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  • Cruz Is Playing the Media Perfectly

    12/28/2015 3:20:21 PM PST · by VinL · 126 replies
    NatRev ^ | 12/28/15 | S. Miller
    One thing that frustrated even the most ardent supporters of George W. Bush's administration was his refusal to hit back hard at over the top, abominable personal attacks against him and his family, including his daughters, by those in the media and in the culture at large. Bush revered the office of the president and, unlike his successor, held it to a higher standard than did gutter snipes such as Sean Penn or the New York Times. This is why Newt Gingrich drew cheers and praise during the 2012 election cycle when he hit back at the media for its...
  • A Meditation on the Sins of the Intellect

    04/09/2015 8:22:13 AM PDT · by Salvation · 131 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 04-08-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    A Meditation on the Sins of the Intellect By: Msgr. Charles PopeWhen I was in the seminary, my Moral Theology Professor, Fr. Robert Zylla (R.I.P.), encouraged us to meditate on the sins of the intellect during the third sorrowful mystery (The Crowning with Thorns). In his years of teaching he had surely witnessed the intellectual pride that could beset theologians and seminary students who figured they knew a few things. And added to this human tendency to intellectual pride was the rather prideful sense of the 20th century that we had somehow “come of age.” Dissent from church teaching was rampant and...
  • Evan Sayet: Liberals are morally and intellectually retarded

    04/01/2013 12:24:42 AM PDT · by plsjr · 39 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 5:08 AM 03/31/2013 | Grae Stafford
    Comedian Evan Sayet described his progression from a brain-dead liberal to a 9/13 Republican in a forthcoming interview with The Daily Callers Ginni Thomas. There is only one religion now [for the left], he said. The religion is that anything that is considered good, right or has become successful has some how been the beneficiary of some sort of injustice. Sayet went on to pointedly criticize liberals morally and intellectually retarded philosophy. The liberal believes if we just regurgitate the apple, give up all knowledge of right and wrong, we can return to paradise
  • Is human intellect on the downward slide?

    11/22/2012 12:06:23 AM PST · by LibWhacker · 50 replies
    I would wager that if an average citizen from Athens of 1000 BC were to appear suddenly among us, he or she would be among the brightest and most intellectually alive of our colleagues and companions, with a good memory, a broad range of ideas, and a clear-sighted view of important issues. So Stanford geneticist Gerald R. Crabtree begins back-to-back Forum pieces for Trends in Genetics, entitled Our Fragile Intellect (Parts I and II). Crabtrees thesis: humanity is almost certainly losing its superior intellectual and emotional capacities. Crabtree doesnt seem to be arguing for the intellectual vibrancy of the...
  • Gingrich would invite Darwin to hypothetical dinner party (Newt after Jesus, before Lennon on list)

    11/18/2011 4:27:41 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 40 replies
    The Hill ^ | November 17, 2011 | Justin Sink
    Presidential candidate Newt Gingrich would invite mostly scientists and entrepreneurs including Charles Darwin, father of the theory of evolution to a hypothetical dinner party in which he could select the guest list from historical figures, living or dead, he told the Bio channel. "He was the most influential scientist in the modern world, and an extraordinary observer of nature," Gingrich said of the evolutionary scientist. The topic of evolution has become a hot-button issue in the Republican field, after Rick Perry said that it was "a theory that is out there and it's got some gaps...
  • Does a Full-Time Homemaker Swap Her Mind for a Mop?

    11/15/2011 11:54:18 AM PST · by ReformationFan · 49 replies
    Jewish World Review ^ | 11-15-11 | Dennis Prager
    I periodically write and regularly broadcast about male-female issues because I want to help men and women, especially husbands and wives, get along better. But I have developed a secondary reason: to elicit left-wing reactions. They reveal an enormous amount about how the left thinks. For example, one of the biggest left-wing websites (Daily Kos) wrote that "Dennis Prager advocates marital rape." Why? Because I wrote a column in which I suggested that if a woman loves her husband, and if he is a loving and good man, she might not want to be guided solely by "mood" in deciding...
  • Sarah Palins Level of Intellect Disclosed By Email Analysis

    06/19/2011 12:46:42 PM PDT · by Nachum · 13 replies
    Election News ^ | 6/19/11 | Melissa Borjas
    As Sarah Palin received criticism that persistently persistently mocked her own intellect, she released to the public about 24,000 of her emails during her time as Governor of the state of Alaska. A representative from AOL Weird News, an unconventional counterpart of, handed over some samples of her writing to analysts in order to determine how effectively Palin wrote. If they expected the outcome to verify the medias anti-Palin disposition, they were in for a big surprise. The conventional Flesch-Kincaid readability test indicated that Sarah Palins emails were actually written very well, at around an 8th grade level with...
  • Obama, lost in thought (Giant, hilarious, projectile barf alert)

    04/27/2011 5:53:50 AM PDT · by libstripper · 16 replies
    Washington Post ^ | April 26, 2011 | Dana Milbank
    When I covered George W. Bushs White House, my job was made easier by the simplicity of the subject. The president had a few defining mantras Cut taxes! Rally the base! Terrorists hate freedom! With us or against us! and most of his decisions could be understood, even predicted, by applying one of the overarching philosophies. With President Obama, there is no such luxury. The political right is befuddled as it tries to explain him: First, Obama was a tyrant and a socialist; now hes a weakling who refuses to lead. The political left is almost as confused,...
  • Obama, lost in thought ["simple-minded partisans" frustrated]

    04/27/2011 2:02:05 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 85 replies
    Washington Post ^ | April 26, 2011 | Dana Milbank
    When I covered George W. Bushs White House, my job was made easier by the simplicity of the subject. The president had a few defining mantras Cut taxes! Rally the base! Terrorists hate freedom! With us or against us! and most of his decisions could be understood, even predicted, by applying one of the overarching philosophies. With President Obama, there is no such luxury. The political right is befuddled as it tries to explain him: First, Obama was a tyrant and a socialist; now hes a weakling who refuses to lead. The political left is almost as confused,...
  • A Man Who Took Life's Business Lemons and Made His Own Business Lemonade

    07/16/2010 11:40:03 AM PDT · by Niuhuru · 4 replies
    Associated Content ^ | Published July 16, 2010 by: | Alice Winters
    After getting frustrated out of the lemons his problems gave him, David Miller made his own corporate lemonade. Due to the frustration of always having to call technical support to solve his own frequent hardware problems, he started taking the initiative to educate himself.
  • If We Wait for Armageddon

    03/06/2010 8:55:49 AM PST · by Ari Bussel · 14 replies · 732+ views
    If We Wait for Armageddon by Norma Zager The greatest trick the devil ever played was convincing the world he didnt exist The Usual Suspects Evil never ceases to amaze me. Each moment as man progresses toward the demise of planet earth, he manages to regress by centuries. The terrorist double agent who murdered the CIA operatives recorded himself shortly before the killing. He was not intending to commit such a mass murder, but upon learning of the possibility of taking so many more lives, he commented the extra killings were a gift from god. Whose god? is what I...
  • But He Was the Harvard Law Review Editor!

    02/08/2010 3:46:51 AM PST · by Scanian · 40 replies · 1,731+ views
    Commentary Magazine ^ | February 7, 2010 | Jennifer Rubin
    The chattering class was entranced with candidate Barack Obama. So literate. So polished. So cool. We were assured that his lack of executive experience was irrelevant. After all, he ran a campaign. And then there were his years as a community organizer and Harvard Law Review editor, which showed well it showed something about his magnificent intellectual skills. But it turns out he lacks some key abilities executive leadership, decisiveness, deal-making prowess, flexibility, and basic people skills that are essential to a successful presidency. This is not simply the conclusion of conservatives. The entire country witnessed his agonizing...
  • Maybe 'brilliant' isn't exactly the right word for Obama

    04/15/2009 4:00:23 AM PDT · by Scanian · 58 replies · 2,574+ views
    DC Examiner ^ | April 15, 2009 | Douglas MacKinnon
    Hes brilliant, said Bill OReilly of Fox News. Hes brilliant, say most members of the mainstream media and basically all democrats. Who are they speaking of? President Barack Obama, of course. With the already legendary intellect, unrivaled understanding of any situation - - domestic or global -- and omnipotency being assigned to our 44th President, its almost sacrilege to even ask the question. Recently, while riding on a train with an older and admittedly liberal couple from New York, I mentioned Obama. Instantly, the reaction from both was, Hes brilliant. When I asked the couple what made Obama brilliant, they...
  • Who will pray for Christopher Hitchens?

    10/07/2007 2:26:28 PM PDT · by ellenbrewster · 58 replies · 691+ views ^ | October 6, 2007 | Ellen Makkai
    Do we have any prayer volunteers for Christopher Hitchens? Hes the self -proclaimed atheist/anti-theist, and stunningly clever wordsmith. He leapfrogged puzzled agnosticism to a pledged rebellion against God. Hell be a tough turn-around, so thick is his iron-clad ignorance of the divine. In a recent Newsweek he cynically dissects Mother Teresas dark theological struggles, a postscript to his derisive 1995 book, The Missionary Position: Mother Teresa in Theory and Practice. A week ago he was a featured speaker for an Atheist Alliance conference in Washington DC. Hitchens latest book, God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything, maligns the devoted,...
  • Study: SAT Scores and Republican Party Affiliation are CLOSELY LINKED, and With Home Prices As Well!

    11/14/2004 12:29:15 PM PST · by CaptIsaacDavis · 31 replies · 2,030+ views
    New Republican Archive ^ | November 2004 | New Republican Archive
    Statistical analyses of relationships between SAT scores, Republican Party affiliation, spending on education, ethnic compositions of towns, and tax rates reveal that among those factors (that is, excluding financial components) the ones that matter most in driving comparative and competitive home sales prices (by town medians over time, and over the long-run) are those related to CULTURE -- SAT scores and Republican Party affiliation (and all the value choices that such affiliation incorporates). You may have had a gut feeling that it pays to own a home in a town with high SAT scores and strong republican values. Now here's...
  • 'Bush Country: How Dubya Became a Great President While Driving Liberals Insane'

    02/28/2004 8:43:46 PM PST · by dvan · 26 replies · 387+ views
    NewsMax ^ | 2/28/04 | Phil Brennan
    It appears that Joan Walsh of thought she was a pretty smart cookie, parading her Scholastic Aptitude Test score of 1200 as proof. Like many of her media colleagues she considered President Bushs intellectual level far below her own. It came as something of a shock for her to learn that the 17-year-old Bushs SAT score was the same as hers 1200 and scored at a time when that was a very hard level to reach. In his new book, "Bush Country: How Dubya Became a Great President While Driving Liberals Insane," widely acclaimed New York Post...

    03/11/2003 8:23:07 AM PST · by buffyt · 10 replies · 225+ views
    GOP USA ^ | 3-10--2003 | Doug Patton
    Hollywood IntellectBy Doug PattonMarch 10, 2003My last column, "Loony Clooney and the Hollywood Left Dishonor the Memory of Those Who Served" (, must have struck a nerve with readers, because I have received more mail on it than any other column I have written in the last two years.The feedback on the piece was entirely positive. In it, I highlighted the distinguished service records of Hollywood stars during World War II.One reader wrote to thank me for the column, then suggested I write a sequel, which would contrast the academic achievements of President George W. Bush with those of...
  • George W, hiding he's bright under a bushel

    01/27/2003 3:25:22 PM PST · by MadIvan · 34 replies · 200+ views
    The Times ^ | January 28, 2003 | Roland Watson
    As he edlivers the State of the Union, don't belittle the state of the President There is an anecdote in the most recent book about the Bush White House which neatly captures how Europeans misjudge the President, and why they are wrong to do so. Written by a former speechwriter, David Frum, it tells of Bushs style in editing proposed drafts of speeches. In one of his early efforts, Frum included the phrase: Ive seen with my own eyes ... The words with my own eyes were circled, and a teenage DUH added in presidential scrawl alongside. For the man...
  • Something to think about...Memories

    12/31/2002 12:08:24 PM PST · by Davis · 1 replies · 214+ views
    Conversations with Trentino ^ | Dec. 31, 2002 | Trentino
    Trentino was reciting the second stanza of Donne's Go and Catch a Falling Star. Lovely stuff. "If thou be'st born to strange sights, Things invisible to see, Ride ten thousand days and nights, Till age snow white hairs on thee, Thou, when thou return'st, wilt tell me, All strange wonders that befell thee, And swear, No where Lives a woman true, and fair." "I remember the third stanza, too," said Trentino, smiling, "but it's far too bitter." ...more
  • Memories

    12/20/2002 10:45:27 AM PST · by Davis · 170+ views
    Conversations with Trentino ^ | 12-20-02 | Trentino
    "Knowing that Baku is the capital of Azerbaijan is trivial. But it's good to know. You certainly would want to know that London is the capital of England, Paris, of France, and so on. You want to know facts. You want to know as much as you can. How do you know things unless they're in your memory?" "I've heard you inveigh against John Dewey and Progressive education, Maestro," said Ian, "but I read in the Spectator that the U.K. Secretary of Education is bound and determined to sweep away the old pedagogy, teachers teaching facts and subjects. As near...
  • On Debate and Existence: Excerpts from Voegelin

    12/08/2002 12:25:26 PM PST · by betty boop · 199 replies · 1,366+ views
    In our capacity as political scientists, historians, or philosophers we all have had occasion at one time or another to engage in debate with ideologists whether communists or intellectuals of a persuasion closer to home. And we have all discovered on such occasions that no agreement, or even an honest disagreement, could be reached, because the exchange of argument was disturbed by a profound difference of attitude with regard to all fundamental questions of human existence with regard to the nature of man, to his place in the world, to his place in society and history, to his...
  • The Captain Kirk Principle

    11/26/2002 7:25:35 PM PST · by AndrewC · 64 replies · 825+ views
    Scientific American ^ | December 2002 | Michael Shermer
    The Captain Kirk Principle Intuition is the key to knowing without knowing how you know By Michael Shermer 1 2 next Image: BRAD HINES Stardate: 1672.1. Earthdate: October 6, 1966. Star Trek, Episode 5, "The Enemy Within." Captain James T. Kirk has just beamed up from planet Alpha 177, where magnetic anomalies have caused the transporter to malfunction, splitting Kirk into two beings. One is cool and rational. The other is impulsive and irrational. Rational Kirk must make a command decision to save the crew, but he is paralyzed with indecision, bemoaning to Dr. McCoy: "I...