Monthly Archives: May 2012

Politics and Culture

I was motivated to think about politics, culture and the human condition this morning by two seemingly unrelated news items. Joplin’s Thomas Jefferson Independent Day School is a small, expensive private el-hi, attended for the most part by the children … Continue reading

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A Memoir of Permanent Change

An EF 5 tornado, one of the strongest on record, struck my home town a year ago on a Sunday evening, May 22 at about 5:30 PM.  Its path was only a couple of miles south of our house.  I … Continue reading

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Ready For A Little Test?

A classmate of mine recently sent me a link to an interesting and fairly short “civic literacy” test. It is sponsored by the Intercollegiate Studies Institute (ISI), a conservative educational non-profit organization founded by, among others, William F. Buckley. It’s … Continue reading

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An Historical Paradigm

The Erstwhile Conservative has written an interesting post about an aspect of Mitt Romney’s character as revealed by his failures to correct unfair disparagements of his rival during political gatherings. A woman in one incident accused President Obama of “treason”. … Continue reading

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On The Human Condition

An interesting thing about science is that while it is sometimes profound it is always incomplete. Science approaches complete understanding asymptotically, denouement denied but progress usually satisfying nonetheless. Our species, Homo Sapiens, young at some twenty millennia, has made enormous … Continue reading

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