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Daily Blogs for 3/2006

by Christopher Chantrill

Should Blacks Join the Culture War? | 03/31/06
 The Urban League just issued its annual “State of Black America.” The state, ...

On Immigration The Issue is Inhumanity says Liberal | 03/31/06
 The brilliant columnist to the world, Mark ...

Bush and Truman: Incompetent Boobs | 03/30/06
 One thing seems to be a constant. Our educated elites don’t like bold, decisive ...

Teach Immigrants to Love America | 03/30/06
 We teach immigrants to become cultural Americans. We teach them to become economic ...

What the French Students are Saying | 03/30/06
 Suppose you had been watching the French riots on your TV. Which ones, you ask? They do ...

Now It's College Graduates That Can't Write | 03/29/06
 Here in the United States colleges have complained for years about students who need to ...

Will Immigration Really Hurt Republicans? | 03/29/06
 Every time Washington DC is consumed by a controversial national issue, there seems to be ...

Hispanic Media Organized Protests | 03/29/06
 So now we know. About a week later. The apparently spontaneous marches and ...

NBC: News Before Context | 03/28/06
 Yesterday, if you were a conservative blogreader you would have read ...

The Cranes are Flying in Eckert, CO | 03/27/06
 Enough of politics. Let’s return to the important stuff, the cycle of generation. ...

Can Iraqis Stop the Revenge Killing? | 03/27/06
 Let’s change the subject in Iraq. According to ...

Saturday French-bashing | 03/25/06
 It’s been a rough week in France. First of all, the French are determined to teach ...

Saving American Lives in Iraq | 03/25/06
 It’s an untold story. And the mainstream media isn’t telling it. According to ...

Manliness and Iraq | 03/24/06
 As we have seen here at Road ...

Is It Civil War Yet? | 03/24/06
 Here at Road to the Middle ...

Andrew Young Shills for Wal-Mart! | 03/23/06
 Another Wal-Mart nightmare. Famed civil-rights activist Andrew Young has gone over to ...

Wal-Mart to Sell Sushi | 03/23/06
 As if Wal-Mart didn’t have enough on its plate, what with every sushi-loving liberal ...

School Choice Advocate Offers Steak Dinner | 03/23/06
 Are you an opponent of school choice? Do you know in your bones that taking money away ...

Imagine a News Media That's Customer Focused and Market Driven | 03/22/06
 Will there be newspapers in 2010? People are beginning to wonder. Instapundit ...

Study: Whiny Kids Turn into Conservative Adults | 03/22/06
 It just confirms the suspicion that every liberal has had since childhood. Remember ...

School Choice: What are They Afraid Of? | 03/22/06
 Libertarian ABC journalist ...

Chavez Will End in Tears | 03/21/06
 What are we going to do about President Hugo Chavez of Venezuela? ...

NYT and WaPo Vote Against "Manliness" | 03/21/06
 Anyone for Manliness? No thanks, old chap, say the book reviewers at The New York ...

Stupid Left Tricks | 03/21/06
 Which is worse? To have journalists jump down your throat every time you say something ...

The Vision of Hope for Iraq | 03/20/06
 On the third anniversary of the invasion of Iraq, blogger Mohammed of ...

Nancy Pelosi Champion of Free Enterprise | 03/20/06
 When they passed the Sarbanes-Oxley Act to stop the Enron debacle from ever happening ...

Dems Seek Votes from Singles | 03/20/06
 Everybody knows that the Republican Party is the party of white, religious, married ...

Crunch Time in Iraq | 03/19/06
 Most great battles seem in retrospect to have been forordained. But Waterloo was ...

Fifty Years of the Shipping Container | 03/18/06
 In case you forgot, this year we are celebrating the 50th anniversary of the shipping ...

Tony Blair and the Twilight of the Third Way | 03/18/06
 Remember the Hosannas when the Third Way rode into town in the 1990s? How the media ...

Wearing o' the Green | 03/17/06
 While we are celebrating St. Patrick’s Day, let us not forget to celebrate the Irish ...

Negotiations with Iran: What's Up? | 03/17/06
 What is going on? In The New York Times ...

Iraq: Two Views | 03/16/06
 It is now three years since the invasion of Iraq. What was the point, and what have we ...

Teachers' Unions Say the Darndest Things | 03/16/06
 A couple of weeks ago ABC’s house libertarian ...

You Can't Do That, Say Educrats | 03/16/06
 The provost of King’s College in New York City just couldn’t take it any more. ...

Playing the Impeachment Card | 03/16/06
 Republicans learned an important lesson in 1998. Americans don’t want their ...

The Problem of Incapacitated Heads of State | 03/15/06
 What do we do if the President is incapacitated? Or a drunk, or a ...

A View of the War on Terror | 03/15/06
 How well do we understand the war on terror? How well are we doing? What is it we are ...

Health Care is a Right, as They Say | 03/14/06
 We know how goverment monopoly health care works in Canada, because we got a look with ...

Handicapping Election 2006 | 03/14/06
 It will take a gain of 15 seats for the Democrats to take control of the House of ...

A Look Inside Iran | 03/14/06
 Here’s an interesting look inside Iran. The Iranian establishment is increasingly ...

The Outlook for Energy(1) | 03/13/06
 Ever since Col. Drake discovered oil in Pennsylvania back in 1859 people have been ...

It's Not A Gender Gap but a Marriage Gap | 03/13/06
 For a generation Democrats have been selling the idea of a gender gap, the idea that more ...

Laffer Curve vs. Phillips Curve | 03/13/06
 There’s one thing about economic guru ...

Labor Shortage Reported in China | 03/11/06
 Here is astonishing news from China. In Shenzhen in south China, they have got ...

Dangerous Crime Family Uncovered in Britain | 03/11/06
 Enough of the frivolity, this is serious. Columnist ...

Reproductive Rights for Men | 03/10/06
 OK girls, what price Roe v. Wade now? A father has just sued to avoid paying ...

The Sensible Man's Global Warming Policy | 03/10/06
 Now that Kyoto is dead and the president’s “so-called ‘Asia-Pacific ...

The Real Issue on Aborted Dubai Deal | 03/10/06
 The awful spectacle of the Republican Party scuttling to the right of the Democrats on ...

In Britain, Forget About the Social Safety Net | 03/09/06
 The big idea of the welfare state is its safety net. In the old days, we all know, ...

Liberals Shocked, Shocked at Spring Break Bacchanalia | 03/09/06
 Back in the day, when liberals were young, they were advising young people to turn on, ...

Harvard Heading for Toilet | 03/08/06
 Many of us hoped that the fall of Larry Summers would not mean the end of Harvard ...

Of course It's a Civil War | 03/08/06
 In the wake of the bombing of the Shia temple in Samarra, the MSM is polling the American ...

Dealing with Guilt, Envy, and Indignation | 03/07/06
 The big problem we face in the modern era is dealing with guilt, envy, and ...

Let's Break Some Taboos, Hollywood! | 03/06/06
 So Hollywood is getting braver, according to actor George Clooney. He means, one ...

No Longer Treated Like a Lady | 03/03/06
 One of the nasty little consequences of 9/11 is that women find that they are getting ...

Patriarchy the Only Answer(1) | 03/02/06
 For a generation and more we have been told that the patriarchy is the beginning and the ...

Charter Schools Thrive in Minneapolis: World Doesn't Come To End | 03/02/06
 The big obstacle to school choice is fear. It’s the fear that everyone will flee ...

Telling the Story of America's Economic Success | 03/01/06
 Today, twenty years after it became obvious that Ronald Reagan’s economic policy of ...


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.


[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


[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


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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