Monthly Archives: January 2009

Life v. Death

We ask, Lord, to flourish in this life you have given us and to die in your grace in the time you have given us. The late Richard John Neuhaus on the disgrace of Roe v. Wade, on this 36th … Continue reading

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Not buying

Spengler was not exactly knocked down by the inaugural address or the attending ceremonies, to put it mildly: There is no “there” in Obama’s address. Instead, there are nods in so many directions that the compass needle spins. Oxymorons abound … Continue reading

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Death Wish II

More from the late Malcolm Muggeridge’s essay The Great Liberal Death Wish: “Previous civilizations have been overthrown from without by the incursion of barbarian hordes; ours has dreamed up its own dissolution in the minds of its own intellectual elite. … Continue reading

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Death Wish I

The late Malcolm Muggeridge, from his essay The Great Liberal Death Wish: “I was fortunate enough myself, while still in my late twenties, to be presented with a demonstration of the great liberal death wish at work, so manifest, so … Continue reading

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A good one

Rick Brookheiser: I was in line with my wife at a Village movie house waiting to see A Pervert’s Guide to Cinema (basically a monologue about movies by a Yugoslav psychoanalyst). The theater was also showing Che. The lobby was … Continue reading

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Obama’s theme: The New Plantation

I quote the inaugural address from memory: “I am but a humble delivery man. And into the grand edifice of the Colonial mansion we call America, I will deliver a bulky and unsightly chifforobe of socialism. It will define its … Continue reading

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Andrew Wyeth, 91

He was compelled to express the beauty of the people, places and things he knew. The unknown source of his compulsion can be known, but only in the work, never apart from it. Old barns and houses, dogs, simple people, … Continue reading

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The shrinking aperture

In a conversation several days ago Beck made this suggestion: That the shrinking conceptual capacity of Americans was now showing up as a shrinking perceptual capacity. He said that it could be seen in something as simple as people in … Continue reading

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Two centuries of mimetic contagion is enough

That’s a play on the foolish opinion from the father of legal positivism and Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes in ruling for sterilization of people not smart enough for him: “three generations of imbeciles is enough.” Oddly, Holmes himself … Continue reading

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Opaque Bureaucrats

John McWhorter offers a variant on my old friend the Mad Scientist’s “we’re too busy looking for a cure for cancer to consider a cure for cancer” critique of the cancer research field in which he worked. In McWhorter’s version … Continue reading

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Soja on fire

About an anti-Israel rally in San Francisco: The thing I find most striking, is how utterly infantile the protesters are. Everyone brings out his and her crayons and magic markers and makes a sign. They dress up like halloween. They … Continue reading

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To those who keep saying “I want Obama to succeed”

At what? At creating a socialist health care system? At inflicting a “global warming” paradigm, with all its implications, on American business, industry, and households? At making himself popular globally at the expense of American national security? At expanding the … Continue reading

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Watch how I restrain myself

From an Andrew McCarthy piece not really about this: Tirelessly, the shock troops have repeated it; chillingly, Obama spokesmen echoed it throughout the campaign: the Left wants, the Left demands, what it calls a “reckoning” — war crimes investigations against … Continue reading

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That old Clinton magick, that we know so well

The Wall Street Journal is wondering, this morning, how deep is the change: These columns have long believed that a President deserves the cabinet members he wants, barring some major dereliction. So if Barack Obama wants to make Hillary and … Continue reading

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Some backstory on me

I have an overwhelming disaffinity for other writers. The feeling seems to be generally mutual. So, the idea of belonging to an organization of writers is, well, it is the last sort of organization that I would belong to, and … Continue reading

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“Death on a Thursday Morning”

The editors at National Review have an affectionate tribute to Richard Neuhaus: Neuhaus was a superb, natural controversialist. His two regular columns in the magazine he founded and edited, First Things, commented on the overlapping topics of religion, culture, and … Continue reading

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