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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 ...

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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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