Monthly Archives: September 2006

Election 2006: One reason to vote Democrat.

Posted by T on September 28, 2006
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For the last half-century, Americans have exhibited a genius for putting opposite parties into control of Congress and Presidency.

Even the exceptions prove the rule. Continue reading…

Movie. Key Largo, 1948.

Posted by T on September 28, 2006
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A romance/crime thriller in the manner that only Bogart and Bacall ever truly mastered. Continue reading…

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Movie. Blackmail, 1929.

Posted by T on September 27, 2006
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This movie began as a silent, then the producers decided to switch Continue reading…

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Movie. Easy Virtue, 1928.

Posted by T on September 27, 2006
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Alfred Hitchcock silent, based on Noel Coward play. Continue reading…

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Election 2006: Shame or Horror?

Posted by T on September 25, 2006
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Distasteful as it is, we are approaching yet another election season. Continue reading…

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Movie. The 1000 Eyes of Dr. Mabuse, 1960.

Posted by T on September 23, 2006
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This is the second sequel to the original sensational crime thriller Continue reading…

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Movie. De-Lovely, 2004.

Posted by T on September 21, 2006
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This is a biography of Cole Porter, the great popular song writer Continue reading…

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Words on Religion, Fear Mongering, and the State

Posted by 2 on September 19, 2006
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A tyrant must put on the appearance of uncommon devotion to religion. Subjects are less apprehensive of illegal treatment from a ruler whom they consider god-fearing and pious. On the other hand, they do less easily move against him, believing that he has the gods on his side.

– Aristotle

In the end, more than [the Athenians] wanted freedom, they wanted security. They wanted a comfortable life, and they lost it all – security, comfort and freedom. When the Athenians finally wanted not to give to society but for society to give to them, when the freedom they wished for most was freedom from responsibility, then Athens ceased to be free.

– Edward Gibbon

The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary

– H. L. Mencken

Essay. Eastern Orthodoxy, part 3

Posted by 2 on September 18, 2006
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When encountering adherents to Eastern Orthodoxy, the issue of authority is pivotal.  Orthodoxy and Rome agree, at least formally, with Protestants on at least this much: God is the final authority and only he is in a position reveal himself to mankind.  Thus if we are to know anything about him –– or, indeed, anything about ourselves and the world around us –– he must reveal himself to us.  The doctrine of divine revelation necessarily plays a central role in all Christian traditions. But where is this revelation to be found?  The Protestant answer is summarized in the Westminster Confession of Faith:

“Although the light of nature, and the works of creation and providence do so far manifest the goodness, wisdom, and power of God, as to leave men inexcusable; yet are they not sufficient to give that knowledge of God, and of His will, which is necessary unto salvation.  Therefore it pleased the Lord, at sundry times, and in divers manners, to reveal Himself, and to declare that His will unto His Church; and afterwards for the better preserving and propagating of the truth, and for the more sure establishment and comfort of the Church against the corruption of the flesh, and the malice of Satan and of the world, to commit the same wholly unto writing; which makes the Holy Scripture to be most necessary; those former ways of God’’s revealing His will unto His people being now ceased.” Continue reading…

Movie. Princess Mononoke, 1997.

Posted by T on September 16, 2006
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Japanese animé. Fairy tale/romance. Continue reading…

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Movie. Brief Encounter, 1945.

Posted by T on September 15, 2006
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A Noel Coward play Continue reading…

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9-11 Five Years Later

Posted by 2 on September 11, 2006
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Today marks the fifth anniversary of 9-11. The main stream news media and talk shows Continue reading…

Movie. Spite Marriage, 1929.

Posted by T on September 08, 2006
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This was the last silent movie by Buster Keaton. Talkies were Continue reading…

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Movie. Olympia, 1938.

Posted by T on September 06, 2006
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This is Leni Riefenstahl’s documentary of the 1936 Olympics in Berlin. Continue reading…

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