Friday, April 18, 2014


Ken White provides comic relief. And a sobering review, in passing, on Putin and his treatment of the opposition in Russia.

Sunday, April 06, 2014

An Appreciation of John Roberts

David Brooks analyzes the implication of the McCutcheon decision in the setting of campaign finance reform. David Brooks keeps at it with an instructive comment on Passover, also the 'Common Core' kerrflue.

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Women Lawyers and the Catholic Church

The Judge's example from his own life is a door to a different perspective. One of his daughters was marrying in a Catholic Church; from his viewpoint another daughter's breasts were too exposed though he wasn't 'provoked.' If a kind word about the Catholic Church may be allowed as a Lenten Penance, the faith perhaps promoted a culture where women can feel beautiful without being provocative. Perhaps in part it is the persistence of the 'ever virgin' Mary, beautiful without being provocative, or some legacy of the 'women from Galilee' who accompanied Jesus to Jerusalem; he recognized a right not to be divorced. There are typically young women at a Sunday Mass who may look and feel more beautiful at that time than any other, and they are not being provocative. Perhaps too the women lawyers are not selling something in their dress but celebrating something, being able to be lawyers makes them feel, at times, more beautiful women.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

How the Jews became Chosen

God asked the Greeks if they would be interested in Commandments. 'Name one,' they said. 'Thou shall not commit adultery,' God said. 'Not interested,' said the Greeks. The Arabs also got to an example, 'Thou shalt not steal.' 'Thanks, but..'was the reply. He asked the Jews if they were interested in Commandments. They answered, 'How much are they?' 'Free,' He said, to which they replied, 'We'll take 10.'

Friday, March 14, 2014

Aks or Ask

"Aks" is a perfectly legitimate variant of "ask" that's been part of English for nearly 800 years. From the romance King Horn (c. 1250): He axede what hi soghte Other to londe broghte.

Monday, March 03, 2014

Primary Day tomorrow

I have been so busy.I am inclined to vote for Corona and David Dewhurst and am surprised the Morning News didn't endorse Dewhurst. Inclined to go with them on the other candidates but given we disagree on the latter may defer. Decided instead against Dewhurst and for Dan Patrick, yes, their recommendation.

Monday, February 03, 2014

In Honor of a Colored Musician

Ann Althouse makes a blog post about singer Sam Cooke. In the comments I learned the sad story about the death of the man with most melodious voice in pop music. One of the commenters has links to his songs. My favorite is Wonderful World.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Mainly Irish history

Great post on Irish history and Catholic or Protestant massacres including more recent Orthodox Serb history which, not mentioned there but in a book about him, Pius XII supposedy supported.

Sunday, January 05, 2014


Part of the cultural background for right and wrong and ideals are readings from the Bible. But the Bible provides angry and empathetic viewpoints that can be hard to reconcile. I came to Jews and Anti-Judaism in the New Testament: Decision Points and Divergent Interpretationsas he commented on Gregory Baum's earlier work. It is an excellent analysis of the problem brought up in its title. It gave me a new perspective on the New Testament. Along with taking the arguments seriously, it occurs to me that in some sense the modern age is anti-Christian just in the thought 'it is hard to consider such things without data.' Nevertheless, I wonder if, in considering the wisp of an ideal, and, wondering if I could have studied Latin more, I will be reading Paula Fredriksen's Augustine and the Jews, being 'prepared to look for more positive models and constructive patterns of interpretation.'