Camille Paglia has an interesting interview in America Magazine, of all places. Maybe I don’t give America enough credit. It is a fun article with some digs at Irish-Americans that hit a little too close to home and make me thank God I’m a quarter Bavarian. I don’t claim to know or understand much about […]

Unless a politician is a molecular biologist in his spare time, it is pointless to ask him if he believes in evolution, as Kevin Williamson explains.  My favorite quote: If you’re a coastal progressive type, people who believe that every word of the Bible is literally true in a natural-history sense are creepy and weird, but […]

The Drama of Atheist Humanism brings together into book form several long articles by Henri de Lubac. The articles and subsequent book were published during the Second World War under the Vichy regime in France when it was not possible to mention the Nazis by name, but when people were naturally thinking about the causes and nature of the […]

Ace of Spades has a good article on something I’ve been thinking about lately: There is a difference between rational argument and the coordinated attacks of a mob. Mobs do not “argue.” They intimidate or humiliate (or both). Mobs do not engage in an enlightened, reasonable dialogue. They shout ritualized chants. Mobs are not interested […]

1) American Sniper and American Decadence. Some people are throwing hissy-fits over the success of Clint Eastwood’s American Sniper, a movie adaption of the autobiography of Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle, who was credited with 160 confirmed kills in Iraq. Hmm. I never tweeted 1word bout AmericanSniper/ChrisKyle. I said my uncle killed by sniper in WWII; only […]

One: Catholic League founder William Donahue argues that while murder and terrorism are reprehensible, Muslims ought to be offended by blasphemy; everyone ought to be offended by blasphemy. Ace of Spades’ rebuttal is 90% Ad Hominem but it contains this gem: If you’re not permitted to mock a religion, You have in fact been effectively coerced […]

  Tom Wolfe used to say “The dark night of fascism is always descending on America, and always landing on Europe.” He is referring to dire predictions, bubbling up every few years, of an American fascist movement which never in fact arises, while our admired cousins across the sea seem to stumble into some form of […]

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