Category Archives: Culture

FOUR PILLARS OF MODERN STATECRAFT

Overreaction Dissimulation Slander Corruption

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QUOTE OF THE DAY

In an ideal world, the [Oscar for] Best Picture would alternate between Rio Bravo and Caddyshack every year. – Andrew Leigh

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YAHOO SELLS ITS SOUL

This is unconscionable. NEW YORK -(Dow Jones)- Yahoo Inc. supplied personal information to Beijing authorities on a Chinese dissident who was sentenced to a harsh prison term, according to a press freedom group. Reporters Without Borders said Wednesday that cyber-dissident … Continue reading

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FREE DENMARK (PT. 2)

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FREE DENMARK

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AXIS OF EXTINCTION

Mark Steyn coins the term “axis of extinction” to describe western countries that are contracepting and aborting themselves out of existence. Read the whole thing.

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GOOD BOOKS I READ IN 2005

Naked Economics – Charles Wheelan Letters From a Stoic – Seneca Meditations – Marcus Aurelius 900 Grandmothers – R.A. Lafferty (the best collection of science fiction short stories. Ever.) The Chronicles of Narnia – CS Lewis (all 7 books; for … Continue reading

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THAT SOUND YOU HEAR . . .

. . . is the Man in Black spinning in his grave: Barry Gibb Buys Johnny Cash’s House That’s just so wrong, in so many ways . . . I’m not sure I can muster the will to go on … Continue reading

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BOOK TALK

This article about libertarian themes in children’s literature is of interest to me as a middle school teacher, and as a person with libertarian leanings. I haven’t read any of Margeret Peterson Haddix’s work, but I know from long experience … Continue reading

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CHRONICLES OF NARNIA TRAILER

I just saw the trailer for the new movie based on The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe. I’ve been a tad worried that they would make a muck of my favorite book, as moviemakers usually do with great books. … Continue reading

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IT’S NOT A BUG, IT’S A FEATURE

I just saw a commercial for Lunesta, which is the latest trendy sleeping pill being thrust upon us by one of the mega-giant-multinational-pharmaceutical outfits. As they always do these days, they gave a list of the possible side effects of … Continue reading

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EYE-RO-KNEE

Tom Hayden and the other members of the Students for a Democratic Society published the Port Huron Statement in 1962. Here is a paragraph concerning higher education in the United States: Tragically, the university could serve as a significant source … Continue reading

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SHOCKING GOOD SENSE

Dr. Charles Wheelan is an eminently sane and sensible economist. He’ll therefore never make it as a pundit. I’m going to read regularly anyway.

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SO, WHICH IS IT?

Nearly 40 years ago, Thomas Merton predicted that the “radical spirit” of the 60′s would be either a “decisive force” and a cause for hope, or the harbinger of “a permanently organized welfare state, blind and dedicated to the forceful … Continue reading

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NANNY SMACKDOWN

Alfie Kohn goes upside the head of SuperNanny, and takes a swipe at B.F. Skinner in the process.

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ROGER EBERT . . .

. . . is without a doubt one of the finest writers of prose ever to take his chances with the English language. If you think this is too fine praise for a movie reviewer, go, read this, and then … Continue reading

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EBERT RULES

Roger Ebert is not just a movie reviewer, he’s one of the finest prose writers of our day. As evidence, I offer you this line from his review of the remake of “The Longest Yard”. “There is a sense in … Continue reading

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COMMUNIST BEATDOWN

May Day used to be the day that Communist countries would shine up the tanks and missles and hold parades in honor of the glorious path of Marx, Stalin, Mao, and the rest of those idiots. Catallarchy has multiple posts … Continue reading

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SWEET

Did you enjoy “Napoleon Dynamite“? Do you have $100,000 lying around, waiting to be spent? Today is your lucky day.

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NOT EVEN CLOSE

Virginia Postrel is a very intelligent writer and commentator, but she completely missed the mark just now on MSNBC. She said anyone who believes in individual liberty and federalism and separation of powers must side with Michael Schiavo and the … Continue reading

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