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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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Does Anyone Remember Claudette Colvin?


That’s Colvin, not Calvin. She was the fifteen-year old African-American girl who could have been Rosa Parks. Other African-Americans had previously refused to give their seats to white passengers, says Hoose. “What was without precedent, though, is Colvin wanted to get a lawyer and she wanted to fight,” he says. The lawyer she chose was… Read More→

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So Long, Mr. Utley

Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Brad Lidge, catcher Carlos Ruiz and first baseman Ryan Howard are mobbed by teammates as they celebrate after defeating the Tampa Bay Rays in Game 5 of the World Series in Philadelphia, October 29, 2008. REUTERS/Mike Segar

I hesitate to write about Philadelphia sports here because my partner in crime is a New York fan (Mets, Rangers, Jets, Knicks). But since I just learned that John Muether was at the game in Philadelphia last night where Chase Utley may have put on a Phillies uniform for the last time, all restraint is… Read More→

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The State of the Nation


Another round of travel allowed for more sustained sampling of the news and those matters that afflict our great pretty good land. A few random thoughts: Forgiveness Can Bill Cosby ever receive the forgiveness that Dylann Roof has found (at least from the AME church members in Charleston — the government of the United States… Read More→

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When Did Christian America End?


For some it happened recently. This blogger doesn’t refer to the Court’s ruling on same-sex marriage, but it’s hard not to think he has it in mind: The 350-year marriage of Protestant Christian theology and American popular culture is over. Christianity, it may be sadly said, is no longer the preeminent social influence in American… Read More→

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