Father Knows Best: Eclectic Late July Edition

Farm in rural Hamilton Township; Northumberland County, Ontario.

Farm in rural Hamilton Township; Northumberland County, Ontario.

Wintery Knight: Friday night movie: Cyrano de Bergerac (1950); Friday night movie: Midway (1976)

Oz Conservative: John Dickson Batten; Another Grimshaw

Borepatch: I am so doing this; Tastes like chicken

Social Extinction: An apparition on the Red Line train this morning and the dawn of a coming doom…

Hans Fiene: The Dirty Practice of Infant Baptism

Erik Flowers:  No one said they wanted faster horses, they wanted less horseshit

Linda Besner: More Awkward Than Ever

Calum Marsh: The Uniquely Repetitive World of Jim Jarmusch

John Michael McGrath: Is Competent Authoritarianism Too Much to Ask For?

Jacob Shamsian: J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis’ friendship will be the subject of a new film

Thomas Frank: Veiled Pensioners of the Mystic Sofa

Nicole Cliffe: Every Canadian Novel Ever

God and the Machine: 5 Minutes, 17 British Accents; Piercing the Unicorn

Literate Comments: Steely Dan Live in Kansas City – A Small Taste

Old Life Theological Society: It’s Like A Film Festival On Your Laptop and Everyone’s Invited

The Heidelblog: Graphic Calvin

Amanda Miska: Call Me Crazy

Cody C. Delistraty: Commercializing the Counterculture: How the Summer Music Festival Went Mainstream

Mark Byrnes: Saving Sam the Record Man’s Giant Spinning Discs

Blowhard, Esq.: NYC Notes, Part 3: The Cloisters at Fort Tryon Park

Gideon Lewis-Kraus: The Fasinatng … Frustrating … Fascinating History of Autocorrect

Ann Sterzinger: Liberty Island Media, Part II: The Long Slog of Roy Griffis

Taki: Deutschland, Deutschland!; My Kind of Dragon; Cruising the Med

Andy Nowicki: So Rude

Bill Kauffman: Still America First

Noah Millman: All Bad Poetry Is Sincere: Man of La Mancha at the Stratford Festival

Jonathan Coppage: Welcome

Christopher Kemp: On the (Very Smelly) Trail of the Skunk Takeover

Jason Peters: Something’s Fishy–But Not Very–At Dinnertime

R.J. Snell: Rollin Coal and the Empire of Desire

Dan Piepenbring: Bayou Medicine

Eugene Girin:  Italy Travelogue: Milan, Part I; Milan, Part II; Venice; Bergamo; Florence; Rome

Ray Olson: Why you should see the silents, part I

Jeff Minick: Ready, Aim, Fire: Men, Marksmanship, and Public Urinals

Matt Forney: People with Real Lives Don’t Need Landscapes by John Dolan

Edward Morrissey: What I learned from totally unplugging and shutting up for three days

Sarah Eberspacher: Your next summer getaway: An East German bunker

Jenny McGruther: In praise of lard (and how to render your own)

Taylor Schwartz: How to pack a jar salad

Kristen Miglore: The secret to Gabrielle Hamilton’s amazing grilled cheese sandwiches

Scott Meslow: What if The Purge was real?

Steve Sailer: A Better MacGuffin for “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes”; Is “Planet of the Apes” Anti-bonoboist?; Johnny Winter, RIP; A Little Over the Top, But Still …; What It’s Like to be a Teacher: “Differentiated Instruction” by TeachBad

Shattered Light: Karitane, winter, low tide; Mist studies and slowing down a d800

Tau Zero: Utah Morning Scene; Wyoming Rainbow 2

Rural Revolution: Prepping for Portland;  First day of sales

A Curious Gal: Duluth or Duloot

Shouting Thomas: Why Use YouTube Backing Tracks?

Masculine Style: Summer 2014; What to Pack for a Business Trip

“Weird Al” Yankovic – Word Crimes

Trenton, Ontario.

Trenton, Ontario.

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Posted by on July 25, 2014 in Linklove


Some Bible verses for your day

Isaiah 36:12

Ezekiel 23:20

Why don’t we ever read these verses in church?

Psalm 137:9

Why don’t we ever sing this in worship?

Just askin’.


Posted by on July 24, 2014 in religion, spirituality, Theology


Are engagement rings and expensive weddings preventing people from getting married?

A good question. No doubt they are…

Gucci Little Piggy linked to “Girl Talk” blog post that raises this intriguing question. It seems that poor people aren’t getting married because they feel that they can’t afford to get married. With the idea out there (created by the De Beers cartel) that men are supposed to spend two months of their salary on an engagement ring, and with the median wedding costing $18,086, marriage seems to be totally out of reach of minimum wage workers.

But this is totally the wrong way that people should be looking at marriage. Marriage, minus the engagement ring and the expensive wedding, is a smart economic proposition for poor people because it allows them to pool their resources and the social sanction of marriage causes people to act more responsibly which results in higher future income.


People who are actually pro-family, maybe religious leaders, maybe Republicans, maybe even Democrats, ought to be out there on the front lines getting out the message that you don’t need an expensive ring and a big wedding to get married. No one should ever feel that they can’t afford to get married.

But they aren’t giving that message. One wonders why.

Engagement rings are a scam. So are modern, big expensive weddings…


Posted by on July 24, 2014 in The Decline, The Kulturkampf


Journalists misunderstanding what ‘literally’ means

It means ‘in truth’, folks.

The following is therefore a misuse:

A New Mexico town is up to its knees in tumbleweeds — literally.

Because, as a commenter noted sarcastically:


I wasn’t aware that towns had knees. Literally.

Towns don’t have knees, of course.

Please remember what ‘literal’ literally means, journalists.

Thank you.


Please Don’t Say These Six Things at My Funeral

Will S.:

Agree completely.

Though I’d still like an Irish wake, after the service (perhaps after a pause), for my friends and family. Surely, after a funeral itself, there can be a place for cheerfulness – especially after the reminder during the service of the coming Day of Resurrection, to which we can look forward – as well as more personal remembrances of the departed.

Originally posted on :

funeralThere will come a day, perhaps sooner, perhaps later, when the man in the coffin will be me. They say the dead don’t care, but I’m not dead yet, so as long as I’m still alive, I’d like to have some say in what goes on at my funeral. And, truth be told, I think the dead do care. Not that they will be privy to the details of what happens at their own funerals, but they still care about the world, about their family, about the church. The saints in heaven continue to pray for those who are still on their earthly pilgrimage, so how could they not care about them?

Because I do care now, and will care even after I’m with the Lord, here are some things I hope and pray are not said at my funeral. I care about those who will be there, about what…

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Posted by on July 24, 2014 in good news, religion, spirituality, Theology


White men rewarded for promoting ‘diversity’; women and non-whites considered selfish for same


Dedication to diversity can be a liability in the workplace, according to a new study.

Researchers at the University of Colorado found that women and non-whites executives who push for women and non-whites to be hired and promoted suffer when it comes to their own performance reviews. A woman who shepherds women up the ranks, for example, is perceived as less warm, while a non-white who promotes diversity is perceived as less competent. Both end up being rated less highly by their bosses, according to the paper, which is set to be presented at an Academy of Management conference next month.

“Women can lean in and try to bridge the confidence gap all they want, but they’re going to be penalized for advocating for other women, just like non-whites are,” said David Hekman, an author of the study and an assistant professor of management at the University of Colorado’s Leeds School of Business.

Often, having women or minorities atop a company is perceived as a marker of progress for diversity efforts, but Hekman’s research suggests their presence might not have a large impact on the rest of the organization. If they believe it’s too risky to advocate for their own groups, it makes sense that successful women and non-white leaders would end up surrounded by white males in the executive suite, he said.


White men, on the other hand, actually got a bump in their performance review scores from valuing diversity, he added.

The researchers also conducted an experiment where actors, playing company leaders, gave a speech advocating for their firms to hire someone who either looked like them or did not look like them. When female actors read from a pro-diversity script, study participants rated them as colder, and when non-white actors read from a pro-diversity script, they were rated as less competent.

Hekman said he believes the negative stereotyping is a result of perceived self-interest.

“People are perceived as selfish when they advocate for someone who looks like them, unless they’re a white man,” he said.

Unintended consequences

Or are they?

I mean, it could be an ingenious way for the Cathedral to ensure that upper management remains much the same as it ever was, provided everyone pays lip service to proper SWPL prog ideology, of course…

Meet the new boss; same as the old boss…

In which case, then, the Jizzabellers bitching about this would merely be useful idiots, tools of the Establishment playing shrieking extremists, while Alpha white men promoting diversity would look moderate by comparison…


Things That Turn Republicans Into Democrats

Will S.:

Hear, hear! The attitudes of some businesses really stink; it’s especially galling when they try to pass the buck, and blame government (and/or other businesses), rather than taking responsibility for themselves…

Good luck, Erik, in your petition to city council.

Of course, in addition to that, you can use social media as well as your blog to publicize this, and get others on board; also, to let the bank president know that if he won’t fix it, perhaps you may wish to conduct your banking elsewhere that’s more amenable, instead. (One that listens to and cares about its customers, even if of course that won’t have direct impact on this particular problem, and even if it’s less convenient to do so.) And if others concur, market pressures may force his hand.

(See also Erik’s related post here.)

Originally posted on Literate Comments:

I live in a residential neighborhood that has been a residential neighborhood since at least the early 80s. When I bought my house there was an empty field behind it. The empty field bumps up against a highway. At some point the City bought the field with the goal of luring commercial businesses to town. The town is a bedroom community and lacks commercial property taxpayers, a factor that makes our property tax rate one of the highest in the state.

Eventually the City found a buyer — a local bank. The City gave the bank generous tax incentives to build. The bank is now built and operational and looks pretty good, with the exception of some really large solar panels that makes it look like the aliens have indeed landed.

A problem has arisen, however. For the past three weeks the bank’s trash has been picked up every Tuesday…

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Posted by on July 23, 2014 in business, government


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