Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Odds and ends 4/5/2016

  • “The contemporary denial of reality,” Anthony Esolen
  • “Gender non-conformity running roughshod over parents’ rights,” Carl Trueman. I saw this coming after the Indiana RFRA hysteria, and really before then. Start here.
  • Daniel Harsanyi: “Our founders could never have imagined a person’s private property becoming the national property of a pagan inquisition, and federal and state governments, which were intended to encourage religious virtue (although not coerce it), serve as a conduit for compulsory servitude to the idols of hedonism.”
  • Jerry Falwell says leadership trumps principle. When I hear Donald Trump is a leader, I think of a line from The Dark Knight: “Buyer beware. I told you my compound would take you places. I never said they’d be places you wanted to go.” Even if he’d be a good leader, we don’t know if he’d be a good, good leader. So, buyer beware.
  • “I No Longer Say ‘Chair,’” Austin Ruse
  • Scott McKay:
    In short, Brussels has devolved into yet one more European city in which an unassimilable Muslim population rife with jihadists, overwhelmingly dependent on the welfare state and completely hostile to the values and standards of the host country. The terror problem in Brussels is of a piece with the rape problem in Stockholm and Malmo and Cologne, the sexual grooming and white sex slavery of Rotherham and Marseille and the jihadism of Paris — and Europe’s political class has responded to shocking revelation after shocking revelation of the depravity of their new residents with cover-ups and shaming of concerned citizens with terms like “racist” and — here it comes again — “Islamophobe.”
  • “Europe at War,” Rod Dreher
  • “Obama’s Cuba perfidy was worse than you thought … WAY worse,” Caleb Howe
  • Great line from Steve Deace: “Clearly we are duplicitous in creating an infestation of false converts who have mistaken cultural conformity for salvation.”
  • Excellent comment by Chris Rawlings via Rod Dreher:
    The prosperity of my law school colleagues made moral degradation much easier for them. It insulated them to an extent from real consequences (daddy will take care of it), it widened the possibilities for moral failure (the working poor will never have the opportunity to blow thousands on liquor and prostitutes in Thailand), and it allowed them to cover debauchery in a veneer of prestige and accomplishment (“Oh, so you’re an attorney?”). Prosperity is to nihilism what gasoline is to fire, I’ve found. And so I’m not entirely sure why we’re still privileging prosperity as an ontologically “higher” mode of living.
  • “Personal love and the call to chastity,” Samantha Schroeder
  • Bogus: “The dream of home ownership is crumbling for San Antonio young people.” Budget every month for a future down payment. Find a bargain. There are a lot of empty nesters downsizing right now.
  • TxDOT just netted a 2,400-percent loss on the Austin bypass. “Price for removing Texas tolls: $30 BILLION!” Remember this when they come back for more road funding.
  • God created man upright, but they have gone in search of many schemes. (Ecclesiastes 7:29)

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