C. S. Lewis, Polar-Bear Hunting, and the Affordable Healthcare Act

Paul Scofield as Sir Thomas More in the film version of Robert Bolt's play "A Man for All Seasons"

      Another great read from the inimitable Mark Steyn:   http://www.nationalreview.com/article/364659/knockouts-high-and-low-mark-steyn   Incidentally, Senator Reid's revision to the rules of the Senate is, among many other bad things, short-sighted.  Which, from a Republican point of view, might be its one good feature.  On which, see the quotation from Robert Bolt with which this blog entry concludes.   In the meantime, though, … [Read more...]

Conservatives, of course, were (and, no doubt, are) responsible for the assassination of President Kennedy

Not very far from where I'm typing at the moment
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    http://www.nationalreview.com/article/364562/kennedy-conspiracy-plain-sight-rich-lowry   Incidentally, many of John F. Kennedy's position on foreign and domestic policy would be more closely aligned, I think, with today's Republican Party than with the contemporary Democratic Party.  For whatever that's worth.   Posted from Arlington, Virginia     … [Read more...]

“Of Tolerance and Intolerance”

Freedom is the right to think and act correctly, ja?

    I'm quite late with this notice, but, it being Friday, another piece has gone up in Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture.  This one, by Dr. John Gee, is quite short, so you can begin to catch up on your Interpreter reading:   http://www.mormoninterpreter.com/of-tolerance-and-intolerance/   I've been a bit busy here.   Posted from Arlington, Virginia     … [Read more...]

“Astonishing Short-Sightedness”

Michael Young, at a book signing for his 2010 book "The Ghosts of Martyrs Square: An Eyewitness Account of Lebanon's Life Struggle"

    From today's luncheon of the Association for the Study of the Middle East and Africa (ASMEA):   The keynote speaker was Michael Young, who has essentially been living in Beirut, where he is (among many other things) the quasi-legendary opinion editor of the Daily Star, since 1970.   "The Obama Adminstration," Young said, regarding Syria, "has behaved with astonishing short-sightedness, as if it had no long-term strategic interests in the region." … [Read more...]

Dr. Kevorkabama

Don't worry.  It's not going to hurt at ALL.

    Somehow, sitting across the Potomac River and just a few blocks away from the new headquarters of the American healthcare industry, I thought of this article:   http://www.nationalreview.com/article/364176/obamas-5-percent-con-job-andrew-c-mccarthy   Posted from Arlington, Virginia     … [Read more...]

“Three deaths, five decades ago”

Aldous Huxley (d. 22 November 1963)

      This week's Thursday Deseret News column is up:   http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865590980/Three-deaths-five-decades-ago.html   Posted from Arlington, Virginia     … [Read more...]

“Science and the Book of Genesis”

In the Garden Room of the Los Angeles California Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

    A taste from the "Science and Mormonism" conference that was recently convened by The Interpreter Foundation in Provo, Utah:   http://www.ldsmag.com/article/1/13582   Posted from Arlington, Virginia     … [Read more...]

Richard Mouw, Part One

Richard J. Mouw

      Last Friday, I was able to attend a speech given at the Orem LDS Institute of Religion, adjacent to Utah Valley University (UVU), given by Richard J. Mouw, from 1993 until earlier this year the president of Fuller Theological Seminary, in Pasadena, California.  Professor Mouw, who has always been personally cordial to me and for whom I have great respect, is a philosophical theologian and an eminent figure in American Evangelical intellectual life. … [Read more...]