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From the Notebook

-The Twins Weekly Roundtable is up, with my contribution.

Seth Stohs joined me on the Twins Podcast for a meandering discussion of the disappointing roadtrip the Twins put up.

-The GBWW ten year reading plan continues, I finished books I&II of Rousseau’s Social Contract. Rousseau’s ideas were very influential during the French Revolution and he could be called the grandfather of fascism. His idea of the “general will” being the necessary controlling force of legitimate government is never clearly explained nor defended. Rousseau devalued individual rights and his assumption that the general will could never be wrong, only decieved, is laughable in the face of history. Rousseau did at least attempt to provide for a balance between individual rights and the general will in Book II, but in the end it’s hard to see how Rousseau’s ideas are any addition to ideas of liberty and freedom. The Catholic Encyclopedia offers a more in depth critique of Rousseau.

-Up next, chapters 15&16 of Gibbon’s decline and fall of the Roman Empire.

-Wordpress’ difficulties in publishing simple embed codes (like the slideshow program for the Wednesday Hero anniversary) is becoming almost as annoying as Blogger’s lack of flexibility, reliability or widgets. I guess there’s no perfect platform. I’m sticking with WordPress for the time being because its page system allows me a place to publish my conservative canon without it getting lost in the archives.

-My two signature articles from the RNC is my reaction to the protests on Day 1 and my declaration of the end of the revolution. I was even thinking about trying to get those two articles published somewhere but already the articles feel like dated material.

Seth Stohs has invited me to participate in his weekly NFL “Expert Picks” prediction panel. My “expert picks” can be seen there. My advice? don’t actually look at any of my “expert picks” unless you really hate yourself.

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Wednesday Hero

Lance Cpl. Ryan T. McCaughnLance Cpl. Ryan T. McCaughn
19 years old from Manchester, New Hampshire
1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force
November 7, 2006
U.S. Marine Corps

“I just can’t believe it,” said Nicole Cote, mother of L/Cpl. McCoughn. “It’s not supposed to happen this way. Your kids aren’t supposed to leave you.” McCoughn joined the USMC during his Senior year of High School. “He said he needed to do this. He said if he could keep one dad from going to Iraq and he could take his place instead, then he’ll feel like he’s accomplished something.”

Lance Cpl. Ryan T. McCaughn was killed on November 7, 2006 while conducting combat operations in Anbar province, Iraq. He leaves behind his mother, father, step-father and two brothers.

These brave men and women sacrifice so much in their lives so that others may enjoy the freedoms we get to enjoy everyday. For that, I am proud to call them Hero.
We Should Not Only Mourn These Men And Women Who Died, We Should Also Thank God That Such People Lived

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