There has been a great response to my pieceBanning Boyhood. Most of the email respondents agreed with my basic thesis and found the prohibitions against certain childhood pastimes that I mention in the article to be preposterous.
Many have long worried about government control of the Internet. After all, for all the latter's faults -- and it is a purveyor of cultural poison -- it's also a great medium through which to disseminate truth.
Huck Finn must be spinning in his literary grave. Just recently a Colorado Springs, Co., elementary school banned tag during recess, joining other schools that have prohibited this childhood pastime. Upon hearing this, I thought about the movement to ban cops and robbers, musical chairs, steal the bacon, and the kill-joys’ most frequent target and this writer’s favorite childhood school game, dodge ball. Then there’s the more inane still, such as the decision by the Massachusetts Youth Soccer Association to prohibit keeping score in kids’ tournament play.
It's hard to think of a battle that has been won by being defensive.
You may be most skilled at blocking and slipping punches, but if that
is all you do, sooner or later your opponent will land a few and enjoy
victory. This occurs to me as I watch the latest amnesty battle.
As you may know, the DREAM Act -- the latest Scamnesty scheme -- is
being debated in Congress at this moment. And it may be the Mexican
dream, but it's our nightmare. But that isn't what I want to address
Many leftist partisans are licking their chops over the revelation that
Idaho Republican Senator Larry Craig solicited sex from a male
undercover detective in a Minneapolis airport bathroom. This scandal
is reminiscent of that involving Ted Haggard, the disgraced preacher
who had relations with a male prostitute. You may remember Haggard, he
was the Distraction du Jour the Shill Media conjured up right before
the 2006 election. (I keep my finger on the pulse of our culture and I
had never heard of this Haggard fellow. But fixating on this minor
story served well the purposes of demonizing the “right” and
distracting people from the real issues – always useful during an
It has been a long time in coming, dear readers, but we have finally rolled out the new SelwynDuke.com; it just became operational September 24. The design differences are obvious, and if the feedback we've received thus far is any indication, they're a hit. But more than just the style has changed.
There is a maelstrom brewing around High Point Church in Arlington,
Texas. Church officials had offered to host a funeral for a homosexual
man, Cecil Sinclair, even going so far as to agree to feed 100 guests
and create an elaborate photo presentation about the man’s life.
However, the family neglected to inform the church that Mr. Sinclair’s
homosexuality would be featured prominently, with pictures containing obvious homosexual content on display.