The 2011 Nobel Prize and the Debate over Jewish IQ

By Lazar Berman October 19, 2011 With this month’s announcement from Stockholm that Daniel Shechtman won the 2011 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, Israel adds to its growing list of Nobel laureates. Since 2002, six Israelis have won Nobel prizes. Significantly, none of the Israeli laureates won the Peace Prize, which does not necessarily indicate any great intellectual achievement (or sometimes any achievement at all). Many vastly larger countries with highly educated populations have not outperformed tiny Israel. France has produced six Nobel laureates in the same span, Germany and Russia five, Canada two, and India only one. Israel’s success in producing … Continue reading The 2011 Nobel Prize and the Debate over Jewish IQ

Billionaire No More: Patagonia Founder Gives Away the Company

By David Gelles – The New York Times – Sept. 14, 2022Updated 5:45 p.m. ET My cmnt: Here, at last, is an honest environmental billionaire. He walks the walk and not just talks the talk. Of course it is nearly meaningless what the entire West is doing to so-called “combat” climate change. Not only is that impossible but it is ruining America and the West. While China and India continue to build coal and nuclear plants we decommission ours. If the damn Libs were really serious about stopping climate change (not possible) they would advocate war against the world’s biggest polluters … Continue reading Billionaire No More: Patagonia Founder Gives Away the Company

Why American Conservatives, Republicans, and ‘Originalists’ Loved the Queen

By JOEL B. POLLAK – 8 Sep 2022 – The passing of Queen Elizabeth II has evoked surprisingly powerful emotions in the United States, a country whose founding document is a repudiation of the British monarchy. We American conservatives in particular seem to have a fondness for the Queen, despite our passionate attachment to the spirit of the Founding and its republican (small “r”) principles. In June, I considered taking my eldest daughter to the Platinum Jubilee — before sending her, somewhat reluctantly, on a school field trip to the California legislature instead. One reason conservatives like the Queen … Continue reading Why American Conservatives, Republicans, and ‘Originalists’ Loved the Queen

Where Does ‘In God We Trust’ Come From? National Motto Appearing in Public Schools Across America

BY DANIEL AVERY ON 8/6/19 AT 10:27 AM EDT – for My cmnt: I must note that in times of great national distress our leaders have always, since the founding of the country and before, called upon Almighty God (or Providence) to protect us and “look with favor upon our undertakings.” In July, a new law took effect requiring South Dakota public schools to prominently display the phrase “In God We Trust” on school grounds starting in the 2019-2020 academic year. “A prominent location is a school entryway, cafeteria, or other common area where students are most likely to see the … Continue reading Where Does ‘In God We Trust’ Come From? National Motto Appearing in Public Schools Across America

Presidential Thanksgiving Proclamations and FDR’s D-Day Prayer

Thanksgiving Proclamation [New York, 3 October 1789] By the President of the United States of America. a Proclamation. Whereas it is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favor—and whereas both Houses of Congress have by their joint Committee requested me “to recommend to the People of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many signal favors of Almighty God especially by affording them an opportunity … Continue reading Presidential Thanksgiving Proclamations and FDR’s D-Day Prayer

Conservative Ad Highlights Insanity of ‘Men in Girl’s Sports’

By PAUL BOIS – 16 Aug 2022 – for A new political ad from the conservative non-profit group Citizens for Sanity illustrated the insanity of men competing in women’s sports under the guise of transgenderism. The ad features several girl athletes prepping for a big race at a track meet as a narrator expounds upon the intense training regimes they all follow to reach peak performance. “She trains at 6 a.m. every morning,” the narrator says as the young women assemble on the starting line. “She spent years working to shave off seconds. She’s the captain of her school’s team.” … Continue reading Conservative Ad Highlights Insanity of ‘Men in Girl’s Sports’

A Living Constitution

An interpretive history of the Constitution through ten lives. by Ilya Shapiro – Summer 2018 – for Claremont Review of Books How would you write an interpretive history of the U.S. Constitution? Not a story of the framing and how the founders’ political theories have survived (or not) the test of time, or a chronological exegesis of Supreme Court cases, or even a critique of American constitutionalism from a particular theoretical perspective. Those worthy projects have been done in many forms, but if you wanted to produce an accessible book that addressed the main ideas undergirding our constitutional order as they’ve … Continue reading A Living Constitution

Did Physics Kill God?

By Jay W. Richards – Nov 3, 2010 – JAY W. RICHARDS NOVEMBER 3, 2010  INTELLIGENT DESIGN ORIGINAL ARTICLE Stephen Hawking declared that our understanding of physics proves God did not create the universe. Is he right? Stephen Hawking holds the chair of mathematics at Cambridge University once held by Sir Isaac Newton. So when he declared that our understanding of physics shows that God did not create the universe, it was bound to get attention. Summarizing the thesis of his new book, The Grand Design (co-authored with Leonard Mlodinow), Hawking announced: “Because there is a law such as gravity, the universe can … Continue reading Did Physics Kill God?

Biden pushes for ‘equity’ over ‘equality.’ Here’s the difference — and why it matters

By Bailey Aldridge – February 01, 2021 2:24 PM – for McClatchy News My cmnt: I post this because it shows the blindness of young Libs to the dangers of promoting “equity” over “equality”. It always ends badly for everyone except the favored few. The whole cry of communism since its inception has been the lie that they will MAKE everyone equal. What they have actually shown over 100 years of recent history is that the elites, like elite democratic leadership in America, live in the Hamptons while the masses live in the ghettos. The only equity they achieve is … Continue reading Biden pushes for ‘equity’ over ‘equality.’ Here’s the difference — and why it matters

How millennials became aggressively illiberal, censorious young adults

By George F. Will – Columnist The Washington Post | July 8, 2022 at 4:25 p.m. EDT Time was, conscientious parents fretted about “summer learning loss.” Now, when much of what schools do subtracts from understanding, summer could at least be a time for recuperation from educational malpractice — were summer not just another season of screen addictions for young people deformed by this digital age. In 2008, Americans were being inundated by journalism performing anticipatory sociology. “Techno-cheerleaders” — Mark Bauerlein’s term — predicted that millennials (born 1981-1996), the first generation suckled by their digital devices, would dazzle the world … Continue reading How millennials became aggressively illiberal, censorious young adults

The God Gap Helps Explain a ‘Seismic Shift’ in American Politics

The most important religious divide isn’t between right and left, but between left and left By David French – Jul 17, 2022 – the French Press My cmnt: Only an arrogant, indoctrinated marxist like B.O. could come up with a phrase like “coalition of the ascendant.” People have wondered whether Obama and his racist mentor-pastor Wright were really Christians. It’s not a matter of whether or not he CLAIMS to be a Christian, we see by his constant disdain for Christians worldwide and his endless empathy for murderous Muslims worldwide where his heart lies. But even that is not the … Continue reading The God Gap Helps Explain a ‘Seismic Shift’ in American Politics

Is the Universe Made of Math?

In this excerpt from his new book, Our Mathematical Universe, M.I.T. professor Max Tegmark explores the possibility that math does not just describe the universe, but makes the universe By Max Tegmark on January 10, 2014 – Scientific America Excerpted with permission from Our Mathematical Universe: My Quest for the Ultimate Nature of Reality, by Max Tegmark. Available from Random House/Knopf. Copyright © 2014. My cmnt: My PhD physics buddy: Please let me know what your take is on all of this. What’s the answer to the ultimate question of life, the universe, and everything? In Douglas Adams’ science-fiction spoof “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy”, … Continue reading Is the Universe Made of Math?

For Math Fans: A Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Number 42

Here is how a perfectly ordinary number captured the interest of sci-fi enthusiasts, geeks and mathematicians By Jean-Paul Delahaye on September 21, 2020 – for Scientific American Everyone loves unsolved mysteries. Examples include Amelia Earhart’s disappearance over the Pacific in 1937 and the daring escape of inmates Frank Morris and John and Clarence Anglin from Alcatraz Island in California in 1962. Moreover our interest holds even if the mystery is based on a joke. Take author Douglas Adams’s popular 1979 science-fiction novel The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, the first in a series of five. Toward the end of the book, the supercomputer Deep Thought … Continue reading For Math Fans: A Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Number 42

Doubting Rationalist: an interview with Phillip E. Johnson

“Intelligent Design” Proponent Phillip Johnson and How He Came to Be by Michael Powell  Washington Post Staff WriterSunday, May 15, 2005; D01 BERKELEY, Calif.  “The Washington Post is not one of my biggest fans, you know that.” Hello? The Washington Post reporter has just walked out of a spray of Pacific-borne rain into the living room of a modest bungalow west of downtown. There’s a shag rug, an inspirational painting or two and Phillip Johnson, dressed in tan slacks and a sweater and sitting on a couch. He pulls a dog-eared copy of a Post editorial out of his shirt … Continue reading Doubting Rationalist: an interview with Phillip E. Johnson

The Complex History and Uneasy Present of ‘Porgy and Bess’

It has entertained, and sometimes enraged, generations of audiences. Now the Gershwin classic is opening the Metropolitan Opera’s season. By Michael Cooper – Published Sept. 19, 2019 Updated Sept. 21, 2019 – New York Times It was one of those mythic New York nights: the Broadway premiere of the Gershwins’ “Porgy and Bess” in 1935. The starry opening drew Hollywood royalty, including Katharine Hepburn and Joan Crawford. After the ovations died down, the A-listers headed to a glamorous after-party, where George Gershwin played excerpts from his score on the piano. By the next morning, though, the questions would begin. Those questions — about … Continue reading The Complex History and Uneasy Present of ‘Porgy and Bess’

Bleak Nation

Our colonial past was not beautiful, but it was also not more destructive than many other pasts. by Allen C. Guelzo – Spring 2022 – for the Claremont Review of Books My cmnt: Allen Guelzo reviews a book here by Alan Taylor who takes a Leftist, slanted view of the American founding and founders. Guelzo shows how an “eminent” scholar and historian like Taylor can pick and choose when writing a history according to his preconceived notions of where he wants to end up and what he wants to convey to his readers. In other words history can be written, even … Continue reading Bleak Nation

Pursuing Happiness

Tracing the radically different conceptions of human flourishing that have been in contention over the past half-millennium can help us acquire self-knowledge. by Diana Schaub – Spring 2022 – for the Claremont Review of Books We have an inalienable right to pursue happiness, but are we any good at it? Do we ever achieve happiness, or does the mode of our pursuit push away its satisfaction? Do we substitute busyness for contentment? In agreement with Alexis de Tocqueville’s description of Americans as “restless in the midst of their well-being,” Benjamin and Jenna Silber Storey offer a philosophical genealogy of our unquiet … Continue reading Pursuing Happiness

Government 101 – Syllabus

Laying the foundation Philosophy – Religion – Worldview – Apologetics – History – The Enlightenment – Building on that foundation Government – Economics – Science – The result of that foundation The American Revolution The French Revolution America – The Constitution The Bill of Rights – Ripping up the foundation The Culture Wars Secular Humanism Communism Biblical Higher Criticism Darwinism Scientism Modernism Postmodernism Radical Environmentalism Feminism Gender Theory Liberation Theology Critical Race Theory Covid-19 politics The End of Freedom? Bibliography How Should We Then Live?: The Rise and Decline of Western Thought and Culture – Francis Schaeffer Worldviews in Conflict … Continue reading Government 101 – Syllabus

What Does Postmodernism Really Amount To?

Even its practitioners don’t know. by John M. Ellis – Spring 2022 – for The Claremont Review of Books My cmnt: See my essay on postmoderism here. If you want to know what postmodernism is, or just what the word means, you don’t get much help from either its advocates or interpreters. Most words that label theories bear some relation to their content: words like “evolution” or “Communism” give you at least the beginning of an understanding of what they are about. But words, like “modernism,” that refer only to an unspecified time have the drawback not only of omitting any … Continue reading What Does Postmodernism Really Amount To?

My essay on postmodernism

A very brief but helpful explanation of pre, extant, post and post-post modernism. In the pre-modern era the intellectual community existed in the Christian milieu and its presuppositions started with ‘In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth’; its moral underpinnings were the Ten Commandments and the Sermon on the Mount. Some would say the modern era began with Isaac Newton, a devout Christian, and the publishing of his monumental work Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica (1687), commonly known as the Principia. Philosophers like Immanuel Kant were convinced from reading this work that Newton had laid the foundations for a Deistic … Continue reading My essay on postmodernism

You Know What Would Deter More Shootings Than Red Flag Laws? Executing Mass Killers Quickly

BY: KYLEE GRISWOLD – JULY 07, 2022 – 5 MIN READ – for The Federalist My cmnt: This piece is correct. Swift and Certain justice (that means execution) is the only and best deterrent to cold-blooded, calculated murder, rape, kidnapping, torture, etc. My cmnt: However once a people have lost a healthy respect for, and fear of God, and have become convinced by pseudo-science and Darwinism that they are nothing but animals they will indeed murder and riot without remorse nor fear of consequence. My cmnt: And even worse are the Islamists who have been taught that to rape and murder … Continue reading You Know What Would Deter More Shootings Than Red Flag Laws? Executing Mass Killers Quickly

Some Thoughts About Being Safe

By Dennis Prager – Posted: May 19, 2020 12:01 AM In a recent “Fireside Chat,”  my weekly talk show on the PragerU platform, I commented on society’s increasing fixation on being “safe.” The following is a condensed version of what I said: We have a meme up at PragerU: “‘Until it’s safe’ means ‘never.’” The pursuit of “safe” over virtually all other considerations is life-suppressing. This is true for your own individual life, and it is true for the life of a society. I always give the following example: I have been taking visitors to Israel for decades, and for all … Continue reading Some Thoughts About Being Safe

Yazidis ask for help, hold onto hope

by Chris Dunker – Aug 3, 2015 Updated Oct 5, 2016 – Lincoln Journal Star My cmnt: Part of my interest in these people is from having an extended Yazidi family living next door to me since 2017. Their story is one of persevering, maintaining a positive outlook and overcoming. They value education and work and are contributing citizens and good neighbors. My cmnt: Obama was responsible for a lot of this violence against Yazidis and Kurds. Trump Crushed the ISIS Caliphate – Obama’s premature and reckless decision (with many warning against it) to withdraw all U.S. troops from Iraq in 2011 … Continue reading Yazidis ask for help, hold onto hope

Jesus is Jehovah

An extensive tho’ not exhaustive list of Holy Scripture demonstrating Jesus the Messiah is Jehovah God, the great I Am of Israel I will add a new title or name or attribute every so often until the list is complete There is only one God Deut 6:4 – Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is One. 1 Cor 8:4-6 – Now concerning eating food offered to idols: We know that no idol is real in this world and that there is only one God. For even if there are “gods” in heaven and on earth (as indeed there … Continue reading Jesus is Jehovah

Dan Chaon Doesn’t Want to Hear About Your Middle-Class Norwegian Life

The novelist and story writer, whose new book is “Sleepwalk,” wishes more authors would write about ‘anything other than themselves. I love writers … who use some aspects of their own experience to tell a far-out tale.’ Presented in BY THE BOOK – for The New York Times – May 2022 My cmnt: I include this article because Dan Chaon is a native Nebraskan and fairly famous author and teacher. He, like most liberal/leftists and English majors/teachers, is an imbiber in the Global Warming/Climate Change hoax, voted for Hillary, believes the earth and mankind are doomed to extinction in the … Continue reading Dan Chaon Doesn’t Want to Hear About Your Middle-Class Norwegian Life

Candace Cameron Bure addresses criticism of ‘inappropriate’ photo with husband

By Jessica Bennett September 10, 2020 | 6:00pm for Page Six Candace Cameron Bure has addressed the heavy criticism she received after posting what some fans deemed an “inappropriate” photo of herself with husband Valeri Bure. The offending image showed Val, 46, resting his hand on the 44-year-old “Fuller House” star’s breast, apparently offending her more conservative supporters who chose to call her out for the snap. Candace eventually deleted the photo from her Instagram page, venting her frustration over being judged for being affectionate with her husband of over two decades. She later re-uploaded the image to her Instagram Stories. “For all of the … Continue reading Candace Cameron Bure addresses criticism of ‘inappropriate’ photo with husband

Star Trek: The Next Generation – Still believe in God

In Season 4, Episode 9 – Final Mission (1990) Before leaving for Starfleet Academy, Wesley Crusher accompanies Captain Picard on a routine mission but danger erupts when they are forced to crash land on a barely inhabitable moon with extreme desert-like conditions. After crash landing Picard emerges from the shuttle, looks around at the hot, bleak conditions and the first thing he says is, ‘Dear God.’ At the end of the episode Dr. Beverly Crusher, Wesley’s mom, finds him weak and semiconscious. When he finally opens his eyes after she repeated his name several times the first thing she says … Continue reading Star Trek: The Next Generation – Still believe in God