Monday, January 14, 2013

Today's links

  • Raimondo on Hagel.
  • Showbiz history of a famous bad depiction of the golden era: the making of Eddie and the Cruisers. The novel sounds good. Fusion jazz from a self-taught rocker had a chance. I listen to experimental music from then (Brubeck, Monk et al.) along with the pop.
  • GOP establishment tries to devour its own. Sounds like they’re blaming the grassroots so-con base for the defeat so they’ll keep being liberal Rockefeller Republicans, almost indistinguishable from the other party (which is just as pro-war).
  • From Mark Shea: the Medjugorje fraud as the good folk-Catholic instinct off course. Not quite his point but what I read in this. We laity have a lot of freedom. Privately you can venerate anything. Folk Catholicism at its best is traditionalism that gets its back up against imposed liberalism. But of course the official church has its job. In these cases, the buck stops with the bishop. He rightly said no, a long time ago. (E. Michael Jones explained Medjugorje to me: friars in a long feud with the bishop essentially made it up for cred; well-meaning but low-church charismatics spread it; they and this devotion filled a spiritual void in the Vatican II wasteland; then the war in ex-Yugoslavia cut Medj back a lot.) The apostolic ministry at work. (Even if he said yes, you don’t have to believe in private revelation.) I stay away from gossip and don’t watch EWTN (they do good but I don’t need their shows) so I don’t follow the Corapi story, but if it’s true at least he’s into women and what strikes me is he has never attacked the teachings of the church. Voris is against Communion in the hand? Good.
  • From Karen De Coster: economic riots and tramplefests.
  • From Alice Linsley: utilitarianism. A Christian so-con criticism of a granddaddy of libertarianism. I still think the do-no-harm principle, the golden rule or nonaggression (defend yourself and the other guy’s rights but don’t start fights), is a good basis for the church and non-Catholics to get along (pretty much how we got along in America around 1950 and John Courtney Murray was right) but good conservative criticism makes you think. There’s the yuck factor for us right-libertarians in which while error in itself might not have rights, people do (thanks, Jim C.), so we end up defending practices that might disgust us. But, reading this, I think why on earth do Harvard students need official school backing to have that club? Reminds me of some of Rod Dreher’s recent posts about spoiled students demanding school recognition and ordering everybody to change their vocabulary (guilting people, playing on Christian culture’s defending the oppressed; PC’s a Christian heresy) because they want to pretend to be the opposite sex for example. If you want to do it, just do it and leave us alone. But the left’s about power, not freedom: entitled Ivy kids ordering the rest of us around. Plus ça change. Also... deny headship and you get perversions like bondage? Roissy wouldn’t be surprised.
  • From Steve Sailer:
  • From Joshua:
  • From Mark in Spokane: Nixon wasn’t conservative.


  1. Voris is welcome to his aesthetics. He's not welcome to insinuate that those who do not share them are heretics.

  2. Writers who discuss the subject always allude to some mysterious aesthetic appeal of "turning crisp white pages", but it's not hard to understand the perfectly logical reasons that physical books continue to be purchased even when e-books are available. A book requires no charging cord, no battery, no boot-up process, no internet connection, and no sign-in to any accounts. A book is invulnerable to all of the electronic and programming problems that plague computerized devices (true, a book can be damaged by fire or water, but so can your e-reader). You can instantaneously access the information in your book almost anywhere there is enough light to see clearly. You'll never have to call tech support for assistance with a book. Well-cared-for books can still be in readable condition a century after publication, which one doubts will prove true of most e-readers.

    The chief drawback to a book is that it takes up a lot of space, which is why it makes sense that e-book sales are highest among the kind of light fiction that people read once and never again (anyone who's ever tried to unload a large collection of Harlequin romance novels at a yard sale understands this problem). Reference texts and lifelong favorites, though, will always have a place on the shelf for quick and easy access.


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