Month: December 2014

The Original Mitrailleuse

The Original Mitrailleuse

(The German Emperor William is declared…in the great palace of the Kings of France) ADDED: “Nous sommes dans un pot de chambre, et nous y serons emmerdes.” Gen. Ducrot, Sedan, France, Aug. 31, 1870. As we come to the close of the year I’d like to again thank Meister Bloom for the opportunity to write here, and recognize the […]

An Airing Of Grievances

Here’s my first post for Front Porch Republic. Happy Festivus! As I’m sitting in an office on K Street, emptied for Christmas, wondering how to introduce myself to you all, it occurs to me that I owe you an explanation. It sounds like a bad joke, that a editor at a DC political website would want anything to do […]

Leave The 24 Hour Christmas Music Cycle Alone

Leave The 24 Hour Christmas Music Cycle Alone

The season of joy is here. And while many of the same troubles that have beleaguered mankind since antiquity (wars, famine, suffering) are still afflicting much of the globe, Christmas continues unabated. Department stores are decked out in green and red. Multi-colored lights decorate houses in middle class neighborhoods. Makeshift Christmas tree shops have sprung […]

Exit And Human Nature The Case Of Llano Del Rio

Going out to LlanoLlano del RioTry to find utopiaIn the stucco grids and the tumbleweeds You got to love that pear blossomIt’ll kill you just like possumHave you been to the rock foundations?Where it’s mostly known just for the speed —“Llano del Rio,” by Frank Black and the Catholics Eighty-eight miles down the road to Sin City lies […]

Libertarianism And Catholic Social Teaching

Sharp stuff from Opus Publicum: There seems to be a self-satisfied sense among some proponents of CST that libertarianism is synonymous with insanity, and that is simply not true. There are, I believe, serious philosophical and empirical shortcomings to be found within libertarianism, to say nothing of the fact many (though not all) of its tenets […]

Secession Lagniappe 18

Secession Lagniappe 18

Happy 152nd anniversary of the Battle of Fredericksburg! Here’s a picture I took on the way to the reenactment two years ago: Sorry it’s been a while since the last one of these, been busy with other things. Dampier on Puerto Rican exit Michael Tomasky says dump the South. (Please oh please Br’er Fox, don’t throw us into the briar patch!) […]

Adam Gurri On Telescopic Morality

There is one version of the history of modern media that is a story primarily about a drug, developed to make its users feel anger with delightful intensity. Refinement of this drug has made some great leaps in a very short time — it used to be you had to wait until a certain time […]

Denounce Ferguson Protesters But Remember To Forgive

Denounce Ferguson Protesters But Remember To Forgive

“Instinct is something that people have got away from! It belongs to animals! Christian adults don’t want it!” – Amanda Wingfield Since the days of Aquinas and Dante, the capacity for reason has been the defining feature of man. The leopard acts by instinct. Man is endowed with better capabilities. Christian theology holds that free […]

Une Bouffee De Mitraille

Isegoria explains: As a young Brigadier General, Napoleon once dispersed a mob of Royalists with “a whiff of grapeshot” — although it’s not quite clear how to translate that very Anglo-Saxon phrase back into French. Une bouffée de mitraille? The phrase likely sounds so Anglo-Saxon because it was coined by Scottish essayist and historian, Thomas Carlyle, in THE […]

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