Double Trouble

From First Thoughts

I really hope this doesn’t become a pattern: German police say at least one of the identical twin brothers Hassan and Abbas O. may have perpetrated a recent multimillion euro jewelry heist in Berlin. But because of their indistinguishable DNA, neither can be individually linked to the crime. . . . . Continue Reading »

A Question of Honor

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Over at Vox Nova Henry Karison has a question : Given that the United States, as a nation, has been actively involved with many intrinsic evils (unjust war, torture, the promotion of abortion, et. al), is it appropriate for a Catholic University to fly the American flag? Does that act itself give . . . . Continue Reading »

Democracy in Russia

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Russia’s resurgent druzhiniki (volunteer civilian patrols) provide an interesting example of old-fashioned democratic action that has nothing to do with ballot boxes or liberal rights: Druzhiniki all but disappeared after the Russian government withdrew its support with the collapse of the . . . . Continue Reading »

Always Look on the Bright Side of Life

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Lower living standards aren’t all bad. This MSNBC report on pawnshops contains some pretty good news. For one thing, with suddenly-less-prosperous people willing to sacrifice their luxury goods for some cash, thrifty people can now expect fancier items when they make their weekly trek to the . . . . Continue Reading »

Dominus Deus Sabaoth

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Here’s another dyspeptic observation from the inimitable “Diogenes,” posted under “Onward Christian Facilitators”: We sang “Lift High the Cross” at Mass on Sunday. Unless I’m mistaken, the “hosts of God” who once combined in . . . . Continue Reading »

Can Rugby Save America?

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Unlike Stephen Webb I quite like soccer (granted, I am a girly crypto-collectivist), but I think we can agree that rugby is a great, manly sport. Why else would The Art of Manliness offer a primer on it?: Rugby as it exists today is one of the most exciting contact sports in existence, a perfect . . . . Continue Reading »

Towards a More Perfect Bureaucracy

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This is from the “You Just Can’t Make This Stuff Up” Department: A friend of mine who is studying in England ordered a book from the library. His order was canceled for the following reason: UNABLE TO FETCH BOOK KEPT ON TOP SHELF IN GALLERY. DUE TO NEW HEALTH & SAFETY MEASURES . . . . Continue Reading »

Proverbs 31 Revolution?

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Here’s a novel suggestion in response to the economic crisis: I propose a revolution. Our whole social order is flawed because we no longer understand the duty of the sexes. The duty of men is to talk about G-d by the city gates, make speeches and occasionally kill each other. The duty of . . . . Continue Reading »