Independence Day

  1. Risking another epiphany
  2. Editorial all ready for next SCOTUS nominee
  3. Ready for the Big Leagues

I have no special thoughts about Independence Day except “don’t be corny.” Damon Linker has two non-corny columns, here and here.


I just added an item to my retirement “don’t just sit around” list: studying (not just reading) J. Budziszewski’s Commentary on Thomas Aquinas’s Treatise on Law.

I have been fascinated and generally persuaded by natural law arguments for decades. Then over the last twenty years or so, I’ve concurrently blamed Aquinas and the scholastics for what I consider Roman Catholic over-specification of holy mysteries (e.g., the idea of “transubstantiation”). But both of these inclinations have come with almost no actual contact with Aquinas, and probably could be demolished by an actual scholastic.

So it’s time to risk another epiphany (which wouldn’t be epiphany if I could predict its exact content).


These are scary times for America and for our beloved Constitution which clearly says ‘Church’ and ‘State’ should be separate (I think it says that. I don’t know. I’m not a doctor).

I can’t believe Trump picked ______ for our sacred Supreme Court.  There are several (unverified) reports that he’s a huge racist.  He hates black licorice! I hired an independent lip reader and body language expert and they both told me this is a sign that he loves Jim Crow Laws.

Let’s not even talk about how _____ feels about women.  He’s been married to his first wife for over 10 years so obviously she’s not feeling empowered enough.  Don’t let the wife’s pleasant demeanor fool you.  She does HER OWN laundry and she separates the whites from the coloreds.  (I don’t need an expert to tell me THAT’S a sign of something.)  I interviewed one of his neighbors and he told me she cooks him dinner EVERY SINGLE NIGHT!  He’s basically Genghis Khan.  I can only assume his nomination will set back Chelsea Manning’s conversion therapy DECADES.

_____ also attends church regularly.  I’ve heard him say that he “believes in Jesus” no less than 20 times.  Get ready for the LGBT concentration camps.

Our great (well, not really great. Kind of imperialistic.) nation is in grave danger with this radical new SCOTUS.  How have we strayed so far from the founding principles of Eric Holder?

(Jesse Kelly)


Brian Murphy, spokesman for Chris Christie, may be ready for the big league role of successor to Sean Spicer and Sarah Huckabee Sanders:

When Chris Christie was asked at a press conference on Sunday whether he had gotten any sun, he said he hadn’t. When the photos of him on that beach came out, his spokesman, Brian Murray clarified:

“He did not get any sun. He had a baseball hat on.”

(Note: Just how in the world Mr. Murray was able to get those words out without laughing, crying, or punching his own face remains unclear.)

(Katherine Timpf)

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There is no epistemological Switzerland. (Via Mars Hill Audio Journal Volume 134)

Some succinct standing advice on recurring themes.