Month: December 2012

IBM 5100

Hattip to Ann Althouse.  A trip down tech memory lane.  The IBM 5100 came out in 1975, the year I went off to the U of I as a freshman.  I was fascinated by computers, so I would hang around the Foreign Language Research Building until 11:00 PM and play Space War on one of

The Fear of God and the Law

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is prudence. Proverbs 9:10   Traditionally in English criminal indictments this formula was used “not having the fear of God before his eyes, but being moved and seduced by the instigation of the devil”.  This of course contained a

The Slaughter of Innocents

I never quite know what to say whenever a public tragedy occurs. Everything sounds like an obligatory platitude, or something that has already been said, or something that shouldn’t even need to be said. Ultimately the slaying of 20 innocent children along with 6 adults is horrific beyond words. The reality we live in is

We Three Kings of Orient Are

Something for the Weekend.  We Three Kings of Orient Are.  If ever our nation needed the hope and love brought into the world by Christ, it was in the midst of the Civil War in 1863 when this great hymn first appeared in print.  Written by John Henry Hopkins, Jr., a deacon of the Episcopal

Jesus Wept

  I like to think that there are some things so terrible that no one would even imagine them, let alone do them, and then we have something like this occur and my pleasing illusion goes out the window:   At least 26 people were killed, including at least 18 children, when a gunman opened

Ashamed of the Cross

But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews indeed a stumblingblock, and unto the Gentiles foolishness: 1 Corinthians 1: 23 Hattip to Matthew Archbold at Creative Minority Report.  Well, for 40 grand a year Catholic parents can send their offspring to a “Catholic” college that is apparently ashamed of the cross.   The symbol of

The Irish Brigade at Fredericksburg

“Your soldier’s heart almost stood still as he watched those sons of Erin fearlessly rush to  their deaths. The brilliant assault on Marye’s Heights of their Irish brigade  was beyond description. We forgot they were fighting us and cheer after cheer  at their fearlessness went up all along our lines!” Confederate Major General George Pickett in

Government as Addiction

  One of my pet peeves has long been the fact that most people seem to have no idea how much they pay in taxes.  The reason for this is obvious:  many of the taxes we pay, by design, are hard to keep track of.  In this category are sales taxes, utility taxes, taxes on