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Bill Bennett’s Recommended Reading List for Education in Conservatism

1.“The Tragedy of American Compassion” by Marvin Olasky. A brilliant history of the welfare state and how we let government services substitute for true compassion.

2. “Drawing Life” by David Gelernter. A Yale computer genius and conservative professor, David Gelernter reflects on modern life and his injury at the hands of the Unabomber.

3. “Amusing Ourselves to Death” by Neil Postman. Postman argues that America’s downfall won’t be at the hands of a “1984” state but a coddling, distraction-filled society.

4. “Sexual Suicide” by George Gilder. The first and still best account of why men and women are not interchangeable.

5. “The Wealth and Poverty of Nations” by David Landes. A large, detailed book of the history of the world and how it works that rebuts many liberal theories of world history.

6. “Hitch-22” by Christopher Hitchens. A brilliant autobiography by an atheist and intellectual that exposes many of the flaws of leftist ideology.

Democrat Congresswoman: Obama “Refuses To Recognize” Radical Islam Is Our Enemy

Democrat Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard slams Pres. Obama for his failure to recognize the war against radical Islam: http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2015/01/17/dem_congresswoman_obama_refuses_to_recognize_radical_islam_is_our_enemy.html

Latin Tuesday

Today’s Latin Tuesday lesson from David Wilezol:

Tacitus, Agricolae, 98

“Auferre, trucidare, rapere, falsis nominibus imperium; atque, ubi solitudinem faciunt, pacem appellant.”

“To ravage, to slaughter, to usurp under false titles, they call these things empire; and where they make a desert, they call it peace.”

A listener named Alan reminded me of this quote. This is a famous section from the historian Tacitus in which a barbarian chief named Calgacus describes the Roman appetite for conquest and plunder. There’s some salience here about political language during wartime, but I think the part about “they make a desert, and call it peace” gets at a pretty tough idea — pacification cannot always be done through diplomacy. Sometimes you’ve got to be really tough, and I’m wondering about the West’s willingness to be tough on radical Islam. 

Robert Costa: Boehner survives leadership challenge from conservative members

As mentioned on this morning’s program, Robert Costa reporting on John Boehner’s race for House Speaker:


‘Twas the Night Before Christmas Millennial Edition

‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the cloud

Not an app was stirring, the parents so proud;

The iPhones were charging by the bedside with care,

In hopes that Facebook notifications soon would be there;

The Millennials were nestled all snug in their beds;

While visions of Angry Birds danced in their heads;

And mamma in her snuggie, and I Pajama Boy,

Had tried to rid the house of any electronic toy,

When out of the cloud there arose such a clatter,

I grabbed my tablet to see what was the matter.


When what to my wondering news feed did appear,

But a barrage of tweets and selfies, oh dear,

With 4G service so lively and quick,

I knew in a moment it must be a Millennial trick.

More rapid than eagles his Tweets they came,

And he liked, commented, and hashtagged them by name:

“Now, Facebook! now, Twitter! now Skype and Vine!

On, Instagram! on, Pinterest on, Spotify and FaceTime!

To the top of the feed! to the top of the wall!

Now like away! tweet away! text away all!”


Latin Tuesday

Today’s Latin Tuesday lesson courtesy of David Wilezol:

Luke, Chapter 2, v. 10-11. From St. Jerome’s Vulgate translation of the Bible in the 4th century A.D.

et dixit illis angelus: nolite timere, ecce enim evangelizo vobis gaudium magnum quod erit omni populo quia natus est vobis hodie salvator qui est Christus Dominus in civitate David

“And the angel said to them: Fear not; for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy that shall be to all the people: For, this day is born to you a Saviour, who is Christ the Lord, in the city of David.”

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