Curmudgeonry – Fragments Against Ruin http://tonywoodlief.com Sat, 20 May 2017 00:31:10 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.5 Excursus http://tonywoodlief.com/2017/05/19/excursus/ http://tonywoodlief.com/2017/05/19/excursus/#comments Sat, 20 May 2017 00:31:10 +0000 http://tonywoodlief.com/?p=5498 If you’re starting here, you might care to first read my new Wall Street Journal op-ed about the ruckus over Confederate monuments. If you started there, then welcome to here. I assume you’re either pleased or outraged or puzzled. Me too. About a lot of things. So I don’t have a structured narrative for this …

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Since it’s commencement season, I’ve put together a draft address in case I get a last-minute call http://tonywoodlief.com/2017/05/16/since-commencement-season-ive-put-together-draft-address-case-get-last-minute-call/ http://tonywoodlief.com/2017/05/16/since-commencement-season-ive-put-together-draft-address-case-get-last-minute-call/#respond Tue, 16 May 2017 23:27:24 +0000 http://tonywoodlief.com/?p=5487 I’d like to thank Debtwell University for this opportunity to address your student body. Furthermore, I want to express my deepest hope that your original speaker overcomes [FOOD POISONING/ IRS DIFFICULTIES/ SUBPOENA/ ETC] without undue complications. [PAUSE. MAKE EYE CONTACT. SQUINT AS IF DRAWING ON A WELL OF DEEP WISDOM, BUT NOT SO HARD THAT YOU …

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Maybe We’re Not All Bad http://tonywoodlief.com/2017/04/25/maybe-not-bad/ http://tonywoodlief.com/2017/04/25/maybe-not-bad/#comments Tue, 25 Apr 2017 21:49:35 +0000 http://tonywoodlief.com/?p=5463 This is a post for men. This is not a post for women. If you are a woman, I respectfully request that you stop reading immediately. I’m fixing to explain a couple of things, and I certainly don’t want to fall into the sin of mansplaining. So skedaddle, ladies. That includes you in the back. …

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A more perfect union http://tonywoodlief.com/2016/10/10/a-more-perfect-union/ http://tonywoodlief.com/2016/10/10/a-more-perfect-union/#comments Tue, 11 Oct 2016 00:06:36 +0000 http://tonywoodlief.com/?p=4711 “So, Dad, did you know Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are having a debate tonight?” “Yep.” “Are we watching it?” “Nope.” “Why not?” “For the same reasons we don’t watch German porn, or videos about how to treat gangrene.” “Dad.” “Also because I rented Jungle Book.” “Dad.” “Trust me—it’s the new one, with the digital …

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The dividing line http://tonywoodlief.com/2016/09/02/the-dividing-line-2/ http://tonywoodlief.com/2016/09/02/the-dividing-line-2/#comments Fri, 02 Sep 2016 15:05:22 +0000 http://tonywoodlief.com/?p=4682 Look, maybe it’s time we cash in our chips. Blow this popsicle stand and buy that cabin in the hills we’ve always talked about. Sink a well, set out the rabbit traps, and settle in for a long-ass winter. Don’t get me wrong—our republic has had a fine run. Not so long as some of …

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Backwards in a sideways world http://tonywoodlief.com/2016/04/13/backwards-in-a-sideways-world/ http://tonywoodlief.com/2016/04/13/backwards-in-a-sideways-world/#comments Wed, 13 Apr 2016 17:24:12 +0000 http://tonywoodlief.com/?p=4673 When I was twelve, we were evicted from our house in Florida, a consequence either of Reaganomics or our failure to pay rent for three months, depending on whose story you wanted to believe. We faced a long, hungry drive back to North Carolina. A neighbor, also from our home state, called me over and …

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Intolerant mercy http://tonywoodlief.com/2015/11/19/intolerant-mercy/ http://tonywoodlief.com/2015/11/19/intolerant-mercy/#comments Thu, 19 Nov 2015 14:42:44 +0000 http://tonywoodlief.com/?p=4650 Most of us have never endured war amidst our homes and so we can only imagine, if we care to, the terror that drives people to take their children and elderly parents and spouses and flee all they have known. Now they gather on the shores of the West, but they look like the lunatics …

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Politics, porn, and football http://tonywoodlief.com/2014/10/14/politics-porn-and-football/ Tue, 14 Oct 2014 16:09:39 +0000 http://tonywoodlief.com/?p=4543 Some of you may like my attempt, though it probably deserves more thought, to articulate why we pay little attention to big-money sports in my home. Here’s an excerpt: Now, let’s not quibble over semantics; I know the Canadians spent millions on a national curling center, that parents of gymnasts fork over thousands for training, …

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The turned back http://tonywoodlief.com/2014/08/27/the-turned-back/ http://tonywoodlief.com/2014/08/27/the-turned-back/#comments Wed, 27 Aug 2014 14:19:29 +0000 http://tonywoodlief.com/?p=4533 I will tell you something about courage and cowardice. I will speak primarily about men, because I am a man, and because the evil that grieves me was glimpsed by men, and these men turned away their eyes. News accounts from England reveal that over 1,400 children in the borough of Rotherham were systematically brutalized …

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On just saying no http://tonywoodlief.com/2014/07/18/on-just-saying-no/ http://tonywoodlief.com/2014/07/18/on-just-saying-no/#comments Fri, 18 Jul 2014 13:08:01 +0000 http://tonywoodlief.com/?p=4529 Related to my previous post, I have an essay at Good Letters digging into the hypocrisy of evangelicals, as represented by the American Family Association, who simultaneously support the Drug War while demanding that we reject child refugees from that war. Here’s an excerpt: We sponsor both sides of this war; we constitute the primary …

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