Tasty Tidbits 8/23/11

  1. Tipsier than usual.
  2. A New Title IX Regulation, maybe?
  3. C. Schmoo Lewis.
  4. Exorcising Monsaton.
  5. Romance or marriage?
  6. Poke in eye. (If that doesn’t work, knee in groin?)
  7. Free the Data!
  8. An ocean divides us, but …
  9. Crop failure.
  10. At the corner of time and eternity.


If you see me staggering around like a drunk, barely-able to stand up and doubtful on walking a straight line, it is neither beverage alcohol nor my encounter with another novel idea.

It’s ragweed. I think. I had one of my staggering-around-days yesterday and mentioned it to my wife. She said the ragweed count was unusually high, as it has been other times when I complained of disequilibrium. Since I don’t think of myself as allergic, I’d missed the correlation; since she is allergic, she caught it. Apparently, it gets me deep in the inner ear.


By disposition, I tend to find the cloud in silver linings. But the opposite tendency can go too far:

Hey, guys and gals! Listen up! I’ve got great news! Because China’s one-child policy, combined with identification of a child’s sex in the womb, leads to disproportionate abortion of girls, girls in China now are so scarce that they’ve got really great opportunities!

Okay. That’s a paraphrase. I admit it.

Do you think selective abortion of girls would be a good idea to advance the goals of Title IX?


I always knew C.S. Lewis was one of us! He “was buried with a three-barred Orthodox Cross on his casket.”

Of course, I knew he was one of us when I was an Evangelical, too. He’s funny that way.

He never set out to be a Schmoo, I’m sure.


Warren Buffet thinks the super-rich should be taxed more. I agree with John Payne that we should stop giving their corporations money first. It would come closer to balancing the budget that taxing the super rich: $92 billion saved versus maybe $67 billion revenue.

It’s nice that Monsaton (sic) would get a really big cut since it’s a really major corporate welfare queen.


[C]hildren in fatherless homes are casualties of the deepest idea of the sexual revolution: human institutions that limit sexual desire must be remade in order to achieve “maximum feasible accommodation” with adult sexual desire.
… Our goal should not be to strengthen Americans’ commitment to good romances, but to strengthen our commitment to marriage as a social institution dedicated to bringing together male and female so that children have mothers and fathers.

Maggie Gallagher, in part 2 of a 10-part Public Discourse series on “Liberty, Justice, and the Common Good: Political Principles for 2012 and Beyond” (emphasis added).


I guess the Senate figured we’re in danger of running out of wars, so they gratuitously, and unanimously, poked a finger in the eye of Russia, declaring “Abkhazia and South Ossetia to be provinces of Georgia illegally occupied by Russian troops who must get out and return to Russia.”

What is wrong with Senate Resolution 175?
Just this. Neither Abkhazia nor South Ossetia has been under Georgian control for 20 years. When Georgia seceded from Russia, these ethnic enclaves rebelled and seceded from Georgia.
Abkhazians and Ossetians both view the Tblisi regime of Mikhail Saakashvili, though a favorite of Washington, with contempt, and both have lately declared formal independence.

What. Is. Wrong. With. These. Idiots?


“An ocean divides us, but we are joined in the basic human longing for freedom, for justice and for dignity.” The quote is President Obama and the topic is the Libyan version of Arab Spring. But there are other deep longings, too, like music and beauty.


Oh, no! They’re going to kill the Statistical Abstract of the United States, America’s databook, unless we rise up and with one mighty voice demand a pardon!

Seriously, it’s a great resource, though I haven’t consulted one in decades.


Today’s poem at Writer’s Almanac is by Wendell Berry, poet laureate not of Empire, but of home, and place, and humanity.


“History is hard to predict.” (Soviet Russian Proverb)

With that lead, you might expect a lot of things, but probably not things like this:

I would suggest that it is a mistake to describe Christianity as a “historical” religion, despite the space-time reality of its central events. It is more correct to describe Christianity as an “eschatological” religion – a belief that the end of all things – the fulfillment of time and history – has entered space and time and inaugurated a different mode of existence. To put it in the simple terms of the Gospel: the Kingdom of God is at hand.

Christ is crucified on a particular day and hour in a particular place. But the Scriptures also teach us that the “Lamb was slain from the foundation of the earth,” making Christ’s sacrifice something that also exists outside of space and time. His Crucifixion is an intersection of time and eternity, of heaven and earth. It is a manifestation of the coming of the Kingdom of God.

That almost has to be Father Stephen, doesn’t it (if you know of him)? Savor the whole thing here.

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If you’re missing political rants, I’m sorry, but I was giving the impression that I cared, so I stopped blogging politics — with rare, nonpartisan exceptions like today. “They” are all idiots except for the ones who are rogues. But RogerWmBennett Tweets about politics and stuff over in the right-hand column. I generally agree with the guy.


Bon appetit!