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Daily Blogs for 7/2006

by Christopher Chantrill

Eclipse 500 Gets Preliminary Certification | 07/31/06
 Even as the Mideast goes up in flames, Eclipse Aviation marked a big milestone as the FAA ...

A Snapshot of Men without Work | 07/31/06
 For decades we have been taught, nay ordered to believe that the unemployed were helpless ...

Chemerinsky Joins Plame Game | 07/28/06
 Politics ain’t beanbag, they say. When you go into politics, you had better expect ...

The Bolton Kerfuffle Resumes | 07/27/06
 President Bush has nominated of John Bolton to be reappointed as UN Ambassador, and ...

Children are Boring. Discuss(2) | 07/27/06
 Half a century ago, in her Second Sex, Simone de Beauvoir called woman “the ...

Washington State Supreme Court Upholds DOMA | 07/27/06
 With the 5-4 decision of the Washington State Supreme Court upholding the state’s ...

Is Religion vs. Science a Red Herring? | 07/26/06
 While we battle in the public square about whether religious belief can coexist with ...

Humiliation After Humiliation | 07/26/06
 Are we in a war with the Islamists? ...

GDP Up 20 pct. You Gotta Problem With That? | 07/25/06
 How much economic growth is enough? Writes ...

Can the Left Abandon Appeasement? | 07/25/06
 Back in 2004 the German writer ...

Is The West Too Soft To Be Ruthless? | 07/25/06
 Conservatives are taking a look today at the meaning of “proportionality.” ...

Who Can Cross the Partisan Divide? | 07/24/06
 As Connecticut Democrats get ready to sink their liberal Democratic senator Joe ...

Who Stands for the Jews? | 07/24/06
 Everybody loved the Jews when they were helpless victims slaughtered in the Holocaust. ...

Public Opinion on Lebanon | 07/24/06
 After the shock of the new Mideast War we are beginning to see public opinion forming in ...

Anyone for "Mongolian Ping Pong?" | 07/23/06
 I have seldom been so delighted by a movie as “Mongolian Ping Pong.” It’s ...

Two Views of Hezbollah | 07/21/06
 Which is it? Is Hezbollah a homegrown political movement that has organized the ...

The 100 mpg Car That Isn't | 07/21/06
 Our liberal media friends are getting all excited about the birth of the 100 miles per ...

The Black Divide | 07/21/06
 This week President Bush finally spoke at the NAACP convention and received, according to ...

How About Some Liberal Villains on TV | 07/20/06
 The Business and Media Institute has done a study on the treatment of businesspeople on ...

No Wal-Mart Law for Maryland | 07/20/06
 Good news. On July 19, a federal district court judge threw out Maryland’s Wal-Mart ...

Making War Against a Tribal Culture | 07/19/06
 In the season of Nicholas Wade’s Before the Dawn we appreciate that primitive ...

SecEd Launches Vouchers, Bureaucrats Run Interference | 07/19/06
 What a coicidence! Just before Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings announces a new ...

Government Fails to Educate NJ Kids | 07/19/06
 Widower Van-Ness Crawford and a number of other parents have sued the State of New Jersey ...

"We Don't Want to Fight" | 07/18/06
 It’s not just me. It’s all the conservatives who are deploring the “cycle ...

NYT Clearing Throat Over Mideast "Conflict" And More | 07/17/06
 You know that when the cat gets its voice back at the New York Times that ...

Two Different Worlds | 07/17/06
 If you watch CNN you are no doubt worried about the “escalation of violence” in ...

The Flaws of the Famous, Then As Now | 07/14/06
 Hum. We think we are so modern and special, uniquely privileged and uniquely ...

How Important is a College Education? | 07/14/06
 Everybody knows that to compete in the job market these days you need a college ...

Experts Rank Global Warming as Minor Problem | 07/14/06
 Everyone is concerned about global warming, even Republicans, writes ...

When the Missiles Start to THAAD | 07/13/06
 The short road from the current border clashes between Israel and its Hamas and Hizbollah ...

Feminists Against Choice | 07/13/06
 In Michigan the state legislature recently passed a bill to permit single-sex programs in ...

A Republican Brawl in 2008? | 07/12/06
 After President Bush is goes “a Republican Party known for ideological solidarity is ...

Religious Left At Prayer | 07/12/06
 You wonder about our liberal friends when they agitate for more social programs with fine ...

A Word About Our Fighting Marines | 07/12/06
 We conservatives honor our troops. “Thank you for your service,” is the ...

How American Racism Works | 07/11/06
 Conservative radio talk-show host ...

MSM Doesn't Get Freedom of the Press | 07/11/06
 It is interesting to follow Hugh Hewitt’s ...

The Future of Marriage Seen from 1926 | 07/10/06
 Eighty years ago advanced people were beginning to understand “that the emancipation ...

Iraq Getting On Its Feet | 07/10/06
 What is happening in Iraq? With Sunnis appearing to be ready to cry Uncle and end their ...

New York Times Says Boys Underperforming in College! | 07/10/06
 Now even the folks at The New York Times admit it. Boys aren’t doing too ...

A Nation of Shoplifters | 07/09/06
 They used to sneer at the Brits as a Nation of Shopkeepers. That’s what the Germans ...

Ken Lay: RIP But Still a Crook | 07/07/06
 Did you know that in Enron’s home town of Houston they regard the Enron collapse as ...

Job Growth Moderating; Or Is It? | 07/07/06
 Today’s announcement by the ...

Brits Rail at US While Teen Thugs Run Riot | 07/07/06
 The Brits have a rather poor opinion of the United States, according to ...

Liberals Miffed As Canine Cultural Studies Wins Course-of-the-Month | 07/06/06
 Liberals like to say that university faculties are overwhelmingly liberal because ...

Missile Defense Train Has Left the Station | 07/06/06
 On the Fourth of July as North Korea launched six rockets into the skies of eastern Asia ...

Theocracy and the Religious Right | 07/05/06
 I listened to Randall Balmer today on the Michael Medved Show talking about his book ...

So's Your Liberal Mother | 07/05/06
 Bloomberg and the Los Angeles Times are out with a poll today about a Mormon as ...

Celebrating Our Nation State | 07/04/06
 As we mark another anniversary of our great Declaration of Independence in joyous ...

The Internet is Amazing(1) | 07/03/06
 It’s the little things that matter. That is what women have been telling men for ...

Conservatives Take Academic Freedom from Liberals | 07/03/06
 If you listen to liberals—and I do, very carefully—you sense that ...


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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