Chesterton & Lewis warn against tyranny

G. K. Chesterton's helpful assessment of fundamental liberty. By his measure, our liberty is indeed threatened."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 possibly be a damned soul; but if he may not, he is not a free man any more than a dog." - Broadcast talk 6-11-35Emphasis mine. Jay at STACLU has a great quote on a similar theme:“Of all tyrannies, a tyranny e … [Read more...]

Fun Fact Friday

Ralph Peters spells out some facts:...I happen to agree with Sen. Barack Obama...the terrorists had a tenuous connection with Saddam's regime. But it's 2008, not 2003. And our next president will take office in 2009. It's today's reality that matters.* After our troops reached Baghdad, al Qaeda's leaders made a colossal strategic miscalculation and publicly declared that Iraq was now the central front in their jihad against us. Matter of record, in the enemy's own words. * Some Iraqi Sunni … [Read more...]


I love this story! It is (no pun intended ) an in-your-face illustration of old fashioned American Can-Doism, when confronted with "nothing can be done":Cody Hall was born with a hemangioma, a tumorous birthmark that distorted the shape of her face and grew larger as she got older.When she was 1-year-old, her doctors in England told her parents that nothing could be done about her condition, so her parents took her to see surgeons in the U.S.Fourteen years and 18 reconstructive surgeries … [Read more...]

A & Q: Bad:Economy, Liturgy, Bush but not BIG O!

Q: Do you really patronize the people you advertise?A: Those I have any control over (in the right-hand sidebar) yes, I do. I'm about to purchase the excellent-looking C.S. Lewis & Narnia for Dummies from the ad at the top. I have written ad nauseam about the incredibly smooth, rich and completely addictive coffee by the Mystic Monks. I try to take ads on things I am personally interested in or have used and liked, although that is not always, 100% possible. The good news is, I've … [Read more...]

"Teenage" America says "yeah, whatever."

Yes, I've been saying this all along...Indeed. And indeed.A while back (pre-Obama-surge) I wrote:Come on - the last president who had a "D" after his name saw the 5.6% unemployment rates trumpeted as "essentially full employment" with no "ifs, ands or buts" about it. Every day was a rainbow day when the last "D" President was in office, and most of the news was good news. If the stock market went up - you heard about it. If it went down, that was just a correction and some … [Read more...]

Is Limbaugh subverting a sacred trust?

Cobb is saying Rush Limbaugh has crossed a line with Operation Chaos, and he even has a cartoon up about it.My take on "Operation Chaos" is that Rush is doing several things, here - he's demonstrating his sway, he's enjoying making mischief (and hoping that when the press talks about "Hillary winning and demonstrating momentum" they'll mention his "Operation,") and he's getting a feel for just how strong may be the desire of conservatives to -- not now, but in coming years -- jump the GOP ship … [Read more...]

Sorry so quiet

My Li'l Bro Thom had a virus last week that kept him miserable and sick for about a week - seems I have it too - there is a whole clammy, room-spinning, can-I-just- puke-now component to the thing, too. Makes the idea of sitting up and reading for more than a few minutes unpalatable. Hopefully tomorrow will be better.I did get up in the wee small hours because of a nightmare - thought I'd read a little to clear my head and ended up reading something that made me forget about nightmares.I … [Read more...]

Gorbachev a Christian; British press confused

A week or so ago I lamented that when it comes to religion, the British press rarely gets anything right. They are incredibly incurious and inaccurate.Today we read in the UK Telegraph that Mikael Gorbachev has admitted he is a Christian. Get that? He "admits" he's a Christian.Mikhail Gorbachev, the last Communist leader of the Soviet Union, has acknowledged his Christian faith for the first time, paying a surprise visit to pray at the tomb of St Francis of Assisi.Accompanied by his … [Read more...]

Failing to love is killing Europe

Over at the Corner, they're quoting Bruce Thornton: [Europe is not reproducing because] “children are expensive. They require you to sacrifice your time and your interests and your own comfort. If your highest good is pleasure, if your highest good is a sophisticated life, then children get in the way. Why would you spend so much money and so much energy on children if your highest good is simply material well-being? That's sort of the spiritual dimension of the problem."Read Dr. Melissa C … [Read more...]

David Mamet, "Classical Liberal." – UPDATED

David Mamet, in a very well-done piece in the Village Voice declares himself "no longer a 'brain-dead liberal'" and he sounds like he is a free man, and he sounds relieved, too.Do I speak as a member of the "privileged class"? If you will—but classes in the United States are mobile, not static, which is the Marxist view. That is: Immigrants came and continue to come here penniless and can (and do) become rich; the nerd makes a trillion dollars; the single mother, penniless and ignorant of E … [Read more...]