YOU'RE OLDER THAN YOU'VE EVER BEEN, AND NOW YOU'RE EVEN OLDER. Let's kiss off 2004 with two questionnaires that have been making the rounds of the rounds that I make.Five favorite blog posts from 2004: Easter in America "Oh, How the Ghost of You Clings!": Notes on Watchmen Not Exactly Natural (and sequel)--the queer story ...And I Will Sing of the Sun (sublimation) Okay, you don't believe in original sin. Fine. But what do you call it? The evening redness in the West--American storiesETA: I … [Read more...]

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PEOPLE WHO NEVER WILL BE MISSED: Last night I watched "The Last Supper" with the Old Oligarch (who fixed my DVD player--THANK YOU!!!!) and Zorak. It was hilarious. Basically, a bunch of lefty grad students have a tradition of inviting a newcomer over every Sunday for dinner and discussion. One night, due to a brokedown Mercedes (or Porsche? I forget), one of their number has to hitch a ride with a trucker, so he becomes the night's guest. He turns out to be... not the dinner companion they would … [Read more...]

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MARRIAGEDEBATE has a lot of cool stuff up that I keep forgetting to link here. So, some stuff: A "right not to become a parent"? bad advice "Marriage is one way to recognize who is family, but..." Awesome piece on "today's Manicheans" from--I kid you not--the National Catholic Reporter. Cats and dogs, living together, next on Fox... Donor-conceived children talk about their experiences "Nordic family ties don't mean tying the knot"And a meaty, intriguing report: "What Next for the Marriage … [Read more...]

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CONSERVATIVES AND TORTURE: WHERE'S THE OUTRAGE?: Comments thread at Volokh Conspiracy. Argh, all of the posts I wanted to quote have disappeared since I first visited the thread. No clue why. Anyway, I'll be writing a lot more about this in the New Year, when the mills of journalism begin to grind once more. For now, Intel Dump has a lot of stuff here, and in links along the side of the blog. … [Read more...]

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YOU DON'T HAVE TO GO TO CONFESSION FOR FEELING LOUSY. "Part of the misunderstanding -- the main part -- comes from the confusion of grace with sentiment. Christianity is not, pace Schleiermacher, about religious feelings. I can be in a state of sin, and still feel very religious and "in tune" with God. I can likewise be in a high state of grace, and still feel barren and empty. My feeling and emotion tell me nothing of my relationship with God. Nothing at all. It's useful to remember the lessons … [Read more...]

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TEN MYTHS ABOUT ASSISTED SUICIDE. Via Dappled Things. I still think this comment from Evangelium Vitae is one of the most profound statements on "mercy killing" issues generally that I've ever read: True "compassion" leads to sharing another person's pain; it does not kill the person whose suffering we cannot bear. ......The request which arises from the human heart in the supreme confrontation with suffering and death, especially when faced with the temptation to give up in utter desperation, … [Read more...]

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IT'S THAT TIME AGAIN...: Jim Henley comments on my Santa-bashing posts from a couple years ago. He says Santa is, indeed, training in "skepticism" a.k.a. dissing God, but that the whole Santa thing is helping him see that kids all develop at their own pace. Also a nice note on Santa and taking joy in your kids' joy. The only thing I'd say to that second post is that from the kid's perspective it does look different: If my parents got me gifts, I want to be grateful to them, and happy in part … [Read more...]

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