Saturday, June 13, 2009

A Collection of Treads on Claude Frederic Bastiat's Theory of the Three Fundamental Rights of Man and the Role of Law in a Just Society:
(A Rerum Novarum Recapitulation Thread)

It bears noting that this is the third such recapitulation thread containing archive material on these subjects. The first two will be noted in reverse chronological order in a footnote below{1} and the rest categorized in order from newest to oldest.

I post such connection threads at times because this approach to the subjects of rights is one that has been either explicit or implicit in so much of what I have written over the years. In light with what I noted yesterday about "writing photographs" this thread and the other three preceding it serve to point to my approach to these matters over time as applied to a whole host of issues.{2} Without further ado...

Miscellaneous Musings on Michelle Malkin, Sonya Sotomayor, "Compelling Stories", Activist Agendas, Etc. (circa June 3, 2009)

On the Tea Parties in Particular and the Tea Party Movement in General (circa May 30, 2009)

Briefly on the Texas Governor and State Sovereignty Under the Tenth Amendment (circa April 15, 2009)

Responding to Various Statements About President Barack Hussein Obama (circa April 14, 2009)

"One From the Vault" With "Crimson Catholic" (circa March 4, 2009)

Points to Ponder From Dr. Walter E. Williams on True and False "Rights" (circa February 28, 2009)

On President Barack Obama's Political Mentor (circa February 28, 2009)

On President Barack Obama, Abortion, the Repeal of the "Mexico City Policy", and Fundamental Rights (circa January 29, 2009)

Sandro Magister on the Vatican, Hamas and Israel Plus Our Musings on a Fundamental Right that Must Underline All Genuine Dialogue (circa January 7, 2009)

Rider Reform Revisited (circa December 16, 2008)

On the Arrest of Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich (circa December 9, 2008)

Revisiting the Subject of the Underlying Weltanschauung of Language Control (circa November 25, 2008)

Points to Ponder From "Azvet" on Fundamentals of Income Redistribution (circa October 24, 2008)

On "Consequentialism", "Proportionalism", and a Lesson on General Norms of Interpretation Theological or Otherwise (circa October 6, 2008)

Points to Ponder on Viewing Political Candidates (circa September 10, 2008)

On Senator Barack Obama's Selection of Senator Joseph Biden (circa August 30, 2008)

Miscellaneous Musings and Threads Worth Noting on the Russia/Georgia War, Poland and a "Missile Shield", Undigested Bits on Senator Obama's Pick of Sen. Biden, and an Amazing Find By Japanese Scientists (circa August 25, 2008)

Miscellaneous Threads and Musings on Alexander Solzhentesyn, Russia, Georgia, Boycotting the Olympics, Etc. (circa August 8, 2008)

Notification of Some Upcoming Weblog Postings (circa August 2, 2008)

Excerpt From Senator Barry Goldwater's The Conscience of a Conservative on Conservative Philosophy and Fundamental Rights (circa August 2, 2008)

July Fourth Reflections on Liberty by Dr. Walter E. Williams, Rush H. Limbaugh Jr., and Your Humble Weblog Host (circa July 4, 2008)

Miscellaneous Threads Worth Noting on Che Guevara and Robert Mugabe (circa June 15, 2008)

The National D-Day Memorial (circa June 6, 2008)

On Free Speech, Persecution in Yemen, and Fundamental Rights (circa May 28, 2009)

On Memorial Day (circa May 27, 2008)

On Illegal Immigration and Fundamental Rights (circa May 6, 2008)

More on Senator John McCain, the Boundaries of Conservative Republican Thought Historically Speaking, and Certain Troubling Contemporary Ahistorical So-Called "Conservative" Trends Thereof --Parts I-V (circa April 26-May 14, 2008)

A Dialogue on John McCain and Conservatism (circa March 26, 2008)

Miscellaneous Mutterings (circa March 21, 2008)

On Reuben "Hurricane" Carter, Bob Dylan, and Ethics (circa March 7, 2008)

Miscellaneous Musings (circa February 20, 2008)

Points to Ponder From David J. Stoddard on True and False "Racism" (circa January 9, 2008)

On Mitt Romney, Conservatives, and the Judiciary--Dialogue With Kevin Tierney (circa December 16, 2007)

Points to Ponder From Sen. Barry Goldwater on Absolute Power (circa November 5, 2007)

On Being Fair to Historical Figures in General and Revisiting the Subject of Slavery in American History (circa October 25, 2007)

"The Drudgeford Files" Dept. (circa October 16, 2007)

"From the Mailbag" on Abortion (circa September 26, 2007)

"From the Mailbag" on Distributivism (circa September 10, 2007)

On the "Phantom Menace" of Distributivism (circa September 8, 2007)

Miscellaneous Musings on "Bush Derangement Syndrome", Debate Ethics, Infrastructure, the War on Poverty vs. the Iraq War, Death, Tragedies and Evil, Etc. (circa August 4, 2007)

Reflections on Liberty From Rush H. Limbaugh Jr. on the Founding Fathers and Dr. Walter E. Williams on Claude Frederic Bastiat (circa July 3, 2007)

Briefly on the Fall of Amnesty International (circa July 6, 2007)

Points to Ponder From Claude Frederic Bastiat on Perversion of the Law (circa June 30, 2007)

Miscellaneous Musings (circa June 29, 2007)

Points to Ponder From Claude Frederic Bastiat on the Proper Function of the Law (circa June 25, 2007)

On President Bush, Congress, the Law, the Common Good, and Fundamental Rights (circa June 8, 2007)

On Fundamental Rights, Private Property, and Authentic Dialogue: (circa May 31, 2007)

"The Empire Distributivist Strikes Back" Dept.(circa May 27, 2007)

To Defend "Aristocracy" in Society (circa May 26, 2007)

Revisiting Distributivism (circa May 25, 2007)

A Book Review and Briefly on Slavery and Fundamental Rights (circa May 5, 2007)

On a Possible Future Form of Enslavement (circa March 29, 2007)

On Hilaire Belloc and the Problems With Being Fair to Past Generations (circa March 11, 2007)

Points to Ponder From Claude Frederic Bastiat on The Illogical Approach of Socialists (circa February 13, 2007)

On Fundamental Rights, Common Law Principles, and Abortion (circa February 5, 2007)

Briefly on Stem Cell Research and Fundamental Rights (circa January 23, 2007)

On the Upcoming "Anniversary" of Roe vs. Wade and Some Upcoming Weblog Posts (circa January 20, 2007)


{1} A Collection of Threads on Claude Frederic Bastiat's Theory of the Three Fundamental Rights of Man and the Role of Law in a Just Society --October 30, 2003-January 5, 2007

A Collection of Treads on Claude Frederic Bastiat's Theory of the Three Fundamental Rights of Man and the Role of Law in a Just Society --September 30, 2002-October 30, 2003

{2} I am sure if I looked further I could find more threads where I approach the subjects of fundamental rights and the proper role of law in a just society with less explication than in the threads below but I do not have time for that sort of fine-tooth archive combing.

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Friday, June 12, 2009

There have been a number of deaths in the family and among friends in this millennium. But out of all of them, there is one which stands out from the pack as being the most difficult for me to deal with. Today is the eighth anniversary of the passing of my late father Richard Dunn McElhinney. All I will say about it at the present time is what I say every year at this time; namely, that prayers for the eternal repose of his soul would be most appreciated.

Eternal rest grant unto his soul oh Lord and may thy perpetual light shine upon him. May he rest in peace with all the souls of the faithfully departed. Amen.

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Tuesday, June 09, 2009

The Gitmo Myth and the Torture Canard

This thread deals somewhat systematically with a lot of the garbage commonly paraded about by those who have for years publicly kvetched on these subjects. Hopefully for those who actually care about factual accuracy and take matters of ethics seriously, this thread will serve to inform them. Even if you do not agree with the manner in which the "war on terror"{1} has been conducted -in part or in whole- at the very least the rationale for what was done and why is well articulated in the thread above.


{1} Yeah, yeah I know overseas contingency operations. But much as I have never been fond of the term "war on terror", compared to the current nebulous construct I will continue to utilize it. (Though the term "war on terrorism" or "war on terrorists" would be preferable to both in my mind.)

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