Siggy plugs into the mystery of love

And we benefit from his charge...almost like we've hooked into his electrical box and we're siphoning some current for our own use. If you think a shrink can't be a theologian, think again.In our humaness, we are clothed with finite attire- we cannot divine the mind of God. When we demand absolutely certain truth, we are attempting to play God. We may believe that there are absolute truths, but in fact, we are bound by our understanding at the moment. Scientific truths alter as our … [Read more...]

James Lileks – 3 years prescient

Lileks - my hero - wrote this three years ago, almost, and it could have been written this week. It's too good to excerpt, it really must be read as a whole (and it's not terribly long)...but a teasers:Now I am resigned, in advance, to the loss of an American city by a nuclear weapon. The End of the World now looks like a comic-book premise, a Heston-movie conceit. We feared it would all be gone in a day, our world upended like an Etch-A-Sketch. What we never considered was a long, slow war, … [Read more...]

Judge Taylor Roundup

I have so much stuff opened on this, I'll just put it all together for your easy reference:Check out Jonah Goldberg's smart piece on constitutional double standards.BEAR IN MIND: The tools Judge Taylor and the left want out of the reach of the US are the tools which are foiling terror attacks in England.Read Ann Althouse's excellent, rich-in-irony Op-ed in the NY Times, and she's got a rousing comments thread as well. And Volokh also has a rowdy piece on it.Hugh Hewitt links to Law Prof … [Read more...]

Trusting New Media over Big Media?

Two absolute must-reads on the whole issue of Big-Time-Professional-Journalism's devolution into something shaky, and the Upstart-New-Media's evolution into...well, what, exactly is not yet known.Check out AllahPundit's comprehensive and angry recap of faked and choreographed photojournalism, those who have witnessed it, those who seem to defend it (or would wish it away into something small) and the evidence at hand. It's a hard-drive keeper.Then go to Patterico for more thoughts.The … [Read more...]

12 Arrested in Amsterdam flight…

This is beginning to look like a serious story. Blue Crab Boulevard is keeping on top of it.As you can see from this report, the press is having trouble talking about the nationality of those arrested. "South Asian" is the new "North African," I guess. These "South Asians" were hauling out their cell phones.A U.S. passenger named Alpa, who did not wish to use her last name, told AP television reporters she had seen police handcuff and remove around 11 men of south Asian appeareance from … [Read more...]

A good podcast from the Sanity Squad

Over at PJM's Politics Central our favorite cybershrinks are yakking it up, again, this time covering "Poll Crafting, Iraq, George Bush, Personal Responsibility, Mass Murder, Gunter Grass in the Waffen SS, the Value Systems of Free vs. Repressive Societies, and Apocalypse Maybe."It doesn't get much more comprehensive. They're entertaining and thought provoking, too. Go have a listen! … [Read more...]

If you accused them of it, they’d call you paranoid

But what many of us have long suspected is turning out to be true:Leftists who know the score won't tell it, because it might help President Bush.And it's true outside the US, too.And University of Chicago Law Professor Cass Sunstein tells the Democrats: "keep terrorism out of the news", because it helps George Bush. Gee...does that mean the Democrats have serious control over the news? Really, now, who'dathunkit?This is perhaps the most pathetic and shrivelled-soul crap I have ever … [Read more...]

The Politically Incorrect Puppet

Bulldog Pundit has a terrific post up on a new squabble among PC and reactionary denizens concerning a newly created Sesame Street character:Apparently, there’s a new female character named “Abby”, whose character traits are as follows:She’s 3, talkative, but shy around strangers. Sometimes she gets so nervous that she disappears. She’s capable of turning things into pumpkins, but not so good at turning them back.Above all, she is modeling how to make friends and how to fit into a n … [Read more...]

Playing to the Camera – We are all survivors, now

Just found this in the archives and thought as September approaches and the video cameras are hauled to the bus-stops and the "reality shows" begin again, it was worth a re-post:February 14, 2005 Playing to the cameras; a theory about whyIn response to my revealing my utter disinterest in growing the blog much beyond “playful primate” status or getting this Irish mug on camera somewhere, Dirty Harry has written a very funny personal confession (and some nice remarks in between the lau … [Read more...]

Claire and Jamie Fraser, because you asked.

A busy schedule precludes any writing until tonight, but because so many of you asked, these are the six books which currently comprise the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon, in order. I've had both men and women tell me that Outlander is a specific "Top-5-on-a-deserted-isle" book for them (but really, mostly women). I've read the first four, and I counted the first three as her best...I couldn't get through The Fiery Cross, but I'm hearing good things about the last one. The Bookshelf is … [Read more...]

Fathers & Daughters in the operas of Verdi

A masterful exposition by Aussiegirl. H/T Beverly. … [Read more...]

It’s really petty to resent what a man reads…

And The New Yorker is pettiness defined as it struggles to come to grips with the fact that President Bush is reading Camus - so taken aback are they by the president's climbing gall in reading Camus that they feel they must lecture him about it.Nonetheless, it is hard not to brood, in old-fashioned Kremlinological style, on the meanings of George W. Bush’s syllabus for this particular summer. Where in summers past he has read fiction by Tom Wolfe, or a comprehensive history of salt—both very g … [Read more...]

Ben Stein gives us the bad medicine we need

Yes, it's horrible tasting stuff, this piece by Ben Stein in the NY Times, but it's got to be had, if we're ever going to be a healthy society, again.Now, who’s fighting for us in the fight of our lives? Brave, idealistic Southerners. Hispanics from New Mexico. Rural men and women from upstate New York. Small-town boys and girls from the Midwest. Do the children of the powers on Wall Street resign to go off and fight? Fight for the system that made them rich? Fight for the way of life that m … [Read more...]

Scotland Yard’s Presser on Sky Terror and other links

Hot Air has the video. Seems like all the little martyrdom tapes had been video'd.But it's all just fakery by Bush and Blair, you know.So were these bombs in Germany.Michael Barone looks at enemies foreign and domestic and ends brilliantly, thusly: We have always had our covert enemies, but their numbers were few until the 1960s. But then the elite young men who declined to serve in the military during the Vietnam War set out to write a narrative in which they, rather than those who … [Read more...]