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Daily Blogs for 3/2007

by Christopher Chantrill

Jet Jockey Travolta On Global Warming | 03/30/07
  What’s not to like about John Travolta.  He urges his fans to ...

Dueling Realities on Health Coverage | 03/30/07
 What does our nation need on health care?  Or rather, what should we force other ...

Business Boring? Please! | 03/30/07
 The chap at the BBC explained why they don’t put much business on TV. ...

The War Will Go On | 03/29/07
  In a sense, military ...

Housing Bust: Minorities Hardest Hit | 03/29/07
  Unfortunately there’s a lot of truth in the old joke about the final news ...

How Do You Spell C-r-e-d-i-t-C-r-u-n-c-h? | 03/28/07
 It’s always a mystery how the economy swings from easy credit—when lenders ...

Go For It: usgovernmentspending.com! | 03/28/07
  It’s a great story of rags to riches. First it was an idea.  ...

UAW Says It's Full of Fight | 03/27/07
  You’ve gotta hand it to the UAW.  They’re not ready to roll ...

Politics Has Always Been Risky Business | 03/27/07
 The recent Scooter Libby case moves ...

Barone on Gore's Secular Faith | 03/26/07
 It’s an inexhaustible topic, the solipsism of the baby-boom generation, the idea ...

Welcome to usgovernmentspending.com! | 03/24/07
 Here at the Road to the Middle Class we are frequently ...

Britain's Labour Proposes Tax Cuts | 03/23/07
 In Britain this week they had a Nixon Goes to China Moment.  The Labour Party ...

Plain Old Patronage: A Theory of Government | 03/22/07
 In the excellent ...

Good Old-fashioned Democratic Politics | 03/22/07
 If you are a Republican the worst fear about Democrats taking over Congress was that ...

Globalizing Health Care | 03/21/07
 Here at the Road to the Middle ...

Forget Racial Profiling, Now It's Political Profiling! | 03/21/07
  Who was not outraged by the shocking practice of law enforcement officials ...

President Bush Draws a Line | 03/20/07
 Republicans are fit to be tied about pusillanimous Republicans that won’t fight ...

Who Do You Believe? | 03/20/07
 Who do you believe in the recent Atlanta shooting?  A National Guard soldier, ...

The Other "Creationism" | 03/19/07
  One of the great tasks to which our liberal friends are called is to champion ...

Tom DeLay on Rush | 03/19/07
 Everyone has forgotten about Tom DeLay, who was “gotcha-ed” last year ...

The Ancien Regime of the Good Old USA | 03/16/07
 OK I admit it.  When I read Jacob Aronson’s article ...

When Multiculturalism Hits the Wall | 03/15/07
  We should all avoid ethnocentrism and phallocentrism and logocentrism.  ...

Now There's an Inconvenient Truth About Africa(1) | 03/15/07
  Who would have thunk it?  The government of Canada has issued a report on ...

Michael Novak on President Bush | 03/14/07
 The two hits on President Bus, writes RMC Chappie ...

Earning the MSM's Trust | 03/14/07
  The mainstream media may be liberal, but you can still get a fair shake from ...

Gross? As $300 million? | 03/13/07
  We red-blooded American males have been suffering for years.  Denied our ...

Romney bets on tax cuts to win | 03/13/07
 What will it take to win the Republican nomination for president in 2008?  Mitt ...

The New "Time": Big and Brawny? | 03/12/07
  For many of us, it is years since we subscribed to Time magazine.  ...

Japanese Day Traders Try "Carry" Trade | 03/12/07
 Remember 1999-2000?  That was the heyday of the day traders, amateurs ...

The Case of Hillary and the Vanity Mirror | 03/09/07
  Now we know why our Democratic friends hate Karl Rove with a passion.  ...

At the Center of the Health Care Mess | 03/09/07
  Everyone agrees that the health care system is a mess.  But that is ...

School Choice--On the Front Lines | 03/08/07
  What do you think about this 16 year old kid, Rontrell Matthews, in Johns ...

Bush: Chavez's Economic Model Leads to Poverty | 03/08/07
 It shouldn’t need to be said, of course.  It ought to be the common ...

How About An Apology For "Fraudulent Education?" | 03/07/07
  The two legislative chambers of the Commonwealth of Virginia have recently ...

Newt's Ideas at Cooper Union | 03/07/07
 Years ago in the 1990s a political cartoonist drew a memorable line of filing ...

Michael Novak on the Recent Atheist Books | 03/06/07
  What are we to think about the recent apologia for atheism?  We mean ...

Democrats and Social Security -- And Americans(1) | 03/06/07
 Speaker Pelosi made much of her grandchildren at the opening of the new Congress: ...

MSM Soft-pedals ACLU Child Porn Suspect | 03/05/07
  Child porn is a pretty disgusting subject.  It involves the depiction of ...

New Hope for Climate Deniers | 03/05/07
  We holocaust, er sorry, global warming deniers are having a rough time these ...

Lefty Lifestyles of the Rich and Cheap | 03/02/07
  You assume that lefty writer Barbara Ehrenreich is, what the Forsytes would ...

Giuliani The Details Man | 03/02/07
  Funny how things work.  We’ve had months of fainting and gushing by ...

The Virtue of Debates | 03/01/07
  Newt Gingrish and Mario Cuomo met recently to give speeches at Cooper Union in ...

Aiming for Hegemon | 03/01/07
 Wonder what the Chicoms are doing and why?  It’s not to hard to figure out, ...

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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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