Friday, December 31, 2004

Miscellany

Kathy has updated the website with new pictures. Visit if you have a chance.

R. I. P. Jerry Orbach.
"Law and Order" is one of the few things on television worth watching, and for twelve seasons, Jerry Orbach played detective Lennie Briscoe. L&O is a weekly morality tale, and Orbach was a source of stability on a show where creator Dick Wolf changed cast members more frequently than ties. Orbach was also part of an ensemble cast in one of my favorite flicks, "Crimes and Misdemeanors." Though I usually don't say such things about actors, of all people, he will be missed.

The latest issue of "The American Conservative" contains an excellent overview of the predicament we face in Iraq. This is a comprehensive argument for disengagement and should not be missed. Andrew Bachevich also has a great essay on the failure of British imperialism in Iraq.

“Our armies do not come into your cities and lands as conquerors or enemies, but as liberators.”--Lt. Gen. Sir Frederick Stanley Maude, commander of the British forces entering Baghdad in 1917.

"Wherever the standard of freedom and independence has been or shall be unfurled, there will [America’s] heart, her benedictions, and her pryaers be. But she goes not abroad in search of monsters to destroy. She is the well-wisher to the freedom and independence of all. She is the champion and vindicator only of her own."--John Q. Adams

Tom Fleming on the Democratic Party:
"The old party of labor bosses, white ethnics, and Southerners—Rum, Romanism, and Rebellion, as the Republicans used to call it—has turned into the party of criminals and perverts: immoral single girls and mothers who want to kill their babies; cross-dressing fags in bridal veils; and Hollywood stars who want to make themselves immortal by eating someone else’s dead baby. (Stripped of humanitarian and scientific rhetoric, that is really the point of fetal stem-cell research.)"

Rushdoony on education:
"If statism is freedom, then contemporary education is thoroughly liberal. But if the superimposition of the state (or the church) on every order of life and every sphere of human activity is by no means to be identified as liberty, then education today is definitely illiberal. Liberty is not license, and liberty and law are inseparable, but law is not the prerogative of church or state but rather the condition of man, an inseparable aspect of life and environment, and hence coextensive and coterminus with existence. Thus, while a truly liberal education is in terms of a basic concept of order and law, that order cannot be institutionalized, or reduced to an order such as church and state, without a destruction of the liberty desired. No institution can incarnate in itself that which is a part of the total condition of life and therefore of its own existence. Wherever church of state have claimed a prior, or any, jurisdiction over every other sphere of human activity or institution, there has been, with the realization of their claim, a steady diminution of liberty and the substitution of an institutional bureaucracy for law. The emancipation of education from ecclesiastical control was thus a major advance in liberal education, but a truly liberal or free education must be free also of the state, from its support or control?"

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