Category Archives: Blithe Spirit

The good and the bad, emphasis on Trib and Sun-Times

Ex-Vatican doctrine czar calls homophobia a ‘hoax’, ‘psycho-terrorism’

It’s a handy, all-purpose put-down of defenders of the church’s position.


Gone fishing, nothing for a week.


Eric Hoffer and the True Believers

A people’s philosopher:

Being a thinker concerned with questions relating to vital life during the positivistic twentieth century had major drawbacks.

Because Hoffer embraced a philosophy of commonsense values that addressed everyday life, the radicalized academic establishment has dismissed him.

Hoffer’s major crime, as it is easy to see today, is that he tried to wrest control of moral values away from nihilistic intellectuals.

By safeguarding basic truths and values—ideas that enable man to flourish in daily life—from becoming the domain of fashionable theories, Hoffer was made persona non grata by radical ideologues and opportunistic intellectuals.

Yet while being shunned by radicalized academics, Hoffer enjoyed tremendous success among his readers in the general public.

The book in question: The True Believer: Thoughts on the Nature of Mass Movements (Perennial Classics)

Personal recollection: In the mid-60s at St. Ignatius High, Chicago, I assigned the book to my seniors, most of whom had resisted my pushing racial-justice books.

This one was different. At least one spoke of it with appreciation.

In retrospect, I’d have been better off (they too) if I’d gone with this kind of book. Those who worked at understanding it would have had got something that stayed with them, through thick and thin, you might say.

via an excellent site, by the way: The University Bookman

The Supreme Court’s sports-betting ruling has major implications for states’ rights.

It’s not about gambling but all about what federal government can do.

“Congress can regulate sports gambling directly, but if it elects not to do so, each State is free to act on its own,” Justice Samuel Alito wrote for the court. “Our job is to interpret the law Congress has enacted and decide whether it is consistent with the Constitution. PASPA is not.”

7-2 vote, by the way. Not even close.

Remember too that the Constitution itself is much about what government cannot do. 

via The New Republic

Should All Government Support for Higher Education Be Abolished? Watch the Live Debate. – shared from

​Revolutionary: Give price competition a better chance than ever.

Tom Coburn with a simple idea to help lower health-care costs: publish prices

​The Adam Smith solution.

Simpson: Dave’s Swell Advice to the Grads

From the Pekin (IL) Daily times, a load of piquant advice to grads, to be savored, offering this very important item as windup:

And last, once again, the classic career advice from the great newspaper columnist Mike Royko:

“Bathe regularly.”

Dave has a brother in Oak Park, a prolific and articulate Wednesday Journal letter and opinion-piece writer, by the way.

via Simpson: Dave’s Swell Advice to the Grads

A pair of mothers . . .

. . . and the youngest offspring:

Beatiful people I spend my time with.

(Photo by Maggie Bowman)

For Dems, ‘blue wave’ is now a trickle

Well, well, well. 

via: CNN

George Will: Trump Is ‘a Kind of Mistake of Nature’

This is the kind of comment that tells us more about the commentator than the commented-upon.

Who, by the way, is very much inside the commentator’s head.

via: Breitbart

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