Monthly Archives: June 2005

Berenstain Bears in the Trunk

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 … Continue reading

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One of Our Favorite Saintly Anecdotes

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 … Continue reading

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Advertising Gone Wild, Issue 2,908,455

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 … Continue reading

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Scoping the ACLU

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 … Continue reading

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Family Substitutes

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 … Continue reading

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Evil Rules

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. … Continue reading

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Science of the Sun

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 … Continue reading

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PSA

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. Bookmark it: del.icio.us | Reddit | Slashdot | Digg |

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The Problem of the Welfare State

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 … Continue reading

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How to Meet Girls 101

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 … Continue reading

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The Impartial Judge

“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 … Continue reading

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Rootless in House and Mind

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 … Continue reading

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