Saturday, December 30, 2006

Book Club of the Christian Authors Network

re: "Ever wish you could "test drive" a book before buying it? CAN's new online book club, "You've Got Books!" lets you do just that!/ Here's how this free service works. Once you subscribe to the CAN book club, you will receive a two minute sample of a book by great Christian authors via email each weekday. By the end of the week, you'll have read a chapter or two of the book. By then you should have a pretty good idea if you'll enjoy the rest..."...

We CAN! promote our books

re: a Christian Authors Network blog on book promotion...

Amazing Grace-land: God's Money-Back Guarantee?

re: looking past 'Prosperity Theology' for what the Gospel actually says, and pondering what it means to trust God...

Friday, December 29, 2006

Betsy's Page: I thought secret ballots were a good thing for democracy

re: "Thomas Bray highlights one of the top legislative goals that Big Labor has this year. They want to get a federal bill allowing unions to hold votes on whether a business be unionized through a card checkoff system and to repeal the law now in place that mandates a secret ballot vote about unionizing..."...

Joust The Facts: The Wisdom Of Gerald Ford

re: excerpts from Gerald Ford speeches, and what he really said about the Iraq War...

A Gracious Home » Christmas at the Frederik Meijer Gardens

re: visiting a world class garden park decked out for Christmas with a 'Christmas trees from around the world' display...

VOA News - Former US President Ford Remembered as Political Healer

re: a look at Gerald Ford's presidency...

Gerald Ford funeral begins with simple ceremony at family church - USATODAY.com

re: "PALM DESERT, Calif. (AP) — Military pallbearers carried the flag-drapped casket of Gerald R. Ford past his widow and children Friday afternoon and into the church where the late president had attended services for years and had his own "President's Pew."/Former first lady Betty Ford, 88, stood at the top of the steps of St. Margaret's Episcopal Church to receive the casket, then followed it inside as a Marine Corps band played "Ruffles and Flourishes" and the hymn "O God Our Help in Ages Past."..."...

Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Buyer's Remorse - Acton Institute PowerBlog

re: a climatologist wonders if ramping up the rhetoric on global warming hasn't created a monster...

Article - Opinion - The gift

re: Fr. Robert Sirico discusses gift giving (and day-to-day exchange)...

hat tip: Acton Institute for the Study of Religion & Liberty

Saturday, December 23, 2006

Betsy's Page: A victory for freedom of speech

re: A federal appeals court found in favor of Wisconsin Right to Life, which ran issue ads in 2004 which the FEC tried to quash/regulate as election ads...

Betsy's Page: The truth about small farmers

re: "The Washington Post takes a look at farm subsidies and reports that government subsidies are actually driving small farmers out of the business. The arguments for farm subsidies are often based on the need to protect the small farmer. Somehow, we still seem to have a Jeffersonian admiration for the small yeoman farmer and to envision our country being fed by millions of such noble family farmers. However, now farming is big business and government subsidies to the supposedly small farmer are part of that transformation by driving up the price of farmland and pricing the family farmer out of the market..."

The Scotsman - Business - It's ane end of ane auld sang and the times they are a-changing

re: Fordyce Maxwell looks at some changes in 40+ years of farming in Scotland...

The Scotsman - Business - Man with a mission has ambitions for Scotland

re: CBI Scotland chairman Melfort Campbell, OBE, former "school dunce," rises above dyslexia, insecurity, to become high-profile business leader in Scotland...

Friday, December 22, 2006

OpinionJournal - Taste: The Gifts of the Season

re: "...There are centuries of literature on the moral way to practice philanthropy, but too many modern moralists ignore it. Mr. Brooks says their belief is that "charity is merely evidence of a failure of government." And to the extent that charity interests them in itself, they want it to be an admission of guilt, as if Westerners are obliged to assuage their consciences by helping orphans in Africa. But charity need not be so narcissistic. The basic human impulse to do good may properly lead many to help those in need, especially those nearby./ Timothy Ogden, an officer at Geneva Global, a consulting firm that advises wealthy donors about how to spend their charitable dollars most effectively, says that the best giving "doesn't come from guilt, but from honest desire." Mr. Ogden observes that many clients come to him suffering "not from donor fatigue, but from donor futility. It's not that they are tired of giving. They're tired of giving and not accomplishing anything."..."...

OpinionJournal - Wonder Land: Dogma Without God

re: Daniel Henninger essay, "...Atheists and the unchurched undervalue the extent to which they are getting a free ride on the social strength that religious-based virtue provides. It's one thing to write in a book that we don't need them. But I'd rather not run the real-world experiment of navigating without them. And this is why this weekend so many will spend an hour with virtue's originalists..."...

Thursday, December 21, 2006

The Question Of Christmas - Prison Fellowship

re: from Alan Sears, "...Interestingly, even those disinclined to defer to the divinity of Jesus Christ concede that He was a remarkable man—that his teachings were unusually profound and that His life personified those teachings more consistently than anyone else ever has. So what’s wrong with recognizing His birthday as His birthday? /Either Jesus truly is the Son of God, and Savior of the world—in which case we surely should celebrate His advent. Or else He was not. In which case, what harm is there in honoring such a magnificent life? Surely if we’ve cause to commemorate the national impact of George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, and Martin Luther King, Jr., we have more than ample reason to celebrate the international import of the greatest teacher and philosopher the world has ever known. /
Put another way: to what aspects of Jesus’ character and teachings—brotherly love, personal sacrifice, self-denial, kindness, generosity, concern for the poor, courage in the face of death, etc., etc.—do groups like the American Civil Liberties Union so vigorously object?..."...

Dec15ChurchPrisonMinistry (Dec 15 Church Prison Ministry Case)

re: from Liberty Legal Institute, "Plano, TX- The Texas Supreme Court announced it will hear the case, Pastor Rick Barr & Philemon Homes, Inc. v. City of Sinton, the first case at the high court interpreting the Texas Religious Freedoms Restoration Act (RFRA)..."...

hat tip: The Alliance Alert

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Dallas Morning News | News for Dallas, Texas | News: Education

re: Several Catholic schools in Texas will be closed Feb. 7 to allow teachers and students the chance to attend a rally in favor of school vouchers...

Townhall.com::Jellyfish of the year::By Jonah Goldberg

re: Time magazine wimping out on its Person of the Year award this year...

Townhall.com::School Assignment: Prepare a Christmas Ornament Without a Christmas Reference::By Jay Sekulow

re: another absurb school policy, permitting anything but Christianity for Christmas...

Cheat Seeking Missiles: The Fish Guys And The Bear Guys

re: "...Humans so grossly and egotistically over-dramatize their impact on critters, and this egotism spawns regulations that impose extreme restrictions on our activities..."...

hat tip: The Paragraph Farmer

AgapePress : Virginia Churches Commended for Leaving ECUSA

re: "(AgapePress) - Evangelical activists are voicing their support for the Episcopal churches in Virginia who, over the weekend, voted strongly in favor of leaving the American branch of the worldwide Anglican Communion. And even though the combined average attendance of the eight churches exceeds that of many entire Episcopal dioceses, the presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church USA says the congregations' departure doesn't threaten the denomination's survival..."...

AgapePress :Are Pastors to Blame for the Divorce Epidemic?

re:Matt Friedeman notes, "...We pastors, and the churches we represent, are not to be "blessing machines" -- throwing out words and sacraments willy-nilly to anyone who asks. For in the end, by adopting a low view of the Church, of the institution of marriage and of the pastoral office, we haven't really blessed but most assuredly have cursed the people we intended to help."...

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Aliens Cause Global Warming

re: Michael Crichton lecture from 2003, in which he traces the slide of science from 1960 and SETI down to current bad science getting intertwined with policy, and in which he makes some suggestions for restoring science's reputation and standing...

hat tip: Rush Limbaugh

OpinionJournal - John Fund on the Trail

re: Why Barack Obama may not run for President this next election...

Monday, December 18, 2006

Betsy's Page: France and the Middle East

re: Mark Steyn review of David Pryce-Jones' book Betrayal: France, Arabs and the Jews...

Brandywine Books: Evil in Fiction and Ukraine

re: links to article about insights into evil in Lord of the Rings, and to a BBC article which covers allegations of healthy newborns being snatched and killed in Ukraine, which styles itself the stem cell capital of the world...

BBC link: Ukraine babies in stem cell probe (Matthew Hill, BBC Health Correspondent, Dec. 12, 2006)

A fox-y hazard on golf course

re: video of a fox that steals golf balls...

KRT Wire | 12/18/2006 | Richard Carlson, author of `Don't Sweat' books, dies at 45

re: author dies on book tour for "Don't Get Scrooged"...

Friday, December 15, 2006

Oregon State Defense Force History

re: the state militia from pre-statehood to the present day...

Phi Beta Cons: "And I Thought I'd Seen it All"

re: David French finds Michigan State's Student Accountability in Community Seminar (SAC) to be very Orwellian, not to mention unconstitutional...

OpinionJournal - Best of the Web Today

re: more "responding to Rangel" messages. Includes one letter from a man named Michael Reeseman, which states (in part), "...I thought my window of opportunity for military service was forever closed with my final discharge from the Army Reserve in 1999. After 2001, like so many others I tried to find a way back in despite a lengthy list of medical disqualifiers. If I've learned anything about the government, it's that there's always a loophole. Eventually I found it in the State Defense Forces. /Over half of the states have State Defense Forces, which are duly authorized uniformed services under Title 32 of the U.S. Code. All states can have them, but only 26 (plus Puerto Rico) have set them up. These military units serve entirely within their home state, cannot be federalized, and answer to the governor (usually through the office of the adjutant general). Since they cannot serve overseas, these units do not train for combat but to prepare to aid civil authorities and back up the National Guard. In practice this usually takes the form of emergency response, logistics and security duties. I am given to understand that there are also quite a few specialty units such as JAGs, medics and chaplains..."...

OpinionJournal - Taste: Harvard Loses Its Edge

re: John Schmalzbauer of the Religious Studies Department at Missouri State University notes that many universities (but not Harvard) have been seeing a renewed interest in religious scholarship and spirituality courses in recent years (although he doesn't specify if they are orthodox, or not, etc.)...

My Vacation Letter to President Bush

re: in an undated letter, talk show host Lars Larson asks President Bush to arrange for the President of Mexico to give the Larson family the equivalent benefits in Mexico that Mexicans get when they come illegally to the U.S....

The Scotsman - Business - Biofuels: a new dawn or business as usual?

re: "AFTER more than a decade of falling prices, declining margins and shrinking investment, there is a growing optimism in agriculture that we are entering a new era of rising demand and better prices, driven by biofuels./ Are these predictions likely to be true? Or will we find that we are entering just another commodity market where price pressures will soon return?..."...

The Scotsman - Business - HSBC targets firms that need no branch

re: in Scotland, the competition is on for business customers who don't need/want bank branches to do their banking (i.e., such as so-called knowledge-based businesses that don't involve a lot of cash transactions)...

Thursday, December 14, 2006

Fernnook Farmgirl: Daily Lit

re: a site that will email you a portion of a book every day (classics, it sounds like)...

Vatican refuses to sign U.N. landmark convention over right of disabled unborn to life - Catholic Online

re: "UNITED NATIONS (Catholic Online) – The Vatican has refused to sign the just-adopted United Nations landmark treaty to promote and protect the rights of the world’s 650 million disabled people over a clause that may be used to deny the right to life of disabled unborn persons./ In Dec. 13 remarks to the U.N. General Assembly on the occasion of the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities that took five years to shape, Archbishop Celestino Migliore, apostolic nuncio of the Holy See’s permanent mission to the U.N., stressed that the protection of “the rights, dignity and worth of persons with disabilities remains a major concern for the Holy See.”..."...

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Advent and the Christian Year

re: Presbyterian minister Mark D. Roberts has several posts on Advent, a season he has come to love...

Human Life of Washington

re: Washington state pro-life organization, with several affilitates...

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Get The Award Ready III « Expat Yank

re: second part of this post notes Somaliland has established itself as a thriving anomoly in Africa without foreign aid...

Monday, December 11, 2006

Telegraph | News | Full text of Blair's multiculturalism speech

re: Tony Blair takes on the idiocy of PC multiculturalism; demands that people who move to UK adopt British values...

hat tip: Rush Limbaugh

Hobo spider

re: brief overview and photo of hobo spider...

NWCN.com | Christmas trees return to Sea-Tac

re: Rabbi Elazar Bogomilsky decides to not play grinch after all. Says won't sue Sea-Tac airport, whether they put up his giant menorah or not. Airport officials, rather than deal with his threats, had taken Christmas decorations down. Employees had countered by bringing in small trees of their own...

Update: Captain Ed over at Captain's Quarters has a bit more background, which makes the rabbi look less like a grinch than earlier news accounts.

FIRST THINGS: On the Square

re: a tribute to Jeane Kirkpatrick by Michael Novak...

The Conservative Oregon Blog Network

re: site for conservatives in Oregon...

RedState Blog Project | Redstate

re: "...right of center bloggers that focus on the politics of a particular state or location within a state. Not all local bloggers have been listed here. We've only listed the ones we have reviewed and found to be regularly updated, focused on politics, and right of center..."...

Constitutionally Correct : Congratulations! Your Baby is Handicapped!

re: these days, some mothers have the lab cook them up an embryo with a specific disability, like dwarfism or deafness...

American Thinker Blog: Baker Commish gives Dems cover for sanity

re: James Lewis has a different take on the Baker-Hamilton Iraq report, saying it gives Dems political cover to move away from the fringe Left...

American Thinker: Whither Bolton?

re: Ed Lasky dreams of John Bolton going to work for Rudy Giuliani (and along the way notes some of the accomplishes of both men)...

Saturday, December 09, 2006

America and malaria | Finally clearing the air | Economist.com

re: finally asking for accountability, looking for better ways, rediscovering DDT...

TKS on National Review Online : Will Decency - and taking a shot at Daily Kos - help Barack Obama?

re: Jim Geraghty notes that Barack Obama isn't catering to the fringe Left, and he seems to making inroads with some evangelicals, particularly Rick Warren's crowd...

And Another Thing . . . on National Review Online

Mark Levin links to Go Right Ahead – Tread On Us, an editorial at Investor's Business Daily.

The Corner: The Black Watch

re: Scottish snatch team grabs terrorist godfather and some of his henchmen in Iraq...

Brandywine Books: Romper Room wonks

re: Lars Walker on adults who are still mentally back in grade school, trying to impress the teacher by giving him his favorite answers on what to do about current events...

Brandywine Books: The quest for Grandma's Donuts

re: Lars Walker on his brother, trying to create donuts like his Grandmother used to make, and surviving after a feminist walked out to go do her own thing...

ADF: ADF allied attorneys contact nearly 11,500 school districts regarding Christmas expression - Alliance Defense Fund - Defending Our First Liberty

re: pushing back against the disinformation campaign that has people/schools/cities needlessly afraid to celebrate Christmas publicly (the law is on the side of Christmas)...

Friday, December 08, 2006

Townhall.com::Reflections on the prospect - reality? - of a third great awakening::By Ross Mackenzie

re: Ross Mackenzie wonders if the schisms in 'mainstream' (my scare quotes) Protestant denominations are triggering a Third Great Awakening in America. He provides historical background...

Let's Say Thanks

re: Xerox-sponsored site to send free printed postcard to someone serving in the U.S. military overseas...

Thursday, December 07, 2006

FIRST THINGS: On the Square

re: William Saletan, author of Bearing Right: How Conservatives Won the Abortion War, is calling on Democrats to capture values voters, i.e., to go back to being 'the party of responsibility,' but Elizabeth Powers has her doubts...

Here in the Bonny Glen: Hanna and Me

re: the story behind her book Hanna's Christmas, now out of print...

Stones Cry Out: Ten Ways Media Leaders Can Keep Media Ethics from Becoming an Oxymoron

re: suggestions for ways the national media could restore its reputation...

Power Line: The ISG Report: Still A Mystery

re: wondering why Syria and Iran would change their policies in line with what the Iraq Study Group wants...

Betsy's Page: How an advisory commission should have been conducted

re: "Eliot Cohen, who wrote a superb book on civilian leadership in wartime, Supreme Command, puts his finger on exactly what was wrong with the Iraq Study Group..."...

Phi Beta Cons on National Review Online

re: David French on the University of Georgia trying (unsuccessfully) to shut down a Christian religious fraternity...

...In reality, universities are not interested in protecting students from religious discrimination (if they were, they would seek to protect the hundreds and sometimes thousands of Christian students who belong to Christian organizations from the disruption and harm of derecognizing their groups). Instead, they are striking at the heart of what these Christian groups teach and believe. The universities want to “protect” their student bodies from dissent — especially on matters of personal morality. And it is so much easier to silence dissent when that speech and the groups that support that speech are branded as “discriminators.”

Tornado hits London

re: A twister roared through north-west London streets...

Get Involved in the Conservative Movement by Nathan Tabor

re: suggestions for websites to visit, groups to join...

At A Hen's Pace: Virtual Prayer Books

re: online Christian resources...

Charis Connection: Ask the Authors: Wednesday

re: "Do you have a special process for naming your characters?"...

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Strand Magazine:: Interview with Michael Bond

re: undated interview. "Since 1983 mystery fans have enjoyed Michael Bond's series of detective comedies featuring retired Sûreté member Monsieur Pamplemousse and his dog Pommes Frites, and since 1958 children have been delighting in Bond's books chronicling the very funny adventures of Paddington Bear—one of the most beloved children's characters of all time./ The Monsieur Pamplemousse series is a unique blend of comedy and mystery. As an inspector for the prestigious restaurant rating directory Le Guide, Monsieur Pamplemousse (along with Pommes Frites) travels around the country sampling the finest cuisine and wines at the best restaurants in France, while stumbling into one hilarious mystery after another. Mr. Bond has recently completed another novel, Monsieur Pamplemousse on Probation. He spoke to us about his early writing career, the inspiration behind his two most famous characters, and the state of writing in general..."...

HUGE Anti-Chavez Rally In Venezuela « Daily Inklings

re: November 26 post showing crowds as far as the eye can see...

Books & Culture Corner: Mr. Wilson's Bookshelf - Books & Culture Magazine

re: "The Top Ten Books of 2006 and the Book of the Year"... John Wilson's list... "Still, it's worth saying that these are simply the titles that came most readily and insistently to mind over the last couple of weeks as I thought about the books I've read this year..."...[snip..."And now to the Book of the Year: Crisis of Doubt: Honest Faith in Nineteenth-Century England, by Timothy Larsen (Oxford Univ. Press). You know the familiar story, according to which virtually every thinking person in late-Victorian England either lost his faith or maintained a pale simulacrum of genuine belief. While Timothy Larsen acknowledges that there were of course plenty of instances of deconversion, in his new book he draws attention to a counternarrative that has been widely overlooked, embodied in the experience of men and women who moved from doubt or resolute skepticism to Christian faith. In chapter after chapter of brilliantly condensed biography, he tells the stories of individuals whose lives followed this second course. This is a book that will force honest scholars to reconsider what they thought they knew."...

Monday, December 04, 2006

NWCN.com | Amazon adds new presses for on-demand books

re: will use HP Indigo presses at fulfillment centers and BookSurge to improve quality in POD offerings...

NWCN.com | Oregon sailor pleads guilty to espionage charges

re: Salem man has pleaded guilty to several charges related to passing classified information to a foreign government...

FLW Outdoors - Leader in bass, walleye, redfish, kingfish and striped bass tournament fishing.

re: July 20, 2006 press release "Wal-Mart FLW Series forms divisions, eight $1 million televised events for 2007"...

FLW Outdoors - Leader in bass, walleye, redfish, kingfish and striped bass tournament fishing.

re: a history of the Wal-Mart FLW Tour, through the lead-in to the 2005 professional bass fishing season...

Saturday, December 02, 2006

Kids don't get building blocks of learning from high-tech play - The Boston Globe

re: interaction builds social skills - and compassion - so don't swamp the wee ones with electronic toys...

NWCN.com | Story of survival shared in Boise

re: Aron Ralston, the man who cut off his own arm with a pocket knife after being pinned by a boulder in a remote area of Utah, now gives inspirational speeches around the country. He recently spoke at a fundraiser for the Idaho Youth Ranch...

Friday, December 01, 2006

Top Stories | NWCN.com | Family missing on return from Seattle trip

re: family of four last seen Nov. 25, last heard from when they told a Gold Beach motel they'd be arriving late and asked for key to be left for them...

Top Stories | NWCN.com | Drug bust nabs 26 in Skagit County

re: Mexican based drug ring run mostly by Mexican nationals in the U.S. illegally...

The Dynamo and the Jeweler by Stefan Kanfer, City Journal Autumn 2006

re: George and Ira Gershwin, Fred and Adele Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Danny Kaye, music, theater, movies...

CNN.com - The Marquee: Why DO we care?

re: the fascination with celebrities, etc. "...But there's also the matter of what writer Maureen Orth calls the "celebrity-industrial complex," the endless machine made up of the news media, entertainment companies, performers, handlers, advisers and consultants (and, yes, consumers) that's dependent upon such stories for its daily fuel -- and, like any capitalistic enterprise, only exists as long as interest continues. Which means there's a great deal at stake to keep the machine running..."

Includes recommendations for these books: "The Image" by Daniel Boorstin, "Amusing Ourselves to Death" by Neil Postman, and "Life: The Movie" by Neal Gabler.

hat tip: Kay S. Hymowitz/ CJ in the News/ City Journal

OpinionJournal - Taste: Single Mothers, Many Problems

re: unwed motherhood and unstable families, with a nod to the book "Marriage and Caste in America: Separate and Unequal Families in a Post-Marital Age" by Kay Hymowitz ...

OpinionJournal - Taste: The Limits of Tolerance

re: Naomi Schaefer Riley on a talk given by liberal priest Andrew M. Greeley, in which he let a few things slip in the Q & A: "...Then a middle-aged woman in the back of the room asked Father Greeley about the changing face of the Catholic Church. The greatest growth in the world-wide Catholic population, she noted, has been coming for some years from new believers in South America and Africa, and the trend shows no signs of abating. What effect would this have on the church? / "We will depend on them for vitality," Father Greeley predicted. "But they will continue to depend on us for the ideas."...

List of Classics

re: book list for people who want to understand conservatism...

Iraq is Dems’ tar-baby

re: David A. Keene has been watching Democrats come to grips with the fact that now that they've got a majority, they'll be held responsible for what they do about Iraq, etc...

hat tip: Best of the Web Today

After surprisingly dull hurricane season, experts debate why they were wrong | Chron.com - Houston Chronicle

re: forecasters didn't come close on predicting this year's mild hurricane season, and they didn't see El Nino coming either...

A Different Kind of Christmas Poem « A Rose By Any Other Name

re: a soldier's gift...

Thursday, November 30, 2006

Mater Magistra: Library Day

re: tips for getting kids and library books - choosing a wider selection, not letting the books get overdue or lost, etc...

hat tip: Rocks in My Dryer

Braille Institute of America | Home

re: "Braille Institute is a private non-profit organization whose mission is to eliminate blindness and severe sight loss as a barrier to a fulfilling life."...

open book: Your read of the day

re: link to (UK) Times article by Simon Barnes on being a father of a boy with Down Syndrome...

FIRST THINGS: On the Square

re: another parent, a father this time, writes in defense of raising a child with Down Syndrome...

abc13.com: Fight brewing between mosque and pigs

re: man in Texas being shoved by people planning to build a mosque shoves back by scheduling Friday night pig races on his property...

hat tip: Rush Limbaugh

OpinionJournal - Best of the Web Today

re: more responses to Rangel's disrespect for people serving in the military (see halfway down post). Also has links to earlier responses...

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

The Common Room: Good Stewardship Does Not Mean What She Thinks it Means

re: more on Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church Katharine Jefferts Schori's ideas of stewardship (in which she tries to explain away the declining membership of her denomination by noting that Episcopalians are 'better educated' and are encouraged to not use up the Earth's resources by having children). Includes Mark Steyn commentary...

Plymouth Adventure (1952)

re: cast list, etc., for the movie starring Spencer Tracy, based (loosely, to all appearances) on the Ernest Gebler novel. The movie's lead romance storyline is manufactured out of thin air, but it is a Spencer Tracy movie...

Plymouth Adventure (1952)

re: Elsie W. Hamel, Graduate Student at Lehigh University, briefly compares Ernest Gebler's book The Plymouth Adventure and the movie based on it. Includes this short note about the novel: "This, it seems to me, is the truest picture that we could have of the Plymouth adventure, the more remarkable in that it was written by a man of mixed Czech and Irish ancestry who has never been in this country." Chicago Sun Tribune (April 30,1950): 3

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

The Gift of Language by Theodore Dalrymple, City Journal Autumn 2006

re: attacking the silly (and harmful) notion that language skills don't have to be - or in some cases shouldn't be - taught...

hat tip: Bookworm

Mesohippus 1

re: Florida Museum of Natural History page on the "middle horse" in horse evolution...

Monday, November 27, 2006

NASA - Historic Volcanic Eruption Shrunk the Mighty Nile River

re: major eruptions in Iceland in 1783-84 might have contributed to record low water levels in the Nile, plus other examples of how high latitude volcanic eruptions might have significantly affected monsoons, droughts, etc...

NASA - CALIPSO

re: "...one of NASA's newest satellite missions. CALIPSO, or Cloud-Aerosol Lidar and Infrared Pathfinder Satellite Observations, seeks to reveal the secrets of clouds and aerosols, tiny particles suspended in the air, enabling scientists to study how they form, evolve and interact and how they affect our air quality, weather and climate..."...

How the media loses the war « Bookworm Room

re: the media passing along false stories spun by America's enemies...

OpinionJournal - Featured Article: New York, New York

re: a series of books on New York City's architecture and history, by architect and historian Robert A.M. Stern...

Robin Hood

re: information on the 1950s television show The Adventures of Robin Hood, starring Richard Greene...

Saturday, November 25, 2006

The Scotsman - Business - At 30% cheaper, self-build is on the rise

re: more people are buying land and building homes in Scotland. Also notes that a lot of the cheap housing from the 1960s and 1970s is being bought and demolished by people who want to start from scratch rather than renovate...

Fossil research suggests 'mass dying' triggered teeming oceans | The Guardian | Guardian Unlimited

re: discovering the obvious, scientists 'discover' that the mass extinctions at the end of the Permian not only caused - but made possible - the rise of new and vastly different ecosystems...

Friday, November 24, 2006

BBC NEWS | Science/Nature | Wheat's lost gene helps nutrition

re: after research pointing to which crosses to try, plant scientists are crossing domesticated wheat with wild wheat to boost nutrition...

OpinionJournal - Taste: Funny Money

re: Preston Sturge's romantic comedies of the 1940s are now available in a DVD boxed set, and provide a nice contrast with most of today's romantic comedies...

Thursday, November 23, 2006

I’m not the only grammatical voice in the wilderness « Bookworm Room

re: fighting the notion that people don't need to be (or shouldn't be) taught to communicate well...

The Point: Sage words

re: ..."Do not pray for easy lives; pray to be stronger. Do not pray for tasks equal to your powers; pray for powers equal to your tasks. Then the doing of your work shall be no miracle, but you yourself shall be a miracle. Every day you shall wonder at yourself, at the richness of life which has come to you by the grace of God. -- Phillips Brooks"

The Blessing of a Father's Grace - washingtonpost.com

re: Sally Quinn on saying grace, even if you're an atheist...

hat tip: Gina Dalfonzo (The Point)

Minnesota Mom: Happy Anniversary! (I think)

re: a nice essay on how blogging has changed her life, etc....

hat tip: Here in the Bonny Glen

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

The first remarkable close-up pictures of animals in the womb | the Daily Mail

re: elephant, dog and dolphin babies in the womb...

hat tip: Best of the Web

OpinionJournal - The Desolate Wilderness

re: annual reprinting of Nathaniel Morton's descriptions of what the Pilgrim's saw in 1620...

OpinionJournal - Extra: The Stuff of Democratic Life

re: Allen Guelzo writes about Lincoln, Gettysburg, Thanksgiving, and the fundamental challenges of democracy...

Gardeners cultivate hope in battered New Orleans | In Depth | Reuters.com

re: thousands of people living in FEMA trailers after Katrina have planted gardens...

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Dallas Morning News | News for Dallas, Texas | Arts & Entertainment

re: AP story on cancellation of OJ project. Some Fox affiliates had refused to carry show, Borders had announced it would donate profits to charity, etc...

Monday, November 20, 2006

Captain's Quarters : Hydrogen Isn't Green

re: BMW's new hydrogen-gasoline car, the Hydrogen 7 or H-7, gets poor mileage and its fuel goes bad in a matter of days... The first one hundred are reportedly going to be sold to "celebrities"...

Captain's Quarters: Read Between The Lines (Updated and Bumped)

re: the hurricane season disappointed the global warming folks, bigtime (plus info on the global cooling scares of a couple/three decades ago, plus scientists who are currently predicting a little ice age soon)...

Saturday, November 18, 2006

Friday, November 17, 2006

BrothersJudd Blog: O HOLY NIGHT, INJUNCTIONS FLY THROUGHOUT YOU

re: Muslim leaders in UK stump for public Christmas celebrations, and somebody else noticing that PC drives not just religion but history and heritage from the British public sphere...

Thursday, November 16, 2006

CNS STORY: Peruvian parish fights malnutrition with high-protein cookies

re: Catholic parish won government bid to fight malnutrition high in the Andes by baking and distributing high-protein cookies (sometimes by truck, but some places by mule)...

hat tip: Open Book

poultryOne.com Guide to Raising Poultry | The Ultimate Resource for Raising Chickens and Poultry Care - Chicken Articles, Links, Tips, and More!

re: online community for chicken hobbyists...

Keeping Chickens or Poultry at Home, Backyard Poultry Keeping and Laying Hens

re: uk look at dreams of smallholding, getting an allotment, battles with local council over whether poultry was allowed...

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Tsunami hits Crescent City / Series of 5- to 6-foot surges wrecks docks, sinks ship hours after 8.1 quake in Japan

re: "A tsunami generated by a powerful earthquake in Japan struck the small Northern California fishing port of Crescent City Wednesday, destroying docks, sinking a boat and fraying nerves./Bill Steven, a commander with the Del Norte County Sheriff's Department, said the tsunami was "more a series of big surges rather than waves," but he said the damage to the town's harbor was significant. /The surges were reported at 5 to 6 feet high. /"The water surged back and forth like a river, and our docks aren't designed to handle swift water," Steven said. "About 50 percent of the harbor was affected. There's a lot of torn-up foam, wood and concrete. We know at least one boat was sunk, and we had to round up about 12 more that were torn from their moorings." /Steven said no fatalities or injuries were reported.
Crescent City residents are particularly sensitive to tsunami threats. The town was struck by a 21-foot-high tsunami in 1964 that killed 11 people and destroyed most of the town center. /Steven said Del Norte County officials received a notification from the National Weather Service Wednesday morning that a 3- to 5-foot surge resulting from an 8.1 magnitude quake in Japan would hit the Crescent City region at about 11:40 a.m. "We did have a very small surge at that time, and then everybody went back to business as usual," Steven said. /Then at around 2:30, Steven said, residents noticed an ominous sign -- water started running out of the town's harbor, a classic indication of an approaching tsunami. /"You don't like to see that," Steven said. "It looked like a very fast river." /But instead of a large wave, Steven said, the tsunami was manifested as another large surge flowing back into the harbor./"It went on like that until about 5 p.m., maybe later," Steven said. "Just like a big river surging back and forth. It really hammered our docks. Pieces had to be tied off, whole sections disappeared."..."...

CurryPilot.com: TSUNAMI CAUSES DAMAGE AT CRESCENT CITY

re: "A tsunami caused damage in the Crescent City harbor this afternoon, but apparently no injuries, according to initial reports from the newsroom at the Daily Triplicate in Crescent City. /The wave was reported by national authorities as 35 inches, larger than any other reports on the Pacific Coast of the U.S., according to the National Weather Service Tsunami Warning Center's Web site. The reported height at Port Orford was 15 inches. The Web site is available at http://WCATWC.ARH.NOAA.GOV /Witnesses said boats were broken loose from their moorings, rammed into docks and even toppled onto each other. /No reports of initial damage were reported in the Port of Brookings-Harbor, Gold Beach or Port Orford. There were no warnings or evacuations in Curry County, according to the Curry County Sheriff's Office. /Brookings-Harbor Harbormaster Mike Blank said he noticed "unusual tidal occurences" just after 2 p.m., but had no reports of any damage or problems caused by the wave. /The wave was generated by an earthquake overnight near the Kuril Islands, off the northern coast of Japan. /The Triplicate is preparing a full report for its Web site, www.Triplicate.com, later this evening. A full report and photos will be published in the Thursday, Nov. 17, edition of the Triplicate and the Saturday, Nov. 18, edition of the Curry Coastal Pilot..."...

AP Wire | 11/16/2006 | Crescent City harbor suffers up to $700K in damages from tsunami

re: "CRESCENT CITY, Calif. - Two docks were destroyed after a five-foot surge rolled into the Crescent City Harbor on Wednesday afternoon and caused up to $700,000 in damages. /The surge was the result of an undersea earthquake with a magnitude of 8.1 that struck earlier in the day near Japan, prompting tsunami warnings for Japan, Russia and Alaska, according to the National Weather Service...[snip]...In California, the weather service reported ocean surges as high as 6 feet and waves gusting up to 30 mph but did not call an official tsunami warning or watch. /Surges were observed from Port San Luis on the Central California coast to the Oregon border, but were too small and concentrated to prompt a tsunami warning, said Sten Tjaden, an NWS forecaster in Eureka. /"They don't want to put a warning out if the impact is going to be so localized," Tjaden said. "And I haven't heard of damage elsewhere. The only place I've heard of damage is at Crescent City at the harbor." /Harbor workers at Crescent City - about 20 miles south of Oregon's state line - noticed a fast-moving current around mid-afternoon that harbor master Richard Young described as a "river within the ocean."/As the surge rushed out of the harbor, workers noticed that two floating docks in the inner basin were destroyed, Young said. Another surge followed, severely damaging a third dock, he said. The harbor can accommodate up to 200 boats up to 75 feet long. /No injuries were reported, and the surge did not sink any boats. But several vessels attached to the destroyed docks bobbed away from their anchorage and likely received dings and possibly greater damages, the harbor master said. /Young said the replacement costs of the docks could range from $300,000 to $700,000. /Rain pounded the harbor after the surge, but crews were able to secure the loose boats and stabilize the damaged dock and the six remaining floating docks in the inner harbor.
"We're secure for the night, and we're going home after a long day," Young said Wednesday after sunset. "We've done our best to stabilize things." /Small surges of 1 to 4 feet continued to hit the California coast into the evening, and boaters, beach goers and others near the shore were advised to use caution, according to NWS...."...

MercuryNews.com | 11/15/2006 | 6-foot wave surge damages Crescent City harbor

re: "Wave surges related to the magnitude 8.1 undersea earthquake near Japan, the largest of them six-feet high, caused ``extensive damage'' this afternoon at the Crescent City harbor, according to the National Weather Service. /The surges were so powerful that docks and boats were damaged, forcing police to close it down. Several boats broke loose from their moorings, but no one was injured, Crescent City police dispatcher Julie Shafer said..."...

The Kitchen Madonna: Culinary Quote #33

re: "'Never grow a wishbone, daughter, where your backbone ought to be." Clementine Paddleford"...

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Sovereignty Blog » HUMANS MATTER LESS THAN THEY’D LIKE TO THINK:

re: 22 of the world's 50 most forested countries have been increasing the amount of woodland...

Has excerpt from Planet 'winning the battle against deforestation' (The Scotsman, Nov. 14, 2006)...

ADF: Federal appeals court upholds federal protection for pro-life medical professionals - Alliance Defense Fund - Defending Our First Liberty

re: "WASHINGTON — A federal appeals court today upheld the dismissal of a lawsuit brought by a pro-abortion group challenging the “Weldon Amendment.” The Weldon Amendment is a federal statute that prohibits the federal government or state and local governments receiving certain federal aid from discriminating against medical professionals who refuse to perform or refer for abortions. /“Doctors and nurses should not be forced to participate in abortions against their religious beliefs or conscience. Under the banner of ‘choice,’ the National Family Planning and Reproductive Health Association asserted a supposed right to do this, but the court didn’t buy it,” said Casey Mattox, litigation counsel for CLS’s Center for Law & Religious Freedom. “This decision turns back the effort to enshrine abortion as a right above even the First Amendment.”..."...

WorldNetDaily: Ten Commandments stunner: Feds lying at Supreme Court

re: "...Todd DuBord, pastor of the Lake Almanor Community Church in California...[snip]... was most disturbed by what appears to be revisionism in the presentations given to visitors at the Supreme Court. There, he said, his tour guide was describing the marble frieze directly above the justices' bench. /"Between the images of the people depicting the Majesty of the Law and Power of Government, there is a tablet with ten Roman numerals, the first five down the left side and the last five down the right. This tablet represents the first ten amendments of the Bill of Rights," she said..."...

hat tip: The Alliance Alert, Nov. 14, 2006

Shielding Our Children

re: Emuna Braverman on the virtue of learning to not rescue or shelter a child too much. Book mentioned in passing: "The Blessing of a Skinned Knee" by Wendy Mogel...

OpinionJournal - Federation: Moral Purification

re: Josh Manchester discusses 'why intellectuals love defeat'...

FIRST THINGS: On the Square/ Elizabeth Powers

re: finding a neglected war memorial in Central Park, and comparing Americans of the World War I era with Americans of today who make pacts with the party of the safety net...

Brandywine Books: Call me Cassandra

re: Lars Walker featuring in his near-future novel Wolf Time a news reporter proud of having pushed the idea that nothing is worth dying for and America can't afford honor...And Walker wanting to be proved wrong, but feeling his prediction has held...

Brandywine Books: "If a conservative order is to return . . ."

re: the need to learn tradition attached to conservative ideas, plus books that shaped America's Conservative Renaissance (list courtesy isi.org)...

Monday, November 13, 2006

lines... in pleasant places: Lake Martin

re: a book about the history of the reservoir Lake Martin in Alabama...

Mom 2 Mom Connection » Blog Archive » Starting the Novel Writing Journey

re: NaNoWriMo update, plus info/links on bestselling Christian fiction author Brandilyn Collins and her years-long road to first publication...

Allthings2all: Let's Dance!

re: living in a place with different cultural traditions, such as when and how to dance...

Saturday, November 11, 2006

magistramater's Xanga Site - Fine Art Friday - Briton Rivière

re: three dog-with-person paintings...

The Golden Road to Samarqand: :The Age of Homespun

re: "The Age of Homespun: Objects and stories in the Creation of an American Myth by Laurel Thatcher Ulrich has to be one of the most interesting books about early American history that I have ever read. I like it even more than A Midwife's Tale..."...

hat tip: The Saturday Review of Books

Power Line: Three reviews

re: reviews of Mark Steyn's America Alone, Michael Lewis's The Blind Side, and Art Buchwald's "deathbed memoir" Too Soon to Say Goodbye...

Related: Art Buchwald column from Sept. 21, 2006

The Scotsman - Business - Parents splash out to fill void after children flee nest

re: noticing the obvious, i.e. parents tend to make changes - sometimes drastic ones - after their kids grow up and go away. The news is that today's empty nesters are collectively spending more, and more. "...Dr Hodson's comments were echoed by analysts at Datamonitor, which said empty-nesters spent £38.4 billion on consumer goods in 2003, but were forecast to splash out as much as £46 billion by 2008. It said their annual disposable income is expected to have risen 8.5 per cent to £17,872 from less than £14,000 a year ago, and that sudden increase in wealth often sparked some highly indulgent spending on everything from travel, new homes and new cars, to high quality food, fine drinks and pampering personal care..."...

Betsy's Page: Will the House increase?

re: Nancy Pelosi is supporting a bill that would increase Congress from 435 to 437 by adding a seat from D.C. and a statewide seat for Utah (never mind that an at-large seat in Congress isn't supportable)...

Captain's Quarters: Still not biting

re: advising fellow Republicans to be a good example of "the loyal opposition"...

Episcopal parish, diocese reach accord - The Washington Times

re: "...The leaders of All Saints, a 500-member congregation, announced Thursday they will cede the church's property to the diocese, which will pay the remaining $188,000 mortgage. /Then, All Saints will rent the property from the diocese for $1 a year for five years while it builds a new 800-seat church on a $2.7-million piece of property it bought in 2001. The site is on 28 acres near the Potomac Mills shopping mall in Prince William County. / "This is very, very encouraging for us," said the Rev. John Guernsey, rector of All Saints. "It helps us move forward." /Although Virginia Bishop Peter J. Lee has said that he will sue any church trying to leave his diocese, this agreement releases All Saints from further legal obligations. / The congregation will vote Dec. 10 on whether to ratify the agreement. Its vestry, or leadership council, is unanimously recommending the church adopt the agreement and separate from the diocese..."...

Update: Nov. 9, 2006, news release from the Diocese of Virginia

Marines, Bush dedicate museum - The Washington Times

re: "President Bush yesterday attended the dedication ceremony for the National Museum of the Marine Corps in Quantico, Va., an event nearly 20 years in the making..."...

Portrait: The Girl From Schindler's List | Europe | Deutsche Welle | 27.01.2006

re: Stella Müller-Madej, who was a Jewish girl saved by Oskar Schindler during World War II, wrote a book about her family's ordeal and rescue...

American Battle Monuments Commission

re: "The American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) was established by Congress in 1923 to commemorate the service, achievements, and sacrifice of U.S. armed forces where they have served overseas since 1917, and within the U.S. when directed by public law./ The ABMC commemorative mission is reflected in 24 overseas military cemeteries that serve as resting places for almost 125,000 American war dead; on Tablets of the Missing that memorialize more than 94,000 U.S. servicemen and women; and through 25 memorials, monuments and markers./ We invite you to explore the information and databases available on this web site, and to visit our cemeteries and memorials..."...

hat tip: Expat Yank

Memorial Dedicated to the "Oskar Schindler of China" | Germany | Deutsche Welle | 08.11.2006

re: "John Rabe was an ordinary German businessman in China when the Japanese invaded Nanking in 1937. Nearly 70 years later, a memorial was dedicated to the "Good German" who saved thousands of Chinese lives...[snip]...A member of the Nazi party in Germany, Rabe sold turbines and telegraph equipment for Siemens, and rose to become the German company's chief trade representative in the Chinese wartime capital of Nanking, now called Nanjing. /His career in China from 1908 to 1938 would have been unremarkable, except for one thing: the meticulous 1,200-page diary he kept that chronicled daily life during a nearly forgotten chapter of the second Sino-Japanese war.../ During the Japanese occupation, however, Rabe did something else that influenced more lives than a journal ever could: He used his Nazi credentials to rescue thousands of Chinese from certain death..."...

Memory of Spiritual Leader in German Resistance Lives On | Germany | Deutsche Welle | 21.10.2006

re: Father Laurentius Siemer, a spiritual leader of the German resistance movement during World War II...

Friday, November 10, 2006

Defining the Issues -- A Methodist Witness

re: defining the issues that divide the church...

Jesus Christ is "Our Vehicle to the Divine?" The Episcopal Church is in Big Trouble

re: Albert Mohler looks at some of what the new presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church USA, Dr. Katherine Jefferts Schori, has been saying in interviews...

open book: Wha' Happened?

re: in a post about Pope Benedict, Amy Welborn says, "...But I have to say, when I read items like this, I don't see pessimism. I see optimism that eventually, when presented with the truth, people will eventually find their way to it. Don't you think that has marked almost every talk that has come from Benedict? A conviction that, first of all, God is real, human beings are made by God, in his image, and find their peace in Him. (yes, Augustinian, indeed.) All of the competing voices and temptations out there will eventually fail us, individually and collectively, and we'll eventually figure out that what God is offering us is not a prison sentence, but a key to unlock the prison in which we've locked ourselves..."...

Independent Women's Forum: And We’re Not Threatening to Move Out of the Country, Either

re: "Mark Shea points out a crucial difference between Republicans and Democrats: The former don’t sign up for psychotherapy after they lose an election..."...

Independent Women's Forum: Will we be humiliated in Iraq?

re: "Liberals see Iraq as Vietnam Redux. But now in the (London) Spectator, Charles Moore compares the possible effects of a U.S. stand-down in Iraq to the effect of England’s failure of nerve at Suez—an idea both so striking and so distressing (especially in light of the midterm elections) that I am breaking Inkwell’s unofficial ban on discussing articles that require registration to mention it..."...

Germany Divided | Deutsche Welle

re: special section with articles on Germany during the Cold War, and on efforts to reunify since then...

Katarina Witt: The New Queen of German TV | NEWS | Deutsche Welle | 10.11.2006

re: former ice skating champion hosts a celebrity reality show called Stars on Ice...

Eastern Europe Draws Veil of Silence Over Communist Past | Europe | Deutsche Welle | 03.03.2006

re: "...The pervasive presence of informers and collaborators during the communist era is an issue that has never been addressed at a political level in Hungary. Even so, it's a skeleton in the closet of public consciousness that refuses to go away...[snip]...Political observers believe that not only former communists have a vested interest in keeping the files under lock and key -- they believe that parliamentary parties across the board see the Hungarian people's reluctance to banish the ghosts of the last few decades as a natural turning away from the past. / But given that some 150,000 Hungarians are thought to have collaborated with the secret police, it seems likely that those ghosts will catch up with the public soon..."

Now the GOP Is For Affirmative Action? by Harry Stein, City Journal Autumn 2006

re: the fight for the Michigan Civil Rights Initiative (MCRI) had to be done without Republican leaders...

Supreme Court Debates Best Method to Execute a Baby by Matt Bowman

re: notes from someone who was at the Supreme Court's hearing on partial-birth abortion...

Thursday, November 09, 2006

Decent Films Guide - Search

re: movie reviews of five Zorro movies, 1920-on...

Touchstone Magazine - Mere Comments: What Katharine Jefferts Schori Does Not Say

re: "...I think no one on “Mere Comments” has commented yet on the sermons preached by the Episcopal Church’s new Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori at her investiture and installation on November 4 and 5, 2006. Maybe they're not worth much comment. They do not include predictably controversial statements (such as her reference to "Mother Jesus" at General Convention 2006) but the sermons are more remarkable for what they do not say:/Bishop Schori’s sermons make no mention of the cross, nor of Jesus' death, nor of His rising again. Neither sermon uses the word "Gospel" (or the phrase "good news"). Neither sermon mentions Father, Son, or Holy Spirit (though the word "Spirit" does appear.) Jesus is not called Lord in either sermon; and somehow in her November 5 All Saints’ Day sermon, she managed to avoid saying “Christ” or “Christian” altogether..."...

Touchstone Magazine - Mere Comments: Hungarian Cardinal a Communist Informer

re: "The Hungarians did not start releasing the files of the Communist secret police until 1997. Historians are going through them and discovering unpleasant things. The American press has not mentioned anything about the discoveries, but Der Spiegel has a long article, “Verehrter Verräter,” and there are additional articles here, here, here, and here. /Cardinal Paskai, who was primate of Hungary until he retired in December 2002, was publicly a “peace priest” (the darlings of the left) and secretly an informer for the Communist Secret Police from 1965 to 1974. He had the code name Tanár, Teacher. During that time he wrote reports on priests and religious..."...[snip]..."Not only was Paskai informing on his fellow priests, the majority of the Hungarian delegation to the Second Vatican Council were in fact secret police informers, and in 1977 alone 421 priests informed on their fellow Catholics..."...

The Paragraph Farmer: Tiptoeing through the tulips

re: looking at the book The Language of God: A Scientist Presents Evidence for Belief, by Francis Collins...

MI5: 30 terror plots being planned in UK | Special Reports | Guardian Unlimited Politics

re: "MI5 has identified 30 major terrorist plots being planned in Britain and is targeting more than 1,600 individuals actively engaged in promoting attacks here and abroad, Dame Eliza Manningham-Buller, the head of the agency, warns today. /The 30 plots are the most serious of many more planned by some 200 British-based "networks" involved in terrorism, she said in a speech seen by the Guardian. In a gloomy assessment of the home-grown terrorist threat, MI5 says most of those involved are British-born, and most are connected with al-Qaida..."...

News from Agape Press: Silver Dollar City -- Where Management Makes a Difference in Employees' Lives

re: some of the story behind a longtime family friendly tourist attraction in Branson, Missouri...

OpinionJournal - Extra: End of the Revolution

re: Dick Armey says, among other things, "I've always wondered why Republicans insist on acting like Democrats in hopes of retaining political power, while Democrats act like us in order to win."...

Power Line: Forum Post of the Day

re: more thoughts on the election and where we go from here...

OregonLive.com: Election Updates from The Oregonian

re: "Kulongoski presses his agenda for a bluer Oregon/SALEM - Gov. Ted Kulongoski said Wednesday he plans to take full advantage of Oregon's new political order and his resounding reelection to push an agenda that includes spending a record $6 billion on public schools over the next two years and raising taxes on corporations and smokers. / "I look upon the election as affirmation of the direction I want to go," Kulongoski said at his first post-election news conference..."...

Wright American Fiction (1851-1875)

re: "This is a collection of 19th century American fiction, as listed in Lyle Wright's bibliography American Fiction, 1851-1875. There are currently 2,887 volumes included (1,763 unedited, 1,124 fully edited and encoded) by 1,456 authors. See this page for more information. Collection last updated on September 3, 2005. MARC Records are available for the entire collection."...

DigitalBookIndex: Search by Author (eBooks, eTexts, On-Line Books, eDocuments

re: entry on John Townsend Trowbridge 1827-1916...

Scotsman.com Heritage & Culture - World War II

re: articles on World War II, and its legacy...

Scotsman.com Heritage & Culture - Scotland's People - An Edinburgh real-life James Bond hero

re: a Scotsman who helped the Danish Resistance in World War II...

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Lonely, Flickering Light - Prison Fellowship

re: Kristin Wright writes about Adoniram Judson and the church in Burma, and the persecution today of Burmese Christians...

The Resurrection of Pearl Buck

re: Pearl Buck has become popular in China, even at the higher academic levels...

Petrona: Meaning of life

re: links to "Two articles on the unfashionable but essential characteristic of taking responsibility for one's actions..."...

Brandywine Books" Let's Cultivate Simplicity and Solitude

re: Phil shares some good suggestions from A. W. Tozer...

Eject! Eject! Eject!: MAKE A CHOICE

re: "...My friends, this is time to make a choice. We have suffered a very large defeat tonight, and there is nothing now that we can do about that except decide on how we wish to face it. We have been given an opportunity to show what losing with honor should look like. Do not wail and cry. Do not shout CHEATERS! or whine about media coverage. And most especially do not blame the American people. They are not idiots and they are not sheep..."...

hat tip: Lars Walker

A different campaign: Orthodox congressional candidates bring Jewish text study techniques to campaigning

re: two Republican candidates in Maryland set out to make a difference this year...

OpinionJournal - Best of the Web Today

re: a mostly glass-half-full look at the election results...

OpinionJournal - Leisure & Arts

re: John O. McGinnis, professor at Northwestern University's School of Law, discusses the books "Does American Democracy Still Work?" by Alan Wolfe and "Our Undemocratic Constitution" by Sanford Levinson...

No Left Turns : Occidentalism and the Intellectuals

re: John Moser on the book Occidentalism: The West in the Eyes of its Enemies, by Ian Buruma and Avishai Margalit. He pulls the quote: "Where the free market dominates, as in the United States, intellectuals feel marginalized and unappreciated, and are inclined to be drawn to politics with grander pretensions. Taking their freedoms for granted, they become easy prey for enemies of the West."...

An Overdue Reckoning

re: Dean Barnett makes some suggestions on how to deal with the Republican losses (graciously) and how to go forward. He also isn't buying some of the excuses people are putting out...

Bridget Johnson on California on National Review Online

re: Bridget Johnson says it's time to let up on the California bashing, because California, overall, is not that different from the rest of the country...

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

BBC NEWS | South Asia | Bangladesh hails 'messiah' Zidane

re: former rags-to-riches football star receives a hero's welcome in Bangladesh...

The Scotsman - Business - BBC regional TV news network to benefit local press, says chief

re: "THE BBC plans to buy news and content from local papers across Britain for its planned network of local TV stations, the corporation's director-general said yesterday. / Mark Thompson proposed a partnership with local newspapers to avoid a head-on collision as television and newspapers moved into broadcasting on the web..."...

Intrepid gets stuck in the mud

re: the plan to move the USS Intrepid from its pier to a shipyard for refurbishing was derailed by muck in the river. Museum officials say they might try again at the next full-moon tide, Dec. 8...

In the shadow of the noose, Saddam softens - Los Angeles Times

re: "BAGHDAD -- A subdued Saddam Hussein, already sentenced to death in a human rights trial that concluded Sunday, walked into a courtroom again today and called on warring Iraqis outside to let bygones be bygones. "I call upon all Iraqis, Arabs and Kurds, to forgive, reconcile, and shake hands," the former dictator said after recounting tales of how both the Prophet Mohammad and Jesus Christ both showed forgiveness to their enemies..."...

Saturday, November 04, 2006

FIRST THINGS: On the Square

re: Richard Stith writes, "Why do many pro-choice people find our arguments against early abortion not just unconvincing but absurd?...[snip]... I submit that pro-life arguments seem absurd to any listener who has in the back of the mind a sense that the embryo or fetus is being constructed in the womb..."...

FrontPage magazine.com :: American Mourning by Jamie Glazov

re: the book America Mourning: The Intimate Story of Two Families Joined by War, Torn by Beliefs, by Melanie Morgan and Catherine Moy, about the families of friends Casey Sheehan and Justin Johnson, both of whom died in action...

Michelle Malkin: John Kerry: Uniting the armed services

re: another banner, this one displayed at the Army-Air Force Game. It reads (all in caps in original): We support those not as smart as John Kerry. On the left it has Go Army and what looks like a coat of arms. On the right, it has Go Air Force and what looks like another coat of arms...

Friday, November 03, 2006

Professor's Bigfoot Research Criticized - Examiner.com

re: "...Jeffrey Meldrum holds a Ph.D. in anatomical sciences and is a tenured professor of anatomy at Idaho State University. He is also one of the world's foremost authorities on Bigfoot, the mythical smelly ape-man of the Northwest woods. And Meldrum firmly believes the lumbering, shaggy brute exists.

That makes him an outcast - a solitary, Sasquatch-like figure himself - on the 12,700-student campus, where many scientists are embarrassed by what they call Meldrum's "pseudo-academic" pursuits and have called on the university to review his work with an eye toward revoking his tenure..."...

NTSB: Wind Blew Lidle Plane Off Course - Examiner.com

re: "A light wind was cited by federal investigators Friday for blowing a small airplane carrying Yankees pitcher Cory Lidle off course and into a New York City high-rise on Oct. 11....[snip]...The report issued Friday said the airplane was flying along the East River between Manhattan and Queens when it attempted a U-turn with only 1,300 feet of room for the turn. To make a successful turn, the aircraft would have had to bank so steeply that it might have stalled, the NTSB said in an update on the crash..."...

N.J. Landing Error Worries Experts - Examiner.com

re: last week a Continental Airlines flight carrying 154 people from Orlando, Florida, landed on a taxiway at Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey instead of the runway to which it had been assigned. Both pilots have been grounded by the airline...

Danielle Bean: This 'n That

re: several subjects, including "...the FDA wants to know how you feel about about vaccines manufactured using aborted fetal cell lines..." Has link...

National Novel Writing Month - FAQs

re: it's NaNoWriMo time again...

Elephants in Academia: "What's your plan?"

re: stump speech by President Bush, pointing out that Democrats offer criticism but no plan...

The Anchoress » NY Times out-and-out lies on Kerry (& costs us plenty) - Updated

re: I'd missed this. The New York Times story on the Kerry kerfuffle didn't include what he actually said???? In fairness, there is a November 3, correction at the bottom....

Penn: Office of University Communications

re: home page for University of Pennsylvania communications office - news releases, links to articles that reference Penn or its people, contact info for media looking for an expert, more...

Barbaro Trainer Ponders What May Have Been - washingtonpost.com

re: The Breeders' Cup Classic this weekend prompts some daydreaming about races that couldn't happen after all...

Penn: Office of University Communications: University of Pennsylvania Professor Re-Writes History of U.S. Saudi Relations

re: "Robert Vitalis, associate professor of political science at the University of Pennsylvania, rewrites U.S.-Saudi history in his new book"...

Thursday, November 02, 2006

Democracy Project: Penn President Poses with "Suicide Bomber"

re: University of Pennsylvania president Amy Gutmann threw a Halloween costume party, and let a guy dressed as a suicide bomber ham it up for the cameras, including mock executions of 'hostages' (she also posed smiling beside the kid)...

hat tip: Hugh Hewitt

The Dilbert Blog: Good News Day

re: Scott Adams figures out how to remap his brain to restore his speech...

hat tip: JollyBlogger

Murder, Arson Charges For Wildfire Suspect, Raymond Lee Oyler Accused In Calif. Blaze That Killed 5 Firefighters - CBS News

re: man suspected of setting multiple fires in the area over a period of months, possibly years...

New Frontier Lures Detroit Autoworkers, As Employees Lose Their Jobs, Booming Energy Industry In Wyoming Calls - CBS News

re: Wyoming has 6,000 more jobs than people, is looking for workers from other states...

BostonHerald.com - Herald Columnists: Massachusetts’ botched joke

re: Jules Crittenden takes a sober look at Kerry's 'botched joke'...

hat tip: Gateway Pundit

OpinionJournal - Featured Article: Climate Non-Conformity

re: trying to keep the global warming debate open...

OpinionJournal - Extra: Stern Review

re: Bjorn Lomborg argues that more good will come from addressing some issues (like clean drinking water, sanitation, basic health care and education) directly instead of plowing money into attempts to get carbon-emission cuts...

OpinionJournal - Best of the Web Today

re: various links to follow up... (also includes, in ref to a story on increased birthrate in Iraq: As the 19th-century Indian poet Rabindranath Tagore observed, "Every time a child is born, it brings with it the hope that God is not yet disappointed with man.")...

Winter - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

re: cultural differences, folklore, science, historical footnotes, starting dates for winter...

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Last thoughts on John Kerry « Bookworm Room

re: coming at Kerry's 'get a good education or get stuck in Iraq' gaffe from a different angle, Bookworm notes that the Left seems to equate academic smartness with intelligence (an assumption that doesn't always hold up), and also generally doesn't acknowlege that other experiences, such as service in the military, can provide an education...

Voila! A Car Powered By Air, French Duo Says No Combustion, Zero-Emissions Vehicle Runs For Pennies Per Mile - CBS News

re: work continues on a vehicle run by compressed air (pull quote: “The beauty of this concept is air is everywhere and it doesn't generate pollutions. The main problem is the technology to make use of air." - UCLA professor Su-Chin Chow)...

Author Courts Book Clubs And Boosts Sales

re: Romance novelist John Shors put his email in a letter at the back of his paperback edition, offering to make personal calls and visits to book clubs. He's talked with 200-ish so far, reportedly has sales up to about a thousand books a week...

Petrona: Autumn books: battlefield between the ears

re: the book "Mind Wars: Brain research and national defense" by Jonathan D. Moreno, reviewed by Charles Jennings...

OpinionJournal - Taste: Saints Misbehavin'

re: Thomas J. Craughwell, author of "Saints Behaving Badly" (Doubleday, 2006), tackles the commonly held (and quite erroneous) myth that saints are people who lived their whole lives in holiness. Far from it, in many, many cases. Includes info on push to name French cop-killer and thief Jacques Fesch a saint, based upon his conversion and contrition after being put in jail...

Integration Is Helped When Everyone New Doesn’t Move In At The Same Time « Expat Yank

re: a look at the current push to force religious schools in the UK to accept students who don't belong to their faith, plus a consideration of the less obvious reasons this represents muddled thinking...

Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Shipbuilders by Arthur Stanwood Pier. William Stanley Braithwaite, ed. 1922. Anthology of Massachusetts Poets

re: poem calling for earnest action against the Germans. Last stanza:
Come, gather at the shipyards,
And toil with healthy hate,
For only you can save the world,
The Hun is at the gate.

Scribner Chronology

re: an illustrated chronology of the publisher Charles Scribner's Sons...

VDH's Private Papers::Free at Last

re: review of the book The Foreigner's Gift: The Americans, the Arabs, and the Iraqis in Iraq, by Fouad Ajami...

¡No Pasarán!: A Surplus of that Vision Thing

re: Ségolène Royal, a candidate for President of France, is campaigning to a large extent on environmental policies, social protection and research, which blogger Joe Noory notes: "Ironically, 3 things that market can provide more efficiently without having to shove it down peoples’ throats."...

Monday, October 30, 2006

Townhall.com::Blog: Mark Halperin, Unplugged

re: Hugh Hewitt shares some of his favorite exchanges from an interview with ABC News' political director...

Shame on Michael J. Fox - Orlando Sentinel : Opinion

re: Parkinson's patient Gary Loftis covers some of what works already for people with the disease, and what's on the horizon for possible treatments that don't involve harming embryos...

hat tip: The Paragraph Farmer

Wittingshire: Michael J. Fox

re: focuses on more civilized approaches to dealing with Michael J. Fox's misleading and ill-informed 'stem cell' ad...

Sunday, October 29, 2006

Deadly Hezbollah chess match - Commentary - The Washington Times, America's Newspaper

re: James G. Zumwalt details one way Hezbollah set up ahead of the Israeli-Hezbollah war to use civilian homes for military uses, with or without consent of the residents...

TNA Home

re: info on and support for people with trigeminal neuralgia and other face pain...

Saturday, October 28, 2006

Miller Center — Franklin D. Roosevelt Speeches

re: the Fireside chat from September 11, 1941...

MercuryNews.com | 10/28/2006 | Reward at $500,000 as fire rages

re: still looking for the arsonist/s in the deadly Esperanza fire in southern California, which continues to burn wildly...

TorontoSun.com - Michael Coren - I sympathize, but Fox is still wrong

re: why Michael J. Fox is wrong about the embryonic stem cell research he's promoting...

Friday, October 27, 2006

British Psychologists: Abortions Cause Women Mental Health Problems

re: a few folks noticing that abortion seems to have psychological consequences...

Article | Casual reaction to criminal brutality

re: Theodore Dalrymple discusses crime and its effects on New Zealand...

What Rush REALLY Said About Michael J. Fox

re: audio, transcripts, links, background, to counter the Dems and media activists who are trying to misrepresent what the argument is about...

SignOnSanDiego.com > News > State -- Crews fear wind could push Calif. wildfire toward more homes

re: four firefighters dead, one critical, and the situation is very bad, with Santa Ana winds, drought- and beetle-killed trees, residents forced to flee...

Bishop Henry on Why He's Not Afraid to Speak out on Homosexuality, Abortion

re: fighting erosion of adherence to Catholic teaching...

The Dawn Patrol: Welcome to Planned Parenthood's 'Nightmare'

re: (words fail me)...

EDITORIAL - Cowardly Schiavo Stalking Congresswoman Musgrave

re: Michael Schiavo is apparently showing his colors, again...

Dear Divine, From Oprah by Judy Gruen

re: a dead-on look at a culture so skewed that Oprah has more sway in many lives than G-d (note: some content isn't family friendly)...

Suzanne Fields: Saints, sinners and bigots

re: column on how religion is, or isn't, integrated into daily life, now versus then...

Mona Charen: 13 reasons to vote Republican on Nov. 7

re: Republican versus Democrat achievements and plans...

Eugenics,Then and Now

re: article by Ken Concannon, "...Inherent in this country’s concerns about overpopulation, in the growing euthanasia movement, and in the “unwanted child” rhetoric of the abortion industry, is the eugenic concept that the world would be a better place if the most unfortunate among us were not in it. That is a very unfortunate worldview."...

LifeEthics.org: Frankenbunnies, non-brain dead organ donation, cloning, and PVS guinea pigs

re: "Isn't it amazing how many of the most controversial news and public policy issues revolve around bioethics and medicine?

I've noted before that all of the controversies (like those mentioned above, from the days surrounding the weekend of October 8-9, 2006) are actually only one: which humans will receive society's protection of the inalienable right not to be killed, enslaved or robbed..."...

the evangelical outpost: She's Having a Fetus

re: fictional conversation between two pro-choice women, using the euphemisms common to their cause...

Censored! - Charlotte Wyatt Blog :: Euthanasia :: ProLifeBlogs

re: a blog about a little girl with severe medical problems was ordered closed by court order???...

Thursday, October 26, 2006

Breeding and Believing -- Linked?

re: an article in the British magazine Prospect on a rise in religious belief and growth of more orthodox groups...

JS Online: The right vs. the rite of marriage

re: dead-on op-ed piece about the referendum on marriage in Wisconsin...

JS Online:Patrick McIlheran: Right On: Voting no means permitting yes

re: New Jersey courts have shown why there need to be marriage-protection clauses in state constitutions... "...But the key is that while families can fuse, fission and reblend as many ways as people can imagine, marriage isn’t about who people want to kiss. It’s about what combinations society will be made to give its approval to by law..."...

ScrappleFace » Outrage Over YouTube.com ‘Michael J. Embryo’ Ad

re: Scott Ott hits a home run with an ad that neatly points out who will get hurt if embryonic stem cell research gets a big push in Missouri...

OpinionJournal - Federation: Getting the Numbers Right

re: "To avoid charges of "racism," we disciplined black and white students differently"...

Butter Cake Troubleshooting - Joyofbaking.com

re: common cake baking problems and their causes...

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

JS Online:Crocker Stephenson: Meeting Baby Doe

re: newspaper blog. "Join Crocker Stephenson behind the scenes as he pieces together the story of a young man, Tim Krahling, whose birth 19 years ago sparked a headline-grabbing debate over the rights of parents and society to care for a child born with severe abnormalities. Watch, even participate, as Stephenson gathers the facts he will use to tell Tim’s story, and explore with him the ethical, emotional and moral issues that inevitably arise when a reporter journeys deep into the lives of private people to make public their most personal stories."...

Monday, October 23, 2006

Even More “Multi-faith” Than One Might Think? « Expat Yank

re: in the 2001 UK census, 390,000 people listed their religion as Jedi Knight...

Karen Edmisten: In His Hands

re: musing on motherhood in general, and becoming the mother of a teen in particular...

The Common Room: Poems for Boys

re: poetry urging honesty, hard work, integrity, spirit, nobility...

The Common Room: Tragic

re: grandparents urging abortion of their grandchild, because it might be born retarded...

Manliness -- The Forgotten (and Forbidden) Virtue

re: looking at recent writings on manliness, including the book Manliness, by Harvey C. Mansfield...

Dawkins and The God Delusion Revisited

re: Albert Mohler links to and discusses reviews of Richard Dawkins' new book...

Seraphic Secret: Woe to Live On

re: on obscure but great novels, including The Moonflower Vine, and on literary types who no longer read stories but deconstruct texts...

Seraphic Secret: French Blood Libel

re: more on the staged French television reports that helped flame the intifada...

Dove Campaign for Real Beauty

re: includes film "evolution" about going from real model to computer enhanced ad...

hat tip: Danielle Bean

RealClearPolitics - Articles - Uneasy for a Reason

re: Michael Barone compares 1967 (when American population was at the 200 million mark), and today (along with a brief look at the holiday from history mindset)...

hat tip: Julie Ponzi at No Left Turns

New Book Levels Playing Field, Wheat Life

re: May 2002 write-up on Earl Roberge, photographer and writer, on his 2001 book "Those Snake River Dams" and on his ideas about the overzealous faction of environmentalism...

One Hand Clapping » Blog Archive » Can atheism be justified?

re: quoting from and expanding on a Dinesh D'Souza article...

Article: God knows why faith is thriving (SFGate.com, Sunday, October 22, 2006)

Saturday, October 21, 2006

Army Times - Hawaii hospital beset by malpractice claims

re: from February 2006, background on several malpractice claims at Tripler Army Medical Center, including that for baby Izzy Peterson, who in January 2005 was hooked up to carbon dioxide instead of oxygen right after being born...

Troubling Government Argument - PalmTree Pundit

re: the U.S. government, fighting a malpractice suit, arguing that a baby with severe brain damage isn't aware of his existence...

The Wide Awake Cafe » Why Would I Sit at Home?

re: her son and brother just deployed to Iraq for a year. No way is she sitting home instead of voting...

Scrooge On The Playground

re: an editorial at The Caledonian-Record about school districts that have banned all unsupervised chasing games...

hat tip: The Club For Growth

The Club For Growth - http://www.clubforgrowth.org

re: network of people dedicated to promoting economic freedom...

hat tip: Michele

Captain's Quarters: Was Star Trek Fascist?

re: reflections on the culture of the Star Trek fantasies...

The Little Marine Meets Her Men « A Rose By Any Other Name

re: the girl who decided to meet her troubles like a Marine got a visit from some of them...

Friday, October 20, 2006

Britt-Arnhild's House in the Woods

re: blog I stumbled across, want to check out...

ScrappleFace » Democrats Offer to Let GOP Keep Some Seats

re: satirical look at Democrats (and Republicans) in the run-up to an election...

Brandywine Books: Lewis link

re: link to a couple of C.S. Lewis broadcast recordings...

Betsy's Page: The Democratic Agenda

re: some of the bills and constitutional amendments put forward by Democrats recently...

The Book Den: Caring For, Culling Out and Cashing In On Old Books

re: the "Rare Books and Manuscripts Section" of the Association of College & Research Libraries web site...

Thursday, October 19, 2006

The Little Marine « A Rose By Any Other Name

re: story of 11-year-old girl who has decided to face her medical problems and other challenges like a Marine...

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

More on the numbers game « Bookworm Room

re: the recent Lancet 'study' on the number of deaths in Iraq is based on very few cluster points, which renders it invalid, plus it's based on interviews, and "Middle Easterners have a cultural bias towards telling the listener what they think he wants to hear"...

November 1997, ParlorSongs second issue, updated

re: a feature on old sheet music...

 Liberty Bell Sheet Music

re: Liberty Bell Sheet Music Written for the 1926 Sesquicentennial International Exposition in Philadelphia...

John Philip Sousa (1854-1932)

re: website hosted by the Dallas Wind Symphony, on famous composer/band leader. Has MIDIs, MPEGS, RealAudio, and clips of original Sousa Band 78 rpms, plus info, links...

CMA Doctors: South Dakota Abortion Law Parallels Scientific Understanding

re: "The nation's largest faith-based association of physicians today affirmed the medical and ethical principles contained in South Dakota's Referred Law 6, which voters will decide in November..."...

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

William C. Duncan on Marriage 2006 on National Review Online

re: "State marriage amendments will not ban private contracts..."...

OpinionJournal - Extra: The Hamas Network

re: what should the response be to broadcasters that spread terrorism?...

Monday, October 16, 2006

In a Free Society, Campaigns Matter: The GOP Must Give Voters a Clear Choice by Newt Gingrich - HUMAN EVENTS

re: campaign advice for Republicans...

hat tip: Carol Platt Liebau

Carol Platt Liebau: Never, never, never give up.

re: includes great Reagan quote, "I don't believe in a fate that will fall on us no matter what we do. I do believe in a fate that will fall on us if we do nothing."...

Dependency as Independence? by Theodore Dalrymple

re: "...the girls regarded pregnancy and the resultant baby as an answer to existential problems. The young women came from broken, violent, chaotic, and loveless homes; they hated school because it seemed pointless; their only employment prospects were in the lowest-paid and most monotonous jobs.

A baby, then, answered all their prayers. It was a constant focus of interest and an object upon which they could lavish their hitherto thwarted desire to love and be loved. They also found that, thanks to welfare, their financial position actually improved after having given birth, provided only that the child’s father did not live with the mother or work to earn his living—whereupon, of course, all state benefits stopped, casting the young family into poverty.

The young mothers also reported that having babies fulfilled a desire for “independence,” a word used without irony in the report. This language is evidence that the British character has changed utterly in the last 60 years. Where once even the poorest people would have thought it a disgrace and humiliation to depend on public welfare, such handouts of taxpayer money by the state now constitute the very conception of independence for a considerable proportion of the population..."...

The Common Room: Notes and Quotes

re: "The utopian underestimates the degree to which human problems are the result of human nature. An individual governed by utopian imagination doesn't see moral problems, he sees technical problems." From Why Johnny Can't Tell Right from Wrong, by William Kilpatrick...

The Paragraph Farmer: 300 million and change

re: "...as the population of the United States approaches 300 million, the calculated indifference to that demographic milestone ...is inherently interesting..."...

The Paragraph Farmer: Too late in the year to call it a beach read

re: thumb's up review of The Keeper's Son by Homer Hickam (c. 2003)...

Constitutionally Correct : ADF Opposes Counterfeit Marital Institutions, Not the Granting of Benefits to Unmarried People

re: some advocates of 'same-sex marriage' are using fallacious arguments to scare people into voting against protection of marriage measures. "...The proposed amendments prohibit only counterfeit marital institutions such as civil unions or domestic partnerships. Alternative legal avenues exist to grant benefits to unmarried people without basing those benefits on a counterfeit marital institution that will be used to undermine the definition of marriage. The distinction between these counterfeit marriage institutions and benefits is vital. And, again, it is also one that many voters do not understand. Same-sex "marriage" advocates are capitalizing on this confusion. They need to be rebutted..."...

AMERICAN FUTURE » Eugenics Is Alive and Well in North Korea

re: The Times reports that North Korean women suspected of getting pregnant by Chinese men are forced to have abortions, and that disabled or racially-impure babies are killed after birth, as part of the cult of racial superiority...

Has excerpts from Nation under a nuclear cloud by Michael Sheridan, Far East Correspondent

300 million Americans, and counting

re: Gary Rotstein of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette has fun with the news that the population of the United States is expected to hit the 300 million mark this week...

SFO Mom: Halloween Frustrations

re: Catholic mother asking for suggestions for a Halloween costume for a ten-year-old girl...

Considerettes - Conservative commentary served up in bite-sized bits » Codependency on the World Stage

re: "...The world is acting like the wife of an alcoholic man..."...

Britannia: British History & Travel

re: American-based website on things British, past and present...

Betsy's Page: Commemorating the Battle of Hastings

re: Sunday was the anniversary of William the Conqueror's victory in 1066, and thousands gathered for the biggest ever reenactment...

Betsy's Page: Here's another reason for the Muslims to riot

re: The London Olympics in 2012 overlap Ramadan...

The Road to Nowhere—Middle Church

re: Albert Mohler read Bob Edgar's Middle Church: Reclaiming the Moral Values of the Faithful Majority from the Religious Right, and finds, among other things, "...We must always be willing and ready to read what our own critics have to say. This is especially true when the critic is fair, intelligent, and thoughtful. Unfortunately, Bob Edgar has written a book that fits none of those categories. Instead, his book appears to be nothing less than a parody of mainline Protestantism--a cartoon reflection of what the ecumenical movement really represents. Middle Church is a roadmap to nowhere except further decline in influence and relevance for liberal Protestantism."...

Captain's Quarters: The Taboo Has Lifted

re: "...The Japanese haven't yet come to the point where anyone will overtly support going nuclear -- not yet. Nakagawa framed this very carefully. Japan will remain non-nuclear ... but only after we discuss it a while. The topic will advance incrementally until the Japanese feel comfortable discussing it in real terms..."...

God’s Paint « A Rose By Any Other Name

re: photo of hillside covered in wildflowers...

Elephants in Academia: Some thoughts on what makes history: Documenting Bob Woodward's State of Denial

re: comparing what's in Bob Woodward's book to the transcript of the Rumsfeld interview on which it's supposedly based...

Sunday, October 15, 2006

Global Catholic News - The Danger of a New Selective Eugenics

re: text adapted from "a text prepared by Friars Minor Father Hyacinth Ennis for a videoconference of theologians Sept. 27 on bioethics"....

BBC NEWS | UK | England | London | Woman to sue BA in necklace row

re: "A Heathrow Airport employee has said she plans to sue British Airways for religious discrimination in a row over the wearing of a cross necklace..."...

Ban on BA worker's crucifix 'loopy', MP | The World | The Australian

re: "LONDON: A British cabinet minister has slammed British Airways for banning a Christian employee from wearing a cross around her neck, describing the decision as "loopy".

Northern Ireland Secretary Peter Hain said he "didn't understand" the airline's ruling to suspend check-in worker Nadia Eweida, 55, for wearing a necklace with a cross to work, even though it allows Muslims and Sikhs to wear headscarves and turbans..."...