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Twenty-eight days. In 28 days I will have the best most miserable day of my existence. In 28 days I will hug my oldest son, hold him as tightly and as long as I am permitted to, and then not see him again until the end of summer. In 28 days he ships out to Parris Island.
This Monday morning finds him starting his last full week of normal high school classes. Exams come the following week and graduation is on the 27th. Everything my wife and I have strove for, hoped for, and prayed for comes due, to produce a young man that can be unleashed upon the world and capable of standing on his own two feet. Eighteen years of worry, of hospital bills and baseball shoes, of french fries and Frosted Flakes, of homework fights and freezing track meets, all of it reduced to the pageantry and the anticipation of the next 28 days.
Boredom: the desire for desires I have grown inordinately attached to Ricochet and in the last few months I have been bored to tears with it. Preview Open
So, I was watching the baseball game this afternoon and a Chevy commercial comes on. It says something about three big holidays in May: Cinco de Mayo, Mothers’ Day, and graduation. Huh? Cinco de Mayo? A fake holiday made up by a beer company as a marketing tool? When did graduation become a holiday? And, […]
Victor Davis Hanson believes that affirmative action will collapse of its own volition because of the problems of sorting people into the usual groups due to inter-marriage, as well as the sheer number of minority groups that have proliferated in the past few decades. I’ve heard the argument for years, and I don’t see any […]
Lots of lame partisan swipes masquerading as “jokes”. Which ones were the worst, and why? Preview Open
Because it might also cost you your job. Turtle Rock, creator of the Left 4 Dead franchise and the upcoming Xbox One/PS4/PC game Evolve, has fired its community manager after he tweeted about embattled Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, calling him a “victim.”Josh Olin, who formerly worked at League of Legends developer Riot Games […]
Sharyl Attkisson reports on a recently released email from Beth Jones, Assistant Secretary of State to Hillary Clinton, in which she declared that Ansar al Sharia conducted the attack: The private, internal communication directly contradicts the message that President Obama, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Susan Rice and White House […]
Conservatives should support the NBA in their dispute with Donald Sterling over ownership of the Clippers but perhaps not for the reasons you think. Let me stipulate that whether Sterling is a racist or not is completely irrelevant to the matter at hand. The issue is whether the NBA has the right to strip Sterling […]
Philosophers have long sought capital “T” truth, while scientists have been largely satisfied with discovering small “t” truths. Truth, to a philosopher, is something that can be proven ex nihilo and is universally applicable to all people and for all time. To a scientist, truth is something that works or something that leads to that which works. To a scientist, what is true today is no more than an approximation of capital “T” truth, and it will be discarded tomorrow for a better approximation.
Science, then, is inherently more humble and less ambitious than philosophy; more content with nibbling away at Truth, more satisfied with discovering small, transient truths. Philosophers want it all, but they want it without first learning all the small truths with which scientists are content. They want capital “T” truth to be revealed in one vast bite.
My oldest son, libertarian and founder of SAU’s Young Americans for Liberty club, graduates from college today. He is part of the next generation to go unto the breach, attempting to stem the tide of the government monolith. God be with them…..sure hope there’s enough of ’em. Yes I’m very proud. Preview Open
I write a weekly book review for the Daily News of Galveston County. (It is not the biggest daily newspaper in Texas, but it is the oldest.) My review appears Sunday. When it appears, I post the previous week’s review on Ricochet. Seawriter Preview Open
With an ever increasing array of on-demand TV services, parents have never had so many options for selecting their children’s entertainment. In addition to new programs like Blue’s Clues and Wild Kratts, many shows from previous decades are now available for streaming. Some old favorites, like Scooby Doo, have even been refreshed with new episodes. […]
My Mom passed away in October. For those of you that know Brian and now me our Mom was largely responsible for our sense of humor, although she is in no way responsible for the way we might misuse it. I moved in with Dad after Mom’s passing because he can no longer care for himself. I […]
Herewith, Claire’s post: How to Write a Great Post: 11 Tips Preview Open
The following quotes are from a speech that Archbishop Chaput delivered at a religion news writer’s conference in Denver in 2010. The message is especially valuable to GOP conservative candidates on how to deal with the media. Stick to your message don’t savage the media ignore them. You are under no obligation to answer a […]
Hah! Your lack of interest will not deter me. Preview Open
Lee Marvin playing with a Holley on his beat up 1959 Buick LeSabre convertible with Paul Newman sitting back playing it cool and then the ride… Oh and Carole King’s theme song.. Pocket Money.. a couple of losers with style, wit, grace and humor. A forgotten gem. Two of the most memorable characters the West […]
Last week, in the flagship podcast and subsequent conversation, EJ Hill explicitly said what Peter almost said – working for the government makes you stupid. So, I’m inviting you to make me less stupid. I’m going to provide a topic related to my work (Cancer) – Of course, cancer is a broad topic,but I’m particularly interested […]
On Monday, the Smithsonian Channel will air a special on the “Gospel of Jesus’s Wife.” The “Gospel of Jesus’s Wife” would more properly be called the “Jesus’ Wife Fragment” in view of the fact that this little scrap of papyrus is quite small. First, even the proponents who make large about this fragment do not […]