A Mother-Hung Nation? Meyer, again.

Yesterday, in this piece on Hamlet and Harry Potter, I wrote this:Here is the interesting question…when a life has been lived with a sense of deep mission - as in either Hamlet's or Harry's case - and that mission has been fulfilled, what is the purpose of the life, thereafter? [...] Perhaps this is why monarchs, old generals, popes, entrepreneurs, mother-hung rock stars and CBS newsmen can never willingly retire and live out their days. Without their sense of mission, life has no thrust and p … [Read more...]

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Mondegreens, global warming and Saddam

A few things I have be meaning to show you:Neo-Neocon's fun and charming post on mondegreens, a subject upon which Vanderleun is also writing.HangRight Politics has unveiled their new Cut-and-run-Meter - creating a handy one-stop reference for you.Flopping Aces finds evidence that Democrat outrage is all for show. Gasp. We've always known it, but now it's pretty much out there and admitted.Did he just say what I thought he did? I mean, I thought the whole premise of their outrage was … [Read more...]

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Ruthie and Uncle Nino: The Duet has ended

Some may not know this, but once upon a time it was not unusual for Justice Antonin Scalia to sit down at the piano and tickle the ivories while Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg would belt out a showtune. Philosophies and Ideologies aside, they were able to find a connection through a mutual love of a good Mermanesque belter.Those days are over. It's been a while since Nino and Ruthie performed for the rest. And without music binding them, it seems judicial and professional courtesy has gone … [Read more...]

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If you’re not THIS liberal….

...you cannot come into the Netherlands!.AMSTERDAM, Netherlands - The camera focuses on two gay men kissing in a park. Later, a topless woman emerges from the sea and walks onto a crowded beach. For would-be immigrants to the Netherlands, this film is a test of their readiness to participate in the liberal Dutch culture. ADVERTISEMENTIf they can't stomach it, no need to apply.Despite whether they find the film offensive, applicants must buy a copy and watch it if they hope to pass the … [Read more...]

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Socialized Medicine does not work

Our Canadian neighbors know it, which is why they buy supplemental insurance so they can come to the US for treatment.It doesn't work in the UK, either as Dr. Sanity points out.Ours may be an imperfect system...but it's the best-working one out there. … [Read more...]

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“Is ‘Old-Europe’ Doomed?”

From my sickbed, I have been reading Theodore Darlrymple's latest exquisite book of essays, Our Culture, What's Left of It, and I highly recommend it. It is no exaggeration to call him the Orwell of the 21st century.I'm halfway through, and each essay is more impressive than the last. No one is writing O Tempora, O Mores better than he.Which is why I am also linking you to this superb essay from Cato Unbound. You will thank me after you read it. You will also want to order the book, so … [Read more...]

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Mind words. They mean things.

James Lileks takes on the ever-thankless task of reminding us that words mean things; words are important; use them well.I call it a "thankless task," but actually, I'm thankful that he's doing it. … [Read more...]

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KELO takes a church; utilitarianism on the march

Heather Wilhelm details how a church (non-tax-paying) is being taken to make room for tax revenues!Since the Supreme Court's controversial Kelo decision last summer, eminent domain has entered a new frontier. It’s not just grandma’s house we have to worry about. Now it’s God’s house, too. “I guess saving souls isn’t as important,” says Reverend Gildon, his voice wry, “as raking in money for politicians to spend.” The town of Sand Springs, Oklahoma, has plans to take Centennial Baptist — along w … [Read more...]

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The Christmas Card flap

Check out Jeanette's new Christmas screen and while you're at it you can see the White House Christmas Card that is supposedly putting people into a frenzy because the president says "Happy Holidays" instead of "Merry Christmas."KJLopez at NRO writes:I've never been entirely comfortable with the Holiday vs. Christmas debate. I've said "best wishes for the holidays," as a sign off more than once and I've never seriously considered that that might be code indicating that I'm anti-Christian or … [Read more...]

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For Lyle…

Lyle says he hasn't heard anything about folks having to tiptoe around the world "Christmas" so for him, I post this piece by Jonah Goldberg, on keeping the "holy" out of Christmas. A good piece.Some are fighting back by sending Christmas cards to the ACLU.If anyone has a link to other "Christmas controversies" you can put them in the comments section for Lyle, okay? Please use an html to link, if you can! :-)Also, for Lyle: The Mainstream Media Still has the Power. … [Read more...]

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