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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!

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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

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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

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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 […]

Three words: Tumor. Got. Smaller.

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My sister Ruthie went to see her oncologist today for results from last Friday’s CT scan. As you may remember, she was diagnosed in February with advanced lung cancer, despite never having smoked a day in her life. Many of […]

The case of the ‘refreshing pervy priest’

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Steve Blow is a columnist at the Dallas Morning News who typically writes homespun, slice-of-life reflections on life in Big D and its suburbs. But he finds his professional ox in a massive ditch today because of a tossed-off blog […]

When austerity is the lesser evil

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Megan McArdle, referencing the NYT piece on how hard fiscal austerity has been on Ireland, makes an important point: Austerity is an expensive form of insurance against a true fiscal crisis. And though it doesn’t necessarily seem like it when […]

Save America, make $100K

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Andrew Breitbart is offering a very healthy bounty for one of the 400 or so members of the now-defunct Journolist: We want the list of journalists that comprised the 400 members of the “JournoList” and we want the contents of […]

Boris & Natasha at Costco

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This Russian Spies in the Suburbs story is highly amusing, and makes the Russians look not evil, but stupid. What were these undercover agents supposed to be doing? Divining the secrets of Starbucks, IKEA and Trader Joe’s? Tracking down Moose […]

Apple Nazi: ‘No bumpers for you!’

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It’s not Godwin’s Law, it’s a lame “Seinfeld” reference! Anyway, Apple sells an apparent defective product to its customers, then allegedly tells its AppleCare reps to tell disappointed iPhone 4 users, “Tough ti**y said the kitty.” Excerpt: A purported internal […]

Civility as a fruit of maturity

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Michael Gerson: My political friendships and sympathies are increasingly determined not by ideology but by methodology. One of the most significant divisions in American public life is not between the Democrats and the Republicans; it is between the Ugly Party […]

Early Alzheimer’s and a husband’s choice

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Via Deacon Greg Kandra, here’s a story about a husband, a wife, and early onset Alzheimer’s Disease (it turned up at age 40 in the wife). The piece aired on CBS Sunday Morning. It’s about 10 minutes long, but well […]

Holland + U.S. humility might have saved the Gulf

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A reader sends me this disturbing essay from the Financial Post about how the Netherlands reached out with offers of assistance and technical expertise after the BP blowout, but Washington rebuffed them. Excerpt: Three days after the BP oil spill […]

FDA moves against antibiotics in animals

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Finally, the government does something right in regulating the food system: The Food and Drug Administration urged farmers on Monday to stop giving antibiotics to cattle, poultry, hogs and other animals to spur their growth, citing concern that drug overuse […]

Robert Byrd, who grew up poor

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I haven’t thought much about the passing of Sen. Robert C. Byrd. The only things I knew about him were a) that he was the undisputed master of pork-barrel legislating, b) that he was once a Klansman (though a repentant […]

How porn destroys sexuality

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From an interview with sociologist Gail Dines: In the preface of your book, you share a personal story about a conversation you had with your son over pornography. You write, “I said [to him] that should he decide to use […]

The neuroscientist’s shocking dark secret

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You’ve got to read or listen to this NPR story. It’s about neuroscientist Jim Fallon, who has made a career of studying the brains of psychopaths. A few years ago, his aged mother told him he should research his father’s […]

Bear Grylls for avid indoorsmen like me

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Behold, a gallant Frenchman shows you how to freaking open a bottle of wine with your shoe! Are they a great people, or what? Say, we need a show for avid indoorsmen, like Your Working Boy, that features some rake […]

Why Belgian police raided the Church

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Now we’re getting more information about why Belgian police launched that unprecedented raid on Belgian Catholic church properties: Four days after a series of police raids of Catholic institutions in Belgium that drew sharp criticism from the pope, the reason […]

Krugman: Here’s the next Great Depression

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What I know about economics is next to nothing; no economics Cult of the Amateur here! But I cannot wrap my mind around the argument Paul Krugman has been making, namely that we are dead wrong to cut spending in […]

Against the cult of the amateur

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David Rieff says that yes, we have grown too trusting in the opinions of experts, who have proven themselves to be unreliable, but that we now face the opposite threat from the Cult of the Amateur. Excerpt: On both the […]

Cardinal Schoenborn’s McChrystal moment

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This is a story both heartbreaking and infuriating: VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican issued an unprecedented public rebuke Monday of a leading cardinal who had questioned the church’s policy of celibacy and openly criticized the retired Vatican No. 2 […]

McChrystal a sign of long war’s corruption

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Pretty sobering piece about the military hierarchy from Andrew Bacevich, the retired Army colonel and religious conservative whose son was killed fighting in Iraq. Bacevich warns that the McChrystal mouthing-off was a sign of a deeper rot. Excerpt: Throughout history, […]

Danneels approved pedophilic catechism?

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That is the shocking allegation by Alexandra Colen, an orthodox Belgian Catholic, who details her long fight with Cardinal Danneels and the Belgian Catholic hierarchy (including the pedophile recently retired bishop Vangheluwe) over a pedophilic sex-ed book approved for Belgium’s […]

The incredible story of Quanah Parker

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I listened over the weekend to a Fresh Air podcast interview with S.C. “Sam” Gwynne, a talented Texas writer who has just published a book that I’ve got to find time to read: “Empire of the Summer Moon.” (The New […]

When power is more important than people

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Writing in The American Conservative, Brian Doherty argues that libertarians are more open to insights gleaned from literature than conservatives are. That’s an interesting topic, but not one I’m interested to discuss here. This insight, at the end of Doherty’s […]

Maybe parental happiness is overrated

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Tony Woodlief is a wise man. Excerpt: People are inherently self-centered, and especially in a peaceful, prosperous society, this easily leads to self-indulgence that in turn can make us weak and ignoble. There’s something to be said for ordeals — […]

Pope wrong to denounce Belgium raid

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Pope Benedict today issued a strong denunciation of the extraordinary police raid in Belgium on church properties — including police prying into tombs of deceased Belgian archbishops. Excerpt: In an exceedingly rare personal message and rebuke of a sovereign country, […]

Wendell Berry: The Country of Marriage

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The Country of Marriage I. I dream of you walking at night along the streams of the country of my birth, warm blooms and the nightsongs of birds opening around you as you walk. You are holding in your body […]

O sex, where is thy sting?

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Camille Paglia thinks it’s ridiculous that middle-class white people have to rely on pills to rev up their sex lives — and that that fact indicates a deeper cultural malaise: In the discreet white-collar realm, men and women are interchangeable, […]

Weigel and the cruelty of violating privacy

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We’ve been arguing in a thread below about the morality of a Minnesota gay reporter infilitrating a support group for gay Catholics and other gay Christians seeking help living chastely, and outing a closeted Lutheran pastor who attended the group. […]

World’s most geektastic wedding cake!

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Just got back from the wedding of Sarah “Daughter of TMatt” Mattingly and Jeremy Wagner, at Sarah’s home parish, Holy Cross Antiochian Orthodox Church, in suburban Baltimore. If you had any doubt that these great kids were meant for each […]

He’s begging: stay together for the kids

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Joe Carter of First Things makes an astonishingly moving plea to fathers to move heaven and earth to stay with their children. How’s this for a head-snapper?: I first read that passage in 1995, the year I myself became a […]

Divorce is a virus

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So concludes a new study, summed up this way by Ross Douthat: There’s no escaping peer effects: If your friends or neighbors or relatives get divorced, you’re more likely to get divorced — even if it’s only on the margins […]

The killer inside middle-class intellectuals

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NPR did a story the other day on “The Killer Inside Me,” a drama in which Casey Affleck plays a sadistic killer sheriff. The violence in the movie is so graphic some people have walked out of early screenings, NPR […]

A world of debt

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Here’s a pretty sobering interactive map of the overall debt (public + private) of many industrialized countries, coming out of the financial crash. As bad off as you think America is, we’re in much better shape than Britain and Japan. […]

Stuart Buck’s ‘utterly necessary’ race book

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African-American scholar John McWhorter raves in The New Republic about Stuart Buck’s “Acting White.” Excerpts: Stuart Buck at last brings together all of the relevant evidence and puts paid to two myths. The first is that the “acting white” charge […]

Outing pastor a disgusting act

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A gay publication in Minnesota outed a conservative Lutheran pastor after its reporter infiltrated a confidential support group for Christians struggling with same-sex attractions, who wish to be chaste. In his piece, the gay journalist quotes things the pastor said […]

A saint from … Brooklyn?

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Saith The New York Times: Brooklyn, the borough of churches and trees, Walt Whitman and Woody Allen, Barbra Streisand and Mike Tyson, has never lacked for people of distinction — except perhaps in one category. Nobody from Brooklyn has ever […]

McChrystal and our confessional culture

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David Brooks has an almost wistful column today gently bemoaning the kind of media culture we’ve built in which a man like Gen. McChrystal can be destroyed by a reporter for being foolishly human. Excerpt: But McChrystal, like everyone else, […]

A beautiful dairy tale from Mississippi

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A father’s dream for his son comes true, though he’s no longer here to see it. Read this gorgeous piece through to the final paragraph.

Going broke as an op-ed writer

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The great libertarian thinker Charles Murray was paid $75 for an NYT op-ed piece. He writes: Not that anyone has ever paid the mortgage by writing op-eds, but $75 for 800 words written for The Greatest Newspaper In the World […]

Skepticism in religion reporting

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More from Conor’s Mark Oppenheimer interview. Here’s Oppenheimer on his approach to religion reporting: The most common flaws in religion reporting are the same as common flaws in all reporting: lack of skepticism, taking the speakers’ words for it. We […]

Cops raid cardinal’s house in sex probe

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This is big: BRUSSELS — Police raided the home and office of the recently retired archbishop of Belgium on Thursday, carrying off documents and a personal computer as part of an investigation into the sexual abuse of children by Roman […]

Education and individualism

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Journalist Mark Oppenheimer, from a good Conor Friedersdorf interview: I have a deep skepticism of a lot of what passes for “progressive” education. For grades 2-4, I attended a progressive school that was pretty disastrous for me. They had lots […]

Why is European pop music so awful?

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Anthony Lane has a witty and terrific essay about the Eurovision Song Contest in the current issue of The New Yorker. Sadly, it’s not available online, except to subscribers. The poor man actually traveled to Oslo to cover this year’s […]

Marx rising in China?

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Walter Russell Mead takes note of tectonic, and potentially terrifying, changes in China as that nation rushes from an agricultural society to an industrial one. Excerpts: Bewildered by urban life, desperate to win some kind of a foothold, living from […]

Wendell Berry kicks UK’s butt

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Wendell Berry has withdrawn all his papers from the University of Kentucky in protest of what he considers the university’s sellout to coal interests. Excerpt: Berry, 75, said UK’s push to become a “Top 20″ research university has caused it […]

Raining oil in Louisiana

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Sure looks like it:Meanwhile, a robot knocked the containment cap loose. The thing is gushing once again as bad as it ever was. Query: What happens if a hurricane blows through the Gulf with all this oil still on and […]

John Robb doesn’t like your future

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It’s been days since a gloomy, doomy post from me, so I’ve got to make up for it by going a little nutsy referencing stuff from warfare theorist John Robb’s blog, Global Guerrillas. For starters, here’s an interview Robb did […]

Breaking: Obama kicks McChrystal’s butt

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Just reported — I’ll put a link up as soon as one is available. Share your opinion. Me, I think it was the right thing to have done. No Commander-in-Chief, either Democratic or Republican, can afford to be disrespected publicly […]

What Snafu hid all these years

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HBO’s series “The Pacific” caused lots of folks to become interested in the life of Merriell “Snafu” Shelton, the character based on a real Marine of the same name. As I’ve written before, the real Snafu lived just down the […]

Michelangelo, Kinkade, Carpathian walls

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1. Did Michelangelo conceal a drawing of the human brain within God’s beard? 2. Writer Susan Orlean briefly feared she was going to have to pay alleged Pooh-piddler Thomas Kinkade a million dollars. She’s not scared of that anymore. 3. […]

SCOTUS backs GM seeds — or not?

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I don’t closely follow the controversies over genetically modified seeds, but the Supreme Court ruling this week saying it was legal for Monsanto to go ahead with production of genetically modified seeds without an environmental impact study strikes me as […]

All in the family

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Last night, on our final night in Louisiana, I came into our bedroom to find Nora lying in her little mattress on the floor, staring at the ceiling, scowling — this, a half-hour after we’d put her to bed. “What’s […]

The big mouth of Stanley McChrystal

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I have no idea whether any criticisms Gen. McChrystal and his team made of the administration, the U.S. ambassador or anybody else have any substance (and I would strongly urge you not to make the criticism itself the subject of […]

Entertaining angels in West Texas

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I’ve been sitting here at my mom and dad’s all afternoon working on a project for Ruthie. While I was busy, my folks got a visit from a neighbor, who came by to check on Ruthie. He must have stayed […]

Louisiana summer notebook

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Well, this is our last full day here in Starhill. We’ve had a marvelous time. Ruthie has been strong enough to spend time with my kids, and they’ve all had a great time playing with their cousins. It’s hot as […]

Remembering the great Tom Kelly

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I have just learned that my friend the Washington journalist Tom Kelly has died at age 86. What a wonderful man he was. He lived around the corner from me on Capitol Hill when I was there in the early […]

Oil spill: government, industry EPIC FAIL

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I wonder when people are going to realize that the catastrophe in the Gulf was caused by BP’s reckless decisions, but also by reckless U.S. government regulators. I keep calling this a moral catastrophe above all, at least in its […]

Thomas Kinkade defaces Billy Graham wall

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And the Grahams — no Renaissance popes when it comes to taste in sacred art — are mighty proud of it, showcasing the Kinkade mural “The Cross” as a highlight of your visit to the Billy Graham Library. Take a […]

Tony Hayward: A villain worthy of Tom Wolfe

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This guy and his company are unbelievable. Excerpt: BP officials on Saturday scrambled yet again to respond to another public relations challenge when their embattled chief executive, Tony Hayward, spent the day off the coast of England watching his yacht […]

Father’s Day stories to love

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That’s a photo of my father and me taken late last year in his backyard. It’s one of my favorites. How fortunate we are to be here in Starhill to celebrate Father’s Day with him. It gives me the opportunity […]

BP oil spill: Which side are you on?

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A clarifying quote from Wendell Berry: “What I stand for is what I stand on.” Corporation, politician, government bureaucrat, Internet pundit or talk show loudmouth, anybody who is against the land, against this land of south Louisiana, where I’m from […]

Pssst … drill, baby, drill

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Business as usual, apparently: Despite President Barack Obama’s promises of better safeguards for offshore drilling, federal regulators continue to approve plans for oil companies to drill in the Gulf of Mexico with minimal or no environmental analysis. The Department of […]

The death of a little Cajun no-place

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I gotta say, this is heartbreaking. Leeville is a hardscrabble nothing town on the marshes, but for the people who live there, it’s everything. And it’s being taken away from them by the BP oil spill. Excerpts: “This is tearing […]

Crackpot educators call best friends social evil

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Is there no natural social phenomenon that levelers and militant egalitarians won’t seek to destroy to create their Utopia? From the NYT: But increasingly, some educators and other professionals who work with children are asking a question that might surprise […]

Anthony Bourdain on cool

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I’m addicted to Anthony Bourdain’s “No Reservations” travel food show, which I watch via streaming Netflix. Bourdain is a self-conscious cool guy, and at times, something of a jerk. But he’s compulsively watchable. Though I wish he would trash the […]

Joe Barton & Roger Kimball vacation in BP hell

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I, for one, wish it were possible to force Roger Kimball and Rep. Joe Barton to spend their summer vacation living on Grand Isle, in one of the empty camps that cannot be used because the beaches and the waters […]

The loneliness of genius

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I’m doing a lot of editing work today down here in Louisiana on a report the Templeton Foundation will soon release, having to do with its general funding priorities. I was reading last night about all the things JTF funds […]

Purse thief gets his just deserts

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Now this is one mob I can get behind:H/T: Jonah Goldberg

TMatt & Neroulias on Godbeat as therapy

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Terry Mattingly at Get Religion has his say about yesterday’s hot thread in these parts. Excerpt: In this new essay, Rosen connects some of the same dots. One of his central points is that most journalists hold in contempt people […]

Stephen King’s terrific book on writing

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This year marks the 10th anniversary of “On Writing,” the terrific book about prosecraft by Stephen King. I hadn’t read the book since it came out, but for some reason pulled it off my shelf before I set off for […]

Life among the small people

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“I hear comments sometimes that large oil companies are greedy companies who don’t care. But that is not the case in BP. We care about the small people.” — Carl-Henric Svanberg, BP chairman, who later apologized for his poor grasp […]

L’chaim, y’all

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Did you know that some Southern towns are paying cash premiums to entice Jewish families to relocate there? Why the heck not? The magificent Boss Hogg was a Jew. Sort of. True fact: The things you learn on this here […]

Hey Sun, what’s your problem?

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A kind reader, knowing how I jones for Apocalyptica, sent along this link to a New Scientist story about how the sun is acting all freaky, and scientists don’t know why. Excerpt: But for the past two years, the sunspots […]

Sorry, but you will not retire

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Me neither. We’ll all be working at least till age 70. Michael Schrage at the Harvard Business Review has something he’d like us all to do to assess our future prospects: Everyone reading this should take 15 hard minutes to […]

Stephen Colbert: ‘Jesus always wins!’

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Stephen Prothero appeared on Colbert last night to talk about his new book “God Is Not One” (which I’ve blogged about here and here). It was an enjoyable five-minute segment, with serious points being made amid Colbert’s hilarious mugging. Take […]

Oil spill: Do we need another hero?

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I’ve decided not to comment on Obama’s oil spill speech, because I haven’t been able to figure out how to appraise it without slip-sliding into a political analysis, and I don’t want to do that on this blog. But I […]

Oil spill: This will ruin your day

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I don’t know if you’re reading the website The Oil Drum, and its commentary on the BP oil spill, but it’s a site that attracts a lot of knowledgeable industry workers and experts. You can learn a lot from it. […]

Greetings from Louisiana, tomato paradise

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Good Community Coffee morning from the Great State. We’re down here for the next week, en famille visiting the famille. We were here for 10 minutes yesterday before Matthew and Nora got stung by wasps. Whee! Happily, that crisis passed, […]

Media bias, media blandness

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Journalism prof Jay Rosen has a long, great, difficult to sum up post about how the deepest bias among the press is toward a false moderation, and against so-called “extremists.” I think this sentiment expressed by my Beliefnet blog colleague […]

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