Andrew Kern Sep 29, 2008
I'm no economist, and that gives me an advantage when talking about our economy because I don't know what I'm talking about and I can be snarly at economists, which is important right now because it seems safe to say that we are well into a crisis that only economists could have created. Adam Smith dealt with economics as a moral science. Indeed.
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Andrew Kern Sep 29, 2008
First of all, I have to say thank you to you who visit and read this blog. I often wish it contained earth-shattering insights instead of the ongoing wrestling of a lethal mind, but this month more of you visited this blog by 25% than ever before. Thank you! I hope it has offered you some insight, some information, maybe even some inspiration. Also, a comment on the debate between McCain and Obama, preceded by a funny talk-show call in I heard last week (4:15 Wednesday). Somebody was ripping on McCain and came up with this priceless gem:
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Andrew Kern Sep 26, 2008
I'm guessing this one will get around or even maybe already has, but I have to go ahead and post it here. My first successful video blog!. Enjoy (and thanks to Steve Elliott for letting me know about it):
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Andrew Kern Sep 22, 2008
We are not trained to think organically. Too often we don't consider and maybe don't know how to consider the extent to which the health of the organs determines the well-being of the organism. The great enemies of the soul are lying and flattery, sloth and thoughtlessness - especially in academics. Celebrity replaces honor when life becomes a performance, when appearance replaces reality, when perception is reality. Temptations change; people don't.
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Andrew Kern Sep 19, 2008
I've been asked how my friends in Houston are doing, particularly the church where we held our last conference. You'll all be pleased to know that, apart from a couple dozen trees being uprooted, there is no extensive damage to the property and none to the building at Our Savior Lutheran, one of the most beautiful churches in America. Some concern was expressed about how the media covered the issue, complaining about the government response and all that, as though it were possible to turn back the hurricane and overcome every single person's trials. We do need a substitute God, don't we?
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Andrew Kern Sep 19, 2008
I've never read Stuart Taylor before, so I can't say anything about his positions or politics, or even credibility, but this article analyzes the political ads and the responses to them by the media. He affirms some concerns I raised earlier and goes into quite a bit of detail I couldn't get to.
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Andrew Kern Sep 19, 2008
Reflecting on the previous post, I thought that one great difference between Christian classical education and conventional metrics is that the former is personal and the latter is abstract. The root concept of Christian classical education is that there are wise men and women to whom we should listen and whom we should imitate. In so doing, we can become wise like them. This involves relationships and all the nuances implied in love. Standardized testing, for example, lacks nuance.
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Andrew Kern Sep 19, 2008
During the Christian classical era in American schooling, say from 1640-1810, the curriculum of an American school was rather straightforward. You learned literacy and numeracy, largely at home and primarily with the Bible and maybe Foxe's Book of Martyrs or some other important text.
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Andrew Kern Sep 17, 2008
In today's news, TheHill.com brings out the old Lilian Helmann, statistics, bromide, applying it to that dishonorable, disgusting John McCain. Here, according to Mark Mellman, is the case against John McCain:
Yet John McCain himself stands behind the lies and the dishonor. There is not a kernel of truth in the statement that Barack Obama called Sarah Palin a pig. There is not an iota of reality in McCain’s attack on Obama’s supporting comprehensive sex education for kindergartners. As we all know, he voted to help children avoid sexual predators.
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Andrew Kern Sep 17, 2008
The politial season being fully upon us, I have this fantasy that every day I'll be able to review a political ad for its content and determine the truth behind it. Of course, that won't happen because I have other serious responsibilities. Wait a minute; what did I just say? Our most fervent civic obligation, we are reminded repeatedly and redundantly, is to vote. I am an American and proud of that fact. So it is my duty to vote. But how can I vote if I don't know the truth behind the ads? But how can I possibly know the truth behind all the ads?
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