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Wednesday, October 30, 2002

Memorial Disservice.

Did you guys see the memorial service for Paul Wellstone? Or should I say memorial partisan pep rally? I first saw an early report, yesterday, from a few hours before the Democratic shindig was to start and there was a big crowd that was tossing three giant balloons like beach balls at a rock concert. I thought that the reporter must have been confused and the pictures from some college event and not from the service itself. I was wrong. The service was a pretty happy, kicked up affair. It was disgraceful. They came not to bury Paul Wellstone but to dance on his grave. I haven’t seen a more jovial group of revelers since Beach Blanket Bingo. Did you see the footage of the laughing Clinton and the giddy Mondale? Disgusting. Not even the most leftist Lefty deserves to have his memory so abused. Even Jesse Ventura walked out. You’ve got to work hard to be too tacky for Ventura.

posted by Lee Ann on Wednesday, October 30, 2002 | link

The Dangers of the Irreligious Left?

For many years now the political debate has focused on the Religious Right but has never addressed the opposite force, the Irreligious Left. The question of how the Secularists affect our democracy is one that is rarely, if ever, asked. The influence of the Secularists is the kind of thing you “know” but can’t quite articulate without sounding a bit nutty. The very serious impact of militant Secularism should be treated more seriously than it has been. This article from the Public Interest makes it clear that the influence of the Secularists is profound and unexamined.

“Over the past few decades, political conflict rooted in religious values has been framed as a clash between religious conservatives and the rest of America. This paradigm has fit comfortably with the secular outlook of journalists and with a strain in American culture that historically has viewed moralistic religious movements with suspicion. To portray secularists as ideologically distinct and as aggressive political actors would be to shift the landscape dramatically. It might serve to legitimize the political involvement of religious traditionalists, and it might also have negative consequences for journalists' favored groups and causes.”

The biases and voting allegiances of the Secularists are broken down and analyzed very intensely here. This article will take you a while to read but it is well worth taking the time to do so.

posted by Lee Ann on Wednesday, October 30, 2002 | link

Smear Away.

Harry Stein relates the tale of a vicious smear campaign in Texas. Stein gave a speech in Texas and used Huck Finn as an example of liberal cluelessness. Someone in the audience called the newspapers to report that, by mentioning Huck Finn, Stein had thus made a racist speech. A major Dallas newspaper ran a major story slandering Mr. Stein as a racist despite the fact that the central incident in the story was known by the paper to be a deliberate distortion of Stein’s speech. The reporter had seen tapes of the whole speech, transcribed parts of it, and deliberately gave a false depiction of it to his readers. Was this all to get Stein? Nope. It was to get at Bob McTeer, the chair of the group holding the speech and a potential successor to Alan Greenspan. The whole smear campaign was devised to pre-bork McTeer with an explosive, false, and undisprovable charge of racism.

“Given the pressure McTeer was under, I understood and even sympathized. But of course the damage was done. Should he ever be nominated for higher office, there is now a potentially fatal landmine buried in his record."

Don’t you just love the forces of tolerance?

posted by Lee Ann on Wednesday, October 30, 2002 | link

Sowell Patrol.

Rock the vote? Nah, just let your vote rock! Here is the Intellectual Deity on why you really need to vote. Unless you’re a liberal, in which case the elections are all decided in advance by Big Vote (in league with Big Oil, Big Industry, and Big Tofu) so there’s really no point in your exerting yourself in such a futile, conformist way.

posted by Lee Ann on Wednesday, October 30, 2002 | link

Viva la Vino!

The Great Wine Wars have escalated. Now it’s Joe Bob versus Bob Parker. I think we know who’ll win this one.

posted by Lee Ann on Wednesday, October 30, 2002 | link

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Monday, October 28, 2002

A-Bove It All.

Baraka Bashing. Easy, yet fun.

posted by Lee Ann on Monday, October 28, 2002 | link

Moo Yeah!

Milk, it does a body good, and a liberal bad.

posted by Lee Ann on Monday, October 28, 2002 | link

Sowell Patrol.

What did you do during the Leftism, Grandpa?

posted by Lee Ann on Monday, October 28, 2002 | link

Russian Hostages.

Well, the big bloodbath was averted by a special forces strike. The Russians pumped in a gas (liquid Valium according to early sources, an opiate by later ones) and knocked out the terrorists. They then stormed the building and killed almost all the hostage-takers. Tragically, about 115 hostages died as well. The hostages appear to have died as a result of the gas. The terrorists died as a result of acute lead poisoning. In the end, the guilt for all the deaths fall on the terrorists themselves. I’m glad that over 700 innocent lives were saved. This is exactly how to respond to terrorists. Give them a chance to do right and if they don’t, kill them.

posted by Lee Ann on Monday, October 28, 2002 | link

Football Roundup.

Notre Dame is still undefeated. This is so sweet after Bob “Can’t Coach” Davies had so many losing seasons with the exact same players. Davies even whined about how high the academic standards at ND were and that’s why he couldn’t win. Gee, Willingham doesn’t have that problem. Maybe that’s because Willingham is a real coach. But man, did you see the reffing in that game? Joe Pa had been complaining but I hadn’t realized how bad the Big 10 refs really were. They called an “incomplete pass” which was really a fumble, taking a turnover away from ND. Maybe they were confused after the receiver secured the ball, switched hands, tucked the ball away, and ran three steps before the Irish defensive back punched the ball out. Just to show they were stupid, yet fair, the refs gave Notre Dame a first down. The spot was very generous and the ball was still a good foot short of the marker, but the refs gave the Irish the first down anyway. Hopefully the NCAA will do something about those Big 10 refs.

Now the bad news. The Super Bowl Champion New Englan’ Patriots lost yet again. I have to admit they improved on defense (late in the game) and only lost by a touchdown but they still lost. The offensive line stank up Foxboro ( slap any razor name you want on the signs, it’s still Foxboro ). Even the return of Andruzzi didn’t help any. Brady couldn’t drop back and check down his receivers, but he was much better about not giving up any INTs. There was also a blatant face mask in the fourth quarter against Brady. The defender grabbed his face mask, twisted his head around, and dragged him to the ground. No flag. This was the only bad call of the game but it was a big one. The defense improved, even making some stands. Still, they will be lucky to go 8-8. They will win about 4 more games against the remaining weak sisters in the lineup, like Minnesota, Detroit, Chicago, and probably the Jets. They won’t win against Oakland, Miami or the Bills. Well, they might pull out one against the Bills, on emotion, but I’d be surprised. I had thought they’d get into the playoffs this years, but not anymore. The Notorious G.U.P. was right when he said they’d get the Sophomore Jinx this year.

posted by Lee Ann on Monday, October 28, 2002 | link

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Friday, October 25, 2002

Paul Wellstone, RIP.

Sen. Paul Wellstone (D-Min) died today in a plane crash north of Duluth. While I disagreed with every word the man said, including the “and” and “the,” I had great respect for the man himself. He was honest and principled. My thoughts and prayers are with the Wellstone family.

posted by Lee Ann on Friday, October 25, 2002 | link

Friday’s Conservative Quotes.

The cavalry has arrived! G. K. Chesterton that is. Wow! Talk about wisdom. Just bask in it.

You don’t need any intellect to be an intellectual.
G. K. Chesterton, The Scandal of Fr. Brown.

To have a right to do a thing is not at all the same as to be right in doing it.
G. K. Chesterton, A Short History of England.

The free man owns himself. He can damage himself with either eating or drinking, he can ruin himself with gambling. If he does he is certainly a damn fool, and he might possible be a damned soul, but if he may not, he is not a free man any more than a dog.
G. K. Chesterton.

The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.
G. K. Chesterton

Once abolish the God, and the government becomes the God.
G. K. Chesterton, Christendom in Dublin.

The Declaration of Independence dramatically bases all rights on the fact that God created all men equal, and it is right, for if they were not created equal, they were certainly evolved unequal. There is no basis for democracy except in a dogma about the divine origin of man.
G. K. Chesterton, What I Saw in America.

When you break the big laws, you do not get freedom, you do not even get anarchy. You get the small laws.
G. K. Chesterton.

He is a very shallow critic who cannot see an eternal rebel in the heart of a conservative.
G. K. Chesterton, Varied Types.

It is terrible to contemplate how few politicians are hanged.
G. K. Chesterton.

Self-denial is the test and definition of self-government.
G. K. Chesterton.

Impartiality is a pompous name for indifference, which is an elegant name for ignorance.
G. K. Chesterton.

My attitude towards progress has passed from antagonism to boredom. I have long ceased to argue with people who prefer Thursday to Wednesday because it is Thursday.
G. K. Chesterton.

If there were no God, there would be no atheists.
G. K. Chesterton.

There are those who hate Christianity and call their hatred an all-embracing love for all religions.
G. K. Chesterton.

Men do not differ much about what things they will call evils; they differ enormously about what evils they will call excusable.
G. K. Chesterton.

The whole truth is generally the ally of virtue; a half-truth is always the ally of some vice.
G. K. Chesterton.

Idolatry is committed, not merely by setting up false gods, but also by setting up false devils; by making men afraid of war or alcohol or economic law, when they should be afraid of spiritual corruption and cowardice.
G. K. Chesterton.

Most modern freedom is at root fear. It is not so much that we are too bold to endure rules; it is rather that we are too timid to endure responsibilities.
G. K. Chesterton, What’s Wrong With the World.

Modern broad-mindedness benefits the rich; and benefits nobody else.
G. K. Chesterton, Utopia of Usurers.

Art, like morality, consists of drawing the line somewhere.
G. K. Chesterton.

Bigotry is an incapacity to conceive seriously the alternative to a proposition.
G. K. Chesterton, Lunacy and Letters.

There is not bigot like the atheist.
G. K. Chesterton, Magic.

There are two ways of getting home; and one of them is to stay there.
G. K. Chesterton, The Everlasting Man.

A strange fanaticism fills our time; the fanatic hatred of morality, especially of Christian morality.
G. K. Chesterton, A Handful of Authors.

posted by Lee Ann on Friday, October 25, 2002 | link

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Thursday, October 24, 2002

Duh!

Is the Moscow theater hostage situation an example of Al Qaeda terror? Apparently so. Here is an NRO article connecting the dots between Chechen terrorists and other attacks around the world. It seems that the Islamofascists use Chechnya as a testing ground for brutality. It figures. I won’t hold my breath waiting for the principled denunciations of terror from “moderate” Muslims.

I think I ought not to post on Muslim terrorists for a while. There are simply no words to express the horror, sorrow, and rage inspired by the Bali attacks. There is no more adequate response to Australia’s 9/11 than there was to America’s. There just are no words. The DC Sniper is Muslim. The Muslims are on the genocidal move in Israel again and now they are about to kill 800 people in Moscow. The Chechen terrorists describe themselves as a suicide squad and have announced that they want to die far more than the hostages want to live. Gee, think that means they will kill the hostages no matter what? On the bright side, this probably means that Russia is finally on board for the War on Terror. Again, I guess I shouldn’t post on the Cowardly Lions of the Religion of Peace. I can’t manage anything other than disgust or loathing. Neither response weighs lightly on my soul.

posted by Lee Ann on Thursday, October 24, 2002 | link

Thursday’s Conservative Quotes.

The Bartlett’s editor trembled as the Conservative unsheathed his virile quotation and . . . On second thought, let’s not go there. Here’s conservo-quotes 4.0.

Survival is not the be-all and end-all of a life worthy of man. Sometimes the worst thing we can know about a man is that he survived. Those who say that life is worth living at any cost have already written for themselves an epitaph of infamy, for there is no cause and no person they will not betray to stay alive. Man’s vocation should be the use of the arts of intelligence in behalf of human freedom.
Sidney Hook, Out of Step.

Through economic liberty we recognize the limits of human knowledge; in state planning we ignore those limits.
Brad Miner, The Concise Conservative Encyclopedia.

Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice, moderation in pursuit of justice is no virtue.
Barry Goldwater.

I am an aristocrat; I love liberty, I hate equality.
John Randolph.

Conservatism must be something more than preservative; it must restore, and it must create new forms and modes to express the essential content of our civilization.
Frank Meyer, The Conservative Mainstream.

When the religion of a people is destroyed, doubt gets hold of the higher powers of the intellect, and half paralyses all the others.
Alexis de Tocqueville.

It’s not change conservatives oppose but social experimentation, particularly of the sort that imposes simplistic bureaucratic solutions upon complex social problems.
Brad Miner, The Concise Conservative Encyclopedia.

For honor is not meaningless. Nor is it changeable. It is the sum total of those traits – integrity, courage, perseverance, fidelity – by which, throughout history, individuals of worth have measured themselves and one another.
Harry Stein, How I Accidently Joined the VRWC . . .

One of the symptoms of the corruption and collapse of our popular culture is the insistence that we examine only the surface of any piece of art or entertainment. The politically correct, properly liberal notion is that we should never dig deeper – to consider whether a given work is true or good, or spiritually nourishing – or to evaluate its impact on society at large.
Michael Medved, Hollywood vs. America.

The transmission of that message isn’t magical or mysterious: the power of the entertainment industry to influence our actions flows from its ability to redefine what constitutes normal behavior in this society.
Michael Medved, Hollywood vs. America.

Intellectuals, far from being highly individualistic and nonconformist people, follow certain patterns of behavior. Taken as a group, they are often ultra-conforming within the circles formed by those whose approval they seek and value. That is what makes them, en masse, so dangerous, for it enables them to create climates of opinions and prevailing orthodoxies, which themselves often generate irrational and destructive courses of action.
Paul Johnson, Intellectuals.

Democratic Socialism is all about A meeting with B for the purpose of deciding what C will give to X.
William F. Buckley, “Socialism and Freedom,” Hymnal.

One of the sure signs of full-employment is bad service.
Thomas Sowell.

One of the sad signs of our times is that we have demonized those who produce, subsidized those who refuse to produce, and canonized those who complain.
Thomas Sowell.

People who are very aware that they have more knowledge than the average person are often very unaware that they do not have one-tenth of the knowledge of all the average persons put together. In this situation, for the intelligentsia to impose their notions on ordinary people is essentially to impose ignorance on wisdom.
Thomas Sowell.

The great ideological divide is between those who believe that theories should be adjusted to reality and those who believe that reality must be adjusted to fit their theories.
Thomas Sowell.

Some people seem to think that the answer to all of life’s imperfections is to create a government agency to correct them. If that is your approach, then go straight to totalitarianism. Do not pass “go.” Do not collect $200.
Thomas Sowell.

Ours may be the first civilization destroyed, not by the power of our enemies, but by the ignorance of our own teachers and the dangerous nonsense they are teaching our children. In an age of artificial intelligence, they are creating artificial stupidity.
Thomas Sowell.

Liberalism is totalitarianism with a human face.
Thomas Sowell.

“Entitlement” is not only the opposite of achievement, it undermines incentives to do all the hard work that leads to achievement.
Thomas Sowell.

One of the common failings of honorable people is a failure to appreciate how thoroughly dishonorable some other people can be and how dangerous it is to trust them.
Thomas Sowell.

I believe that the duel between Christianity and atheism is the most important in the world. I further believe that the struggle between individualism and collectivism is the same struggle reproduced on another level.
William F. Buckley

posted by Lee Ann on Thursday, October 24, 2002 | link

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Wednesday, October 23, 2002

Hate Mongers Unite!

Do you have an irrational hatred of the Catholic Church based on nothing more than prejudice and free-floating malice? Then Daniel Goldhagen’s new book is for you. It’s chock full of errors, inaccuracies and outright lies. The book is yet another ill-researched slander against Pope Pius XII. It contains the usual smears and sophists’ evasions. Anti-Catholics love to bash poor Pius while Catholics and Jews (especially Jews) have nothing more than the truth to defend him with. For a serious, scholarly, in-depth rebuttal to the lies of the Catholic-haters, see Ronald Rychlak’s article in First Things. Rychlak is the preeminent historian of Pius XII and is Jewish to boot. There is also a good article in the Spectator from a ways back on the same topic. Unfortunately, no matter how often the truth is proved true, most people prefer to believe the lies.

posted by Lee Ann on Wednesday, October 23, 2002 | link

Wednesday’s Conservative Quotes.

Day Three. Our supply of quotes is still large. Hostile quotes attempted to breach our defenses but were beaten back. Reinforcements from agents Chesterton and Sowell expected soon.

A power over a man’s subsistence amounts to a power over his will.
Alexander Hamilton.

I hold the duties of life to be greater than life itself, and that in performing them manfully, even against hope, our labor is not lost.
John C. Calhoun.

He who earns the money has a just title to it against the universe.
John C. Calhoun.

. . . the folly of supposing that the party in possession of the ballot box and the physical force of the country could be successfully resisted by an appeal to reason, truth, justice, or the obligations of the Constitution.
John C. Calhoun.

Equality is for sheep. Be better or get sheared.
Ted Nugent.

Societies not recognizing this vision or rejecting in the name of their independence from God are brought to seek their criteria and goal in themselves or to borrow them from some ideology. Since they do not admit that one can defend an objective criterion of good and evil, they arrogate to themselves an explicit or implicit totalitarian power over man and his destiny, as history shows.
John Paul II, Centisimus annus.

Truth does not depart from human nature. If what is regarded as truth departs from human nature, it may not be regarded as truth.
Confucius.

But truth is truth and will overcome clever human opinions.
Lin Yutang, My Country and My People.

Nations that place their faith in treaties and fail to keep their hardware up don’t stick around long enough to write many pages in history.
Rudolph Rummel, The Treaty Trap.

It seems ironic that so many Marxist intellectuals came from the privileged classes. Having been brought up in comfort, they sought to deny that comfort to others, while still living comfortably themselves.
Stephen Dobyns, The Church of Dead Girls.

Democracy and socialism have nothing in common but one word: equality. But notice the difference: while democracy seeks equality in liberty, socialism seeks equality in restraint and servitude.
Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America.

Taxing away what other people have earned, in order to finance one’s own moral adventures, is often depicted as a humanitarian endeavor, while allowing others the same freedom and dignity as oneself, so that they can make their own choices with their own earnings, is considered to be pandering to “greed.”
Thomas Sowell.

To understand why it is that ‘good’ men in positions of power will produce evil, while the ordinary man without power but able to engage in voluntary cooperation with his neighbors will produce good, requires analyses and thought, subordinating the emotions to the rational faculty. Surely that is one answer to the perennial mystery of why collectivism, with its demonstrated record of producing tyranny and misery, is so widely regarded as superior to individualism, with its demonstrated record of producing freedom and plenty.
Milton Friedman, intro. Road to Serfdom.

posted by Lee Ann on Wednesday, October 23, 2002 | link

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Tuesday, October 22, 2002

Tuesday’s Conservative Quotes.

Installment number two in the great Bartlett’s tweak-a-thon.

Too clever is dumb.
German proverb.

What you have when everyone wears the same play-clothes for all occasions, is addressed by nickname, expected to participate in Show and Tell and bullied out of any desire for privacy, is not democracy; it is kindergarten.
Miss Manners.

As now taught, accepted, and carried out, are not the processes of culture rapidly creating a class of supercilious infidels, who believe in nothing? Shall a man lose himself in countless masses of adjustments, and be so shaped with reference to this, that, and the other, that the simply good and healthy and brave parts of him are reduced and chipp’d away, like the bordering of a box in a garden?
Walt Whitman, Democratic Vistas.

Americans are so enamored of equality that they would rather be equal in slavery than unequal in freedom.
Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America.

Government exists to protect us from each other. We can’t afford the government it would take to protect us from ourselves.
Ronald Reagan.

Everything is Un-American that tends either to government by a plutocracy, or government by a mob. To divide along the lines of section or caste or creed in Un-American. All privilege based on wealth, and all enmity to honest men merely because they are wealthy, are Un-American – both of them equally so. Americanism means the virtues of courage, honor, justice, truth, sincerity, and hardihood – the virtues that made America. The things that will destroy America are prosperity-at-any-price, peace-at-any-price, safety-first instead of duty-first, the love of soft living, and the get-rich-quick theory of life.
Theodore Roosevelt.

Montaigne – who is the type of serene skeptic, reluctant to struggle, smiling, restrained, who has no ideal to defend nor the strength to persist, the skeptic who tolerates everything and has faith in nothing, who has neither enthusiasm nor aspirations, who uses doubt to justify inertia through tolerance, who shows a perception of the serene but sterile life, a clear sign of selfishness and decadence of race ( since the free inquiry which does not encourage action is more apt to accept, and to become an accomplice of, despotism than to save anyone from slavery. )
Luigi Pirandello, Umorismo.

I could not love thee, Dear, so much,
Loved I not honor more.

Richard Lovelace, ‘To Lucasta, On Going to the Wars.”

It has been observed, that they who most loudly clamor for liberty do not most liberally grant it.
Samuel Johnson.

If you’ve got them by the balls, their hearts and minds will follow.
The Green Berets?

For one failure in the history of our country which is due to the people not asserting their rights, there are hundreds due to their not performing their duties.
Theodore Roosevelt.

At the core of liberalism is the spoiled child – miserable, as all spoiled children are, unsatisfied, demanding, ill-disciplined, despotic and useless. Liberalism is a philosophy of sniveling brats.
P. J. O’Rourke, Give War a Chance.

Idealism increases in direct proportion to one’s distance from the problem.
John Galsworthy.

A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until a majority of voters discover that they can vote themselves largess from the public treasury.
Alexander Tytler.

posted by Lee Ann on Tuesday, October 22, 2002 | link

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Monday, October 21, 2002

Football Roundup.

Well, the Super Bowl Champion New Englan’ Patriots managed not to lose thus week. Unfortunately, that’s because they didn’t play this week. The Packers did play and played well. The Pack was well on its way to the play-offs and the Big Game. Then came the third quarter. Favre tore up his knee on a sack. If he is able to come back, the Pack is still in it. If the injury is really serious, the backup Pederson will lead them limping into the home stretch. No Favre, no Super Bowl. As I’ve said before, the Pack is still too dependent on their QB. Favre tore (or sprained) a ligament in his knee, depending on which report you read. He hobbled to the sidelines and was carted off the field. While Favre is a very fast healer and was talking about playing in a brace, I think the wise thing to do would be to hold him out for a couple of weeks. This is their bye-week and they play the next Monday. Unless Favre heals like he quaffs his beer from the Holy Grail, I’d hold him out and risk the loss. He’s your franchise and you don’t want to lose him permanently just to go 6-2. Favre has started in 164 consecutive games (which is about 10 yeas straight) but ending your career to keep a record is dumb. Break the streak and sit him out a few games to make sure he heals right.

posted by Lee Ann on Monday, October 21, 2002 | link

Conservative Quotes.

I have gathered together some of my favorite conservative quotes and will post them below in order to show the Bartlett's people what they’re missing. Some of these quotes are conservative classics, some are new truisms, and still others simply display a true “conservative” philosophy. Some bash liberals and some just put forth a world view. I will post some every day this week. Enjoy.

Check out the Lord High Commander of the Delta Entente, Patrick, who has already weighed in with his store of conservative wisdom. I encourage all you other bloggers to join the quote-a-thon.

The only purpose for which power can be rightfully exercised over any member of a civilized community, against his will, is to prevent harm to others. His own good, either physical or moral, is not a sufficient warrant . . . The only part of the conduct of any one, for which he is amenable to society, is that which concerns others. In the part which merely concerns himself, his independence is, of right, absolute. Over himself, over his own body and mind, the individual is sovereign.
John Stuart Mill, On Liberty.

What thou lov’st well is thy true heritage.
Ezra Pound, Canto LXXXI.

Just because you like my stuff doesn’t mean I owe you anything.
Bob Dylan.

Government is not reason; it is not eloquence, it is force! Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master.
George Washington.

To compel a man to furnish funds for the propagation of ideas he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical.
Thomas Jefferson.

The truth shall make you free, but first it shall piss you off.
Anonymous.

Violence as a way of achieving racial justice is both impractical and immoral. It is impractical because it is a descending spiral ending in destruction for all. The old law of an eye for an eye leaves everyone blind. It is immoral because it seeks to humiliate the opponent rather than win his understanding; it seeks to annihilate rather than convert. Violence is immoral because it thrives on hatred rather than love. It destroys community and makes brotherhood impossible. It leaves society in monologue rather than dialogue. Violence ends by defeating itself. It creates bitterness in the survivors and brutality in the destroyers.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

A Constitution is a thing antecedent to a Government, and a Government is only the creature of a Constitution. The Constitution of a country is not the act of its Government, but of the people constituting a Government.
Tom Paine, The Rights of Man.

Immediate necessity makes many things convenient, which if continued would grow into oppression. Expediency and right are different things.
Tom Paine, Common Sense.

There can be no beauty if it is paid for by human injustice, nor truth that passes over injustice n silence, nor moral virtue that condones it.
Taddeuz Borowski, This Way to the Gas, Ladies and Gentlemen.

Man is free and therefore responsible. His is a personal and social responsibility, a responsibility before God, a responsibility which is his greatness.
John Paul II, Crossing the Threshold of Hope.

History is not going to be kind to liberals. With their mindless programs, they’ve managed to do to Black Americans what slavery, Reconstruction, and rank racism found impossible: destroy their family and work ethic.
Walter Williams.

For each Joan of Arc there is a Hitler perched at the other end of the teeter-totter.
Charles Bukowski, “untitled,” Run With the Hunted.

posted by Lee Ann on Monday, October 21, 2002 | link

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Saturday, October 19, 2002

Bartlett Pares.

The new edition of Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations will be published next week. The editor, Mr. Kaplan, has injected quite a lot of ideological bias into the work. Thomas Sowell, Robert Bork, V. S. Naipal, Russell Kirk, Midge Decter, and virtually the entire Conservative pantheon get shafted. Reagan has gotten his quote quotient upped from 3 to 6, but only after much protest and mockery.

In honor of this biased Bartlett, I propose to start a blogomania. I humbly urge that next week all us Bloggers of the Right post our favorite conservative quotes. Quote posting will start Monday. Suggestions from loyal readers, casual ones too, will be accepted and gleefully posted. In the words of the Father of South Park Republicanism: “Kick Ass!”

posted by Lee Ann on Saturday, October 19, 2002 | link

Steyn Alive.

Mark Steyn lays into the Enlightened Idiots who, even after the Bali Bombing, just don't get it. The E. I.s are looking still for “root causes.” Here’s the root cause: They hate us. They, the Islamofascists, hate us because we are not fascists, are not butchers. They hate us because we do not hate and they can’t understand that. They hate us because we are not Muslims. They think we are infidels but in truth the opposite is true. They are the infidels. Infidels to the Benevolent God, by any name. They are infidels to goodness and to justice. They are infidels to humanity. They more the E.I.s degrade themselves with their arrogant cultural suicide, the more the Islamofascists hate us. Now that we know the root cause, let’s pull up the Tree of Evil by its rank, stinking roots.

posted by Lee Ann on Saturday, October 19, 2002 | link

Who’s The Imperialist?

The ongoing colonization of Montana by absentee landowners is served piping hot. Rich outsiders vote their egos and drive out the jobs that actual Montanans need to survive. Hey, who cares if the people who live here are forced to move out of state to find work? They cluttered up the view from my vacation lodge.

posted by Lee Ann on Saturday, October 19, 2002 | link

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Wednesday, October 16, 2002

Ars Derbica.

For those of you bored with the typical “crunchy con” debate, here’s the “anti-soggy con” companion piece.

posted by Lee Ann on Wednesday, October 16, 2002 | link

Sowell Patrol.

Thomas Sowell, Intellectual Deity, looks evil square in the face and calls it by its right name. It’s time everyone did.

“In this era of non-judgmental mush, too many Americans have become incapable of facing the brutal reality of unprovoked hatred, based on envy, resentment and ultimately on a vicious urge to lash out against others for the pain of one's own insignificance. That has been a common thread in things as disparate as ghetto riots, two world wars, and now Islamic terrorism.”

posted by Lee Ann on Wednesday, October 16, 2002 | link

Exorcise PC.

The Politically Correct has metasticized into an all-permeating mindset that cripples modern society. Here’s a guide to eliminating the PC attitude from your life. The main tenets of PC are listed, gender bashing, psychologizing disagreements, making the personal political, celebrating victimhood, and zero tolerance. The antidote to each attitude is listed too. Great article.

posted by Lee Ann on Wednesday, October 16, 2002 | link

The Joe Bob Show.

Joe Bob Briggs tells why he will never have a political talk show. Of course, his reasons make me wish he did have one.

posted by Lee Ann on Wednesday, October 16, 2002 | link

Sowell Patrol.

The Sowell Man himself has set his sites on our latest IgNobel Prize winner. He does so without once mentioning Jimmeh’s epic battle with the aquatic bunny. Now that’s class.

posted by Lee Ann on Wednesday, October 16, 2002 | link

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Monday, October 14, 2002

Anti-Semitic or Just Racist?

How do you explain the selective outrage of the Progressive Left which condemns Israeli self-defense but ignores African atrocities? Charles Jacobs of the American Anti-Slavery Group argues that the determining factor in whether oppression is resisted by Western rights groups is not the suffering of victims but the race of the oppressors.

“But human rights (and media) attention is often disproportionate to the severity or urgency of human conflicts. What determines their focus is not mainly anti-Semitism. Nor is it the level of horror. It is the racial, religious, and cultural character of the perpetrators, not the victims, that determines the response of Westerners.”

Thus white Israelis can be denounced for their actions because Israelis, being white, know better. Arabs and Africans, not being white, cannot be held to normal standards of conduct. This is the “soft” racism of the Left. I put soft in quotes, but not racism, because the racism is real but it is by no means soft. The slavery, gang rape, and torture suffered by the Sudanese is just as “hard” and just as real as it would be if their oppressors were more palatable to the rights groups.

“It is hard to explain why victims of slavery and slaughter are virtually ignored by American progressives. How can it be that there is no storm of indignation at Amnesty International or Human Rights Watch, which, though they rushed to Jenin to investigate false reports of Jews massacring Arabs, care so much less about Arab-occupied Juba, South Sudan's black capital? How can it be that they have not raised the roof about Khartoum's black slaves? Neither has there been a concerted effort by the press to pressure American administrations to intervene. Nor has the socialist left spoken of liberating the slaves or protecting black villages from pogroms, even though Wall Street helps bankroll Khartoum's oil business, which finances the slaughter.”

But then again, acting against the African and Muslim butchers of the Sudan would require hating oppression more than they hate the West. That’s something the Progressives are simply incapable of.

“My hypothesis is this: to predict what the human rights community (and the media) focus on, look not at the oppressed; look instead at the party seen as the oppressor. Imagine the media coverage and the rights groups' reaction if it were ‘whites’ enslaving blacks in Sudan. Having the ‘right’ oppressor would change everything.”

It would indeed. If you want more information on slavery and how to fight it, go to the American Anti-Slavery Group’s website.

posted by Lee Ann on Monday, October 14, 2002 | link

Rights Watch.

Here’s a good John Leo column on legal coercion, or the nullifying of your rights for your own good. From EU thought crimes legislation to American campuses mandating pro-gay indoctrination, Leo’s got it all. Check out the part about Sweden’s proposed constitutional amendment banning any statement disapproving of homosexuality. Christian churches would even be banned from reading Bible passages that denounce homosexuality as a sin. Wow, killing Free Speech and Freedom of Religion in one blow! That’s impressive, even for Leftists.

posted by Lee Ann on Monday, October 14, 2002 | link

Your Papers Please.

The Beltway Sniper has brought the issue of “fingerprinting” guns to the attention of America. “Fingerprinting” a gun means test-firing every legally purchased weapon and keeping the expended shell as a record of the rifling of the weapon, on the theory that if the gun is used in a crime the police can track it. Some people think such “fingerprints” are a great idea. Actually, this is an incredibly stupid idea. First, this is only possible with newly-purchased, legal guns. Old and inherited guns won’t be recorded. Second, criminals are no more likely to obey this law than other gun laws. If they are going to disregard the robbery, assault, and murder laws, will they really take the time to obey a “fingerprinting” law? Hello!!! They are criminals! This is a law that affects only law-abiding gun owners.

The idea of “fingerprinting’ guns is really just backdoor gun registration. The recording of the weapon rifling is a de facto gun registry. Registry is the point after all. Having a record of a weapon’s rifling is useless if you don’t track where the weapon is. Registration is the first step towards confiscation. You know, like in Canada, Australia, and England. All have draconian gun laws and all have massive crime rates. Maryland and D. C. have all but banned guns, yet they have a sniper. Maryland already has a “fingerprinting” system! Big help. How much do you want to bet that the Sniper is using a stolen or illegal weapon? Gosh, a criminal evades an “anti-crime” measure. Criminals don’t obey gun laws? Who’d have thunk it?

posted by Lee Ann on Monday, October 14, 2002 | link

D-Fenceless.

What the heck has happened to the Super Bowl Champion New Englan’ Patriots? Here’s a hint: It ain’t the offense. While the offensive line is still wobbly, the offense as a whole is pretty solid. Brady is still overcoached and Belichek is calling plays like Crudsoe was still there. The Patsies aren’t going to win with bombs. Brady is a mobile, short-yardage quick passer. The only time the offense moved was when they let the kid run a hurry-up offense with no huddles and a lot of quick passes for 5 yard gains. As much as I hate to say it, they should have run more. Green Bay’s defense is still one-dimensional and Smith could easily have punched through for yardage and points. So why are the Patsies losing? ‘Cause they got no ‘D’ in New Englan’! I had assumed that the defense was just hurting from losing a few key starters to injury, but they have Johnson and McGinnest back and are still weak. It’s like they quit after Week Three and decided to let Frank Lautenberg play for them. The defense is stopping nothing. Not the run, not the pass, just letting the Pack march on down to the end zone. The offense couldn’t get anything going because the girlie defense put them behind the eight ball. Belichek better use the bye week to buy a defense.

The Packers played great though. Favre was on fire and Ahman Green has gotten over his case of the “dropsies.” The defense is still weak, with McKenzie hurt and Vonnie Holiday out. Lucky for them, the Patsies couldn't get started. The Pack are 5-1, which is amazing considering how shaky their first few games were. They seem to have gotten things together. They are still far too dependent upon Favre, but not nearly as much as they were. The Pack will be in the play-offs. The Patsies will go 8-8, 9-7 at best. If the Patsies squeak into the post-season, they will do so as wildcards.

The Chiefs and the Chargers played a great game too. The Chargers are definitely in the play-offs, with the Chiefs getting there too. Neither team was on my radar screen this year, but they’re there now.

posted by Lee Ann on Monday, October 14, 2002 | link

Jimmeh-thon.

The Weekly Standard thinks Jimmeh should give back the Peace Prize, not because Reagan deserved it a thousand times more (well, that too) but because the Prize was intended as an anti-American insult and, as an ex-president, Jimmeh should shun the insult. Why on earth are they assuming Jimmeh has that much dignity?

Here’s a great review of one of Jimmeh’s excruciatingly bad books, Living Faith. Naïve. Gullible. Trite. That’s the good things the reviewer has to say.

Jonah Goldberg on why Jimmeh is one of “history’s greatest monsters.” He exaggerates only slightly.

Here’s how Massah Human Rights blithely ignored human rights abuses by his ideological favorites (the Eastern Bloc) while undermining American allies in Latin America with far better human rights records. How about actively seeking Soviet aid in his reelection bid:

“On repeated occasions, according to numerous Soviet accounts, Carter encouraged Moscow to influence American politics for his benefit or for the detriment of his enemies. Soviet Ambassador Anatoly Dobrynin recounts in his memoirs how, in the waning days of the 1980 campaign, the Carter White House dispatched Armand Hammer to the Soviet embassy. Explaining to the Soviet Ambassador that Carter was ‘clearly alarmed’ at the prospect of losing to Reagan, Hammer asked for help: Could the Kremlin expand Jewish emigration to bolster Carter's standing in the polls? ‘Carter won't forget that service if he is elected,’ Hammer told Dobrynin.”

I guess there’s a fine line between treason and “peace activism.”

Finally, Carterpalooza! Yup, a big ol’ hoss roundup of all Jimmeh's myriad deficiencies. Yes, it’s a long column but worth it.

posted by Lee Ann on Monday, October 14, 2002 | link

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Friday, October 11, 2002

Oh Brother!

Jimmeh Carter, yes, the Jimmeh Carter, has been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Well, he’s been campaigning for it for nigh on twenty years now so I’m not surprised. He certainly doesn’t deserve it. He hasn’t created any peace that I know of. Unless you consider appeasing and enabling every Leftist rebel movement or dictator that ever lived creating peace. I guess letting every Maoist, Stalinist, Marxist, or Leftist terror group in the world know that you only have to kill a enough people for Jimmeh to step in and ensure that your demands are met. Enabling war so he can step in and “make peace” is weird way of getting a Peace Prize. He talks about human rights up the wazoo but then he blindly supports every bloody-fisted regime that destroys those rights. He mostly certifies corrupt elections for Leftists. Why am I supposed to think Jimmeh Carter is anything other than a egotist and hypocrite? He’s a failure as a president. He’s a failure as an ex-president. The Camp David Accords were already agreed to by Israel and Egypt, all Jimmeh did was lend his summer house to Begin and Sadat so they could complete the paperwork. He has repeatedly undermined American foreign policy and safety both in office and out. He has repeatedly violated the dictum that an ex-president does dot undermine the authority of the seated president. During the Gulf War he actively urged European nations not to cooperate with Operation Desert Storm. He has worked to actively harm American interests. He kowtows to Castro, Kim Jong Il, and every other tyrant on the planet. He tried desperately to force the Sandanistas on the people of Nicaragua during their hard-won election and when Violetta Chimorro won Jimmeh tried his darndest to force her to share power with Marxists tyrants the people had just voted out! Jimmeh is a duplicitous snake, the Secret Service hated him, and his daughter Amy smoked pot in her tree house and stole candy from movie theaters (the Notorious G.U.P. went drinking with his SS detail).

The kicker to all this is that Jimmeh didn’t actually win the prize! Bush won it for him. The only reason Jimmeh got his long-campaigned-for Peace Prize is because the Prize committee wanted to thumb its nose at W. Did that matter to Jimmeh? Heck no! Jimmeh just luxuriated in front of the CNN cameras to make his smarmy little speech. He accepted the Prize in honor of the “suffering people around the world.” That’s appropriate, considering that Jimmeh caused a lot of the suffering peoples’ suffering. His “Bend Over and Grab Your Ankles” anti-terrorism technique, exercised so manfully on the Ayatollah Khomeini, let the world know the U.S. wouldn’t fight back when it was attacked. What did that result in? The suffering of the Marines in the bombed bunker in Beirut and the European discos. The suffering of Leon Klinghoffer, the elderly, wheelchair-bound man shot and pushed into the sea when Palestinian terrorists hijacked the Achille Lauro. The suffering of the Navy diver beaten to death when Palestinian terrorists hijacked a TWA flight. The suffering of the peoples of Cuba and South America when Jimmeh undermined freedom efforts and coddled the dictators who slaughtered their children. How about the suffering of Oscar Biscet, being tortured in the Cuban political prisons that Jimmeh says don’t exist. The sufferings of the terror victims in the WTC in 1993, the Khobar Towers, the African Embassy Bombings, the U.S.S. Cole, and the 9/11 attacks on the Pentagon and WTC, who died or were maimed thanks to the Jimmeh Doctrine of “Jaw-Jaw Until the Mustard Gas Kills You.”

Well, at least I don’t have to pretend to respect the Nobel Prize people anymore.

posted by Lee Ann on Friday, October 11, 2002 | link

Preach On Sister!

Oriana Fallaci’s new book on 9/11 and Islamic terrorism, The Rage and the Pride. Fallaci asserts, and has yet to be refuted, that the problem is Islam itself. She presents Islam as not only uncivilized, but uncivilizable and outright anti-civilization. She doesn’t play nice with Europe either. The Europeans get blasted as being spoiled, pseudo-sophisticated cowards, at best! She denounces both the Islamic imperialism that wants to destroy Western civilization and the selfish masochists of Europe who want to sacrifice the freedoms, rights, and (let’s be honest) glory of Western civilization to feed their own egos.

“Fallaci accuses them [self-hating Europeans] of having lost the confidence in the superiority of Western ideals, art, laws, and customs over Islamic counterparts, and of not wanting to face the reality of jihad, for fear of having to do something about it.”

In summary:

“She asserts that Islamist terrorism is nothing new, but only ‘the most recent manifestation of a reality that has existed for 1,400 years.’ Most Muslims the world over were happy with al Qaeda's attacks on America, she contends, with some of the most radical terrorist sympathizers living in European capitals, advocating jihad on the free societies that have given them succor. Muslims, she argues, are incompatible with ancient European culture and society, and cannot be assimilated. She despises pampered Italians who disdain manual labor and refuse to have children, thus making immigration necessary. And she resents the vulgar and anti-social habits many Islamic immigrants have brought into Europe (especially their treatment of women).”

To be bluntly extreme about it, Europe is the first line of confrontation between Islamic fascism and Western freedom. Unfortunately, Europe caved the last time the fascists came a-calling and there is little doubt they will do so now. In other words, take your dream vacation to Europe now, while there still is a Europe. Fallaci may be extreme but she is fundamentally correct. I will be buying this book and you should to, if for no other reason than to tweak the noses of the European censors who are trying to ban the book.

posted by Lee Ann on Friday, October 11, 2002 | link

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Thursday, October 10, 2002

A-Bove It All.

Robert Bove is back with a schnazzy new column on the anti-war left. This is a first hand view of collaboration in the shadow of Ground Zero. Here’s a quote:

“The antiwar crowd is making the mistake the generals are supposed to make: fighting this year’s war with the last war’s tactics. And the irony is that the current generation of college students apparently pays as much attention to their leftist professoriate as the latter did to their Western Civilization profs thirty years ago.”

I posted something a couple days ago on the parallels between the peaceniks and the “last war” generals, so it is very nice to see someone else has thought that too.

posted by Lee Ann on Thursday, October 10, 2002 | link

Deadly Ideals.

Is the environmental movement adding to its body count? First the preventable plague of malaria, now West Nile virus. Let Walter Williams connect the dots.

posted by Lee Ann on Thursday, October 10, 2002 | link

Sowell Patrol.

Thomas Sowell, Intellectual Deity, explains why caution is the most dangerous policy of all.

posted by Lee Ann on Thursday, October 10, 2002 | link

Something to Think About.

Here is an interesting article on how justice fights and tenderness (sensitivity) enables a culture of death.

posted by Lee Ann on Thursday, October 10, 2002 | link

Conservative Modern Art?

Are conservative values and modern art compatible? This article makes a good case for yes, if you separate the modern from the modernist. In fact, it is a call for a conservative revolution in the arts. There is a slogan:

“To destroy modernism while making our peace with modernity.”

He identifies eight conservative artistic principles: beauty, craft, style, comprehensibility, culture, tradition, hierarchy, and transcendence. I think this essay deserves a second reading.

posted by Lee Ann on Thursday, October 10, 2002 | link

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Wednesday, October 09, 2002

NOOOOOO!!!!!

Cue primal scream. Argh! Arts and Literature Daily is gone, defunct, finito, nada, nichts, and kaput. Apparently they were affiliated with Lingua Franca and when LF sank, ALD went too. There is a farewell message and links to other sites with similar content. Here are three, but I haven’t checked them out too closely. They are the Philosophy and Literature page, the Arts Journal, and Google News.

posted by Lee Ann on Wednesday, October 09, 2002 | link

The Nature of the Political Beast.

This is an interesting article from the Spectator about Prince Charles and the nature of modern political parties. Seriously, it’s a fascinating read. Here’s the conclusion:

“The Left are angry at the Prince of Wales’s interest in politics not because he will one day hold the highest remaining hereditary office in the land, nor because he has views on fox-hunting or the voluntary sector that they prefer not to share. It is because he reminds them, and those who hear him, that he has no base motives for involving himself in political issues. He can say what he likes without having to ingratiate himself with whips, constituents or a prime minister. He has no demon of personal ambition sitting on his left shoulder to whom he has to pay obeisance. He is simply doing what many men and women in the higher reaches of society used routinely to do, which is to seek to further the best interests not of themselves — whatever vested interests they might have had — but of the people. For this is a political generation for whom the interests of the people come a very distant second; and the Prince is the most effective (and almost the last) spokesman they have left.”

posted by Lee Ann on Wednesday, October 09, 2002 | link

Steyn Alive.

The cowardice and retro-loserdom of the Anti-American crowd gets skewered and how! If generals are always ready to fight the last war, peaceniks are now ready to protest it. From peace activists protesting our cowardly lack of casualties to the European Rapid Reaction Force, which doesn’t actually have any soldiers or guns in it, Steyn shows the anti-Bushies for the hypocrites they are.

posted by Lee Ann on Wednesday, October 09, 2002 | link

Another Casualty.

A Marine was killed by terrorists in Kuwait yesterday. There is some evidence linking the murderers to a couple of Gitmo prisoners, who are Al Qaeda remember. Okay, can we spray this roach nest now please?

posted by Lee Ann on Wednesday, October 09, 2002 | link

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Sunday, October 06, 2002

AAAAAURGH!!!!!!

Dang the Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots choked this week. Of course, those two more than questionable calls by the refs helped a bit. A BS unnecessary roughness call in the first quarter and an incomprehensible leverage call against Bruschi killed any first half momentum. It was enough to make you wonder if the League told the refs to come down hard on certain teams. The Patsies have lost too many players to injury and it shows. Their offensive line is weak without Andruzzi and will remain so until he returns. Bruschi is back from his concussion, but even he can’t carry the defense on his own. Johnson and Big Willie McGinnest are playing some downs, but they will have to get back to full strength quick to shore up a defense that is looking one-dimensional. Getting Pleasant back would be nice too.

The biggest problem I’ve seen is that the Patsies are over-coaching Tom Brady. Brady has made some bad throws, into heavy coverage, that have become too common to be just rookie errors. I think Billichek is trying to make him throw routes instead of letting Brady react to the action on the field. Yes, Brady needs to learn to run set routes but not when you ruin his strengths as a QB. Shattering his confidence by making him afraid to change called plays is no way to develop a quarterback. That’s how Cowher destroyed Kordell Stewart and I’d hate to see it happen to Brady. Let the kid throw short swing passes and go with a hurry-up offense. The kid doesn’t do well with huddles. Teach him route passing when you are ahead by 30, not when you are behind by 13.

Speaking of Stewart, the Steelers benched him this week. I think Kordell’s chance at QB greatness is gone, destroyed by the megalomaniacal stupidity of Bill Cowart. Throw that chin around all you want, but Cowart is a lousy head coach. He’s lead the Steelers for how long and what has he done with them? Nothing! Kordell is a scrambling QB who likes to run and throw on the run. Cowart wanted a “pocket passer.” Kordell isn’t one, but Cowart tried to force him. Instead he just shattered Kordell’s confidence and destroyed the amazing abilities Stewart once had. Stewart does not trust his coach or even his own abilities any more. One INT and Kordell is gone for the game. Once a QB doubts his abilities, he’s dead meat. Kordell wasn’t like that before Cowart tried to “improve” him. A good coach works with the strengths of his team, he doesn’t mangle his players to fit some computer-generated model of what they ought to be. What Cowart did to Kordell Stewart is unspeakably vile. Fire Bill Cowart.

posted by Lee Ann on Sunday, October 06, 2002 | link

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Thursday, October 03, 2002

Vote God in 2002.

Actually, just read this article on religion and democracy. The central premise of the article is that religion, specifically Judaism and Christianity, are essential to true democracy. Without religion, democracy sinks into dictatorship under the weight of complacency and fetishistic manias for “security” and “equality.” Thus

“By its own inherent tendencies, democracy tends to lower tastes and passions, to devolve into materialistic preoccupations, and to undercut its own principles by a morally indifferent relativism. Further, democracy left to itself tends to surrender liberty to the passion for security and equality, and thus to end in a new soft despotism, tied down with a thousand silken threads by a benign authority.”

“It was Christianity (drawing on Judaism) that established three necessary premises for modern democracy: the inherent dignity of each person, rooted in the freedom that makes each person an Imago Dei; the principle of the universal equality of all humans in the sight of God, whatever their natural inequalities; and the centrality of human liberty to the purposes and principles for which God created the cosmos.”

He lists eight reasons why Democracy is necessarily guided by Faith. This is particularly important in our current confrontation with Islamism and with the atheistic “useful idiots” who enable them.

posted by Lee Ann on Thursday, October 03, 2002 | link

Check Him Out.

Joseph C. Philips is a new columnist for JWR. His column today is on the diversity myth.

“Diversity should mean a variety of individuals with varied experiences and ideas. The sad fact, however, is that rather than fulfilling the aims of the Civil Rights Movement and unleashing individuality it has turned individuality on its head. Diversity is now synonymous with Group Identity.”

posted by Lee Ann on Thursday, October 03, 2002 | link

Ars Derbica.

Derb tackles the very un-PC topic of hatred. He makes a good argument. He’s not for it, but he thinks it’s a fairly inevitable part of the human psyche. Read it to the end.

posted by Lee Ann on Thursday, October 03, 2002 | link

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Wednesday, October 02, 2002

Truly Bizarre.

This is the weirdest thing I have heard in a long time. An American serviceman who defected to North Korea in the 1960s is married to one of those Japanese girls kidnapped by North Korea. The Japanese were kidnapped and forced to assist the North Korean spy agency. One of the kidnappees didn’t die in an “accident” or commit suicide and now has 2 daughters with the American. This is tragic. I can’t imagine the despair that woman must go through. She was only about 19 when she was snatched and has been a prisoner ever since. How do you live in captivity for that long without giving up hope? Has she really resigned herself to never seeing her family again? To dying a prisoner? What's with the traitor husband? How can you marry a kidnap victim and not want to help her escape? Is he that much of a True Believer that he would be complicit in her captivity? This is like Patty Hearst if she hadn’t been rescued. This is just too bizarre.

posted by Lee Ann on Wednesday, October 02, 2002 | link

Spank the Limousine Liberal!

Read this to see Arhundati Roy get spanked. See the Champagne Socialist squirm.

“Obviously, she wishes to tell you how to live in the way that she knows is best. She wants to wipe out all national borders. (Mexico must love her.) She wants to deny starving millions food by disallowing corporate farms. She wants to tell you how much energy is proper for you to use. (She has been of late fighting hydroelectric development in India in the belief that the raising river lakes will flood out lots of family farms, which is absolutely true. One wonders if America should breach all her dams so that people can live in the dark on the returned river banks and grow turnips instead of working in a factory or office, owning a home, sending their kids to a good college and vacationing in Alaska or Cancun.)”

posted by Lee Ann on Wednesday, October 02, 2002 | link

Say it Ain’t So!

Senator Piscopo!?!

posted by Lee Ann on Wednesday, October 02, 2002 | link

Torch Wrong.

The New Jersey Supreme Court has unanimously decided that election law is just kind of a suggestion. They have allowed the Democrats to drop Robert Toricelli from the ballot and replace him with former senator Lautenberg. The fact that the law expressly forbids changing candidates within 51 days of the election means nothing. Besides that law was passed by a mere legislature, who are elected by and responsible to those pesky voters, and not by the judiciary, who are appointed and thus far worthier. Oh, the fact that absentee ballots have already been mailed out and have started coming in means nothing either. If the LAW means nothing when it counters the egos of the Court, why should the actual voters? Many of those absentee votes come from the military. You know, those pesky little persons who whine that because they are fighting the War on Terror they ought to have their Constitutional rights respected. What if they have already voted? Can they vote twice? Will the military be able to get them their ballots in time, or returned in time, for them to vote at all? The judges claim they can set aside the written election law in “unique” circumstances. Intelligent people hold this to mean “in the event a candidate dies, gets ill, or is in some other way rendered physically unable to run.” Judges, however, interpret “unique” more liberally, as in “any time a Democrat falls behind in the polls.” The judges also whined about having a “competitive” election. Does that mean that all those Democrats serving mostly black districts are illegitimate, as there is no shadow of competition in their districts? Must all congressional and senatorial districts now be 50/50 Republican and Democrat? Anything else would not provide a truly “competitive” election. Exactly how close to an election can you decide your candidate can’t win and pull him in favor of someone else? The Republican candidate, Forrester, will appeal to the Supreme Court, who have made it clear in Bush v. Gore that the written election law is just that, law.

posted by Lee Ann on Wednesday, October 02, 2002 | link

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