When It's Easier to Demolish Your House Than to Make the Code Police Happy

In Palm Beach, where else: Two new residences will be going up while five old residences will be coming down, as approved Wednesday by the Architectural Commission...264 Bahama Lane: Owner Karl Wattenhofer is demolishing his house to cure a code-enforcement violation for unapproved window changes. He currently has fines that total more than $74,000. For …

Why Both Lewis and Tolkien Were Both Wrong on Marriage

Christianity Today's piece on C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien on marriage is making the rounds, especially in the wake on SCOTUS's boffo performance on same-sex civil marriage.  CT's take is that Lewis was wrong and Tolkien was right, but unfortunately things aren't that simple. CT's analysis (coming as it does from an Evangelical publication) reminds …

Same Sex Civil Marriage: The Saddest "I Told You So" of Them All

It happened: SCOTUS has struck down the provision of the Defence of Marriage Act that denied federal recognition to same-sex civil marriages, and basically "punted" on Proposition 8 on a standing issue.  The latter doubtless seals that provision's fate. One of the reasons I find myself getting away from blogging on political issues is that …

"Open" Cubicle-free or Office-less Workplaces New? Hardly!

Not only is the "cool office" a myth, it isn't a novelty either.  Consider "the Open Office Space Panopticon" like this: Trading in a cubicle for a shared desk not only encourages conformity — no more quirky puppy posters! — but also lets your boss see what you're doing at all times. Or at least …

Living on the Cheap at Starbucks is a Little More Expensive

The place that defined coffee bumps up the price, for some of us at least: The Seattle-based coffee company says it's hiking prices on average by 1 percent nationally starting on Tuesday. But it says the price for many drinks, such as medium and large brewed coffees and Frappuccinos, won't change in most its 11,000 …

If the NSA Were an Anglican Organisation…

...their motto would be "all hearts are open, all desires known, and from whom no secrets are hid". This, of course, is from the opening Collect of the Holy Communion in the 1662 and 1928 Books of Common Prayer, which is why we jettison Cranmer's lovely prose at our peril. Since, at least for now, …

At Last, the Mystery of "A City Set Upon a Hill Cannot Be Hid" is Revealed

Back in 2011 I posted (or more accurately reposted) the unique "Jesus Music" album A City Set Upon a Hill Cannot Be Hid.  At the time I characterised it as "the mystery album of 1970′s Christian music". That mystery is now at an end, thanks to Paul Griffo, who was a member of the group.  …

Note on the Filioque Clause: St. Thomas Aquinas on the Procession of the Holy Spirit From the Son

Since the ACNA is dickering with the Creed re the "filioque" clause, it's informative to look at Thomas Aquinas' analysis of the problem.  I reproduce same below, but the upshot of his argument is that, if the Holy Spirit does not proceed through the Son from the Father, it would be impossible to differentiate the …

The New Daniel Ellsberg Will Have It Much Rougher Than The Old One

Now that we know that Edward Snowden has blown the NSA's cover on its secret operations, the thoughts of some of us turn back to the days of Daniel Ellsberg, the victim of some of Richard Nixon's dirty tricks after he outed the Pentagon Papers over the Vietnam War. Like our current security apparatus isn't …

Response to Tom Engelhardt and the Class of '66: Just Retire, Please

Tom Engelhardt has obviously been reading this blog, as he too is composing graduation speeches he won't deliver in person.  In his case, it isn't just popularity lack: he addressed his own Class of 1966: The answer, class of 1966, is: just begin. Just believe that for every measure, there is still a potential countermeasure. …

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