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Chivalry and Anti-Feminism

December 18, 2012


JESSE POWELL restates the rationale for chivalry in an age of feminism here. As he puts it, the abuses of feminism do not justify a rejection of masculine protectiveness, a rejection that is so often advocated by men’s rights advocates.

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December 18, 2012


Rest during the Flight into Egypt, Caravaggio


A Society of Pervasive Insanity

December 18, 2012


THE REV. James Jackson writes:

Here is a good quote by Walker Percy which describes the horror and evil of Sandy Hook:

“I am perfectly willing to believe Flannery O’Connor when she said, and she wasn’t kidding, that the modern world is a territory largely occupied by the devil. No one doubts the malevolence abroad in the world. But the world is also deranged. What interests me is not the malevolence of man — so what else is new? — but his looniness. The looniness, that is to say, of the “normal” denizen of the Western world who, I think it fair to say, doesn’t know who he is, what he believes, or what he is doing.”


When the Insane Are Medicated Instead of Institutionalized

December 18, 2012


JIM GOAD at Taki’s Mag cites the medication history of killers who have gone on shooting sprees:

• An autopsy concluded that Columbine killer Eric Harris had the SSRI antidepressant Fluvoxamine in his bloodstream at the time of his death.

• Jeff Weise, who killed nine people and himself at a Minnesota high school in 2005, was taking increasingly high doses of Prozac at the time of his spree.

• Robert Hawkins, who killed eight people and himself at an Omaha mall in 2007, reportedly “had been on antidepressants” at the time of his shooting. He allegedly had taken antidepressants since he was six years old. Read More »


On Motherly Love

December 18, 2012


PAUL writes:

Last night another Christmas movie was on: The Christmas Hope (2009). The star was Madeline Stowe. It was about a couple who lost their son during the last year and were then faced with deciding whether to care for a young unrelated girl around Christmas. Madeline Stowe’s character read to the child from a children’s book one night.

This had great meaning to me.

There once was a young mother who held her infant son in her lap as she rocked him. She told him that she would always love him. When he began school, she would tell him she would always love him. When he began high school, she would tell him she would always love him, and he had become embarrassed about it by then. She continued until she was too old to tell him, which was when he took her in his arms and told her that he would always love her.

I often make sure I tell my mother that I will never leave her, which is her greatest fear. But tonight when I visited my mother (as I do every day), I took her in my arms (as I began doing when I first detected her dementia, years before anyone else did) and told her that I would always love her.

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