Monday, November 29, 2004

Redundant: Liberal College Campus

George Will writes a great article on the state of diversity in Academia:

"OH, well, if studies say so. The great secret is out: liberals dominate campuses. Coming soon: 'Moon Implicated in Tides, Studies Find.'
One study of 1,000 professors finds that Democrats outnumber Republicans at least seven to one in the humanities and social sciences. That imbalance, more than double what it was three decades ago, is intensifying because younger professors are more uniformly liberal than the older cohort that is retiring.
Another study, of voter-registration records, including those of professors in engineering and the hard sciences, found nine Democrats for every Republican at Berkeley and Stanford. Among younger profs, there were 183 Democrats, six Republicans.
But we essentially knew this even before The American Enterprise magazine reported in 2002 of examinations of voting records in various college communities. Some findings about professors registered with the two major parties or with liberal or conservative minor parties:
Cornell: 166 liberals, 6 conservatives.
Stanford: 151 liberals, 17 conservatives.
Colorado: 116 liberals, 5 conservatives. "
Oh the diversity! Vive la difference!

Thursday, November 18, 2004

Perspective on the Marine shooting in Iraq.

Read this.

Oliver Stone gives props to Christianity

Not intentionally of course but Stone admits that sexuality was more unrestrained before Christianity influenced the world.

New York Post Online Edition: entertainment: "'Alexander lived in a more honest time,' Stone told Playboy magazine.
'We go into his bisexuality. It may offend some people, but sexuality in those days was a different thing. Pre-Christian morality. Young boys were with boys when they wanted to be.' "

Of course old men were with young boys too when they wanted to be but Christianity changed all that. But ours is not a particularly honest time.

Wednesday, November 17, 2004

Sunday, November 14, 2004

The Scopes Monkey Trial: Racism vs. Religion

The Volokh Conspiracy - overturns my entire perception of the Scopes Monkey Trial by reminding us of the primary sources, not just what we have been told happened.

"A New Scopes Trial Atmosphere?--In David Brooks' latest editorial in the New York Times, he rightly dismisses the conventional wisdom about the election, noting that evangelical turnout this time was about the same percentage of the vote as last time (tip Instapundit). He also notes:

It's ridiculous to say, as some liberals have this week, that we are perpetually refighting the Scopes trial, with the metro forces of enlightenment and reason arrayed against the retro forces of dogma and reaction.

This jumped out at me, both because of my recent posts on William Jennings Bryan and because most people understand very little about what was really going on at the Scopes trial. The book that Scopes was teaching was a popular biology book of the day--George Hunter's Civic Biology (1914). Bryan was not just disturbed by the teaching of evolution but more broadly by the whole social Darwinist agenda, including both capitalism and genetic superiority. Civic Biology was a vicious social Darwinist tract. Here are some excerpts from the book, courtesy of Eugenics Watch:

Hunter's Civic Biology, p. 195-196

The Races of Man. — At the present time there exist upon the earth five races or varieties of man, each very different from the other in instincts, social customs, and, to an extent, in structure. These are the Ethiopian or negro type, originating in Africa; the Malay or brown race, from the islands of the Pacific; The American Indian; the Mongolian or yellow race, including the natives of China, Japan, and the Eskimos; and finally, the highest type of all, the caucasians, represented by the civilized white inhabitants of Europe and America.

Hunter's Civic Biology, p. 261-265

Improvement of Man. — If the stock of domesticated animals can be improved, it is not unfair to ask if the health and vigor of the future generations of men and women on the earth might not be improved by applying to them the laws of selection. This improvement of the future race has a number of factors in which we as individuals may play a part. These are personal hygiene, selection of healthy mates, and the betterment of the environment.

Eugenics. — When people marry there are certain things that the individual as well as the race should demand. The most important of these is freedom from germ diseases which might be handed down to the offspring. Tuberculosis, syphilis, that dread disease which cripples and kills hundreds of thousands of innocent children, epilepsy, and feeble-mindedness are handicaps which it is not only unfair but criminal to hand down to posterity. The science of being well born is called eugenics."
Please read the whole thing

Thursday, November 11, 2004

Why not?

Times Online - Britain: "COUPLES will be able to choose donated sperm or eggs to create their designer child, under proposals published by the fertility watchdog. "

Surely this is not a sign of religous and ethical reflection.

Wednesday, November 10, 2004

BUSH HAS ROBBED US AGAIN!

So last night, me and the McWife where at the Mercury Cafe, learning how to swing dance. The Lindy Hop is tough, man (luckily we're both natural athletes so we only looked moderately uncoordinated).

After the 6 pm class, I went over to the registration table where they had fliers for other swing-related events. And lo, there on the table was this announcement flier:

Dear Friends,

The internet is abuzz with convincing information telling us that the Bush election was rigged and stolen; that cheating and falsifying was rampant in Ohio and New Mexico, perhaps elsewhere, and the Kerry conceded much too quickly and should have demanded investigations.

Although we have no trouble believing that another election ahs been stolen, I've heard of no plan for doing anything about it. So far we have no person in our midst with enough visibility and clout to make this a national issue, to rally the people, to demand a full bi-partisan investigation. So we grumble among ourselves, seethe at the thought that we've been screwed again and hope that some Galahad will take up the cause and demand satisfaction.

How about coming together and discussing this issue with an aim to take action, to look for our Galahad, to keep the pot stirred up? The older this issue becomes the less heat it generates. Time is not on our side. Let me hear from you and let's meet on Monday, November 8, at 7:00 p.m. in the Red Room at the Mercury Café.

I look forward to seeing you. Peace.
Ken Seaman

I do wish that I could have Tivo'd that meeting. Now I hate to throw cold water on the 'heat' and let the pot sit unstirred until a gooey film develops on the surface, BUT...

Instapundit has these posts (from that conservative rag Salon.com no less) that pop the balloon filled by Michael Moore, Air America and of course our own local hero, Ken Seaman. Air America has been awash with conspiracy theories about Diebolt Inc. and the electronic voting machines. Michael Moore used the language of a 'hacked' election. I guess we know who Ken Seaman is taking his cues from.

The Soxblog post has this from the Boston Globe:
The Globe's front page today has a treatment of the "internet buzz on vote fraud." To the Globe's credit, the fifth paragraph of its story bears the following disclaimer: "Much of the traffic is little more than Internet-fueled conspiracy theories, and none of the vote-counting problems and anomalies that have emerged are sufficiently widespread to have affected the election's ultimate result." Indeed, the general thrust of the Globe story is that this whole story is a steaming pile of liberal fever swamp crap.

If the Boston Globe is scoffing the left, then the left has problems.

Personally, I would love this controversy to lead to mandatory picture ID requirements to vote. This would be one benefit that would greatly improve the quality of our elections. Other than that, this "internet buzz" seems to be the left wing equivalent to the right wing buzz about Mena, Arkansas and drugs during the Clinton Administration. Both are wild accusations that end up draining money, time and energy from serious political purposes. I guess both sides have their silliness and bitterness, but now the role of minority party has been reversed. Given the prominence (in the Democratic Party) of those pushing the Bush "hacked" the election meme, I suspect that the minority party will remain so for quite some time to come.

Tuesday, November 09, 2004

Theocrats at Harvard!!!

Boston Globe Magazine: "New England's liberal college campuses have become fertile ground for the evangelical movement, which is attracting students in record numbers."

And to think this is happening in Blue States, right under the noses of the Liberal Elite. What's next, "In God We Trust" imprinted on every coin?!

Reports of the demise of Christianity in the academy have been greatly exaggerated.

Sunday, November 07, 2004

Welcome to MichaelMoore.com

From MichaelMoore.com:
"The only age group in which the majority voted for Kerry was young adults (Kerry: 54%, Bush: 44%), proving once again that your parents are always wrong and you should never listen to them."

This sounds like a good slogan for the Hillary 2008 campaign.

The question is of course whether political poison like Moore will be ejected from the seats of honor in the Democratic party or whether he will lead them to more bitter defeats (or should I say Moore bitter defeats).

Update: Moore seems to have moved this quote above. I assure you it was there.

He's got articles there now about how Kerry really won and the computers were hacked to give Bush the victory.

Now word yet on the theory that Terry McAuliffe is a cyborg programmed by Karl Rove.

Instapundit notes:
"And several readers note that Michael Moore doesn't have anything on his website about the assassination of Dutch filmmaker Theo Van Gogh by Islamic extremists, just more Bush-bashing."

Moore did have time to post a mosaic of war dead in the image of GW Bush. Apparently Moore only finds death noteworthy when it is at the direction of democratically elected governments. When fellow filmmakers are slaughtered in broad daylight, Moore cares not who the perps or victims are.

He is moore concerned with school kids protesting Bush than the murder of a fellow documentarian who had the temerity to make a film that condemns the horrid treatment of women in radical Islam. If Bush didn't do it, Moore doesn't care. It's not evil unless Bush did it. This kind of moral idiocy did not help Kerry, nor will it help the democratic party in the future.


Tolerance

Read this divide and see if it resonates. Have Christians been shooting at Kerry campaign headquarters and damaging property in the name of their candidate? I think not.

Saturday, November 06, 2004

The Values-Vote Myth

David Brooks The Values-Vote Myth:
"Much of the misinterpretation of this election derives from a poorly worded question in the exit polls. When asked about the issue that most influenced their vote, voters were given the option of saying 'moral values.' But that phrase can mean anything - or nothing. Who doesn't vote on moral values? If you ask an inept question, you get a misleading result.
The reality is that this was a broad victory for the president. Bush did better this year than he did in 2000 in 45 out of the 50 states. He did better in New York, Connecticut and, amazingly, Massachusetts. That's hardly the Bible Belt. Bush, on the other hand, did not gain significantly in the 11 states with gay marriage referendums.
He won because 53 percent of voters approved of his performance as president. Fifty-eight percent of them trust Bush to fight terrorism. They had roughly equal confidence in Bush and Kerry to handle the economy. Most approved of the decision to go to war in Iraq. Most see it as part of the war on terror.
The fact is that if you think we are safer now, you probably voted for Bush. If you think we are less safe, you probably voted for Kerry. That's policy, not fundamentalism. The upsurge in voters was an upsurge of people with conservative policy views, whether they are religious or not."

This is bad news for those who want to blame Kerry's loss on "Theocrats", "Dominionists" and the "Faith Based Community". Turns out Kerry lost because of "Americans".

Don't Bork Specter

Hugh Hewitt offers a minority view (at this point) but perhaps a sober perspective on the controversy surrounding Arlen Specter and his comments about Bush and judicial appointees.

Friday, November 05, 2004

Kerry actually Won!

Daily Kos :: Political Analysis and other daily rants on the state of the nation.:
"Thus, the election is already over, even though I personally think that Kerry won, not only Ohio, but states like Florida, and may even have won the popular vote, so deep is the fraud, led by the electronic voting machines--not just those people actually use to vote, but far more significantly those used to tally the votes, carefully placed in key districts, carefully managed behind the scenes, vote totals manipulated with no way for an audit or verification. "

I'm glad to see the Left is doing some sober soul searching about the political folly of their own positions. Oh no, wait. It was the voting machines... to the tune of 53 million Americans. And the dish ran away with the spoon. Read the whole thing. The rest of it is even more far fetched and hysterical, if you can believe it. (Hat Tip: Ken Miller [get your own blog, it's free for crying out loud]).

Thursday, November 04, 2004

We're at War then...

Little Green Footballs reminds us that it's a global war against Islamist Radical hate and terror.

Interesting Stuff