My sight was poor, but I was sure The sirens watched their blogs for me...Baraita: "This post is actually intended to pick up on a passing comment I made last year, in which I suggested some sort of reading group for bloggers -- or regular blog-commenters for that matter -- who'd enjoy discussing books of Jewish interest in the English language. The comments indicate that (a) several people are very interested and (b) we do not want to get into the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, which certainly … [Read more...]

PAULINUS SOUNDS COOL: "One of [Peter] Brown's ongoing themes is that the modern distinction between 'popular religion' and 'high religion' is an 18th century philosophy-of-religion idea which actively impedes understanding the early centuries of Christianity (and which may simply be false). Paulinus's poetry and buildings were designed to teach and serve the people of his diocese, but not from a 'separate' kind of religious position in which religion was a tool for the control of the masses -- … [Read more...]

US INDICATES POSSIBLE MAJOR ACTION ON FREE TRADE: Neat! Via KickAAS.The US is urging members of the World Trade Organisation to restart the stalled Doha round negotiations, saying it is prepared to address seriously the issues--particularly agriculture--that led to last year's breakdown at a ministerial meeting in CancĂșn, Mexico.Robert Zoellick, US trade representative, told the Financial Times he would send a letter today to trade ministers of all 148 WTO countries laying out a series of … [Read more...]

I'D LOVE TO, BUT... I did my own thing and now I have to undo it....I have to go to the post office to see if I'm still wanted....the last time I went, I never came back....I'm trying to build a pig from a kit....I have to floss my otter....I'm uncomfortable when I'm alone or with others.and more. … [Read more...]

IF YOU GET EWTN: Pro-life series.(My TV doesn't even get TV--no antenna yet, just a DVD player--so I haven't yet sampled Mother Angelica's televisual feast.) … [Read more...]

REASONS TO BE BEERFUL: The Modern Drunkard's calendar for January. One holiday per day. Foul-mouthed, high-proof hilarity. Be sure to check out February's descriptions of Empire Day and Charles Darwin's birthday.Via the Old Oligarch. … [Read more...]

EVERY DAY IS LIKE POETRY WEDNESDAY: Walter de la Mare, "Napoleon." Sorry about formating problems.'What is the world, O soldiers? It is I: I, this incessant snow, This northern sky; Soldiers, this solitude Through which we go Is I.' … [Read more...]