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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 ...



“But I saw a man yesterday who knows a fellow who had it from a chappie that said that Urquhart had been dipping himself a bit recklessly off the deep end.”  —Freddy Arbuthnot
Dorothy L. Sayers, Strong Poison

Civil Society

“Civil Society”—a complex welter of intermediate institutions, including businesses, voluntary associations, educational institutions, clubs, unions, media, charities, and churches—builds, in turn, on the family, the primary instrument by which people are socialized into their culture and given the skills that allow them to live in broader society and through which the values and knowledge of that society are transmitted across the generations.
Francis Fukuyama, Trust

Hugo on Genius

“Tear down theory, poetic systems... No more rules, no more models... Genius conjures up rather than learns... ” —Victor Hugo
César Graña, Bohemian versus Bourgeois


“We have met with families in which for weeks together, not an article of sustenance but potatoes had been used; yet for every child the hard-earned sum was provided to send them to school.”
E. G. West, Education and the State

Faith & Purpose

“When we began first to preach these things, the people appeared as awakened from the sleep of ages—they seemed to see for the first time that they were responsible beings, and that a refusal to use the means appointed was a damning sin.”
Finke, Stark, The Churching of America, 1776-1990


“When we received Christ,” Phil added, “all of a sudden we now had a rule book to go by, and when we had problems the preacher was right there to give us the answers.”
James M. Ault, Jr., Spirit and Flesh


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

Faith and Politics

As far as the Catholic Church is concerned, the principal focus of her interventions in the public arena is the protection and promotion of the dignity of the person, and she is thereby consciously drawing particular attention to principles which are not negotiable... [1.] protection of life in all its stages, from the first moment of conception until natural death; [2.] recognition and promotion of the natural structure of the family... [3.] the protection of the right of parents to educate their children.
Pope Benedict XVI, Speech to European Peoples Party, 2006

China and Christianity

At first, we thought [the power of the West] was because you had more powerful guns than we had. Then we thought it was because you had the best political system. Next we focused on your economic system. But in the past twenty years, we have realized that the heart of your culture is your religion: Christianity.
David Aikman, Jesus in Beijing

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


Conservatism is the philosophy of society. Its ethic is fraternity and its characteristic is authority — the non-coercive social persuasion which operates in a family or a community. It says ‘we should...’.
Danny Kruger, On Fraternity

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

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