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“Equity” Is Impossible

Saturday, September 23, 2023

There is always somebody better, somebody with more.  As Orwell wrote, “All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.” Even if the math teacher gives everyone an “A+” there is still going to be that person in the class that does the math better.  It is just a fact of life.  Trying to create equity where none exists is, in its own right, a form of oppression.

What Happens When The Church Is No Longer Culturally Distinct

Thursday, September 21, 2023

Protestantism has long been dying on the vine.  Following a path of “relevancy,” the major protestant denominations, too wealthy to disappear altogether, have been fading into little more than social clubs that mention Jesus.  I have long admired the Roman Catholic church’s ability to stand against this trend and have therefore flirted with it even with major theological and ecclesiological reservations.  But according to Michael Brendan Doughtery, writing at National Review, the Roman Catholic Church is now well along to same path.

Respect The Office

Tuesday, September 19, 2023

In which I go full old curmudgeon.  The story was that Ronald Reagan never took off his coat or tie when he was in the Oval Office out of respect of the office.  As I just found out, much effort has been put in by the internet to disprove this story because that’s what the internet does – belittle everything.  But real life isn’t the internet, and the exceptions to the story are not what matter.  The point is and remains that the office is greater than the individual holding it.  Or at least so it should be.

There Can Be No Good News

Monday, September 18, 2023

Sea water desalination, the process by which sea water is made potable, or drinkable, has been a holy grail for sea adjacent, water starved regions around the world.  From California to Israel, Egypt to Yemen and all of Northern Africa such would be a boon.  In recent decades Israel has made major strides in developing this technology.  Yes, the water produced is expensive compared to water pumped from a natural source, but to a place like Israel (or California) where there is no other choice, it makes life sustainable.  Ah, but in this world, not so fast….

What Do You Do When You Are Running For POTUS, But You Are Not

Sunday, September 17, 2023

This morning I looked at the story out of California in which the state government (you know, that which Gavin Newsom heads) is suing “Big Oil” over climate change.  This is aggressive Newsom stunt number, what?, 4,632?, of the last 12-18 months designed almost exclusively to keep him in the public eye – at least the very left-leaning public eye.  As Biden drifts further and further into infirmity, this is Newsom just screaming, “Look at me!  Look AT ME!!!”

Harvesting Fruit

Sunday, September 17, 2023

A story crossed my desk last night that caused my jaw to drop…

“Nobody” and The Conventional Wisdom

Saturday, September 16, 2023

If I have heard it once, I have heard it a thousand time (thus making it the “conventional wisdom”) – “Nobody” wants Trump/Biden II in 2024.  Time to call nonsense, if “nobody” wanted it, then we would not be getting it – at least apparently at the moment.  Somebody must want it, apart from the two protagonists who obviously want it, or else we would be looking at other possibilities.  So, what’s up?

Pray for North Africa/Mimicry and Art

Wednesday, September 13, 2023

Both Libya and Morocco are overwhelmed with natural disasters.  A quake roughly similar to Southern California’s Northridge quake of the 90’s has hit outside Marrakech, but unlike LA and environs, the area was not prepared.  Thousands are dead.  Libya is suffering dam destroying flooding and again the body count is in the thousands.  I am reminded of the blessings of living here in the United States where we have the resources to prepare for and respond to such disaster and such devastating loss of life.  But I am also reminded of the Christian imperative to love our neighbor and our enemy.  These are not nations we typically think of in a neighborly fashion and have thought of in adversarial terms.  Our prayers and our treasure should come to the aid of both nations.

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