Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Australian Open Tennis: Jeremiasz, Vergeer Win Wheelchair Titles

That would be Michael Jeremiasz and Esther Vergeer. He's French. She's Dutch...

USATODAY.com - Heart disease in women starts small

More to the point, more women than men have blockages in the smallest arteries of the heart, not out where most of the tests check...

The Paragraph Farmer: The first encyclical of Pope Benedict XVI

re: the publication of Deus Caritas Est and the reaction to it...

Slobokan's Site O' Schtuff: Mexico Stops Map Handouts

...because they are afraid the maps might tip off patrols to where the migrants would gather...

Expat Yank: Are They Still Alive?

The difference between Iraq now and Iraq then...

"Stuck on 1968" - Maggie's Farm

On how some people correct their worldview as they grow older, and some...

open book: Abortion rebellion in England

Women are going on record wanting abortion restrictions...

RealChoice blog: Another touching anencephaly story

Another story of a woman pregnant with a baby that wouldn't have long to live, who chose life despite pressure to abort. And found that it changed her own life, for the better...

In this post, GrannyGrump says: "I can't stress this strongly enough: Legalization did not merely make abortion available to women who'd have chosen it anyway. It pushes it on women who'd never have even considered it."

Amy's Humble Musings : The clatter of clutter

On purging one's life of clutter...

Utah Town Has Question About President: 'What's Not to Like?'

Incredibly patronizing look by David Finkel of the Washington Post at a small Utah town where most people like President Bush...

Oh, wait. I see they ran it on page A01.

No comment. It wouldn't be nice.

On the other hand, Clarice Feldman says "I wish they’d let me do a similar piece on the part of Northwest Washington,D.C. where I live and Kerry (and before him, Gore) received almost unanimous support."


Cheat Seeking Missiles: Making An Ash Of Oneself

It seems that people are being warned in Scotland that spreading the ashes of loved ones messes up the environment by causing plants to grow too fast and thick...

(More evidence, perhaps, that many 'environmentalists' have no sense of proportion whatsoever?)

Monday, January 30, 2006

girl talk: Friday Funnies

OK, so it isn't Friday. This sign is a delightful approach to a problem brick-and-mortar storekeepers everywhere will understand...

Grief, Gratitude and Baby Lee - Los Angeles Times

A mother stands by her son with anencephaly, knowing he will die soon after being born...

Includes info on perinatal hospices, which provide support for mothers carrying babies they know will not survive.

hat tip: Sad but beautiful story -- in the LA Times! at RealChoice.

The Cafeteria Is Closed: Great stuff

About a parish that implemented what the Council Fathers intended, instead of getting swept away by the "spirit of Vatican II"...

The Cafeteria Is Closed: Pius XII

There has been "a flood of new books clearing Pius XII's name"...

Carrying a Baby...A Baby Model, That Is :: :: ProLifeBlogs

An older gentleman has learned to carry plastic models of preborn children in his pocket, representing a gestational age of eight to ten weeks...

Schiavo-Centonze Marriage At Risk

If I understand this article correctly, the question is why did the Diocese of St. Petersburg allow Michael Schiavo to be remarried at Espiritu Santo Catholic Church in Safety Harbor, even though he and his fiance were not eligible for a Catholic marriage, having broken canon law in the three ways required for the impediment of crimen to apply?...

CTV.ca | All 72 Saskatchewan miners rescued after fire

The safety rooms and emergency procedures worked...

Sunday, January 29, 2006

Cheat Seeking Missiles: Newt's Nine

Laer notes and briefly discusses some reforms suggested by Newt Gingrich...

Saturday, January 28, 2006

OpinionJournal - Reign of the Radicals

Joel Mowbray, who is working on a book about Islam in America, relates the story of the battle between moderate and radical forces at one Illinois mosque...

OpinionJournal - The Projects on the Prairie

John J. Miller, speaking of Indian reservations, says "..The time has come to abolish reservations for the good of the people who live on them..."

CNN.com - Georgia strikes gas deal with Iran - Jan 28, 2006

The unusually cold weather combined with continuing problems getting natural gas from Russia has left Georgia with serious problems. Iran has promised emergency natural gas shipments, possibly starting Sunday...

"Infantile Adult Syndrome"

Steve Miller, writing Sept. 13, 2005, for the Nevada Policy Research Institute, looks at a horrific case of child abuse and asks of adults responsible for the toddler's death, "How does it happen that human adults become so monstrously irresponsible?"

He looks in part to the book Life at the Bottom: The Worldview that Makes the Underclass by Theodore Dalrymple, for some possible answers. He also quotes from an amazon.com review of the book.

Miller also notes:

...The Adacelli Snyder case is already being flogged in Southern Nevada as a scandal significant merely because it reveals “shameful neglect by government” of its responsibility to protect society’s most vulnerable. Amazingly, however, the fundamental problem—the degeneration of parents into inert drugged-up onlookers who’ve discarded all their responsibilities—gets nary a word.

This has to change. If Nevada is ever to genuinely cope with the demonic springs of such atrocities, the inherent dignity of human beings as moral actors must first be acknowledged.

Handing off responsibility to ever-bigger government?

That just feeds the beast.

The Bernoulli Effect: Clever, Smug and Clueless

re: picture of pregnant woman with "My baby is prochoice" slogan on her belly...

"A Fine Talent" - PalmTree Pundit

re: a passage from Eight Cousins, by Louisa May Alcott, on housekeeping...

What I've Read in 2006 - PalmTree Pundit

Anne is keeping a running list of what she reads this year - and is asking for reader comments and recommendations...

Friday, January 27, 2006

IOL: Beaten girl shows more signs of life

From Ireland On-Line, under the headline Beaten girl shows more signs of life:

A brain-damaged 11-year-old girl who was nearly removed from life support after allegedly being viciously beaten by her adoptive mother and stepfather has been moved to a rehabilitation centre.

Haleigh Poutre had been in hospital in Springfield, Massachusetts, since September with severe brain injuries that authorities say were inflicted by her stepfather and adoptive mother.

Less than two weeks ago, Massachusetts’ Department of Social Services won approval from the state’s highest court to remove Haleigh from life support, saying she would never recover from her vegetative state. But a day later, she started showing signs of improvement, and she was weaned off her ventilator.

Now, agency officials said, Haleigh can move her eyes towards where she hears a sound.“There’s so much absolute hope now,” department spokeswoman Denise Monteiro said....

Brain Damaged Girl Improves, Her Eyes Follow Sounds

From Medical News Today, under Pediatrics News, written by Christian Nordqvist (Editor: Medical News Today):

Haleigh Poutre, who sustained severe brain injuries as a result of attacks by her stepfather and adoptive mother and was nearly removed from life support not that very long ago is now in a rehabilitation center.

The state Dept of Social Services (USA) won the right to pull the plug on her as she was in such vegetative state doctors thought she would never recover. Suddenly, however, she started to get better and soon did not even need a ventilator to stay alive (was breathing on her own).

Haleigh is showing signs of alertness - when triggered by a sound her eyes move to where it came from. The people who are caring for her say there is so much hope now.

Both Haleigh's adoptive mother and stepfather have been charged with assault. The adoptive mother (who is Haleigh's aunt) died two weeks after Haleigh was admitted to hospital. It seems the adoptive mother killed herself and the grandmother as well.

As girl hangs on to life, where are all the plug-pullers? | Chron.com - Houston Chronicle

Michelle Malkin looks at the Haleigh Poutre case, and wonders where all the bleeding-heart Hollywood stars are that lobbied the government on to "err on the side of life" for a convicted murderer, now that there's an eleven-year-old girl fighting for her life...

Michelle Malkin: AMADEUS, AMADEUS

Two hundred and fifty years ago, Mozart was born...

Thursday, January 26, 2006

Susan Vigilante on Da Vinci Code on National Review Online

Susan Vigilante opened her local community education catalog and found a course called "Da Vinci Code Historical Seminar." After reading the course description, she decided to do a little investigating...

hat tip: Bookworm Room

Home schooling draws more blacks - baltimoresun.com

re: trend in Maryland for black parents to pull kids out of public school and teach them at home...

hat tip: Steve Bartin/ newsalert

newsalert: More on Wal-Mart Setting Up One Block From Chicago

re: Wal-Mart, blocked from opening a store in south Chicago, opened a store one block outside the city limits, and had roughly 25,000 job applicants, almost all of whom listed Chicago addresses...

hat tip: Best of the Web

Kirkpatrick Macmillan - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

re: more on Macmillan and his bicycle... Includes: A plaque on his smithy home reads "He builded better than he knew."...

BBC - History - Kirkpatrick Macmillan (1812 - 1878)

re: a Scotsman credited with inventing the first pedal bicycle...

Wittingshire: Kurt Vonnegut on Darwinism and Design

re: Vonnegut interview on Morning Edition, NPR, including a discussion of the tribalism of some scientists...

Wednesday, January 25, 2006

The Scotsman - Business - Forget Scargill's legacy, old king coal can yet be the fuel of the future

George Kerevan notes that the UK is shutting down its domestic coal industry as a global boom is taking off. On top of that, much of the technology for "clean coal" is Scottish. But the Brits aren't buying it like the Chinese are...

Expat Yank: We Can't Allow Too Much Success Because It Makes Those Less Successful Look Bad

re: British government advisor advising that Catholic schools be forced to accept non-Catholic students...

Links to Telegraph: Make faith schools open to all, urges adviser, by Liz Lightfoot, Education Correspondent. The advisor in question is Sir Peter Lampl, the chairman of the Sutton Trust, an education charity.


What Ben Franklin said was "Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety."

The version on the Statue of Liberty's pedestal: "They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little safety deserve neither liberty nor safety."

The version in current use by Georgetown University students and attributed to Ben Franklin: "Those who would sacrifice liberty for security deserve neither."...

Bookworm Room: American exceptionalism

Why have some people moved up and out of tenements in one generation? And why do some families get stuck in poverty? Bookworm wants some input on this...

Tuesday, January 24, 2006


re: Walk For Life West Coast march and counter-demonstration...


Mexican military vehicles used in drug run, armed stand-off inside U.S...

Notes in the Key of Life: January 22nd...a day to mourn

Cindy's days-old niece died of natural causes on the day Roe v. Wade was handed down...

Notes in the Key of Life: For Love of Whitney

Prayer request for 9-year-old Whitney Fritz and her family. Whitney has had 20 surgeries, and the last one didn't go as well as hoped...

Links to newspaper article in the Rockford Register Star.

Mike's America: Reagan Tribute Encore: An Eyewitness Account

A personal tribute, plus info on Reagan Library photo archive release, plus links to Reagan tributes around the blogosphere...

The Great Communicator

Jon Meacham's January 8, 2006,Washington Post book review of "President Reagan: The Triumph of Imagination" by Richard Reeves.

Notes at bottom: Jon Meacham, the managing editor of Newsweek, is the author of the forthcoming "American Gospel: God, the Founding Fathers, and the Making of a Nation."

OpinionJournal - Best of the Web Today

Political Diary in lieu of Best of the Web. Includes:

Quote of the Day II

"[Liberal historian Richard Reeves'] new book 'President Reagan: Triumph of Imagination' marks a surrender of sorts. The establishment has, for the moment at least, given in and decided that Reagan was a great historical figure after all. That Reeves arrived at such a conclusion is particularly notable. Twenty years ago, in 1985, he published The Reagan Detour, arguing that 'the Reagan years would be a detour, necessary if sometimes nasty, in the long progression of American liberal democracy.' As it turned out, Reagan's America was neither coldly conservative nor intractably hawkish, and we are still living in the nation he seduced and shaped" -- Jon Meaham, managing editor of Newsweek, writing in the Washington Post.

(No link to Washington Post provided in original.)

Update: That should be Jon Meacham.

Author Arthur Conan Doyle - books: Fiction/Novel,Short Story

Online texts...

A Catholic Alternative to Europe's 'Third Way' - Acton Institute PowerBlog

re: builds on Jennifer Roback Morse lecture, "Catholic Social Teaching on the Economy and the Family: an alternative to the modern welfare-state," one of the Centesimus Annus Lecture Series.

Roback Morse is author of Love and Economics: Why the Laissez-Faire Family Doesn't Work...

Betsy's Page: educating boys

re: Teaching boys, from a teacher. Plus, how much it hurts that so many boys don't have a father these days...

Betsy's Page: Canadians can go where?

Betsy has a question following the rightward tilting wins up in Canada...

Either End of the Curve: "[A] biologically disrespectful model of education" for our boys

re: how the current modes of education shortchange boys, with personal observations...

Either End of the Curve: "[T]he lyf so short, the craft so long to lerne"

re: What it takes to develop expertise...

Elephants in Academia: The Town Crier: The U.N. is a festering swap of endemic corruption edition

re: oil-for-food scandal appears to be just the tip of the iceberg...

Jonah Goldberg's Goldberg File on National Review Online

Jonah Goldberg recommends some books "which explain the history of liberalism or aspects of it from non-hostile perspectives". For anyone trying to understand how liberals understand themselves, this might be a very useful list...

Monday, January 23, 2006

Brothers banding together for another campaign

Captain Ed over at Captain's Quarters is trying to help some WWII veterans in their quest to get a Medal of Honor for Major Dick Winters, the legendary leader of E Company...

At March for Life, Thousands of Teens and Women Condemn Abortion

Good turnouts for The March for Life and related events...

The "Chineseman" and the Palas

Talk about culture sharing...

No Left Turns: Cold War

re: two different takes on the Cold War, courtesy Peter Schram...

No Left Turns: They’re not just illiterate, they’re innumerate

John Moser links to a Wall Street Journal article about journalists who don't seem to understand even simple math...

Bookworm Room: Life of an idea

Bookworm has had another article published, this one on the Democratic Party's apparent focus on death...

Sunday, January 22, 2006

OpinionJournal - Five Best

Roger Ailes, chairman of Fox News Channel and author, with Jon Kraushar, of "You Are the Message," provides a list of five top books about the news business...

Like Merchant Ships: Behind The Scenes: Graham Crackers

References a couple of cookbooks, Martha's Family Cookery Book and Cookin' With Home Storage, saying "[b]oth offer excellent ideas for scratch cooking even the most basic snacks"...

neo-neocon: Here's to you, Anna Maria Louisa Italiano Brooks

From June 8, 2005, a tribute to Anne Bancroft, and a bit of remembering about working in one of her movies as a dancer...

neo-neocon: Another changed mind: Kanan Makiya

The blogger neo-neocon looks at the life and times of Iraqi Kanan Makiya, author of The Republic of Fear, and of Cruelty and Silence, and of his surprise when he tried to open a dialog with people inside the liberal circle from which he'd come, but was blasted instead...

Makiya said, in an interview to which neo-neocon links, that he abandoned his previous world view when he realized it didn't describe the world he was in...

Saturday, January 21, 2006

The Common Room: The Results Are In

re: Arabian horse history, specifically the Polish stallion Skowronek...

WorldWatch - January 8, 2006 - Creation and Evolution in the Schools - The Ornery American

Orson Scott Card starts with the book Darwin's Black Box: The Biochemical Challenge to Evolution by Michael Behe, and takes it from there...

Carol Platt Liebau: Shameful Hypocrite

re: American left-wing author who got a plug from Bin Laden, and is happy about it...

Ron Down Under: Understanding Engineers

Engineer humor...

hat tip: Bookworm Room

Friday, January 20, 2006

Cafe Hayek: The Sausage Factory

From January 10, a post that looks a little more closely at the Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana, in light of the Abramoff scandals...

Cafe Hayek: Shoplifting as Governance

re: George Will's recent column on Maryland state government going after Wal-Mart...

ORNL Review Vol. 36, No. 1, 2003 - Nuclear Power and Research Reactors

re: "From Manhattan Project To Electricity Production"...

Daveys de France: Heads or tails?

Trying to do a coin toss in France...

Same topic, same blog, Part Two.

FOXNews.com - U.S. & World News - Feds Charge 11 in Ecoterrorism Conspiracy

re: sabotage and arson, etc., in California, Colorado, Oregon, Washington and Wyoming. The 65-count indictment was returned Thursday by a federal grand jury in Eugene, Oregon...

1942: Atomic history at U. of C.

John Simpson, writing about the "Metallurgical Laboratory" at the University of Chicago, says that in August 1942, the first pure sample of plutonium was isolated...

There is a picture of members of the Manhattan Project team at an unveiling ceremony in December 1947...

OpinionJournal - He Didn't Say Uncle

James Taranto talks about his uncle Salvador Taranto, and his 1942 escape from the Nazis...

Cecil Day-Lewis

Poet Cecil Day Lewis wrote detective fiction as Nicholas Blake...

HistoryLink Essay: Wreck of the SS Valencia (1906)

A hundred years ago this week, thick weather and miscalculations led to one of the worst maritime disasters in Pacific Northwest history...

JOLLYBLOGGER: FeedBlitz for e-mail Subscriptions

Blogging stuff...

Varifrank: A day in the life of...

Every once in a while I run across something on the Internet about one or another of my grandparents, and it stops me in my tracks. So I can identify with this...

The Common Room: Miss Elizabeth Bennet

re: A. A. Milne writing about his experiences while writing a play adaptation of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice...

Welcome to The Royal Yacht Britannia

re: famous ship, now tourist attraction...

Thursday, January 19, 2006

Stones Cry Out: Washington Post Twists Reporting on Assisted Suicide

re: burying what the ruling was about...

(Ed. note: On the other hand, at least they got to it, albeit in in the tenth and eleventh paragraphs...)

firstamendmentcenter.org: news (conservative churches targeted)

AP article: on left-leaning church leaders telling the IRS to investigate churches seen as friendly to Ohio candidate Kenneth Blackwell...

AMERICAN FUTURE : Chirac Threatens Nuclear Weapons Against Terrorist States

French President Chirac has served notice to any state considering terrorist attacks against France that his country has refined its ability to respond to attack, and plans "firm and appropriate" response...

This isn't writing, it's typing.: Assault with an annoying weapon

re: some bloggers have got their facts wrong re: the new Cyberstalking law (saying, for instance, that it outlaws anonymous annoying comments)...

The Bernoulli Effect: Thursday Quick Picks

Links. re: ACLU's NSA lawsuit, John Bolton at the UN, the Barret Report, a human shield rescued by special forces, and another story from the border with Mexico...

BBC NEWS | Americas | US coma girl responds to stimuli

re: Haleigh Poutre, who is responding to treatment, and breathing on her own -- a day after the Massachusetts Supreme Court ruled the state could take her off 'life support'. The state had asked to take her off a ventilator and to remove her feeding tube...

She's surviving without the ventilator...

Crucial abortion battles expected on state level - Politics - MSNBC.com

NARAL Pro-Choice America has graded states on "reproductive rights" and given 19 a failing grade...

The Common Room: Complacent Readers

On the importance of reading books that are harder than you're used to...

The Common Room: January is Tea Month

Tea, hospitality, pound cake, Cheap Pound Cake, other tea-time goodies, with recipes...

Musings of a Lady: I open a book and find a memory

About memories that are tied to books...

Wednesday, January 18, 2006

"How to Raise An American"

Myrna Blyth talks about her new book...

Better Living: Thoughts from Mark Daniels: Two First Impressions of 'Team of Rivals'

re: Doris Kearns Goodwin's newest book, about Abraham Lincoln and some of those around him...

Joust The Facts: Read The Classics

That would be the classic Hippocratic Oath. He's got excerpts from it, from the modern version (scary), and then goes on to discuss Oregon's assisted suicide law...

Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Pete du Pont discusses Ben Franklin and national security

Mr. du Pont claims that Senator Ted Kennedy has his history backwards when it comes to what "would have sent chills down the spines of our Founding Fathers"...

Bookworm Room: The old equality joke hits America

First man: Come the revolution, everyone will drive a Rolls Royce. Second man: What if I don't want to drive a Rolls Royce? First man: Come the revolution, you'll have to.

Bookworm starts with that and moves into a discussion of a Dennis Prager column on the Left...

Monday, January 16, 2006

Conn. high court upholds Michael Skakel's conviction for 1975 murder - CourtTV.com - Trials

The justices unanimously rejected all seven of Skakel's challenges...

A Rose By Any Other Name: 25 Years Ago

January 20 will be the 25th anniversary of Ronald Reagan's first inauguration. Anna shares memories at A Rose By Any Other Name, and links to a blog called Mike's America that's going great guns on Reagan this week...

Townhall.com :: Columns :: Chutzpah 1, Citizens 0 by Paul Jacob - Jan 15, 2006

In which he suggests that while many people are discussing the balance of power between government branches, maybe we should be looking more closely at "the most fundamental of constitutional balances, that between the government and the people"...

runalong with pastor mark: book page

re: January 4, 2006, post. Pastor Mark highly recommends Frederick Dale Bruner's two volume commentary on Matthew...

Rosenblog Opinion Review, Vol. 10

Fifteen links to op-ed pieces on variety of subjects...

Balto In Central Park

In New York's Central Park, there's a statue of the famous sled dog that helped save Nome, Alaska, during a 1925 diphtheria epidemic. A bas-relief plaque on the statue is inscribed "Endurance Fidelity Intelligence"...

Scarsdale Ballet Studio: Faculty

Has info on Diana White, author of Ballerina Dreams (geared toward grades 1 &2), which is due for re-release this year...

Sunday, January 15, 2006

Touchstone Magazine - Mere Comments: Cosmonauts Now See God?

The Russian Orthodox church keeps making progress, even amongst rocket scientists...

Touchstone Magazine - Mere Comments: From Bishop Obare's Address

An African Lutheran leader translates doublespeak and stands up against liberals who are trying to impose their ideologies on the rest of the church...

James Mullaney on The Destroyer on National Review Online

The Destroyer adventure book series used to be right-wing, then got pulled left by new writers, lost readers, went back toward the right, regained readers, then went left again (another writer), and sales plunged... You'd think the publishers would get the hint...

(From NRO, October 18, 2005)


Lots and lots of G.K. Chesterton quotes (at The American Chesterton Society)...

The Book Den

Another book blog, this one from Denny Hartford, Director of Vital Signs Ministries...

Joe McKeever: Praying Over Those Two Roads

When Joe McKeever was in high school, he and his best friend decided to take shorthand for a lark...

Joe McKeever: A Baptist Living In Catholic Land

A Baptist minister looks at his neighbors...

Mommy Life: Pro-Life Leftists

The early feminists were anti-abortion. So, too, are a number of Democrats and liberals today. Barbara has a short post, with several links...

Quiet Reverie : Live by the earth and of the earth

On being American Indian...

Quiet Reverie : The Happy Heart

The joy of good, clean fun...

Quiet Reverie : Two stories that touched me

This post was difficult for me to read (I'll think you'll see why if you go over), but, wow, what a reminder of how unfair it is to look at someone in difficult circumstances and project your own theories about what you'd want for your own life...

Newsradio 850 KOA: Kuwaiti Emir Dies

Sheikh Jaber al-Ahmad al-Sabah, the emir of Kuwait, has died...

Saturday, January 14, 2006

Daddy's Roses: Friday the 13th

Joan has a list of ways that people around the world avoid the number 13...

OpinionJournal - Five Best

Robert H. Bork lists five top books on the Constitution...

Mary Roberts Rinehart

The write-up (with picture) of author Mary Roberts Rinehart at the Arlington National Cemetery Website. She is buried at Arlington, along with her husband...

The Bernoulli Effect: Liberalism vs Conservativism

In which a liberal blogger's definition of liberal versus conservative is shared (and discussed)...

Latino Issues, A Conservative Blog: One Idea to Tackle the Problem of Latin American Poverty

Combining micro-loans, education, counseling, and spiritual guidance...

The Common Room: Carnival of the Recipes


A Rose By Any Other Name: A Quote

Anna shares a great quote from John Adams...

The Globe and Mail: James Frey's real crimes? His rich-kid fibs

Don't let the headline fool you. Ian Brown doesn't let Frey off the hook. More interesting, though, is how Brown points out how "the Frey fray has unmasked so many of the book biz's shameless practices"...

What Is the Value of Truth? - New York Times

Dan Mitchell, in a What's Online column, looks at the strange support James Frey has gotten after it was revealed that he'd made up a lot of his "memoir". He seems especially impressed by Oprah's 'logic'.

Mitchell also looks at a Mac expert who dared to note online what he doesn't like about Macs, and whose list of small peeves unleashed rabid fans of the computer system.

There's also a link to a Consumer Reports report on organic food, and a short take on a 19-year-old who saved up so he could spend six days a week at Disney World for a year.

(On that last bit, I wonder if it ever occurred to the kid he could have, like, applied for a job and been paid to spend several days a week there?)

FIRE Advises University of Wisconsin on RA Bible Study Policy

The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education is trying to make it clear to the University of Wisconsin administration that private religious practice is outside of the power of the state to regulate...

FIRE - Albertson College Embraces Free Speech After "Speech Code of the Month" Highlight

Albertson College of Idaho revised its speech codes (and a good thing, too!), after FIRE put the college policy in the spotlight...

Joe McKeever: Why can't things be simple.

I added Joe McKeever's blog to my links list the other day, in case you haven't noticed. Posts like this one are why. It's about life in general and New Orleans in particular...

The Common Room: The Golden Age of Children's Literature

Headmistress over at The Common Room blog has found a website that has illustrations from 'Golden Age' children's books...

Friday, January 13, 2006

History Blogs

George Mason University's History News Network hosts some blogs of its own, plus has links to other history blogs...

U Krakovianki: Christmas Ornaments...made in Poland

A field trip to a Christmas ornament factory...

U Krakovianki: Not about Poland this time


Another look at New Orleans

The Considerettes blog has a look at progress (or lack thereof) in the efforts to rebuild New Orleans...

How to swim with the sharks

...and hang out with penguins. :-)

open book: Choosing to deface

Pro-life ads being vandalized in the Bay Area...

As Amy Welborn says in the post: "The authoritarianism of those who scream for choice is always fascinating, isn't it?"

Semicolon: Friday's Center of the Blogosphere

Sherry's picked mostly humorous blog posts for this week's round-up...

The Paragraph Farmer: Bowling for Democrats

Ann Coulter, Bookworm, Roe v. Wade, Plessy v. Ferguson, Andrew Jackson, Whigs, the birth of the Republican Party... all in one shortish post...

The American Thinker: Emanations and Penumbras from the Alito Hearings

Bookworm takes on the Left for crass double standards and feel-good censorship (I hope that's a fair summary)...

Parental warning: The subject matter isn't rated G or even PG. Bookworm handles it with restraint, but she's dealing with foul things here...

City Journal Winter 2006 | The Plot to Shush Rush and O'Reilly by Brian C. Anderson

Forget the headline. This longish article is about far more than Limbaugh and other big names. It's about moves on the Left to squash political discussion, from talk radio to blogs to even just putting up your own, homemade, unauthorized political sign supporting your favorite candidate...

hat tip: The Anchoress

The Anchoress : NY Times tipped terrorists? (UPDATED)

The Anchoress is taking note of the rise in purchases of disposable phones in certain quarters, and goes from there, taking exception to the behavior of the New York Times and remembering 9/11 -- her 9/11, with friends in harm's way and with neighbors in shock, in addition to what we all heard and saw on the news. She's a New Yorker, and she's not pulling punches in this post...

1915 Rail Disaster

This story's gruesome, but on the other hand it shows what can happen when people in charge of public safety get careless...

Thursday, January 12, 2006

Cesar V. Conda on the FCC and a la Carte Cable on NRO Financial

There's apparently a lot of misinformation out there on what the FCC chair is proposing for cable TV...

Russian Thunder

Stunt pilot Eric Beard's website, with lots of links to news articles, etc. He died Jan. 6 in a crash. Services are Friday, Jan. 13, at the Museum of Flight in Seattle. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in his name to Embry Riddle Aeronautical University or the ICAS Foundation. Condolences accepted through this site.

Stunt pilot Eric Anthony Beard was a former NASA engineer | IndyStar.com

Stunt pilot died Friday in crash north of Seattle, while on "routine" flight...

India joins nations on rocket technology

"Scramjet" technology uses oxygen from the air instead of tanks...

No Left Turns Archive

The Goldwater Myth (Andrew Busch sets the record straight), The "disposition" of teachers (George Will suggests that closing schools of education would improve primary and secondary education), more...

Jerusalem Post | B L O G - C E N T R A L

The Jerusalem Post appears to be big on blogs...

Kesher Talk: Counter-counter recruiting fun

Protest Warriors vs. aging hippies...

Photios: About "Munich"

re: the movie and moral equivalence

Manufacturers Blog

The National Association of Manufacturers has a blog. (Via Blogger Row at the Alito Hearings post at Reasoned Audacity.)

The Scotsman - Business - BP admits hurricanes will cost it $1bn

Katrina, Rita, and an explosion at a refinery caused a major hit for BP, but...

Campaign strategist: Five activists celebrated after tires were slashed - CourtTV.com - Trials

And now somebody from the Kerry camp is in court accusing the local activists of doing that tire slashing in Wisconsin...

Previous post: Activists: We were framed by Democratic operatives in tire-slahing case

Chron.com | Measures to Prevent Hajj Stampedes

According to the title-linked AP article, there have been measures taken since 1994 by Saudi officials to try to control the flow of pilgrims intent upon the ritual stoning of the devil, and more improvements are planned. But many pilgrims ignore the directions, with sometimes horrifying results, as today's death toll testifies. (As of now, the death toll for the most recent stampede is at 345).

Timeline: Annual pilgrimage frequently struck by disaster - Africa & Middle East - International Herald Tribune

Lists mass Muslim pilgrim deaths in recent years, most from being trampled by other pilgrims...

Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Judge Alito's Statement

Alito's introductory remarks. (Via Elephants in Academia.)

Elephants in Academia: Picture of the Day: The Blind leading the Blind

re: Peter Bruegel the elder's 1568 painting "The Parable of the Blind leading the Blind," based on Matthew 15:14 "If the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch.", with a tie-in to the Democrats and the Alito hearings. Has picture.

SCOTUSblog: Challenge to Doe v. Bolton fails

Sandra Cano, like Norma McCorvey, was used in 1973 as a test case to knock down restrictions to abortion. Like McCorvey, Cano is now an opponent of abortion, and has been fighting to have the initial ruling overturned. The Eleventh Circuit this week refused to permit Cano's challenge to go forward.

The Mind Boggles

A new blog out of Texas.

David's Daily Diversions: Implanting a deadly weapon

Underage girls getting long-term contraceptives at UK family planning clinics...without the parents knowing about it...while behaviorally-acquired HIV in under-16s is on the rise... (Gee, you don't suppose there's a connection...?)

Expat Yank: Another Justice

re: a book on a former U.S. Supreme Court chief justice. The book is "John Marshall: Definer of a Nation."

Activists: We were framed by Democrat operatives in tire-slashing case - CourtTV.com - Trials

Remember those tire-slashings on Election Day in Wisconsin? For which Democratic activists were charged? Including the son of a politician? Trials are underway, and the accused are blaming Democrat "professional political operatives" with doing the slashing and then setting up "locals" to take the blame.

BREITBART.COM - Sen. Kennedy to Publish Children's Book

He has a dog named Splash?... He's starring it in a children's book?... Is he nuts?...

Silent No More Awareness Campaign

Women speak about the physical and emotional pain of abortion...

Jennifer O'Neill is a national spokeswoman for the campaign...

CULTURE OF LIFE - Umbert 01.09.2006

This is for my friends who are Catholic priests :-).

Bookworm Room: Just the facts, Ma'am.

re: Kate O'Beirne fighting feminist myths...

Semicolon: Reading lists

I know I linked to this earlier, but it's been expanded quite a bit since then. Sherry at the Semicolon blog has compiled a list of reading lists from other bloggers. Too fun. I'm making all sorts of discoveries, using this as a starting point...

Daveys de France: September 2004

A Welsh pastor and his family accept a mission call to France...

Exiled from GROGGS: Dawkins, deconstructionism and evil

Finally. Success. A direct link. (We're having just lovely technical problems around here at the moment...) This is the post from which that "But if religion is the root of all evil, then how does he know what is evil?" line came from (see two posts down).

Wittingshire: On Prayer

Strangers, even agnostics, who see her cross necklace sometimes ask her to pray for them...

Wittingshire: See Dawkins Saw Off the Limb He's Sitting On

Excerpt from another blog, including "But if religion is the root of all evil, then how does he know what is evil?"

Wittingshire: Poem Sunday: Masefield

Short, good poem :-).

Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Suitably Flip: On Replacing O'Connor

Flip asks a question I've been asking myself. Why are so many Democrats getting what amounts to a free pass on saying that whoever replaces O'Connor on the Supreme Court should be a philosophical clone of hers? A replica, as far as possible?

Bookworm Room: What I'm reading, Part II

Another blog round-up...

Upcoming Winter Games best-kept secret in Turin: The Washington Times, America's Newspaper

Reporter Howard Fendrich of the Associated Press looked around Turin, Italy, and didn't see a lot of signs that the Olympic Winter Games are due to start in a few weeks.

For brides, it's more than a piece of paper�-�Business�-�The Washington Times, America's Newspaper

In some ways, reports Dan Caterinicchia of the Washington Times, it's become more complicated to change your name after a marriage or divorce, because people tend to have more online accounts...

Sunday, January 08, 2006

neo-neocon: Lies and the lying liars who hear them

An interesting theory. It would explain a lot.

neo-neocon: More about the reporting of the Munich Massacre of 1972

I'd forgotten about the false reports of safe hostages back during the Munich Massacre at the Olympic Games. But, then, I'm pretty sure all I had to go on back then was ABC, which waited until they got official word...

neo-neocon has two related posts on this.

neo-neocon: Books into movies

Discussion of which movies are as good as the books on which they are based, which worse, and then, off by itself, the 1939 movie Wuthering Heights...

Pawigoview: Scrabble Anyone?

Word play.

Don't Just Care - Think!

Many poverty programs make things worse instead of better. This website (Impact, at the Acton Institute) addresses some of the fallacies upon which some of the failed programs are based. Also has lots of links for recommended reading.

The New Criterion: After the suicide of the West

Roger Kimball addresses "Threats to Democracy", with a nod at the get-go to the Battle of Trafalgar... Good discussion of liberals, the culture wars, Islamic terrorists, more.

Mark Steyn's getting pretty much all the press for his "It's the demography, stupid" article from the same issue, but I'd rank this article a bit higher than Steyn's.

Also references several books and essays...

The Bernoulli Effect: Edmund Burke And The Modern Conservative Mind

re: essay by Jeffrey Hart called "The Burke Habit".

Charis Connection: LS: The Gateway to Reading

A mom talks about watching her son learn to connect with fiction...

Liberty and Lily: No Fool

Remembering the five missionaries killed 50 years ago in Ecuador...

Noting the books written about them, and looking ahead to the movie coming out later this month...

Russia celebrating Orthodox Christmas

Christmas fell on Jan. 7 this year for Orthodox Christians. Russian President Putin praised the positive influence of Christmas celebrations...

Patriarch Alexy II celebrated services at the recently restored Christ the Savior Cathedral near the Kremlin...

Winter to Spring: being happy

Laughing and joking, enjoying the little things, despite hardship...

hat tip: Slobokan's Site O' Schtuff

Cheat Seeking Missiles: A Great Weekend Read

Recommends Joel Kotkin's article Ideological Hurricane in The American Enterprise, re: liberal programs and life in major cities.

Cheat Seeking Missiles: Hope For We Rat-Tailers

Quotes an article in Citizen called Pajama Warriors, by Joe Carter of Evangelical Outpost, in which he puts the impact of small blogs into perspective. (OK, so he stretches a point or two, it's still fun...;-).

Cheat Seeking Missiles: Forgiveness At The End Of The Spear

Fifty years after the murder of five young missionaries, including Jim Elliot, by the Waodoni tribe of Ecuador, things are very different, in part because some of the survivors of the murdered men didn't give up on teaching the Word of God to the Waodoni...

'I want to be better so I can enjoy my child' - Sunday Times - Times Online

Jasper Gerard interviewed UK Liberal Democrat leader Charles Kennedy right before Kennedy resigned, in large part about his coming to grips with his drinking problem. Includes interesting political background stuff, too.

Think About It Online

For women facing pregnancy, and trying to decide what to do.

Extraordinary Joy

An article by Anne Morse on the life of Joy Davidman Lewis, best known as C.S. Lewis's wife but a fascinating person in her own right.

Saturday, January 07, 2006

CNS STORY: Philippine priest turns poor parishioners into tech-savvy e-traders

Tell me this priest is joking when he says:

"We'll liberate the parishes for enterprise development and job creation. And we'll tell people that if they don't buy our organic health soap it will be 10 more years in purgatory for them. That's what the priests should be saying. They're good for more than praying the rosary. They can be very good sales agents who use the social networks they have."
At least he must be half joking? Right?

I mean, I'm all for teaching poor people how to use technology to buy and sell stuff. Give a man a fish, and you feed him for one day. Teach him to fish, and you give him dignity as well as food for the rest of his life.

I'm all for teaching them to use what they have on hand, rather than teach them to worry about what they don't have.

But some of the rest of this guy's plan, uhm, well, you tell me. He seems quite proud of his brand of liberation theology, and even calls it that. On the other hand, it's a liberation theology that embraces globalization. I guess that's progress...

hat tip: a voice from eden's "Interesting bits on the side" section in the sidebar. (An interesting concept, that...)

18,000 at Passion 06 seek their part in Great Commission - (BP)

College students from all 50 states and more than 20 countries converged on Nashville recently for a Christian gathering.

Thoughts of Loy: Gold, circumstance and mud

Stories around Christmas, from a Dec. 20, 2005, post. I especially like "A brother like that."

The Paragraph Farmer: Thinking about the miners who died, and their families

Includes a bit from Frederica Mathewes-Greene, on the power that Bible-steeped people can draw upon. Includes references to others in peril who felt that someone else was with them.

Friday, January 06, 2006

Record number of commercial aircraft orders at Boeing for 2005

Orders for aircraft were up, way up, for Boeing in 2005.

I notice, however, that how the company fared in comparison to Airbus has spawned a couple of different headlines.

The International Herald Tribune has a Bloomberg News article, dateline Seattle, headlined Boeing logs more orders than Airbus.

The Scotsman has a Reuters article, dateline Paris, headlined Airbus 2005 orders similar to those of Boeing.

At any rate, it looks to have been a gangbuster year in aviation orders. From the International Herald Tribune article:

...Boeing said Thursday that its commercial-aircraft orders more than tripled to a record 1,002 planes last year on demand from Asian and Middle Eastern carriers, as it overtook Airbus in customer requests for the first time in five years.

The orders surpassed its previous record for 606 planes set in 1998, according to Boeing's Web site. Airbus, which is the world's largest commercial aircraft maker based on deliveries, had orders for 687 planes at the end of November and expects to release its year-end total Jan. 17.


Boeing's orders included requests for 569 of the company's 737s, 235 of its 787s and 154 of its 777s - all records for those models...

Expat Yank: Global flux

Robert points out a weakness (or two), in Mark Steyn's "It's the Demography, Stupid" article.

Boeing logs more orders than Airbus - Business - International Herald Tribune

Also sets company record, and record levels for 737s, 787s, and 777s.

Suitably Flip: Can I Get a Witness (List)?

Flip will be in Washington Monday through Wednesday, blogging the first three days of the Alito hearings. He's got a list of witnesses released by the Democrats. Check out his link on Stephen R. Dujack, an animal rights activist.

Dr. Claude Mariottini - Professor of Old Testament

Discusses translations, Christian perseptives, etc.

Disciple's Journal: A New Year's resolution: Build (and blog) on the basics

On faith blogging...

DefenseLINK News: America Supports You: VFW, Wal-Mart Team Up on 'Message Books'

Wal-Mart put out message books for people to sign to send to troops. The project is in its fourth year.


Friday's Center of the Blogosphere list of links.


re: an article on a study to be done on the effects of rudeness in the workplace...

Michael Ledeen on War & Intelligence on National Review Online

"The Great Counterintelligence Fiasco" re: imagined interview with a deceased counterintelligence expert, re: James Risen's new book showing that Clinton and company knew about Iranian nuclear weapons in 2000, and tried to botch things up by trying to provide them with snafued instructions for firing sets... Operation named "Merlin".

Opinion: Chuck Mcdonald: State Board of Education Emerges as Mainstream Advocates for School Children of Texas

Includes history of funding for textbooks in Texas, over past 150 years, via a Permanent School Fund (raided in recent years for other things).

Captain's Quarters: Which Tragedy?

re: reporting mistakes on the West Virginia coal mine disaster and in Katrina coverage...

The Scotsman - Business - Pension fund deficits grow by 25% to �93bn

A longer living workforce, lower returns on bonds, etc., converging to cause trouble in the pensions arena in UK.

Intent - Journal - "Every saint has a past and every sinner has a future."

Links to a newspaper article on Jan Karon's life.

Thursday, January 05, 2006

Blest with sons: I've been at this school for ten years now

Wife of ten years talks to newlywed who asked for advice...

Blest with sons: Four Iris

'More fours' meme. Interesting. She's been a stage hand/tech, too. And likes the original Parent Trap. And The Quiet Man. And read books while working at a video shop. And...

The Common Room: Movies

Sometimes the best movie reviews are written by kids.

Pipsqueak reviewed North & South, based on an Elizabeth Gaskell novel.

The Common Room: The Company You Keep

There are friends who help marriage, and friends who hurt it...

Bradford William Short on Bioethics & History on National Review Online

About a book that rewrites history to support assisted suicide.

Lost in-Elegant Cogitations: The "Blog" Year In Review

Picked up the 'Year in Review, First Lines of First Posts' meme from Dave. Looks like an interesting blog.

BreakPoint | Rediscovering Chivalry

BreakPoint review of The Compleat Gentleman: The Modern Man's Guide to Chivalry by Brad Miner (Spence, 2004).

hat tip: The Black Kettle.

Lynn Swann says he is running for Pennsylvania governor

He's running as a Republican. It's his first bid for political office.

His website: http://www.lynnswannteam88.com/

Elephants in Academia: Congressman, call your office...

In this post prompted by an announcement from a meeting on "Out of Iraq and Impeach the Leaders", Academic Elephant points out something I hadn't thought through. If these groups got their wish and got rid of Bush and Cheney, we'd have a President Hastert or a President Rice.

Euphoria turns to bitter despair - The Washington Times

From combined dispatches, re: West Virginia mine disaster, false reports, missed messages, etc.

Wednesday, January 04, 2006

MSN Encarta - Great Depression in the United States

Introduction, overview, of Great Depression, social and government changes triggered by it...

HistoryLink Essay: Boeing 307 Stratoliner Pressurized Airliner -- A Snapshot History

A look at the innovations and history of "the flying whale". The prototype first flew on Dec. 31, 1938.

Betsy's Page

Watching a rerun on C-Span of Scalia's 1986 confirmation hearings...

Betsy's Page

Tod Lindbergh, media echo chambers, we all live in bubbles...

This isn't writing, it's typing.: Whacks and Wayne

A list of names of murderers and murder suspects. Check out the names... (And maybe you don't want to name your boy Wayne...)



OpinionJournal - It's the Demography, Stupid

Mark Steyn addresses "The real reason the West is in danger of extinction."

OpinionJournal - Featured Article: Prejudice

Ted Hayes, homeless activist, black, and Republican, states that his landlord has private property rights and he has no intention of causing trouble or going to court over his homeless shelter being evicted - but he's sad that the reason given for his eviction was because he was Republican.

Michael Williams -- Master of None: The Season Premier of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Was Completely Idiotic

Michael Williams -- Master of None: The Season Premier of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Was Completely Idiotic This post seems to be saying that the show seemed to be saying that people who catch "gun disease" aren't responsible for killing people, the guns they use are???

Francis W. Porretto - Eternity Road

Francis W. Porretto - Eternity Road Educratic Hegemony On The Attack

anwr.org - Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

anwr.org - Arctic National Wildlife Refuge "Top 10 reasons to support development in ANWR" (from a page sponsored by Arctic Power http://www.anwr.org/power.htm)

Delta Mike Charlie: France: Pergatory for Employers

Delta Mike Charlie: France: Pergatory for Employers ///Recently Hewlett-Packard decided to eliminate more than a thousand jobs in France to lessen their tax burden///

Scotsman.com News - Latest News - Emir of Dubai dies

Scotsman.com News - Latest News - Emir of Dubai dies

Scotsman.com News - Latest News - Militant held over Britons' kidnap

Scotsman.com News - Latest News - Militant held over Britons' kidnap Palestinian authorities have reportedly arrested a man thought to be behind the Gaza strip kidnapping of British human rights worker Kate Burton and her parents. The hostages were freed last week. According to this report, friends of the arrested man fired weapons into the air and stormed the local office of the Palestinian interior ministry to protest the arrest...

The Princess and the Workforce

The Princess and the Workforce ///teaser///The controversy over bringing four-year-old Princess Aiko into the line of royal succession may have larger implications for Japan's women and economy.

This Gas Dispute Could Burn Russia

This Gas Dispute Could Burn Russia

Tuesday, January 03, 2006

Religion Clause: Pending Federal Legislation On Religious Liberty and Church-State

Religion Clause: Pending Federal Legislation On Religious Liberty and Church-State

Religion Clause: Vermont Enforces Unconstitutional Liquor Regulation

Religion Clause: Vermont Enforces Unconstitutional Liquor Regulation Re: constitutionality (or, rather, the lack thereof) of state laws banning liquor licenses within a certain distance of a church or school without the church or school's permission. Specifically Vermont now, Massachusetts earlier.

amy loves books: the children, the witch, the wardrobe (and a lion)

amy loves books A different, but thoughtful, take on the new Narnia movie (from December 11).

amy loves books: "trifling"

amy loves books Her students use the word "trifling" to insult each other, and realities of teaching in a hard neighborhood, about not knowing what to write after a student gets shot.

Bookworm Room: Living then and now

Bookworm Room: Living then and now Different views of history, commentary on movies based on Little Women and Pride & Prejudice.

The Anchoress � The Must-Read of the New Year

The Anchoress � The Must-Read of the New Year link to Mark Steyn article.

Best of the GodBlogs: January 3, 2006

Best of the GodBlogs: January 3, 2006 Another link to The Great Back Yard Rabbit Hunt. And from a religious "best of the Christian blogosphere" site, at that.

I seem to have hit a nerve with this one.

East Valley Tribune : ACLU, Christmas defenders take stock

East Valley Tribune Daily Arizona news for Chandler, Gilbert, Tempe, Mesa, Scottsdale
ACLU, Christmas defenders take stock
By Andrea Falkenhagen, Tribune
December 31, 2005

///starts//Dozens of religious Christmas cards hang on the walls of the American Civil Liberties Union’s Arizona chapter office in Phoenix — remnants of a crusade to put Christ back in Christmas this holiday season by groups like the Scottsdale-based Alliance Defense Fund.

'It was so sweet, and we appreciate it," said Dawn Wyland, interim director of the ACLU of Arizona. "We like getting Christmas cards just like everyone else does."

Lock Your Doors Against Kelo ~ Issue July 8, 05

Lock Your Doors Against Kelo ~ Issue July 8, 05 Jill Stewart column on Kelo and California.

The Burr in the Burgh: Why European Women are Converting to Islam

The Burr in the Burgh: Why European Women are Converting to Islam also discusses how Christian churches need to do a better job of instructing people. Also includes this: ///start quote (Pastor Scott Stiegemeyer) ///

But there is also the trend to re-define moral teaching so that it better suits us. Thus churches invent new virtues: tolerance above all others. Love is redefined as affirmation. We think we are loving when we make people feel supported in whatever it is they choose to do or be. That is, in fact, not love. Love means telling a person that the house they are living in is on fire so that they know to escape, even if it means disrupting an otherwise peaceful dinner.///end quote///

Intent - Journal - reflective

Intent - Journal - reflective nice photograph, nice Laura Ingalls Wilder quote

Intent - Journal - unpacked treasure

Intent - Journal - unpacked treasure on being thankful, and keeping track

Intent - Journal - painting, painting

Intent - Journal - painting, painting home decorating, color...

Monday, January 02, 2006

GM's Corner : Diagnosing the Left

GM's Corner : Diagnosing the Left

GM's Corner : Death, Dying, Grief and Fighting Back

GM's Corner : Death, Dying, Grief and Fighting Back

The Strata-Sphere � Blog Archive � Government Taking Private Land

The Strata-Sphere � Blog Archive � Government Taking Private Land




Michelle Malkin: FORCE MULTIPLIERS poem by Russ Vaughn, on how the media serves as "force multipliers" for our foes.

Top 10 Ways Technology Transformed U.S. in 2005

from Tapscott's Copy Desk/// start quote/// J.D. Lasica charts the 10 biggest transformative technologies of 2005 and there are some eye openers on the list, even for those who keep track of such things....

Would The New York Times or The Washington Post Have Reported the Patton Secret Before D-Day?

Mark Tapscott wonders about what would have happened if the New York Times, The Washington Post, et al, had, during, say WWII, applied the logic they seem to be using for disclosing classified programs recently.

States Considering Minimum Wage Hikes - Iowa Voice

States Considering Minimum Wage Hikes - Iowa Voice via Camp Katrina blog round-up

The Common Room: Making Merchandise of You

The Common Room: Making Merchandise of You Regarding the creation of youth subculture, the marketing, the shallowness. Also has excerpt from, discussion of, the 1962 book Compulsory Mis-Education, by Paul Goodman.

The Common Room: 5 weird things about JennyAnyDots

The Common Room: 5 weird things about JennyAnyDots JennyAnyDots tags the rest of us with the question 'what five things you think are weird about yourself.' (ed. note: keep it PG. This is a young lady we're dealing with.)

The Common Room: What Do You Have In Your Hand?

The Common Room: What Do You Have In Your Hand? Moses, a shepherd's staff, frugality, and using what you have at hand....

The Common Room: Studying the Flu

The Common Room: Studying the Flu

The Common Room: Invent a Crisis

The Common Room: Invent a Crisis The misuse of stats, the manufacturing of a crisis to gain power, the worst media handling of scientific studies in the past year...

California Conservative � Mightier Than the Pen

California Conservative � Mightier Than the Pen ////quote///Journalist Matt Pottinger recently gave up his job at WSJ and, at 31 years, is probably one of the oldest second lieutenants in the Marine Corps. He describes why he left one of the most prestigious newspapers in the world to join the Marines HERE.

OpinionJournal - Featured Article

OpinionJournal - Featured Article Mightier Than the Pen Why I gave up journalism to join the Marines. BY MATT POTTINGER Thursday, December 15, 2005. (via http://www.californiaconservative.org/?p=1902)

Gateway Pundit: Democrats Attack, Bush Deflects, ACLU Misrepresents

Gateway Pundit: Democrats Attack, Bush Deflects, ACLU Misrepresents ACLU accuses Bush of lying in a full-page New York Times ad Dec. 29, 2005.

Betsy's Page

Betsy's Page ///Gateway Pundit and Yahoo News look back on the "annus horribilis" that France had last year. It doesn't really sound as if they started off the new year all that much better./////

Hugh Hewitt: December 25, 2005 - December 31, 2005 Archives

Hugh Hewitt: December 25, 2005 - December 31, 2005 Archives Five "Must Reads" That Hit Their Stride in '05.

From Hugh Hewitt/quote/It was a very good year for the blogosphere.
The blog rolls in the left margin are my suggestions as to which blogs you ought to be sampling on a regular basis. Among them are the familiar names of the center-right 'sphere. There are also some relative newcomers that you really need to bookmark and visit often, blogs that soared in '05, including Carol Platt Liebau Soxblog, The Anchoress, Austin Bay and TriGeekDreams.

Hugh Hewitt: December 25, 2005 - December 31, 2005 Archives

Hugh Hewitt: December 25, 2005 - December 31, 2005 Archives Mary Katharine Ham, Blogger Rookie of the Year, and Other Year End Thank Yous

What place for God in Europe? | csmonitor.com

What place for God in Europe? csmonitor.com First in three part series from Feb 2005

The enormous US dam problem no one is talking about | csmonitor.com

The enormous US dam problem no one is talking about csmonitor.com ///While Congress quickly approved $3 billion to restore New Orleans' levees, a bill to help states repair aging dams has languished for a year.
By Gaylord Shaw ///

Low-cost lamps brighten the future of rural India | csmonitor.com

Low-cost lamps brighten the future of rural India csmonitor.com solar powered, efficient LED lights

A push for stay-at-home healthcare | csmonitor.com

A push for stay-at-home healthcare csmonitor.com Vermont has a waiver under Medicaid that allows more senior citizens to stay at home instead of going into a nursing home.

Better living ... as measured by PCs, VCRs | csmonitor.com

Better living ... as measured by PCs, VCRs csmonitor.com Different ways of tracking how well off people are in the U.S, based on census study released in December.

2006 economy looks solid | csmonitor.com

2006 economy looks solid csmonitor.com

State by state, a raft of new laws in effect | csmonitor.com

State by state, a raft of new laws in effect csmonitor.com

OpinionJournal - Five Best

OpinionJournal - Five Best Books that compare Einstein with other great minds.

Bookworm Room: Demography is destiny

Bookworm Room: Demography is destiny re Mark Steyn article on demographics, Muslims waiting for the West to collapse in on itself, and the fraud of multiculturalism.

Bookworm Room: Demography is destiny, Part II

Bookworm Room: Demography is destiny, Part II North Korean women working in Czech factories, their wages going to North Korea, which also controls how they live.

Update 5: Crowds Endure Rain to Watch Rose Parade - Forbes.com

Update 5: Crowds Endure Rain to Watch Rose Parade - Forbes.com

Daddy's Roses: Let Me Be the First ... Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr Day

Daddy's Roses: Let Me Be the First ... Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr Day Includes excerpts from his "I Have a Dream" speech.

Sunday, January 01, 2006

Monthly Marathon

Monthly Marathon Blog for people who walk or run (crawl, jump, skip or jog) a total of 26.2 miles a month. And encourage each other.

THE MEDIAN SIB: Christmas Weekend Reading

THE MEDIAN SIB: Christmas Weekend Reading Links.

Daddy's Roses: Word Play and Languages

Daddy's Roses: Word Play and Languages links to a site that translates what you input back and forth between languages, and gives you your now-mangled phrase back in English (sort of English, in amany cases).

Daddy's Roses: EuroEnglish

Daddy's Roses: EuroEnglish Replacing German with English, and cleaning up English spelling at the same time :-).

Victims' Families to Confront Killer Nurse - Yahoo! News

Victims' Families to Confront Killer Nurse. Beware the critical care nurse who thinks it is his job to put people out of their misery. Eek. This guy's pleaded guilty in the deaths of 20-some people under his care (the photo caption and the article have different numbers...).

Blue Star Chronicles

Blue Star Chronicles Theodore Roosevelt quote, from "Man in the Arena" Speech given April 23, 1910

Guardian Unlimited | The Guardian | Mystery of longest surviving mammoths

Guardian Unlimited The Guardian Mystery of longest surviving mammoths puts age of mammoths on St. Paul into context.