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Sunday Poem series

The Kraken by Alfred, Lord Tennyson Below the thunders of the upper deep; Far, far beneath in the abysmal sea, His ancient, dreamless, uninvaded sleep The Kraken sleepeth: faintest sunlights flee About his shadowy sides: above him swell Huge sponges of millennial growth and height; And far away into the sickly light, From many a…

The Limits of Secularization

Secularization is part of a long trend toward moral liberalization. That the Iowa Supreme Court would unanimously rule prohibition of gay marriage illegal when a decade ago this would have seemed impossible is just one example of this very welcome trend.  ~Will Wilkinson This is a tricky subject for me – on the one hand,…

the Goldberg conundrum

Peter Suderman considers Ari Roth vs. Jeffrey Goldberg. Isn’t Goldberg an almost ludicrously enthusiastic booster for the Sopranos? I know– the point of the Sopranos isn’t that the characters are people you want to emulate or agree with. Couldn’t that be the case here, as well? Why does the production of a play or any…

It’s just those damned activist judges again, making trouble for the rest of us….

“The lawless judicial attack on traditional marriage and on representative government continues.” ~ Ed Whelan @ NRO writing on Friday’s landmark decision by the Iowa Supreme Court to lift that State’s ban on gay marriages. The first thing that strikes me as ironic about this statement is that in all likelihood, had the court implemented…

Multi-generational living…

Freddie informs us that upwards of 66% of college grads intend to move back in with their parents due to the current economy and (lack of a) job market.  Man is it good to be employed right now.  (I have been in that boat, and it’s especially tricky when you’re married…)

Friday Night Jukebox, DIY Edition

As a fellow part-time hipster, I found a lot to like in William Brafford’s meditation on DIY indie rock and localism: Here’s the application to politics. DIY never sought to replace the major labels; it just did without them whenever possible. It was in part technology that made DIY possible, especially cheaper home recording equipment,…

Indie rock, DIY, localism.

E.D. wrote, “The idealism of the paleoconservative cause is simply too burdened by the idealism of its vision.” To which I offer—not necessarily as a rebuttal—three letters: DIY. As punks and hardcore kids in the 80s demonstrated, sometimes the best thing to do in the face of a massive system you want no part of…

Ward Churchill

1. Ward Churchill is an asshole. 2. He was actually correct in saying, in his notorious essay “Some People Push Back: On the Justice of Chickens Coming Home to Roost” and subsequent interviews, that the idea that the victims of the World Trade Center attacks on 9/11 represented some sort of cross-section of American life…

Oh give me…

…a break people.  Will you stop at nothing?  Have we already forgotten the close, close relationship between the Bush family and the House of Saud?  Yes, Allahpundit mentions the hand-holding Bush and his Saudi pals did.  So why pile on Obama?  Oh that’s right.  Nothing better to do.  No new ideas.  The vast majority of…

Willy Wonka and the Gospel Factory

Noah Millman while discussing the Where The Wild Things Are Trailer clarifies a point I was trying to make yesterday via a reference to one of my all-time favorites Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. NM: I do not object in principle to taking a children’s book and making a movie for grownups out of…

(D)Evolutionary Marcionism

It must be anti-Bloggingheads day on TLOG.  William B. wrote this post criticizing Bob Wright’s piece in The Atlantic.  Freddie is blasting away at Mickey Kaus.  And I’m about to pile on Wright’s piece some more.  [Sidenote: I actually am a big fan of Bob Wright generally.  meaningoflifetv was a fantastic venture but this essay…

Thanks

I’ve been struck since this blog’s inception but especially over the last couple of weeks by just how top-notch the comments section is especially compared to much of what passes for discussion across the interent.  So another round of thanks is due, I think, to our commenters who have provided so much insight and thoughtfulness…

The early church and its franchises.

I had to cough-barf my way through Robert Wright’s article on religion and globalization in the April 2009 Atlantic. It’s called “One World, Under God,” and it tries to explain the spread of early Christianity by way of analogy with modern global business. Maybe if you already like business-speak you’ll have an easier time with…

Around the Web on April 1st

The Guardian is reporting that it’s ditching ink and paper in favor of Twitter.  From now on all news stories will come in the form of tweets, propelling the newspaper way, way ahead in the race to adopt new technologies: Consolidating its position at the cutting edge of new media technology, the Guardian today announces…

Stranger than Nonfiction

Looking for a glimpse into the conservative foreign policy id? Try National Review’s Rich Lowry, whose latest techno-thriller has just been published: After learning that an Iranian scientist is in the process of developing nuclear weapons on Iranian soil, all-but-forgotten Spymaster Stewart Banquo initiates a rogue special operation. With the assistance of his most trusted…

In Defense of Corruption*

One has to admire Murtha’s honesty. “If I’m corrupt, it’s because I take care of my district” might not represent the best of disinterested liberal governance, but it’s a refreshingly frank admission of his core political priorities. And whatever one thinks of Murtha’s methods, the sentiment behind them is certainly understandable. Murtha was elected to…

Anatomy of a Sequel

The New York Times‘ latest on the fourth Fast and Furious sequel has it all, from Vin Diesel’s highly-anticipated directorial debut: Once on board each of the “Fast & Furious” stars found something to appreciate about the new film . . . Mr. Diesel was allowed to direct a short film, called “Los Bandoleros,” that…

Seriously…

The next time I hear someone mention The Community Reinvestment Act as a proximate cause of the financial crisis, I’m going to scream.  To conservatives and my fellow libertarians, at some point, you are going to have to recognize and acknowledge that actions by individuals operating within lightly regulated or unregulated markets played as much of…