Friday, March 31, 2023

Hmm …

Last of the Jeffersonians: Bill Kauffman’s Interview with The Tiger Times.

There is much that Kauffman says that I agree with, I certainly hate the idea of the U.S. being the world’s policeman. None of the wars we have been in since WWII have I approved of. But, as I pointed out in my review of look Homeward, Ametica, what exactly was FDR supposed to do after the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor and Germany and Italy declared war on us. And his hero Jefferson sent the Navy to deal with the Barbary Pirates — that would have been in the Mediterranean. I also voted for George McGovern. And I supported Eugene McCarthy. I call ‘em as I see ‘em. Oh, and I am a disciple of Dorothy Day. And a practicing Catholic.

The time comes for laughs …

… The American Pageant: Meet the pioneer of stand-up comedy: Charles Farrar Browne.

A great decision …

… He called it “one of the great moments of exultation” in his life.

Well-deserved praise

… Paul Johnson (1937-2023): A Valediction | The Russell Kirk Center. (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)

… this vital intellectual history is not taught in the schools, nor do our mass media manage to give it adequate attention, with extremes of militant cultural Leftism and commercial-libertarian nihilism dominant not only in the USA but all over the West: “radical chic” oscillating with pervasive, collective amnesia, attention-deficit disorder, and “amusing ourselves to death.”

She who must be obeyed …

 “Remember, all men would be tyrants if they could.”

Who knew?

Campus Reform | Prof: Algebra, geometry perpetuate white privilege.

Worrisome …

… Did the New Atheists Win? - Crisis Magazine.

There are countless ways in which this implicit materialism manifests itself in the Church today. Youth sports on Sundays (even in “Catholic” leagues!) downplay the spiritual importance of this divinely-ordered day of rest; Catholic schools prioritizing public school educational standards over imparting the Faith to children undermine the importance of their spiritual health; attempts to make the Mass more “relevant” instead of more transcendent fashion a man-centered, rather than God-centered, liturgy; emphasizing “social justice” as the top priority of the Church diminishes its spiritual mission; and, of course, agreeing to classify the Sacraments as “non-essential” services (while Home Depot remained open) undercut the very purpose of the Catholic religion. 

When the archdiocese shut down Masses at the start of Covid, I sent the archbishop a clip of Alan Rickmab in Robin Hood Prince of Thieves telling his scribe That’s it then. Cancel the kitchen scraps for lepers and orphans, no more merciful beheadings, and call off Christmas.

I read The God Delusion, but was unimpressed. Dawkins was practicing philosophy without a license and with little or no insight. As I remarked to a friend, nobody in his right mind believes in the God Richard Dawkins doesn’t believe in.

Elie

Thursday, March 30, 2023

Adventures beyond reality …

 The Adventures of Arthur Conan Doyle: We lived in the hardy and bracing atmosphere of poverty.

My favorite conductor …

… Bruno Walter, a Conductor Who Found Truth Through Beauty - The New York Times.

Writers often dignified Walter with spiritual metaphors — the author Stefan Zweig compared the beam on his face while conducting to “the countenance of the angels when they look upon God” — and it is revealing of his artistry that they were exactly what Walter aspired to achieve. For him, the Germanic music from Bach to Strauss was pure, uplifting, redemptive. It offered an “unchanging message of comfort,” he wrote in his memoir “Theme and Variations”; its “wordless gospel proclaims in a universal language what the thirsting soul of man is seeking beyond this life.”

Blogging note …

 I’m a little under the weather today. I may do some blogging again tonight.

Bad moves…

… Trade restraint was another of his government’s many dumb decisions.

Anniversary …

… The American Pageant: President shot in the chest outside a Washington DC hotel.

Just so you know …

… 20 of The Best Poetry Magazines You Need to Read | Book Riot. (Hat tip, Rus Bowden,)

Something to think on …

Civilization tries to persuade us we are going towards something, a distant goal. We have forgotten that our only goal is to live, to live each and every day, and that if we live each and every day, our true goal is achieved.
— Jean Giono, born on this date in 1895

FYI ~

… Read all about it: 12 of the best novels about journalism | The Spectator. (Hat tip, Dave Lull.’

Word of the Day

… Frippery - Word Daily.

Wednesday, March 29, 2023

A notable debut …

… Now, thanks to RCA in 1950, we’re watching color television.

Correcting Dr. Johnson …

… Argumentum ad Lapidem? - by William F. Vallicella.

Something tomthink on …

For medieval thought the gulf that could be bridged only by Divine intervention came not between life and the inanimate, nor between consciousness and lack of consciousness, but between rational and irrational creatures. I think there is no reason now to think otherwise -- only fashion.
— Peter Geach, born on this date in 1916

Word of the Day …

… Farrago - Word Daily.

Faith …

… Pastor issues brief but powerful statement after his 9-year-old daughter is identified as one of the 6 killed in Nashville school shooting - TheBlaze.

Hmm …

… Priest reports possible eucharistic miracle at Connecticut church | Catholic News Agency.

Tuesday, March 28, 2023

Encounter …

“Jewish and Russian – not the same! Say you’re Jewish next time! It’s better! And good luck to you in Ukraine!” Poet/translator Nina Kossman’s convo with a stranger at 35,000 feet.

Going forward into the past …

… The American Pageant: Time for some grand expectations and the restless giant.

Our town …

… Paul Davis On Crime: Philadelphia City Leaders Condemn Police Officer Over False Accusation.

Good for her …

One can hardly fault Eberstadt for not wanting to subject herself to the juvenile pageantry that would accompany her visit, and for having no desire to engage with people who have no sense of themselves or the world around them. I could have more insightful discussions with our dogs than the average college student. 

Maybe they need to think a little more …

… Please Enjoy This 75-Car Motorcade Of Giant SUVs On Their Way To Address Global Warming - Chicks On The Right.

In case you wondered …

… Would building a Dyson sphere be worth it? We ran the numbers. | Ars Technica.

Fashion alert …

… For people who subscribe to the “no white after Labor Day” rule.

Poem of the Day …

… Diane Ward Approximately.

Hear, hear …

Don’t Believe the Hype: Woke Is Real and It’s Dangerous

The crucial dynamic is not just the assertion of fraught claims but the continued advancement of them after they have been debunked. The New York Times, for example, didn’t just declare in its “1619 Project” that the American Revolution was fought to preserve slavery, it pooh-poohed complaints from leading historians that this was false.

Crime and punishment …

… The American Pageant: The British find four more ways to punish Americans.

Much in what he says …

… Expressive Individualism - by William F. Vallicella.

The archetypal expressive individualist, according to Bellah, is Walt Whitman, whose most famous work, Leaves of Grass, begins with the words, “I celebrate myself.” For Whitman, in contrast to Franklin, the goal of life is not to maximize efficiency for the sake of material acquisition but rather to luxuriate in sensual and intellectual experiences, to take pleasure in one’s bodily life and sexuality and to express oneself freely, without any concern for social conventions.

Something to think on …

Once upon a time, there was a boy who learned to read at the age of 5. This changed his life. Owing to the adventure tales he read, he discovered a way to escape from the poor house, the poor country, and the poor reality in which he lived.
— Mario Vargas Llosa, born on this date in 1936

Word of the Day …

… Mien - Word Daily.

Monday, March 27, 2023

Oh, wow …

From the Superior Side - Wisconsin... - Destination Duluth | Facebook. (Hat tip, Dave Lull — who lives in  Superior.)

Anniversary …

… The American Pageant: A future president elected to important position in 1775.

Just so you know …

… Beyond Hannibal: Mark Twain really, really liked cats.

Something to keep an eye out for

 I recently received in the mail the latest book by poet Lynn Levin, a collection of stories entitled House Parties (Spuyten Duyvil). The pub date is May. 

The other day I read the first of the stories, “The Path to Halfway Falls.” I thought it magical. And since I have no outlet for reviewing these days, I thought I’d bring the book to public attention in a new way. I am going to post accounts of my reading it. This will be the first installment.

This first story seems straightforward enough:

Chuck, Higby, and Dean set out at first light intending to head to a lookout over a valley. 

About an hour and a half into their trek, the three friends met a wide-eyed man and a dark-eyed woman descending the trail. The man, his voice breathy with excitement, told the three friends that he and the woman had seen an extraordinary sight: a slender waterfall not in the guidebooks or maps. This was Halfway Falls, a secret passed from hiker to hiker. Fed by snow melt and spring rains, Halfway Falls sent off veils of mist that looked like flying angels, and the stream of water was so thin that it evaporated before it reached the ground. That was why they called it Halfway Falls.

The man tells Dean that “You can always go to the lookout … but you can only see Halfway Falls now.”

“See it before it disappears,” the woman tells him.

Dean is enthralled:

A secret place. Flying angels. A sight you could only see now. Dean could sense that the couple was exceptionally, almost preternaturally eager, and their enthusiasm inspired in him an overwhelming desire to see the awe-inspiring Halfway Falls. 

Dean is sort of the odd man out of the hiking trio, a wallpaper hanger who is the caregiver for his mother, who has MS. His sister is keeping an eye on Mom today, but his sister wants him back by 4:30 that afternoon. He has no wife and no girlfriend.

Chuck is married, but has a girlfriend on the side. Higby is married also, but seems to have a low opinion of his wife.

Higby gets directions from the couple:

They were to follow the present path up to a rock that looked like the famous comedian Bob Hope, turn left, and hike off trail through the forest; they weren’t sure how far, maybe half a mile. Then they were to listen carefully for the sound of falling water. Owing to the slender stream of the falls, the sound was faint. Nearby was a rock outcropping that looked like a mountain lion with its mouth open. To see the falls, all you had to do was climb on top of the mountain lion rock and hang over on your stomach.

But I think that’s as far I’ll go. I don’t want to give any spoilers and I don’t want to prevent others from enjoying the story on their own. But we learn much about how the three friends grow closer. 

Levin is a very poet and her ear for language is evident throughout.

And then there’s the raven, who may just be the star of the tale. 

 




Something to think on …

The poem is at last between two persons instead of two pages. In all modesty, I confess that it may be the death of literature as we know it.
— Frank O’Hara, born on this date in 1926

Word of the Day …

… Craquelure - Word Daily.

Sunday, March 26, 2023

Touching …

… Ernest Hemingway’s Idaho playground. (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)

As the end neared, the novelist was paranoid, delusional, irritable, sullen and wished vainly for another “belle epoque.”

I couldn’t agree more …

… Glenn Reynolds: Ban AC for DC.

Let the government assholes find out first-hand about what they would impose on the rest of us.

Revised and updated error and exaggeration …

… Correcting the frequently butchered quip about Mark Twain’s death.

Martin Amis

 


I've just finished Martin Amis's Rachel Papers, and I must say: this is a very funny book. I know Amis has been accused of all sorts of things -- some not very flattering. But this novel -- this vignette, really -- is a successful one. Cast a coming of age tale, Rachel is a smart, sensitive, melancholy portrayal of its time and characters. Most everything here revolves around sex: but unlike other novelists, Amis has the courage to confront its humor, its absurdity. Amis's characters -- including his central personality, Charles -- position sex as a defense against time: Charles's brother in law, for instance, refuses to impregnate his wife, for fear that the sex with her will never be the same -- that is: that time will render her sexless. For his part, Charles is as virile as they come: sex for him is a way to accelerate time, to propel him forward into university and beyond. As I say, all of this is shrouded in a certain melancholy: as if even the most hopeful relationships -- and the most enthusiastic liaisons -- are fated to defeat, or at least to decline. Along the way, as those relationship progress, flounder, and fall, there's a lot of laughter: Amis makes clear that not all of it is funny, but then, even in sadness, there's a certain humor. Amis is nothing in Rachel if not honest. 

Change for the better …

… How I avoided getting “infant paralysis” in the 1950s.

Cute …

… Federico García Lorca Venus.

Something to think on …

How do you find the divine power in yourself? The word enthusiasm means 'filled with a god,' so what makes you enthusiastic? Follow it. So I have a little word: follow your bliss. The bliss is the message of God to yourself. That's where your life is.
— Joseph Campbell, born on this date in 1904

Poem of the Day …

… Our Casuarina Tree by Toru Dutt - Poems | Academy of American Poets.

Word of the Day

… Peripatetic - Word Daily.

Saturday, March 25, 2023

Birthday anniversary …

… The American Pageant: Sharing a moniker with John Paul Jones and John Adams.

It’s come to this …

… California Regulators Go After Sriracha.

Authors on the set …

… Dralyuk on Russian Extras. : languagehat.com. (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)

End of the rosd …

… This is the final posting at “one day at a time.”

Hmm …

… Zealotry of Guerin: Poetry and Fiction by Christopher Guerin: Find.

A good woman is not hard to find …

… one day at a time: Writing a novel is a terrible experience.

Lovely …

… Remembrance | The New Criterion. (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)

Something to think on …

God is closer to us than water is to a fish.
— St. Catherine of Siena, born on this date in 1347

Friday, March 24, 2023

Surprise, surprise …

… Paul Davis On Crime: Ask Any Cop: Philly DA Krasner Is Soft On Crime.

This malevolent clown has made Philly more dangerous than it has ever been in my lifetime.

Horse’s ass alert …

… Roger Waters Comes Across As Antisemitic As Ever in Interview With Der Spiegel - Israellycool.

Exactly why we’re supposed to care what this dipshit thinks escapes me. 

Mark thy calendar …

… 2ND WEDNESDAYS POETRY @ NORTHEAST REGIONAL LIBRARY – APRIL 12TH.

Lost worlds …

… one day at a time: Not one of them who lived in the cheese thought of a cow.

The new Nazis …

… DEI training asks scholars which ethnicities should live or die in hypothetical scenario | The College Fix

Worth seeing …

… 5 planets will parade across the sky in rare astronomical event, while skyscraper-sized asteroid flies by Earth.

Unwanted guests …

… one day at a time: Finding room and board for soldiers can be challenging.

Sound advice …

… It Pays to Publish . . . - by William F. Vallicella.

Something to think on …

Every happening, great and small, is a parable whereby God speaks to us, and the art of life is to get the message.
— Malcolm Muggeridge, born on this date in 1993

Good for them …

 Cardinal Müller and Cardinal Burke rebuke German bishops over same-sex marriage vote - Catholic Herald.

“They are acting absolutely directly against the Catholic doctrines– against the definition of the dogmas. There must be a trial. They must be sentenced. And they must be removed from their office– unless they convert,” said the cardinal.

Thursday, March 23, 2023

We could use somebody like him today …

… one day at a time: People listened when he told them what he wanted.

Yes!

Let Everyone Remember Her Name | International Fellowship of Christians and Jews.

Not a lot of time …

… one day at a time: You had just 60 seconds to beat the clock in 1950.

Check this out, if you’re in or around Nashville …

… Can Beauty Save the World?: an Evening Conversation with Makoto Fujimura and Dana Gioia | The Trinity Forum.

Interesting …

… Report: FBI Mole Known as ‘One-Eye’ Would Tip Off Hunter About Any China Probes.

Tracking the decline further …

 … Academentia in excelsis.

DEI and the collapse of the universities.

Bombs away …

… one day at a time: President calls for controversial antimissile technology.

Something to think on …

'Emergencies' have always been the pretext on which the safeguards of individual liberty have been eroded.
— Friedrich von Hayek, who died on this date in 1992

Poem of the Day …

… Ezra Pound “Hast thou 2 loaves of bread …”

Word of the Day …

… Beatific - Word Daily.

These really are neat …

… Incredible Winning Images from 2023 Mobile Photography Awards. (Hat tip, Rus Bowden.)

Wednesday, March 22, 2023

An interesting day …

… one day at a time: Some interesting times in early America on March 22nd.

More appreciation …

… The Neo-Latinate Imagination of Joseph Bottum | Acton Institute: (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)

It is not only in their themes that these poems are revelatory. Bottum’s practice of poetry hovers always close to music and song. In English, our paradigmatic line is the iambic pentameter. The five-stress line is flexible enough to be musical when needed, but it can also accommodate the plainest speech and the most ornate and golden rhetoric. Bottum’s poems are usually one metrical foot shorter, in some sort of loose or tight tetrameter or trimeter. Tetrameter is the language of ballad and song, of music almost to the exclusion of rhetoric.

Tracking the decline …

… Media bias and campus chaos - by Tom Knighton.

The truth of the matter is that the media has given up any pretense of being unbiased, yet one can’t help but wonder if this is a reflection of the chaos we tend to see on American college campuses or the cause of it.

One author on another …

… Former Navy SEAL And Author Jack Carr’s Take On Famed Author Louis L’Amour, Born On This Day: ‘Nothing Short Of Brilliant'

Dumb as posts …

… On the generational narcissism of sensitivity readers.

The most striking aspect of the whole ordeal, and indeed even of the existence of a company such as Inclusive Minds, is the abounding narcissism inherent in this new breed of cultural censor. What level of self-regard must one possess to feel qualified to rewrite classic novels? Would these same “sensitivity readers'' also consider themselves qualified to retouch the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel in order to render it less patriarchal? And if not, what then makes them feel qualified to rewrite entire sections of The BFG?

Live and let live …

… NHL players are courageously leading the charge against gender propaganda and indoctrination | Washington Examiner.

No one should have any problem with what Reimer said, but they sure will. The Left wants to force everyone to surrender to their way of thinking. The people who claim to be the most accepting and understanding are also the most intolerant of anyone who disagrees.

A very insightful piece …

… The King of Love My Shepherd Is: Some thoughts that are gay and also happy | Eve Tushnet. (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)

For me, being gay has never been particularly solitary or sorrowful; and so, to the extent that my gay experience prepared me for conversion, it was conversion not as rescue but as deepening. The virtues I discovered in gay communities helped me understand love, and recognize Love when He came to me; the beauty I experienced in women prepared me for the absolute Beauty. It seems to me that “gay” and “straight” are both odd modern conglomerates which include a mix of temptations to sin and possibilities for love. “Side B” is a big umbrella, and there are many people under it whose spirituality centers on Jesus as the light in our solitude, the companion in our sorrow. I have needed that Jesus myself, especially in my sobriety. But I have found that “side B” people are open to the possibility that Jesus may also be found in shared joy.

Appreciation …

… Signs and Wonders, by Will Stephenson. (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)

The old ways are always being contrasted with present-day American banality, with the encroachment of chintzy commercial culture even into the hinterlands. This flattening, atomizing force is what seemingly accounts for Portis’s preoccupation with Gnomon-esque guilds and other such flimsy attempts at restoring enchantment and community to a culture that has lost all meaningful trace of either.

Talk about worrisome …

… Child mortality is rising at the fastest rate in 50 years | The Hill.

“These increases, the largest in decades, followed a period of great progress in reducing pediatric mortality rates,” the authors wrote. They assigned blame to “manmade pathogens,” particularly guns and drugs. 

What the hell is going on in our society? 

Painting the town red …

… one day at a time: President orders loyalty checks of federal employees.

Not as simple as you may think …

… On Prejudice - by William F. Vallicella.

Something to think on …

We do not at present educate people to think but, rather, to have opinions, and that is something altogether different.
— Louis L’Amour, born on this datein 1908

Word of the Day …

… Simulacrum - Word Daily.

Tuesday, March 21, 2023

Who knew …

… WOKE CRAZY: Whites Who Drink Coffee Are Racists - The Lid.

I fear so …

… Abortion advocates today sound a lot like the eugenicists of the past.

Since I happen to be an illegitimate child, I’m sure glad my Mom went ahead and had me anyway. The so-called fetus is genetically unique — an individual person, essentially unlike either parent Killing one is murder and no amount of sophistry can demonstrate otherwise.

Where we find ourselves these days …

The Sweater.

On Jan. 17, Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Ivan Provorov declined to wear a pride jersey in warmups, citing his Christian (Russian Orthodox) beliefs. So he sat in the locker room, banished, while his teammates took their pre-game skate.

 … within days, No. 9 Provorov game replica sweaters were selling out on the NHL Shop and at Fanatics, indicating that despite the hatred that was heaped on him – shameful hockey media hack E.J. Hradek suggested that Provorov return to Europe and “maybe get involved” in Russia’s war in Ukraine, while sports writer Cyd Zeigler huffed that “Proporov chose to embrace prejudice” – not just a few appreciated his position.

For what it’s worth, my friend Katherine Miller and I shared power of attorney for a gay couple. So don’t call us homophobic. 

 

Our despicable political class

Mark Levin SHREDS ‘A Soros Prosecutor’ Alvin Bragg Over Possible Trump Indictment.

“How much you want to bet these news operations covering it, like MSNBC, NBC, and the rest, have entered into non-disclosure agreements?” Levin asked. “Now we call it ‘hush money’”?

Just a reminder …

… Salonen: It’s Lent. Time to walk, or run, to the cross

New Jersey divided …

… one day at a time: It was what amounted to a civil war for New Jersey.

Something to think on …

Those wearing Tolerance for a label call other views intolerable.
— Phyllis McGinley, born on this date in 1905

This is not a joke …

… though it’s bound to draw a lot of laughs: University of Helsinki gives Greta Thunberg a Doctorate of Theology.

Much in what he says …

… Down With College | Power Line.

The Journal doesn’t discuss this factor, but it seems obvious that one reason for the anti-college trend is the wokism that has infected virtually all colleges and universities. Higher education is now, in most cases, a hostile environment for young men, and it is rapidly becoming a hostile environment for normal people, generally. So why should most kids–the ones who aren’t going to be doctors, engineers, and a handful of other occupations–shell out a lot of money for a poor education?

Word of the Day …

… Simulacrum - Word Daily.

Monday, March 20, 2023

A pair of poets in conversation …

… An Interview with Carl Kaucher | North of Oxford.

Really courageous …

… Paul Davis On Crime: A Look Back At Hemingway At War:.


In a letter Lanham wrote to his wife, he described Hemingway: “He is probably the bravest man I have ever known, with an unquenchable lust for battle and adventure.” So much for Hemingway being a coward. Lanham also confirms that Hemingway did indeed fight alongside his troops while under heavy attack.

 

Good move …

… one day at a time: POTUS takes stand against segregationist governor.

Discovery …

… Notre-Dame Cathedral Repair Reveals Historic Iron Staples.

Back in the day …

… one day at a time: Pandemic caused by astrological influence (not lab leak).

This is surely worrisome …

… Library : Pornography and Priestly Vocations | Catholic Culture.

Pornography addiction is spreading throughout North America at a terrifying rate, leaving in its wake truncated careers, disintegrated marriages, and ruined lives. It knows not the barriers of age, race, religion or sex. And the situation is not going to get better soon because high cash returns continue to line the porn king's pockets and fuel the spread of the smut. 

The Church, as an institution, does seem in a bad way these days.

Something to think on …

I don't imagine you will dispute the fact that at present the stupid people are in an absolutely overwhelming majority all the world over.
— Henrik Ibsen, born this date in 1828

Poem of the Day …

… Andrew Feld The Self-Actualized Man.

Word of the Day …

… Panacea - Word Daily.

Sunday, March 19, 2023

In case you wondered …

… Can Consciousness be Explained? - by William F. Vallicella.

This is too rightly argued to lend itself to quotations. You have to read the whole thing. Bill is doing the world a favor with these pieces.

Don’t blink if you see one …

… one day at a time: Visible for just seconds, it happened 7.5 billion years ago.

Examine the evidence …

… Can We Trust the Gospels? | The Russell Kirk Center. (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)

We have … more sources for Jesus than we do for either Socrates or Alexander the Great. Not only are there four biographical accounts of Jesus (Matthew, Mark, Luke, John), all likely written within 30-60 years of Jesus’ life, but there are letters written by Paul that are even earlier, as well as citations by non-biblical sources such as Josephus, Tacitus, Pliny the Younger, Seutonius, and the emperor Trajan (among others). By contrast, the earliest biography we have for Alexander the Great is over four hundred years after he lived. 

See also: CHINESE EVIDENCE OF JESUS’ BIRTH, DEATH AND RESURRECTION (from the time of Christ).

I sure don’t …

… one day at a time: Does anyone ever watch anything on this network?

Something to think on …

Home is where the books are.
— Richard Francis Burton, born on this date in 1821

In case you wondered …

… How to define “wokeness”  (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)

… woke ideas positively encourage paranoid habits of mind which are analogous to those exhibited by people suffering from depression, anxiety, and other psychological disorders.  Looking at the world through woke lenses leads one to see oppression and injustice even where they do not exist, to feel strongly aggrieved at this imagined oppression and injustice, and then to treat the narrative of grievance that results as if it were confirming evidence of the reality of the imagined oppression and injustice. 

Saturday, March 18, 2023

I get this …

Oregon’s Rural-Urban Divide Sparks Talk of Secession.

Redrawing the map would require much more than fresh cartography. Logistical challenges grow more thorny with each new question: Would people in eastern Oregon be ready to embrace a sales tax? How would Idaho, which bans legal marijuana, manage eastern Oregon’s thriving weed industry? How would the states transition eastern Oregon’s state employees, with some benefits already earned, to a new retirement system with different rules and compensation?

Here in Pennsylvania, the problem is getting Philly — and maybe parts of adjacent counties — to secede. 


 

I love it …

 St. Patrick Glad He Brought Christianity To The Anglo-Saxons So Their Descendants Could Get Plastered And Punch Each Other | Babylon Bee.

My favorite St. patrick’s Day is the one when my beloved first wife and I went to Irish club in Mount Airy. We’re sitting at the bar. There is a great band playing great Irish songs Just before they finish they ask if anyone has a final. I immediately say, ‘How about ‘God Save the Queen’? The place goes silent. My wife leans over and says, “Why the hell would you say that?” Unperturbed, I said to the others at the bar, “I thought we were Irish, and had a sense of humor.’ Whereupon we all laughed, and one guy said, “ You’re a wise ass, right?’ Isaid, ‘I fear so.’ We all left as friends.

Yeah, like Joe really knows about this …

… Yes, it's real: Joe Biden's Department of Energy just moved to ban nearly all gas stoves.

I just posted a rather blunt comment. Like Joe really has a clue. I have a gas. They cook better than electric stoves. Of course, Joe probably never cooked anything in his life, having soentbmost of same sucking on the public teat.

Hmm …

… Netflix's Money Shot: The Pornhub Story neglects pornography's real victims | Washington Examiner.

Porn has never done much for me. I’ve always preferred real live sex. But I remember going with a friend of mine — a clinical psychologist — to see Deep Throat, which was the first pirn flick to make regular theaters. Well, after half an hour I got the idea and turned to Dave to ask if he had seen enough. He was sound asleep.
I also used to sometimes go to hooker bars with a friend (a physician no less, but a great person and a great doctor). I got along with the girls and they loved talking to me — precisely because I made it made I wasn’t a potential customer.
Maybe I’m weird. Maybe it’s because I have three daughters. But I just never turned on to the idea of sex as a commodity. And by the way, I may be 81, but women still like me.
One other thing: Lots of the guys behind porn are creeps.

Cancel those stamps …

… one day at a time: Government says that stamps are no longer required.

Good for them …

… Iowa suspends new DEI policies in higher ed, launches probe into current ones | The College Fix.

Remember  Stein’s Law: “If something cannot go on forever, it will stop."

The mystery of it ….

Zealotry of Guerin: Poetry and Fiction by Christopher Guerin: Word

Something to think on …

Every single human soul has more meaning and value than the whole of history.
— Nikolai Berdyaev, born on this date in 1874

It’s true here, too …

… Flashing Orange Globes. (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)
 
I caution people crossing at Ninth and Washington (a couple of blocks from where I live)  not to rely on the lights and crosswalk. A couple of months ago an African-American couple were nearly run over by a guy speeding thriugh a red light. The.bikers can be dangerous too.

Daily Poem …

… Helena Kaminski Face.

Someone who knows …

… Campus Reform | ASSOC. PROF. Buynevich: I grew up in the Soviet Union. Even those universities valued merit more than some American schools do today.

My message to those individuals who hung the flyer and everyone else who agrees with its message is clear: Before you advocate for socialism here, try experiencing it somewhere else. You will not find the utopia you are searching for.

Word of the Day …

… Abstemious - Word Daily.

Friday, March 17, 2023

God bless them …

… Arrest warrant issued for Vladimir Putin by International Criminal Court over Ukraine war - World News - Mirror Online.

Time is running out …

… Poetry Day- Last Days to Submit.

Who knew?

 … Professor Denounces Cleanliness as Racist and Sexist,

Happy St. Paddy’s Day …

St. Patrick: Patron Saint of Ireland - by Sean.

I fear ‘tis so …

Pope Francis’ Decade of Division.

In the secular press the narrative of Francis as a great reformer was established early on, and as contrary evidence has emerged, the response has often been a decorous silence. It’s been mostly left to his conservative critics to compile the lists of clerics accused of abuse who have been given favorable treatment by this pontiff; or to harp on the failures of financial reform and the absence of any obvious renewal in the pews; or to point out that a pontificate that once promised to make the church less self-referential, less inward-focused, has instead produced a decade of bitter internal arguments and widening theological divisions — while Catholicism’s official verbiage is received with conspicuous indifference by the wider world.

Better days …

… one day at a time: Things finally get a lot less difficult (for a while) in Boston.

Something to think on …

In old age, you realise that while you're divided from your youth by decades, you can close your eyes and summon it at will. As a writer it puts one at a distinct advantage.
— Penelope Lively, born on this date in 1933

Word of the Day …

… Factitious | Word Genius.

Thursday, March 16, 2023

The vagaries of weather …

… one day at a time: Did global warming cause the big flood in my hometown?

More winners …

… Incredible Winners of the British Wildlife Photography Awards. (Hat tip, Rus Dowde,)

Have a look …

…  World Nature Photography Awards. (Hat tip, Rus Bowden.)

That’s for sure …

… Enough Is Enough - The Catholic Thing:.

… the overwhelming majority of abusers in the clergy abuse scandal were homosexual men.  Thus the hypocrisy of the Post in its March 9 report – a news organization that reveled in trashing the Catholic Church for its patterns of clergy sexual abuse – is thick enough to rival the Antarctic ice pack.  Illicit homosexual behavior in the priesthood has no claim to “privacy”. . .or moral integrity.

Lest anyone accuse me of being homophobic, they should know that  a friend I shared power of attorney for a gay couple, both of whom would have agreed with this article.

Love and language …

… Boris Dralyuk and Jenny Croft, married translators up for same prize - Los Angeles Times. (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)

Appreciation …

Remembering poet Henri Coulette, a forgotten voice of Los Angeles. (Har tip, Dave Lull.)

There’s … a haunting, haunted quality to Coulette’s story, an early success who went silent too soon. “Henri’s death troubles me: the collapse of what began as a bright career as a poet, and his complete isolation at the end,” wrote his onetime friend and Writers’ Workshop colleague Robert Dana in the New York Times after Coulette’s death; Dana, who alludes to Coulette’s issues with drinking and depression, makes a point of including that he’d been found “in a chair; alone.”


The new McCarthyism …

… Cancel culture will rule higher ed until there's diversity in thought.

Of course, these alleged students probably don’t know who the hell McCarthy was. My advice is to not waste your money sending your kids to any of these shit-hole schools. Sad. I had so many great teachers in college.

Just so you know …

… Boris Dralyuk and Jenny Croft, married translators up for same prize - Los Angeles Times (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)

Puritans exposed …

… The American Pageant: Famous novel published on this day in 1850.

Blogging note…

 I have much to do today. I won’t begetting around to blogging until later.

Something to think on …

The ways of Providence cannot be reasoned out by the finite mind ... I cannot fathom them, yet seeking to know them is the most satisfying thing in all the world.
— Selma Lagerlöf, who died on this date in 1940

Word of the Day …

… Consentient | Word Genius.

Wednesday, March 15, 2023

Birthday anniversary …

… The American Pageant: Rising from humble beginnings to the U.S. presidency.

Cause for doubt …

… Evolution’s Tall Tale — The Giraffe Neck.

In the giraffe’s case, a bit of reasoning goes a long way. Blind evolution doesn’t look ahead and coordinate a group of changes for some future advantage. It’s blind and must proceed by one small useful step at a time. No evolutionist, for instance, believes that a small number of mega-mutations turned a land mammal into a whale.

See also Giving Up Darwin.

Anout today …

… Ides of March: Not just a Stab Fest - Classical Wisdom.

Indeed …

… The American Pageant: Religious liberty has a complicated history.

It’s come to this …

… Overschooled and Undereducated - Crisis Magazine.

I am … taken aback by people who know no more about meteorology than I do, and less about the mathematics of functions with more than two or three variables, and a lot less about history and geography, but who are so certain of some meteorological prediction, they are ready to call you a knave, an idiot, or a perfect madman if you decline to agree.

Q&A …

(Hat tip, Dave Lull.)

… Ikiru had a profound impact on me. I grew up as a teenager and a student thinking about that film, it’s message. It meant a lot to me at that age, when you’re trying to figure out what’s the meaning of life. How do you lead a meaningful life? Especially if it doesn’t seem realistic as it didn’t at that point in my existence, that I’d have anything other than a fairly straightforward humble middle class life, working in some office somewhere.

Something to think on …

God forbid that any book should be banned. The practice is as indefensible as infanticide.
— Rebecca West, who died on this date in 1983

Local boy …

 … Philly Actor Leo Rossi On His ‘Deep Cover’ Podcast With Joe Pistone, And His '10th & Wolf' Crime Film,

A notorious date …

… Beware the Ides of March - by William F. Vallicella.

Tuesday, March 14, 2023

A most unusual anniversary …

…. The American Pageant: But only 10 women have been recognized for their efforts.

Hmm …

… PARTY'S OVER I’m an ex-NYPD detective – students should not travel to Mexico for spring break, it’s not worth endangering your life.

Maybe we should finish what President Polk started: conquer Mexico.

Another scam probably …

We Were Censored for Reporting on Natural Immunity. What's Next?

I have not been vaxxed. But I have been tested mucho times. My wife has been in and out of hospitals, rehabs, and assisted living facilities. To visit her I had to be tested. Always negative. I’ve also never had the flu. I have a good immune system, and I’m sure in hell not taking a vaccine that took less than two years to be approved.