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Ruh-roh

Thursday, January 7th, 2010 Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Ruh-roh

"And I would have gotten away with it, too, if it wasn't for you meddling kids!"

Lyricist

Saturday, December 19th, 2009 Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments »

Isaiah while I'm changing his diaper: "Mary had a wittle poopy, wittle poopy, wittle poopy... Sing it, Dad. Mary had a wittle poopy... Heh heh. I said poopy."

The bad American

Monday, November 9th, 2009 Posted in Uncategorized | 8 Comments »

Like many of you, I was shocked -- shocked -- to learn that the treacherous Fort Hood murderer was a disgruntled Muslim, it being a religion of peace and all, but the world is filled with insanity. Even stranger was ...

If only these people would read…

Wednesday, October 14th, 2009 Posted in Uncategorized | 47 Comments »

"Though a man's conviction that all he achieves is due solely to his exertions, skill, and intelligence may be largely false, it is apt to have the most beneficial effects on his energy and circumspection. And if the smug pride ...

Risen

Sunday, April 19th, 2009 Posted in Uncategorized | 6 Comments »

"Christ is Risen, and the angels rejoice! Christ is Risen, and life is freed! Christ is Risen, and the tomb is emptied of the dead! For Christ, being risen from the dead has become the Leader and Reviver of those ...

C’mon, third double in a row

Wednesday, February 25th, 2009 Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on C’mon, third double in a row

This is frequently my strategy when playing Monopoly.

Because I haven’t enough to read

Monday, February 9th, 2009 Posted in Theology, Uncategorized | 4 Comments »

I need a recommendation. Specifically, a decent biography of John Calvin. By "decent biography," I mean something that is neither a hagiography nor a celebration of Reformation doctrine, which rules out anything, so far as I can tell, by Reformed scholars. ...

Now if only we can do something about guitar nipple…

Thursday, January 29th, 2009 Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Now if only we can do something about guitar nipple…

This is a relief.

Thanks for risking your life

Thursday, January 22nd, 2009 Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments »

I don't know all the ins and outs of veterans policy by any means, but this looks like a crying shame -- injured soldiers going online to ask for basic help. NPR explains: "The government offers a huge range of benefits ...

And people say caricatures aren’t fair

Wednesday, January 21st, 2009 Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments »

So, you're running a university, and you accidentally leave a file containing names and Social Security numbers of applicants on the network where any bozo can find it. A student journalist finds the file and writes about it in the campus ...

It’s good to be liked

Friday, January 9th, 2009 Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment »

Adam Bellow has nice things to say about me. And you too.

Because you know what you get with a touchdown

Wednesday, January 7th, 2009 Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Because you know what you get with a touchdown

It probably shouldn't be a surprise that many college athletic directors make far more than the presidents of their schools. While it's not clear that the skill set necessary to run a successful multi-sport franchise is more elusive than what ...

News by Osmosis: November 2008

Friday, November 21st, 2008 Posted in Uncategorized | 4 Comments »

Barack Obama won a resounding victory to become the 44th president of the United States. He is working even now as President-elect to usher in change back to the change that existed before the current president of change changed things ...

What we really are

Friday, November 14th, 2008 Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on What we really are

"Every man has forgotten who he is . . . We are all under the same mental calamity; we have all forgotten our names. we have all forgotten what we really are." G.K. Chesterton

Populist Chic

Friday, November 14th, 2008 Posted in Uncategorized | 9 Comments »

Mark Lilla writing in today's Wall Street Journal: "How, 30 years later, could younger conservative intellectuals promote a candidate like Sarah Palin, whose ignorance, provinciality and populist demagoguery represent everything older conservative thinkers once stood against? . . . There was ...

Full circle

Monday, October 27th, 2008 Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment »

Check out Rod Dreher's argument that now is Wendell Berry's time: "In the months and years to come, we all will have to learn the meaning of limits. Wendell Berry is no dour scold who preaches a joyless austerity. To the ...

On Guilt by Association

Tuesday, October 14th, 2008 Posted in Uncategorized | 8 Comments »

Convicted by declarations from both major political parties that one's associations reflect one's character, I decided to re-register myself as an Independent. The paperwork went through a couple of weeks ago. I breathe easier now, knowing I'm no longer associated with the ...

I have to admit, I’m tempted

Monday, October 13th, 2008 Posted in Uncategorized | 3 Comments »

There's a lot of people who can run four miles faster than me, but how many of those nancy-boys can down a dozen Krispy Kremes halfway through? Those of you who don't gross out very easily might enjoy this inspirational ...

Splat

Friday, October 10th, 2008 Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments »

Ew. I'm sure my boys will think it's awesome.

More proof that it’s hopeless

Wednesday, October 1st, 2008 Posted in Uncategorized | 6 Comments »

I wasn't really worried about the financial meltdown until the people on NPR said we shouldn't worry. Then I began to wonder what happens when my local grocer or gas station owner can't get a shipment on credit. So we went ...

An Everyman’s Guide to Our Current Financial Crisis

Wednesday, September 24th, 2008 Posted in Uncategorized | 9 Comments »

For those of you who lack the advanced financial expertise necessary to decipher news surrounding the current mess, I've interviewed an expert to help us make sense of the headlines. Q: How did we get into this mess? A: Two entities created ...

Remember

Thursday, September 11th, 2008 Posted in Uncategorized | 3 Comments »

What can be said that has not already been spoken of this day when 3,226 people were killed or wounded by Islamic terrorists on U.S. soil? Being people, many of these poor souls were probably very good, and some very ...

To Hell with the Children, Save My TV!

Wednesday, September 10th, 2008 Posted in Uncategorized | 10 Comments »

You've likely heard by now of the natural disaster that recently threatened Wilmington, N.C. No, I'm not talking about hurricanes, but something more deadly: inability to receive television signals. As a test market for the coming national switch to digital ...

Turn it Off

Friday, September 5th, 2008 Posted in Uncategorized | 7 Comments »

I confess I don't know exactly what all those early-morning shoppers in my local grocery wanted to hear coming over the store's loudspeakers, but I'm pretty sure it wasn't Aerosmith's vulgar rendition of "Come Together." I can't quite put my ...

Good men

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2008 Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Good men

"The world seems full of good men -- even if there are monsters in it." - Mina Harker's Journal (Dracula)

Hilarious

Friday, August 29th, 2008 Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Hilarious

Here's a dad who knows how to enjoy the state fair.

New by Osmosis: August, 2008

Thursday, August 28th, 2008 Posted in Uncategorized | 8 Comments »

It's time for another edition of News by Osmosis, wherein I, a dedicated avoider of newspapers, share with you my understanding of the news gleaned from random bits of information that assail me despite my best efforts to ignore them. The ...

We’re All Marxists Now

Thursday, August 21st, 2008 Posted in Uncategorized | 38 Comments »

So I'm a Marxist. You probably are too. If you don't believe me, check out my latest essay in The Wall Street Journal. I hope this doesn't mean I have to don a Che t-shirt and start anointing myself with patchouli ...

Let Them Eat Cake

Wednesday, July 30th, 2008 Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment »

I'm hard-pressed to think of a time when otherwise decent, sensible people have argued for something as wicked as what is advocated by The Wall Street Journal's Holman Jenkins today. Jenkins joins forces with Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, among ...

More on the Reductio ad Hitlerum

Friday, July 25th, 2008 Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on More on the Reductio ad Hitlerum

Loyal reader Nichole B. offers a recent example of the reductio ad Hitlerum: "Obama's sudden plan to pack 80,000 followers into a Denver sports stadium for his acceptance of the Democratic nomination instantly reminded of Hitler's Nuremberg and Berlin rallies, moves ...