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Monthly Archives: September 2009

Banquet at Delmonico’s Great Minds, the Gilded Age, and the Triumph of Evolution in America by Barry Werth Post Civil War America was looking for a new belief system, says social historian Barry Werth. Across the Atlantic Charles Darwin had proposed a new theory of biology, but had left the popularization of it to others. In Banquet at Delmonico’s, Werth chronicles the spread of Darwinian evolution in America, focusing on the works… Read More

I mailed this today: September 28, 2009 The Honorable Evan Bayh 1650 Market Tower 10 West Market Street Indianapolis, IN  46204 Dear Senator Bayh, Thank you for your letter of September 3rd 2009, on the impact of global climate change. Thank you especially for your invitation to continue informing you of the issues important to me. Your letter states that the scientific consensus on this issue is unequivocal and that greenhouse gas… Read More

In the spring of 2000, we took our kids to Washington DC. One evening, we came upon a group of 20-30 Cuban Americans demonstrating in front of the White House. They were protesting President Clinton’s decision to send Elian Gonzalez back to Cuba. They carried signs and sang and chanted, “Don’t send Elian back.” A policeman on a bike watched from nearby, but it was a peaceful protest and he appeared unconcerned…. Read More

The Wall Street Journal ran an article in its Life & Style section a few weeks back called, “Man vs. God.” They had commissioned Karen Armstrong and Richard Dawkins to address the question, Where does evolution leave God? You can read the article here If you’re familiar with outspoken atheist, Richard Dawkins, you won’t be surprised at his take. Evolution is. God isn’t. End of story. Karen Armstrong’s response, though, was more… Read More

The Housing Boom and Bust by Thomas Sowell, Economist Extraordinaire A straightforward case study that should be required reading for American voters, political science students, and anyone who supports government interventions into business “for the good of society.” In The Housing Boom and Bust, Sowell analyzes the housing boom which peaked in 2005, and the collapse which followed shortly thereafter. Here’s the chain of events, as he presents them: (1)  Beginning in… Read More

I’ll never forget the day. Who could? The events of September 11th 2001 drove home to me a few points: (1) We live in an unstable and dangerous world. Some people in it are bent on destruction. (2) I’ve taken safety and relative security for granted. Life can end for me or you at any time. (3) I’ve neglected to tell people I love and value that I love and value them…. Read More

I’m blowing 16 years of dust off my computer programming skills and attempting to get me a blog up and running. How am I doing so far?