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    Archive for June, 2005

    Berenstain Bears in the Trunk

    Thursday, June 30th, 2005

    The Prince William County woman accused of putting her 5-year-old children in a car trunk finally turned herself in last night. . . According to city police, an off-duty New Hampshire police officer stopped Parker on Saturday as she was backing out of a parking space at Wal-Mart with her twin boy and girl in [...]

    One of Our Favorite Saintly Anecdotes

    Thursday, June 30th, 2005

    In 372, Valens’ zealous Arian servant, Modestus (the “Count of the East”), came to Caesarea and summoned Basil. Basil—emaciated from his asceticism but mentally rigorous—came. Modestus shouted at him: “Basil, how dare you defy our great power? How dare you stand alone? Everyone else has yielded, and you alone refuse to accept the religion commanded [...]

    Advertising Gone Wild, Issue 2,908,455

    Thursday, June 30th, 2005

    A woman has sold space on her forehead for $10,000. Golden Palace dot com bought the spot, which is now permanently inked. Even the tattooist tried to talk her out of it. It would seem that she’s had a run of very bad luck and some money will make everything all right. Link. Excerpts: Smith’s [...]

    Scoping the ACLU

    Thursday, June 30th, 2005

    Excellent piece at Lew Rockwell this morning about the ACLU and the Scopes trial. Packed with facts and solid analysis. Link. A few excerpts: We must remember that at this early stage the Russian experiment with Communism seemed to be working – this was years before Stalin’s brutal purges. So groups such as the Communist [...]

    Family Substitutes

    Thursday, June 30th, 2005

    We reported yesterday that studies in third world countries indicate that family ties help cure mental illness. In a culture with increasingly-severed family ties, products like this aren’t surprising: Needies are interactive plush dolls inspired by codependent, high-maintenance relationships. Totally attention-starved, they compete with each other for human affection — or, getting touch, as they [...]

    Evil Rules

    Thursday, June 30th, 2005

    History is brimming with evil leaders you’ve never heard of. Early on, there was Jean-Bedel Bokassa, head of the Central African Republic, who . . . crowned himself emperor in a sumptuous $20 million ceremony that helped bankrupt his country. Though he did find enough money to also kill a hundred students. . . Pretty [...]

    Science of the Sun

    Thursday, June 30th, 2005

    Not coincidentally (as we sweat away in 100-degree temperatures), summer brings renewed interest in global warming and the sun’s effects. Now this: A confusing array of new and recent studies reveals that scientists know very little about how much sunlight is absorbed by Earth versus how much the planet reflects, how all this alters temperatures, [...]

    PSA

    Thursday, June 30th, 2005

    Another reminder: Eric doesn’t have regular access to his computer this week, so the fare is different and lighter than usual. Regular blog programming will resume in a few days.

    The Problem of the Welfare State

    Wednesday, June 29th, 2005

    The real problems are cultural, social, and moral. The welfare state has not only encouraged perverse and destructive behavior, but it has also led to an idolatrous devotion to the central state, with its implied promise of a single and costless political solution to every social ill. Hilaire Belloc described such an outcome as the [...]

    How to Meet Girls 101

    Wednesday, June 29th, 2005

    A man is facing charges after police said they pulled him from a tank under a women’s toilet that was filled with human waste. Police said that Gary Moody, 45, was under a log cabin outhouse off the Kancamagas Highway in Albany. “You can draw your own conclusions as to the conditions we encountered,” said [...]

    The Impartial Judge

    Wednesday, June 29th, 2005

    “No man is allowed to be a judge in his own cause, because his interest would certainly bias his judgment, and, not improbably, corrupt his integrity.” James Madison, Federalist No. 10 A truism, no doubt, but not recognized by those who, wrapped up in the self-interest of legitimizing their favored passion, tout their own objectivity [...]

    Rootless in House and Mind

    Wednesday, June 29th, 2005

    Fascinating piece at WaPo about studies of schizophrenia in third world countries. According to the study, people with strong family ties are more likely to overcome mental illness. Link. Excerpts: [A remarkable three-decade-long study by the World Health Organization finds that] people with schizophrenia, a deadly illness characterized by hallucinations, disorganized thinking and social withdrawal, [...]

     


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