the world.

After politics, the most prominent and frequent occupation of these eminent men and women, was artist, usually as author, though there were also actresses,a playwright, painters, a sculptor and singers.

This included people such as Goethe, Washington Irving, Sir Walter Scott, Jane Austin, Charlotte Bronte,  and Elizabeth Barrett Browning among many others.  Here is a list by occupation.

This is what came to mind, as I read an article today about how the culture war about marriage has been lost. Movies and other media emphasize the exciting single life, with few exceptions. For instance,

According to a former editor of Marvel Comics, one reason why the graphic novel has nearly universally eschewed marriage is that it “kills a good story.” Whatever could be exciting about Clark Kent if he were to remain married to Lois Lane? Not much, apparently, because DC Comics erased the 1996 marriage from history, returning Superman to bachelorhood, the preferred state of our superheroes.

This affects how we think of life, and what we can relate to. This is a significant reason why homosexuality has entered the mainstream, as same-sex marriage is now as well. If I had the money to change the world, I would commission a TV show. Or possibly one on Youtube. It would have excitement and passion, life and death, love found and love lost… and it would have families. Happy marriages. It would have people keeping the commandments and others not, but with the consequences of a broken law. It would help people see a better, higher way of life.

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November 12th, 2014 14:29:55

Hatch on religious liberty

October 23rd, 2014 by Vader

The First Amendment prohibits federal establishment of religion and protects the free exercise of religion. America’s Founders viewed the Establishment Clause narrowly and the Free Exercise Clause broadly, a combination that allowed for robust religious freedom and an active role for religion in public life. Judges who have felt free to impose their own values, however, have consistently reversed that order, interpreting the Establishment Clause broadly and the Free Exercise Clause narrowly. The result has been a continued diminishing of religious freedom and an increasingly muted role for religion in public life.

Thus Orrin Hatch.

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October 23rd, 2014 11:57:22

The New Clerisy

October 20th, 2014 by Patrick Henry

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October 20th, 2014 12:59:41

A father’s wisdom

September 23rd, 2014 by Vader

A vignette from Central Park: I pass a gaggle of young women, and one is saying, “I was watching Jersey Shore, and my dad came in and thought I was watching porn!” They break into giggles.

– Jay Nordlinger

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September 23rd, 2014 10:11:23

Kitsch

September 03rd, 2014 by Vader

When the world no longer speaks meaningfully to us, we shout into the void and pretend the echoes come to us from on high.

–Thus Roger Kimball

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September 03rd, 2014 13:39:10

A new twist on Paul Revere

August 28th, 2014 by Vader

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August 28th, 2014 09:29:17

The ultimate take on actors

August 25th, 2014 by Vader

I liked it better when we didn’t pretend actors had core competencies beyond pretending to be other people and having amusingly disastrous personal lives.

–Pseudonymous commenter at Instapundit

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August 25th, 2014 08:52:39

Hiker scares off mountain lion with opera singing

August 14th, 2014 by Vader

His Majesty: “Finally, a use for opera.”

I’m rather fond of it myself. I wonder if it is revealing that His Majesty’s artistic interests are confined almost entirely to the abstranct and nonrepresentational. It was precisely the other way with Adolph Hitler.

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August 14th, 2014 10:16:27