Tuesday, October 31, 2006

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

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

Scribner Chronology

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

VDH's Private Papers::Free at Last

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

¡No Pasarán!: A Surplus of that Vision Thing

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

Monday, October 30, 2006

Townhall.com::Blog: Mark Halperin, Unplugged

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

Shame on Michael J. Fox - Orlando Sentinel : Opinion

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

hat tip: The Paragraph Farmer

Wittingshire: Michael J. Fox

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

Sunday, October 29, 2006

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

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

TNA Home

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

Saturday, October 28, 2006

Miller Center — Franklin D. Roosevelt Speeches

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

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

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

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

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

Friday, October 27, 2006

British Psychologists: Abortions Cause Women Mental Health Problems

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

Article | Casual reaction to criminal brutality

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

What Rush REALLY Said About Michael J. Fox

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

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

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

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

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

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

re: (words fail me)...

EDITORIAL - Cowardly Schiavo Stalking Congresswoman Musgrave

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

Dear Divine, From Oprah by Judy Gruen

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

Suzanne Fields: Saints, sinners and bigots

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

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

re: Republican versus Democrat achievements and plans...

Eugenics,Then and Now

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

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

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

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

the evangelical outpost: She's Having a Fetus

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

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

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

Thursday, October 26, 2006

Breeding and Believing -- Linked?

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

JS Online: The right vs. the rite of marriage

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

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

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

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

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

OpinionJournal - Federation: Getting the Numbers Right

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

Butter Cake Troubleshooting - Joyofbaking.com

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

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

JS Online:Crocker Stephenson: Meeting Baby Doe

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

Monday, October 23, 2006

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

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

Karen Edmisten: In His Hands

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

The Common Room: Poems for Boys

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

The Common Room: Tragic

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

Manliness -- The Forgotten (and Forbidden) Virtue

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

Dawkins and The God Delusion Revisited

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

Seraphic Secret: Woe to Live On

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

Seraphic Secret: French Blood Libel

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

Dove Campaign for Real Beauty

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

hat tip: Danielle Bean

RealClearPolitics - Articles - Uneasy for a Reason

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

hat tip: Julie Ponzi at No Left Turns

New Book Levels Playing Field, Wheat Life

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

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

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

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

Saturday, October 21, 2006

Army Times - Hawaii hospital beset by malpractice claims

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

Troubling Government Argument - PalmTree Pundit

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

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

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

Scrooge On The Playground

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

hat tip: The Club For Growth

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

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

hat tip: Michele

Captain's Quarters: Was Star Trek Fascist?

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

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

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

Friday, October 20, 2006

Britt-Arnhild's House in the Woods

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

ScrappleFace » Democrats Offer to Let GOP Keep Some Seats

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

Brandywine Books: Lewis link

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

Betsy's Page: The Democratic Agenda

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

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

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

Thursday, October 19, 2006

The Little Marine « A Rose By Any Other Name

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

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

More on the numbers game « Bookworm Room

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

November 1997, ParlorSongs second issue, updated

re: a feature on old sheet music...

 Liberty Bell Sheet Music

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

John Philip Sousa (1854-1932)

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

CMA Doctors: South Dakota Abortion Law Parallels Scientific Understanding

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

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

William C. Duncan on Marriage 2006 on National Review Online

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

OpinionJournal - Extra: The Hamas Network

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

Monday, October 16, 2006

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

re: campaign advice for Republicans...

hat tip: Carol Platt Liebau

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

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

Dependency as Independence? by Theodore Dalrymple

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

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

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

The Common Room: Notes and Quotes

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

The Paragraph Farmer: 300 million and change

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

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

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

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

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

AMERICAN FUTURE » Eugenics Is Alive and Well in North Korea

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

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

300 million Americans, and counting

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

SFO Mom: Halloween Frustrations

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

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

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

Britannia: British History & Travel

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

Betsy's Page: Commemorating the Battle of Hastings

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

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

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

The Road to Nowhere—Middle Church

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

Captain's Quarters: The Taboo Has Lifted

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

God’s Paint « A Rose By Any Other Name

re: photo of hillside covered in wildflowers...

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

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

Sunday, October 15, 2006

Global Catholic News - The Danger of a New Selective Eugenics

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

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

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

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

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

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

The NDSU Libraries

re: North Dakota State University's Germans from Russia Heritage Collection...

NWS Rapid City, SD - The Rapid City Flood of 1972 > Historic Black Hills Floods

re: list of floods from 1878...

Old West

re: more photos of Dakotas, etc...

Dakota Territory

re: photos from Dakota Territory...

Foodgeeks.com: Recipe for Awesome Apple Bread

re: recipe...

I have to say...: Friday Stuff

re: various links, including craft links and a site on bread baking...

The 'view from Stonewater: "Stranded" by Lorena McCourtney at Title Trakk

re: review of fourth book in a mystery series published by Christian publisher...

hat tip: Saturday Review of Books (Semicolon)

TheDenverChannel.com - News - Hawaii Governor Declares Emergency Amid Quake

re: more on quake...

Strong Quakes Rattle Hawaiian Islands

re: hit on north of Big Island...

FIRST THINGS: On the Square

re: Ryan T. Anderson writes, "The truth about the technical challenges and scientific hurdles for embryonic stem-cell (ESC) therapies is finally getting out. The truth, of course, is that there are no human embryonic stem-cell therapies even in clinical trial, let alone ready for therapy, and there have been no major treatment models in animals, either. Adult stem cells, however, have already been successful in treating more than seventy different diseases in actual human beings.

Readers of First Things are well aware that the main objection to current methods of embryonic stem-cell research is that they involve the destruction of living human embryos, that is, human beings at the embryonic stage in their lives. This is a principled objection to the direct and intentional killing of human beings.

There is no principled objection to stem-cell research, not even to embryonic stem-cell research, provided that methods that do not destroy embryos are pursued..."...

David's Daily Diversions: Making (Christian) Faith Invisible

re: British Airways allowing employees to wear symbols of faith - except crosses...

David's Daily Diversions: Dragged to Democracy

re: looking at the Sark change of government from a different angle...

A Constrained Vision: Dems and college kids

re: Jay Nordlinger had a thought..."And the old thought is this — one that I had even when I was in college: Aren’t Democrats ever embarrassed that their best and most enthusiastic audiences are the most stupid people in America — I mean, the most inexperienced, least knowledgeable, and least mature? I mean, doesn’t it ever bother them to know that, if they really want or need an adulatory audience, they can always go to a college campus (as opposed to, say, a chamber of commerce)?"...

Saturday, October 14, 2006

The next generation of wusses « Bookworm Room

re: "More from the public school front. My daughter today told me that, during P.E., she got a special commendation for the fact that she didn’t care if she won at kickball or not. Apparently the modern notion of good sportsmanship is no sportsmanship at all..."...

Friday, October 13, 2006

OpinionJournal - Peggy Noonan: The Sounds of Silencing

re: "Why do Americans on the left think only they have the right to dissent?..."...

Thursday, October 12, 2006

No Truth in Beauty by Benjamin A. Plotinsky

re: fauxtography in the news, and in 'documentaries' too...

OpinionJournal - Federation: Too Controversial for Columbia

re: Ross Kaminsky notes decades of bad behavior at Columbia University, when a speaker with which the leftists disagree is invited...

The New York Times pish-tushes European fears « Bookworm Room

re: The New York Times fusses about people in Europe who are wondering out loud if multi-culturalism has been a mistake or if Islam can be reconciled to European values...

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Want to Save the Environment? Have a Baby! - Prison Fellowship

re: Anne Morse challenges the war on babies waged by environmentalists, and its underlying myths. Includes reference to the book The War on People, by Steven Mosher...

New York Cops: Still the Finest by Heather Mac Donald, City Journal Summer 2006

re: a look at why Gotham's crime rate keeps dropping, and why bad neighborhoods turn around...

OpinionJournal - Taste: Under the Microscope

re: "...it is always dismaying when scientists--of all people--suggest that on some subjects there must be no questioning because debate is closed. And on one level, at least, this would seem to be the implicit message of the newly formed 527 political organization called Scientists and Engineers for America, or SEA. / In announcing its launch last week, the group said that it is concerned about how the Bush administration has "compromised the integrity of science" with, among other things, its policies on global warming and stem-cell research and its (alleged) support for nonscientific "intelligent design" theories of evolution. SEA members have also cited a delay in making the "morning-after" pill, sold under the name Plan B, readily available over-the-counter as another example of a sustained government "assault" on science and scientists..."...

OpinionJournal - Leisure & Arts: The Page-Turner as Polemic

re: Joshua Marquis, the district attorney in Astoria, Oregon, and vice president of the National District Attorneys Association, takes aim at John Grisham's book "The Innocent Man"...

Wittingshire: All our scattered leaves

re: John Donne, with a quote in which God is both bookbinder and librarian (in a manner of speaking)...

Monday, October 09, 2006

Bountiful Blessings

re: blog to consider adding to blogroll (found through comment at Rosetta Stone)...

By Their Books We Shall Know Them

re: "Jay Parini, a poet and professor of English at Middlebury College, has written an elegant essay for The Chronicle of Higher Education, noting his penchant for looking at personal libraries of friends and acquaintances./In "Other People's Books,' Parini writes..."...

AMERICAN FUTURE - Trying to make sense of a world in turmoil » Multiculturalism Under Fire in Britain (and France) — Part II

re: primarily excerpts from Melanie Phillips' on Jack Straw's comments about full-face veils, and on the police claiming intifada being waged in France...

AMERICAN FUTURE - Trying to make sense of a world in turmoil » Multiculturalism Under Fire in Britain

re: "reports that the Church of England has launched an "astonishing attack on the Government's drive to turn Britain into a multi-faith society."...

Liberal Blinders by Howard Husock

re: a book review that takes to task Alexander Polikoff for his book Waiting for Gautreaux: A Story of Segregation, Housing and the Black Ghetto (Northwestern University Press), about taking people from ghettos and scattering them about in nicer neighborhoods, but in subsidized housing...

Semicolon: Books Shaping Evangelicals

re: discussion of a recently published list of "Top 50 Books That Have Shaped Evangelicals"...

Antiabortion Campaign Waves Feminist Flag - Los Angeles Times

re: South Dakota anti-abortion campaign leaders highlighting the toll abortion has had on women, to the confusion and dismay of pro-abortion activists...

Saturday, October 07, 2006

Captain's Quarters: I Love Canadian Troops, Too!

re: Democrats use photoshopped picture of Canadian serviceman to accompany claims that the GOP is breaking promises and hurting our troops...

lgf has more, and notes that the Dems might not have done the altering themselves...

The New Atlantis - Shop Class as Soulcraft - Matthew B. Crawford

re: long essay on manual competence, craftsmanship, etc...

Mental multivitamin: Manual competence

re: "...Political theorists from Aristotle to Thomas Jefferson have questioned the republican virtue of the mechanic, finding him too narrow in his concerns to be moved by the public good. Yet this assessment was made before the full flowering of mass communication and mass conformity, which pose a different set of problems for the republican character..." (from Shop Class as Soulcraft, The New Atlantis, Summer 2006)...

ABC News: Family Christens USS George H.W. Bush

re: "NEWPORT NEWS, Va. Oct 7, 2006 (AP)— Spraying the bubbles from sparkling wine across the enormous gray bow of the USS George H.W. Bush, the Bush family on Saturday christened the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier named after the 82-year-old former president..."

Not that it matters, but I didn't know a U.S. military ship could be named for a still-living person...

Press Releases - Evangelical Leaders Exploited by Global Warming--Population Control Lobby

re: "What the publicity surrounding the ECI failed to disclose was that the initiative dangerously connects an Evangelical “creation care” ethic to those groups that are lobbying for population control and abortion-on-demand. Such efforts, if successful, would give anti-Christian ideologies unmerited moral and theological cover that they now lack..."...

Flash Point: Teen Mother Choices

re: "Teen Mother Choices is a non-profit organization that is probably one of the best examples of being God-with-skin-on to girls between the ages of 13 and 23 who find themselves pregnant and choose to keep their babies."... plus... "...Nigel Cameron was the guest speaker and it is really something he shared that night that I wanted to share with you. He spoke about the fact that if you were pro-life in the 20th century, you need to be pro-human in the 21st..."...

archden.org

re: the Archdiocese of Denver launched a new website this year on the Feast of St. Francis Assisi...

Telegraph | News | Muslims are waging civil war against us, claims police union

re: trouble in France, which some are saying is criminals defending their turf, but others think is radical Muslims waging intifada, and others...

hat tip: The American Thinker

Friday, October 06, 2006

The Cafeteria Is Closed: Archbishop Chaput Quote

re: ...“We need to drill it into our heads that defending the sanctity of the human person and serving the common good can’t be separated,” he said. “Stuffing our Catholic faith in a closet when we enter the public square or join a public debate isn’t good manners, and it isn’t political courtesy. It’s cowardice. And we’ll be judged for that cowardice by the God who created us.”...

Here in the Bonny Glen: Our Backyard Gave Us a Going-Away Present

re: monarch butterflies (and where to get milkweed)...

A Circle of Quiet: A little of this and a little of that

re: games, and a great quote from a Wendell Berry essay on the disintegration of communities and the disintegration of persons and the disintegration of language...

NWCN.com | News for NW Cable News | Northwest Backroads

re: Mary Jane Butters, the simple life, and a million-dollar-plus two-book deal...

MercuryNews.com | 10/06/2006 | Growers Express puzzled by FBI's 'spinach' raid

re: agents sweep into food firms...

Students at Hundreds of Campuses to Join Day of Silence Against Abortion Oct. 24

re: students in Canada, the United States, and elsewhere will show solidarity with those silenced by abortion...

RealClearPolitics - Articles - Abortion Chic

re: Kathleen Parker discusses the Ms. Magazine "We Had Abortions" cover story and campaign...

Musings of a Lady: Five years ago

re: another good 9/11 anniversary post that I missed when it came out...

FOXNews.com - CBS News Allows Conservative Point of View and All Hell Breaks Loose - Bill O’Reilly | The O’Reilly Factor

re: Brian Rohrbough, whose son was killed at Columbine, goes on CBS to say that he thinks that the country is in moral freefall, that schools contribute to it, and that some things are always wrong - like killing children, including abortion - and a few folks on the left come uncorked...

FOXNews.com - Hazardous Waste Plant Fire in N.C. Forces 17,000 to Evacuate

re: but rain and time seem to be helping matters considerably...

Thursday, October 05, 2006

Mrs. Happy Housewife - Peter Pan Book Sequel

re: there is an authorized sequel, now available...

Nobel Wish-List

re: William Kristol thinks Donald Westlake should get the Nobel Prize for literature...

The Constitution, Writ or Wrong

re: "The habeas corpus debate illustrates a dangerous trend in legal ignorance..."...

hat tip: Bookworm

Considerettes - Affecting the Culture

re: "What would your church do to make an impact on our culture, if it had $100,000 at its disposal? One Baptist church decided to make a movie; a high-quality movie [Facing the Giants] with a good message that is competing favorably against Hollywood’s offerings..."...

The View into the Womb is "Extraordinarily Dangerous?"

re: a doctor in the UK frets that the public might look at pictures of a baby in the womb and think it's human at 12 weeks...

Victory for marriage in California - Alliance Defense Fund - Defending Our First Liberty

re: "A ruling today by the California Court of Appeal reversed a lower court’s 2005 decision that would have redefined marriage to include same-sex couples..."...

Television Reality - Prison Fellowship

re: John Fischer was minding his own business in a coffee bistro, when folks with a 'reality show' swung in for some filming...

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

BrothersJudd Blog: INCREASINGLY DUBAIOUS:

re: more on Airbus and its latest troubles...

Study: Switzerland Tops in Preventing Bribery | Business | Deutsche Welle | 04.10.2006

re: corruption watchdog agency study on how well different exporting countries do on preventing firms from bribing...

German Government Urged to Intervene in Airbus Crisis | Business | Deutsche Welle | 04.10.2006

re: "...News that Airbus is facing an uncertain future due to the delayed roll-out of the A380 super jumbo jet by at least a year, and the proposed shifting of operations from Hamburg to cheaper sites in Russia, India and China, has angered politicians and industry officials in Germany..."...

Control Room and Driver to Blame for Transrapid Train Crash | Germany | Deutsche Welle | 04.10.2006

re: initial investigation on the Sept. 22 crash that killed 23 people finds human error on the part of the driver (who died in the crash) and two control room operators (both of whom are still reported to be in a state of shock) for letting the train start down a test track that still had a 60-ton maintenance vehicle on it...

That Was Then . . . This is Now? A Nazi Nightmare

re: doctors killing people with handicaps or other problems...

Heresy in the Church of High Art

re: another writer pointing out the ugliness and worldview of 'high art'...

The Common Room: Books read in September.

re: includes some books I hadn't heard of that sound interesting, like Rachel Calof's Story: Jewish Homesteader on the Northern Plains...

Betsy's Page: The new Medicare plan

re: grudging praise for how the new Medicare prescription drug benefit program is doing so far...

Betsy's Page: More attacks on freedom of speech

re: 'campaign finance reforms' being used to punish plain old talk...

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

A Little Social Experiment by Theodore Dalrymple

re: On a London street, the difference between private property and "social" (i.e. public) housing shows up in the gardens. "What is clear from the distribution of litter in the street is that it is the private that is social, and the “social” that is not so much private as solipsistic, egotistical—and antisocial."...

Danielle Bean: Your Turn: Clutter Control

re: more advice to get rid of clutter (it's only stuff)...

Patrick Lee on NRO Books

re: Patrick Lee and Robert P. George counter charges made against them and others in the book Challenging Nature, by Lee Silver. Includes technical info on embryonic stem cells, embryos, etc., ...

Books and Culture's Book of the Week: A Canonization of Subjectivity - Books & Culture

re: Mark Gauvreau Judge reviews Andrew Sullivan's new book, The Conservative Soul, and finds it full of misrepresentations ("Sullivan quotes George Weigel and Richard John Neuhaus out of context, but his real botching is with Pope Benedict"..."He touts his Catholicism... but can't be bothered to tackle John Paul II's Theology of the Body"), plus much nonsense in general. He suggests "A Canonization of Subjectivity" might have been a good title...

Monday, October 02, 2006