Simply Because It’s Amusing

“Certain magazines have symposiums (I will call them ‘symposia’ if I am allowed to call the two separate South Kensington collections ‘musea’)” – G. K. Chesterton

Amusing because it pokes at one of my own peccadilloes. Saying “peccadilloes” rather than “bad habits” deserves another clever poke at the same personal weakness, but it’s too early and I’ve had too little coffee.

Republican-free Cities

Another from Arnold King – a quote from Christopher Caldwell:

Washington, D.C., with its 93-to-4 partisan breakdown, is not that unusual. Hillary Clinton won Cambridge, Massachusetts, by 89 to 6 and San Francisco by 86 to 9. Here, where the future of the country is mapped out, the “rest” of the country has become invisible, indecipherable, foreign.

King’s comment, which caught my attention, was:

1. It is easy to understand why the Washington Post is the way it is. It has to satisfy its market.

2. 60 percent is a landslide. 85 percent is a bubble.

Something about logic…

It may be because one of my careers was designing and writing software, and computers are fundamentally stupid and require rigorous adherence to logic. Or, it might be that I designed and wrote software because I’m fundamentally stupid and require rigorous adherence to logic. Chicken or egg? At any rate, I’m over here writing to me, myself and I instead of on FB where there are a handful of folks who read my scribblings, because so much of the polemic political posturing is, wait for it…stupid and utterly illogical.

So, when I looked at Maggie’s Farm this morning and saw some blindingly obvious, logical observations about both healthcare and education by Arnold Kling, I had to look into it. Continue reading

Miracles (again)

“‘And I dare say the first time you saw a man raised from the dead you might think so too.’ He giggled unconvincingly behind the smiling mask. ‘Oh, it’s funny, isn’t it? It isn’t a case of miracles not happening—it’s just a case of people calling them something else. Can’t you see the doctors round the dead man? He isn’t breathing any more, his pulse has stopped, his heart’s not beating: he’s dead. The somebody gives him back his life, and they all—what’s the expression?—reserve their opinion. They won’t say it’s a miracle, because that’s a word they don’t like. Then it happens again and again perhaps—because God’s about on earth—and they say: these aren’t miracles, it is simply that we have enlarged our conception of what life is. Now we know you can be alive without pulse, breath, heart-beats. And they invent a new word to describe that state of life, and they say science has disproved a miracle.’ He giggled again. ‘You can’t get round them.’” — Graham Greene The Power and the Glory

Courtesy of William M. Briggs – Statistician to the Stars

The Revolution

“It was a war between Davos, Conde Nast, GQ, Soros, MSNBC, Hollywood, Facebook and America. And America won.

“The ‘resistance’ is a collection of elites, from actors at award shows to fashion magazines to tech billionaires, decrying a popular revolt against their rule. They are not the resistance. They are dictators in exile. They had their chance to impose their vision on the people. And they lost.” — Daniel Greenfield

Polluted Vehicles

“Nothing can be believed which is seen in a newspaper. Truth itself becomes suspicious by being put into that polluted vehicle.” — Thomas Jefferson to John Norvell, 14 June 1807

Quoted today by the President at a rally in Melbourne, Florida.

The Enlightenment contra Grace

“The Enlightenment is always wrong, because its ultimate goal is to expose. Grace, by contrast, is founded on truth, because it covers a multitude of sins. What God once and for all does not wish to know should never become the object of human knowledge and investigation.” — Hans Urs von Balthasar

Once again, courtesy of David Warren