Chronicles of Wasted Time

  1. Got a uterus to spare?
  2. Anniversary to make us all smile
  3. Europe’s future: 1.4/2 = 0.7
  4. Your mama must be so proud!
  5. Non-carnal political collapse of the decade

1

The response of medical science (2015 edition, but stay tuned for the demise of this blatant discrimination) to men who think they’re women and wonder why they’re being denied the right to get a uterus:

I did anticipate that there would be interest in this application of uterine transplant from the Trans community; however, our protocol is limited at this time to women without a functioning uterus.

2

It’s the 30th Anniversary of the arrival of Calvin & Hobbes. Best parenthetical of the day (from the New York Times Daily Briefing, a “Backstory”):

(The Washington Post this year compared Donald J. Trump’s campaign to Calvinball.)

Bonus.

3

The fact that Europe’s reproductive rate is 1.4 children per couple, and so there needs to be considerable immigration to maintain a productive workforce that can sustain the middle class standard of living, is a godsend for Isis, because at the same time there has never been less tolerance for immigration. Therein lies the sort of chaos that Isis is well positioned to exploit.

(Scott Atran via Rod Dreher)

4

“While he was saying this, a woman in the crowd raised her voice and said to him, ‘Blessed is the womb that bore you and the breasts that nursed you!’ But he said, ‘Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it!’” (Lk 11: 27-28)

The unnamed woman in the crowd is, I dare say, quite “graphic” in her praise of the Lord’s Mother. One might think she could’ve simply said, “Your Mother must be so proud of You!” rather to the same effect. But instead she mentions “the womb that bore” Him and “the breasts that nursed” Him, drawing my attention to the physical side of the motherhood of the Theotokos.

(Sister Vassa, Daily Reflection)

5

Biggest politician collapse of the decade that did not involve four bare legs in a bed:

Jindal’s campaign was one of many 2016 bids that never made any sense, and it made even less in light of his overwhelmingunpopularity in his home state. He was held in high regard on the right for his wonkish background and for his electoral success, but by the time he got around to running for president he opted to cast the former aside in favor of trying to play the role of the outraged culture warrior and demagogue. That role never really suited him ….

(Daniel Larison)

Even a decade ago, I was pretty disenthralled of politics, but Jindal halfway or more took me in. I thought he was the real deal, a rising star, the great brown hope of the GOP. He has turned into just another hack, possibly crazier than most in his starvation of his state, as chronicled from time to time by its resident, Rod Dreher.

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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.