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Like a Horse and Carriage

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The always interesting economics writer Megan McArdle notes that she is getting married on Saturday: We are finally on the brink of that happy moment that every girl dreams of: a qualified change in family status under section 125 of the tax code. See why I like her? Our congratulations and . . . . Continue Reading »

Low-Impact Religion

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“Follow the Islamic way to save the world,” Prince Charles urges environmentalists . To which Mark Steyn replies , “The Prince of Wales brings together the two great religions of our age.” A little over the top, but it does remind one of the extent to which feminism has . . . . Continue Reading »

City Life

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A conversation tonight reminded me of a scene I saw in South Dakota a few years ago: A pair of German tourists in the Black Hills, attempting to separate a mother buffalo from her new spring calf, so they could pose their children with the calf for a photograph. The scene is still vivid in my . . . . Continue Reading »

To the Dostoevsky Station

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While George Weigel writes about the advance of the Russians in Ukraine —a story echoed today by John Allen —and we learn about the return, finally, of Moscow-area monasteries confiscated by the Communists , here’s another piece of Russian news: “Moscow Metro forced to delay . . . . Continue Reading »

My Commencement Address at Wheaton

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I want to thank Wheaton College , out here in Illinois, for inviting me to give this year’s commencement address. I recognize that, as a practicing Catholic, I was a difficult choice for the school to make—since Wheaton College is, after all, the school so well featured in the movie . . . . Continue Reading »

Brittney, Brittny, Brittneigh

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A friend sends along a link to a New York Times article about naming : “Giving one’s offspring odd, random or deliberately misspelled names is a form of mistreatment that also hurts the rest of society.” Remembering his fascination with American naming habits , she adds, “I . . . . Continue Reading »

Creating Life?

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Unto His Own Image God becomes man: Venter creates synthetic life , reads one headline. One among many, many such boomings of the news about scientist Craig Venter’s synthesis of a new bacterium. A correspondent of Megan McArdle’s observes: I am getting bombarded with the Venter . . . . Continue Reading »