What is a wholesome sexuality?

Posted in General Discussion on September 27, 2013 by McKinley Pitts

Very good!

Reflections, Reflections by Alessandra

On a recent McCain thread (Miley Cyrus: Insult to Injury), a commenter (Joe) asked:

What in Alexandra’s estimation is a “wholesome sexuality”? If it hurt’s someone it’s immoral if it doesn’t then who cares if people want to have anal sex, engage in S&M, cross dress, worship feet, have threesomes, etc. It’s no one’s business. I’m sure most people here agree with that. if not, then what is wholesome sexuality? Sex done only for pro-creation in the missionary position with the lights off?

I have to say this question lies at the heart of what is wrong with liberal ideology. It’s very important and the answer doesn’t fit in a short comment space. But here is a first attempt at a short reply.

We can look at sexuality in many ways. One is to examine what happens inside the mind of an individual. If their sexual thoughts or…

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Cheer Up: Negativity bias – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Posted in Faith, General Discussion, Personal Remembrances with tags on September 17, 2013 by McKinley Pitts

Negativity bias – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

RealClearReligion – Hannah Arendt, Augustinian

Posted in First Things on September 16, 2013 by McKinley Pitts

A key Augustine insight was that “evil is not something substantial, but rather a type of non-being, a lack of some perfection that ought to be present.”

RealClearReligion – Hannah Arendt, Augustinian.

Slowest Start To A Hurricane Season On Record

Posted in General Discussion on August 25, 2013 by McKinley Pitts

From Real Science Blog…

Real Science

Obama says that hurricanes are getting worse, based on some research done at the Choom Climatological Institute.

As we approach the end of August, there have been no Atlantic hurricanes. By this date in the year 1886, there had already been seven hurricanes – including three major hurricanes, one of which wiped the city of Indianola, Texas off the map.

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1886 Atlantic hurricane season – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

A kinder, gentler natural hurricane from 1886

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Obama’s presidency has also seen the fewest US hurricane landfalls of any president. Three hurricanes have hit the US while he was in office, compared to twenty-six while Grover Cleveland was in office.

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Chronological List of All Hurricanes

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I COMMAND You to Read The Fortunes of Permanence by Roger Kimball.

Posted in General Discussion with tags , on August 20, 2013 by McKinley Pitts

I’m having a hard time sticking with books here lately for some reason. (Age!) One I am enjoying, however, is The Fortunes of Permanence by Roger Kimball. Stellar.

Jay Nordlinger’s five part review in NRO (the review is great!):

http://www.nationalreview.com/article/347406/important-part-i
http://www.nationalreview.com/articles/347538/important-part-ii
http://www.nationalreview.com/article/347605/important-part-iii
http://www.nationalreview.com/article/347791/important-part-iv
http://www.nationalreview.com/article/347834/important-part-v

Roger’s Rules » Bright Spots in the Bubble: The Case of St. John’s College

Posted in Higher Education with tags on August 20, 2013 by McKinley Pitts

“There is something curiously pregnant about silence among a small group of people sitting around a table, especially when they are confronted with a question. Thirty seconds seems like a long time. A minute is nearly unbearable.”

via Roger’s Rules » Bright Spots in the Bubble: The Case of St. John’s College.

Roger Kimball: Roger’s Rules

Posted in Big Government on August 19, 2013 by McKinley Pitts

Quote: How does despotism come to a modern democracy? Tocqueville thought it was by means of the regulatory state, which “extends its arms over society as a whole.”

[I]t covers its surface with a network of small, complicated, painstaking, uniform rules through which the most original minds and the most vigorous souls cannot clear a way to surpass the crowd; . . . it does not tyrannize, it hinders, compromises, enervates, extinguishes, dazes, and finally reduces each nation to being nothing more than a herd of timid and industrious animals of which the government is the shepherd.

via Roger’s Rules.