The ten worst bumper stickers spotted in Madison, Wisconsin. (Hat tip: Little Green Footballs.) I’m reminded of a statement of Richard Nixon’s: “TV News is to news as bumper stickers are to philosophy.” He meant that as an insult to TV news. Now, it strikes me as more of an insult to bumper stickers. But it’s a well-deserved one. Bumper stickers at their best aren’t … Continue reading Bummer Stickers
J. O. Urmson, introducing a volume of essays by H. A. Pritchard: Certainly it must be conceded that his influence in his lifetime was great, particularly in his own university of Oxford; but this may be counted a misfortune. Did he not constantly overbear his opponents with dogmatic assertion? ‘If we reflect, we become forced to admit…’, he would say, and further discussion would be … Continue reading With Friends Like These….
Ann Althouse notes Hillary’s answer to a question about where she really stands: “There are some who will say they don’t know where I stand. I think you know better than that. I stand where I have stood for 35 years. I stand with you. And with your children. And with every American who needs a fighter in their corner for a better life.” Althouse’s … Continue reading So It’s Our Fault?
The blogosphere is abuzz with talk about Hillary Clinton’s campaign planting questions in audiences. In two days, two different instances have emerged in Iowa, leading to this Chris Muir cartoon. One planted question was about global warming (leading to her response, “You know, I find as I travel around Iowa that it’s usually young people that ask me about global warming”; now we know why!); … Continue reading Planted Questions
A reader brought to my attention Garry Wills’s article “Abortion Isn’t a Religious Issue” in Sunday’s Los Angeles Times. It displays an astonishing ignorance of actual pro-life arguments. Wills contends that Much of the debate over abortion is based on a misconception — that it is a religious issue, that the pro-life advocates are acting out of religious conviction. It is not a theological matter … Continue reading Abortion: A Religious Issue?
Munro Leaf’s My Book to Help America (Racine: Whitman Publishing Company, 1942): A glimpse of wisdom in the midst of another war. (Hat tip: Little Green Footballs.) Continue reading Wartime Wisdom, 65 Years Ago