This is for the type of craft that only too frequently substitutes for statecraft these days.

From tinkering to “nevers” to chaos...

Submitted by frlarry on Mon, 12/16/2019 - 07:05

The title of this reflection is, in part, inspired by what Wikipedia refers to as "a feat of smooth and ruthless efficiency", the historic "double play" action of infield basemen of the 1906-1910 Chicago Cubs that also inspired a short poem, entitled "Baseball's Sad Lexicon," also known as "Tinker to Evers to Chance", by Franklin P. Adams. (See Baseball's Sad Lexicon.)

History? What's that?

Submitted by frlarry on Wed, 06/24/2015 - 07:58
Some people have concluded that recent efforts to erase the history of the country are unreasoning acts of hysteria. Personally, I think it's more likely the case that folks have gotten lazy and are tired of having to learn from history, so they've decided to erase its artifacts from the public square. The most convenient excuse for doing so is the claim that someone or some thing was a sign of or a support for racism.

Prophetic chaff

Submitted by frlarry on Wed, 05/25/2011 - 14:09

But the prophet who presumes to speak a word in my name
which I have not commanded him to speak,
or who speaks in the name of other gods,
that same prophet shall die.

And if you say in your heart,
"How may we know the word which the LORD has not spoken?" --
when a prophet speaks in the name of the LORD,
if the word does not come to pass or come true,
that is a word which the LORD has not spoken;
the prophet has spoken it presumptuously,
you need not be afraid of him.


Submitted by frlarry on Thu, 05/19/2011 - 10:53

It seems to be more effort than its worth to find a definition of intactivism on the Internet, but a search for the word on Wikipedia yields circumcision controversies. I can only guess that the word refers to a movement to preserve male foreskin in its original, God-given location. Obviously, this has raised the hackles of many who are religiously descended from the faith of Abraham, who, according to the Book of Genesis, originated the practice in obedience to God.

No longer missing links?

Submitted by frlarry on Sat, 05/14/2011 - 15:23

At the start of the 20th century, paleontologists anxious to prove the theory of Charles Darwin regarding the origins of Homo sapiens, fell prey to an international hoax known as Piltdown Man. Today, cultural anthropologists anxious to prove the theory of Samuel P. Huntington regarding the eventual fate of Homo sapiens, are falling prey to an internationalist hoax known as Davos Man.