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Daily Blogs for 10/2006

by Christopher Chantrill

What's a Kerry? | 10/31/06
 A political gaffe, we know, is when a politician inadvertently tells the truth. So ...

Bureaucracy Comes Before Kids' Reading | 10/31/06
 For over a century the education establishment has pushed the idea of “whole ...

Why Won't They Tell Us? | 10/30/06
 Week in and week out Hugh Hewitt has MSM types on his program and he asks them about ...

The Party of the Rich | 10/30/06
 We all know that the Democratic Party is the party of privilege. That is to say, ...

The Stem Cell Flap | 10/27/06
 Ever since they ginned up Ron Reagan to make a speech on stem cell research at the 2004 ...

The Paglia Interview | 10/27/06
 She thinks the Foley trick was a disaster; she listens to talk radio; and she thinks the ...

The Decline of the Public Library | 10/26/06
 Here in Seattle we have just finished spending hundreds of millions of dollars rebuilding ...

What is Going On in Iraq? Part II | 10/26/06
 What is going on in Iraq? President Bush isn’t saying. That has to be the ...

What is Going On in Iraq? | 10/25/06
 Just what exactly is going on in Iraq? Is it civil war? If not, just what is ...

The Real Culture of Corruption | 10/24/06
 Conservatives have wonderful ideas—for education, for health care, and for income ...

The Ebb and Flow of Politics | 10/24/06
 At two weeks to go before the 2006 mid-term elections everyone is agreed that... well it ...

Mark Steyn and the 300 Millionth American | 10/23/06
 Maybe we conservatives are living in a dream world. While we are worrying about the ...

Rees-Mogg on Ralph Harris | 10/23/06
 The talent of a great journalist is to bring together all the detritus of the world, like ...

Don't Blame MSM For Gloom and Doom | 10/20/06
 If you wonder why the mainstream media isn’t shooting off the fireworks about a ...

Ralph Harris, Architect of Thatcherism | 10/20/06
 They are dying off, one by one. The great lions of the conservative renaissance, the men ...

A Horror Story from the Affirmative Action Front(1) | 10/19/06
 Our friends in the mainstream media love a human interest story. They love to put up a ...

The Gathering Storm of Extremism in Europe | 10/19/06
 As Mark Steyn’s new ...

They Fined Newt Gingrich For Teaching a College Course | 10/18/06
 Yeah! Remember when they gang-tackled Newt for—get this—teaching a college ...

How About That Precautionary Principle Now? | 10/18/06
 Some years ago environmentalists set up the Precautionary Principle as a dodge to stop ...

Sunnis Worry About Shi'ite Power | 10/17/06
 Back in the first Bush Administration I remember a Bush administration official ...

Racial Discrimination at the University of Michigan | 10/17/06
 In Michigan this November the voters are deciding whether to pass the ...

The Long Tail in Education | 10/16/06
 Back in the nineteenth century education reformer Horace Mann promised that centralized, ...

A Tale of Two States | 10/16/06
 In Florida, it is the best of times for Republicans. In Ohio, it is the worst of ...

Conservatives Must Hang Together | 10/16/06
 At the end of the Bush administration and after 12 years of Republican Congresses the ...

What It Means to be a Liberal | 10/13/06
 University of Chicago law professor Geoffrey R. Stone laments that the word ...

Peggy Noonan: Left Lacks Grace | 10/13/06
 Today, on Friday 13th, America’s Mom ...

Progessives Tire of White Working Class | 10/12/06
 In Britain as in the United States the progressives have gone sour on the white working ...

Federal Deficit Cut in Half | 10/12/06
 Of course Democrats are not impressed, according to ...

Dems Deathbed Conversion to Missile Defense | 10/11/06
 Twenty years ago Democrats poured scorn on President Reagan’s Strategic Defense ...

Has Bush "Squandered the Political Authority of a Great Country?" | 10/11/06
 It used to be, writes ...

Put North Korea on China's Back | 10/10/06
 So the North Koreans either did or did not successfully explode a nuclear device last ...

How To Make Our Schools Safe | 10/10/06
 What do we do about the school shootings? Ban handguns? Make schools into secure zones ...

$20 Tickets at the Met | 10/09/06
 Earth to Metropolitan Opera! Your audience is dying off! Seriously though, the new ...

Big Families: Here They Come | 10/09/06
 Give this trend another year, and it will be on the cover of Time. You know ...

Kudlow on Hastert | 10/06/06
 Never mind about Denny Hastert’s handling of the Foley incident, writes ...

Feeding the Underclass in Britain | 10/05/06
 Last week in Brixton, an eternally rough section of London, two teenagers were shot as ...

It's All About Iran | 10/05/06
 I’ve said again and again that if you want to understand what the United States is ...

How About the 2008 Election? | 10/04/06
 Enough of the Foley kerfuffle. Let’s talk presidential politics for 2008 and the ...

Do The Right Thing | 10/04/06
 I agree with ...

Rumsfeld vs. Rice on Iraq(1) | 10/03/06
 We’re going to win in Iraq, says President Bush. But what does that ...

Page Storm Reaches Hurricane Force | 10/03/06
 Could Republicans lose control of Congress over an instant message? If they do, it would ...

Why Democrats Prefer Scandal to SoSec Reform | 10/02/06
 You gotta admit it. The Democrats know how to expose and coordinate embarrassing ...

Fox News: Libs Still Don't Get It | 10/02/06
 Fox News is ten years old this week, and the liberals still don’t get it. ...

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What Liberals Think About Conservatives

[W]hen I asked a liberal longtime editor I know with a mainstream [publishing] house for a candid, shorthand version of the assumptions she and her colleagues make about conservatives, she didn't hesitate. “Racist, sexist, homophobic, anti-choice fascists,” she offered, smiling but meaning it.
Harry Stein, I Can't Believe I'm Sitting Next to a Republican


Racial Discrimination

[T]he way “to achieve a system of determining admission to the public schools on a nonracial basis,” Brown II, 349 U. S., at 300–301, is to stop assigning students on a racial basis. The way to stop discrimination on the basis of race is to stop discriminating on the basis of race.
Roberts, C.J., Parents Involved in Community Schools vs. Seattle School District


Liberal Coercion

[T]he Liberal, and still more the subspecies Radical... more than any other in these latter days seems under the impression that so long as he has a good end in view he is warranted in exercising over men all the coercion he is able[.]
Herbert Spencer, The Man Versus the State


Taking Responsibility

[To make] of each individual member of the army a soldier who, in character, capability, and knowledge, is self-reliant, self-confident, dedicated, and joyful in taking responsibility [verantwortungsfreudig] as a man and a soldier. — Gen. Hans von Seeckt
MacGregor Knox, Williamson Murray, ed., The dynamics of military revolution, 1300-2050


Responsible Self

[The Axial Age] highlights the conception of a responsible self... [that] promise[s] man for the first time that he can understand the fundamental structure of reality and through salvation participate actively in it.
Robert N Bellah, "Religious Evolution", American Sociological Review, Vol. 29, No. 3.


Churches

[In the] higher Christian churches... they saunter through the liturgy like Mohawks along a string of scaffolding who have long since forgotten their danger. If God were to blast such a service to bits, the congregation would be, I believe, genuinely shocked. But in the low churches you expect it every minute.
Annie Dillard, Holy the Firm


Sacrifice

[Every] sacrifice is an act of impurity that pays for a prior act of greater impurity... without its participants having to suffer the full consequences incurred by its predecessor. The punishment is commuted in a process that strangely combines and finesses the deep contradiction between justice and mercy.
Frederick Turner, Beauty: The Value of Values


Pentecostalism

Within Pentecostalism the injurious hierarchies of the wider world are abrogated and replaced by a single hierarchy of faith, grace, and the empowerments of the spirit... where groups gather on rafts to take them through the turbulence of the great journey from extensive rural networks to the mega-city and the nuclear family...
David Martin, On Secularization


Conservatism's Holy Grail

What distinguishes true Conservatism from the rest, and from the Blair project, is the belief in more personal freedom and more market freedom, along with less state intervention... The true Third Way is the Holy Grail of Tory politics today - compassion and community without compulsion.
Minette Marrin, The Daily Telegraph


Moral Imperatives of Modern Culture

These emerge out of long-standing moral notions of freedom, benevolence, and the affirmation of ordinary life... I have been sketching a schematic map... [of] the moral sources [of these notions]... the original theistic grounding for these standards... a naturalism of disengaged reason, which in our day takes scientistic forms, and a third family of views which finds its sources in Romantic expressivism, or in one of the modernist successor visions.
Charles Taylor, Sources of the Self


Drang nach Osten

There was nothing new about the Frankish drive to the east... [let] us recall that the continuance of their rule depended upon regular, successful, predatory warfare.
Richard Fletcher, The Barbarian Conversion


Government Expenditure

The Union publishes an exact return of the amount of its taxes; I can get copies of the budgets of the four and twenty component states; but who can tell me what the citizens spend in the administration of county and township?
Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America


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