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Daily Blogs for 2/2006

by Christopher Chantrill

Senator Clinton Worries Vouchers Could Lead to Jihad Academies | 02/28/06
 If you were national Democratic politician and a bribed apologist for the teachers’ ...

Islamists Don't Do Patents | 02/28/06
 It’s all very well to worry about the Islamists taking over the world, and resetting ...

McCain Flip-flops on Taxes. So Far So Good | 02/27/06
 Good. John McCain has voted to extend the president’s key investment tax cuts, the ...

Babies, Houses, and Babies | 02/26/06
 On Saturday I went to a fringe theater on the last day of the run of DOB, a play ...

Supply Side Economics Drives Brazilians into Formal Sector | 02/26/06
 A big problem in emerging economies is the informal employment sector, the people camping ...

Is This Iraq's Tipping Point? | 02/24/06
 Let us assume, for a moment, that the bombing of the Shiite shrine in Samarra was the ...

Happiness is a Serious Business | 02/23/06
 Conservative columnist ...

Dueling Marriage Quizzes | 02/23/06
 In Sunday’s The New York Times non-traditional relationships advocate ...

Harriet Miers Goes to Sea | 02/22/06
 Some months ago Peggy Noonan warned that, at this stage of an administration, the White ...

Harvard Faculty to Larry Summers: You're Outta Here! | 02/21/06
 So that’s it. Lawrence Summers is to step down at the end of the academic year as ...

What If..."Catholics Riot over Da Vinci Code" | 02/21/06
 We all seem to take for granted that millions of Muslims all over the world naturally ...

National Savings Down, But National Wealth Up. Explain | 02/20/06
 Last year the US savings rate was the lowest since the Great Depression, according to the ...

WSJ Sneers at Newt | 02/19/06
 First Newt Gingrich was a dangerous “bombthrower.” Then he was the bombastic ...

Islamic World Choosing Segregation from West | 02/17/06
 When African Americans first started entering selective colleges in significant numbers ...

After Cheney Tantrum Is MSM Still Relevant? | 02/16/06
 Will the Bush Administration get away with stiff-arming the Mainstream Media over the ...

A Small Step for Dynamic Tax Analysis | 02/15/06
 President Bush has budgeted “an additional $513,000 for the Treasury ...

Hugh Hewitt Demolishes Jonathan Chait(1) | 02/14/06
 On Monday, talk show host Hugh Hewitt ...

What Do Muslims Really Think? | 02/13/06
 President Bush has implemented a policy of bringing democracy to the Middle East. But, ...

A Moderate Muslim Speaks. And How | 02/12/06
 Have you been waiting for a moderate Muslim to speak out on the Cartoon Wars? Look no ...

Can Compassionate Conservatism Win in Britain? | 02/10/06
 George W. Bush ran for president in 2000 as a “compassionate conservative.” ...

Low Fat is Out -- Government Study(1) | 02/09/06
 In the largest study ever conducted into the efficacy of low-fat dieting the result is ...

Go Ahead Democrats. Insult the President Why Don't You | 02/08/06
 Here’s how the ...

Global Cooling on the Way | 02/07/06
 Russian scientist Khabibullo ...

Ask a Tough Question of a Senator... | 02/07/06
 As we all know, it is the objective news journalists who ask the tough questions. We ...

Don't Be Victims, Muslims! | 02/06/06
 It is dispiriting to see how weak-kneed the liberals are about the Muslim rioting. Let a ...

Why The Economy is Doing Better Than You Think | 02/06/06
 Wonder why the US dollar manages to defy gravity with the twin deficits, the federal ...

Ready for Polyamory Yet?(2) | 02/03/06
 Same sex marriage, polygamy, polyamory. What are the liberals up to? For some time ...

What About The Democrats? | 02/02/06
 Everyone is counting out the Democrats this week after their defeat in the Battle of the ...

Twas a Famous Victory | 02/01/06
 Republicans enjoyed a well-earned victory lap last night, giving President Bush a manly ...

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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


US Life in 1842

Families helped each other putting up homes and barns. Together, they built churches, schools, and common civic buildings. They collaborated to build roads and bridges. They took pride in being free persons, independent, and self-reliant; but the texture of their lives was cooperative and fraternal.
Michael Novak, The Spirit of Democratic Capitalism


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


Society and State

For [the left] there is only the state and the individual, nothing in between. No family to rely on, no friend to depend on, no community to call on. No neighbourhood to grow in, no faith to share in, no charities to work in. No-one but the Minister, nowhere but Whitehall, no such thing as society - just them, and their laws, and their rules, and their arrogance.
David Cameron, Conference Speech 2008


Socialism equals Animism

Imagining that all order is the result of design, socialists conclude that order must be improvable by better design of some superior mind.
F.A. Hayek, The Fatal Conceit


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


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.


Religion, Property, and Family

But the only religions that have survived are those which support property and the family. Thus the outlook for communism, which is both anti-property and anti-family, (and also anti-religion), is not promising.
F.A. Hayek, The Fatal Conceit


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


Postmodernism

A writer who says that there are no truths, or that all truth is ’merely relative’, is asking you not to believe him. So don’t.
Roger Scruton, Modern Philosophy


Physics, Religion, and Psychology

Paul Dirac: “When I was talking with Lemaître about [the expanding universe] and feeling stimulated by the grandeur of the picture that he has given us, I told him that I thought cosmology was the branch of science that lies closest to religion. However [Georges] Lemaître [Catholic priest, physicist, and inventor of the Big Bang Theory] did not agree with me. After thinking it over he suggested psychology as lying closest to religion.”
John Farrell, “The Creation Myth”


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


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