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01/01/2017

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Very glad to see the words Sunday Night Journal up there.

AMDG

Very glad you're glad.

Yes, I'm very glad you are continuing with the blog!

Yay for the journal -- very nourishing. Thank you.

Really like the graphic created for the Hardy poem. And what the artist wrote about the poem seems at least one of the causes of “liberal bigotry,” especially considering ours is a youth-besotted culture:

I first heard this poem at school and thought Hardy a very depressing poet. I didn’t have the tenacity to stay with the poem through the bleakness until the hope. When we are not mature we only want laughter and fun and a perpetual summer time. There is no virtue in winter and we avoid pain at all costs. The consequence of this is, not only are we likely to be selfish, but we lack the contrasts that give life depth and meaning. The image I made reflects this theme of contrast.

The person who points out the problems with the grand plan, or who just doesn't like the plan, is never liked by the planners.

I sometimes think conservatives with respect to humanity are a little like Cordelia with respect to Lear: her very modest promises didn't look very good compared to Goneril and Regan's.

Thomas Sowell diagnosed the academic media complex quite capably in Vision of the Anointed. And it has grown worse since then. There's very little liberal discourse aimed at general audiences worth reading anymore. Academics generally confine themselves to professional-venues or make jack-wagons out of themselves.

What's troubling is that societies need their referees, but there is no one trustworthy anymore. Dwight Eisenhower's pledge in 1953 to have a committee of the American Bar Association vet all judicial nominees seems quite hopeless in our time.

I'm hoping I can find time to watch that movie.

AMDG

I'd be very interested in hearing whatever anyone else has to say about it.

"societies need their referees" Indeed. Years ago James Hitchcock compared the work of journalists reporting on the Catholic Church to a referee who grabs the ball and runs it over the goal line himself on behalf of his favored team.

Thanks, Marianne and Grumpy.
Although I may sound like it sometimes, I'm not anti-journalist, just anti-bad-journalist. Organizations like the NYT still do really fine work in a lot of ways, really thorough factual coverage. But you can't trust them on matters closely tied to national politics.

I'd be very interested in hearing whatever anyone else has to say about it.

"societies need their referees" Indeed. Years ago James Hitchcock compared the work of journalists reporting on the Catholic Church to a referee who grabs the ball and runs it over the goal line himself on behalf of his favored team.

Thanks, Marianne and Grumpy.
Although I may sound like it sometimes, I'm not anti-journalist, just anti-bad-journalist. Organizations like the NYT still do really fine work in a lot of ways, really thorough factual coverage. But you can't trust them on matters closely tied to national politics.

I'm loving this movie, but I was a bit taken aback when I realized this old guy is supposed to be 7 years younger than I am.

I had to stop in the middle because Bill got home and wanted to watch something else.

AMDG

Now that you mention it I think I was struck by that, too.

I finished the movie and I REALLY liked it.


AMDG

It has a lot of similarities to Gran Torino, but the tone is completely different.

AMDG

Glad you liked it. I haven't seen Gran Torino so can't compare.

Recent widower, grouchy and angry, foreign neighbors who try to feed him. :-) And then, of course, he gets involved.

AMDG

I'm going to take to saying "Idiot" with a Swedish accent.

AMDG

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