Posted by: readerjohn | January 21, 2017

Sataurday 1/21/17

  1. The Class Clown Repents
  2. “Leading from behind”
  3. Tribalism on Parade
  4. What I did at the Inauguration
  5. The scholarly reading audience
  6. My Man Mitch

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Posted by: readerjohn | January 20, 2017

Interesting Epistle & Gospel for this auspicious day

The Epistle and Gospel appointed for Liturgies January 20 in the Orthodox Church are interesting:

These two passages — one on partiality (particularly toward the wealthy to the disadvantage of the poor), the other on “how hard it is for those who trust in riches to enter the kingdom of God”— were appointed long, long ago, not sometime after November 8.

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Some succinct standing advice on recurring themes.

Posted by: readerjohn | January 20, 2017

Inauguration Day

  1. Music du jour
  2. A More Perfect Absolutism
  3. Read news like a defense attorney
  4. It’s more real onscreen
  5. Rahm’s lawless Chicago
  6. Land of the slave, home of the timid

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Posted by: readerjohn | January 19, 2017

Thursday 1/19/17

  1. Mocking what he longed for
  2. Imaginative Conservative #Fail
  3. Spiritual Freedom
  4. The best offense is an ex-defense
  5. Like the Mayor of Amity
  6. The Hate that Dare Not Speak Its Name
  7. PLAGAL lives!

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Posted by: readerjohn | January 17, 2017

Tuesday 1/17/17

  1. Mene, Mene, Tekel, Upharsin redux
  2. Chronicling a mid-life religious crisis
  3. Real Civil Liberties don’t get no respect
  4. Trump the Twitter-Tweetin’ Fool
  5. Is Trump the Heir of Reagan — or of LBJ?
  6. Deracinated Donald
  7. The Trump Dossier
  8. Eh? Was that a “Yes” or a “No”?

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Posted by: readerjohn | January 15, 2017

Where are the Watchmen? (Day 2)

I attended the Eighth Day Symposium, an Orthodox-inspired but broadly somewhat ecumenical gathering, Friday and Saturday. The Symposium title was “Where Are the Watchmen?,” based on a September 2016 Harpers essay by Alan Jacobs.

Some highlights of Saturday (Friday’s highlights are here). Sit back. It’s long — but very rewarding. I’ll highlight the links to my personal favorites, but your mileage may vary.

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Posted by: readerjohn | January 14, 2017

Where Are the Watchmen?

I’m attending the Eighth Day Symposium, an Orthodox-inspired but broadly ecumenical gathering, Friday and Saturday. The Symposium title is “Where Are the Watchmen?,” based on a September 2016 Harpers essay by Alan Jacobs.

Some highlights of Friday. Sit back. It’s long.

Kudos to the Cogi app for letting me capture highlights verbatim. Some of the expressions are a little goofy reduced directly to print — but that’s my experience of what happens to speech when transcribed. The written word is subtly different than the spoken word, and the written word, from intelligent and articulate people, can at times seem stupid and tongue-tied.

  1. Dyslexic Security System
  2. Secularity is the seminal American idea
  3. Evangelicalism’s Mene, Mene, Tekel, Upharsin moment
  4. Renewing culture
  5. Stop the hijacking
  6. Rightly Reading Revelation
  7. Demoting Jesus
  8. Empire = Superpower
  9. Also missing: any public intellectuals

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Posted by: readerjohn | January 13, 2017

Friday The 13th supplement

The stakes in all of this are becoming huge.

Clearly, Trump hopes to work out with Putin the kind of detente that President Nixon achieved with Leonid Brezhnev.

This should not be impossible. For, unlike the 1970s, there is no Soviet Empire stretching from Havana to Hanoi, no Warsaw Pact dominating Central Europe, no Communist ideology steering Moscow into constant Cold War conflict with the West.

Russia is a great power with great power interests. But she does not seek to restore a global empire or remake the world in her image. U.S.-Russian relations are thus ripe for change.

But any such hope is now suddenly impaired.

The howls of indignation from Democrats and the media — that Trump’s victory and Clinton’s defeat were due to Putin’s involvement in our election — have begun to limit Trump’s freedom of action in dealing with Russia. And they are beginning to strengthen the hand of the Russophobes and the Putin-is-Hitler crowd in both parties.

(Pat Buchanan)

I’m trying to figure out what’s motivating the Russophobes. Some of it is preening for the admiration of voters who haven’t noticed the Cold War is over. Some of it — the Democrat kind — is probably simple political contrariness.

There’s an ugly explanation for the rest, but it’s too facile and simplistic to suit even me.

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I’m getting this out as a single piece because it will not fit in at all with what expect will come next.

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“In learning as in traveling and, of course, in lovemaking, all the charm lies in not coming too quickly to the point, but in meandering around for a while.” (Eva Brann)

Some succinct standing advice on recurring themes.

Posted by: readerjohn | January 13, 2017

Friday the 13th (1/13/17)

  1. Parody Cultural Studies
  2. Trump key #fail
  3. Bad pedophiles, tolerable pedophiles
  4. 100% Proof Sex Is Optional!

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Posted by: readerjohn | January 12, 2017

Thursday 1/12/17

  1. The Dogmas of Atheism Never Falter
  2. Politico catches FIRE
  3. Buzzfeed fail
  4. NROnline and other unreliable sources
  5. Blogging note

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