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From the Notebook

Old blogs never fade away. They just die.
–Mitch Berg
(Maybe my blog needs to be murdered)

-It’s been a while since I wrote an actual post, so…quality not guaranteed.

-When an idea is adopted by one of the major parties, eventually it will get enacted. This is why platform debates are important.

-Read T.S. Eliot’s The Wasteland, and some other of his classic poems. The Waste Land is on the second edition of the Great books of the Western World reading plan. It is a tremendous work, exactly what poetry is supposed to be.

-Aristotle’s Ethics (selection). Again, another GBWW 10-year Reading Plan thing. In the selection, Aristotle discusses virtue as being the mean between two extremes. It’s a very practical ethical guide, though it leaves plenty of metaphysical holes.

-Read Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll. A fun short story, interesting to adults and kids. A real classic.

-The one problem with reading classic books, what are you supposed to say about them? They’re Classics.

-Saw “Kick Ass” at the theatre a few weeks ago. Some conservatives, and Roger Ebert, have raised questions about the morality of a movie that has a young girl working as an assassin. I guess I should agree, but the movie presents a moral dilemma that can’t be ignored: if violence against bad people is a moral act, why isn’t it a moral act for a young girl to do so? If not, then the act itself may be immoral. Most people, myself included, would conclude that many of the acts done against the antagonists in Kick Ass were moral and just (in a Biblical tooth for tooth sort of way). Thus, I can’t avoid the conclusion that having a young girl be the instrument of justice is not a wrong.

Kick Ass is uneven. It’s a little too long and the story convoluted and confused. “The Professional” is a better movie presenting the same questions of youth and violence, and it does so in a more entertaining fashion. But, I wouldn’t avoid seeing Kick Ass if you have yet to.

– Read a couple versions of the theoretical Q document, based mainly on the texts from Luke (linked to by the Wikipedia article on the topic). I don’t have the scholarly knowledge to analyze the two-document hypothesis re: the Synoptic Problem. But if Christian tradition is based only on Q, Mark and the Pauline Epistles, it’s still Christianity and these sources still provide strong evidence for an Historical and Divine Jesus.

-Finally, I finished “Men at Work; the Craft of Baseball” by George F. Will (and it was the old edition, not his recent upgrade). This is a great baseball book. Will does a better job putting to words what I feel about baseball than any other author I have ever read. I thought I kinda liked “Three Nights in August” by Bissinger. But this book puts that work to shame. If I had to put together a top-ten list of the greatest books on baseball I’ve read (and I’ve read a lot of baseball books), this book would be among the top three.

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