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Where Are The Grown-Ups?

Monday, October 2, 2023

Two names – Jamaal Bowman and Matt Gaetz – they certainly have all the media attention right now.  And what is it that draws that attention?  Childishness, utter childishness.  Like a two-year old caught with their hands in the cookie jar, denying they are taking cookies.  What’s stunning is that the reporting of this nonsense takes it seriously as if this is how adults elected to the Congress of the United States of America are supposed to behave.  We have truly come to confuse childhood with adulthood and governance with entertainment.

To Be Smart

Saturday, September 30, 2023

“The Information Age.”  We now live in a time when the average individual has the world’s largest library of information in their pocket and at their fingertips.  We should be brilliant, yet the world seems no smarter, if anything it seems dumber – information misused far more than properly used.  Traditionally, the person that had mastered the most information has been considered the smartest person, but in a time when everybody can know, with minimal effort, almost everything, I wonder if that is true?

The Media Have Decided The Primary Is Over

Thursday, September 28, 2023

Again, I did not watch last night’s debate.  Nine o’clock is bedtime at my age, especially when the night before I was up until well after midnight reliving my youth at a concert. (Chicago.)  The tenor of coverage this morning is quite different than last time and the quantity is minimal, limited almost entirely to near real time commentary with almost no post debate summary or analysis.  Based on the coverage it was a TV show with no lasting impact beyond the viewing of it.  One of the few summary pieces said, “The viewing audience lost big, obviously, but they weren’t alone.” I ask you, is that a TV critic speaking or debate analysis.

The Growing Edge of Town

Tuesday, September 26, 2023

About 6 miles from my home, way out in the country and very near the freeway is this fascinating place with a big electrical substation, wide streets and street lighting, and nothing else.  A few years ago the county purchased the land, improved it and intended to place a large industrial park there.  Then…covid.  Businesses changed plans, markets shifted and now all that investment by the county was for naught.  It’s just a field now, not suitable for agricultural use, but which no business wants to build on.  There might be a lesson there.

“Equity” Is Impossible

Saturday, September 23, 2023

There is always somebody better, somebody with more.  As Orwell wrote, “All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.” Even if the math teacher gives everyone an “A+” there is still going to be that person in the class that does the math better.  It is just a fact of life.  Trying to create equity where none exists is, in its own right, a form of oppression.

What Happens When The Church Is No Longer Culturally Distinct

Thursday, September 21, 2023

Protestantism has long been dying on the vine.  Following a path of “relevancy,” the major protestant denominations, too wealthy to disappear altogether, have been fading into little more than social clubs that mention Jesus.  I have long admired the Roman Catholic church’s ability to stand against this trend and have therefore flirted with it even with major theological and ecclesiological reservations.  But according to Michael Brendan Doughtery, writing at National Review, the Roman Catholic Church is now well along to same path.

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