Archive for March 2012

Egalitarian Elites and the Academic Dilemma

It doesn’t take an acquaintance with Tocqueville to spot the flaws in many American claims about equality. Just go to school. You soon learn that an A paper is not equal to a C paper. You also learn that those different grades will ha...

Rob Koons: Attacking Iran Would Be Unjust

Since the first Gulf War, it has been popular among many Christian (especially but not exclusively Catholic) conservatives to justify American military interventions via just-war theory — which conveniently always seems to come down o...

“You Ever Get Back There Any More?”

Down on the Square (as we East Texas natives refer to the downtown in Henderson, pop. 11,000), I make a visit to the backroom of the Strong-Hurt Pharmacy, site for many years of the Coffee Club, a place where mostly older gents congregate a...

“Get” Out of Here

Rabbi Herzfeld of the National Synagogue has petitioned the House Ethics Committee to discipline a House staffer who appears to be recalcitrant as to one of the finer points of Jewish law. The full text of the letter can be found here and i...

A Scar on the Soul

This is a powerful piece describing the consequences of some fertility techniques that involve selective reduction of embryos. I will never fully recover from what I’ve seen, and done.  For I have failed, intentionally and knowingly, ...

“Freedom or Virtue?” Revisited

About this time last year, Mitch Daniels, the Republican Governor of Indiana, stirred some controversy by calling on conservatives to declare a truce on so-called “social issues” so that they might concentrate their political energies on se...

The Insidious Logic of Liberalism

Tucson, AZ.  This Arizona Daily Star paragraph greeted me as I began the annual family vacation in Tucson.  Rather than offering full commentary, I shall just provide the offending remark along with the despairing observation that it is int...

Take-out Death Eaters

Well, if drive-through Ash Wednesday services weren’t enough, the Dutch have finally invented mobile euthanasia units to do house calls when your own doctor won’t. A town in Wisconsin I once lived in had drive-through liquor sto...