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The Long Blogcation

Now begins the Long Blogcation, previously announced. See you in July!

In the meantime, Faithful Reader, peruse the extensive archives, including these:

And, for your continued edification, I added sixty-six — yes, 66 — weblogs to the blogroll over the weekend. (Discovering which have been added shall, as the old Math textbooks used to say, be left as an exercise for the reader.) I did not delete any already there, though I moved one, renamed another, and updated links for several.

Please keep me in your prayers.

Lane Core Jr. CIW P — Tue. 05/31/05 06:45:46 PM
Categorized as Blog Stuff.


"Glycine's Song"

Random Poetry List XLIV

A sunny shaft did I behold,
   From sky to earth it slanted:
And poised therein a bird so bold—
   Sweet bird, thou wert enchanted!

He sank, he rose, he twinkled, he trolled
   Within that shaft of sunny mist;
His eyes of fire, his beak of gold,
   All else of amethyst!

And thus he sang: "Adieu! adieu!
Love's dreams prove seldom true.
The blossoms, they make no delay:
The sparking dew-drops will not stay.
      Sweet month of May,
            We must away;
            Far, far away!
               To-day! to-day!"

Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834)

Originally e-mailed on Thursday, May 31, 2001 @ 5:16 PM.

Lane Core Jr. CIW P — Tue. 05/31/05 05:44:07 PM
Categorized as Literary & Random Poetry List.


Readworthies XII

A handful of interesting, informative, and insightful articles.

News, editorials, columns, essays, et al.

Mr. Narcissus Goes to Washington: It's springtime, love is in the air, and 14 senators are gazing at the mirror. by Peggy Noonan @ OpinionJournal (ht):

You've heard the mindless braying and fruitless arguments, but I'm here to tell you the facts, no matter what brickbats and catcalls may come my way. Lindsey Graham defied the biases of his constituency to do what was right, not what was easy. Robert Byrd put aside personal gain to save our Republic. David Pryor ignored the counsels of hate to stand firm for our hopes and dreams. Mike DeWine protected our way of life. These men are uniters, not dividers.
How do I know?
Because they told me. Again and again, and at great length, as they announced The Deal. And I believed them, because I am an idiot. Or as they might put it, your basic "folk" from "back home."
Listening to them I thought of some of the great and hallowed phrases of our Republic. "The rooster who thought he brought the dawn." "The only man who can strut sitting down."
I know they're centrists, but there is nothing moderate about their self-regard. And why should there be? I personally was dazzled by their refusal to bow to the counsels of common sense and proportion, and stirred that they had no fear of justified insult ("blowhard," "puffed up popinjay") as they moved forward in the halls of the United States Senate to bravely proclaim their excellence....

Sisters pregnant at 12, 14 and 16. So what does their mother do? She blames the school by Hugh Davies @ The London Telegraph:

Three sisters have each had children while still at school, the youngest at the age of 12.
Jemma, Jade and Natasha Williams, who receive benefits totalling more than £31,000 a year, are raising their babies alone after they became pregnant within three months of each other.
The sisters, aged 12, 14 and 16 when they gave birth, live in Derby with their twice-divorced mother, who holds the education system responsible for their plight....

The New York Marxist by Ralph R. Reiland @ The American Spectator:

It looks like the New York Times thinks we've strayed too far from paying proper respects to the central tenets of Marxism.
The whole ball game, as Karl Marx painted it, was nothing more than a class brawl between the rich and the poor. Or as Frederick Engels and Marx wrote in the "Manifesto of the Communist Party," first published in 1848 in London, "The history of all hitherto existing society is the history of class struggles."
In the Marxian view of economics, a rising tide doesn't lift all boats, and entrepreneurs and investors aren't viewed as job-creators. The relationship between Microsoft founder Bill Gates and his multimillionaire programmers is judged to be as intrinsically exploitive as the relationship between a master and his slave, as inherently repressive as the connection between peasants and the nobility....

High Noon at Sunrise Rock: The ACLU sues over a cross honoring fallen soldiers — and cashes in. by Christopher Levenick @ OpinionJournal (ht):

.... The Civil Rights Attorney's Fees Award Act of 1976 specifies that anyone bringing an even partly successful civil-rights suit may have the defendant pay all legal fees for both parties, a discretionary award that is routinely granted. Such fee-reversals are not permitted to successful defendants. Congress meant for the law to help citizens with little or no money, but since then wealthy and powerful organizations have perverted that intention. They use the specter of massive attorney fees to force their secularist agenda on small school districts, cash-strapped municipalities and, now, veterans' memorials. According to Rees Lloyd, a former ACLU staff lawyer, such litigation is "manifestly in terrorem," intended to terrify defendants into settling out of court.
And what if the defendants don't knuckle under? For advocacy groups that use staff or volunteer lawyers as plaintiffs' counsel, the result is pure gravy. If they lose their cases, they have lost no money. If they win, defendants pay attorney's fees at the private sector's market rate, which the advocacy groups can keep for themselves.
Working to amend the Attorney's Fees Award Act is Rep. John Hostettler, a Republican from Indiana. Yesterday, he reintroduced the Public Expression of Religion Act, under which plaintiffs could still ask the courts to prevent governmental endorsement of religion — but could no longer soak the public for the privilege of being sued.
By eliminating the financial incentives for advocacy groups to take on trivial church-state cases, the measure would actually help restore the civil-rights law to its intended purpose. Equally important, it would signal that Congress is exercising its duty to correct the judicial branch when it goes astray of the Constitution....

The Promise of Benedict XVI by Timothy George @ Christianity Today (ht):

John Paul II will long be remembered as the greatest pope since the Reformation. His successor, Benedict XVI, may well turn out to be the harbinger of a new reformation. I say this despite the fact that the selection of this particular pope was a surprise to many.
Several years ago, John Allen, the biographer of Joseph Ratzinger, listed four reasons why the controversial cardinal would not be chosen as the new pope: He lacked sufficient pastoral experience; he was another non-Italian European, and two in a row would not be likely; he was too conservative; and he was too old. In fact, he turned 78 on the weekend prior to his election.
The last time a man of comparable age was selected to succeed a long-serving pontiff was in 1958, when Angelo Roncalli succeeded Pius XII as John XXIII. To the surprise of many, the "good pope John" proved to be far more than a mere caretaker. He opened Catholicism to the wind of the Spirit by convening the Second Vatican Council....

Lane Core Jr. CIW P — Tue. 05/31/05 08:05:40 AM
Categorized as Readworthies.


"Time and Grief"

Random Poetry List XLIII

O Time! who know'st a lenient hand to lay
Softest on sorrow's wound, and slowly thence
(Lulling to sad repose the weary sense)
The faint pang stealest unperceived away;
On thee I rest my only hope at last,
And think, when thou hast dried the bitter tear
That flows in vain o'er all my soul held dear,
I may look back on every sorrow past,
And meet life's peaceful evening with a smile:
As some lone bird, at day's departing hour,
Sings in the sunbeam, of the transient shower
Forgetful, though its wings are wet the while:—
   Yet ah! how much must this poor heart endure,
   Which hopes from thee, and thee alone, a cure!

William Lisle Bowles (British, 1762-1850)

Originally e-mailed on Wednesday, May 31, 2000 @ 9:59 PM.

Lane Core Jr. CIW P — Tue. 05/31/05 07:38:57 AM
Categorized as Literary & Random Poetry List.


"Affordable Family Formation — The Neglected Key To GOP's Future"

By Steve Sailer at VDARE Blog (emphases in original):

Now that the triumphalism rampant within the GOP after last Novemberís election has died down, and Republicans realize that their current ascendancy is not a historical inevitability but a tenuous margin that needs careful cultivating, itís time to review the fundamental factors making some states red (Republican) and others blue (Democratic).
The key reason why some states vote Republican, Iíve found, can be summed up in the three-word phrase:
Affordable Family Formation.
In parts of the country where it is economical to buy a house with a yard in a neighborhood with a decent public school, youíll generally find more Republicans.
Youíll find less in regions where itís expensive.
Itís a stereotype that a mortgage, marriage, and babies tend to make people more conservative.
But itís a true stereotype....

(Thanks, Esquire.)

Lane Core Jr. CIW P — Tue. 05/31/05 07:23:38 AM
Categorized as More Than Blogworthy.


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