Monthly Archives: December 2011

The Knives Get Bigger as the Steaks Get Smaller

I’ve talked before about the course that nearly drove me from the academy. One of my outstanding memories of that class was a handout we received, arguing that the notion of “quality” was itself merely a tool the power structure … Continue reading

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Music to Melt Your Face By…

A band I’ve mentioned a few times here is the stoner-metal legend that is Masters of Reality. While the driving force behind MoR, Chris Goss, has become an important producer on the desert rock scene, original Masters co-conspirator Tim Harrington … Continue reading

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Tolerance, Intelligence… As Long As it’s Zero.

Legal Insurrection hips us to some goings-on in my native Middle Tennessee, specifically the city of Smyrna, where if memory serves, my family would go on weekends to watch flat-track motorcycle races. In any case, it seems one Nicholas Taylor, … Continue reading

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QotD — Journalism Edition

The quote comes from Jay Nordlinger’s “Impromptus” column — one of my favorite parts of National Review Online: Last month, a CNN reporter, Dan Lothian, had a question for President Obama: Are the Republicans “uninformed, out of touch, or irresponsible?” … Continue reading

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In Which the Prof Acknowledges That He Has Been Remiss, and Tells a Family Story

Several other blogs have noted that Friday marked the 67th anniversary of the beginning of what would become known as the Battle of the Bulge. I overlooked that fact until I saw those other blogs, and I’m sorry I did, … Continue reading

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A Weekend for Satire

Made a run to Real City yesterday, and picked up some reading material. I picked up a used sf paperback and a graphic novelette/long-form comic book, and found both to be pretty fair satires. The novel in question was Norman … Continue reading

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“I Know They Are Wishing Me Well”: The Spawn, Johnson, and Macaulay

Last night, the Spawn and I were talking about a variety of things (By the way, her take on Sowell’s Vision of the Anointed was that it was good, but verbose), and somehow, the business of seasonal greetings came up. … Continue reading

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Christopher Hitchens, R.I.P.

May he be pleasantly surprised. And while he would not have appreciated the thought during his life, in memoriam: Carrion Comfort by Gerard Manley Hopkins, S.J. NOT, I’ll not, carrion comfort, Despair, not feast on thee; Not untwist–slack they may … Continue reading

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Fact-Checking and Advocacy Redux

I blogged a few days ago about the dubious recent phenomenon of “Fact-checking” in the media. Bookworm makes an interesting contribution to the discussion, even if she walks past the suburbs of Godwin City. Her comments on Eric Holder are, … Continue reading

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Another Advent Devotional

As I mentioned recently, I contributed a couple of devotionals to Mondoville’s Advent collection. This is the second of the two, and I hope it proves useful. 2 Peter 3:8-15a 8But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that … Continue reading

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