Brainstorming about history, politics, literature, religion, and other topics from a 'gypsy' scholar on a wagon hitched to a star.
Friday, December 02, 2016
Thursday, December 01, 2016
And people who'd walk a mile . . .
Wednesday, November 30, 2016
And then there was Winston . . .
. . . trying to sound tough, as if it were defying grammatical norms with: "Winston tastes good like a cigarette should."
Some people argued against "like" and for "as" - the former supposedly being ungrammatical, the latter correct: "Winston tastes good as a cigarette should.".
The answering retort became: "What do you want, good grammar or good taste?"
As if one had to choose . . .
Tuesday, November 29, 2016
Aggressive Blast From The Past
In the past, Americans did some rather weird things for their favorite cigarettes.
This man has sworn his fealty to Tareyton, as had also many other Americans at the time - if we can believe the Tareyton ads.
One sees why cigarettes were so dangerous, given that people would fight for them, but who were the opponents trying to force Tareyton smokers to switch?
And whatever happened to all those Tareyton smokers?
Monday, November 28, 2016
God's Own Waterboard
My old cyber friend Bill Vallicella has an interesting post on death in which he divides the process into three parts:
There is dying, there is being dead, and there is the momentary transition from the one to the other.I think of a similar three-stage process:
There is living, there is being dead, and there is the transition from the one to the other.Bill's threefold division is doubtless superior to mine, but I want to be honest about how I've long thought because I do have a fear of dying, and that fear is a fear that the process from living to being dead might be painful.
Specifically, I worry that I might choke to death from fluid in my lungs.
That might sound like a weird thing to worry about, but there it is, like God's own waterboard, awaiting me at my time of demise . . .
Sunday, November 27, 2016
Hat Tip to Malcolm
Like, I was telling this friend on Friday, and got corrected:
"All my life, I've heard the expression 'Bleak Friday,' but only this Friday today did I learn something of its meaning. As you know, it's the Friday immediately after Thanksgiving, and . . . What? Not 'Bleak?' You're sure? Uh-huh. I see. So . . . is it a shopping day for everybody, anyway? You don't know. Okay, thanks for the head's up!"I considered going shopping regardless, figuring my checkered privilege could get me into a shopping mall, but I finally decided against taking a chance on being turned away, and I just stayed home instead.
Labels: Dark Humor
Saturday, November 26, 2016
November 9, 2016: Hillary Clinton Loses Election More than Trump Does
Over a year ago, I told a friend that Hillary Clinton couldn't win the election:
"Too many young people don't like her," I explained.This year in September, my friend asked what I thought now:
"What about Trump?" asked my friend.
"Not a chance!" I replied. "He offends too many people."
"Neither Hillary nor Donald will win," I maintained, "but one of them will lose more resoundingly than the other."And I was right. I was just a bit late reporting the result on who lost most . . .
Labels: Political Theology
Friday, November 25, 2016
Everybody talks about Modernization Theory . . .
What does it matter?
. . . but no one ever discusses Ancientization Theory! Not that I have much to say about it either. But Medievalization Theory? That, I could talk about. Salafis, for example. They want to go Medieval on us. Or take Pastification Theory. That would account for the Paleoconservative position. Then, there is - and not without irony - Otherization Theory employed to account for the rise of the Alt-Right.
See? I keep telling people I'm a concept cruncher. Having trouble with a concept? Come to the concept cruncher. Come see me.
Thursday, November 24, 2016
Capitalism vs. Communism