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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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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.


Churches

[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


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


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


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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