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Daily Blogs for 2/2007

by Christopher Chantrill

"Have You Stopped Beating Your Wife?" | 02/28/07
  What do you think happens when an MSM reporter calls up a political ...

Blacks Losing Out As Hispanics Gain Power | 02/28/07
  After a century of top-down social programs and half a century of enormous ...

Gas-Guzzling Gore | 02/27/07
  Who can fail to be heartened by the news that Al Gore’s house is a real ...

Europe's 200 Year Civil War | 02/27/07
  It’s no particular secret that the last 200 years has seen a ...

Call Me a "Civil Societist"(1) | 02/27/07
 Now that the conservative light is dimming at the end of the Reagan-Bush era, it is ...

Advice to Euros Visiting the US | 02/26/07
 What should eager young visitors or sojourners in the US do to avoid deal-destroying ...

Tax pledge dodge thrall - Commentary - The Washington Times, America's Newspaper | 02/26/07
 Here’s a no-brainer, brought to you by opinion columnist ...

Sexualizing Little Girls | 02/23/07
 Although any rational observer would note that there are a lot of overweight young ...

Criticizing Hillary: Deja Vu All Over Again | 02/22/07
 Remember the good old days of the 1990s?  When anyone that criticized President ...

What Went Wrong for Republicans? | 02/21/07
 Where did the Republicans go wrong and what can they do to regain the trust of the ...

Hagiographers Under Every Rock, Says Publishers Weekly | 02/20/07
 Every one of us has their obsession.  We just like to interpret the world to fit ...

If America Won't Buy Quality Newspapers... | 02/19/07
 Here it comes.  It was inevitable, really.  We can ...

Secular Dem Candidates Off to Church | 02/16/07
 The Republican Party is the party of the religious, married, with children.  The ...

Oh Good. Michelle Malkin Is "Not a Shill" | 02/16/07
  Our liberal friends seem unable to deal with people like Michelle ...

Did America Overreact to 9/11? | 02/15/07
 David A. Bell wrote recently in the ...

War on Terror and Cousin Marriage | 02/15/07
  What in the world has cousin marriage to do with the War on Terror? ...

Newt's Full of Ideas | 02/14/07
 Newt Gingrich is not announced as a candidate for the presidency, but he’s ...

Evolution: Not Just God vs. Darwin | 02/14/07
  Our good freinds in the mainstream media like us vs. them conflict.  It ...

Parents Flock to Supplementary Schools | 02/13/07
 The government schools suck.  That’s true whether you live in the United ...

Liberals Trivialize Evil | 02/13/07
 A constant theme of conservative talk-show ...

Harvard's 'Rebellious Daughter' | 02/12/07
 The wonderful thing about being a woman, wrote Agatha Christie, is to wonder what is ...

School Choice in Sweden: Who Knew? | 02/12/07
 For the last ten years in Sweden there is only one thing you can say about school ...

Profits and People Go Together | 02/09/07
  You know everything you need to know about ...

Richard Feynman, Kantian | 02/08/07
  Last week there was a bit of a flap over global warming.  The lefty ...

If School Choice Can Work in Sweden... | 02/08/07
  While we Yanks and the Brits agonize over school choice last-ditch union ...

Compassionate Democrats Love Lavish | 02/07/07
 Does it really matter that presidential candidate John Edwards, whose campaign centers ...

The New "A" Word | 02/07/07
 Who knew?  Be very careful who you call “articulate.”  Because ...

So Why Is Giuliani Leading the Pack | 02/06/07
 Everyone knows that Rudy Giuliani is too liberal for the Republican base.  There ...

What Makes Public School Kids Excel in School | 02/06/07
 What’s the secret of success?  Specifically, how do public school students ...

Two Turning Points, says Michael Barone | 02/05/07
 Democrats, we know, have to play to their base.  And their base believes that ...

When Women Rule the World | 02/05/07
  What with women now outnumbering men in higher education about 60:40, it ...

Bush's "Reading First" Is Working | 02/04/07
 Everyone is disappointed by the Bush Administration’s No Child Left Behind ...

A System of Patronage So Vast... | 02/04/07
 Every three months the excellent ...

Climate Change: Government Scientists vs. Deniers | 02/02/07
  Who are you gonna believe, the government-funded scientists on the UN’s ...

Reading Tea Leaves in Iraq | 02/02/07
 The big problem for us war-mongers is to know what is really going down in Iraq.  Is ...

New Hope for School Choice | 02/01/07
 After the reupdiation of the Republican Party in November, you might be forgiven for ...

A Revolution in Black Politics | 02/01/07
  OK, let’s get serious, ...

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Chappies

“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


Education

“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


Conversion

“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


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


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

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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