Friday, June 30, 2006

Brandywine Books/ new url

re: Brandywine Books has moved...

Brandywine Books: RIP: James Patrick Baen

re: publisher Jim Baen has died...

FIRST-PERSON: High schoolers take on the culture - (BP)

re: Prestonwood Christian Academy in Plano, Texas, promotes the idea that Christian schools should "...Prepare students to engage the culture, and then let them do it..."...

Power Line: Poaching On My Partner's Territory

re: link to a video of Gene Krupa drumming...

Thursday, June 29, 2006

Dr. Sanity: FANTASY ENVIRONMENTALISM - Breathing New Life Into The Socialist Agenda

re: "...If the radical environmentalists really wanted to "do something" about global warming, then they would be calling for funding projects that explore countermeasures and methods to adapt to it. What we see instead is the same kind of religious fanaticism and holy fervor that the left so despises in the fundamental right. But what they really want is power over people..."

Exultate Justi: B.A. Baracus is a horrible shot - I pity the fool!

re: a grown man looks back on his mother's efforts to ban certain TV shows, etc., when he was a little boy..

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Tuesday, June 27, 2006

SFO Mom: Book Bleg

re: concern about the novel Joshua by Joseph Girzone...

Bookworm Room : Shilling for Al again

re: AP pushing Al Gore's agenda on global warming, and the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works shooting back...

DenverPost.com - CU plans to fire Churchill

re: The University of Colorado at Boulder's chancellor notified professor Ward Churchill on Monday that he intends to fire him...

Jehovah's Witnesses fan out across region; say end is near and invite all to their convention

re: why you are seeing more Jehovah's Witnesses going door to door right now...

Discovery Channel :: News - Animals :: Farmers Taking Interest in Rare Livestock Breeds

re: saving historic breeds of livestock...

Discovery Channel :: News - Technology :: Mosquito Machine Bugs Unruly Youths

re: adults using high-pitched sounds to encourage young people to move along, and young people using high-pitched sound for ringtones that adults can't hear...

Discovery Channel :: News - Animals :: Released Whooping Cranes Hatch Chicks

re: update on attempts to build flocks of whooping cranes in the wild...

Discovery Channel :: News - Human :: Serious Study: Immaturity Levels Rising

re: Bruce Charlton, a professor in the School of Biology at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, England, and his new research indicating that grown-ups are more immature than ever...

Unlikely Boomtowns - Newsweek: International Editions - MSNBC.com

re: Rana Foroohar writes, "...Within a year or so, more people will live in cities than in the countryside for the first time in human history: the 21st century will be an urban one. But increasingly, the urban core itself is downsizing. Already, half the city dwellers in the world live in metropolises with less than half-a-million residents. Second Cities—from exurbs to regional hubs, resort towns to provincial capitals—are booming..."

Right Marries Talk Radio, Web - Newsweek Politics - MSNBC.com

re: Hugh Hewitt, plus changes at Townhall.com...

Townhall.com :: Columns :: Gone with the Wind by George Will - Jun 25, 2006

re: George Will column on Margaret Mitchell and her novel...

ABC News: EXCERPT: 'Myths, Lies and Downright Stupidity'

re: excerpt from John Stossel's new book...

ABC News: Oregon State Wins College World Series

re: the Beavers pull off an unexpected baseball victory...

OregonLive.com: More from The Oregonian

re: "Weyerhaeuser gets day in (Supreme) Court" regarding appeal of alder sawlogs monopoly verdict...

Monday, June 26, 2006

The Inconstant Sun

re: NASA article from 2003 on the difficulties of monitoring the Sun's intensity...

Considerettes

re: global warming, Vikings, and Greenland (pre-SUVs)...

Bookworm Room : Representative government

re: what type of government we have, versus what type of government the NY Times seems to think we have...

OpinionJournal - Five Best

re: top books on terrorism/unconventional warfare...

Sunday, June 25, 2006

U.S. Grants 1st License for Major Nuclear Plant in 30 Years

re: fuel source facility in New Mexico could be in business by early 2009...

Everyday Mysteries: Fun Science Facts from the Library of Congress

re: scientific explanations for everyday phenomena...

Can Zebras be Domesticated? (Everyday Mysteries: Fun Science Facts from the Library of Congress)

re: zebras and zebra hybrids...

OpinionJournal - Hot Topic

re: "...Net neutrality will live on as a political threat, combining as it does the economic self-interest of Google, et al., and the egalitarian pretense supplied by such pro-regulation voices as Moveon.org. What everyone should understand is that consumer benefit has nothing to do with it."...

America's Vanishing Protestant Majority--What Does it Mean?

re: reprint of 2004 article, in light of recent moves by the Episcopal Church USA and the Presbyterian Church USA...

Saturday, June 24, 2006

Cheat Seeking Missiles: Trust And Reciprocity

re: building political trust, etc...

A Rose By Any Other Name : A Mother's Perspective

re: articles by those serving, and by those who have loved ones serving...

Betsy's Page: A view of Iraq from an insider

re: a Wall Street Journal interview with Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari...

OMD - Public Affairs Office 2006 Press Releases

re: Oregon Military Department's Public Affairs Office...

R. Andrew Newman on Summer Reading on National Review Online

re: a tribute to Ray Bradbury's novel Dandelion Wine, and a toast to summer...

Bench Memos on National Review Online

re: a different take on Kelo at the anniversary mark...Matthew J. Franck argues that Kelo was properly decided and that the reaction by politicians and the states, specifically to rein in abuses, is how all this ought to work...

Hugh Hewitt: June 18, 2006 - June 24, 2006 Archives

re: Mary Katharine Ham post on Pfc Thomas Tucker and Pfc Kristian Menchaca, with link to news on their unit's recent successes...

Hugh Hewitt: June 18, 2006 - June 24, 2006 Archives

re: the lady who said Bush's policies made her get an abortion, plus link to Freeman Hunt's version (Hey, Kids. I Didn't Think We Were Getting Enough Time Together, So I Killed Your Baby Brother.) (Link for that here as well as at Mary Katharine Ham's post at Hugh Hewitt's blog.)...

Hugh Hewitt: June 18, 2006 - June 24, 2006 Archives

re: one-year anniversary of Kelo, plus how bad it is in the UK...

KTVZ.com - Central Oregon's Local News - Service set, flags to lower for 'true American hero'

re: more on Thomas Tucker...

HeraldNet: County may take a couple's home to build a pond

re: county wants to take home to make a storm-water pond as part of a road project...

Oregon Town Mourns Pfc. Tucker - Newsweek National News - MSNBC.com

re: Newsweek story on Madras and Thomas Tucker...

Madras Pioneer Newspaper - Madras, Oregon

re: hometown paper article on Pfc. Thomas Tucker.

same paper: candlelight vigil notice

same paper: Memorial service July 1

same paper: Locals rally to support family

same paper: Projects for Tucker family: air fare for relatives to attend funeral, proposed permanent memorial, photos of Tom and other things sought by someone making a scrapbook to give to his parents...

NWCN.com | Boise sidewalks could roll up at dusk

re: Boise has a thriving nighttime sidewalk cafe business, but somebody just complained that the law currently says that places like that are supposed to close by sunset. There have been no problems, but the city is weighing whether to enforce the ordinance, or "make a temporary ordinance to keep those sidewalk cafes open till 2 in the morning" -- "The mayor's office admits outside dining and drinking haven't been an issue yet---but says it's taking a proactive approach to keeping Boise’s nightlife fun and safe./"It is actually a great problem to have because it tells us the nightlife is thriving and that we have a lot of actives[sic], but it does mean that we need to keep an eye on actives[sic] and make sure public safety is foremost,” [city spokesperson Michael] Zuzel said...

(The television station news site from which I got this tends toward approximate spellings. I'd guess the spokesman said "activities.")

Friday, June 23, 2006

BBC NEWS | Europe | Profile: Segolene Royal

re: profile from January 18, 2006...

RealClearPolitics - Articles - Beauty and the Beasts of France

re: the folks lining up for the race for president of France in next year's election are an interesting lot, and include what amounts to a 'husband' and 'wife' (from a "pacte civil de societe" arrangement) running against each other. That would be Segolene Royal and Francois Hollande...

U.S. United Methodist membership drops below 8 million - UMC.org

re: more to the point, "Church attendance in 2005 was 3.34 million, the lowest level in reported history, according to GCFA. Attendance had decreased by 1.63 percent from 2004 to 2005."...

Whose property is it?: Commentary

re: Richard W. Rahn, writing at The Washington Times, says, "... The Federal Communications Commission already has all the authority it needs to protect consumers against any potential abuse. If the advocates of "net neutrality" were to have their way, broadband deployment would be slower, product innovation would be reduced, and there would be fewer consumer choices. Thinking people and those who remember history have noticed markets tend to solve problems and government tends to create them. Competition, not "net neutrality," is the best consumer protection."...

Family Facts: Social Science Research on Family, Society & Religion

re: Heritage Foundation website focusing on social science findings on the family, society and religion...

Brandywine Books: lw: Some things are as lovely as a tree

re: dealing with arborists...

SFO Mom: Landscaping

re: the pros and cons of the neighbor's landscaper...

OpinionJournal - Wonder Land: In Praise of Golf

re: Daniel Henniger praises golf and its traditions. (Mentions "Playing a Round with the Little Pro," by Eddie Merrins, in passing)...

OpinionJournal - Off the Deep End

re: Steve Moore reports that his community pool is now without a high diving board, as are many pools these days...

OpinionJournal - Taste: Labor Lost

re: minimum wage, summer jobs, people on minimum wage who aren't poor, and people who aren't worth $7.25 and hour...

The Paragraph Farmer: Applause for The Witness of St Ansgar's

re: The Witness of St Ansgar's by Francis Nielsen "...ranks as a pleasant surprise and possibly a literary classic on par with The Lillies of the Field. It's the best thing I've found at the library this year...," Patrick says, at halfway through the book...

Cafe Hayek: Franklin on Trade

re: Benjamin Franklin quotes on trade, statutes or acts, edicts, etc...

Cafe Hayek: Challenging a Depressing Myth

re: the new book, Depression, War, and Cold War, by Robert Higgs (Oxford University Press, 2006)...

The Scotsman - Power blackouts for Scots homes if new energy plants are not built soon

re: In Scotland, rising demand for energy is happening at the same time that plants are being shut down. The Royal Society of Edinburgh is predicting rationing by 2015 without serious investment in new power stations. The National Grid, however, "said it did not recognise the report's findings and said it had estimated in its latest seven-year report that the margin in capacity by 2012 would be 46 per cent"...

The Scotsman - How quick magnetic pulse can 'zap' away the pain of migraine

re: very small, very preliminary study at Ohio State University Medical Center suggests that using what they are pleased to call a transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) device at the first sign of migraine might stop the early 'electrical storm' of a migraine from developing into a full-blown attack...

Lehman's - Products for Simple, Self-sufficient Living

re: website for Lehman's hardware of Ohio...

Thursday, June 22, 2006

me autem minui : Fab-labs, trees, chipmunks, yogurt, books and movies.

re: mobile manufacturing with your computer, making yogurt at home, more...

New Forum Books

re: From Princeton University Press, "New Forum Books makes available to general readers outstanding, original, interdisciplinary scholarship with a special focus on the juncture of culture, law, and politics. The series is guided by the conviction that law and politics not only reflect culture, but help to shape it..."...

Townhall.com :: Columns :: Summer Reading: 2006 by Mike S. Adams - Jun 22, 2006

re: suggested reading from columnist Mike S. Adams...

Townhall.com :: Columns :: 'Speak English' : Misreading a sign of the times by Jeff Jacoby - Jun 22, 2006

re: having the right to say what you want to say...

Townhall.com :: Columns :: Woodrow Wilson's curse by Jonah Goldberg - Jun 21, 2006

re: imposing ideas about people on things that aren't people, like countries...

Townhall.com :: Columns :: America haters, heal thyselves by Suzanne Fields - Jun 22, 2006

re: working on a more precise diagnosis of anti-Americanism is at least a start. Mentions book Uberpower: The Imperial Temptation of America by Josef Joffe...

Townhall.com :: Columns :: Disrobed by Jonathan Garthwaite - Jun 22, 2006

re: an interview of Mark W. Smith, author of Disrobed: The New Battle to Break the Left's Stranglehold on the Courts...

Cowboy Stampede festivities lead to 30 professions of faith - (BP)

re: Cowboy Church events in North Carolina...

Oregon Photo File: Movies Made In Oregon

re: compiled by the Oregon Film and Video Division of the Oregon Economic Development Department...

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Great Race

re: Focus on the Family and NDP (National Day of Prayer) will have a 1941 Cadillac convertible in the 2006 Great Race...

The Cafeteria Is Closed: Abortion survivor shames Democrats

re: Gianna Jessen invited to the Colorado House of Representatives just before the House Majority Leader wanted to honor the 90th anniversary of Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains...

BBC NEWS | Europe | Israel allowed to join Red Cross

re: both Israeli and Palestinian aid organizations allowed into membership. Israel's group will use a diamond shaped red crystal...

Elephants in Academia: Go-go Che at the V and A

re: AcademicElephant attended the "Che Guevara: Revolutionary and Icon" exhibit at the Victoria and Albert Museum...

BrothersJudd Blog: IF ONLY THERE WERE A FUTURES MARKET FOR NATIONS:

re: children of Cuba's ruling classes who have moved to Spain...

Duckworth Publishers - Dragons of Expectation - R Conquest

re: UK publisher info on The Dragons of Expectation: Reality and Delusion in the Course of History by Robert Conquest...

Reading recommendation

re: Joshua London's new book, Victory in Tripoli...

Biologist discovers new way to date books - Yahoo! News

re: guy theorizes that it's not so much print runs but aging that causes wear and tear on woodblocks and copper plates...

Petrona: Book blog tour

re: a round-up of book-related blog posts...

OpinionJournal - Outside the Box: Addicted to Regulation

re: Pete du Pont talks about the real reasons for America's foreign oil dependence...

OpinionJournal - Taste: Leveling the Playing Field

re: white men in Arizona win discrimination suit, Northern Arizona University ordered to pay up...

OpinionJournal - Featured Article

re: "With Congress poised to extend, for another quarter-century, certain "temporary" provisions of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, it's worth pondering some of the political mischief taking place these days in the name of "voting rights."..."...

FT May 2006: Opinion

re: Charles J. Chaput on proposed statute of limitations changes, and why the changes are a bad idea...

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

RINDERPEST (CATTLE PLAGUE)

re: history of rinderpest (and efforts to control it) in Africa...

Tapscott’s Copy Desk: FDR

re: a Howard Kurtz Washington Post column about media practices of presidents, Tony Snow and President Bush, FDR and...

YOU DUPED ME LORD: This One's a Winner

re: recommends the book Girl Meets God by Lauren Winner. Has an excerpt...

A Lady's Diversions: La Grande Georgette

re: discovering Georgette Heyer novels...

CNN.com - America's only tea plantation welcoming visitors - Jun 9, 2006

re: there is a commercial tea plantation in South Carolina...

hat tip: A Lady's Diversions

Governor Earl W. Snell Inaugural Message, 1947

re: Oregon governor's message to the 44th biennial legislative assembly, January 13, 1947...

IVP - A Meaningful World

re: information on A Meaningful World from the publisher...

Wittingshire: Good Art versus Bad Art

re: values and publishing, etc., plus an announcement of Jonathan's new book, with co-author Benjamin Wiker, A Meaningful World...

Townhall.com :: Columns :: Religious Freedom Day by Sen. Rick Santorum - Jun 20, 2006

re: today is "Religious Freedom Day" on Capitol Hill...

Townhall.com :: Columns :: Mass hysteria is hysterical by Burt Prelutsky - Jun 20, 2006

re: "...There is absolutely nothing so totally absurd, I’m convinced, that a fair number of our fellow Americans won’t accept it as gospel..."...

Townhall.com :: Columns :: America's other assimilation problem by Maggie Gallagher - Jun 20, 2006

re: sometimes, American popular culture is a step down for immigrants...

NWCN.com | Tucker family responds to news of bodies

re: Oregon family of fallen soldier thanks everyone for support, asks for continued respect for their privacy...

Writing and Living: Writing Wednesday Contest (even though it's Thursday)

re: another "I Am From..." poem, and a nice one...

A Rose By Any Other Name: Father's Day Quotes

re: includes Harmon Killebrew quote, plus several others...

2,996

re: a project to have 2,996 bloggers each honor the life of a person killed in the 9/11 attacks, on Sept. 11, 2006...

The Common Room: Excerpt From a Book

re: an Agatha Christie description of a bookstore...

Neptunus Lex : On patriotism

re: somewhere along the way we stopped teaching children about their birthrights, and the results aren't good...

hat tip: RealClearPolitics

The Scotsman - Business - Wool price near all-time low

re: wool markets in trouble...

The Scotsman - Business - Scots biotechs warned to patent

re: fierce competition and patent fights make research investment risky. Notes that "...biodevices threw up complex patent issues, for example through their use in conjunction with stem cells from embryos, whose patentability is contested..."....

CNN.com - Lewis the cat gets home detention - Jun 20, 2006

re: cat that repeatedly attacked neighbors must stay indoors, or else, says judge...

OpinionJournal - Extra

re: the Royal Academy accidentally honored a base of an artwork which somehow got separated from the rest of the display -- but stands by the award given the slab of slate and a bit of wood found with it...

OpinionJournal - Five Best

re: Scott Turow lists his "favorite modern novels set in the legal world"...

Monday, June 19, 2006

The Book Den: Derbyshire Loses His Cool (And His Reason)

re: the flap over John Derbyshire's recent rant about pro-life activists, as seen by Elizabeth Kantor, managing editor of the Conservative Book Club...

My Leftist Foot

re: book review of the novel White on Black by Ruben Gallego, about the Soviet Union locking physically or mentally disabled children away from public view...

Crosswalk.com

re: an interview with Madeleine Albright about her new book, and her growing realization of how religion influences foreign policy. See also The God Factor, about the same subject...

A Day at the Races - Prison Fellowship

re: Steven McGarvey remembers his first and second Pinewood Derbys...

Brandywine Books

re: Lars Walker reports (back on June 15) that Jim Baen has had a massive stroke, and Lars asks for prayers...

Brandywine Books

re: phil reports that the fiction market seems to be overloaded with writers and a bit shorter of buyers...

Catholic Educator's Resource

re: this Week's Quote (no permanent link): "The greatest part of mankind have no other reason for their opinion than that they are in fashion." - Samuel Johnson.

The porous line between Church and State

re: in Canada, Fr. Raymond de Souza says, "...“Co-operation” between church and state? We needn’t even go that far. It would be a step forward to simply recognize that religious believers are as much citizens as are secularists..."...

Hiding in Plain Sight, Google Seeks More Power - New York Times

re: New York Times June 8, 2006, article on Google facility at The Dalles, Oregon...

The Dalles Port Signs Deal with Google, Gorge Business News Reprint of The Dalles Chronicle Article

re: February 2005 article about Google agreeing to buy industrial land at The Dalles, Oregon...

FT.com / Business Life - Interview transcript: Meg Whitman, Ebay

re: longish interview with chief exec of Ebay, about how ecommerce is changing, etc....

Climate Change: 'Adapt or bust'

re: Lloyd's of London has issued a report called "Climate Change: Adapt or Bust" and the Seattle Post-Intelligencer Editorial staff sees this, and other insurance companies moves in this direction, as the final proof needed that climate change is man-caused and serious...

The Scotsman - Business - Milking the vogue for authenticity

re: dairy in Scotland pushes its Scottishness and the fact that it's a longtime family-run business...

The Scotsman - Business - Advice on making life more cheerful down on the farm

re: UK banker provides pep talk for rural business owners in article by Fordyce Maxwell...

Saturday, June 17, 2006

The Tall Midget

re: refusing to play the role of victim...

The Paragraph Farmer: Back to science class

re: Michael Crichton, scientism, the politicizing of science, Al Gore, Rush Limbaugh, Tom Harris, Bjorn Lomborg, Peter Duesberg, Guillermo Gonzalez, Galileo...

Wittingshire: Privacy versus Life

re: abortion, then and now...

Key arrest in killer heroin spree

re: "...Nationally, hundreds of people have died in at least eight states from using heroin or cocaine laced with fentanyl, an extremely powerful synthetic drug that kills in small doses..."...

Jennifer Roback Morse on Father's Day & Husbands on National Review Online

re: men are capable of heroic loyalty...

Scientific Purge at VSU

re: this is sad if true - Virginia State University boots not only a scientist who dissented politically, but a colleague who came to her aid?... (hat tip: Phi Beta Cons)

Phi Beta Cons on National Review Online

re: notes that "...the fundamental reason that boys are lagging behind in schools is probably father absence. Boys with fathers in the home do ok. A recent Esquire magazine piece on the gap between male and female performance in schools ends by exhorting men to act more as mentors to boys, indirectly confirming this thesis..."...

Carrie Lukas on Fathers on National Review Online

re: fathers are indispensable...

Friday, June 16, 2006

The Anchoress : More on My Life With the Saints

re: strong recommendation for James Martin's book, My Life With the Saints...

Kathryn Jean Lopez on NRO's 2006 Fundraising Drive on National Review Online

re: NRO asking for support/subscriptions...

The Editors on Campaign-Finance Reform on National Review Online

re: the state of Washington treats radio hosts as criminals for speaking out against a gas-tax increase, using campaign finance regulations as their weapon of choice...

Fishing in sanctuary divides Hawaiians - The Honolulu Advertiser

re: reaction to the creation this week of the huge marine reserve, aka Northwestern Hawaiian Islands National Monument...

A Call to the Faithful - Prison Fellowship

re: the Didache, a first century practical guide to discipleship and obedience. Includes a pro-life passage...

The Claremont Institute: Let Sleeping Beauties Lie

re: a book review of the Norton Anthology of Children's Literature: The Tradition in English. Sad and sick...

GC '06 - News & Commentary - American Anglican Council Live Website

re: Dr. N.T. Wright, Bishop of Durham, compares what Windsor asked of ECUSA, and what ECUSA proposed instead of what was requested, and finds the Episcopalian leaders in America sidestepping (and sidestepping, and sidestepping) what is required...

Book note: Waiting for Your Cat to Bark?

re: getting front page play at Barnes & Noble today: Waiting for Your Cat to Bark?: Persuading Customers When They Ignore Marketing, by Bryan Eisenberg, Jeffrey Eisenberg, Lisa T. Davis...

Scotsman.com Heritage & Culture - Great Scots - Lord John Charles Walsham Reith

re: "father of the BBC", also the author of the autobiographical Into The Wind (1956) and Wearing Spurs (1966)...

Elephants in Academia: Some thoughts on Bush in Iraq from the mail bag

re: "an Air Force major specializing in Middle Eastern studies" shares some thoughts on the importance of President Bush's visit to Iraq...

CULTURE OF LIFE - Umbert 06.15.2006

re: cartoon about babies being able to cry in the womb...

Bookworm Room : Two countries, side by side

re: Israelis versus Palestinians. Includes info on new Alzheimer's treatment developed in Israel...

Jen Robinson's Book Page: 48 Hour Book Challenge this Weekend

re: another reading challenge...

Thursday, June 15, 2006

Bakercityherald.com: Archaeologists turn attention to Kam Wah Chung in John Day

re: another dig around the Kam Wah Chung Monday, June 19 through Saturday, June 24, with Public Archeology Day from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday with hourly led tours...

RobinsonforCongress.com

re: North Carolina race, with candidates that are pretty much polar opposites on the issues and worldview...

Rush Is Right: Great Ad from Vernon Robinson

re: Twilight Zone themed political ad...

Bookworm Room : The problem with Bridget Jones

re: good romances versus take-offs that miss the point...

wind scraps: news ... and tattling

re: combo post, part 'what funny thing my kid said' and part plug for the book The Groovy Chicks' Road Trip to Love...

Addition: More on the book from the publisher

Where Did I Learn the Most Useful Stuff for Living? - PalmTree Pundit

re: school versus other aspects of life, with references to the book The Marketing of Evil...

Scotsman.com Heritage & Culture - Ideas & Ingenuity - Scots father of the stealth fighter

re: a tribute to James Clerk Maxwell...

pioneer parenting

re: Mary E. DeMuth blog to go along with her book Building the Christian Family You Never Had: A Practical Guide for Pioneer Parents...

No Left Turns: Right. On.

re: The University of North Dakota stands up for its "Fighting Sioux" tradition...

Betsy's Page: A losing political agenda

re: Wal-Mart bashing doesn't even play well amongst Democratic voters, a Democratic pollster says...

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Program slashing deaths in U.S., Tucson hospitals

re: Jane Erickson of the Arizona Daily Star reports on Arizona progress and participation in the nationwide "100,000 Lives" campaign to improve hospital care and reduce preventable deaths in hospitals...

USATODAY.com - Hawaiian island chain will get national-monument status

re: "White House officials say Bush will elevate the area now known as the Northwestern Hawaiian Island Coral Reef Ecosystem Reserve to national-monument status. The designation will immediately afford the region the strongest legal protections, with fishing and commercial operations being phased out over the next five years and visitors primarily limited to scientific researchers"...

David's Daily Diversions

re: "Cake and Safety"...

Illegal Work Booms in Berlin | Business | Deutsche Welle | 14.06.2006

re: some folks are estimating (guessing?) that "off-the-books" work makes up about a fifth of Berlin's GDP...

A Circle of Quiet: Creative deprivation

re: the benefits of not giving children too much stuff...

The American Thinker

re: Vasko Kohlmayer comments on "Zarqawi, Schiavo, and liberal madness"...

hat tip: Bookworm

Telegraph | News | 'Schools are letting boys down'

re: Dr. Tony Sewell says the educational system in the UK threw 'the boy out with the bath water' when it set about reforming schools to make them more girl-friendly. Dr. Sewell was set to speak at the Boys to Men: Teaching and Learning Masculinities in Schools and Colleges conference at the QEII Conference Centre in Westminster, London...

ADF: Pro-life healthcare groups fight California's attempts to criminalize right of conscience

re: "The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit ruled Friday that California healthcare professionals must be allowed to intervene in a lawsuit to defend their right to refuse to provide abortions and abortion referrals..." Involves Weldon Amendment challenge...

ADF: Church forced from its building over "landscaping" rule wins over local government - Alliance Defense Fund - Defending Our First Liberty

re: church told it couldn't hold services until landscaping was complete...

Being Had - Prison Fellowship

re: Chuck Colson corrects something he said about Terri Schiavo in a recent commentary...

Baptisms at Disney resort reflect upswing in outdoor services - (BP)

re: "Southern Baptist churches are rediscovering the practice of public baptisms in local lakes as a byproduct of the SBC’s renewed emphasis on baptism."

Later in the article: "Everyone Can is the theme of the Southern Baptist Convention’s year-long emphasis on baptizing 1 million people."...

Mickey News - Baptists, Disney have faith in ability to work together

re: First Baptist Church of Orlando baptized more than a hundred people at a ceremony at a Walt Disney World lake, only the latest move in an effort to reconcile evangelicals with the Walt Disney corporation...

TCS Daily - Are You a Conservative?

re: Arnold Kling discusses the difference between liberals and conservatives, and says "What is distinctive about liberals is their belief that they are the only people who can exercise freedom with responsibility. They believe that a paternalistic government can make better decisions for those who [are] not in the elite."...

TCS Daily - The Wrath of Grapes

re: Stephen Bainbridge provides background on the red tape and regulation on wine sales, and reports on the battle to open up the market...

From Across The Fruited Plain: How Would Jesus Order a Cheesesteak?

re: Philadelphia is harassing a guy who put up a sign at his eatery asking folks to order in English...

Background links (courtesy RushLimbaugh.com): AP, Washington Post (August 12, 2003), and Philadelphia Inquirer.

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

I've found God, says man who cracked the genome - Sunday Times - Times Online

re: "Francis Collins, the director of the US National Human Genome Research Institute, claims there is a rational basis for a creator and that scientific discoveries bring man “closer to God”." His book, The Language of God, is to be published in September...

hat tip: The Alliance Alert (June 13, 2006)

Alaska Children's Books

re: the website for Alaska Children's Books, written and illustrated by the husband/wife team of Bernd and Susan Richter (hat tip: deadtree May 2006 Oregon Trail Ruralite magazine)...

Townhall.com :: Columns :: On the Seventh Day, God Rested and Liberals Schemed by Ann Coulter - Jun 6, 2006

re: Chapter One of Ann Coulter's book Godless...

Townhall.com :: Columns :: Bargaining with the devil by Burt Prelutsky - Jun 13, 2006

re: reading The Grapes of Wrath at age 11, and writing a book report on it...

Bookworm Room : On Michael Berg

re: on Michael Berg and the other pacifists who say President Bush is more evil than the man who slit Mr. Berg's son's throat. Michael Berg has been nominated by the Green Party to be its candidate for Delaware's congressional seat...

Jen Robinson's Book Page: More Cool Girls from Kid Lit

re: compiling a list of the coolest girls from children's literature (via Melissa.)

Here in the Bonny Glen: Can You Say It Five Times Fast?

re: "interesting reading in the kidlitosphere" (a word Melissa Wiley made up while writing this post)...

Ed Driscoll.com: Life Amongst The Carbon-Neutral

re: Al Gore and his movie...

Ed Driscoll.com: Utopia For Them Would Be Hell For Us

re: more theorizing "that terrorists are an offshoot of the 20th century modernist utopians"...

Downtown Rising by Nicole Gelinas

re: private-sector developer Larry Silverstein completes a 52-story Seven World Trade Center while the pols argue about what to do with Ground Zero just across the street...

It's This Bad by Theodore Dalrymple, City Journal Spring 2006

re: a look at today's England, in which the government seems more intent to be the engineer of souls than the protector of lives...

FOXNews.com - Federal Judge Nixes 'In God We Trust' Lawsuit - Local News | News Articles | National News | US News

re: California judge tosses Newdow lawsuit about "In God We Trust" on coins and bills. His second challenge to the Pledge's wording is still pending at the 9th Circuit...

Monday, June 12, 2006

The Paragraph Farmer: Thrust and parry: rebutting the professor

re: revisiting the Pope's visit to Auschwitz on May 28, and how it was reported and commented upon...

Jeff Jacoby: Demagogues and the marriage debate

re: a call to argue on the merits insteading of hurling insults...

OpinionJournal - Extra: A Middle Ground on Immigration

re: Mike Pence says yes to guest workers, no to amnesty...

The Common Room: Another Word for Judgment...

re: reasonable versus unreasonable judgments... (via PalmTree Pundit)

As I See It Now: Plants You Sit Back and Watch Grow

re: favorite plants that come up by themselves year after year...

Saturday, June 10, 2006

Salt Lake Tribune - The 5 Browns hitting all the right notes

re: piano-playing siblings about to embark on world tour...

Internet Public Library:

re: founded by University of Michigan' s School of Information, but soon 14 other schools will be taking part in developing and maintaining the site...

OpinionJournal - Taste: Food Fight

re: the "ethical eating" movement has split into warring camps...

Friday, June 09, 2006

Books by Church Reform Leaders and IRD Advisory Board Members - Institute on Religion and Democracy

re: Christian books promoted at The Institute on Religion and Democracy website...

Wordplay - Prison Fellowship

re: the Network of Spiritual Progressives and "The Slang of Spiritual Semantics"...

Seattle Post-Intelligencer: Pennsylvania governor visits Barbaro

re: Governor Rendell presented a check for $13.5 million to the New Bolton Center, to be used for the completion of new veterinary medical facilities...

Thursday, June 08, 2006

The Anchoress : Cleanse your visual palate and move on!

re: various links to various topics...

Joust The Facts: In Case You Missed It ...

re: various links, plus math-centered book recommendation...

Achenbach's "Tempest" and the Global-Warming Skeptics: BLOG: SciAm Observations#more192

re: global warming believer calls skeptics loopy misfits...

Science & Technology at Scientific American.com: Reflooding Restores Wildlife to Iraqi Marshes

re: some of Iraq's wetlands make amazing comeback...

hat tip: Best of the Web Today (which notes that the article doesn't note who drained the marshes, and who restored them).

Touchstone Magazine - Mere Comments: From the Inbox 3 June 2006

re: links to various things, including a series on "C.S. Lewis and Pulp Fiction"...

Where They Don't All Scream for Ice Cream - New York Times

re: booting an ice cream truck from a good location, rather than forcing mothers - and nannies - to tell their kids no...

hat tip: Mere Comments

Touchstone Magazine - Mere Comments: The Bonds of Egypt II

re: African-Americans, baseball, and the general disaster facing young black men in America...

Betsy's Page: Al Qaeda Leaders Are Going to be Even More Depressed

re: terror leaders must deal with finding out Zarqawi was killed following an inside tip, also, how terrorists use the media as one of their weapons of terror...

Betsy's Page: Nice Just Doesn't Cut It

re: how Canada is responding (and not responding) to the arrest of 17 Canadian terrorist suspects...

Betsy's Page: Akaka is Flushed

re: the Hawaiian separatists bill didn't quite make it to the U.S. Senate floor for debate...

Dr. Sanity: PSYCHOLOGICAL ADAPTATION

re: building a more resilient society, versus the socialist-environmental approach to deal with 'global warming'...

Dr. Sanity: BATMAN, EAT YOUR HEART OUT !

re: real life 'bat wings' instead of parachute...

Brandywine Books: Field-Tested Books

re: Summer reading.

Includes quote from James Finn Garner, "Summer reading should be, by definition, that which Fall-Winter-Spring reading is not. . . . I set aside Summer to enjoy the things no one is talking about. At my family cottage I have a personal rule to read only books more than 50 years old. In this way, modern novelists and their narcissistic obsessions get the heave-ho . . ."...

Insurance Discount for Women Who Refuse Abortion in Switzerland

re: thousands of women have signed up for "health insurance discounts to women who refuse abortions, in vitro fertilization and prenatal diagnosis"...

US Presbyterian Church Gropes Towards More Pro-Life Position

re: addressing when to consider abortion a "moral choice"...

Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Victory for Ursuline Academy in the Third Circuit

re: court recognizes Catholic school's right to fire an employee who publicly repudiated core moral teaching...

Fr. Joseph Woodill -- Why Dr. Welby is Forever Gone: A Very Brief Survey of Bioethics

re: from Ben Casey and company to disorientation in medical ethics...

Update: originally published here. (Jacob's Well, Fall-Winter, 1999-2000).

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Bookworm Room : All suffering is not created equal

re: museum exhibits that try to erase value differences in suffering...

Wittingshire: Fashion Statements

re: if someone wants to make a fashion statement, why shouldn't we listen?...

Daily Inklings : The 50Books Challenge

re: a community of people each aiming to read 50 books in 2006...

Daily Inklings : Remember D-Day: June 6, 1944

re: remembering D-Day...

Star-Telegram | 05/15/2006 | Church plans program counter youth violence

re: Baptists in Texas plan to take on a street fighting culture among teens, in part by providing men to mentor fatherless boys...

Star-Telegram | 05/26/2006 | Wedgwood Baptist's story still goes on

re: responding to a poll that picked his church as the location of the number one crime in the county in the last hundred years, the pastor of Wedgwood Baptist tells what's happened since 1999...

Bedford Bulletin: Cowboy Church to challenge ruling

re: from reporter John Barnhart, a story of a Virginia Cowboy Church that's been hit with zoning problems, because it meets in a building Bedford County has deemed 'agricultural'...

A Circle of Quiet: A summer challenge of a different sort

re: walking up and down hills...

Monday, June 05, 2006

OpinionJournal - Leisure & Arts: A Noble Virtue

re: Josiah Bunting III writes about honor, and about the book Honor: A History, by James Bowman...

Saturday, June 03, 2006

A Stone's Throw

re: An Orthodox Jew takes on the vandals in his East Cleveland neighborhood...

The Scotsman - Business - A cost-cutter's vision for cow of the future

re: advising farmers to get out of the beef market, and get most of their income from environmental good conduct payments...

The Scotsman - Business - Festival set to help out the green scene

re: the Edinburgh Treefest and Wood Market 2006, set to be held June 10 and 11...

Nazarene.org :Sunday School - A Hot New Buzz-Phrase in Bulgaria

re: Adult Sunday School is something of a new concept in Bulgaria, and it's fueling Nazarene church growth...

Friday, June 02, 2006

Stones Cry Out: Enron's Criminals Should Not Go To Prison; They Should Make Money for Their Victims

re: restorative justice...

Abortions over imperfections (post at Considerettes)

re: babies being aborted in the UK for easy to correct defects like club foot...

WORLD Magazine | Weekly News, Christian Views

re: Christopher Hitchens talks about the world, himself, and religion (he hates religion, he says) in an article available to the public until June 21, and to subscribers thereafter...

open book: If it's summer, it must be time for..

re: openly religious baseball...

Full Circle: Escape from Baghdad and the return

re: autobiography of Saul Silas Fathi...

Goodnight, John Boy - PalmTree Pundit

re: likes The Waltons and Little House on the Prairie, wonders what other television shows along those lines might be good to watch (they're watching on DVD)...

Thursday, June 01, 2006

Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity?

re: "...finding a guilty person "not guilty by reason of insanity" is an act of moral evasion..."...

Modesty and Fashion -- Sworn Enemies?

re: a Pia Catton essay in the current edition of In Character...

neo-neocon: Petite woman of the world,unite! You have nothing to lose but your dowdy, ill-fitting dresses

re: responding to three well-known retailers announcing at about the same time that they're eliminating their petite departments...

EMBRYO ADOPTION: Birth of twins, formerly frozen embryos, gives young couple unique outlook on stem cell debate - (BP)

re: embryo adoption through the National Embryo Donation Center (NEDC) and other organizations...

Dr. Sanity: THE FOUR PILLARS OF THE SOCIALIST REVIVAL, AND THE RISE OF ISLAMOFASCISM

re: using what socialists left in their wake...

Global warming might not be so bad, if we keep our cool - Sunday Times - Times Online

re: Simon Jenkins commentary...

The balmy North Pole of 50 million years ago - World - Times Online

re: more on the recent reports that the climate models were off substantially -- and that the Arctic used to be as warm as today's subtropics...

OpenOffice.org: Home

re: open-source software...

Net neutrality and politics | John Carroll | ZDNet.com

re: John Carroll says the Internet is not threatened by access tiers, and explains why...

hat tip: Pajamas Media: Just Say No to Net Neutrality.

Semper Reformanda: I'm just gonna break the wrist and walk away. Break the wrist, walk away.

re: watching strangers initiate a divorce...