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  • It Didn't Use to Be This Way

    05/22/2018 3:43:28 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 143 replies ^ | May 22, 2018 | Bill Murchison
    One telling detail keeps escaping the men and women of words who would end school shootings by one expedient or another: gun control, better security, the arming of teachers, more careful vetting of potential gunmen and so forth. The detail of which I speak: We didn't use to endure this horror. It didn't happen. The urgent question that flows from this detail: Why not? Well, to start with, because things were different, prior to the shooting fests, which break so many hearts and generate so much despair. Right, yes -- but different in what way? I will take a crack...
  • Calling All Wimps

    01/23/2018 5:58:18 AM PST · by Kaslin · 7 replies ^ | January 23, 2018 | Bill Murchison
    On now to Chapter MLXII in our Chronicles of National Disarray: "Congress Solves Immigration Perplexity." Or, far likelier, "Congress Kicks Can Down Road." With the federal government coming back to listlessness -- if not exactly life -- Republicans and Democrats are set for corrosive conversation in February regarding the topic of what to do about newcomers. We don't know what to do, which is why the conversation will likely end in kicked-can mode. Still, one considerable virtue of the Trump mode of doing business has been bringing us to this point: infuriating people, kicking up a ruckus we'd hoped to...
  • The Tyranny of Non-Thought

    05/09/2017 6:29:29 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies ^ | May 9, 2017 | Bill Murchison
    The sullen self-righteousness of the progressive left (i.e., "We're right, and the rest of you can go to the hot place!") glows on college campuses everywhere but also in big cities -- such as my beloved New Orleans, come to think of it: a locality embroiled in useless controversy over the removal of four Confederate-themed statues. City government wants to consign the public images of Jefferson Davis, P. G. T. Beauregard and even Robert E. Lee to a sanitized existence far from daily sight. (An obelisk marking local resistance to Louisiana's Reconstruction government is likewise targeted.) To what end? On...
  • Life Without Norms

    04/18/2017 6:50:13 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies ^ | April 18, 2017 | Bill Murchison
    What you end up with when the moral barriers topple is, not least, the end of due process at American colleges and universities. It's a dreadful prospect you likely wouldn't imagine without having scanned some of the stories on the rape crisis said to be spreading across American campuses. Supposedly, college women are at immense and growing risk of assault by males who take advantage of opportunity and superior strength to "have their way," as the old euphemism had it. Naturally, the claims have invited federal attention. (Everything seems, these days, to invite federal attention.) The respected investigative reporter Stuart...
  • Turnaround Time in America

    01/24/2017 10:51:30 AM PST · by Kaslin · 2 replies ^ | January 24, 2017 | Bill Murchison
    Like him or not -- and I can argue it both ways -- established constitutional processes have hoisted Donald J. Trump atop the presidential plinth, where he stands now, getting ready to run things, insofar as anybody runs anything anymore. The latter point -- the semi-chaotic nature of 21st century social and political life -- is one we might fix on as we figure out what we're in for these next four years. Here is my guess: We are "in for" market-driven reforms led by an entrepreneur who will show us, as all entrepreneurs must in due course, whether...
  • Hey, Kick Those Christians Again!

    03/31/2015 10:31:25 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies ^ | March, 31, 2015 | Bill Murchison
    In the political game -- humanity's reward for forbidden fruit chomping in the Garden of Eden -- all disagreements concern power: Who's No. 1 around here; who gets the final say-so. The ludicrous, and disheartening, dust-up over Indiana's new law on religious freedom shows where growing numbers of Americans think power has shifted with respect to society's fundamental and most important institution, marriage. Critics of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, signed into law only last week by Gov. Mike Pence, accuse Indiana of providing citizens legal cover to discriminate against gays -- to deny them jobs or services on "religious"...
  • How Not To Appraise A Pope

    03/12/2013 10:47:13 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies ^ | March 12, 2013 | Bill Murchison
    Church-state separation never seems more a reality in America than when the media begin to appraise both the qualifications for a new pope and the challenges he -- whoever "he" turns out to be -- must face. The idea arises quickly on these occasions that the cardinals of the Roman Catholic Church are choosing a chief executive like the president of General Mills or, for that matter, the president of the United States. Thus what we need (it seems) is a genial man with obvious people skills. A spiritual Bill Clinton? We may or may not need a European....
  • The Scouts Versus the Ugly Moods of 2013

    02/12/2013 2:16:52 PM PST · by Kaslin · 24 replies ^ | February 12, 2013 | Bill Murchison
    The Boy Scouts of America got front-page ink, as we say in the newspaper trade, for their currently postponed meditations on the topic of admitting avowed gays to membership. Word had leaked out that the Scouts were considering a local option solution to the vexed question of their supposed right to determine who can become a member and who can't. At a top-drawer meeting in Irving, Tex., the topic proved too vast and complex for immediate resolution. Consultation and deliberation will take place prior to May meeting of Scouts' national council. I spoke of the Scouts' "supposed" right to...
  • Why Conservatives Should Cheer Up

    11/20/2012 7:51:45 AM PST · by Kaslin · 73 replies ^ | November 20, 2012 | Bill Murchison
    "Barack Obama won because he recognized a new America." Or maybe an America more fluid, more insubstantial than post-election wisdom is ready to grant. You can't always tell about "new" -- a truth the human race rarely acknowledges. We'll see whether James Carville's and Stan Greenberg's words from a Democracy Corps survey stand up better than the consensus of November 1965, following the Lyndon Johnson-led slaughter of almost every Republican downwind from Barry Goldwater. Johnson, father of the Great Society, was all but run out of Washington on a rail after mucking up the Vietnam War. Meanwhile, as everyone these...
  • Divorce Between Teachers and Parents

    03/16/2011 9:29:01 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 82 replies ^ | March 16, 2011 | Bill Murchison
    Our national weeping and wailing over education spending cuts, public employee unions, and such like cause minds of a certain vintage to stop still and wonder. When were the divorce proceedings between home and classroom filed anyway? And who filed them, and why? It can be argued that the current traumas of education proceed from that divorce: further testimony to the general understanding that it's the kids who get hurt worst in divorce. The divorce between home and public school classroom -- accomplished by the end of the '70s -- was a national calamity. To put it another way, once...
  • Democratic Coup d'etat

    03/23/2010 8:57:02 PM PDT · by TruthHound · 9 replies · 1,272+ views ^ | Bill Murchison
    First, the Obamacrat coup leaders passed a bill they know good and well (unless they're thoroughly unhinged) to be pie in the sky: unaffordable without future tax increases and service cuts. Nor, as is generally agreed, does the bill do anything to restrain medical costs, which will grow inexorably as more clamor to receive more and more. How are we going to be able even to fund Medicare without substantial cutbacks and tax hikes, given general health care's new demand on resources? The coup leaders' second offense -- committed with the encouragement of their president -- has been all along,...
  • Obama's Way or the Highway

    02/23/2010 5:53:48 PM PST · by NCjim · 12 replies · 497+ views
    Real Clear Politics ^ | February 23, 2010 | William Murchison
    It's moments like this one -- our Health Care Moment, we could call it -- that make numerous friends of democracy and good government want to pull the covers over their heads and leave a wake-up call for next month. The health care charade has gone on for a year. Polls suggest most Americans don't want the measures now on offer. Republican leaders want to start the whole thing over again. The president says no, because he's got his own plan and a date with the TV audience Thursday to explain why nothing his Republican guests will propose, unless it's...
  • Meteorite Crammed with 'Millions' of Organic Compounds..

    02/15/2010 8:30:53 PM PST · by TaraP · 35 replies · 955+ views
    Discovery News ^ | Feb 15th, 2010
    A meteorite that hit the town of Murchison, Australia, hasn't quit giving up its secrets. The Murchison meteorite is one of the most studied space rocks because many pieces were recovered after it was seen breaking up as it fell through the atmosphere in 1969. Approximately 100 kg of the carbonaceous chondrite was recovered. Carbonaceous chondrites are extremely important to scientists as they were formed from material that existed in the solar system's planet-forming disk of gas and dust. They are, quite literally, time capsules holding onto a 4 billion year old record of the birth of our solar system....
  • Terror Wins Another One

    12/29/2009 5:57:13 AM PST · by Kaslin · 13 replies · 564+ views ^ | December 29, 2009 | Bill Murchison
    Here's what we can look for as the federal government implements new rules meant to thwart the likes of Umar Farouk Abdulmuttalib, the would-be pants bomber: -- Sharp drop-offs in beverage sales as passengers find themselves barred from restrooms during the last 60 minutes of international flights. -- Airport check-in times longer than airplane flight times. -- An upsurge in employment for people turned on by the prospect of "patting down" strangers. -- A decrease in human dignity, across the board. Here 's what we likely can't look for: -- Federal acknowledgement that young Arabic or African men deserve more...
  • Obama's Blunder (Going after the C.I.A.)

    08/25/2009 6:02:17 AM PDT · by kellynla · 68 replies · 2,354+ views
    REAL CLEAR POLITICS ^ | August 25, 2009 | William Murchison
    If the left wing of the left wing of the left wing in American life doesn't control most of the Obama farmstead's best and richest acreage, it could be time for new spectacles -- since things surely look that way. Attorney General Eric Holder's decision to go after the CIA has all the earmarks of policy designed to make left-wing hearts palpitate. What other purpose could it possibly serve? Not that of national security or common sense. I have written deliberately "go after the CIA," notwithstanding the demurral of newly appointed special prosecutor John Durham, which concerns the supposedly "preliminary"...
  • William Murchison: The fantasy of gay 'marriage'

    04/19/2009 6:39:01 AM PDT · by billorites · 27 replies · 1,405+ views
    Manchester Union Leader ^ | April 19, 2009 | William Murchison
    You really can't have "gay marriage," you know, irrespective of what a court or a legislature may say. You can have something some people call gay marriage, because to them the idea sounds worthy and necessary, but to say a thing is other than it is, is to stand reality on its head, hoping to shake out its pockets. Such is the supposed effect of the Iowa Supreme Court's declaration this month that gays and heterosexuals enjoy equal rights to marital bliss. Nope. They don't and won't, even if liberal Vermont follows Iowa's lead. The human race -- sorry ladies,...
  • The Gay Marriage Fantasy

    04/08/2009 11:09:33 AM PDT · by re_tail20 · 20 replies · 1,048+ views
    Real Clear Politics ^ | April 8, 2009 | William Murchison
    You really can't have "gay marriage," you know, irrespective of what a court or a legislature may say. You can have something some people call gay marriage because to them the idea sounds worthy and necessary, but to say a thing is other than it is, is to stand reality on its head, hoping to shake out its pockets. Such is the supposed effect of the Iowa Supreme Court's declaration last week that gays and heterosexuals enjoy equal rights to marital bliss. Nope. They don't and won't, even if liberal Vermont follows Iowa's lead. The human race -- sorry ladies,...
  • Nation of sheep

    03/06/2009 4:46:03 PM PST · by Delacon · 19 replies · 1,425+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | Saturday, March 7, 2009 | William Murchison
    Up in the air (where it generally stays anyway) went the New York Times' snooty nose. Those conservatives, clucked the Times - railing the way they do against the Obama administration's lurch toward "socialism"! And calling the president "Comrade Obama"! What - so went the strongly implied question - do we do with such folk? How about, for starters, listen to them? They might be less wacko than the Times often considers people who disagree with the Times. "Socialism," tightly defined, is outright government ownership. It is not, strictly speaking, socialistic to propose that government take over health care policy,...
  • God And Mr. Darwin

    01/28/2009 4:37:19 AM PST · by Kaslin · 22 replies · 573+ views ^ | January 28, 2009 | Bill Murchison
    As Charles Darwin's 200th birthday (Feb. 12) looms, evidence mounts: No way is all the furor over the teaching of evolution going to disappear, or even abate. Not in our own time, brothers and sisters. A Gallup Poll of June 2007 found Americans equally divided as to whether they believe or disbelieve Darwin's theory of evolution. Just a month ago, another poll showed belief in the devil running stronger among Americans than belief in the teachings of Darwin, who, to some opponents, is himself a sulfurous figure in red tights. Then there's the foofaraw over the Texas state education board's...
  • Bill Murchison: So Here's What We Do, Gang (Advice for conservatives in the age of Obama)

    11/11/2008 10:51:52 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies · 349+ views
    Townhall ^ | November 12, 2008 | Bill Murchison
    Advice for conservatives in the Age of Obama. 1. What is, is. Don't waste valuable time with rehashes of how wonderful things used to be, or would be right now, if only! A romantic streak informs conservatism: a dreamy connection to realities unglimpsed because they are dead or yet unborn. Don Quixote was a conservative. We can honor his idealism without wishing to replicate his practice. The realities of the present are the ones that need wrestling with. Barack Obama is president-elect of the United States. Instead of whining, cringing, or foretelling disaster, let us figure out what to do....