My New Year’s Eve ritual

Every New Year’s Eve, I look back on the events of the past year.  I do so by reading Dave Barry’s Year in Review.  The month by month retrospective has the virtue of being very funny, which makes the survey of the year’s madness much easier to take.

Start it and follow the link after the jump. [Read more...]

Whether or not we kick the football

The Peanuts Movie currently in  theaters is a critical and commercial hit, and it brings back to mind the genius of cartoonist Charles Schulz.  I stumbled upon a great quotation from Schulz–a devout Christian–about humor, happiness, grace, and faith. [Read more...]

“Modern Educayshun”

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Yogi Berra dies–here are some of his sayings

Yogi Berra, the winner of three MVPs who played in more World Series games than anybody, died at age 90.  Here is his obituary.  In addition to his baseball greatness playing for the New York Yankees, Yogi became known for his gnomic comments.  On one level, they didn’t make sense, and yet, on a higher plane, they sort of did. After the jump, a list of some of what he said.

My favorite:  “Nobody goes there anymore. It’s too crowded.” What is your favorite?  Explain the sense in which it is kind of true.  (For example, in my favorite, it is true that something that was once fashionable can become unfashionable when everyone starts doing it.) [Read more...]

Stephen Colbert, God, and suffering

Stephen Colbert, who took over for David Letterman on The Late Show last week, is an iconoclastic comedian.  But he is also a devout Catholic.  When he was 10 years old, he lost his father and two brothers in a plane crash.  He talks about his faith and how he handled that tragedy–also J. R. R. Tolkien and how gratitude points to God– in an interview with GQ Magazine, excerpted after the jump. [Read more...]

Why Democrats hate you and Republicans are lousy politicians

Conservative satirist P. J. O’Rourke has written a devastating take-down of Democrats, though Republicans do not emerge unscathed.  You have got to read it.  Sample:

Democrats are in favor of abortion and against the death penalty. How could anyone possibly arrive at that pair of moral judgments? Republicans can, sometimes, understand the majesty of death—abortion as a matter of private conscience and evil paying the ultimate price. Republicans can, sometimes, understand the sacredness of life—each fetus as a being and how we must not take what we cannot give from any person, however bad. But no Republican understands the virtue of killing a baby too innocent to be born while sheltering and feeding a murderer until he gets fed up and tunnels out of Dannemora.

Read the whole thing, linked after the jump. [Read more...]


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