Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Today on Kresta - January 12, 2010

Talking about the "things that matter most" on Jan. 12

4:00 – Understanding and Overcoming Administered Freedom, Inquisitorial Tolerance, and Equality by Command
When it comes to liberalism, the usual story in postwar America is one of decline, accompanied by the subplot of conservatism’s ascendance. But take a longer view—look beyond and below politics—and it is the unchallenged triumph of liberalism and its philosophical assumptions that ought to command our attention. The triumph of liberalism means the tyranny of liberalism, explains James Kalb, for liberalism is the extension into the sociopolitical realm of modern scientific thought and technological rationality. These modes of thinking are regarded by nearly everyone today as uniquely authoritative; those institutions and beliefs which do not conform are regarded at best as annoyances, and at worst as evil. Furthermore, Kalb shows how liberalism is an expression of the interests and outlook of commercial and managerial elites, who are suspicious of less rationalized and controllable forms of social organization like the family.

4:20 – The Science on Women and Science
Are women victims of a widespread bias in science and engineering, as a 2007 report of the National Academy of Sciences concluded? Or are there other, more plausible explanations for the paucity of women in various quantitative fields? What, if anything, should be done to encourage more women to become engineers and scientists? Anyone looking for a balanced and temperate treatment of this sometimes-contentious topic will welcome this collection of essays from leading academics on both sides of the issue. Editor Christina Hoff Sommers is the editor and our guest.

5:00 – Prop 8 Back in Court – Should Cameras Be Allowed?
A federal trial on California's Proposition 8 began today after the chief judge explained that the U.S. Supreme Court had blocked the delayed release of tapes of the trial until a definitive decision Wednesday afternoon from the high court. The Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals had given Walker the OK to release the tapes in delayed fashion — posting on the court's Web site — as part of a new experiment in the circuit to allow some trials to be taped or broadcast. Federal trials are rarely broadcast. Proponents of Prop 8 had objected to the presence of cameras because after Prop 8 passed, many supporters were harassed, physically assaulted and even reprimanded at work for their stand for traditional marriage. We look at a study of “The Price of Proposition 8” with Thomas Messner.

5:20 – TBA


  1. Chuck Norris wonders if Mary would have aborted Jesus if she were covered by Obamacare.

    Shortly after the feast of the Immaculate Conception, Chuck Norris wrote a column recounting the legislative history of the health care bill, including the fight over abortion funding. Toward the end of the column Chuck's thoughts turned to the Mother of God.

    "Lastly, as we sit on the eve of another Christmas, I wonder: What would have happened if Mother Mary were covered by Obamacare? What if that young, poor uninsured teenaged woman were provided the federal funds (via Obamacare) and facilities (via Planned Parenthood, etc.) to avoid the ridicule, ostracizing, persecution and possible stoning because of her out-of-wedlock pregnancy? Will Obamacare morph into Herodcare for the unborn? Imagine all the great souls who could have been erased from history and the influence of mankind, if only they too would have been as progressive as Washington's wise men and women!"

    Maybe Chuck should read the first chapter of Luke to get a better understanding of Mary. He would find out that the possibility of Mary going rogue is preposterous.

    Chuck and his wife Gena advocate implementing a bible curriculum in government schools.

  2. Al, please ask Christina Hoff Sommers if she has the abilities required to be an engineer or scientist. Does Christina herself "have less aptitude for it?" Does her work show "empathizing" rather than "systematizing?"

  3. Al, Did you know that women have a larger bundle of nerve connections between the right and left half of the brain and that their amygdala is larger also than the males'? Do you know how this creates differences in processing information? The better the communication between the right and left half results in better awareness of the environment and the larger the amygdala means they are more hyperaware of potential danger.
    This means that being highly sensitive to danger in a fallen world decreases the quality of the attachment to the child. The woman is more open to suffering and threat and thus inhibits her ability to freely love her child as she was created to. This also means that this is where the potential for abortion begins and we males are responsible for creating this violence.
    Their hypersensitivty to potential violence begins with any distress within the male and this distress creates a loss of a safe attachment to the male.
    If you would like more info on this I can provide it. One reason why children leave the Church is because of this damaged attachment to the mother because of the fear that she lives with everyday in this world. When the authorities in the Church do not love in the way in which we are created to love then the child does not experience love in the faith and looks elsewhere.
    The quality of the attachment is the cause and solution to raising our children in the faith.