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Why I don’t subscribe to HBO

September 30th, 2015 by Vader

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September 30th, 2015 09:33:23

The Sheltered Ones

September 21st, 2015 by MC

I recently watched an episode of “The Jim Gaffigan Show” with a bit of dialogue that perfectly encapsulated a thought that’s been bouncing around my head for a while. For those who aren’t familiar with Jim Gaffigan, he’s a “clean” but still very famous comedian who is basically a stereotypical Irish-American Catholic dad from the post-War era; his wife is more devout than he is, but he still is fully supportive of raising his kids as Catholics, with all that entails. He plays himself on the show, which is based on his real life.

In this episode, Jim’s wife invites their local parish priest, a gregarious young man from Africa named Father Nicholas, to go to Jim’s next stand-up, without asking Jim first. Jim hates the idea because he’s convinced that having a priest in the audience will kill the mood, but he gives in and takes Father Nicholas anyway. Right before they walk into the comedy club, they have the following exchange: (more…)

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September 21st, 2015 05:12:06

Donald Trump

August 24th, 2015 by Vader

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August 24th, 2015 09:07:54

What’ll We Call the Mormon Scouts?

August 07th, 2015 by MC

For the last few years, I’ve mused that the Church was inevitably going to have to separate from the BSA, and create the “Mormon Scouts of America.” Of course recent events have brought that possibility to the fore. But “MSA” would be a terrible name, so let me be the first to broach the subject of what to call the Mormon Scouts. (more…)

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August 07th, 2015 01:11:06

Men Without Chests

August 04th, 2015 by Vader

Robert Gates and most of the rest of the BSA leadership are men without chests; they have no heart for the fight because they have no principles, and they have no principles because they started believing not in principles but provisional values.

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August 04th, 2015 11:39:06

The Charge of the Light Brigade

August 03rd, 2015 by Vader

A more complex blunder than I realized.

And one eminently realizable in our current toxic military command culture.

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August 03rd, 2015 08:50:29

Nature abhors a vacuum

July 31st, 2015 by Vader

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

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July 31st, 2015 13:58:15

Pascal’s Wager

July 14th, 2015 by Vader

Is no longer an option.  (more…)

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July 14th, 2015 13:59:57

Made in mockery of marriage

July 09th, 2015 by Vader

“As Sauron made the orcs in mockery of the elves.”

A good insight, even if the Tolkien reference is badly botched.


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July 09th, 2015 09:13:26

Second-generation ignorance

July 09th, 2015 by Vader

Is much worse than first-generation ignorance.

And colleges have become the premier institutions in our civilization for passing on the ignorance of the past.

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July 09th, 2015 08:38:43

The margins are with you always

July 08th, 2015 by Vader

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July 08th, 2015 09:24:23

Angina Monologue 17

June 28th, 2015 by Vader

The other day I installed a cloak hook near the entrance of the domicile I share with His Majesty.

My cloaks can be heavy, and I also thought it might be prudent to be sure the hook could support the weight of His Majesty’s winter jacket, so I took some time to install the hook securely. I located the stud (much easier with the Force than with a stud locater, by the way) and made sure the hook was screwed firmly through the drywall into the stud. I figured it would easily hold a couple of cloaks and winter jackets.

I stood back to admire my work (funny; don’t you always do that when you finish any handyman project?) and just then His Majesty came storming through the door in a frightfully sour mood. He glanced at me, glanced at the hook, and without a moment’s hesitation he grabbed the hook and tried to swing from it. That was too much weight, of course; there was a loud crack and the hook came out of the wall, doing serious damage to the stud and drywall. In fact, since this is a load-bearing wall, the damage to the stud could wind up being a significant problem.

My jaw hit the floor, or would have, if the vocorder wasn’t in the way.

It turns out His Majesty has been thinking about original sin.


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June 28th, 2015 15:29:12

Speaking to the Remnant

June 08th, 2015 by Vader

Jonah Goldberg points us to a worthy essay.

In that essay, Nock rewrote the tale of the Prophet Isaiah. At the end of King Uzziah’s reign in 740 b.c., God asked Isaiah to warn the Jews of His wrath to come. But God told Isaiah: “I suppose perhaps I ought to tell you that it won’t do any good. The official class and their intelligentsia will turn up their noses at you and the masses will not even listen. They will all keep on in their own ways until they carry everything down to destruction, and you will probably be lucky if you get out with your life.”
So why send me on this errand in the first place? Isaiah asked. “Ah,” the Lord said, “you do not get the point. There is a Remnant there that you know nothing about. They are obscure, unorganized, inarticulate, each one rubbing along as best he can. They need to be encouraged and braced up because when everything has gone completely to the dogs, they are the ones who will come back and build up a new society; and meanwhile, your preaching will reassure them and keep them hanging on. Your job is to take care of the Remnant, so be off now and set about it.”
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June 08th, 2015 09:25:41

Unconstitutional in New York

June 08th, 2015 by Vader

To require teachers to have a grasp of the liberal arts:

“Instead of beginning with ascertaining the job tasks of New York teachers, the two LAST examinations began with the premise that all New York teachers should be required to demonstrate an understanding of the liberal arts.”

Joshua Sohn, a partner at the firm Mishcon de Reya, who represents the prospective teachers in the case, echoed the that sentiment.

“They started with the conclusion, without any support, that this is what you actually needed to know to be an effective teacher,” Mr. Sohn said.

Apparently the test was being failed by a disproportionate number of teachers of color.


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June 08th, 2015 09:04:58

The Boy Scouts Ban Squirt Guns. What Should We Do About It?

May 20th, 2015 by Vader

The Boy Scouts of America are slowly succumbing to modernity.

According to recent BSA policy, the above picture is unkind and unsafe, unless the boy is wearing safety glasses and only pointing the super soaker at an approved target on an approved range.  Grinning while doing it has not yet been explicitly banned.


The BSA policy is being understandably mocked in the press. (more…)

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May 20th, 2015 08:44:13