So what happened while this blog was down?

This blog was knocked out of the worldwide web for a whole week due to technical difficulties.  I have learned that some of you have become overly dependent on this site as a source for what is happening in the world.  (I appreciate the sentiment, but you might want to broaden your web-surfing!)  Still, lots of things happened this past week that I wanted to bring to your attention but couldn’t.

We had posted about Chinese pro-life activist Chen Guangcheng, who escaped from house arrest in the provinces and made it to Beijing, hundreds of miles away, even though he was blind.  He took refuge in the American embassy.  But he was sent away–whether voluntarily, because he was talked into it, or because China reneged on a deal worked out by American diplomats is not completely clear–and he is now in Chinese custody.  Diplomatic efforts continue in an effort to protect Mr. Chen and his family (which had been threatened).  He may end up coming to the USA, which China has found is a good way of removing their dissidents from influence in the country.

In political news, Newt Gingrich dropped out, leaving Mitt Romney triumphant, with only one other candidate, Ron Paul, still in the race.  Though Paul has no chance for the nomination, his supporters have been maximizing their presence among convention delegates, especially in caucus states.  They put themselves forward as being willing to go to the convention, and though they have to vote as directed, usually for Romney, on the first ballot, they will be exerting their influence on the party platform and in other ways.

We blogged yesterday about the European anti-austerity elections and President Obama’s announced support for gay marriage.

So what else happened while this blog was away?  What else occurred that you had wished we could discuss?

About Gene Veith

Professor of Literature at Patrick Henry College, the Director of the Cranach Institute at Concordia Theological Seminary, a columnist for World Magazine and TableTalk, and the author of 18 books on different facets of Christianity & Culture.

  • SKPeterson

    Hollande in France, instability in Greece and the possibility of the collapse of the Euro.

    Putin’s snub of Obama and a more muscular Russian foreign policy.

    The defeat of Lugar in Indiana.

    Amazon, Microsoft, book publishers, and electronic media in light of anti-competition investigations by DOJ.

  • SKPeterson

    Hollande in France, instability in Greece and the possibility of the collapse of the Euro.

    Putin’s snub of Obama and a more muscular Russian foreign policy.

    The defeat of Lugar in Indiana.

    Amazon, Microsoft, book publishers, and electronic media in light of anti-competition investigations by DOJ.

  • Klasie Kraalogies

    Santorum endorcing Romney via emai.

    The most spectacular poll failure in recent times, where all the polls suggested the Wildrose party in Alberta will thrash the Conservatives, and get a majority, but the result was completely the opposite. This created a large distrust (momentarily) of political polls.

    The advanced of nuclear power in Asia, especially China, which enabled the world’s biggest Uranium producer, Cameco, to post a First Quarter profit growth of 45% – http://www.thestarphoenix.com/news/Cameco+profits+rise+higher+uranium+prices/6547557/story.html

  • Klasie Kraalogies

    Santorum endorcing Romney via emai.

    The most spectacular poll failure in recent times, where all the polls suggested the Wildrose party in Alberta will thrash the Conservatives, and get a majority, but the result was completely the opposite. This created a large distrust (momentarily) of political polls.

    The advanced of nuclear power in Asia, especially China, which enabled the world’s biggest Uranium producer, Cameco, to post a First Quarter profit growth of 45% – http://www.thestarphoenix.com/news/Cameco+profits+rise+higher+uranium+prices/6547557/story.html

  • SKPeterson

    KK – Regarding Wildrose, I really have to look askance at the PCP’s contention that Wildrose failed to remove them from power due to Ms. Smith’s skepticism about climate change. That could appear to be either a backhanded way of saying Albertan voters are easily swayed and fearful, or that the perceived differences between Wildrose and the PCP were so marginal that this was the only thing people could find to make a difference.

  • SKPeterson

    KK – Regarding Wildrose, I really have to look askance at the PCP’s contention that Wildrose failed to remove them from power due to Ms. Smith’s skepticism about climate change. That could appear to be either a backhanded way of saying Albertan voters are easily swayed and fearful, or that the perceived differences between Wildrose and the PCP were so marginal that this was the only thing people could find to make a difference.

  • Klasie Kraalogies

    SKP – there were a number of Wildrose utterances that could have swayed voters – there was the one candidate, also some sort of evangelical pastor, who said “gays will suffer in the lake of fire”. Then there was the other one, Ron Keech, that said that he has an advantage over other candidates, because he is white.

    Regarding the first, the leader of the party has said she is pro-gay marriage, as it is essentially a libertarian party. But there was no party actions over these remarks (or too little), giving the impression that they are a bunch of hicks that know what they are against, but not much more than that.

    As to climate change – only a fool will deny that the climate changes – it has always done so. One might express doubt over the extent of the human contribution to climate change – that is something very different.

    In the end, despite the promise of libertarian government, they appeared to be reactionary conservatives more than libertarians.

    But that still doesn’t explain why the polls predicted a Wildrose win just 3 or 4 days before the election. There is one tantalising hint though – while automatic polls (press 1 for, this, press 2 for that), did not change, a swing was visible about 3-4 days before the election in live (ie human) calls. This might indicate that when forced to think, people started retreating from Wildrose.

    This opens an interesting avenue of discussion, over how human interaction changes political opinion.

  • Klasie Kraalogies

    SKP – there were a number of Wildrose utterances that could have swayed voters – there was the one candidate, also some sort of evangelical pastor, who said “gays will suffer in the lake of fire”. Then there was the other one, Ron Keech, that said that he has an advantage over other candidates, because he is white.

    Regarding the first, the leader of the party has said she is pro-gay marriage, as it is essentially a libertarian party. But there was no party actions over these remarks (or too little), giving the impression that they are a bunch of hicks that know what they are against, but not much more than that.

    As to climate change – only a fool will deny that the climate changes – it has always done so. One might express doubt over the extent of the human contribution to climate change – that is something very different.

    In the end, despite the promise of libertarian government, they appeared to be reactionary conservatives more than libertarians.

    But that still doesn’t explain why the polls predicted a Wildrose win just 3 or 4 days before the election. There is one tantalising hint though – while automatic polls (press 1 for, this, press 2 for that), did not change, a swing was visible about 3-4 days before the election in live (ie human) calls. This might indicate that when forced to think, people started retreating from Wildrose.

    This opens an interesting avenue of discussion, over how human interaction changes political opinion.

  • Klasie Kraalogies
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  • Klasie Kraalogies

    Btw, Veith, regarding my last link, apart from the humour, how’s that for a faithful fulfilling of vocation?

  • Klasie Kraalogies

    Btw, Veith, regarding my last link, apart from the humour, how’s that for a faithful fulfilling of vocation?

  • Klasie Kraalogies

    Am I the only one here?

    Anyway, on a much more serious note, Argentinia nationalised YPF, an oil company, by stripping the Spanish oil & gas company, Solid Repsol, of its 51% stake in YPF. Shortly afterwards, Bolivia went ahead andsaid they are going to nationalise Red Electrica Corporaciion, the Spanish company which has operated most of Bolivia’s power grid since it was privatised 15 years ago.

    Contrast this with Brazil’s progress, which is very much pro-free market.

    Are we seeing a resurgence of the old radical left in South American countries which have failed at economic progress? One could even contrast Argentina, with all their economic disasters, with neighbouring Chile, which has come a long way since Pinochet. After WW2, Argentina was the third richest country in the world…

  • Klasie Kraalogies

    Am I the only one here?

    Anyway, on a much more serious note, Argentinia nationalised YPF, an oil company, by stripping the Spanish oil & gas company, Solid Repsol, of its 51% stake in YPF. Shortly afterwards, Bolivia went ahead andsaid they are going to nationalise Red Electrica Corporaciion, the Spanish company which has operated most of Bolivia’s power grid since it was privatised 15 years ago.

    Contrast this with Brazil’s progress, which is very much pro-free market.

    Are we seeing a resurgence of the old radical left in South American countries which have failed at economic progress? One could even contrast Argentina, with all their economic disasters, with neighbouring Chile, which has come a long way since Pinochet. After WW2, Argentina was the third richest country in the world…

  • Klasie Kraalogies

    Yet at the same time, we have JP Morgan’s 2 billion loss because of risky trading, yet they still oppose the Volcker rule.

    And people question why I am an Ordoliberal…

  • Klasie Kraalogies

    Yet at the same time, we have JP Morgan’s 2 billion loss because of risky trading, yet they still oppose the Volcker rule.

    And people question why I am an Ordoliberal…

  • SKPeterson

    I was mostly struck by the uncanny resemblance of Steven Harper to Bill Clinton.

    And I thought Canadian chivalry was embodied in the iconic RCMP.

  • SKPeterson

    I was mostly struck by the uncanny resemblance of Steven Harper to Bill Clinton.

    And I thought Canadian chivalry was embodied in the iconic RCMP.

  • trotk

    What about NC voting (69%-31%) to amend its constitution in such a way to ban gay marriages and civil unions, but with the result that the state now no longer recognizes any civil unions (and perhaps even common-law marriages)?

    The exact wording is as follows:

    “Constitutional amendment to provide that marriage between one man and one woman is the only domestic legal union that shall be valid or recognized in this State.”

  • trotk

    What about NC voting (69%-31%) to amend its constitution in such a way to ban gay marriages and civil unions, but with the result that the state now no longer recognizes any civil unions (and perhaps even common-law marriages)?

    The exact wording is as follows:

    “Constitutional amendment to provide that marriage between one man and one woman is the only domestic legal union that shall be valid or recognized in this State.”

  • http://enterthevein.wordpress.com J. Dean

    The Cubs took 2 of 3 against Atlanta :D

  • http://enterthevein.wordpress.com J. Dean

    The Cubs took 2 of 3 against Atlanta :D

  • DonS

    So, this is actually just being reported today, but I don’t know where else to put it: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-05-11/facebook-co-founder-saverin-gives-up-u-s-citizenship-before-ipo.html

    This is the reason why trying to tax the rich punitively to make things “fair” will never work, and actually functions to reduce tax revenues. This Facebook co-founder renounced his U.S. citizenship to substantially reduce his tax liabilities ahead of the Facebook IPO. Now, most Americans aren’t going to be this drastic, at least if they have any sense of patriotism. But there are many other ways to re-structure to avoid taxes by moving assets overseas, establishing residencies in different places, creating new entities, etc.

  • DonS

    So, this is actually just being reported today, but I don’t know where else to put it: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-05-11/facebook-co-founder-saverin-gives-up-u-s-citizenship-before-ipo.html

    This is the reason why trying to tax the rich punitively to make things “fair” will never work, and actually functions to reduce tax revenues. This Facebook co-founder renounced his U.S. citizenship to substantially reduce his tax liabilities ahead of the Facebook IPO. Now, most Americans aren’t going to be this drastic, at least if they have any sense of patriotism. But there are many other ways to re-structure to avoid taxes by moving assets overseas, establishing residencies in different places, creating new entities, etc.

  • P.C.

    Frank, aka, fws put way too much sugar on his Corn Flakes yesterday morning.

  • P.C.

    Frank, aka, fws put way too much sugar on his Corn Flakes yesterday morning.

  • DonS

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702304363104577392400444308824.html?mod=rss_opinion_main

    Further to the issue of the Chinese dissident, here is a provocative Wall Street Journal piece regarding the Democrats’ abandonment of human rights as an issue of concern. We on the right are on the side of individual rights and liberties, and it is good to see recognition of that fact dawning on the media. Government acts by restricting individual rights, and as government gets bigger, the individual is diminished.

  • DonS

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702304363104577392400444308824.html?mod=rss_opinion_main

    Further to the issue of the Chinese dissident, here is a provocative Wall Street Journal piece regarding the Democrats’ abandonment of human rights as an issue of concern. We on the right are on the side of individual rights and liberties, and it is good to see recognition of that fact dawning on the media. Government acts by restricting individual rights, and as government gets bigger, the individual is diminished.

  • Richard

    Josh Hamilton, anyone?

  • Richard

    Josh Hamilton, anyone?

  • SKPeterson

    Following up on KK’s previous posts, however, I believe the Canadians were again proposing worthwhile initiatives. Which is just something they do up there.

    http://www.donnasmortgages.com/articles/Canada1.pdf

  • SKPeterson

    Following up on KK’s previous posts, however, I believe the Canadians were again proposing worthwhile initiatives. Which is just something they do up there.

    http://www.donnasmortgages.com/articles/Canada1.pdf

  • Klasie Kraalogies

    KK – yup. And, btw, the majority of those initiatives have received tri-partisan support. There is bickering about pensions, a bit, from the left, but essentially, the idea of being able to look after your finances is very important here. In provinces, such as Ontario, that have deficits the need to reduce the deficit responsibly is probably the news headline, and the topic of debates, across the aisle, 40% of the time. But real measures are put in place to achieve that, not token ones.

    So when are you coming? ;)

  • Klasie Kraalogies

    KK – yup. And, btw, the majority of those initiatives have received tri-partisan support. There is bickering about pensions, a bit, from the left, but essentially, the idea of being able to look after your finances is very important here. In provinces, such as Ontario, that have deficits the need to reduce the deficit responsibly is probably the news headline, and the topic of debates, across the aisle, 40% of the time. But real measures are put in place to achieve that, not token ones.

    So when are you coming? ;)

  • SKPeterson

    Maybe this summer, actually. My friend at USask has a student who needs help. I’m not a trained psychiatrist, but I do what I can. ;)

  • SKPeterson

    Maybe this summer, actually. My friend at USask has a student who needs help. I’m not a trained psychiatrist, but I do what I can. ;)

  • Klasie Kraalogies

    SKP, email me:
    My name above, one word, at gmail dot com.

  • Klasie Kraalogies

    SKP, email me:
    My name above, one word, at gmail dot com.

  • http://steadfastlutherans.org/ SAL

    Republics aren’t well suited to empires or large nations. Large nations tend to have distance greater between the populace and the governing elite.

    As America’s population has grown too large and its ambitions too grand, it’s political system has fallen behind those of smaller Anglophone nations like Canada and Australia.

    If you want a better political system in America you need to divide her into a handful of smaller nations none larger than 40-50 million people.

  • http://steadfastlutherans.org/ SAL

    Republics aren’t well suited to empires or large nations. Large nations tend to have distance greater between the populace and the governing elite.

    As America’s population has grown too large and its ambitions too grand, it’s political system has fallen behind those of smaller Anglophone nations like Canada and Australia.

    If you want a better political system in America you need to divide her into a handful of smaller nations none larger than 40-50 million people.

  • http://theoldadam.com/ Steve Martin

    And the world and everyone in it continue on their march to the grave.

    The world is not progressing, but being brought to an end. And this is the way that God wants it. (Romans)

  • http://theoldadam.com/ Steve Martin

    And the world and everyone in it continue on their march to the grave.

    The world is not progressing, but being brought to an end. And this is the way that God wants it. (Romans)

  • fws

    sal @ 21

    Interesting. I think you are on to something sal.

    PC @ 14

    How could you possibly know that! Here in Brasil cornflakes are scary expensive. a luxury item. there is at least a 30% tax buried in all we buy here. 50% for imported stuff. and everyone knows where the money goes. to be well of, you need to take a civil service exam and work for the government here. fact.

    trotk @ 11

    What is with that trotky. those numbers are beyond landslide . it is a rout. and nary a peep from the media as in “this trends unfavorably for gay marriage, nor do they point out that wherever it is put to a popular vote, gay marriage loses. …

    So why are the polls so different from results? Liberal polsters? I dont think that is it. so then what. I think people are cowed into not saying their real feelings about homos. They dont want to look like bigots. So they say one thing to the polsters , and then when they can be anonymous they vote what they REALLY think,

    It is the same dynamic as here on blogs. The anonymity here strips people of their false politeness. We see people as they really are, in a way they would neeeeever be face to face. Carl Vehse …. you there buddy?

  • fws

    sal @ 21

    Interesting. I think you are on to something sal.

    PC @ 14

    How could you possibly know that! Here in Brasil cornflakes are scary expensive. a luxury item. there is at least a 30% tax buried in all we buy here. 50% for imported stuff. and everyone knows where the money goes. to be well of, you need to take a civil service exam and work for the government here. fact.

    trotk @ 11

    What is with that trotky. those numbers are beyond landslide . it is a rout. and nary a peep from the media as in “this trends unfavorably for gay marriage, nor do they point out that wherever it is put to a popular vote, gay marriage loses. …

    So why are the polls so different from results? Liberal polsters? I dont think that is it. so then what. I think people are cowed into not saying their real feelings about homos. They dont want to look like bigots. So they say one thing to the polsters , and then when they can be anonymous they vote what they REALLY think,

    It is the same dynamic as here on blogs. The anonymity here strips people of their false politeness. We see people as they really are, in a way they would neeeeever be face to face. Carl Vehse …. you there buddy?


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