Guns, Elections, and Stuff

From First Thoughts

Voegelinian scholar, Grant Havers, has a new, insightful, and wonderfully written book on Lincoln here: http://press.umsystem.edu/fall2009/havers.htm . Please take note of the University of Missouri Press, they’re the publisher of Voegelin’s complete works and they publish a plethora of . . . . Continue Reading »

The Last Station

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 Over the weekend, courtesy of my friends at Netflicks, the wife and I watched what may be the most under appreciated film in quite some time, The Last Station. Beautifully filmed while adhering closely to period costume, architecture, and environment (1910 Russia) the drama examines both . . . . Continue Reading »

Inception’s misconception!

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My wife and I went to see Inception Saturday afternoon. I don’t have much ‘good’ to say about the film other than I liked it. It was way to long, and the film itself seemed intent on providing images of  some college sophomore’s perspective of T.S Eliot’s ” . . . . Continue Reading »

The Ground of the American Revolution

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By the 18 th century the British empire no longer mediated divine rule. The ground was breaking down, order was dissolving. The American revolution produced heroic symbols that explicated the existential nature of man in the order of existence as both immanent and transcendent, and consequently a . . . . Continue Reading »

Terrorists, Terrorism, and the Truth

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Today marks the fifteen year anniversary of the Murrah Federal Building bombing and I emailed an old friend, Jayna Davis, whose book,  The Third Terrorist is by far the most accurate record of that horrific event. I reviewed her book for an old website some years ago . The review is here . . . . . Continue Reading »

Resisting Hopey Changey

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Porcher-in-chief, Dr. Pat Deneen has a rather interesting post related to the soon-to-be “passed” Obamacare legislation, designed to empower the central government, and the corresponding rise of the constitutional concept of “states’ rights” beloved by anti-federalists of . . . . Continue Reading »

We Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Robots?

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Courtesy of our friends at Netflix, who are frequently mentioned on this site and consequently should be advertising here, the wife and I watched Bruce Willis’s movie, Surrogates. It’s a good movie with a decent though predictable plot, a few veteran actors provide a little panache, a . . . . Continue Reading »