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Daily Blogs for 8/2006

by Christopher Chantrill

Democrats Spoil Presidential Politics. Again | 08/31/06
 We don’t usually do ...

Costco vs. Wal-Mart | 08/31/06
 Some of you may have noticed that the two big box retailing champs, Wal-Mart and Costco, ...

Suppose Omar Was Bombing Abortion Clinics... | 08/30/06
 The MSM reaction to the San Francisco hit-and-run motorist yesterday was Ho Hum. No need ...

Things You Are Not Allowed To Say: Part XXXIX(1) | 08/30/06
 Nearly sixty years ago, feminist Simone de Beauvoir bemoaned that the female was the ...

Katrina: Who's To Blame? | 08/29/06
 A year ago New Orleans and Louisiana politicians failed to mobilize for Hurricane ...

Suprise! Non-political Voters Aren't Political | 08/29/06
 When you are a conservative you want your conservative party to be conservative. You ...

The Mood of the Voter in November | 08/28/06
 Somehow I think that the November elections this year are going to tell us something. And ...

The Wages of Multiculturalism, Again(1) | 08/28/06
 A big problem in the war on terror, ...

The Wages of Multiculturalism | 08/27/06
 A benefit of Islamic terror, ...

Robbed of Her Adolescence | 08/25/06
 The startling escape from captivity of Austrian Natascha Kampusch is the very stuff of ...

Straight Talk or Forked Tongue(1) | 08/25/06
 Look. I didn’t like John McCain in 2000. I didn’t like him running against ...

A Neoconservative Lion Roars Again | 08/25/06
 One by one the great conservative voices are falling silent. The great generation of ...

If The Democrats Take Over Congress | 08/24/06
 Want to think of something really scary? Imagine what the Democrats will do if they ...

Are Our Children Safe? | 08/24/06
 One of our little societal problems is that, while it’s OK to attack Wal-Mart for ...

Soft Landing or Controlled Crash for Economy? | 08/23/06
 We are at the stage in the business cycle where pundits are talking about a soft landing ...

Liberals are Different From You and Me... | 08/23/06
 They have fewer babies. That’s the finding of ...

We Must Share The Risk. But How? | 08/23/06
 It’s all the fault of Big Business, writes ...

Wal-Mart's Global Poverty Reduction Program | 08/22/06
 When the Boston Associates built the textile mills in Lowell, Massachusetts, they hired ...

Beyond Welfare Reform | 08/22/06
 Everyone is doing their ten year anniversary pieces for the welfare reform act that ...

Bibi Rallies Israel | 08/21/06
 In his speech to the Knesset a week ago former Israeli Prime Minister ...

Lebanon War Not Disaster, Says Expert | 08/21/06
 Military expert ...

Blacks, Hispanics Dip At Top NY High Schools | 08/18/06
 About ten years ago New York City set up a special program to help boost enrollment of ...

What is Going to Happen in November? | 08/18/06
 The generic ballot shows the Democrats up by 10 percent or more. And the Gallup ...

What is a Conservative? | 08/18/06
 What exactly is a conservative, and what is a liberal? We like to squabble about such ...

Resource Bank for Defense of Marriage | 08/17/06
 Back in the 1970s gay advocates scorned “bourgeois” marriage. Now in the 2000s ...

Social Attitudes and Shame | 08/17/06
 Even though young people in Britain today are regularly drunk as skunks, university ...

Another Democrat Purge | 08/16/06
 You’d think that political parties would do anything to keep their supporters. But ...

A Strategic Amplifier for World War IV | 08/16/06
 Now what? After the Hezbollah terrorists successfully held off the Israeli armed forces ...

Now Look Who Served in the SS! | 08/15/06
 It is delicious to find out that lefty German author Günther Grass spent time in the ...

Feds Want More Control Over Colleges | 08/15/06
 Are you surprised? The federal government is worried about higher education. A year ago ...

The Moment of Truth for "Root Cause" Politics | 08/15/06
 As we limber up to deal with the Islamist threat, writes ...

Yes, Let's Focus on the War on Terror | 08/14/06
 Last Friday ...

Barone on the Democrats | 08/14/06
 You can read too much into a single election. But you can read too little ...

Flying on Hair Gel Day | 08/11/06
 Was it hair gel? Or was it a sports drink? Or was it an explosive combination of the ...

NYT: Lieberman Defeated by Moderates! | 08/09/06
 You gotta love those guys at ...

Which Party Is Best For The Jews? | 08/09/06
 Over the centuries Jews have been by turns admitted, ejected, humiliated, and even ...

US Turns a Political Corner | 08/09/06
 Last night we entered a new era in US politics. When political novice Ned Lamont ...

Israel At a Crossroads? | 08/08/06
 What is going on with Israel’s incursion into Lebanon? Are they making any ...

The Last Gasp of the Real Ancient Regime | 08/08/06
 What do the terrorists want? It is still hard to understand the point of it as Hezbollah ...

Forget the "Nutroots" Fantasy | 08/08/06
 Three months before an election that could be the toughest for Republicans since the Year ...

Do People Need Religion To Make Babies? | 08/07/06
 Why has Europe stopped making babies, asks ...

More Studies Say That Professors are Lefties | 08/07/06
 This isn’t news. But Critical ...

Your Teen Daughter is On Her Way to Meet a Kid She Met Online... | 08/06/06
 Are you a mother worried about your daughter’s online chat activities? According to ...

The Moderate Muslims Meet in Denmark | 08/04/06
 Whatever happened to the moderate Muslims? That has been the refrain ever since 9/11. ...

Another Reason For Israel to Beat Hezbollah | 08/04/06
 We’re all waiting around for Ehud Olmert to learn the ropes as a war-time Prime ...

Now We Understand the 1930s  | 08/04/06
 We all love to tut-tut about the appeasers of the 1930s. How could they have been so ...

Speaking Truth To Liberal Power | 08/03/06
 Talking-head Juan Williams is a reliable liberal voice on Fox News. David Fraser is a ...

Finally, A Brit Takes on the Israel Haters | 08/03/06
 Everyone has declared that actor Mel Gibson is a drunken anti-Semitic lout, after his ...

Limbaugh Listeners No. 2 in News Knowledge | 08/02/06
 When the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press released its latest Survey ...

What's Next for Conservatives? | 08/02/06
 In the autumn of the Bush years, conservatives are asking what worked and what comes ...

A Dictator Hands Over Power, For Now | 08/01/06
 So finally General Pinochet, after 47 years as dictator of Chile, yielded power to his ...

Reader Mail on Seattle's Cult of Victimhood | 08/01/06
 Things really are as bad as you think in Seattle. My ...

A Pause for Optimism | 08/01/06
 What with TV screens filled with mayhem and panicked pundits screaming that all is lost, ...


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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