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January 1970 Archives

Mommy explains her plastic surgery

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In Dallas (naturally), a parenting magazine discusses how easy it is for mommies who don’t like their post-child bodies to get surgery — and to have it financed! — to reverse the effects of time and childbirth. Don’t like what […]

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Why I became Orthodox

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Wrapping up my four Beliefnet years, I was thinking about the posts that attracted the most attention and comment in that time. Without a doubt the most popular (in terms of attracting attention, not all of it admiring, to be […]

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Modern Calvinists

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Wow, they don’t make Presbyterians like they used to!

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‘Rape by deception’? Huh?

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The BBC this morning reported on a bizarre case in Israel of an Arab man convicted of “rape by deception,” because he’d led the Jewish woman with whom he’d had consensual sex to believe he was Jewish. Ha’aretz has the […]

Bad economy! Bad, bad economy!

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Take this tour through some recent economic charts from the Federal Reserve to get a picture of how terrible our economy really is. Seriously, it’s staggering stuff.

Smart enough to work for Google?

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Here are 15 questions Google asks potential employees. Can you answer them? They broke my dang head.

Non-bigots against gay marriage

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I wrote earlier about how useful it is to humble yourself and try to see what the world looks like through the eyes of your opponents. Jonathan Rauch, the gay journalist and same-sex marriage backer, does an exemplary job of […]

China is turning Christian

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I saw recently a statistic saying that China today exports as much every six hours as it did in all of 1978, when Deng Xiaoping’s revolutionary opening of China to the world started. Thirty years ago, would anyone have foreseen […]

Here’s your chance to say goodbye

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By week’s end at the most, I’ll be saying goodbye to Beliefnet and moving this blog over to Big Questions Online. When I make the announcement, I’ll close all comments threads, because I won’t be able to monitor them anymore. […]

We are all ideologues to some degree

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Andrew Sullivan, on the Octavia Nasr/Shirley Sherrod foofarahs: It seems completely obvious to me that the USDA needs to re-hire Sherrod just as CNN needs to rehire Octavia Nasr. Both were canned based on knee-jerk reactions to distorted fragments of […]

What should I do with this computer kid?

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My 10-year-old son Matthew has had an Apple laptop for a couple of years; he’s been taking online classes for that long, and needs it for his schoolwork. Unsurprisingly, he’s become devoted to the thing, and talks about Steve Jobs […]

Superbrilliant, killer Droid X review

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Tom Scocca’s extremely critical appraisal of the new Droid X smartphone is one of the most clever and devastating reviews I’ve ever seen. I cannot imagine reading this and wanting to go anywhere near the thing. Why? Here: I tried […]

More good Ruthie news

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I’m so happy to share with you who have been praying for and thinking about my sister Ruthie and her fight against Stage 4 cancer some good news. She had a wound on her chest from where doctors had to […]

Kenneth Feinberg: BP’s man?

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Said Kenneth Feinberg, appointed a short while ago by President Obama to oversee the $20 billion BP compensation fund: Pledging his independence from the federal government and BP, Feinberg said he plans to establish a centralized claim center, beef up […]

The outrageous Journolist scandal

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Here’s the latest about the Journolist scandal, and it really is a shocking example of unprofessionalism. I’d said earlier that I didn’t think it was right to use the e-mails Dave Weigel sent out on the private list (which included […]

Teen pregnancy as fashion trend

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Oh, vom: While those assertions assume an insulting lack of agency on the part of young women, the recent wariness over Forever 21’s maternity line is much more in line with reality. Forever 21’s most recognizable model is Kendall Jenner, […]

Hi honey, I’m ADHD

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Attention-deficit disorders can take a big toll on marriage. Excerpt: In a marriage, the common symptoms of the disorder — distraction, disorganization, forgetfulness — can easily be misinterpreted as laziness, selfishness, and a lack of love and concern. More: Adults […]

Apple & AT&T: A doomed marriage

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I love my iPhone, but boy, do I hate AT&T, which all iPhone users have no choice but to commit to. Wired has a great piece up about the bad marriage between the two companies. Here’s an excerpt that should […]

Religion and authenticity

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As I’ve said before, if you are an intellectually serious and culturally engaged Christian, you really should subscribe to the Mars Hill Audio Journal. There is nothing else like it. I have been a subscriber for a few years now, […]

The sensitive, patriotic, humanitarian porn star

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This Salon interview with porn actress Lorelei Lee, who was recently at the center of a court case against a pornographer, contains some rough language, but it is unintentionally comic in its portrayal of human folly and self-unawareness. It’s both […]

Clampetts: Shills for cigarettes

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Last night I got caught up in watching old cigarette ads on YouTube. It’s like going into some Bizarro universe. Did you know there’s an entire series of Winston ads starring the Beverly Hillbillies? I swear, these are the weirdest […]

Firing a Catholic prof: the back story

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Fascinating, and very ugly, insider story of anti-Catholic bias and academic politics behind the recent dismissal of Ken Howell. If this account is correct, then it’s pretty clear that the complaint that Howell’s teaching was anti-gay was merely a pretext. […]

Joyce Irvine vs. the federal government

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Joyce Irvine is the principal at an elementary school in Vermont where 97 percent of the students live in poverty. Many of them are refugees from other countries. Joyce Irvine has by all accounts done an excellent job with these […]

One of my earliest TV memories

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I was three and a half years old when this aired. I loved the little puppet lady with the red hair … and I couldn’t figure out why a man was named “Gale”.UPDATE: While I’m on the old-school TV subject, […]

Chinese pine mouth — ever had it?

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When we were down in Louisiana a month or so ago, we made a pesto sauce. Turns out I was the only one who ate it. Afterward, for several days I couldn’t eat anything without it tasting really metallic and […]

Raw milk bad for you?

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Yes, says Deborah Blum, who says food faddists who go for raw milk are really putting themselves in danger for no good reason. Excerpt: But the subject of raw milk just makes people irrational. The doctor’s snit about his preferred […]

Rowan Williams: Why society needs God

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I know he’s a favorite punching bag of a lot of folks who share my religious sensibilities, but the fact remains that Rowan Williams, the Archbishop of Canterbury, is one of the most thoughtful and intelligent religious leaders in the […]

Stuff blue-collar white people worry about

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Ross Douthat has a good and important column up today about what he calls “the roots of white anxiety.” He begins by talking about a Pat Buchanan appearance at Harvard some time ago, to talk about white grievance — which […]

What if you were an Auschwitz guard?

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A friend passed on an anecdote the other day. A friend of his was at a dinner party at which everybody around the table was discussing what they would do if they were an inmate in a Nazi concentration camp. […]

Weekend information, faith, reality posts

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In case you missed them over the weekend, I put up three posts about quantum mechanics, faith and the theory that information is the basis for reality. Here they are, in order: Information, the basis of reality. Introducing a theory […]

The toll of watching filth for a living

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Here’s a troubling story: what’s life like for people who are paid to troll websites looking for photos that need to be removed? More: The surge in Internet screening services has brought a growing awareness that the jobs can have […]

How to make a magic red wine sauce

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I want to assure y’all that on the new blog, you’ll see fewer celebrity-snark posts, but I won’t abandon posts about food and wine, and some of the personal stuff (e.g., updates about my sister). You’ll still get Ruthie, and […]

Church as training, not therapy

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Our parish priest, Father Joseph, is a good preacher. His sermons are practical, but exhortative, and he preaches with such conviction. Today he preached about evangelism, and how there’s far more to it than simply telling people about our faith. […]

Openness and scientific discovery

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A colleague mentioned the other day that younger scientists may fear getting involved with certain kinds of potentially fruitful research because they risk hurting their careers by flirting with what is now scientific heterodoxy. My colleague’s concern is that science […]

BP oil spill after 1 year — shock video

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I haven’t blogged on the news that BP seems to have successfully capped the leaking oil well in the Gulf, because I don’t want to give in to false hope. But the news seems — seems seems seems — good. […]

Billy West does amazing voices

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Yesterday I was driving around and caught a Fresh Air interview with voice actor Billy West. I don’t know his work on “Futurama,” and almost turned the interview off before listening to it. Boy, that would have been a mistake. […]

Does faith open an information channel?

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In the “Information” thread below, Broken Yogi posted a length to this magazine article describing the pioneering work in quantum mechanics being done by Anton Zeilinger and his team in Vienna. Here’s how it ends: Late last year Brukner and […]

Losing your bookshelf

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Via Alan Jacobs, this Nathan Schneider essay laments a certain loss as we move to digital books. Excerpt: What concerns me about the literary apocalypse that everybody now expects–the at least partial elimination of paper books in favor of digital […]

Information, the basis of reality

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Yesterday at the Foundation, I heard a presentation by Hyung Choi, a physicist, philosopher and theologian who is in charge of our grant-giving in mathematics and the physical sciences. Hyung said that the emergence of quantum mechanics caused a revolution […]

The Rod Dreher blog marathon

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An announcement below the jump about the future of this blog, in the very short term, and beyond:

Golly! Trickster Maciel fooled ’em all

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Three statements you should roll your eyes at: 1. “I’m from the government, and I’m here to help.” 2. “I did not have sex with that woman, Miss Lewinsky.” 3. “None of the current superiors had knowledge of the behavior […]

Bristol & Levi reality show? O Fortuna, bless!

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Have you seen the report that Bristol & Levi are shopping a reality show proposal around Hollywood, and may even be sounding out production companies for a deal to televise their wedding? Can I just say that that would be […]

Hi, babe, it was a wonderful life

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H.L. Van Buren sends this obituary for a Chicago couple who had been happily married since 1947, and who died within hours of each other. This is a weeper, for sure: They had moved just last month to the San […]

Mel Gibson, avatar of narcissism

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So says David Brooks in his column today. Excerpt: There used to be theories that deep down narcissists feel unworthy, but recent research doesn’t support this. Instead, it seems, the narcissist’s self-directed passion is deep and sincere. His self-love is […]

The graceful Christopher Hitchens

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Via Ross Douthat, I found this long, wonderful Hugh Hewitt interview with Christopher Hitchens, who has this to say about people who have been praying for him: CH: Well look, I mean, I think that prayer and holy water, and […]

Poor backwards Russia needs M. Minkoff!

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The NYT takes note of Russia’s failure to catapult itself to the front ranks of enlightenment and progress. Excerpt: As always, sex toys are a tough sell in Russia. “We have to try to enlighten the customers,” said Ms. Borisova, […]

Catholicism for solipsists

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An angry Moralistic Therapeutic Deist decides he can make up his own religion, call it Roman Catholicism, and demand, via the pages of the Boston Globe, that everybody else join him in his self-deception. Excerpt from Charles Pierce’s piece: And […]

An amazing teen gardener

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Alexandra Reau is not yet old enough to drive, and just look: Lawn mowing and baby-sitting are standard summer jobs for the enterprising teenager. Alexandra Reau, who is 14, combines a little bit of each: last year, she asked her […]

The sublimity of wine

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Last night Julie and I went to dinner at Spring Mill Cafe, a wonderful French restaurant not far from my office. Chef Michele Haines had a special Bastille Day menu and program. One happy result of Pennsylvania’s stupid liquor laws, […]

The real Tibet

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Some time ago, I read something, can’t remember where, about Tibetan Buddhism. The author may have been a scholar of Tibetan Buddhism; I just don’t recall. Anyway, the writer said that in the West, we have a completely romanticized view […]

Creativity, dreams, premonitions, quantum

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You know how little kids, maybe at the age of three, start asking questions that are hard to answer? My kid Matthew is 10, but he’s at that stage again — except this time, he offers what he calls “theories,” […]

How bad is unemployment? Duck!

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Given those gruesome numers, why are we even arguing about whether or not to extend unemployment benefits? Via Scott Winship, who said looking at this chart made him “much more sympathetic” to the idea of extending unemployment benefits.

Peasant food is now rich people’s fare

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That earlier GMO Eucharist thread got taken over by a discussion of gluten and celiac disease. I will re-post these lines from Ocholophobist, quoted in the original post, in hopes that y’all will want to discuss it here: [T]here is […]

Is Bristol Palin a sucker? Or a good example?

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Bristol Palin and Levi Johnston are going to get married. It says something about our screwed-up culture that they announced this in an exclusive cover story for US magazine, but anyway, there it is. Our curmudgeonly friend John E. Agnostic […]

Coming: BP’s methane volcano?

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Does the BP oil disaster threaten to turn into a methane volcano that threatens doomsday? This guy thinks so. Excerpt: Ominous reports are leaking past the BP Gulf salvage operation news blackout that the disaster unfolding in the Gulf of […]

Monsanto’s genetically-modified Eucharist

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Many religions have laws governing ritual purity. The Roman Catholic Church, for example, ruled that under its own laws, a gluten-free wheat wafer cannot be used to confect the Eucharist. Unless you are a canonist or otherwise versed in this […]

A disposition towards happiness

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My three children are all fairly different in their dispositions. The oldest one is stormy and intellectual. The youngest, she’s complicated and dramatic. The middle child, Lucas, who is six, is sunshiny by nature. I can tell, even at this […]

As ever, vive la France (and pass the wine)

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It’s Bastille Day. You know the drill:I’m in a pickle: a Francophile who thinks that despite the corruption of the ancien regime, that the Revolution of 1789 was a disaster. Still, I don’t sing the revolutionary anthem because I support […]

George Steinbrenner, dead

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When I was a kid in the 1970s, I followed professional baseball. George Steinbrenner was the personification of baseball evil to me: rich, arrogant as hell, and from New York. I lost interest in baseball as a teenager, and with […]

Thornton Wilder, American Taoist

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Sam Crane is performing in a community theater production of “Our Town” this summer, and it got him to thinking about Taoist themes in the play. For Taoism, he writes: Th e complex is to be found in the simple, […]

Are Americans growing less creative?

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Yes, according to one study of American children. Excerpt: Kyung Hee Kim at the College of William & Mary discovered this in May, after analyzing almost 300,000 Torrance scores of children and adults. Kim found creativity scores had been steadily […]

Toys fight cancer?

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In mice, that is. So says a new report in the science journal Cell, as reported by Jonah Lehrer. This study involved lab mice injected with cancer cells. Those who were given toys to play with in their cages were […]

In defense of French Muslim burqas

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I don’t like the burqa. In fact, I think it’s appalling. I don’t like what it says about the place of women in the societies where it’s common. I like that the imam of the Grand Mosque of Paris says […]

Culture & their fat Kentucky home

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Via The Browser, here’s a really good slice-of-life portrait of a small, rural Kentucky town where most people are obese. Excerpts: The residents of this town of 2,100 — 95 miles southeast of Lexington and deep in the Appalachian foothills […]

Catholicism must paganize or die — Vasquez

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I hadn’t looked in on the Cosimanian Orthodox gloomster The Ochlophobist in ages, and so enjoyed it that I made a note to bookmark his site. I also found there links to the blog of one Arturo Vasquez, a Catholic […]

Mel Gibson: Crazy, vicious creep

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When I heard the first audio clip of one of Mel Gibson’s crazy calls to his girlfriend — the angry, racist rant — I deliberately chose not to post it, though it was disgusting. I thought it ethically proper not […]

When believing a lie is beneficial

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David Rieff has a good reflection on the limits of humanitarian interventionism. This passage from it caught my eye: In 1940, as the Wehrmacht marched into Paris, Simone Weil wrote in her journal, “[T]his is a great day for the […]

Pride and the eclipse of reason

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I was e-mailing this morning with a secular atheist liberal writer acquaintance who is working on a piece about why so many fellow secular liberals refuse, in her view, to face the plain facts about Islamism and Islamic radicalism. I […]

Marilynne Robinson vs. Scientism

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Here’s the best five minutes you’re likely to spend today: Jon Stewart’s interview with novelist Marilynne Robinson, discussing science and religion and her new book “Absence of Mind.” Robinson’s basic view is that scientistic reductionists claim too much for science, […]

What if we don’t grow economically?

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People like me, who chafe at the “no limits” ideology that characterizes contemporary America, rarely if ever think about what life would be like if we ceased to have economic growth. Well, Nate Hagens over at the Oil Drum has […]

World Cup final: Spain 1, Holland 0

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OCTOPUS STEWED IN WINE AND TOMATOES Ingredients: •1 lb octopus, either small or large •4 T. olive oil •4 cloves finely chopped garlic •1 cup crushed tomatoes or peeled, chopped fresh tomatoes •1 cup white wine •2 T. honey or […]

Jambalaya for Oranje!

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I’ve been cooking. I’m sorry, Dutch people, I could have made stamppot, or found some herring, or boiled some potatoes, or made pannekoeken … but somehow, none of that says voetbal to my South Louisiana palate. So, I say to […]

Down with Paul the Psychic Oranje-hating Octopus!

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Paul the Octopus, who lives in a German aquarium, has correctly predicted the winners of Germany’s last seven World Cup matches, including yesterday’s third-place victory over Uruguay. He has selected Spain to beat the Netherlands today in the World Cup […]

Cultural limits and good fiction

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Ross Douthat on why it’s harder to write a certain kind of fiction in our freewheeling culture. Excerpt: But such “realistic social-familial novels” labor under precisely the difficulty that Jacobs describes — the absence of the kind of social limitations […]

The academy and pseudo-tolerance

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Frank Beckwith takes a troubling case from the University of Illinois and draws a sharp, correct conclusion: The aggrieved student in the Howell case is the product of a generation of institutional coddling that rewards intellectual immaturity if it can […]

Wine and the value of Value

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I invite you to go into the comboxes in the latest PA wine thread, in which I’m arguing with commenter Andrew about the crazy Pennsylvania wine laws. The whole thread is worth reading, I think, for full context. Here’s something […]

The myth of the downtown boom

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How many stories have you read in the past few years about people moving back into downtowns, leaving suburbs and exurbs to wither on the vine? Joel Kotkin says it ain’t true. Excerpt: Housing prices in and around the nation’s […]

PA state wine commissars tech FAIL

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Just look at this thing. It’s a vending machine for wine, now being tried out in Philadelphia. As regular readers and/or PA residents know, this state has a Soviet-style liquor-purchasing system in which you have to buy all wine from […]

The truths of Art and Religion

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Via Ross Douthat, here’s poet Christian Wiman on why, in approaching truth, Art and Religion can take us places that science, by its very nature, cannot: In the Gospels Jesus is always talking to the crowds in parables, which he […]

‘The rich are different: they are more ruthless.’

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Data suggest that the rich are different from you and me: Whether it is their residence, a second home or a house bought as an investment, the rich have stopped paying the mortgage at a rate that greatly exceeds the […]

Meanwhile, back at the oil spill disaster

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The levels of toxic gases in the coastal air are so high that at least one scientist is telling residents they need to prepare to leave. Watch this WWL-TV report:If you haven’t thought about the spill in a couple of […]

Tierney to win peak oil bet

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In 2005, NYT columnist John Tierney bet a large sum of money with Houston oil guru Matt Simmons, on the future of peak oil. Tierney, a peak oil doubter, bet that the average price of a barrel of oil for […]

How old are we? Ask Hall & Oates

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… that, as Bruce Sterling points out, we are closer to the year 2050 than we are to Woodstock. Fine with me; the further we get away from that cultural debacle, the better. But still. Today I was in a […]

Who cares where LeBron James goes?

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As I type this, a nation of basketball fans are watching an ESPN program devoted to where man-child LeBron James, who is extraordinarily gifted at throwing balls through elevated circles, will choose to work for the next few years, during […]

Whole Foods vs. Mom

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A Chicago mom who is a university teacher and regular Whole Foods shopper got confused trying to leave the store one day with kids in tow, and says she accidentally forgot to pay for a jar of vitamins — this, […]

The unjust firing of Octavia Nasr

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After 20 years with CNN, the network fired Octavia Nasr for tweeting that she had “a lot of respect” for a dead Hezbollah leader. Here she explains what she meant by the remark, and regrets what she said in the […]

Bristol Palin profits from unwed motherhood

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I don’t want to make any comment about Sarah Palin and her politics — so don’t you even start in the comboxes — but I share Gail Collins’s puzzlement over Bristol Palin as cultural symbol. Just what are we supposed […]

The problem with blindly trusting scientists

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You may have read that a British investigative panel cleared UK climate scientists of Climategate charges (that they had manipulated data to support political ends). But it was not a complete exoneration. Climate scientist Roger Pielke had this to say […]

I’m happy that Lindsay Lohan is going to jail

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While I don’t rejoice in her misfortune — on the whole, I’d rather she were living a good life — I am pleased to see world-class celebrity jerk Lindsey Lohan going to jail for a while. It is no bad […]

Religious freedom rolled back by SCOTUS

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I forgot to note the recent 5-4 Supreme Court decision denying the rights of a Christian group on a California college campus to deny membership to gays who don’t believe in traditional Christian teaching on sexual morality. The Court said […]

How trustworthy are scientists anyway?

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This morning on the way into the office, I heard a radio discussion on the BBC on whether or not scientists and researchers ought to be more open for scrutiny in the wake of the East Anglia climate office scandal. […]

Stop the presses! Religious people being religious!

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Did you read the massive, acres-and-acres-of-newsprint story in the New York Times, in which they documented how American tax policy was underwriting the settlement of the West Bank by right-wing Israeli Jews? It was the kind of “ooh, scary religious […]

Halal hair defends glorious Iranian revolution

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You just know that young Iranians are laughing their butts off: The haircut guidelines appear to be aimed at balancing the more aggressive enforcement with a softer promotion. On Monday, the director of the Veil and Chastity Day festival, Jaleh […]

Wanna smell like a declining celebrity?

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Uh, I don’t think so: This might have made sense — might have — during the “Die Hard” heyday. But that was 20 years ago! Quick, name one Bruce Willis movie from the last 10 years. OK, yes, but nobody […]

What was it like to find Spalding Gray’s corpse?

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Dude tells Esquire after having received permission: I got in touch with his wife, and I mentioned that I’d never try to exploit my discovery. She said, “No, please, do whatever you like. You don’t have to be tasteful. This […]

A few words about snobbery

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I’d like to riff for a second off these remarks from Dalrymple’s essay about why he hates sports fans: Like many phenomena, snobbery is easier to recognise than to define. The definition of a snob in The Shorter Oxford English […]

Why sports fans are completely idiotic

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Theodore Dalrymple admits that he’s a huge snob about sports fans. It’s not sport itself, but rather the fans who care inordinately about something blindingly trivial. Here he is decrying the French (he lives in France, a British expat) for […]

How lovely to be in Quebec, in public

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Just got a call from a friend from down South who’s vacationing with his family in Quebec City. He said he’d read my report about the incivility at the Fourth of July event in downtown Philadelphia, and couldn’t help contrasting […]

Hup, Holland, hup! All the way to the final!

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Netherlands beats Uruguay to go to the World Cup final on Sunday! Everybody sing the Dutch fight song:I love that song. It’s so very Dutch. It’s cheerful in an oom-pah-pah way, and the odd lyrics basically say not “let’s slaughter […]

Nation of Marshmallow Eaters

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From New York magazine’s profile of David Brooks: Brooks’s favorite social-science study is known as the Marshmallow Experiment. A child is left in a room with a marshmallow for fifteen minutes. If he restrains himself from eating the marshmallow, he […]

Moynihan, decline of family, social chaos

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Reihan Salam’s piece on the future of American family structure put me in mind of an episode of the Diane Rehm show I listened to yesterday. Diane’s guest was historian James Patterson, discussing his book “Freedom Is Not Enough,” a […]

Dave, the face of unemployment in my neighborhood

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I live in a fairly prosperous part of the Philadelphia area. It’s not obvious at all here who is suffering from unemployment. In fact, I wouldn’t even know the man I’ll call Dave is part of the long-term unemployed if […]

Crunchy cons as Mensheviks, not Bolsheviks

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First Things’ David Mills comments on the failed Radical Homemaker essay that we talked about here the other day. Excerpt: Living something like the life Hayes describes has its attractions, in theory, at least for someone brought up as I […]

Coming: Dow 1,000?

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With his column saying that we may be inside a pessimism bubble destined to burst, Ross Douthat was trying to cheer me and my gloomer tribe up. Douthat FAIL! He introduced me to this recent NYT profile on stock forecaster […]

How the cultural Left paved way for pedophilia

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Before you say anything, this is not one of those rants in which the writer accuses liberals of poisoning the minds of the young with dirty movies and stuff. This is from the German magazine Der Spiegel, and it’s a […]

We the people? You can have ’em, sez me

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We went last night down to Penn’s Landing, on the Delaware River waterfront, to attend the Ice Cream Festival, and to watch the fireworks. The fireworks display was fantastic, one of the best I’ve ever seen. But it’s the last […]

William James was a Wii designer

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Via Andrew, here’s a pretty interesting commentary by Jonah Lehrer in praise of the Wii as a videogame experience that fully engages the emotion because it engages the body in ways other videogame systems do not. Excerpt: To understand how […]

Best reason yet to be a male Luddite

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Twisted Japanese art student lady invents device to teach men what it’s like to endure painful menstruation. As one of the Gizmodo comboxers wisenheimered, “So when will they invent a machine that simulates the unmitigated hell a man goes through […]

In praise of small houses

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As readers of my book “Crunchy Cons” know, I’m a big fan of small houses. Architectural historian Jayne Merkel thinks we Age of Austerity folks have a lot to re-learn about the virtues of small houses. Excerpt: In an era […]

The Great Recession resetting American life

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That’s what Richard Florida calls this current economic period, compared to those in the past. Excerpt: While some do not want to face the looming reality, it is becoming clearer every single day that what we face is not any […]

The NYT’s weak hatchet job on Benedict

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When I opened up my morning New York Times and saw a giant, above-the-fold story on how Cardinal Ratzinger’s office had the authority all along to deal with the sex-abuse crisis, and not just since the early part of the […]

Netherlands beats Brazil! Hoera!

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2-1 — final score! What a day for Oranje! They’ve eliminated the mighty Brazil! Oh, to be in Amsterdam at this moment. Ring the bell! Beers all around! All together now: “Wilhelmus van Nassouwe…”

Bad news on interfaith marriage

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Naomi Schaefer Riley: The Reyes-Shapiro divorce is about as ugly as the end of a marriage can get. Some of the sparring is an example of the bad ways people act when a union unravels. But the fight over Ela’s […]

Behind the obituary, a face and a life

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My friend Richard Kent, a Detroit lawyer, is mourning the death of his mother. In an entry on his blog, he writes, of her obituary: It is short. Simple. And will take up less than 3 column inches in the […]

Shh! Nobody talk about Islam!

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Charles Krauthammer repeats an exchange in a May 13 hearing of the House Judiciary Committee, in which a latter-day Basil Fawlty the U.S. Attorney General sat for questioning: Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Tex.): Do you feel that these individuals might have […]

Go Oranje! Beat Brazil! Stroopwaffel power!

posted by Rod Dreher

Captured on film: Local Philadelphia nitwit has blinding vision, sees Dutch victory over Brazilians in Friday’s World Cup match! Look, there’s stroopwaffels in this hooligan’s eyes! Gerard Kamphuisen, the legendary inventor of the stroopwaffel, is one of the greatest human […]

Mel Gibson: The final meltdown

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Remember when I said the other day that Mel Gibson is probably an angry, violent man? Well, check this out: In one of the most explosive, racist and vile outbursts by a celebrity ever caught on tape, Mel Gibson told […]

Radical homemaker FAIL

posted by Rod Dreher

Madeline Holler is no Sharon Astyk, and she knows it. She and her husband left a relatively high-income lifestyle for a place in the Midwest, where they found themselves living on a third of what they had been making. Excerpts: […]

Sullivan denounces gay paper outing pastor

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Good for Andrew: I should add that [politics as total war] is not always on one side of the political equation. This story — about a gay journalist infiltrating a private therapy group in order to out and expose a […]

The death of the Western middle class

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John Robb says that’s the real social and economic story now. The postwar creation of a broad middle class in America allowed for stability because it provided a broad base for prosperity and creativity. But that’s going away, he believes. […]

Greece: Broken economy, broken culture

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Here’s a long, informative report from Greece, painting an unsettling portrait of a country at the beginning of harsh austerity. What’s particularly interesting is the story’s look at how Greek cultural and political habits caused the country’s economic troubles — […]

Christopher Hitchens has cancer

posted by Rod Dreher

Chuck Bloom passes on the sad news: Christopher Hitchens is being treated for cancer, forcing the D.C. writer to cut short his latest book tour. In a statement released through his publisher Twelve, the British-born provocateur, 61, said that he […]

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Mommy explains her plastic surgery
In Dallas (naturally), a parenting magazine discusses how easy it is for mommies who don't like their post-child bodies to get surgery -- and to have it financed! -- to reverse the effects of time and childbirth. Don't like what nursing has done ...

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Why I became Orthodox
Wrapping up my four Beliefnet years, I was thinking about the posts that attracted the most attention and comment in that time. Without a doubt the most popular (in terms of attracting attention, not all of it admiring, to be sure) was the ...

posted 9:46:58pm Jul. 21, 2010 | read full post »

Modern Calvinists
Wow, they don't make Presbyterians like they used to! ...

posted 8:47:01pm Jul. 21, 2010 | read full post »

'Rape by deception'? Huh?
The BBC this morning reported on a bizarre case in Israel of an Arab man convicted of "rape by deception," because he'd led the Jewish woman with whom he'd had consensual sex to believe he was Jewish. Ha'aretz has the story here. Plainly it's a ...

posted 7:51:28pm Jul. 21, 2010 | read full post »

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