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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, ...

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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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