Monthly Archive: January 2017

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Properties of Blood I.4: Defending Self, Part D

Governments and cults, however, can and do go farther [in restricting our pursuit of natural necessities.]  A sect may demand and enforce total abstinence from sex, and the governments of China and India, in order to limit population, have forced men to be sterilized and compelled mothers to abort girl children.  Communist regimes have interfered in food production to the point of causing mass starvation.  Whether famine was the intent or merely a byproduct of faulty economic theory is irrelevant.  When a  state drastically curtails our ability to satisfy these basic human needs, it is depriving us of the power...

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Robert’s Kinderszenen (Scenes From Childhood)

When I entered the first grade – we did not have Kindergarten – I first encountered numerals posing as numbers. When we wrote the one’s – 1111111 – across the page, I was a whiz at mathematics; however, my primeval sense of logic rebelled at the notion that 1+1 could equal 2. Cats had little cats; plum trees had plums; 1’s could, therefore, only beget 1’s. In the third grade, we had to write, using Arabic numerals, from 1 to 10,000. When I got to 1,100, I thought that I was through. Earlier, before I started to school, I contemplated...

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Sanctuary: None Dare Call it Treason, Part I

On Thursday (January 26) the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported: “A top official in Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed’s administration is no longer employed with the city after she was thrown out of a downtown restaurant last week for alleged intoxication and a confrontation that followed with police. Bettina Anjanete Gardner, deputy director of international affairs for the city, was arrested Jan. 19 and charged with disorderly while under the influence after an alleged run in with managers at the Hard Rock Cafe…  After she was arrested, Gardner told police “I have people in Washington” and suggested that she would involve a member...

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A Life in Shreds and Patches–An Insertion

My first love was for astronomy, which I later abandoned for chemistry.  I have no idea what drew me to astronomy, but it had little to do with speculations on cosmogony, much less on the mathematics needed to pursue any serious study in the field.   I think my first impulse was the desire to give names to what I saw in the sky.  We moderns are hopelessly “lost in the cosmos,” to borrow a phrase from Walker Percy.  Few of us can even name the trees and flowers in our yard or identify the birds that come to feed....

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Trump’s Cabinet of Peers

When Trump first started naming his cabinet picks, there was a lot of noise from both sides complaining about some of his choices. The liberal mainstream media, who clearly don’t like Trump, were obviously trying to cause dissension in the ranks of Trump supporters by declaring certain of his nominees a betrayal of his campaign promises and his base (Puzder, Mnuchin, Priebus). This was transparently disingenuous. Do they really expect me to believe that they wouldn’t be perfectly happy for Trump to betray his base? Simultaneously, and contradictorily, they attempted to outrage Trump’s enemies by declaring others of his picks...

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Wednesday’s Child: A Fallen Lion

  Lev Navrozov, my father, died last night.  The Orthodox priest who came to the hospice to administer the last rites could not do so, as one must repent one’s sins and the dying man was unconscious, but truth to tell, my father had no sins to confess.  He had lived his whole life in a kind of autistic cell of the mind, as close to monastic confinement as the profane world has to offer to the congenital intellectual whose brain is, or ought to be, his sole active organ. There was a Russian science fiction novel of the 1920’s...

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Trump’s Inaugural Address to Save America

  I enjoyed watching Donald Trump’s Inaugural Address more than any other. I missed Ronald Reagan’s in 1980 because I was freezing to death standing off the Red Army while on maneuvers with my unit, the U.S. Army’s 533rd Combat Electronic Warfare Intelligence Battalion, in West Germany near the Fulda Gap. But I was a big Gipper supporter and would have loved to watch it. Although in many ways his administration was disappointing, he did stand down the Evil Empire in the endgame of the Cold War without getting us all nuked. Trump’s Inaugural comes at an even more critical...

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Properties of Blood I.4: Defending Self, Part C–Private Violence in Self-Defense

Private Violence in Self-Defense–A Natural Duty Christ’s equation of physical violence with internal anger raises questions that juries often have to face: What are the circumstances that justify the use of lethal violence in self-defense?  Specifically, when an argument leads to a violent altercation, does the one party bear any responsibility for the consequences if, though the other party struck the first blow, his own anger was a contributing factor?  One of the most famous literary cases of a violent altercation leading to death is narrated by Sophocles’ Oedipus (OT 800-813), who uneasily gives an account of how he killed...

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Wednesday’s Child: Of Porn and Porkies

I noted with interest last week that a popular pornographic site reported a 102% increase in searches relating to practices in which the US president-elect is alleged to have engaged while a visitor in Moscow. To my mind, the hoary vulgarity implicit in the stated aim of the man’s visit – namely, the staging of a “beauty pageant” – trumps any perversions that he may or may not have explicitly indulged, but I reckon not many of those who use the pornographic site in question will agree with me. It is as though I am conducting a dialogue at cross...

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The Xanthippe: Part 3 in which Plato comes a cropper

Socrates:  “Suppose not” will have to do for the moment, but you still think it is wrong to spend money on potters or cartmakers. Pheidippides:  I do. Socrates:  Save that thought, because at least it is solid.  However,  is enough on this for now.  So, Xanthippe, Pheidippides apparently thinks it would be wrong to use his small share of Athenian taxes to subsidize an industry.  What do you say, that it would always be right? Xanthippe:  By no means, Socrates.  Surely you would agree with me that some businesses are more important than others.  For example, if Pasion’s shield business...