Monday, May 30, 2016

The amalgam of memory and gratitude

Hillsdale College posts a poignant Memorial Day reminder:

As is his custom, the director of music at my parish dusted off most of the patriotic hymns for Mass this morning. We sang not just "America the Beautiful" and "The Battle Hymn of the Republic," but also "Finlandia" (which the hymnal irksomely calls 'This Is My Song') and "Eternal Father Strong to Save."

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Quote of the Day

"In this golden age of information, 32 percent of Americans can't identify the Supreme Court as one of the three branches of the federal government, yet we're advocating they Rock the Vote. It's irresponsible."
-- David Harsanyi writing in The Federalist

 Bonus Quote:

"The good news is that Hillary is wrong about everything. She incorrectly interprets the Constitution; she misunderstands the impact that guns have on mass murders; she's wrong about America's allegedly skyrocketing crime rate; and she's wrong that those countries that have banned guns have benefited from those bans."
-- The irrepressible Bookworm, my friend

Wednesday, May 18, 2016


Both street and structure seem aptly named. That's the "Holy Name of Jesus" cathedral under construction on a rainy day in Raleigh.

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Solid political advice

Denise C. McAllister has what she calls "A Conservative's Guide to a Trump Nomination," and, like most of her work, it's worth reading.

Picking for strawberries?

Well, the band has some fine pickers, and they did perform a set at the Strawberry Festival in Durham yesterday.

Sunday, May 1, 2016

My two cents on the state of argument

From an original essay with Princess Bride overtones published this weekend by American Spectator Online:

"As a few commentators on the left and right have both noticed, liberals embrace the smug life. People who remember how to make an argument tend to be the ones whose speeches provoke 'trigger warnings' among sheltered college students, presumably because moving coherently from a premise to a conclusion can intimidate anyone trapped in a 'safe' space."

Note:  American Spectator Online has been redesigned since that essay was originally published. As a result, the essay has been re-titled and re-filed.