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  • Thanks

    Posted by Dan from Madison on November 26th, 2008 (All posts by )

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    I am thankful for a lot of things, but for this post I would like to thank Jonathan for being such a gracious host on this blog.  The comments and posts that I read at ChicagoBoyz are very beneficial to me and always entertaining. 

    I would also like to thank Jonathan for inviting me to share some ideas here with what I consider to be one of the very best audiences on the internet.  The audience is not so large as to have a giant quantity of trolls, yet is large enough – and adult enough – to be able to engage myself and the other authors in thoughtful conversations.  Thanks to you, authors and commenters.

    That said, Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday and as always I am on my 36 hour Pre Thanksgiving Fast which precedes my Thanksgiving Day Cocktails, Gorging, and Traditional Late Afternoon Thanksgiving Day Nap.  Happy Thanksgiving to all of you.

     

    12 Responses to “Thanks”

    1. renminbi Says:

      This blog has good commentary because it attracts smart adults. A adults are people who are connected to reality. On many of the libertarian blogs there is a tendency to argue how many angels can dance on the head of a pin. There are many other blogs that have good material,but the comments often miss the point.

      Yes we much reason to be grateful for this blog and its readers.Thank you all.

    2. Lexington Green Says:

      The bloggers here have been pretty good at self-policing the trolls. I tend to go nuclear faster, and even if am overly harsh, some trollish creatures have been allowed to hang around too long. But that quibble aside, the conversations here are indeed exceptionally good.

      “…how many angels can dance on the head of a pin…”

      That expression is one which cries out for clarification. It was used as a way to mock Medieval Scholasticism, by later critics. But the questions originates not from theology, but from geometry. Here’s how. An angel is a spirit, hence it has no tangible body and is not limited by space. Hence it has no location except when it acts in a particular location. It is potentially anywhere, but only may be said to be in a particular place if it takes action there. Now, a pin head is a small surface. But a dimensionless point has no volume. An angel “dancing” need not occupy any space laterally to itself but can just go up and down. So, the answer to the question, “how many angels can dance on the head of a pin” is: All of them.

      Everyone in those days knew the characteristics of angels. And that was used as a way to explain a basic element in geometry, the dimensionless point.

      Pardon the digression.

      Happy Thanksgiving to all.

    3. Jonathan Says:

      Thanks for joining us, and happy Thanksgiving.

    4. Carl from Chicago Says:

      Like Dan I also am thankful for being invited here.

    5. Jonathan Says:

      Thanks, Carl. My comments apply to you as well, of course.

    6. Ginny Says:

      Tomorrow I will give thanks for my three lovely daughters, two good sons-in-law, a beautiful & interesting grandson and a husband who brought peace to my life.

      But as for the blog, I’m thankful not only for Jonathan’s wit and remarkable style but that he is the kind of person who put up the flag of India shortly after he must have heard of the attack. That is, I’m thankful for a blog full of colleagues I’ve never seen and I may never see who have nonetheless made a difference in my life -nudged me into more sympathy, more self-reliance, and a better sense of proportion. Given our time and place, despite our retirement funds halving, this blog reminds me again and again how thankful I should be for a life at this time in this place and with these people.

    7. Helen Says:

      Hear, hear. Thank you Jonathan. And Happy Thanksgiving to all you guys from this side of the Pond.

    8. Tatyana Says:

      Thank you all, guys, for a year of interesting reading and moral support (that wasn’t asked for, but given anyway).
      Happy holiday.

    9. Christopher Hamilton Says:

      Happy Thanksgiving!

      Christopher Hamilton
      The Right Opinion, for the Right Wing

    10. Jonathan Says:

      Credit where it’s due: the flag was Lex’s idea.

      Thanks to all of you.

    11. Chris Says:

      Those photos make me really miss Thanksgiving in the midwest. It’s just not the same out here in Hawaii. Although I have my wife and children now and her family, I realized just today that I have not been home to my family for thanksgiving in 18 years..going back to before I joined the Navy out of high school. These pictures tell me I really need to rectify that soon….

    12. Obloodyhell Says:

      > three lovely daughters, two good sons-in-law

      What, the third one is no good?

      8oD

      Just teasing.