I teach at the University of Chicago. Admit it, you’re jealous.
Not because the campus is beautiful (it is!) or because it is crawling with Nobel prize winners (ditto, although the economists do keep somewhat to themselves in their beautiful newly renovated building). Not because we ranked number three—along with Yale!—in the U.S. News and World Report for 2018, or because we are still the place where fun comes to die, which should give us points against Yale.
You’re jealous because we have the best university president in the country, who says things like this: It is the obligation of all of us who aspire to true excellence in education and research to forcefully and unequivocally defend an environment of free expression on campuses.And this: To stifle free expression and open discourse and suppress speech that you don’t like is just an invitation for others to do the same. And this: Those who argue for avoiding discomfort, while seemingly seeking to aid students, are…
Just like his fursona Princess Sparkle Claws, Milo is a sexy—and agile—beast. Seasoned watchers know where to find him! For those who would like to observe him in his various habitats, follow the links! Social media
Telegram: Channel https://t.me/MiloOfficial; Chat by invitation only
Some of you who are not fencers, maybe even some of you who are, may be wondering why, if fencing puts me through agonies such as I have been describing this past week, I do it at all. Surely there are more pleasant ways to spend my leisure time, if what I am looking for is a little fun. Why bring myself to the strip over and over again, night after night, year after year, if all I encounter there are the demons of pride, envy, gluttony, anger, lust, sloth and greed? Well, as the desert fathers who invented this list of deadly sins (more accurately, temptations) would put it, because that is where the demons are. How else will I learn to fight them?
I know, this may sound paradoxical. Why put myself in the way of temptation when, by avoiding the strip, I could so easily maintain my calm? Or could I? I would, of course, like to think I could, but then, how would I know unless I were brought to the test, for example, by having to stand in a long line at the airport waiting to hear …
I’m sure you’ve heard by now: Milo is poor. Not poor in the way in which you or I might be poor—merely living paycheck-to-paycheck to pay off our mortgage or monthly credit card bills (if we’re lucky!)—but broke ass bitch poor. Not personally, mind you. But his business is millions of dollars in debt and has been for some time.
There are many reasons Milo, Inc., is in debt, starting with the deliberate sabotage of Free Speech Week back in September 2017 by someone whom Milo had offered to mentor (it’s a theme!) and continuing to this day in the failure of the millions of followers whom he had accumulated on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram to figure out where he has gone. (Telegram, bitches! Also Gab, but the real fun is over on Telegram.) Some of it has to do with the failure of his investors to understand the way Milo works. (Yes, he’s “divisive” —are you surprised!?) Some of it has to do with the ongoing efforts by Antifa to terrify any venue that dares book a Milo appearance. (Do …
In honor of the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary, Dustin Quick had a few questions for me about Our Lady and her place in the Temple Tradition:
Is Catholic Marian theology and piety based on Greco-Roman paganism which smothered and ultimately replaced an otherwise “pure and simple” Jewish-Christian faith?
How can Catholics honour her so much, when she is barely mentioned in the Bible, whereas Christ is saturating every page of the Scriptures?
Who is the Mother of the Lord in the Old Testament? What was her role? What were some of her symbols?
Why do we claim that Catholicism, with its view of Jesus and Mary, is actually more “authentically Jewish”—more faithful to the oldest Temple religion of ancient Israel— than Second Temple and post-Temple Rabbinic Judaism (and “Messianic Judaism”)?
Who is “Lady Wisdom,” and how is She related to Mary?
We had quite the conversation! Join us!
Image credit: Margaret Barker, personal communication