Friday, July 04, 2014

A Garden of Stone

Today I visited Cypress Grove National Cemetery. The National Cemetery in Brooklyn, New York City. Not another living soul was there.

Most of the Civil War era markers have just a name and the home state, a rank sometimes and a unit. The more recent markers usually include dates and a cross. A few have the Star of David.

There are stories here that deserve to be told. Lest we forget.

There are couples here. This is a place of love.

This lady waited over 52 years to join her husband.

Some are to poignant to need elaboration. "Our Hero" was 16 years old.

A portion of the National Cemetery is collocated within the nearby but separate private Cypress Grove Cemetery. The Guard kindly drove me the distance from the entrance to that area. There are also old Jewish sections within the larger Christian cemetery, which is unusual. There is an NYPD memorial section adjacent to the largely Civil War government graves. Within the National Cemetery area some of the graves are for Confederates. Did they die in captivity near here during the war? Their graves and those of the Union soldiers are mingled. Those boys are far from home but now they are all together as Americans. Today perhaps some would object to honoring those who served in the CSA by placing them in a National Cemetery. What were we fighting for if not to say that they belong here?

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Comment on the Belmont Club:
"The Indefinite Man"

Belmont Club » The Indefinite Man

Brandeis' Core Value is "take the money." People take at face value self identified Jewish institutions and then add a set of preconceptions based on that. 

In New York we will soon have the Israel Day parade sponsored by the United Jewish Appeal and the American Jewish Committee. These are two old mainstream organizations that have raised millions of dollars over many decades from the Jewish community. Their present leadership have endorsed and advanced the Boycott Divest and Sanction (BDS) movement targeting Israel. Organizations that support BDS, such as J Street, have been invited to participate in the parade.

There is a tension between the need for certainty in the face of corruption and the need for doubt in the face of complexity. Without certainty there are no standards to be held to. Without doubt there is no need to inquire test and innovate. 

We need both 
"Hier stehe ich, ich kann nicht anders."
"I beseech you, in the bowels of Christ, think it possible you may be mistaken."

Those whose vision of purity admits of no imperfections, and therefor of no mercy of change can only rejoice at the death of their near rivals, as Luther did of Zwingli's, even over those of their avowed enemies. The Irish should be grateful that they only had a Congregational Calvinist to deal with.

The universities are now far down the path of pursuing money at the expense of free thought. Eisenhower was concerned by the effects of big government on academia. He was right but by considering the simple interests of the National Security State of his time the whole of the problem he did not consider the future vulnerabilities and stages involved. The universities became addicted to big projects and sponsorships, not only from government engineering and science but then also from Area Studies in the Social Sciences and Humanities. That inflated budgets and costs and bloated administration at the expense of teaching. It reduced the dependence on students and cut the bonds between faculty and the public as alumni, parents, and students. The hunt for money to keep feeding the swollen system made the universities open to influence from private foundations and foreign governments. Those interests then had a mechanism to penetrate first the universities and then the government administration and other segments of society. That is the Gramscian March.

Saturday, April 05, 2014

On Instapundit: Blog Archive: "James Taranto: Justice Thomas Was Right: Citizens United ..."

As I do not wish to spend money on a new computer now I need to find a better browser than Safari for my old MacBook. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

The blowback on this will be frightening. The radical homosexual lobby have done things that will convince average people that they really are part of a crazy alien conspiracy determined to destroy America and that they really are coming for your children. The result will be the political rise of fringe extremists, increased violence against and by gays and the recriminalization of conduct. For all those who wanted to tear down the safe smug Ozzie and Harriet world of 1950s America they can now look forward to something far far worse. We may all end up in Putin's Russia.

Friday, January 03, 2014

On "Instapundit » Blog Archive » THE HILL:
Eleven state attorneys general slam Obama healthcare fixes as illegal."

Instapundit » Blog Archive » THE HILL: Eleven state attorneys general slam Obama healthcare fixes as illegal. The attorneys g…

The attitude of the Democrats is worse than "Laws? We don't need no stinkin laws." If you demand a law they will laugh and cough up another 3,000 page monster. They think that they have cover from a tame media and all the law they need. Buried within the ACA are hundreds of Easter Eggs saying "the Secretary may" or "the Secretary shall." Legislative power was transferred to Sebelius and Obama is Sebelius' boss so Obama can rewrite the law as he pleases. They really believe that. The ACA was not a piece of legislation about Health Care. It was a Constitutional Amendment. It should be renamed the AEA, the American Enabling Act.

Sunday, September 22, 2013


Theo Spark: AN OPEN LETTER TO THE (UK) GUARDIAN / OBSERVER NEW...: An American response to an editorial in the Guardian, Sept 21, 2013: "American gun use is out of control. Shouldn't the world inte...
(from "Sean Linnane")

Criminals should not have access to guns. See how easy it is when we all agree? Mr Porter thinks that denying access to firearms to law abiding people will keep the weapons from the criminals and that society will then be peaceful and safe. We have a natural experiment. In one location, Red State/county America, there is a large armed population with a low crime rate and a low death from firearms rate. In two other locations, Blue State/County America and the UK, we have strict rules against firearms ownership. In both places where guns are illegal there is a large uncontrolled criminal class running wild. While there are more deaths from firearms in Blue America than in the UK in neither are people safe.

All this is besides the real point of the Second Amendment and having an armed citizenry. The guns are not there to control crime but to control the government. In the UK people are not citizens but subjects of a government that allocates authority to a winner through an electoral ritual that does not alter the top down distribution of authority. In America the authority comes from the bottom with limited powers assigned to the federal government. The people do not have to engage in bloody revolution or resort to their firearms to restrain government on a regular basis. We hope that they never have to. The ability and right of the people to reject a tyrannical regime is however at the root of all the freedoms that the people form their government to protect.