Banning Sobriety in Palm Beach

Well, not quite... It’s unlikely residents will see sober homes popping up in their Palm Beach neighborhoods any time soon. Earlier this month, the Town Council declared “zoning in progress,” a measure that essentially halts permits for alcohol and drug-free living environments in town while officials consider how best to regulate them. Council members also …

The "Arabs" of Thomas Aquinas Weren't Arabs At All

Returning to the site Ite ad Thomam, I saw an advertisement for the "Annual Fall Workshop on Aquinas and the 'Arabs'" at Marquette University (not, these days, an ideal venue for such a traditional Catholic conference.)  For someone like myself who started the Summa as an undergraduate and finished it as a PhD candidate, it …

When One Steals From A Church, One Sins Twice

Never gave this much thought, but from the "Ite ad Thomam" site: So stealing from a church is actually two sins, theft and sacrilege? Or is it still one – sacrilegious theft? Two sins.  And both have to be confessed.  In other words, it's not enough to say merely "I stole something from a building," …

Brexit, Crisis and Opportunity

One of the more amusing moments I've had here at UTC has been the visit of the new Dean of the College of Engineering and Computer Science, Dr. Daniel Pack, to the SimCentre, where I just finished my PhD.  He wanted to meet with the students; it's been a rough road for the program, and …

Now Audi Cashes In on Ramadan

Not to be outdone by Renault, Audi has their own Ramadan special for Bahrainis: For Americans, Renault is an abstraction; they have not marketed motor vehicles in this country for many years.  Audi is another matter altogether: not only are they active here but a part of Volkswagen, which has an American plant and is …

Renault and Ramadan Go Together

I'm not quite sure how it came about, but somehow I got on the list for a number of spammers in the Gulf States.  In any case, I'm passing along the following, an ad for Renault during Ramadan from Bahrain: It also came in Arabic, but I'll leave it at this. Hope the dealership hides …

Don't Pack Heat When You're Up for Tenure

Yesterday we, the faculty of the University of Tennessee (and this includes the Instapundit,) received the following from our President, Dr. Joseph dePietro (emphasis mine:) On July 1, a new state law takes effect that allows Tennessee’s public colleges and universities’ full-time faculty and staff, who have handgun-carry permits, to carry handguns on campus. I …

Brexit: Something Tells Me, It's Time to Go…

Amidst the tragedy of the Orlando massacre earlier this week, we have yet another major event facing us: the "Brexit" vote on 23 June, where the UK's voters express their wish to stay in the European Union or leave.  The "Establishment" in the UK (and that, sad to say, includes the Church of England) have …

Another Anglican Divine Hit the Skids

In the nearly nineteen years this site has been active, I’ve had the opportunity to skewer Anglican and Episcopal “divines” for their strange and unBiblical positions.  My most recent efforts have related to my prep school’s chaplain and John Shelby Spong. One of the irritating things I’ve run across in the Anglican/Episcopal blogosphere is the …

Sometimes It Pays to Think

Like in this, from A.B. Bruce's The humiliation of Christ, about Eutyches, the Monophysite fanatic: It is plain from those representations that Eutyches had no distinct definite conception of the constitution of our Lord's person. He felt rather than thought on the subject of Christology. He did not pretend to comprehend the mystery of the …

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