Category Archives: Wilderness Wanderings

Between the Times


Curmudgeon reminds me of a thought I had last night while looking at holiday decorations on homes in the neighborhood. We are in that mysterious and wondrous period when Halloween decorations are still up and Christmas ones have dawned. Further proof that the U.S. the greatest nation on God’s green (and getting greener thanks to… Read More→

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Dining in the Chesapeake


Class preparations this morning made (all about) me unusually hungry: The gentry at their tables have commonly 5 dishes or plates of which Pigg meat and greens is generally one, and Tame fowl another. Beef mutton, veal, and lamb make another. Pudding, often in the middle, makes the 5th. Venison, Wild fowl, or fish a… Read More→

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I’ve likely watched too many episodes of that HBO Series that shall remain nameless for the sake of the weaker siblings, but was anyone else struck by the timing this week of Hilary Clinton and Joe Biden? While Hilary goes before Congress to carry the water for the Obama administration in Libya — it was… Read More→

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All about mmeeeEEEE!


So apparently, a biography of John Williamson Nevin measures up to the standard of glorifying God and assisting the church. Even one that mocks evangelicals for destroying American conservatism. But not a history of Calvinism. Darn!

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The Afterglow of Mencken Day


Inspired by Tim Challies, here are some vintage Mencken aphorisms: “Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want and deserve to get it good and hard.” “We must respect the other fellow’s religion, but only in the sense and to the extent that we respect his theory that his wife is… Read More→

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Microaggression Culture

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Conor Friedersdorf on college campus exchanges (worth a read): The culture on display on many college and university campuses, by way of contrast, is “characterized by concern with status and sensitivity to slight combined with a heavy reliance on third parties. People are intolerant of insults, even if unintentional, and react by bringing them to… Read More→

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Why Not Quote the Bible?


Tim Challies signs off many of his posts with some warm and fuzzy thought from a Reformed or evangelical person of standing. Today’s came from Burk Parson’s: We should more quickly doubt our love for our own children than doubt God’s love for us. Aside from lacking, as Mencken might say, bite and zowie, what… Read More→

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Mencken Day 2015


This year is one of those not so ordinary times when the annual celebration of Mencken’s birth by the Mencken Society and Enoch Pratt Free Library actually coincides with the man’s birthday (September 12, 1880). The missus and I have descended on Charm City for the festivities and the warm associations with the city —… Read More→

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National Cliches

Boomer Esiason responds to questions from the media at the CBS Sports Press Conference at the Super Bowl Xl Media Center in Miami, Florida on January 30, 2007. (Photo by Steve Grayson/NFL)   Original Filename: 76011906.jpg

President Obama did it again yesterday. The law professor with the most smarts in the nation’s capital (so some think) appealed to the masses by turning Tom Brady’s victory over the NFL into a case for labor unions. As Boomer Esiason pointed out this morning, the president has it all wrong. It was the NFL… Read More→

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Why Does Tom Brady Prevail but not Kim Davis?


I have a few questions about the situation in Kentucky. If Tom Brady would have received a 4-game suspension for his cheating, why can’t Kim Davis merely be suspended or fired? Joe Carter is the only one that has tried to answer this one (as far as I can see): Because Davis is an elected… Read More→

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