Notes, marginalia and dicta

  • Some may recall that an evangelist by the name of Luis Palau was featured at the recent LifeLight Festival. Looks like Palau thought it was a good idea. According to The Revealer, he’s got a gathering planned in Washington, DC, this weekend that includes “all-day performances by contemporary Christian musical groups.”
  • Somewhat surprisingly, my review of The Irritable Male Syndrome is a Pick of the Week at Blogcritics. I say surprising because I thought it a weaker effort compared to other reviews posted there last month. And while the editors note the author’s response to my review, I found even more interesting the response challenging the author’s academic credentials. The comments can be found at the end of the review.
  • I am going to withhold any “insightful comment” on the nomination of Harriet Miers to the US Supreme Court until I have an opportunity to learn more about her. Initially, though, I note the fact she has about 25 years experience as a practicing lawyer goes to one of the issues I’ve noted about court appointments. At the same time, I must admit being disconcerted when I hear conservatives say that “[i]n the White House that hero worshipped the president, Miers was distinguished by the intensity of her zeal: She once told me that the president was the most brilliant man she had ever met.” I find that extremely scary.

  • He wondered, as he had many times wondered before, whether he himself was a lunatic. Perhaps a lunatic was simply a minority of one.

    George Orwell, 1984

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