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Entries from July 31st, 2009

Review of Meltdown

July 31st, 2009 by Bill Brown · 25 Comments · Book Reviews

As a historian, I am all too familiar with the dangers of placing too much stock in contemporaneous sources. Present events and actions attract the most attention, leading to a myopic search for explanation. Causation is best determined from afar since the historian has a diverse group of hypotheses from which to choose and can […]

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Church and Dictatorship

July 30th, 2009 by Myrhaf · 6 Comments · Foreign Affairs

Bad news out of Russia for those of us who watch the rise of religion with concern: Two stunning initiatives from the Russian government over the past few weeks illustrate a disturbing fusion of religion and politics as Vladimir Putin’s regime makes a final effort to consolidate dictatorship. First, the government announced that it would […]

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Time Enough at Last

July 29th, 2009 by Chuck · 9 Comments · Politics

Mark Steyn identifies as a problem the unmanageable size of proposed bills, such as the current health care reform bill: Thousand-page bills, unread and indeed unwritten at the time of passage, are the death of representative government. They also provide a clue as to why, in a country this large, national government should be minimal and constrained. Even […]

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Read These Articles — While You Still Can

July 27th, 2009 by Myrhaf · 10 Comments · Politics

Betsy Speicher’s Facebook page links to a couple of must-read articles. First, Obama is appointing Cass Sunstein to the “Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs.” The name of that position alone is frightening. But it gets a lot scarier when you learn that his latest book, “On Rumors: How Falsehoods Spread, Why We Believe Them, […]

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The Mind of a Statist

July 27th, 2009 by Chuck · 3 Comments · Politics

I was watching CNBC tonight and they were discussing the case of a Citi trader who was due to receive a $100 million bonus.  Then they showed a Wall Street Journal headline that read: “US Pay Czar to Renegotiate Contracts He Deems Too Lucrative.”  This Citi trader’s bonus contract is presumably Exhibit One for the […]

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Arming Our Enemies

July 27th, 2009 by Myrhaf · 4 Comments · Foreign Affairs, Politics

Gene Schwimmer, in a blog post about Obama’s latest move of appeasement, this time of Syria, reminds us: In 2002, George W. Bush went to New Jersey, stood before an audience of his fellow Americans and declared that “we will not allow the world’s worst leaders to threaten us with the world’s worst weapons.  In […]

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Old Book Recommendation

July 25th, 2009 by Mike N · 8 Comments · Book Reviews

I just finished reading The Blue Wound, a 1921 novel by Garet Garrett and boy what an enjoyable read. I found a 2008 paperback reprint, 109 pages, at Barnes and Noble. Now I want to get copies of his other writings. The story is about a writer who goes on a journey to find the […]

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Good, Bad and Amusing

July 23rd, 2009 by Mike N · Comments Off on Good, Bad and Amusing · Culture, Environmentalism

ARCTV has a 2min. video by Yaron Brook on the subject of sacrifice vs trade. While this subject needs a lot more coverage in today’s culture, Mr. Brook as usual, nails the essentials. ******************************************* I know this is a few days old but I think it’s noteworthy anyway. The newest burden you will be asked […]

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Bizarro #1

July 23rd, 2009 by Myrhaf · 10 Comments · Politics

How weird is Obama’s view of man? Right now, doctors a lot of times are forced to make decisions based on the fee payment schedule that’s out there. So if they’re looking and you come in and you’ve got a bad sore throat or your child has a bad sore throat or has repeated sore […]

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Obama’s Falling Popularity

July 22nd, 2009 by Myrhaf · 9 Comments · Politics

People are talking about a USA Today report that shows Obama’s poll numbers at this point in his presidency are 10th of the 12 post-WWII presidents. Peter Wehner presents the case: When Barack Obama assumed office, his supporters viewed him as a man of preternatural talents: highly intelligent and unusually reasonable, disciplined and competent, open […]

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Epistemological Primitivism in Action II

July 20th, 2009 by Jim May · 26 Comments · Politics

In an earlier post, I characterized pragmatists as “epistemological primitives”. Today I have two groups of examples to demonstrate this kind of primitivism in action. Some time ago, Arnold Kling did so when he proposed that individual states should perhaps “experiment” with government health care — as if  the experiment has never been tried before, […]

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The Greatest Story Never Told

July 20th, 2009 by Myrhaf · Comments Off on The Greatest Story Never Told · Culture

In Podcast 71 Leonard Peikoff briefly discusses his upcoming book on the DIM Hypothesis. From the explanation of his lecture series on DIM: Dr. Peikoff’s forthcoming book, The DIM Hypothesis, identifies three different modes of integration, i.e., of interrelating concretes, such as individual percepts, facts, choices, etc. As Dr. Peikoff explains: “My thesis is that […]

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Hate is Part of Crime Now

July 19th, 2009 by Mike N · 5 Comments · Politics

Well, they’ve done it. According to this Washington Times report, the US Senate passed the hate crime legislation that was attached to the DOD appropriations bill. The Senate is supposed to be the more deliberative, more cerebral, more intellectual of the two congressional bodies. HAH! What a joke! As I wrote in a letter to […]

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The Shape of Things to Come

July 19th, 2009 by Myrhaf · 7 Comments · Politics

I missed the US Postal Service when they knocked on my door yesterday with an important package I’ve been waiting for impatiently. The postman left a note on my door that I could pick up the package at the post office on Saturday between 9-11am. So today I went to the post office at 9am […]

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The Sotomayor Hearings

July 16th, 2009 by Myrhaf · 1 Comment · Politics

It’s remarkable to hear Sonia Sotomayor walk away from every postmodern/multiculturalist statement she has made. As many have noted, she sounds like Justice Roberts all of the sudden. Now she has no place for empathy and believes the law is to be judged the same by all men regardless of race or sex. It’s pretty […]

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A Foiled Terrorist Plot?

July 14th, 2009 by Myrhaf · Comments Off on A Foiled Terrorist Plot? · Foreign Affairs

Ryan Mauro has a stunning story about what looks to be an attempted terrorist attack that failed last month. This one would have involved commercial jets heading to Phoenix, Arizona. The enemy is still at war with us. Why is something like the Islamic Saudi Academy, which teaches militant Islamism and plays a part in […]

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A Few Links

July 13th, 2009 by Myrhaf · 1 Comment · Link Cavalcade

Michael Barone writes about the disarray on Capitol Hill. I was surprised to read that as of June 19, only $29 billion of the massive stimulus bill had been spent. You remember how it was so urgent that the bill was passed quickly that Congressmen didn’t have time to read the thing? It turns out […]

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Obama the Ideologue

July 12th, 2009 by Myrhaf · 1 Comment · Politics

In an opinion piece called “Obama curiously rigid at all the wrong times,” E. Thomas McClanahan is puzzled by Obama’s “inflexible streak.” He showed it last year during the campaign. Even as the success of the troop surge in Iraq became undeniable, Obama remained rooted to his position that the policy was futile and bound […]

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The Party Without Shame

July 12th, 2009 by Myrhaf · Comments Off on The Party Without Shame · Politics

For much of the Bush presidency the left made much of Bush’s “domestic spying” as they called it. We still don’t know how much politicizing intelligence has weakened American security. A document dumped on Friday reveals that many Democrats were less than honest in their outrage. Between the time the time the collection intelligence activities […]

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Obama’s Conservative Critics

July 11th, 2009 by Myrhaf · 3 Comments · Politics

I get daily email updates from Townhall.com. Often I delete them unread. I’m busy, and conservatives are predictable in their opinions. Today I opened the email and looked around to find a lot of devastating criticism of the Democrats’ statist policies. In our two-party system, when one party is in power, the other party’s job […]

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