Sunday, September 03, 2006

Random Ravings

Fred Reed on George Bush: "He has occupied and made rubble of two Moslem countries, and heavily supports Israel, hated by all Moslem countries, in turning Lebanon, a third Moslem country into rubble, and is threatening Syria and Iran, two more Moslem countries, with attack, possibly nuclear. By doing this he is going to inspire Moslems with a passion for American democracy, change the Mid-East into Fifth Century Athens, and make them love us. God Almighty, what a fool. What a bus-station clown. It isn’t how people work."

Fred makes a modest proposal: "I think it is time to close the universities, and perhaps prosecute the professoriat under the RICO act as a corrupt and racketeering-influenced organization." Fred says you can learn almost anything better on your own. If you want a true college education, just head to the local used bookstore to swipe Marcuse, Steinem, Trotsky and the Washington Post. "These and a supply of Dramamine, in the space of a week, would provide eighty percent of the content of a college education. A beer truck would finish the job. The student would save four years which could more profitably be spent in selling drugs, or in frantic cohabitation or—wild thought—in reading, traveling, and otherwise cultivating himself." All this reminded me of Gary North's meditations on the "Dorm-Key Ritual":

For a majority of educated American Christians, the ritual of the dorm key has replaced confirmation as the more significant rite of passage. It takes place definitively only once, and every parent of a college freshman senses the finality of this rite when it takes place, or soon after. With the steady increase in the divorce rate, the ritual of the dorm key, which happens as a rite of passage only once, has replaced the ritual of the wedding, which may happen more than once.

More numbers from Ed Rubenstein on the transformation of America: "By 2050 nearly one-quarter (24.4 percent) of the U.S. population will be Hispanic. Put differently, the nation’s Hispanic population share at mid-century will resemble Nevada’s (22.8 percent Hispanic) and Arizona’s (28 percent Hispanic) today."

City Journal has a good essay on how schools shortchange boys. More from Fred Reed, too, on the boy crisis: "You want to end the "boy crisis"? Easy. Give boys male teachers who understand boys and care about them. Women do neither. Let them compete. It’s how they are. Encourage them to burn off energy in the gym. Reward achievement, not pretty projects. Turn them into men, not transvestites. Nahhh, never happen."

Speaking of education, I've been reading Rushdoony's "The Messianic Character of American Education." Rush wrote this in 1963. He was ahead of the curve. There is some great stuff in the book, including this quote on kindergarten: "Why then did kindergarten succeed? The answer was and is clear-cut: the desire of women to get rid of their children. Educators had to set an age requirement for kindergarten children, else they would be deluged with mothers trying to push very young children into their hands. Thus, kindergarten has proven to be in part a polite and oblique form of infanticide, one which hypocritical women can indulge in while getting credit for solicitous motherhood."

Religious liberty is under attack in California thanks to a fine Republican governor.

Here is a headline that just makes you chuckle: "U.S. built major Iranian nuclear facility." Apparently as part of our strategery during the Cold War, we decided we were going to help out the Shah. From the story:

In the heart of Tehran sits one of Iran's most important nuclear facilities, a dome-shaped building where scientists have conducted secret experiments that could help the country build atomic bombs. It was provided to the Iranians by the United States.

The Tehran Research Reactor represents a little-known aspect of the international uproar over the country's alleged weapons program. Not only did the U.S. provide the reactor in the 1960s as part of a Cold War strategy, America also supplied the weapons-grade uranium needed to power the facility—fuel that remains in Iran and could be used to help make nuclear arms.

The chief exorcist at the Vatican (how would you like that job), says that Stalin and Hitler weren't really wicked and depraved men. Nah, the devil made them do it.


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