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Becoming Old and Being Old: A Paradox

Most if not all want to become old, but few if any want to be old...................... That's an old thought, not original with me, but I do not know who deserves the attribution. Its literary effect trades on equivocation....

Asymmetrical Polarization

Political polarization is said to be asymmetrical when one of the political poles bears more responsibility than the other for exacerbating the polarization. But given the fact of polarization, it comes as no surprise that the Left blames the Right...

The Horror of Death and Its Cure

This entry is a companion to On the 'Inconceivability' of Death........................ There is dying, there is being dead, and there is the momentary transition from the one to the other. While we rightly fear the suffering and indignity of...

Mary Jane and the Stupidity of Libertarians

Colorado's pot experiment is having disastrous results. No surprise. We told you so. A cautionary tale for other states. Libertarians falsely assume that we are all rational agents who know their own long-term best interest and are willing and able...

Happy Thanksgiving

To all States-side readers, and best wishes of the season to the rest of you. Let's make it a politics-free day, shall we? I'll do my best, and you do yours. I am indeed grateful for your readership! If you...

Time Was . . .

... when I had space for books, but no money. Now it's the other way around. So I allowed myself only two purchases today at the antiquarian Mesa Bookshop in downtown Mesa, Arizona, Gary Wills' slim volume, Saint...

Aquinas Falls from the Pedestal

Thomas Merton, Journals, vol. 5 (1963-1965), p. 295: In the refectory the other day articles on the Council [Vatican II, 1962-1965] were being read and a lot was said about St. Thomas [Aquinas] -- he is no longer on an...

Sanctuary City Denialism

There are those who attempt to downplay the depth of our social and political disagreements. But no honest and intelligent observer can fail to note just how deep they go. One sort of disagreement is over the attributes of an...

From the Mail: Sane Student Comments on Academic Decline

George writes, Not so long ago I was about to take a philosophy 101 class at a community college in Arizona, but the professor, who I later was told spends a substantial amount of time talking about "white privilege," was...

Conrad Black on Hillary on What Happened

Believe it or not, I actually have Hillary Clinton's What Happened checked out of a local library and have read chunks of it. But there is no need for me to comment on the 492 page exercise in self-deception and...

On the 'Inconceivability' of Death

Thomas Merton poses the problem in his Journals, vol. 6, pp. 260-261, entry of 8 July 1967: Victor Hammer is critically ill.... Death is shocking in anyone, but most shocking in the case of someone of...

Al Franken's Porn-O-Rama

What does it say about the Democrat Party that it would support a scumbag like Franken for the U. S. Senate? Franken's Porn-O-Rama is no Satire More here (Newsweek), here (Atlantic), and here (WashPo). No, I won't link to the...

Have Any of You Read This? Should I Buy It?

Karl White writes, Just thought I'd pass this on in case you come across it. I read some of it in a bookstore today. It looks very good: clinical, to the point, merciless. (I had no idea that when Francis...

Rules for Men

Keith Burgess-Jackson offers six items of sound advice, each both prudential and moral. Here is #1: Don't touch a woman without her specific consent. Consent, to be consent, must be informed. Don't resort to trickery, subterfuge, dissimulation, or manipulation (including...

Bill Clinton's Impeachment

I heard Representative Jackie Speier (D-California) say on Face the Nation this morning that former U. S. president William Jefferson Clinton "faced impeachment." Not so. He was impeached. What he faced, but did not suffer, was removal from office. Impeachment...

Channing on Fenelon

Comments on the Character and Works of Fenelon (Submitted by Dave Bagwill)... a very common error of exalted minds. He applied too rigorous and unvarying a standard to the multitude. He leaned to the error of expecting...

Desideratum

It would be desirable to be able to survey one's faults and limitations with an equanimity that does not give way to acceptance, but combines with both a gentle resolve to work at self-improvement, and a detachment from the outcome....

Saturday Night at the Oldies: Some 'Night' Songs

Them, Here Comes the Night. Still gives me shivers up and down the spine as it did in '65. A blend of the Dionysian and the tender. A similar blend in Roy Orbison's Pretty Woman. Bob Dylan, "Ain't it just...

A Little Road Trip . . .

... to Sedona, Arizona and back. Left early Friday, back at noon on Saturday. 338 miles round-trip from my place in the foothills of the Superstition Mountains by the leisurely and scenic route via Payson which avoids Phoenix...

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