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Posts in April 2006

Miscellaneous Thoughts

by: Justin Mills | on: 2006-04-29 00:00:00
There's a lot of them. Well, here goes:

  • No matter how much you love politics, Walter J. Oleszek's book Congressional Procedures and the Policy Process is incredibly boring. I had four shots of espresso and a cup of regular coffee and it still put me to sleep.

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Presumption: an exhaustive tirade

by: Mindy Hess | on: 2006-04-24 00:00:00
Men are hypocrites.

Women are desperate.

Such is the rigid category that I've so frequently found myself boxed into. I present to you a facade - that of a character whose perception of an internal fantasy defines the personality that peers out of these cloudy blue eyes. Yet, despite this premise of maturity, independence, and personal validation I am habitually constrained by a self-defeating compulsion: the indisputable yearning for stable companionship . . .


. . . stable being the key word.

Ah, but this brings me to a quandary. I perceive relationships (an assessment based upon ancient baggage) as a continuous state of dissatisfaction. Therefore I've taken a somewhat anorexic approach to dating. I only take in what I have to in order to get by. Why is this? Because in this humiliating act of courtship, I feel as though I turn into the ugliest version of myself . . . the seemingly desperate girl, acting in ways that vies for attention yet all the while terrified of the vulnerability that goes in hand with intellectual intimacy, or (dare I say it) physical affection. But in truth, I now maintain a somewhat deluded certainty that the appropriate counterpart for someone as unconventional as myself simply does not exist. That's not to say that I've lost all hope. However, I have found that as often as I go forward with these unsightly interpersonal exchanges, testing a theory that I pray to be untrue, all I end up with is a pile of mounting evidence. Read more...

Scott Adams

by: Justin Mills | on: 2006-04-24 00:00:00
In the Dilbert Blog, Dilbert creator Scott Adams addresses his politics. In the post, he says:

Frankly, Iā€™m suspicious of anyone who has a strong opinion on a complicated issue.

Scott Adams has always seemed like an intelligent man to me, so this statement makes no sense. Why would you be suspicious of people with strong opinions on complicated matters? Is it because they have studied a complicated matter in enough detail to form an opinion? Does that level of interest or conviction frigthen him? Or does he assume that a person with convictions is automatically stupid and/or up to no good?

What Have They Been Teaching in Civics?

by: Justin Mills | on: 2006-04-21 00:00:00
This, from Instapundit on the left's call to have the military guided by military personnel rather than civilian personnel.

It's not a surprise that the left would betray fundamental American principles of government for their own political gains, but what is surprising to me that in a Fox News poll (no link) 54% of respondents said that military personnel should have the final say in military matters. 20% said civilians should have final say and 14% said both.

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Ann Coulter

by: Russell Updike | on: 2006-04-20 00:00:00
For those of you who have not yet figured out, I read Ann Coulter's weekly article. I admit it, I'm addicted. Today's article is extremely insightful. She is actually more compassionate the normal.

Another good quote.

by: Russell Updike | on: 2006-04-19 00:00:00
The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not 'Eureka!' but 'That's funny..." Isaac Asimov

VDH on the Illegal Immigration Debate

by: Justin Mills | on: 2006-04-18 00:00:00
Victor Davis Hanson discusses the terms used in the debate over illegal immigration and their implications.

Insightful as usual, but I would add one thing to this passage:

Those who object to fortifying the border like to say that constructing a fence would be akin to putting up a "Berlin Wall." The inaccurate image this conjures is enough to send shivers up our collective spines ā€” as if we are heartless Cold War Stalinists with machine gunners on turrets.

I'd like to add that people who make this comparison when discussing our proposed wall or Israel's wall fail to grasp one vital difference: the Berlin Wall was built to keep people from leaving a Communist hellhole (pardon my bluntness) rather than to keep people from entering. There's a big difference between keeping people out and keeping people in.

I Almost Cried

by: Justin Mills | on: 2006-04-13 00:00:00
From Ogrish, here are two 911 Emergency phone audio logs from 9/11, from people inside the WTC. They played these at Zacarias Moussauoi's trial.

Transcripts are provided.

Wikipedia Game

by: Justin Mills | on: 2006-04-12 00:00:00
Go to Wikipedia, look up your birthday (without the year), and post three events, two births and one death (including the year they ocurred). Via Kim du Toit.

I'll go first.

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Thank you Mr. Powter

by: Mindy Hess | on: 2006-04-06 00:00:00
These last few weeks have been spent in a swamp of cynicism. This morning I woke up, went through the same boring routine as each day before that, and deciding to switch it up a bit, put the tv on in the background as I checked the weather and traffic for my 45 minute commute. I had just enough time to see Daniel Powter's music video for the song Bad Day.

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Today's Notable Quote*

by: Justin Mills | on: 2006-04-05 00:00:00
From Whittaker Chambers's book, Witness:

Freedom is a need of the soul, and nothing else. It is in striving toward God that the soul strives continually after freedom. God alone is the inciter and guarantor of freedom. He is the only guarantor. External freedom is only an aspect of interior freedom. Political freedom, as the Western world has known it, is only a political reading of the Bible. Religion and freedom are indivisible. Without freedom the soul dies.

Feel free to discuss. I highly recommend Witness to everyone. It's a very good book.

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Quote of the Day

by: Justin Mills | on: 2006-04-03 00:00:00
Dr. Ravi Zacharias:

Atheism comes from, literally, the Greek word a-, 'the negative'; and theism, the word theos for 'god' ā€”'negative God' or 'there is no God.' It is affirming the non-existence of God. It affirms a negative. Anyone with an introductory course in philosophy recognizes that it is a logical contradiction. It would be like me saying to you, 'There is no such thing as a white stone with black dots anywhere in all of the galaxies of this universe.' The only way I can affirm that is if I have unlimited knowledge of this universe. So to affirm an absolute negative is self-defeating, because what you are saying is, 'I have infinite knowledge in order to say to you, "There is nobody with infinite knowledge".' Atheism, as a system, is self-defeating.
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