Passing the Blues Torch

Gary Clark, Jr., B.B. King, Buddy Guy, Warren Haynes at The White House

Our old pal B.J. Bethel has a piece up on a website called Lifezette about the passing of Blues legend B.B. King and the work he did passing on the torch to (relative) youngsters like Gary Clark, Jr. Kenny Wayne Shepherd, […]

Planned Parenthood is not Pro-Life

Ross Douthat, in today’s New York Times, has a barnburner of an op-ed dismantling the oft-heard liberal defense that defunding Planned Parenthood is not really pro-life because Planned Parenthood does so much for “women’s health” that to funding Planned Parenthood is thus, really pro-life. Douthat calls Bullshit — though in a more erudite fashion.

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The Good Old Days

The 1950s were so boring and cookie cutter. Or were they? Here’s a great article from Acculturated exploring whether the 1950s were actually more diverse than today in most metrics:

In the last sixty years America has become a more tolerant country. But has it become more diverse?

In terms of race, the […]

Vacation Reboot — Rebut

P.J. O’Rourke, in The Hollywood Reporter, tells us how he killed National Lampoon and why the Vacation remake sucks.

There are those who say that National Lampoon “changed the face of American humor.” It certainly put some wrinkles on mine. We published our last issue in November 1998.

What was so much fun about […]

Raphael, Rembrandt, Monet, Jones

Here is a great short doc on the evolution of the art of Chuck Jones…

From Every Frame a Painting

Civilization versus Man

This article that Matt referenced in the comments, Matt’s buddy’s article

spurred me to think a bit. Like the author in the article I have always been good at civilization. I can navigate modern cities well; I’m a wizz at public transportation, urban cycling, hailing taxis. I know which restaurants and fast food options […]

Shame on Him

As I like to tell my kids and students… every silver lining has a cloud. One of the clouds on the silver lining that has been the growth and expansion of America over the past 2 centuries has been the loss of community. There’s not enough time or space her to fully plumb those […]

They Both Kinds of Music: Country -- and Western.

Kenyan country artist “Sir Elvis”

Here is an interesting piece in The New York Times about the popularity of country music in, of all places, Kenya.

Sir Elvis, dressed in a yellow and black plaid shirt, jeans, boots and a black cowboy hat, tuned his guitar under the wooden roof and neon beer advertisements […]

Cultural Subsidence

While the Supreme Court’s redefinition of marriage last week seems revolutionary, especially coming a scant 12 years after its discovery to a right of homosexual sodomy in the Texas v. Lawrence case — it is really just the culmination of a process begun decades ago. As this blog post from Ancient Faith points out:

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