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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 G√ľnther 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, ...


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

Mutual Aid

In 1911... at least nine million of the 12 million covered by national insurance were already members of voluntary sick pay schemes. A similar proportion were also eligible for medical care.
Green, Reinventing Civil Society


“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

Living Under Law

Law being too tenuous to rely upon in [Ulster and the Scottish borderlands], people developed patterns of settling differences by personal fighting and family feuds.
Thomas Sowell, Conquests and Cultures

German Philosophy

The primary thing to keep in mind about German and Russian thought since 1800 is that it takes for granted that the Cartesian, Lockean or Humean scientific and philosophical conception of man and nature... has been shown by indisputable evidence to be inadequate. 
F.S.C. Northrop, The Meeting of East and West


Inquiry does not start unless there is a problem... It is the problem and its characteristics revealed by analysis which guides one first to the relevant facts and then, once the relevant facts are known, to the relevant hypotheses.
F.S.C. Northrop, The Logic of the Sciences and the Humanities


“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

Democratic Capitalism

I mean three systems in one: a predominantly market economy; a polity respectful of the rights of the individual to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness; and a system of cultural institutions moved by ideals of liberty and justice for all. In short, three dynamic and converging systems functioning as one: a democratic polity, an economy based on markets and incentives, and a moral-cultural system which is plural and, in the largest sense, liberal.
Michael Novak, The Spirit of Democratic Capitalism


The incentive that impels a man to act is always some uneasiness... But to make a man act [he must have] the expectation that purposeful behavior has the power to remove or at least to alleviate the felt uneasiness.
Ludwig von Mises, Human Action


[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


“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

Living Law

The recognition and integration of extralegal property rights [in the Homestead Act] was a key element in the United States becoming the most important market economy and producer of capital in the world.
Hernando de Soto, The Mystery of Capital

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