Caturday felid trifecta: The cats of Antarctica, Aussie firefighter beefcake with cats, world’s worst cat gets adopted (and lagniappe)

Today’s trifecta starts off with two of my favorite subjects—cats and Antarctica. I love the tuxedo-cat penguin. *************** If you like buff males, especially with their shirts off, and are an ailurophile as well, you’re going to want this Australian calendar from the AnimalRescueSite. The title of the article (click on screenshot) tells all: But … Continue reading Caturday felid trifecta: The cats of Antarctica, Aussie firefighter beefcake with cats, world’s worst cat gets adopted (and lagniappe)

The Golden Steve Awards for 2021’s best achievements in film

On April 1, I announced my nephew’s nominations for the “Golden Steve” awards: those awards that he modestly names after himself and which he presents as an alternative to the Ac*demy Aw*ards, awards he despises. Steven is a big film buff and knows his onions, and I’ve found it wise to pay attention to his … Continue reading The Golden Steve Awards for 2021’s best achievements in film

Andrew Sullivan on ideological groupthink and wrongthink

Although we still don’t know whether Andrew Sullivan’s column was pulled from New York Magazine last week (I suspect it was, though I don’t have an inkling of what it said), he’s back today in spades with two pieces, the first one long and eloquent on “wokeness”—the increasing tendency of the Left to be authoritarian, … Continue reading Andrew Sullivan on ideological groupthink and wrongthink

Two Saturday Substacks to read: McWhorter and Sullivan

I’m not sure whether Sullivan’s content is free, but I subscribe, and I’m going to subscribe to John McWhorter’s site as well, which you can still sample for free. Here is your Saturday reading, with excerpts (click on screenshots): Sully: His message is, as the subtitle notes, “the center continues to collapse”. Jokers to the … Continue reading Two Saturday Substacks to read: McWhorter and Sullivan

McWhorter on police violence

Although John McWhorter, a professor of English and linguistics at Columbia University, is also a contributing editor at The Atlantic, his new essay on police violence was not published there. Rather, it’s in Quillette. Given that in length, style, and quality (it’s very well written and makes cogent points) it would be suitable for The … Continue reading McWhorter on police violence

Update on the Lebanon, Missouri case

The Lebanon, Missouri case, in which Principal Kevin Lowery of Lebanon High School said a Christian prayer at the school graduation, has now drawn to a close. After stonewalling the Freedom From Religion Foundation’s (FFRF’s) complaints twice, the school board finally produced a bunch of emails about the issue in response to a request under … Continue reading Update on the Lebanon, Missouri case

I smell trouble in Lebanon

. . . with a capital “T” and that stands for “theism.” Reader Bob J. pointed out, in a comment, this article from today’s Lebanon Daily Record. It starts like this: It goes on to reiterate Lowery’s “apology” that I reproduced in the previous post. Like the Dover Area School Board in Pennsylvania, I don’t think … Continue reading I smell trouble in Lebanon

A shot across Lebanon, Missouri’s bow

Twice the Freedom from Religion Foundation (FFRF) has written to the Superintendent of Schools of the Lebanon, Missouri school district, and twice they have been met with silence. The FFRF’s complaint, you’ll recall, is about Lebanon High School Principal Kevin Lowery’s prayer at the last graduation—a prayer that clearly violated the First Amendment.  Principal Lowery … Continue reading A shot across Lebanon, Missouri’s bow

Lebanon High School principal apologizes—for the second time

A Lebanon, Missouri resident called my attention to a post on Principal Kevin G. Lowery’s Twitter page, which indicated that he’s apologized yet again for having prayed at the Lebanon High School graduation. The link goes to a Dropbox page that contains the following statement: To those who are willing to listen, I offer the … Continue reading Lebanon High School principal apologizes—for the second time

Lebanon principal issues a non-apology

Below is the statement of “apology” apparently made by Lebanon High principal Kevin Lowery (and issued by the school district) after the Freedom from Religion Foundation (and other people) complained about Lowery’s intrusive prayers at the school’s graduation: “I sincerely apologize if any comments made in my speech offended anyone in the audience and our community, especially any … Continue reading Lebanon principal issues a non-apology