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July 4, 2013

Video: “Battle Hymn of the Republic – Mormon Tabernacle Choir” – Happy Independence Day 2013!

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Video:  “Battle Hymn of the Republic – Mormon Tabernacle Choir

June 28, 2012

The Great Destroyer by David Limbaugh

I believe it was Sean Hannity I heard call The Great Destroyer:  Barack Obama’s War on the Republic (Washington, DC:  Regnery Publishing, 2012) by David Limbaugh an encyclopedia.  That is a good description.  The book should be considered a reference work and kept on a handy shelf rather than read from beginning to end.

It includes a lot of good information but too much and too much detail for the casual reader to remember.

Limbaugh covers Obama’s war on

  • America
  • the right
  • the disobedient
  • our culture and values
  • the economy
  • our future
  • oil
  • other energy resources
  • business
  • national security
  • guns
  • the office of the President

May 31, 2012

Marked for Death by Geert Wilders

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In Marked for Death:  Islam’s War Against the West and Me (Washington, DC:  Regnery Publishing, Inc., 2012), Geert Wilders relates his experience as a member of the Dutch Parliament fighting the Islamic attack on culture in the Netherlands while under police protection because of death threats he’s received for speaking about Islam.  He also covers the history of Islam and the current status of its “war” against the West.

The book is very readable, and I highly recommend it.

May 25, 2009

Video: “The Mormon Tabernacle Choir on Touched By An Angel – ‘Battle Hymn of the Republic'”

What could be more appropriate for Memorial Day?  I always get choked up when I hear this version by the Tabernacle Choir.

This video is from an episode of Touched by an Angel.

Video:  “The Mormon Tabernacle Choir on Touched By An Angel – ‘Battle Hymn of the Republic’

March 29, 2009

I Wish I’d Known about “Human Achievement Hour 2009” Last Night

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February 23, 2009

Description of a Loonie Liberal

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As I mentioned in a post yesterday, I’ve been rereading The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress the last few days.  I ran across this description of a Loonie liberal.   (Loonie being what the residents of the Moon call themselves.)

Must be a yearning deep in human heart to stop other people from doing as they please. Rules, laws–always for other fellow. A murky part of us, something we had before we came down out of trees, and failed to shuck when we stood up. Because not one of those people said: “Please pass this so that I won’t be able to do something I know I should stop.” Nyet, tovarishchee, was always something they hated to see neighbors doing. Stop them “for their own good”–not because speaker claimed to be harmed by it. (161)

Work Cited:  Heinlein, Robert A. The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress. New York: G. P. Putnam’s Sons, 1966.

February 22, 2009

The Key Question about Government

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Yesterday I finished a class offered by the Independence Institute, taught by Penn Pfiffner, and titled Free People Free Markets: Principles of Liberty. (It will be offered again starting June 27.) Penn gave us copies of his freedom reading list, which included The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress by Robert A. Heinlein.

I first read this book, and a lot of others he wrote, when I was in junior high or high school, and I’ve been rereading it the last few days. The following exchange struck me more this time than when I’ve read it before. Manuel Garcia O’Kelly, Wyoming Knott, and Professor de la Paz have just decided to start a revolution against the governing authority on the Moon, and the Professor is trying to determine what Mannie’s political philosophy is. (I took out the extraneous dialogue and identified each speaker for the sake of clarity.)

Prof: “For example, under what circumstances may the State justly place its welfare above that of a citizen?”

Mannie: “Prof, as I see, are no circumstances under which State is justified in placing its welfare ahead of mine.”

Prof: “Good. We have a starting point.”

Wyoh: “Mannie, . . . that’s a most self-centered evaluation.”

Mannie: “I’m a most self-centered person.”

Wyoh: “Oh, nonsense. Who rescued me? Me, a stranger. And didn’t try to exploit it. . . . Mannie was a perfect knight.”

Prof: “Sans peur et sans reproche. I knew, I’ve known him for years. Which is not inconsistent with evaluation he expressed.”

Wyoh: “Oh, but it is! Not the way things are but under the ideal toward which we aim. Mannie, the ‘State’ is Luna. Even though not sovereign yet and we hold citizenships elsewhere. But I am part of the Lunar State and so is your family. Would you die for your family?”

Mannie: “Two questions not related.”

Wyoh: “Oh, but they are! That’s the point”

Mannie: “Nyet. I know my family, opted long ago.”

Prof: “Dear Lady, I must come to Manuel’s defense. He has a correct evaluation even though he may not be able to state it. May I ask this? Under what circumstances is it moral for a group to do that which is not moral for a member of that group to do alone?”

Wyoh: “Uh . . . that’s a trick question.”

Prof: “It is the key question, dear Wyoming. A radical question that strikes to the root of the whole dilemma of government. Anyone who answers honestly and abides by all consequences knows where he stands–and what he will die for” (63-64).

The Professor is right: That is the key question about government. If it’s wrong for me to use force to take money or land from another person, how is it right for the government to do so?

Work Cited: Heinlein, Robert A. The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress. New York: G. P. Putnam’s Sons, 1966.

November 20, 2008

A Pet Peeve

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Prominent radio talk show hosts, and others, who pronounce pundit as though it were spelled pundint.

November 16, 2008

Laura Ingraham Is Wrong about Second Life

I listen to Laura Ingraham as often as I can, and I’ve discovered that she’s usually right.  However, Friday morning as I was driving to work, I heard her talking about Second Life (SL).  She was wrong about SL, and I have to admit that I wondered if she’d ever been “in world.”

First, she called SL a game.  It’s not.  It’s a three-dimensional virtual world where people can do pretty much anything they can do in real life.  There are no rules, and there is no way to “win.”

Second, she talked about people wasting time in SL and cheating on their spouses there, but people do those things in real life. 

SL’s potential has been recognized by a lot of people in higher education.  (People have to be 18 to join SL’s main grid, so it can’t be used for K-12.)  Just check out these sites:

A number of prominent educational organizations provide professional development activites in SL, including the Sloan Consortium. AECT, and ISTE.  In SL you can visit sites based on almost any time, location, or culture on Earth–or off Earth and in the future.

Since the election, I’ve heard Laura say that Republicans need to start using new technology if they want to win elections.  SL is part of that new technology.  Just as it’s being used in higher education, it can be used to organize and train conservatives and teach future conservatives about the Constitution, capitalism, socialism, and so on.

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