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Daily Buzz

by Krystle Gabele

February 24, 2009

Here’s what we are reading today.

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Hurray for Gollyvood!

by Robert Morrison

February 23, 2009

You Commie homo-loving sons of guns! I did not expect this, but I - and I want to be very clear that I do know how hard I make it to appreciate me. Often. But I - I am touched by the appreciation and I hoped for it enough that I scribbled down - so I have the names in case you were Commie homo-loving sons of guns.”

In case you were trapped in an elevator during the Academy Awards, or landing in a USAir Jet on the Hudson River, you doubtless know by now that the above quote was part of Sean Penn’s acceptance speech for his Oscar in the film, Milk.

For once, let’s not focus on homosexuals. Or even on guns. Let’s consider instead that toss-away line about Commies. The Hollywood glitterati cheered and laughed to have themselves so described by one of their favorite bad boys. And maybe, with Penn’s blessing, we can use the Russian pronunciation-Gollyvood.

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Blogosphere Buzz

by Krystle Gabele

February 23, 2009

Here’s some of the buzz from the blogosphere today.

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Glamour Article Strikes a Chord: New Outreach Offers Hope of Healing

by Moira Gaul

February 23, 2009

Last week, Glamour magazine published an unusually candid article on the topic of abortion and women’s mental health: “Abortion: The Serious Health Decision Women Aren’t Talking About Until Now.” Surprisingly, the article conceded that women’s abortion experiences can carry with them the long-lasting burden of psychological harm and mental health morbidity. Illustrating several women’s real-life personal struggles with the aftermath of their abortion decisions, which left them depressed and traumatized, the article undermines the myth that abortion is a non-event in women’s lives. But the article neglects to mention the very real dilemma that there is an utter lack of resources on a public health level available to women and individuals devastated by their abortion experience and in desperate need of help.

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Daily Buzz

by Krystle Gabele

February 23, 2009

Here’s what we are reading today.

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1984 One Better

by Family Research Council

February 21, 2009

Reading George Orwell’s masterpiece all over again provides fresh insights into the natural rebellion of the human will, frail as it is, against totalitarianism of every stripe. It also reminds one how many different stripes the totalitarian tiger wears. The United States at the present day is a long way from a totalitarian reality, but Orwell’s novel is a healthy reminder that one thing every impulse to total power has in common is a consummate skill at evoking the existence of a permanent enemy or crisis. The benefit of all-encompassing power is security purchased at the price of liberty.

In the polarized lens of the Left, this permanent enemy as evoked by conservatives was the war on terror. For the new cultural Left now in power, the “enemy” is capital and the imminent crisis or “catastrophe” is economic disaster. There are many ways to get to overweening government control. In one scene late in 1984 between Orwell’s hero, Winston, and his nemesis in “the Party,” O’Brien (English novelists always liked Irish-surnamed villains), this exchange occurs:

Winston: “But how can you [the Party] control matter? You don’t even control the climate or the law of gravity? And there are disease, pain, death … ”

O’Brien silenced him with a movement of the hand. “We control matter because we control the mind.”

Today’s champions of unlimited government, oddly enough, do claim they can control the climate and they have plenty of access to young minds, which begs the question, if government could control the climate, would one wish it to?

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School Choice is Key to Parental Involvement in Education, not Punishment

by Peter Sprigg

February 21, 2009

A Kentucky state legislator, Rep. Adam Koenig, has introduced a bill that would impose fines on parents who don’t attend parent-teacher conferences. [Source]

Rep. Koenig is certainly right that parental involvement in their children’s education is important, but this hardly seems the right way of encouraging it.

It might be better to use a carrot, rather than a stick. Instead of imposing on parents we should be empowering them, by expanding school choice. That could include magnet schools, charter schools, vouchers, tax breaks for private schools, and support for homeschooling. Giving parents real choices about their children’s education would be more effective that just forcing them to show up for a meeting.

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2.20.09

by Robert Morrison

February 20, 2009

We’ve all seen the bumper stickers. They are a somber black with white numbering: 1.20.09. They appeared shortly after George W. Bush was re-elected in 2004. In one sense, they were reassuring. Those who hated Bush-and they were intense-were indicating their willingness to wait for the end of his constitutionally prescribed term. The real crazies wanted to impeach him. Some members of the loony Left wanted something even worse.

It’s now just one month after the day longed for by millions. I’ve been struggling to recall anything said in that Inaugural Address. I remember the day-cold and clear. I recall the wonderful crowds-millions of people, cheerful and hopeful. At least 1.8 million folks came to the National Mall and not one person was arrested. God bless them.

Still, it is strange, isn’t it, that we cannot recall any ringing phrase, any soaring statement from that long-awaited day of days?

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Steering the Elephant

by Robert Morrison

February 20, 2009

Some governors might reject funds,” blared the headline in USAToday. The story detailed the fact that about $144 billion of the huge $787 billion “stimulus” package President Obama signed this week will go to the states.

Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick (D) was not one of those governors, most of them Republicans, who were leery of the gift horse Washington was promising their states.

Still, Gov. Patrick said the $9 billion slated for the Bay State would “not be a panacea.”

Not a panacea, but maybe a Pandora’s Box. South Carolina’s Gov. Mark Sanford is head of the Republican Governors Association. He warns about the impact of programs funded by this sudden windfall from Washington. “You get this huge slug of money. It funds programs for a couple of years, and then what? You get it started, you get a constituency established, and then we’re supposed to yank the rug out from under people when the federal money runs out?” Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) echoed Sanford’s concerns: “It’s not fair to Alaskans,” she said, “to create programs that won’t be sustainable.”

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