A Unique Opportunity

Joe, over at Evangelical Outpost, offers The Gallery as a weekly feature on his blog. You’ll want to click on that link first and read through his post and the comments.

The Headmistress is pleased to note that Modern Art and the Death of a Culture is cited frequently.

Now go look at a recent Gallery sampling by James Janknegt, “St. John Reconsiders Modern Epistemology.”

Don’t read the comments yet- wait until you’ve looked at the work carefully adn developed some thoughts of your own (and, presumably, at least some of you have looked up ‘epistemology’).

Now read the comments- slowly. Think about them. Compare what you are reading to what you see. Keep reading.

Did anything you read change your thinking? Alter your understanding? Give you something else to think about?

Common Room Scholars might drop a line to Evangelical Outpost and perhaps one of the commentors, thanking them for their contributions to your education. You’ll see which commentor I mean when you’ve read the whole thread.

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Naming a Baby, Scratching a Rash

Have you ever tried to name a baby a really special, unique, unusual name? You look through the baby books and you think long and hard about all the names you’ve ever heard of. You discard the ones you hear all the time- you don’t want something common. You finally pick out a solidly out of date name, one you haven’t heard anybody using since your great-grandfather’s time, maybe. You bestow this name upon your offspring, a beautiful, special, uniquely personal name- sparkling, shiny, practically unused.

And then you find that *everybody* suddenly thought of that name this year. Instead of standing out in the crowd, your baby will be one of about twenty others with the same name in his first grade Sunday School class of twenty-two students.

I don’t know how it happens. It just does. It’s like these names just float about in the universe and all of a sudden they coalesce into something definite and impose themselves on the general consciousness. Nobody has thought of this name for years, and now, the same year your child is born, everybody thinks of it (and often think of it wrong, giving a boy name to their girls).

It’s weird the way people just sometimes all start thinking the same thing, isn’t it?

Kind of like this morning when I was reading my morning news and commentary, and suddenly realized that I am really sick, tired, and totally irritated by Republicans dragging their feet, caving in and letting the MSM and the Democrats set the terms of every single discussion. Are they a majority or are they mice? “A pox* upon them,” I thought, “why do we keep voting for them?”

* Not an oozy pox. That would be gross. Just a nice, rashy, itchy pox** that won’t go away but chafes and annoys, kind of like the way Republicans make me feel lately.

**I’ve had a rash on my hand just like this for about a year now. I’m allergic to dishsoap and shampoo and body soap and cleansers of all sorts, and I just barely keep this rash at bay by the use of gloves and special lotions and avoiding the dishes and being careful about the soaps I use- but it’s always there, under the surface, skulking at the edge of consciousness, and everyonce in a while I can’t stand it anymore and I just scratch that hand until… well, never mind, that would be gross. But the Republicans are acting like that rash in full flare and I want them to stop *being* the rash and to start acting like they are going to do something *about* the rash.

Just a moment or two after I realized how intensely irritated I am by the lack of action on the Republican side on just about everything (Delay, Social Security, Bolton, Judicial nominations, Schiavo…), I read this:

…there is rising anger among Republican activists and donors with the perceived dithering on judges in the Senate. It has been five months since the sweeping wins of November and three months since the Senate convened. But only one of the filibustered appeals court nominees has even cleared committee –a second might do so today–…

…the GOP is in real danger of alienating a significant slice of its activist base…

…If the GOP loses or refuses the battle over the filibuster, it will lose the 2006 Senate elections, a set of contests it could actually win if the base thought there was any point to winning elections….

Yes!! Hugh has his finger on the pulse, again.

And then later Hugh posted this:

Senator Santorum began the program today, and the news was as bad as it gets. Do you have the votes to end the filibuster? “We’re working on it.” When will the vote occur? “Within a couple of months.” Radioblogger will have a full transcript soon.

As soon as that phrase hit the airwaves the e-mail avalanche began and the angry calls have not let up. The Senate GOP is destroying itself, and it does not appear to be aware of the fact. They think they are losing a public relations war with the media elite when in fact they are losing something far more critical –the allegiance of their base.

Now there’s this email sent to Senator McCain and cc’d to Hugh. It begins:

Dear Hugh,

My head is going to explode

I know the feeling. If you’ll excuse me, I can’t type and scratch this rash on my hands at the same time.

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A portion of the HeadGirl’s Musical Wisdom

Tchaikovsky’s 1812 overture is fantastic at 7 a.m. when you’re tootling down the highway and have only been up for twenty minutes.

Beethoven’s 7th Symphony does not work well when you’re trying to go to sleep… it’s too much like trying to stop reading at a cliffhanger in a favorite novel. Just a few measures more, you say to yourself… I’ve got to hear *this* bit. Oh, wait! I want to listen to a few more measures… and before you know it the whole symphony is over and you’re still wide awake.

(The HeadGirl would like it known that she is not wide awake at the moment and is thus not responsible for how discombobulated she may sound herein)

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Which is larger- the King James’ Bible, or the U.S. Tax Code?

Which is the greater number- the number of days in the year or the number of separate forms, schedules, and instructions published by the IRS?

Answers may be found here.

One of the many things that make our Headmaster a rare and noble soul:

In a Fox News poll 61 percent of Americans

“say they use an accountant or a tax preparer, 19 percent use a computer software program and 16 percent use a good-old-fashioned calculator and pencil.”

Yes, the Headmaster is an old-fashioned calculator and pencil man.

Steve Trinward of Rational Review says that this means “The only way most folks ‘decipher the code’ is by hiring a codebreaker … which produces yet another constituency for keeping the thing complex and confusing!

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Is Justice in America a ‘Dark Myth?’

According to this article, it is.

Finds a connection between the Schiavo case, Sandy ‘scissorhands’ Berger, 527s, and the Minuteman project.

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