In Which there are Chunks

Yesterday I found a small grocer (the store is small, not the owner) who sells a locally produced, unhomoginized milk. It tastes phenominal, but there are chunks. Is that normal?


In Which Chinese Children Manufacture Doctors (and other Links)

1. McSweeney’s! If for some reason you aren’t hip to this groove, you should become so.
They do lists as well as fiction. Here are a few of my favorites:
a) What I Think the Illegible Gang Graffiti That Was Spray-Painted Onto My Apartment Building Actually Says
b) Clint Eastwood Film or Gay Porn?
c) Other Names Sting Could Go by, as Suggested by My Thesaurus

2. John Barach praises Chocolat, proving once again that my wife knows better than I.

3. This is Margaret Sanger, evil and scary as Hell.

4. I understand the appeal of rolling back the prices for cheap tupperware, but Wal-Mart Doctors? All kinds of not good.

5. Reading Dr. Peter Leithart’s A Great Mystery with the wife, which is a collection of wedding homilies. Brilliant as always, Leithart’s book is made doubly fun for us since we had the privilege of being present at most of these weddings. Though about marriage particularly, it is very devotional as well. Pick it up.

In Which We are no longer thinking Vegan, (but maybe Vegetarian…?)

Thinking about chickens lately (ridiculous beasts that they are). And cows, which are one of my favorite animals.

My understanding of veganism is a rejection of the use of any animal-derived products, for food or otherwise (someone correct me if I’m mistaken).

I would want to argue that this is not a good ultimate goal for the sanctification of the world because, when the heavens and earth are remade, service and work will not be eliminated but rather blessed: ‘work’ is not a part of the curse, man’s work itself is cursed. Men will still plow and the earth will yield up its abundance into our hands, fulfilling a part of its own work and service before the Lord.

In the same way, the animals have services to render to God and Man, duties to fulfill which are not in and of themselves a hardship or a curse, but rather responsibilities which have been cursed because of Man’s sin. Like a tree bringing forth fruit or a woman bearing a child, fulfilment is not to be had in the mere act of reproduction (which is an oxymoronic phrase anyway): The Life given goes far beyond the individual being created (whether it be a baby or a bean sprout).

Thus, to reject the use of all animal products, including the eating of eggs, milk-based products, etc. is to devalue the work which may be a part of their fulfilment and thus to, ironically, denature the creature.

In Which Twisted Sister Rocks and Metallica Doesn’t (despite having taken down Napster)

A coleague reminded me of this testimony from Dee Snider at Tipper Gore’s Victorian Congressional Hearings. Husband Al’s imbecility and inability to follow an argument are not surprising: but Dee’s lucidity and just plain old good sense kind of are (I guess I always figured that a guy with that much hair can’t be all there).

And speaking of Al Gore and being lame, it appears that Metallica, despite having a sweet new bass player, are still going to perform at one of Al’s “Live Earth” shows this summer. I mean, c’mon guys, now you’re just dropping the soap on purpose!

In Which “Gravity” is just a Sciency-Sounding Word for Faeries Making Stuff Fall

Natural Law: A principle which governs the world apart from the will of any particular being.

There is no such thing as The Natural Law of Gravity. Gravity is an adverb that has been nouned. Newton did not answer the question “what makes stuff fall?” “Gravity” is a general word that embodies a description of how things seem to “fall” in a consistent manner.

There is no Natural Law governing anything, for there can be no action without a causal agent (thank you, Pasteur). To claim that “Natural Law” is the agent is nonsense: An action can not be its own cause.

“Natural Laws” are descriptions of what seem to be (to the best of our knowledge) consistent acts by a causal agent: They cannot be the agent itself. Thus, there is no such thing as a violation of Natural Law. The faeries just changed their minds.