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Daily Blogs for 2/2008

by Christopher Chantrill

Race Bureaucrat Worries About Obama | 02/29/08
 The chairman of the Equality and Human Rights Commission in Britain has created a ...

Media Turns on Clintons | 02/28/08
 The fundamental thing to understand about the media is the blood-in-the-water ...

Bill Buckley Dead at 82 | 02/27/08
 Even the New York Times agrees that William F. Buckley, Jr., dead at 82, was ...

When Liberals Write About Religion | 02/26/08
 Ever since the Enlightenment liberals have liked to talk about religion as something ...

NYT Trashes Working Women | 02/25/08
 In politics, or at least the politics of personal destruction, anything ...

Obama: Read the Commenters | 02/22/08
 Never mind about the vapid messianic tone of the Obama campaign.  Never mind ...

"Another Reagan" Wouldn't Run | 02/21/08
 Today’s Republicans all live in hope of “another Reagan.”  Not a ...

Really Proud of America | 02/20/08
 Liberals have always had a real problem feeling proud of America.  In fact you ...

Clintons Snark on Obama | 02/19/08
 Our good friends at Clinton Central are shocked, shocked that Senator Barack Obama has ...

Castro Steps Down At Last | 02/19/08
 Lefties say the darnedest things.  That’s because they regard the ...

Obama's Immigration Problem | 02/18/08
 It’s no secret that the Democratic Party is a lot more “liberal” on ...

Obama-the-Empty-Suit Day | 02/15/08
 Funny how our noble punditoriate all manage to write the same story on the same ...

Valentines for McCain | 02/14/08
 It’s Valentine’s Day, so every Republican pundit is sending flowers to John ...

Obama in the Driver's Seat? | 02/13/08
 After Senator Barack Obama convincingly won the Potomac Primary yesterday, is it time ...

The Problem Isn't Just McCain | 02/12/08
 In the aftermath of Senator John McCain’s presumptive victory last week in the ...

The Trouble with an Establishment of Religion | 02/11/08
 Everyone has something to say about the Archbishop of Canterbury and his suggestion ...

Democrats: Safeway vs. Whole Foods | 02/08/08
 Those of us cursed with a conservative temperament view the current Democratic race ...

Romney Out | 02/07/08
 They called him a flip-flopper and a robocandidate, but mostly Presidential Candidate ...

After Super Tuesday: Wait Until 2009!(2) | 02/06/08
 Our Democratic friends are racing towards the nomination in a dead heat. They are all ...

McCain: Why Does He Do It? | 02/05/08
 Why is it that Senator John McCain’s is most impressive when sliming other ...

Big Spending Increase in US Budget | 02/04/08
 It’s "Dead on Arrival." That’s what the Democrats like to say when a ...

Ted Kennedy Calls The Clintons Out | 02/01/08
 It is certainly a moment, when Ted Kennedy comes out for Barack Obama and disses the ...

 TAGS


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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