Friday, August 24, 2007

It Really Works

Great Britain is often held up as an example of how gun control (and England has some of the most stringent on the planet) genuinely works.

The English courts have consistently held that the citizenry have no practical right to self defense. What sort of government wants a citizenry that is universally disarmed and helpless? What sort of citizenry would such laws produce?

And what sort of person desires such a society?

Gang War

You may wish to stay to the end.

Fridays Eurotrash

In honour of the summer, mullets and those hawt Swedish nights.

Because I haven't been doing much law blogging

A reader sent me an email complaining that I depsite being an attorney, I don't law blog very much. So David M, this one goes out to you!

(No I don't work at Nixon, Peabody even though everyone there is a winner.)

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Confluence of Music and Theology

Shannon Johnston years ago introduced me to the practice of reading philosophy with appropriate music when he recommended reading Nietzsche whilst listening to Wagner. Shannon has gone on to bigger (and hopefully better) things, but that advice had stuck.

Which is a long winded way to say that this essay immediately brought this song to mind.

Today's Meditation

In these troubled times, sometimes we must turn our gaze East and meditate upon ancient truths.


One of the things that has always bugged me is that I'm typically categorized as a 'baby boomer'. I was born in 1960, which demographically was the height of the baby boom. However, none of my friends or myself ever felt like we had anything in common with the 'Woodstock generation". Our attitude has consistently been that of Cartman.

There's a bit of a buzz in Anglican circles about a perceived generation gap between the orthodox (Generation X) and the re-appraisers (Baby Boomers). Brad Drell started it, Stand Firm and Baby Blue have commented on it and I'm the same age as Kendall Harmon. Which fact has made me feel ambivalent about the whole thing.

The good news is that I am not only a Baby Boomer, but I'm also a member of the much cooler and more hip 'Generation X'. To quote my sister "Go me!".

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Free Audiobooks

My friend Russell from deepintheheartoftexas showed me this incredible website. Hours of listening joy for those who like audiobooks and all completely free! Because the works are read by volunteers and the original text is public domain there is no issue with piracy. And there's an incredible amount of audiojoy there. Everything from classic poetry to mysteries, short stories of every flavour as well as a good selection of classic literature.

A Modern Horror Story

Natalie Solent tells a tale of procedure and rules run amuck. I'd like to think that it couldn't happen here, but I'm afraid it already is. Jobsworth is fast become an international icon.