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The Leadership Void

Thursday, December 7, 2023

Yesterday, I divided the antisemitic protesters so prevalent around the nation into two distinct groups, the “dumbs” and those filling the minds of the dumbs.  But what that means, practically, is that the evil people are leading better than the good people.  The “dumbs” end up in the protests not only because we have failed to educate them sufficiently to have a defense against the evil nonsense, but also because the evil people are leading them where they want them to go right now, while the decent people are not.  But then it is not all that surprising.

When Universities Fail

Tuesday, December 5, 2023

With the advent of N-I-L (name, image, likeness) and the transfer portal, college sports are now minor league professional sports.  That’s blunt, but that is the truth.  It marks a major failure in our universities.

Our Search For Virtue

Monday, December 4, 2023

Every morning I wake up to more news about the utter moral confusion in which the world finds itself.  At times I find it dumbfounding, sometimes angering, often confusing and in all instances frightening.  We so clearly want to be virtuous, but we seem to have no idea what constitutes actual virtue.  We cast about in search of sources of virtue, but we do so without regard to reason or even consistency.

Ecclesia reformata, semper reformanda

Sunday, December 3, 2023

The title here is a phrase that guides all churches and denominations that describe themselves as “reformed,” it is Latin for , “the church reformed, always reforming.”  It refers to the great corruptions within the church that led to the Reformation of the 16th century and that the church must always be on guard against corruption.  The phrase came to mind when I read this review of Tim Alberta’s new book, “The Kingdom, the Power, and the Glory.”

When Movies Matter

Saturday, December 2, 2023

Pop culture is a window into the soul of a culture.  The heroic epics of old (e.g. Homer, Virgil) are, despite their fantastical nature, windows into what the ancient cultures they are associated with valued.  Our culture changes at an extremely rapid pace and this is most evident in the changes the Batman character has undergone from the Adam West depiction of the 1960’s through Michael Keaton to Christian Bale and beyond.  Some pop culture characters transcend a single culture, take for example Godzilla.  We now live in a sea of Godzilla interpretations, produced both in Japan and in the US, from the comical to the horrifying and everything in-between.  The most recent entry into the Godzilla zone is “Godzilla Minus One,” a Japan produced movie (by the original production company – Toho), shown in the US with subtitles and spoken Japanese.  This latter fact will greatly reduce its American audience, particularly considering American produced versions are currently plentiful.  “Godzilla-1” is a modern reboot of the original Japanese film and illustrates tremendous change in the Japanese culture in the last 70 years.

Forgotten America

Friday, December 1, 2023

We worry so much about poverty in this nation.  We presume poverty to be form of oppression.  In The Israel/Hamas conflict we have allowed the perception of poverty/oppression to create sympathy for extreme evil – that’s how much we care about it.  But I wonder if we really do?

Just When I Thought I Was Out….

Wednesday, November 29, 2023

They pull me back in.  I really want to write about something other than Israel/Hamas. For example, there was a fascinating court decision yesterday concerning PFAS.  PFAS is the latest family of chemicals to be targeted to keep the environmental litigation industry in full functioning order.  I would love to write about it at length, but no – the host has to play this clip from the Oakland, CA City Council as citizens call for a resolution supporting Gaza and Hamas.  This clip is frightening, not so much because of the antisemitism, but because of the utter ignorance of the people speaking.

When Stupid Reigns

Tuesday, November 28, 2023

Yesterday and this morning I have heard and read things so patently stupid on their face that I find myself almost speechless.  Let’s consider…

The Gordian Knot of Hatred

Monday, November 27, 2023

Antisemitism, anti-Palestinianism, we seem to be in a huge debate as to who is the biggest hater and which hate is justified and which is not.  People halfway to smart simply denounce hatred and pray for peace, but that is too simplistic, too easy.  The situation we are in is just not simple, easy or straightforward.  Moreover, there is no way out of this that does not involve going through a lot more ugliness and probably more violence.   What happens in Israel is really up to Israel, and to a lesser extent, Hamas.  But we have to figure this thing out here in America where it is not war but it is exceedingly ugly and occasionally violent.

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