And now, the war in Uganda?

Our good-hearted but usually doomed attempt to right the world’s wrongs by sending in American troops to battle bad guys continues, as we send in the American military to central Africa: President Barack Obama has authorized the deployment of up to 100 combat-equipped U.S. troops to central Africa to help hunt down the leaders of a rebel force known as the Lord’s Resistance Army. Joseph Kony, leader of the Lord’s Resistance Army during a meeting with a delegation of officials… Read more

Manliness Contest update

We had lots of entries for the weekend contest for the best post on “Manliness”! And lots of different ideas on the subject, which underscores the need for the book and the prize The Book of Man: Readings on the Path to Manhood. We now  have to study the entries. Tune in tomorrow! Read more

The Big 6-0

On Saturday I pass from middle-aged to aged.  I will turn 60.   I will go to the movies and order not an “adult” but a “senior” ticket, saving  $2.50.  I will be able to get cheap coffee at McDonald’s.  Please, no commiserations.  Don’t tell me, “you are only as young as you feel.”  I feel about, oh, 60.   And I don’t want to hear Bob Dylan’s blessing, “May you be forever young.”  (Bob, you know I’m a fan, but that… Read more

Manliness: A Contest

One of my former students, Nathan Martin, had worked with Reagan culture czar Bill Bennett on his sequel to The Book of Virtues, a collection of classic and contemporary readings entitled  The Book of Man: Readings on the Path to Manhood. It explores the traits and virtues of manhood, some arguably lost in our feminized and gender-neutral age, using stories, poems, and reflections from authors ranging from Homer and Shakespeare to Winston Churchill and Ronald Reagan.  (Luther even makes an… Read more

Glen Campbell keeps on playing

Glen Campbell is not just another pop celebrity, though that’s what he’s best known for.  He happens to be a great, great guitar player.  I’ve heard him play.  Anyway, the news came out awhile ago that he has Alzheimer’s.  What I didn’t know is that he is still giving concerts! Here is a link to a review of one of those concerts, which sounds quite amazing.  It also includes a priceless quotation: “I have Alzheimer’s?” he asks Kim, 53, his… Read more

It’s going to be Romney

It looks like the Republican presidential nominee will be Mitt Romney.   Tea party favorite non-candidate Chris Christie has endorsed him, as have former candidate Tim Pawlenty.  Meanwhile, many conservative pundits are writing columns about how terrible it would be for someone to oppose a candidate just because he is a Mormon.  True, not a single primary has been held, but it looks like Romney will be the last man standing.  If that proves true, look for my Obama re-election prediction… Read more

How Christians are identified in Egypt

The Arab Spring in Egypt is resulting in riots and persecution targeting Coptic Christians, who make up some 10% of the population. This weekend some 17 were killed.  See  this. So how can Egyptians tell if one of their countrymen is a Christian?  Well, in an act of defiance and self-identity and so everyone will know their religion, the Copts wear their faith on their sleeve, as it were.  They tattoo a Coptic Cross on their wrists.  (We blogged about… Read more

Republican score card

I didn’t watch the debate last night between the Republican presidential candidates.  I hear they all ganged up on Herman Cain, who really has become the putative front runner as the alternative to Mitt Romney.  I heard that Michele Bachmann cast aspersions on Cain’s 9-9-9 tax reform plan by telling voters to turn the numbers upside down (6-6-6–get it?).  You know, that might be enough to sink Cain with many Christian voters.  Again, I didn’t watch it.  Maybe some of… Read more

Individualism vs. collectivism

Here is how George Will answers Elizabeth Warren’s statement that we posted yesterday: Such an agenda’s premise is that individualism is a chimera, that any individual’s achievements should be considered entirely derivative from society, so the achievements need not be treated as belonging to the individual. Society is entitled to socialize — i.e., conscript — whatever portion it considers its share. It may, as an optional act of political grace, allow the individual the remainder of what is misleadingly called… Read more

Iran’s plan to attack Washington?

ABC reports that officials have thwarted a scheme to attack the Israeli and Saudi embassies in Washington, D. C., a terrorist attack planned by the government of Iran! FBI and DEA agents have disrupted a plot to commit a “significant terrorist act in the United States” tied to Iran, federal officials told ABC News today. The officials said the plot included the assassination of the Saudi Arabian ambassador to the United States, Adel Al-Jubeir, with a bomb and subsequent bomb… Read more

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