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Thursday, September 30. 2010
Here's some art: This is Truth and Repentance, a detail from Botticelli's allegorical The Calumny of Appelles. Interestingly, this was Sandro's last secular painting. He became a Renaissance reborn Christian. How that happened I do not know.
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The UK's Hannan interviewed on Hannity (h/t Reb's A Less Free America is Everybody’s Problem)
Via, Ars Psychiatrica. A quote from the article he linked:
I think one of the reasons that fewer American medical students are going into Psychiatry these days is because it is turning into more of a pill-pushing and check-list diagnosing specialty than the "understand the whole person in depth" specialty that I became interested in.
Stratfor: "European Terror Threat Overstated".
An excerpt from the book, at NRO. Quite entertaining, clever and, I think true. A quote:
It must be some failure of multicultural education in the West when we imagine that other people in the world want what we want. Things like peace, material well-being, freedom, etc.
Bruce Thornton notes The West fails to imagine that its adversaries might have different values. One quote:
Yes, you could make a case that the Sudetenland was part of Greater Germany - Austria too - but that's not what it was about.
Thornton's piece is mainly about militant Islam. In the West, we often prefer to be in denial of the evil intentions of others. I'm sure there is a psychological explanation for that. To me, it just seems like a pleasant Edenic fantasy.
12-step manuscript rare glimpse into early AA. It begins:
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If I knew for a certainty that a man was coming to my house with the conscious design of doing me good, I should run for my life.
Henry David Thoreau
Neo on mixed political marriages
A look at auto-tuning. I need that for my church singing.
The horrible Grayson looks like he's on the ropes
Dems refuse to vote for tax increases...at the moment.
Islam in France (video is in English)
Related: Multiculturalism in Germany
Driscoll on the myth of Hoover and laissez-faire
A review of Communist political goals
Re the O at Univ of Wisconsin:
Where's my pony?
Times Devotes Entire Editorial Page to Attacking 'Pledge to America'
Here's a new term: "fundamentalist Constitutionalists". Seems like it is meant to be an insult.
Hope our readers have a better day than this big Griz had, hit by a truck (not by a Harley as has been said as these pics go around) on the Lolo Pass.
Big paws, big claws. A damn shame. Magnificent creature.
Wednesday, September 29. 2010
From Charles Kesler's The Stakes of Obamacare:
Read the whole thing. It is clear that the Dems were and are willing to risk losing any or all control in Congress in exchange for getting this done. As Kesler says, they are playing the long game, and this version is just a beginning. It's meant to fail, and they will rescue it with their next step. If they had been more clever and had chosen a less circuitous route, they would have simply planned on Medicare For All. People love their Medicare.
It's worth losing a battle or two to win a war. For the Left, it is war and they really don't mind the short-term sacrifice of some pawns and a bishop this November. It's just a predictable bump on the road to utopia, and I do not think they really care too much about it. They already have the golden fleece: our bodies.
We have no "insurgency" in the US now. What I think we have is a reaction to governmental overreach - an overreach which, as I posted yesterday, will only with time ratchet ever upwards until it breaks.
What did the guy say? "Tighten the bolt until it breaks, then back off a little."
Being a Constitutional Conservative is a depressing role.
From Protein's One Party Washington? No-Party Insurgency:
OK, sure. But people voted for that stuff. What can anybody undo? Even Ronaldus Magnus could not take on the ridiculous and useless federal Dept. of Education. Megan McArdle mulls over government coercion, and exposes the straw man of Somalia. A quote:
Nobody is advocating nihilism. I do have a grand theory, from Thomas Jefferson: "That government which governs least, governs best." A light hand. The Constitution remains a good idea, and it worked pretty well for a long time. We had a country of self-reliant, strong men and women and kids who took nothing for granted except that their lives were in their own hands, and God's.
Stanley Fish urges opponents to engage the Tea Partiers on the merits, instead of name-calling. He is right.
And Matt Taibbi snarkily notes the Medicare Tennessee Tea Partiers in their government-paid scooters. I think that Medicare should have been means-tested, but that fight is long gone. The Liberal youngsters are going to pay my medical bills in a few years - if they can find a job. The joke is on them because, the way things are going, I have far more assets than they will ever have. Too bad it's not a joke.
Sipp. A quote:
I'll tell it to you while you are still warm, Sipp: "You are alright." I think it's a wonderful thing to know what one wants, especially when they are simple gifts.
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How vain it is to sit down to write when you have not stood up to live.
Henry David Thoreau
This is based on a true story from the Univ of Illinois. h/t, Phi Beta Cons -
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"My People are New England WASPs." That's my tribe, AVI. You nailed it.
Marriage as a partnership for building a life. Not necessarily a fairy tale.
We'll never know if the electric car industry would have been viable without subsidies. Yes we do, and it wouldn't be.
I had wondered where our friendly commenter, Mike from New Hampshire, was. Dead with an MI at 51. RIP.
How stats deceive: The myth of Connecticut's education gap
Capretta on Obamacare: The Anatomy of a Hostile Government Takeover.
Malanga: The Unholy public-sector coalition
The Hill: Democrats to stuff 20 bills into post-election lame-duck session. A good bye present?
Grayson is despicable. But when did being a scum ever harm a political career?
Congressman Calls For Schools To ‘Promote The Agenda’ Of Climate Change, Population Limitation. Maybe they can fool the kids.
Rent-a-Wolf: Filmmakers Fake Wildlife 'Documentaries'
Via Chicago Boyz:
Men were built to kill, rape, and to create general mayhem. Civilization is a challenge for us. Our only redemption is being touched by God.
Vindication of the graph below:
Tuesday, September 28. 2010
No idea where this was. (thanks, Buddy). We photographed a scene like this (but without the bird-feeding) driving down from Whistler to Vancouver some winters ago. Awesome. Even the non-birders in our skiing group were impressed.
The eagles were like gulls. These greedy fish-eaters have no idea that they are symbols.
Another pic below the fold
Continue reading "Eagle feeding station"
Freud's early studies of Hysteria led him (and Breuer) towards what is termed the Seduction Theory of neurosis - a trauma theory.
His eventual abandonment of Seduction Theory marked a deepening of Psychoanalytic respect for the role of fantasy - especially unconscious fantasy - as a shaper of a person's character and neurosis. His realization that memory, like all other mental activity, is shaped to varying degrees by thoughts of which we are unaware, was a key which opened many doors of understanding of human nature.
Some of this is detailed here.
Thus the fad of ascribing mental illness and emotional problems to childhood trauma in the 1970s and 80s was a big Been There - Done That to Psychoanalysts.
Today, Psychoanalysts understand that trauma at any age is just one shaper among many, including genetics, unconscious activity, early relationships, ego characteristics and strengths and weaknesses, etc.
Re childhood sexual encounters, we know that the acceptance of this, or the disgust with this, is highly culture-specific. Whether that matters or not to the discussion I do not know.
In "My Lie": Why I falsely accused my father, one very destructive and suggestible person explains how she got caught up in the trauma fad. Freud, I imagine, would offer a grim smile of recognition at this story.
Ellison's sailboat, without its rigid racing sail. She can go 3X wind speed. That is scary.
It's been going on for many years, at least since Teddy Roosevelt: While the Left claims to want bipartisanship and compromise, the incremental clicks of the ratchet only go in one direction: toward European-style social democracy.
That's what William F. Buckley Jr. meant by "A Conservative is a fellow who is standing athwart history yelling 'Stop!'"
The fatal flaw of democratic systems, of course, is that people figure out they can vote themselves things. The US wasn't planned that way, but it's become that way. Progressives call it Progress.
What is it about them? I believe I know what it is. Some folks think they are smart enough to run the world. Like Deval Patrick who regrets freedom, they want to be Philosopher-Kings. Trouble is, the mere fact of wanting that role is a sign of lack of wisdom. In my view, humility is the sign of wisdom, and hubris a sign of emotional immaturity.
As for doing good; that is one of the professions which is full. Moreover I have tried it fairly and, strange as it may seem, am satisfied that it does not agree with my constitution.
Henry David Thoreau
The UK's Standpoint on Glenn Beck:
I would not term Glenn a "shock jock" unless basic, grade-school history is shocking. But maybe it is, and maybe it should be shocking. America was meant to be a shockingly new kind of thing.
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