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Posts Tagged ‘carnivals’

Absence

Posted by Richard on August 13, 2007

Sorry for the extended absence. And for not responding to any of the comments I've received recently. I've been preoccupied by things in the Real World. I hope to spout off again Real Soon Now.

Meanwhile, go check out last week's Carnival of Principled Government, hosted at Question the Culture. I haven't had a chance to read the posts, but April did a very nice job of presenting them.

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Carnival

Posted by Richard on July 24, 2007

There's a new Carnival of Principled Government — the tenth — over at Consent of the Governed. It looks very nice. Check it out.

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Homeschooling mega-carnival

Posted by Richard on July 18, 2007

The 81st Carnival of Homeschooling is posted at Principled Discovery, and it's a monster! There are 59 entries organized into 13 categories ranging from law to field trips. Dana calls this the "Teacher In Service Edition," a chance for homeschoolers to do some "professional development":

Teacher in-service days mean no school, so help your young scholars find something to do while you peruse the offerings. Whether a quick tip or research into how children learn, each presentation is designed to help you become a little better teacher and parent, with just a touch of controversy to keep it interesting

It looks terrific, with some really intriguing topic titles. If you're responsible for, or interested in, filling young skulls full of mush with learning, you need to check it out

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Clever carnival

Posted by Richard on May 14, 2007

It's a civics quiz. No, it's a citizenship test. No, it's the Fifth Carnival of Principled Government! Head on over there and check out Dana's clever carnival format, as Principled Discovery continues its quest to "uphold our founders' vision for our nation as found in our founding documents." Good stuff.

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Principled government

Posted by Richard on April 26, 2007

Speaking of carnivals, I finally dropped by Dana's Fourth Carnival of Principled Government, and you should, too. The theme of this one is character and virtue; the posts are few, but thought-provoking. Dana posted it less than a week after giving birth to her fourth child (congrats, Dana!), and seems rather apologetic about having "neglected" the carnival. Now, that's a dedicated blogger!

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Second Amendment Carnival XI

Posted by Richard on April 24, 2007

I finally got around to checking out this month's Second Amendment Carnival at Free Constitution, and I encourage you to drop by if you have even a passing interest in firearms-rights issues. I've barely sampled the many links, and I've seen some serious, high-quality, thought-provoking posts. Some pretty funny and fun stuff, too.

For instance, Acme Anvil Co. argued persuasively (and with tongue in cheek, I assume) that a Guiliani administration would buy you a gun if you can't afford one. More seriously, Politics, Guns & Beer (great name for a blog) compared carrying a gun to wearing a seat belt in a terrific treatise on firearms — and it's only Part 1. How does a 21-year-old coed from Idaho become so wise?

Beyond that, you'll find links to Rhymes With Right, The Smallest Minority, Say Uncle, LawDog, and more — a fine collection of posts that you really should check out. 

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Carnival of Principled Government

Posted by Richard on March 27, 2007

Check out Dana's second Carnival of Principled Government over at Principled Discovery. This edition has somewhat of a Jeffersonian theme, but there's certainly plenty of variety there — theology, economics, jurisprudence, and more.

Don't miss Rick Sincere's review of speeches by libertarian authors Brian Doherty and Neal Boortz. I've got Doherty's Radicals for Capitalism in my pile of books to read, and after reading Sincere's post, I may have to move it up a few places. Also, check out Joe's plan for getting a master's degree while playing with his guns.

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A Liberty Day treat

Posted by Richard on March 16, 2007

Happy Liberty Day! And James Madison's birthday! In honor of the occasion, Dana Hanley chose today for the inaugural Carnival of Principled Government. I intended to submit a post, but screwed up and missed the deadline. No matter — Dana was kind enough to include one of mine as an Editor's Choice. And there is no shortage of other intriguing links — I'll have to make some time later to check a number of them out. You should, too.

Bravo, Dana — this carnival is an astonishing first effort!

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Cordite and Cooper

Posted by Richard on October 2, 2006

I just found out today that Col. Jeff Cooper died last week. Cooper, known as “the gunner’s guru,” was a larger than life figure whose impact on the shooting sports, combat and self-defense shooting, and related matters is inestimable. Cooper almost single-handedly created what’s thought of as the modern “conventional wisdom” regarding handgun shooting, gun safety, and combat and self-defense techniques.

Cooper was 86 and in poor health, but he continued to write prolifically and with old-fashioned elegance and charm — albeit, at times with a rather sharp tongue. I always looked forward to his monthly column in Guns & Ammo — it wasn’t really a column, but a collection of brief anecdotes, opinions, and observations on a remarkably broad range of subjects. Here are a couple of examples from the August issue:

We are annoyed by the assumption on the part of certain public figures that the citiizen should be able to prove the need for the citizen to acquire a means of protecting himself. The citizen’s personal needs are no business of the state. Liberty, when in place, grants the right of the citizen to do what he chooses, as long as he does not stamp on the rights of others. Nobody needs caviar, or a pleasure boat or opera tickets. Whether he wants these things is no business of the state. On this side of the prayer rug, the Jihadis do not see it that way. That seems to be the main reason they have declared war upon us.


Is it that the pronoun “whom” has been abandoned? Perhaps it is that the English language is too ornate for the common people.

I learned of Cooper’s death via Spank That Donkey, where Chris led off Carnival of Cordite #74 with Michael Bane’s eulogy, which you should read. Check out the many other fine posts, too — most are quite a bit less somber. They range from fun stuff to gun stuff to politics. There are a couple of serious commentaries on the Bailey, CO, school shooting — one of them mine.

Which brings me to the (apparently copycat) deadly attack on the Pennsylvania Amish school. We really didn’t need more empirical evidence that a “gun-free” designation — even with a stiff prison sentence to back it up — is about as effective at protecting our children as the casting of a magic spell over the doorway. I don’t know what more to say, except that my heart goes out to the families of those little girls.

I think I’ll close with another Cooper quote, this one posted at Michael Bane’s place by a commenter. After thinking about the terrible deeds some men are capable of, Cooper’s point seems somehow appropriate — and comforting:

The rifle is a weapon. Let there be no mistake about that. It is a tool of power, and thus dependent completely upon the moral stature of its user. It is equally useful in securing meat for the table, destroying group enemies on the battlefield, and resisting tyranny. In fact, it is the only means of resisting tyranny, since a citizenry armed with rifles simply cannot be tyrannized.

The rifle itself has no moral stature, since it has no will of its own. Naturally, it may be used by evil men for evil purposes, but there are more good men than evil, and while the latter cannot be persuaded to the path of righteousness by propaganda, they can certainly be corrected by good men with rifles.

—Jeff Cooper, The Art of the Rifle

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Best of Cordite, and Liberty from China

Posted by Richard on September 27, 2006

I’ve been negligent in not dropping by Spank That Donkey to check out Carnival of Cordite #73. It’s a "Best of COC" — in honor of founder Gullyborg, Chris put out the call for past participants to submit their best previous carnival entries, and he got a bunch of great ones! He’s also got bonus audio clips from "Blazing Saddles" and Ronaldus Magnus (sorry, IE users only). Drop on by, and be prepared to spend some time.

Carnival of Liberty #54 is a special event of sorts, too. It comes to us from China, courtesy of host OneManBandwidth. Imagine that — a celebration of liberty from China! OMB is pretty fearless about it, even linking to a chilling story about Chinese organ harvesting. Drop by and show your support.
 

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Cordite and cranky libertarians

Posted by Richard on September 20, 2006

For some great gun rights and self-defense reading, along with the usual unusual weaponry stuff, range reports, etc., check out Carnival of Cordite #72 at Spank That Donkey. It’s got titles like "Bad, Bad Assault Thingy," "Guns and Democrats," and "Commie Junk My A$$!" that are bound to suck you in.

Meanwhile, over at the Unrepentant Individual, Brad Warbiany wants you to "see the world through a bunch of cranky libertarians’ eyes" in Carnival of Liberty #53. It’s chock full of submissions, and they’re presented with meaty excerpts so you can get a good sense of them. Go read — you know you want to!
 

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Carnivals!

Posted by Richard on September 12, 2006

Rick Sincere is hosting Carnival of Liberty #62 this week, and as you might guess, there are some 9/11-related entries. Lots of other topics, too — check it out.

Also, check out Carnival of Cordite #71 at Spank That Donkey. If you use IE to visit, you can listen to a delightful little sermon. But with any browser, you’ll find a wealth of great links and pictures. Including the link to buy some of these fine bumperstickers:

Give Peace a Chance - Kill Terrorists

Meanwhile, Joshua Sharf promised to have the special 9/11 edition of Carnival of the Capitalists ready any time now, so just check the main page of View From a Height.

UPDATE: It’s up, so here’s the direct link to the Carnival of the Capitalists. Wow, it’s huge! From 9/11 to personal finance, there’s bound to be something to pique your interest.

UPDATE 2: Another huge collection of links, well-presented: the Carnival of Homeschooling at Principled Discovery. Check it out.
 

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Carnival time

Posted by Richard on September 5, 2006

Nick at Quotulatiousness (did I spell that right? did he?) is hosting Carnival of Liberty #61, and he did a fine job of organizing and presenting the posts. They’re grouped into "departments" such as economics, political science, and law. He even provided "table of contents" links so you can jump right to the econ stuff without having to scroll past all those icky philosophy posts. Check it out.
 

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Carnival time

Posted by Richard on August 30, 2006

Matt Barr at Socratic Rhythm Method came up with a really clever presentation for the entries in Carnival of Liberty #60 — it’s a Jeopardy game! "I’ll take Liberty Locales for $300, Alex." Pretty slick job (there’s a "no frames" alternative link if your browser messes up the "game board" display). And it’s not just sizzle — there’s plenty of meat in those entries.

Meanwhile, Stan White at Free Constitution put together the 4th edition of the Second Amendment Carnival. It’s a more traditional carnival, and a young one at that, but if you’re interested in gun rights and related matters, it’s definitely worth a look. Although I miss the "gun pr0n" that’s usually a highlight of the Carnival of Cordite. Speaking of the latter, I almost spaced it out — unfortunately, due to time constraints, C of C #70 is what Gully calls a "classic link-fest" with no pictures. Oh, well — some good entries. And I’ll bet #71 will have lots of cool pictures. 🙂
 

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Carnival of Liberty #59

Posted by Richard on August 23, 2006

Peter Porcupine quietly posted the latest Carnival of Liberty yesterday — no announcement to the LLP community as far as I can tell, so I guess he doesn’t want to attract too much attention. 🙂 It’s worth checking out — modest in size, but with some interesting entries.

Umm, Peter, there’s one little nit I just have to pick  — 59 should be LIX in Roman numerals. You never use IIII4 is IV ("one from five") and 9 is IX ("one from ten"). Or you can do as I do and just use these new-fangled Arabic numbers — I believe they’re the Arab world’s most recent significant intellectual achievement.

As for me, I promise to return to posting soon, as things are slowly getting back to normal.
 

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