Another Day, More Bombs Away

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WHY are we/NATO still conducting bombing raids in Libya? Did we not successfully exercise our Right to Protect? And even help the Libyans achieve our real (but unofficial and thus never strategically sought) goal, the removal of Gaddafi from power? As one who called for doing something to help the . . . . Continue Reading »

Delsol against the News

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Yesterday, we were treated to the news Peter links to below, on Pat Robertson’s betrayal of basic Christian teaching on marriage in the face of Alzheimer’s. And over at the good ship Ricochet, there was a chilling report on the state of infanticide law in Canada (If I recall correctly, . . . . Continue Reading »

Countable Bean, Have You Been in Benin?

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Well, Jim, perhaps you’ve altered the sober substantive science of Professor Loopia, but surely if your table accurately represents his presentation, we must interrogate him about his unseemly use of the hegemonic preposition “from.” Take a portion of this email recently sent by a . . . . Continue Reading »

Robert George’s Electric Question

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So here’s a link to the question Pete’s been talking about, the one the mighty Robert George posed to Ron Paul on the 14th amendment. The whole thing’s a good taste of Paul for those unfamiliar, but George begins right at 17 minutes in. This is a good format for Paul, and I was . . . . Continue Reading »

What Would Happen…

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. . . if the Democrats followed Mr. Postmodern Conservative’s advice and tried to dump Obama now? Let’s say it would be for Hilary. Or, who else would it be for? I’m assuming here a major bid, a primary run backed by huge parcels of the Democratic establishment.  Not some . . . . Continue Reading »

Coriolanus for Christmas

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Color me quite nervous, after watching the trailer of the forthcoming film version of Coriolanus linked to here. It seems to be the tired old shtick where you adapt Shakespeare’s Romans or Danes or Scots by dressing them up in modern military uniforms, which tends to convey the idea that the . . . . Continue Reading »

A Great Read

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F. Flagg Taylor’s The Great Lie: Classic and Recent Appraisals of Ideology and Totalitarianism is now out. I got my copy yesterday (Flagg’s a good friend and colleague) and the afternoon was shot. One brilliant essay after another: Aron, Havel, Milosz, Strauss, Solzhenitsyn, Arendt . . . . . . Continue Reading »