Unnatural Arts and Sports

Unnatural Arts and Sports

I’m not a ballet fan, although I admire like hell the pain these poor guys and gals have to go though to reach the top. Pop stars have it easy. All they have to do is write some very bad lyrics or make some horrible noise and presto, they get laid a lot and make millions upon millions. Their success makes inherited wealth moral by comparison.

Christendom

Resurrecting Our Nation

Resurrecting Our Nation

As Christians around the world wait by the tomb, reenacting the vigil of the Blessed...

Cultural Caviar

Charlie Parker Hits New York, Avedon Goes on Display, and Meghan McCain Has a New Book

Charlie Parker Hits New York, Avedon Goes on Display, and Meghan McCain Has a New Book

Plus, L’Insctint de Mort puts Pacino to shame, the US Open returns to Queens, Jonathan...

Bizarro World

The Saga of Sluttony

The Saga of Sluttony

December not only marks the advent of “the Holidays” but, for America’s growing...

Lost Continent

Lost Continent

While 44 per cent of Americans attend a place of worship once a week—and this is mostly a Christian place of worship—only 15 per cent of Europeans do so—and many of them go to a mosque instead of a church. The European disease was aptly analyzed by Pope Benedict XVI who said that it was caused by “the cynicism of a secularized culture that denies its own foundations.” Here lies the explanation for Europe’s current predicament. What we see happening today in Europe is not Islam replacing Christianity; during the past decades secularism replaced Christianity. What we see happening now is Islam replacing post-Christian secularism.

Terror!

To Bug or Not To Bug Abu Zubaydah’s Cage

To Bug or Not To Bug Abu Zubaydah’s Cage

That is not the question.  I can’t get worked up about the current torture...

Highballs and High Society

Highballs and High Society

I would especially like to believe the theories of David Icke, a former British soccer player who “discovered” the fact that the world has been dominated, for the past 10,000 years, by a race of alien lizard-men who can take on human form. According to Icke, keeping up a human appearance is hard work, and if you stare at George Bush, or Queen Elizabeth, long enough, eventually you can get a glimpse of lizard. Or if you want a shortcut, Icke suggests, there’s a surefire way of seeing the lizard-men: Just drop a little LSD. That’s right, this wonder drug can pierce the veil of reptilian illusion . . . which is precisely why it’s illegal!

Zeitgeist

School for Scandal

School for Scandal

One easily forgets how innocent those pretty young things really are… They are so good...

Duty: The Sublimest Word

Duty: The Sublimest Word

Robert E. Lee once said that duty is “the sublimest word in the English language.” Yes it is, but dodging duty has now become the operative word in the neocon language. They talk about supporting our troops and all that blather, but how many of these bloodthirsty donut eaters have ever answered the call of duty? The blood of America’s fighting men cannot indefinitely be spilled by a government made up of people who have avoided military duty, which is unwilling to meet the needs of those who have served.

All About Me

All You Need Is… A Slap

All You Need Is… A Slap

“Make a child smile—kill a counselor.” A passable joke and an admirable...

District of Corruption

Recrossing the Rubicon

Recrossing the Rubicon

A recent report by Scott McConnell, editor-at-large of The American Conservative, that...

Takimag Classic

What We Eat & Who We Are

What We Eat & Who We Are

Under consideration: Michael Pollan, The Omnivor’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four...

cultural revolution

cultural revolution

            An English classicist, broadcaster, and man of letter, Sean Gabb, has just...

Mind the Gap

Mind the Gap

President Obama recently offered up his solution to America’s educational deficiencies, notably merit pay for teachers, more early childhood intervention and national standards, all topped off with the expected paean to achieving educational excellence to compete in the knowledge-driven 21st century. These initiatives, nothing more than cliché policies with proven records of failure, will, no doubt, be wildly successful in generating new jobs for the education establishment; they will be insufficient, however, inspiring any kind of academic excellence.

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