Hannah and Papa J

Hannah and Papa J

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

The perils of naming yourself

Dear Hannah,

One thing that I realized after reading an extremely Catholic essay by Anthony Esolen was that, in the war over gender pronouns and nearly everything else, it's generally a terrible thing to name yourself.

Monday, October 24, 2016

In praise of Milo Yiannopoulos

Dear Hannah,

I'll admit upfront that I hated Milo at first.  It was something about the way he treated fat women.  He made himself too much of an ass, taking the issue far beyond the heresy of leftists and turning it into something personal -- something regrettable by anyone who has an overweight mother or a sister.  The people against "fat shaming" are really against health and beauty and taste, and thus deserve every ounce of what they get from him.  The overweight, on the other hand, are only overweight.  They might look terrible in bikinis, but they often make up for it with what we refer to as a personality*

Sunday, October 16, 2016

The American Dream and its critics

Dear Hannah,

Because I was in college I've done several things I wouldn't do now, at the top of the list being a beer bong with more than seven types of hard liquor, voting as a Democrat, and reading Michael Moore.  The latter of these took place after I quit railing cocaine and picked up some Chomsky, and involved a too-long book about something like Oprah Winfrey becoming president.  It was titled Dude, Where's My Country? because it was written for idiots.  One of the chapters stuck with me more than the one about Oprah, however, and it had to do with the fraudulence of the American Dream.

Monday, October 3, 2016

Welfare queens and their defenders

Dear Hannah,

If the editors of The Atlantic ever saw Lost, they might remember a scene when Sawyer the con-man explains his dad's philosophy of stealing.  It runs, in short, that no matter who you are or what you do for a living, you're either taking or giving too much -- but you're never getting what you deserve.  The whole world is alternating between stealing or being stolen from.  The professional thief and the saint are separated from humanity only in name.  The difference between the thief and most of us is really a matter of degree.  In church they call this the 80/20 rule: 20% of them do all the work, and 80% of them sit on their asses.