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Archive for November, 2005

Must America Die?

Chances are pretty good that you’ve already seen some mention of today’s Los Angeles Times story about the proud abortionist (in Arkansas–why is the LAT reporting on that?–but anyway…). Amy Wellborn has a thread going on it. Pretty sickening individual, I’m sure we can all agree, and not much to say that hasn’t already been said, once you’ve remarked on the novelty of his owning up to what he does.

But I’m intrigued by a comment on the Open Book thread from someone who signs himself as "GFvonB": "Sadly, he /is/ an American Hero.  This is why America must die if the pro-life cause is to be victorious."

I certainly don’t want America to die, and as I’ve said more than once here I think the struggle for our national soul is far from settled. But I do have the nagging fear that the combination of our wealth, our pride, and a misguided conception of freedom may mean that only some kind of catastrophe will change our direction.

By the way, GFvonB has a blog called RadTrad, which in turn is part of a blog ring called The League of Evil Traditionalists.

Maclin Horton

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Thanksgiving Morning

Maclin Horton

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Is Evolutionism Science?

I don’t think so.

Maclin Horton

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Dear Abby, Oh Dear

Tom Storck had a great article in CetT in which he used the advice handed out by either the Dear Abby or Ann Landers column as a source of insight into American culture. I admit to being a compulsive and frequently appalled reader of Dear Abby. Today’s column connects with the ongoing discussion of annulments we’ve been having here.

"Unhappy in Nebraska" describes her sad situation: she’s thirty, married to a guy in his mid-50s with whom she has an 8-year-old daughter; she wants to have more children, he’s had a vasectomy; she wants to go back to college, he doesn’t want her to. Etc. She has tried to ignore her feelings, been to counseling, taken anti-depressants, and now wants out. She concludes: "At what point is it OK to make a decision you know will hurt someone else just for yourself?"

Sez Abby (now the original Abby’s daughter, as you may know): "Because counseling and medication haven’t helped, the time is now, while your husband can still find a woman whose values are more similar to his own than yours are."

There is a whole, whole lot of what’s gone and going wrong with marriage and for that matter with our culture in general in this exchange.

Maclin Horton

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Surely the end is near. I just read that last night’s Country Music Association awards broadcast closed with Dolly Parton and Elton John singing "Imagine."

Granted, the CMA is just a trade association pushing "product," but still–if the CMA no longer sees any difference between country music and a soft-core totalitarian daydream, and if its audience doesn’t care, the American fiber is farther gone in decay than I thought. Somebody please tell me this song was booed.

Maclin Horton

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A Sight to See

The proximity of Mars to the full moon last night was strikingly beautiful. At about 11pm Central time the moon was up around maybe 75 degrees, with Mars very bright a few degrees almost directly below it, in position and proportion like a very bright jewel on a pendant below a very bright white face. I’m sure more or less the same view will be available tonight, so if it’s clear where you are don’t miss it. (Hat tip to Mark Shea for the reminder).

Maclin Horton

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Ending Up

It ain’t over till it’s over. All the way over.

Maclin Horton

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