Monthly Archives: September 2010

A sad, sad story

A very sad case of a young intellectual nihilist who committed suicide. He left behind a 1,905 page suicide note that seems more like a dissertation than a note (replete with 1,433 footnotes and an expansive bibliography). I am so … Continue reading

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Links roundup, 9.29 and thoughts on illegal immigration

First – I am approaching the 2 month mark of my re-launch of my blog. I am not sure how one measures the success of a blog. If I am to measure the success by the number of comments, it … Continue reading

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Religious illiteracy

A new study shows, once again, that Americans are shockingly illiterate on matters of religion. Atheists/Agnostics had the highest score, followed (in order) by Jews, Mormons, White evangelicals, White Catholics, White Protestants, “nothing in particular”, Black Protestants, and Hispanic Catholics. … Continue reading

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Making room for the stranger

This article from Mark Shea pretty well sums up my view on illegal immigration. I think I will just paste in his whole post:“I don’t get the panic over illegal immigrants. They are thoroughly woven into our economy, so it’s … Continue reading

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Links roundup, 9.27

This article discusses the reading ability gap between boys and girls. Really all of the studies show that boys are not reading as much or as well as girls. As such, girls are far better prepared for higher education, and … Continue reading

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The wisdom of children

I got a bit turned around and lost on a drive yesterday with my kids. My daughter offered this little nugget: “Dad, you are not lost. You are just somewhere you have never been before."

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Links roundup, 9.22

An interesting take on Charles de Gaulle here. Like the author of the story, I had a mostly negative opinion of de Gaulle that apparently deserves some revision. I loved this line from de Gaulle: “The spirit of Europe does … Continue reading

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Blogging Day 2 of Benedict’s Trip

3 talks of interest today. The first is a talk to schoolchildren where the Pope encourages them to strive for well-rounded lives which are oriented around the highest things. In short, he calls on them to be saints. The second … Continue reading

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Benedict’s fight for Europe

One of the central themes so far in Pope Benedict’s trip to Britain has been the religious foundations of the modern west, and the threats to those foundations from “aggressive secularism”. Jon Adams and I have been talking about this. … Continue reading

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Protestor infatuation

Pope Benedict XVI begins his trip to Britain today. Media coverage in the run-up to the visit as well as this first day has spent considerable time talking about protests. For example, the Reuters article on the first day spent … Continue reading

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