The Thinking 
Housewife
 

March 22, 2011

 

Ironing Day, Jane Barrow (1897)

Ironing Day, Jane Barrow (1897)

 

Rosy-Fingered Missiles

March 22, 2011

 

I REALIZE military commanders are under certain restrictions when coming up with code names for strategic operations, but still it is embarrassing to see an armed conflict assigned such a silly, euphemistic term in the news as “Operation Odyssey Dawn.” Even if military personnel refer to it as such, is it necessary for the public and journalists to accept the term? The rash mindlessness and indefinite purpose of this country’s attack on Libya, launched without Congressional approval, is sickeningly highlighted by the sentimental name. Ed O’Keefe in The Washington Post says the phrase sounds like “the title of a rock album, video game or — as some have suggested — the name of a pornographic movie star.” Read More »

 

The Meditations of Nicolás Goméz Dávila

March 22, 2011

 

PETER S. WRITES:

Today marks the completion of a multi-year informal translation project of the aphorisms of Don Colacho.  A profound reactionary intellectual, his observations, while no doubt acerbic to some tastes, are full of penetrating insight regarding the modern condition and the eclipse of the sacred.  Of the nearly three thousand aphorisms authored by him, I offer a few here by way of example: 

We do not invoke God as defendants, but as parched lands. 

Today the individual must gradually reconstruct inside himself the civilized universe that is disappearing around him. 

I do not belong to a world that is passing away; I prolong and transmit a truth that does not die. 

The Gospels and the Communist Manifesto are waning; the world’s future lies in the power of Coca-Cola and pornography.