Month: June 2011

You’re Best and Brightest at work…

I found the below bits surfing around and doing research for a piece I’m working on… They’re from the “ACT” page at the GOP web site. I suppose how you read them will depend entirely on what your political leanings are, but I find this at once hilarious and disturbing. Lest anyone accuse me of favoritism, I will be doing the same for the Democrats, as well as all the other… parties… Oh… Right… Anyway, I’ve disabled the links, and the emphasized asides have been emphasized by me… Enjoy…

The English Poetic Mind by Charles Williams – an appreciation, of sorts…

Charles Williams, a contemporary and friend of C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien, wrote prolifically about many things, among them literary criticism, plays and poetry, as well as seven wholly remarkable novels, which to this day remain on my must read (and re-read) short list. I find myself agreeing with Lewis in the belief that if a book is worth reading at all, it is worth re-reading many times. A book which, upon a second reading, no matter how much it might have engaged us on the first pass, fails to rekindle the excitement, the wonder, that out-of-body sense of other-worldliness, is a book that probably didn’t elicit those reactions the first time through, but held us through sheer novelty, whether via technical innovation or obtrusiveness of subject matter…

Upon returning home from abroad…

G. K. Chesterton once wrote (actually he wrote it, in various forms, many times) that the only way to discover one’s home was to leave it; that once he had become habituated to the point of no longer being able to actually see it the only cure was to go away on an extended vacation (or holiday, as the Europeans like to refer to it), for the express purpose not of seeing new places but of rediscovering an old one. It was only after having immersed himself in a different environment that he was able to see his home with fresh vision, as it were… He even based a substantial portion of the book Manalive upon this theme…

Originally posted March 19, 2007

Monday – 03/19/07  I’m really flabbergasted (what a great word…) about the following. I’ll just let the article excerpts speak for itself… The following are culled from an article appearing on the MSNBC web site, which in turn got it from the Washington Post… WP: DOJ praised attorney it later fired N.M. attorney had been invited to train others on election fraud issues