Sand in the Gears

The unlovable

Thursday, November 10th, 2016 Posted in Faith and Life, The Sermons | 12 Comments »

I guess before you read the rest of this you should decide how you feel about the fact that I didn’t vote for either of them. Nor did I vote for the Libertarian, or the lady who makes Bernie Sanders ...

The dividing line

Friday, September 2nd, 2016 Posted in Curmudgeonry | 13 Comments »

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 ...

Sodas and guns and minimum virtue

Wednesday, March 20th, 2013 Posted in Curmudgeonry | 13 Comments »

On the radio I heard a shill for some agglomeration of sugary drink manufacturers inveigh against NYC mayor Bloomberg's attempted regulation of soda sizes. "We believe New Yorkers are smart enough to make these decisions for themselves," he said. If you've ...

Cheaper by the dozen

Wednesday, February 13th, 2013 Posted in Curmudgeonry | Comments Off on Cheaper by the dozen

There is a difference between being anti-intellectual and being anti-intellect, and this is where Russell Jacoby foundered, in his essay last year about the lack of intellectualism among conservatives. As Peter Lawler notes, it's shoddily done for want of defining ...

An open letter to the weeping conservative

Wednesday, November 7th, 2012 Posted in Curmudgeonry | 5 Comments »

Look, it's not the end of the world, or America, or really much of anything. In fact, it could become the beginning of something. Here are eight reasons you should take heart from what you consider last night's loss. 1. Congressional ...

Letter to an Aspiring Kingmaker

Saturday, September 1st, 2012 Posted in Curmudgeonry | 4 Comments »

Hey you. Yes, you, the one poring over push-poll numbers and wondering how you can get more smug college kids to accost people with clipboards in swing districts. We are ten weeks from The Most Critical Election in the History ...

On the Tweedledumbing of America

Monday, November 1st, 2010 Posted in Curmudgeonry | 5 Comments »

In the closing hours the advertisements are redoubled; we see the candidates peddling their functional families, juxtaposed with a grim gallery of closed factories and soup lines and dead children, for which the fresh-faced candidates' grainy-faced opponents are responsible, either ...

Be it resolved

Friday, January 1st, 2010 Posted in Faith and Life | 3 Comments »

I read once that the historian's admiration for authority affects his assessments of civilizations past -- that oppressive regimes, with their monuments to state power, will draw his eye and his imagination more readily than a nation of citizen farmers. That's probably ...

Otherwise reasonable people

Friday, October 2nd, 2009 Posted in Curmudgeonry | 11 Comments »

On a long drive through red-state country yesterday I decided to listen to talk radio. I heard Rush Limbaugh mock the First Lady, in his extended rant about her lobbying Olympic officials to place the 2016 games in Chicago, because ...

The emotive impulse

Wednesday, September 16th, 2009 Posted in Curmudgeonry | 9 Comments »

I don't know when or how the American experiment will end, but I am fairly certain that the dread day will find most of us texting or carrying about signs or otherwise expressing our deeply felt, ill-reasoned, poorly articulated opinions ...

Maybe we get what we deserve

Tuesday, February 10th, 2009 Posted in Curmudgeonry | 12 Comments »

I can't abide people who are already salivating at the prospect of Obama's failure, who are convinced that he is a godless Marxist with a secret plan to steal our guns, open our borders, and make us all work like slaves on wind-energy ...

All Over But the Crying

Wednesday, November 8th, 2006 Posted in Curmudgeonry | Comments Off on All Over But the Crying

It appears that Republican control of the Senate now turns on Conrad Burns in Montana, and George Allen in Virginia. I have an image of a desperate Snow White, perhaps not so snowy white any more, pinning her hopes for ...

None of the Above

Friday, October 6th, 2006 Posted in Curmudgeonry | Comments Off on None of the Above

Last month we got a letter from an organization that calls itself "People to People International." They were writing to invite our daughter to attend, at our expense, be sure, an educational experience in Australia. The letter assured us that ...