Renewal

 

Ahh! Springtime. Birds are singing, flowers are blooming and people everywhere are coming out of their winter caves. For the last couple of weeks, we here in the Southwest have had our usual springtime winds. Yes, there is nothing like 60 mph wind gusts, kicking up tons of dust to welcome spring into your home […]

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Authority and the Constitution

 

My nine year old, this morning, found himself in a fight with his six year old sister while I was in the bathroom. She wanted to color on the sliding-glass door by standing on a chair and my son said she couldn’t do that. When she continued to insist that she wanted to do that, […]

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YAF at Brandeis: Christina Hoff Sommers

 

Thanks to Young America’s Foundation (formerly Young Americans for Freedom) our conservative club was able to host Christina Hoff Sommers last Tuesday. We had advertised her around campus thus: “Politically involved? Feminist? Engage in the campus dialogue.” Ironically, other than a graduate student, I was the only female club member to show up. But I enjoyed getting the VIP treatment — sitting in the front seats and being able to hang out with Sommers before and after the event.

The assistant dean (she’s great) started off by talking about how fortunate we were to have these forums for free speech and making it very clear that no disruptive behavior would be tolerated within the room. Then we got to hear from Sommers.

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A quick chuckle about politician behavior…

 

I found this great comment on politics on Facebook this morning. Had to share it. More

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Quote of the Day: Specialists and Generalists

 

A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook […]

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Sargon Strikes Back

 

Some of you probably listen to This Week In Stupid by the lefty Sargon of Akkad. He led a protest today of British hate speech laws, since tomorrow they are going to sentence a immigrant for making a tatesless youtube video. More

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“Keep My Hand From Striking” and Other Exercises of Self-Control

 

“…and he that ruleth his spirit, better than he that taketh a city.” — Proverbs 16:32

Self-control is an overlooked virtue it seems, especially in an indulgent culture. It seems it also comes in the positive and negative forms. First, the negative. Self-control as resistance to one’s own worst impulses. (Note: names changed to protect the guilty and less-than-innocent)

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Van Driver Kills 9 in Toronto

 

Once again, a rental van plowed through pedestrians on a sidewalk, this time in Toronto. Nine people have been reported killed and 16 reported injured in the Monday attack. Police have the suspect in custody and have identified him as 25-year-old Alek Minassian. The latest from CBS News:

U.S. law enforcement sources told CBS News that the incident appears to be a deliberate act. Minister of Public Safety Ralph Goodale said it was too soon to say whether the crash was a case of international terrorism. He said Canada has not changed its terrorism alert level and he has no information that would suggest a need to do so.

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There Is Such a Thing as White (and Asian) Privilege and the Left Advances It

 

First of all, I want to let everyone know that I am not using white privilege as a cudgel to slur white people or people of any color who disagree with me. I like many classical liberals think that white privilege is incredibly overblown and I see it being used as a way to avoid arguments instead of addressing them with reason and goodwill.

For example, I mentioned that some facts written by Thomas Sowell in one of his books suggested that there was very little discrimination in terms of wages between black Americans and white Americans to a lefty journalist. She responded that the book was, and I quote, “white history.” Rather than look up the facts she called stuff that she disagreed with as white in order to dismiss it.

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The Dangers of Playing It Safe

 

I had a rough week last week. No no, scratch that. I had a perfectly awful week last week. To be even more descriptive, last week was the perfect storm of Murphy’s Law and Keystone Cop management. Murphy’s Law, you remember, says that, “If anything can go wrong, it will go wrong.” The Keystone Cop approach to management means that Murphy was an optimist.

Briefly summarizing the incident; several hours into my work day, my truck developed a substantial antifreeze leak. I alerted the dispatcher, who promptly ignored the problem and kept sending me on loads (perfectly in keeping with an established attitude that is undaunted by reality and unmoved by contradictory facts). The truck overheated on the highway resulting in very costly repairs, lost freight revenue, and a glorious night spent parked on a pile of dirt with no facilities available. The crowning glory was that after the truck was dead, I kept getting these incessant phone calls from the same dispatcher who refused my request for maintenance wanting to know when I was going to deliver various loads. I believe this is what they call doubling down on stupid.

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The Castros are no longer in charge of Cuba?!?

 

On Wikipedia’s home page today they mention Miguel Diaz-Canel, who succeeded Raul Castro as “President” of Cuba yesterday. I looked on FoxNews, and on CNN, and I saw no mention of this, which I would consider a fairly important event. Am I missing something here? Did Raul really step down? Why? Who is this new […]

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