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Beaten Back from the Gates of Power

January 20, 2010


The Rev. James Jackson writes:

I looked around for an image which would express a little of what you said about the clergy [here and here], and came up with this. It’s a Carthusian monk entering the door of La Grande Chartreux. The picture is worth a thousand words I think. 


Laura writes:

Thank you. That’s the perfect image of brutal force and oppression. It does nicely capture what I was saying. Think of all the women outrageously beaten back from the gates of monasteries where power-hungry men like this fellow observed extreme solitude and labor.

This truly is where the idiocy of the male conspiracy theories is exposed. It’s one thing to say women are oppressed because they’re not presidents or Nobel Prize winners. It’s another thing to say they’re oppressed because they’re not poor celibates.


Mencken on Men

January 20, 2010


H.L. Mencken

“In the duel of sex, woman fights from a dreadnought and man from an open raft.” 

“A bad man is the sort who weeps every time he speaks of a good woman.” 

“A man may be a fool and not know it, but not if he is married.” 

“Love is the triumph of imagination over intelligence.” 

“No matter how happily a woman may be married, it always pleases her to discover that there is a nice man who wishes that she were not.”

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In Love with Massachusetts

January 20, 2010


Massachusetts is the most beautiful state in the union. Its hills, its harbors, and its homes; its whalers and sailors; its history and erudition; its tea – all are part of the colossal greatness of Massachusetts. The Boston accent is music to the ears. Harvard still retains some sense. Lexington and Concord reverberate with revolution. The cod is out of this world. 

Stand on the dunes at Truro or tour the alleys of Edgartown, walk through Boston Commons or hike the Berkshires, take the ferry to Nantucket or eat lunch at Faneuil Hall. Tell me there are any finer sights in the world. How could we ever have forgotten its majesty and love of liberty? The Pilgrims landed in the right place. We are all Massachusettians now.

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