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Roger Wm. Bennett
Retired lawyer, homo adorans (as an Orthodox Christian). For better or worse, autodidact in much of what really matters in life (despite ample formal schooling). My posts are pretty eclectic, but tend toward religion and cynicism about politics.
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Reading Jack F. Matlock, Autopsy on an Empire. 📚I waited until I was far enough into this doorstop to be sure I wanted to finish it.

I was lousy at history as a kid. Now I can’t get enough.

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@jabel Star City is used a lot in Lafayette, too. I'm not sure where it comes from.

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Well, Guénon was fun! Here’s one that challenges my conceit that I can be a disinterested observer of my society. And in some ways, it clashes with yesterday’s provocation from René Guénon; just as we can’t escape individualism, we can’t escape cultural Christianity.

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@jabel @JohnBrady Transfixed but not anxious is about right. I sang this almost every Sunday for well over a decade, but this election year seems unprecedentedly bad at the top. ("Wherefore art thou, Hillary?" - words I never thought I'd think).

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@tinyroofnail Yes, I "clipped" that First Things article (i.e., downloaded it as a markdown file) when it first came out.

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@KyleEssary It's not just atheists, though. The idea that all we can really know is that which is scientifically verifiable has been the water I've swum in most of my Christian pilgrimage, and I was not unaffected by it.

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Instant favorite

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@patrickrhone I think you knew about it earlier than I did, but I've known for months. I took hope that it was not (yet) embraced by Trump, but a lot of his "destroy the deep state" schtick was clearly in the same ballpark.

Now he has disavowed it, but so what? He lies constantly, and there's an awful overlap in Project 2025 circle and the Trump circle. Project 2025 isn't "conservative." It's right-wing revolutionary, and I presume that like most revolutions, it will not end well.

Someone finally wrote in the New York Times (paywall) what I'd grokked from the beginning of the campaign: far fewer Federalist Society judicial nominees; they were too devoted to the rule of law, too little devoted to him. That could be zero SCOTUS nominees, but Thomas and Alito are getting up in years.

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@tinyroofnail From the Department of Free Association:

Let me keep my distance, always, from those
who think they have the answers.
Let me keep company always with those who say
”Look!" and laugh in astonishment,
and bow their heads.”



Mary Oliver, Evidence: Poems (View Highlight)

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Rather than befoul MB with a lot of political negativity, I post it elsewhere.

Four new items today. I’d say “carefully curated,” but that’s not true. It’s more “Ooooo! Good zinger! Too good not to share with the cosmos!”

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@dwalbert I lost that, having read it on Kindle.

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Finished Seamus Heaney’s translation of Beowulf. 📚 Much more rewarding that whatever-the-heck version they assigned in high school 60 years ago.

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I watched this afternoon’s WNBA game because of Caitlyn Clark, and was well-rewarded (she got a triple-double — first ever for a WNBA rookie — in a Fever upset.). I realize that in some ways I prefer WNBA to NBA: it’s just enough slower and a lot more relatable (the NBA players do things at a blur).

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@manton I like the web app update, appreciate seeing the count of new posts.

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@JohnBrady Oh, yeah: I'm enthused about " a hopeless fringe party that comes somewhere near representing me" because I it sends a clearer message then not voting.

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Reading Seamus Heaney’s translation of Beowulf. 📚

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@frjon Glad to listen.

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The cure for loneliness is solitude. (Marianne Moore)

Sounds profound. Definitely poetic.

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If you are uneasy about IVF, as am I, you may benefit from reading this brief against it on ecumenical Christian grounds.

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@joshuapsteele With apologies to William F. Buckley, I'd demand a recount.

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@adders You are not alone, of course. Populist movements are, well, moving.

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@ayjay You are substantially correct. I registered the immunity case having been decided, hung around for the scotusblog first-draft summary, and then had other things to do until later this afternoon (just jamming this in between things). But neither you nor I make money off of outrage, so who cares what we think?

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SCOTUS just handed down the Presidential immunity case.

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@tinyroofnail Now you've given me something to read — after SCOTUS finishes handing down today's final decisions of the term.

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@ayjay I didn't understand hypercard at the time. It seemed promising somehow, but I never figured out how to use it meaningfully.

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@frankm Maybe Joe Biden can pardon him?  There is now precedent that what used to be bad is now virtuous… 

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I’m really happy that Simone Biles is back, apparently over “The Yips” (or is it “The Twisties”?). She’s the Willie Mays of gymnastics.

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Last month, I shared Ross Douthat’s long interview with J.D. Vance. July 1, the Times published a long interview of Steve Bannon by David Brooks. I’m going out on a limb here with a wager that this is one of the ten most shareworthy I’ll read this month in the Times.

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@dwalbert I started off a bit like C.S.Lewis, who said that if somebody wanted him to gamble, he'd say "How much do you hope to win? Here: take it and go away." But these TV gambling ads seem to be aimed at — let's just say a demographic that can't really afford to lose any more. So exploitive!

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Trying to watch some MLB. The gambling ads really tick me off. Does nobody like the game for the sake of the game?

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@eastbrad Outstanding!

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I see these surveys about trust, and note that nobody, supposedly, trusts the New York Times. But it’s got an insane number of subscribers.

So: they don’t trust it in comparison to what?

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@jabel @tinyroofnail I think the tragedy is national, not just one or two parties. I said in 2016 that Trump v. Clinton had "God's judgment" written all over it. Eight years later, we're confronted with something almost as bad. It's as if a fatal national flaw made this sort of thing inevitable.

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@JohnBrady @jabel So much for "deceptively edited" as a categorical definse to all the previous Biden photos and videos.

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Boy! Today’s a revelation of how much I suffer FOMO! If I’m going to read all the debate post-mortems (I’m trying not to), I might have saved time just watching the stupid thing.

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@UndamnedOne @Annie @rogerscrafford Sounds like I didn't miss anything. I thought of watching, but I am 99% resolved to vote for neither of them anyway.

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@petebrown Museé Orsay?

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3 French 19-year-olds were picked within the first 6 NBA draft picks. 2 Kentucky players, 2 Connecticut players, and then Purdue’s Zach Edey, picked to go between 9 and 30, went to Memphis as the 9th pick.

I think I just became a Grizzlies and Ja Morant fan along with Edey.

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@joshuapsteele I'm three inches taller than my wife. Her legs are two inches longer than mine. So, yeah.

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One of my shared articles from NYT: The Ground Is Shifting Under Biden and Trump - The New York Times.

One of the most unsettling things about our politics is its instability. Working class, including blacks and hispanics, becoming “R”, rich white college-educated becoming “D”. Will this persist post-Trump?

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I couldn’t remember why we’d stopped watching The Midsommer Murders on BritBox, so we started again. After two or three episodes, I remembered: the portrayal of village life as being constant musical beds punctuated by cuckolds or aggrieved wives murdering spouses or their lovers.

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@dfj Amen!

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Reading HRH Prince Charles, Harmony. 📚

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Finished reading Kierkegaard, The Present Age. 📚

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It’s a Supreme Court “hand-down day,” starting at 10 am. They’re usually done by 10:30. Many big cases still pending and to be decided, by tradition, before July. Going to tune in now.

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The things said most confidently by advanced persons to crowded audiences are generally those quite opposite to the fact; it is actually our truisms that are untrue.

G.K. Chesterton, Orthodoxy

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Said actress Tallulah Bankhead, “There have only been two authentic geniuses in the world, William Shakespeare and Willie Mays.”