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Monthly Archives: February 2010

The Non-PC Chef

   Aservant writes: I have gone through a profound awakening in recent years, changing from a knee-jerk liberal to a conservative Christian, even a “fundamental” conservative Christian. I add the “fundamental” to differentiate myself from mainstream conservatives, whom  for the most part I have nothing in common with.  I state the above to provide some context for the […]

The Feminine Mystique


‘What Women Never Hear’

  ALL SELF-HELP advice is not “psycho-porn.” There is decent counsel to be had in this sad world. You just won’t likely find it on the bestseller list or in a therapist’s office. For women seeking to live and love as neither the playthings of their own emotions or of men, there is one excellent source of advice, the blog  What Women […]

Palin Pop

    Sarah Palin isn’t against big government. She isn’t anti-abortion in any politically meaningful sense. She isn’t a foe of feminist entitlement.  And she isn’t very bright. What is she? In the words of Newark Star-Ledger columnist Paul Mulshine, Palin “is not so much a political figure as a sort of national fertility symbol.”

The Desert and Temptation

  Christ was not tempted in the towns or among the multitudes. During His forty days in the inhospitable void, He allowed himself to be approached. This was no accident. When individuals separate themselves from others, physically or intellectually, they encounter temptation. Satan despises those in the desert. He loathes the emptiness of contemplation. He hates it when we set off on our own.

Women, Men and Stress: Why Sex Differences Matter

  Gail Aggen writes: I was fascinated by the commenter Jake Jacobsen who relayed his experiences working in professional kitchens. From the way he described it, these kitchens are no place for the faint of heart or delicate of constitution. I had not put that together in my mind when wondering why there were so few women […]

Why the Culture War is a Religious War

  THE DEMOCRATS could have their health care reform. They could summon the votes if they abandoned the hope of government-funded abortion. Why don’t they concede on an issue ancillary to the goal of nationalized medicine? On the Stupak amendment, Lawrence Auster writes: It’s fascinating that the campaign to nationalize health care, which Stupak otherwise supports, is crashing in a […]

Tending the Dead in Haiti

  IN THIS EXCELLENT piece by Matt Labash, Father Rick Frechette buries the dead of Haiti. Labash writes: Haiti might be the only place where death with dignity entails being buried five-to-a-cardboard coffin. But it is moving and beautiful. Yet, I suggest to Frechette, it seems futile. Why do this? However horrible their lives were, this isn’t […]

Our Legislative Philistines

  JOHN LOFTON, a former Republican advisor who hosts the American View radio show, attended a question-and-answer session with Maryland lawmakers and grilled them on their understanding of the Constitution and oath of office. The ensuing exchanges are a disturbing glimpse into a mad, mad, mad, mad world.


    The 1995 film version of Giacomo Puccini’s Madame Butterfly, directed by Frédéric Mitterand and filmed in Tunisia by Martin Scorcese, is haunting and beautiful. The Chinese soprano Ying Huang does not look Japanese and her singing is not powerful but she is unforgettable, her character changing from a romantic girl to a mature and principled woman. If you have never watched a full-length […]

The Motions of Home

  LYDIA SHERMAN writes about the almost imperceptible motions of the experienced homemaker: Some women make people run to the far corners of the house because of their aggressive attack on housekeeping; others can do it in such a way that it becomes poetic. I had a friend in my early days that fascinated me by her approach […]

His and Her Domestic Violence

  “Women don’t have jobs either, but women aren’t abusive, most of the time.”                                                                                        — Harry Reid, Feb. 22, 2010 The nice thing about being female is that you are presumed innocent. You can even shoot your brother, as Amy Bishop did, and not face charges. Men aren’t born saints, but it’s time we laid to rest […]

Denied Tenure

  HERE’S A SURPRISE. Amy Bishop, the woman who murdered three professors at the University of Alabama, did not have adequate credentials to be granted tenure, according to scientists interviewed by the New York Times. Bishop had filed a sex discrimination suit against the university and her failure to win a position as full professor of biology was seen as […]

The “Psycho-Porn” of Self-Help

  FITZGERALD WRITES: Once again, I’m chagrined at the crass content of this Spearhead article, but the author, Dr. Paul, makes two really solid points that stand out and almost demand highlighting. He writes: “Fake self esteem, like 98% of everything else that is marketed just to females, has become the psycho-porn of the Western woman, […]

The Curse of Female Mediocrity

    WHY IS IT that women seem to be on average better musicians, better singers, better painters, better sculptors, better poets, better novelists, better artists, and yet the vast majority of artistic geniuses are men? How can this be? Patriarchal conspiracy, some active repression of female talent, must be responsible for the low representation of women at the apex […]