Category Critics Corner

Things that were drawn to my attention this past week…..

  1. Who are the unchurched?
  2. After Texas gave New Mexico to the USG for a tax write-off, the NM chamber of commerce began to refer to NM as ‘the land of enchantment.’  Don’t get me wrong, NM has a particular familial hold on me.  On the other hand, the chamber of commerce (where ever it exists) is a nest of orcs.  Now it seems that some of the ‘enchantment’ has moved eastward into west Texas.  Small people with magic rings have come under the ‘all seeing eye of Sauron.’
  3. On the subject of Tolkien and language.
  4. What was once ‘word-smithing’ degraded ‘journalism’ is really a battle for the language.
  5. Of course, ‘journalism’ should be treated like the mouth of Sauron (watch the end of the negotiations).
  6. Churchian evanjellyfish fool!  (Great title).  I doubt this is the way the battle is joined.
  7. Since I am coming out of my winter library, it seems appropriate that there is a purpose to being well read.

Be well.


A well written line….

Bill Bonner writes:

“Yes, dear reader, we have a Celtic temperament. We have periods of happiness and contentment, but we count on our deep sense of cynicism and gloom to get us through them.?”




Isaiah’s job in never complete….

Isaiah’s job was written by Albert J. Nock some years ago, but the prophet’s work always needs to be picked up and carried on.  This is a never ending task.  It is always an immediate task when one considers that we have gone from a melting pot, to a salad bowl and finally to a toilet bowl (HT: Vox Popoli commenter Chris Mallory).

Jesus_weptPray for the remnant.




Before school starts….

One should always remember that the current schooling system is functioning perfectly.  What is demonstrated here is not to be taken as a failure on the part of the school.  In fact it is exactly what the school is designed, managed and operated to accomplish.

First, a local example:




*Please note that the punctuation form used in this announcement is accurately reproduced here to demonstrate the level of quality provided by the previous tax rate and will most certainly improve with the increased tax rate.

If you can come to terms with this local example then I would suggest reading what Thomas Fleming has written in his essay, Thinking Outside the Boxes.

To quote Amos Bronson Alcott: “To be ignorant of one’s ignorance is the malady of the ignorant.

So it goes….


Baltimore Sun on 26 July 1920

H. L. Mencken wrote:

“When a candidate for public office faces the voters he does not face men of sense; he faces a mob of men whose chief distinguishing mark is the fact that they are quite incapable of weighing ideas, or even of comprehending any save the most elemental — men whose whole thinking is done in terms of emotion, and whose dominant emotion is dread of what they cannot understand. So confronted, the candidate must either bark with the pack or be lost… All the odds are on the man who is, intrinsically, the most devious and mediocre — the man who can most adeptly disperse the notion that his mind is a virtual vacuum. The Presidency tends, year by year, to go to such men. As democracy is perfected, the office represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. We move toward a lofty ideal. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart’s desire at last, and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.”

One might ask whether these united States may have arrived at a ‘more perfect’ democracy.  Although I am certain that Mr. Mencken was far too rough on people.  As Mr. Nock noted, if one takes modern men and women for what they are, then one is not surprised or shocked or dismayed by their actions.  Since it remains true that psychically-anthropoids vastly out number psychically-humans, the resulting chaos is what is to be expected.