Quote of the Day

“I studied the Quran a great deal. I came away from that study with the conviction that by and large there have been few religions in the world as deadly to men as that of Muhammad. As far as I can see, it is the principal cause of the decadence so visible today in the Muslim world and, though less absurd than the polytheism of old, its social and political tendencies are in my opinion more to be feared, and I therefore regard it as a form of decadence rather than a form of progress in relation to paganism itself.”
—Alexis de Tocqueville

The Thirty Years War :: SteynOnline

“Popular culture” is more accurately a “present-tense culture”: You’re celebrating the millennium but you can barely conceive of anything before the mid-1960s. We’re at school longer than any society in human history, entering kindergarten at four or five and leaving college the best part of a quarter-century later—or thirty years later in Germany. Yet in all those decades we exist in the din of the present. A classical education considers society as a kind of iceberg, and teaches you the seven-eighths below the surface. Today, we live on the top eighth bobbing around in the flotsam and jetsam of the here and now. And, without the seven-eighths under the water, what’s left on the surface gets thinner and thinner.

Source: The Thirty Years War :: SteynOnline

Sergeant Stubby – Wikipedia

Scheduled for release in spring of 2018, Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero is an upcoming animated feature-length film. The film features the voices of Gérard Depardieu and Helena Bonham Carter and is directed by former Disney and DreamWorks animator Daniel St. Pierre, with music by Academy Award nominee Patrick Doyle. It has also been endorsed as an official project of the United States World War I Centennial Commission.

Sergeant Stubby, the most decorated dog of World War I.

Source: Sergeant Stubby – Wikipedia

Happy Birthday To Laura Ingalls Wilder | Adaptive Curmudgeon

“At Rocky Ridge Farm in Mansfield, Missouri, the place where Laura and her husband Almanzo Wilder settled in 1894, there is a photograph of the two of them in front of their car. Yes – their car. Ponder that for a moment: Both Laura and Almanzo traveled west as children via covered wagon, they conducted their courtship over Sunday drives in a horse-drawn buggy, and, ultimately, they retraced their journeys on the northern plains — in their 1923 Buick.”

Source: Happy Birthday To Laura Ingalls Wilder | Adaptive Curmudgeon

Whatever happened to the idea that dignity is a virtue?

Yes, I know it’s propaganda. But the fact that’s it propaganda actually makes my point. Propaganda’s goal is to reach out to people in the most effective way possible to affect their thinking. In 1944, those who made The Negro Soldier looked at black culture and concluded that the best way to reach out to blacks was to present them, not as hip or cool, not as victims, not as rage-filled revolutionaries, but as people of intellectual and moral substance. Moreover, as I noted above, that approach worked for both blacks and whites who saw the movie.

Source: Whatever happened to the idea that dignity is a virtue?

FrontPage Magazine – How Strong Is the Arab Claim to Palestine?

As a strictly legal matter, the Jews didn’t take Palestine from the Arabs; they took it from the British, who exercised sovereign authority in Palestine under a League of Nations mandate for thirty years prior to Israel’s declaration of independence in 1948. And the British don’t want it back.

No such thing as a ‘palestinian.’

Source: FrontPage Magazine – How Strong Is the Arab Claim to Palestine?

Veteran finally lets himself remember Pearl Harbor | News & Features | ArcaMax Publishing

When it came to the attack itself, though, there was not a word. McGrath would ask around the subject and Bruner wouldn’t bite.

Then one day Bruner was talking, and McGrath noticed he’d started to cry.

The older man started with three words: “It was bad,” he said.

McGrath listened intently through Bruner’s tears. The story was worse than he’d imagined.

Source: Veteran finally lets himself remember Pearl Harbor | News & Features | ArcaMax Publishing