Curtis Dahlgren column
Curtis Dahlgren is semi-retired in the frozen tundra of Michigan's U.P., and is the author of "Massey-Harris 101." His career has had some rough similarities to one of his favorite writers, Ferrar Fenton. In the intro to The Fenton Bible, Fenton said:

"I was in '53 a young student in a course of education for an entirely literary career, but with a wider basis of study than is usual. . . . In commerce my life has been passed. . . . Indeed, I hold my commercial experience to have been my most important field of education, divinely prepared to fit me to be a competent translator of the Bible, for it taught me what men are and upon what motives they act, and by what influences they are controlled. Had I, on the other hand, lived the life of a Collegiate Professor, shut up in the narrow walls of a library, I consider that I should have had my knowledge of mankind so confined to glancing through a 'peep-hole' as to make me totally unfit for [my life's work]."

In 1971-72 Curtis did some writing for the Badger Herald and he is listed as a University of Wisconsin-Madison "alumnus" (loosely speaking, along with a few other drop-outs including John Muir, Charles Lindbergh, Frank Lloyd Wright and Dick Cheney). [He writes humor, too.]


What the world needs now: Humility, universal civility, and some other stuff!
Curtis Dahlgren
April 15, 2014

"'I wish thar was winders to my Sole,' said I, 'so that you could see some of my feelins.'" – Artemus Ward (Chas. Browne), 1834-1867 "This world is a . . .


" . . . And nothing shall offend them" (?)
Curtis Dahlgren
April 11, 2014

"I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it." – attrib. to Voltaire (1694-1778) WHAT HAPPENED TO THAT IDEA? . . .


"The biggest LIE I've ever heard" (by R.U. Kiddingme)
Curtis Dahlgren
April 3, 2014

"No provision in our Constitution ought to be dearer to man than that which protects the rights of conscience against the enterprizes of the civil authority."  . . .


TOWN v. GOWN: open letter to the Board of Regents
Curtis Dahlgren
March 28, 2014

Dear Regents, U. of Wisconsin: "I don't need to do a better job. I just need better P.R. on the job I'm doing!" – Calvin of "Calvin & Hobbes" As a . . .


While Princess Summerspring Winter-Fall went on Spring Break - - -
Curtis Dahlgren
March 23, 2014

"Communists must always consider that of all the arts the motion picture is the most important." – Vladimir Lenin SPEAKING OF THE MEDIA AND HISTORY, . . .


"Coming Out Of The Shadows": Old C.O.O.T.S of the world, ARISE!
Curtis Dahlgren
March 14, 2014

"I'm not ARGUING; I'm just EXPLAINING it better!" – words seen on a sweat shirt BTW, I WAS AT WAL-MART when I saw this lady wearing that sweat shirt. I . . .


GOT GOD YET? How hard have you been LOOKING?
Curtis Dahlgren
March 5, 2014

"Laughter is the shortest distance between two people." – Mel Brooks "A real Christian is a person who can give his pet parrot to the town gossip."  . . .


And the winner is - "Honey, I Shrunk the Constitution" (part 1)
Curtis Dahlgren
March 2, 2014

"Education is critical if we are to avoid taking educated people [too] seriously." – author unknown DECEMBER CAME IN LIKE A LION AND WENT OUT LIKE A . . .


George Washington goes into a bar and sits down beside me
Curtis Dahlgren
February 23, 2014

[as originally posted, St. Patrick's Day, 2010 (maybe I'll make this an annual thing for Presidents' Day)] "HOWDY," said George. Yes, I'm sure it was him. . . .


Blizzards, blitzkriegs, and spin (but we "have a pen" TOO)
Curtis Dahlgren
February 19, 2014

"My heart is inditing a good matter – gushing – and my tongue is the pen of a ready writer." – 45th Psalm A SCHOOLMASTER was reading a . . .


From Wahoo News: "A FEW WORDS NOW TO REPUBLICANS," by Honest Abe himself
Curtis Dahlgren
February 13, 2014

"Both parties waste money on focus-group polling, but why? The truth is the Truth whether the tide is going out or coming in (no matter how people 'feel' about . . .


"WHY NOT US?" (Super-karma Sunday, Jim Murray version)
Curtis Dahlgren
February 4, 2014

ROCKY MOUNTAIN MELLOW. PACIFIC HIGH PRESSURE. No one is madder than the Broncos. Why didn't the Plan work? I don't know. It's not my job, but I have just one . . .


STATE OF THE UNION? You want the cold, hard facts?
Curtis Dahlgren
January 27, 2014

"Propane is scarce . . Demand has just been unprecedented . . [and] farmers used more of it than usual to dry [corn] after a wet harvest." – Wall Street . . .


"GLOBAL WARMING 101" by R.U. Kiddingme (part 2)
Curtis Dahlgren
January 22, 2014

"In my home state of Wisconsin, farmers could face more pests and widespread disease with higher humidity and warmer winter temperatures. Ice fisherman are . . .


"GLOBAL WARMING 101" by R.U. Kiddingme (mad as hell)
Curtis Dahlgren
January 13, 2014

"Yoopers can still walk on water and I drove my car across the local lake on the fourth day of spring!" – CD www.RenewAmerica.com/columns/ Dahlgren/ 13 . . .


"MY NAME IS PAUL," he said (continued)
Curtis Dahlgren
December 28, 2013

"ASSUMING, for a minute, that you're the Apostle Paul," I said, "where have you been?" "I DON'T KNOW," said the stranger. "It seemed like I was sleeping, . . .


"My name is Saul," he said (a Classic)
Curtis Dahlgren
December 23, 2013

THREE DAYS before Christmas, I walked into a bar. I looked around, but no one was there, though the Packers were playing to a full house. After awhile a . . .


Pagan nature-worshippers vs. Natural Law: at loggerheads
Curtis Dahlgren
December 20, 2013

"I am no orator, as Brutus is, but as you know me all, a plain, blunt man." – Shakespeare ("Julius Caesar") "GLOBAL WARMING'S STORY begins with a . . .


How many speeches does it take to change a light bulb?
Curtis Dahlgren
December 8, 2013

"The rooster is crowing 24/7, but the hens have stopped laying." – CD ART BUCHWALD where are you, now that we need you? He was such an equal . . .


The packaging and marketing of global warming "Science" (funny)
Curtis Dahlgren
December 2, 2013

"Only 73 percent of U.S. adults were able to answer correctly that the earth revolves around the sun." – National Science Board (2010) TOO MANY "FLAT . . .


When cunning lies pass for wisdom; past, present, and future
Curtis Dahlgren
November 21, 2013

"The people never give up their liberties but under some delusion." – Edmund Burke (1729-1797) "The spirit of encroachment tends to consolidate the . . .


Four diplomats go into a bar - on Thanksgiving Day
Curtis Dahlgren
November 12, 2013

"11-12-13" – today's calendar A NOVEMBER TO REMEMBER or a November to forget? I'm just asking. There's bad news and then there's bad news. Then again, . . .


On inevitability: A funny thing happened on the way to No-topia
Curtis Dahlgren
November 6, 2013

"The essence of Government is power; and power, lodged as it must be in human hands, will ever be liable to abuse." – Pres. James Madison WE TOLD YOU . . .


"The way of a man with a maid" = "Two AM wam"?
Curtis Dahlgren
October 25, 2013

" . . . We are at the stake, and bayed about with many enemies; and some that smile have in their hearts, I fear, Millions of mischiefs." – Wm. . . .


Is America over and lost forever? (Depends)
Curtis Dahlgren
October 15, 2013

MY BROTHER AND I grew up on a farm in the 1950s. It was a trip, over gravel roads, just to get to a small town (where people were definitely clinging to their . . .


Is Miley lost forever, or is it America? What's a "Rolling Stone" (etc.)?
Curtis Dahlgren
October 6, 2013

"I am extremely concerned for you that those around you have led you to believe . . that it is in any way 'cool' to be naked and licking sledgehammers in your . . .


The fine art of modesty: Lost forever, Miley?
Curtis Dahlgren
October 1, 2013

"Warning: Portions of the following program may destroy what little faith you have left in human nature." – National Review cartoon (1/26/96) NO WONDER . . .


Why not "zero tolerance" for illiteracy? [a "best-of"]
Curtis Dahlgren
September 21, 2013

"If I say, I will speak thus and such, behold, I should 'offend' the generation of thy children." – King David YOU GET THE PICTURE: so-called  . . .


GOWN V. TOWN, part 4; History of the university
Curtis Dahlgren
September 13, 2013

"If you go to the Republican convention in Florida, you see all those old people with all the dead skin cells washing off of them . . . Republicans raped this . . .


The week of Trumpets: NO MORE BULL!
Curtis Dahlgren
September 5, 2013

"My thoughts go to her who gave me many things in life, but her most important gift was the knowledge of happiness and solace to be gained in prayer . . . I . . .


Gown v. town: the annual "College orientation" classic!
Curtis Dahlgren
August 29, 2013

"By the time you leave Stanford, you should be completely disoriented." – Stanford prof ("365 Stupidest Things Ever Said" calendar) "Education is a . . .


The Annual Classics: College orientation week, part 2
Curtis Dahlgren
August 21, 2013

"My vision is to make the most diverse state on earth, and we have the most diverse people from every planet on earth in this state." – Grey Davis (as . . .


College Orientation, part 1: Words to the Wise - A Few Words More
Curtis Dahlgren
August 14, 2013

"To strip our past of glory is no great loss, but to deny it honor is devastating." – Daniel Patrick Moynihan "TRUST IN GOD MAKES THE NATION STRONG." . . .


From the county of Door to the Gitche Gumee shore: 2 thumbs up!
Curtis Dahlgren
August 5, 2013

By the shores of Gitche Gumee, By the shining Big-Sea-Water, Stood the wigwam of Nokomis . . . - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow SOME DAYS I stand in awe of . . .


A day in the life of USA TODAY's C-section ("Sports"?)
Curtis Dahlgren
July 27, 2013

"By executive order, the Florida and Arizona stars have been removed from the American flag because they are too white, too fast, and too furious with the White . . .


AHA: politics thy name is demagoguery (Affordable Healthcare Act)
Curtis Dahlgren
July 16, 2013

"To my mind the power possessed and exercised by the bureaucrats in Washington represents the most dangerous situation in America . If the wrong man should come . . .


More on that toddlin' town, "the town that Billy Sunday couldn't shut down."
Curtis Dahlgren
July 12, 2013

"With the weekend not even half over, the city's toll from violence stood at nine dead and at least 36 wounded as of Friday afternoon." GOD HELP US. We're . . .


Will the class of 2020 see "Independence" as clearly as we used to?
Curtis Dahlgren
July 8, 2013

"How many stars are there on that flag?" – Jay Leno "It's moving too fast to count them." – woman-on-the-street SOME PEOPLE JUST SHOULDN'T . . .


The sermonette notes of Enoch ("My name is Jude," he said)
Curtis Dahlgren
June 27, 2013

"I HEARD you're hiring a new community commentator, and I'm here to apply for the job," said the stranger. "My name is Jude." Hey Jude! Jude what? It's . . .


"My name is Hosea," he said
Curtis Dahlgren
June 18, 2013

"WHO ARE YOU?" asked the man behind the desk. "And why are you talking to me?" "My name is Hosea," said the man in the plain white clothes. "I heard your . . .


Is the USA becoming the USSR? Or Venezuela? Or Zimbabwe?
Curtis Dahlgren
June 12, 2013

"Close the IRS and move it to Gitmo." – Jay Leno "Any analyst at any time can target anyone." – Edward Snowden THE TIME HAS COME, the Walrus . . .


The Washington Creed & the New Tone (a really short read)
Curtis Dahlgren
June 2, 2013

The check is in the mail; the moon is made of cheese. The Prez had no idee'; he never had a clue. What I tell you three times is true: He didn't even think . . .


Why God allows such things to happen [an annual encore column]
Curtis Dahlgren
May 25, 2013

"The Truth is stranger than fiction," they say. "But not as popular." EVER BEEN SO NUMB THAT YOU COULDN'T SHED A TEAR? I'm no stranger to pain either, but I . . .


The Truth offends some people? What difference does THAT make?
Curtis Dahlgren
May 15, 2013

"If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear." – George Orwell THIS MAY OFFEND LIBERALS, BUT  . . .


Odds and ends in the news (nearly unnoticed, oddly enough)!
Curtis Dahlgren
May 8, 2013

HERE ARE SOME HEADLINES from over the years: - "Jackie Robinson breaks the color barrier" - "Chuck Yaeger breaks the sound barrier" - "Collins breaks . . .


That was the week that was, ending 4-20: More ingrates!
Curtis Dahlgren
April 24, 2013

"Wicked men shall wax worse and worse . . unthankful boasters, deceived, always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the Truth." – Saul of . . .


Did the Iron Lady die laughing?
Curtis Dahlgren
April 13, 2013

"Don't go wobbly on us, George." – Prime Minister Thatcher (to G.H.W. Bush, before the liberation of Kuwait) MAGGIE WAS "ISOLATED" ON THE FALKLANDS. I . . .


The Year the Weather Was "Normal" [GUESS WHAT YEAR?]
Curtis Dahlgren
April 6, 2013

"Under normal conditions, a lot of the sun's energy gets used to evaporate water from the soil or form plants . . . but when there's no water to evaporate, all . . .


Start preaching to yourself ("Who stopped the RAIN?")
Curtis Dahlgren
March 27, 2013

"We are now in Connecticut, and never out of sight of a house . . . I do feel as if there had been religion in this country once, and . . . there may have been . . .


Start preaching to your friendly local news-undertaker (media)!
Curtis Dahlgren
March 21, 2013

"Political correctness is just tyranny with manners, so I wish for you to be un-popular. Popularity is just history's pocket change. But courage – courage . . .


Stop preaching to the choir and start preaching to the pastor!
Curtis Dahlgren
March 12, 2013

"Someone put it so well at the time, Knute Rockne did more spiritual good than a thousand preachers." – Pres. Reagan, at Notre Dame (May 1981) MARCH 8, . . .


The fiscal sky is falling (and other insanities and inanities)
Curtis Dahlgren
March 1, 2013

"What a world of gammon and spinnage it is . . . " – Charles Dickens (1812-1870) SPINACH AND LETTUCE are Mrs. Aboma's favorite foods ("Let us go to . . .


The State of the Union? We are screwed! [and the sky is falling]
Curtis Dahlgren
February 20, 2013

"I will come near to you to be a swift witness against the sorcerers, against the adulterers, and against the false swearers . . . " – Malachi (about 400 . . .


Very important: regarding shooters, shootees, and shootings
Curtis Dahlgren
February 6, 2013

Policeman: "Your son just held up a gas station, raped the clerk, and tried to kill her." Mother: "That's funny. He's not that way at home." THAT WAS A . . .


Is Barack a healer or a quack addict? [a Classic]
Curtis Dahlgren
January 26, 2013

"There is nothing more despicable than a professional talker who uses his words as a quack uses his remedies." – Fenelon THE ONLY GOOD THING ABOUT THAT . . .


This is your brain on socialism, part 2 >> { [: ( [ )
Curtis Dahlgren
January 18, 2013

"Twice have [millions] called me to the throne . . . What? Who are you? nothing! . . . I am the throne!" – Napoleon, to the Legislature, 1813 (shortly . . .


This is your brain on socialism >> { [: ( ] )
Curtis Dahlgren
January 13, 2013

"Back in the thirties we were told we must collectivize the nation because the people were so poor. Now we are told we must collectivize the nation because the . . .


Happy[?] New Year Ruminations; part 2
Curtis Dahlgren
January 5, 2013

I'M RESOLVING TO WRITE SHORTER COLUMNS, SO HERE GOES: A FEW FAVORITE QUOTATIONS. 'Tis well an Old Age is out, And time to begin a New. - John Dreyden (17 . . .


Happy New Year? Some ruminations by a Septuagenarian
Curtis Dahlgren
December 30, 2012

"I said to the man who stood at the gate of the year: 'Give me light that I may tread safely into the unknown.' "And he replied, 'Go out into the darkness . . .


In response to all the Deviltry -- a simple little prayer
Curtis Dahlgren
December 19, 2012

"STOP!" — William F. Buckley, Jr. (former Connecticut resident) "He shall save them because they trust in Him." — Today With God (December 14th)  . . .


"Don't blame the Innkeeper"; additions & corrections (a classic)!
Curtis Dahlgren
December 14, 2012

[The following is an excerpt from my December 24, 2004 column.] I'll stand beside the keeper of the inn, Challenging those who charge him with the sin That . . .


Dysfunctional families (where the big bucks are)
Curtis Dahlgren
December 9, 2012

"Depression is simply anger without enthusiasm." — author unknown [this is an excerpt from the column I posted July 19, 2008] TO COMPLETELY SUPPRESS . . .


Give us this day our daily WONDER bread, Mr. President?
Curtis Dahlgren
December 5, 2012

"Never let yourself be persuaded that any one Great Man, any one leader, is necessary to the salvation of America." — Dwight D. Eisenhower "Nothing is . . .


FOUR DIPLOMATS GO INTO A BAR (pls pass it on)
Curtis Dahlgren
November 28, 2012

SOMEWHERE IN THE MIDDLE EAST, not long ago, four diplomats go into a bar. They sit down at a table and a waitress says, "Would you like menus?" and they say yes . . .


"THINK-giving Day" - and what really made America great (thank WHOM?)
Curtis Dahlgren
November 22, 2012

"I believe that God in shedding His grace on this country has always in this divine scheme of things kept an eye on our land and guided it as a promised land."  . . .


Count your blessings, make your blessings count (and know your enemy)
Curtis Dahlgren
November 15, 2012

"When the wicked rule, the people mourn." — Proverbs IT HAS FINALLY COME DOWN TO THIS: G-O-D. PRESIDENTS, GENERALS, AND DIPLOMATS ARE BECOMING . . .


A 30-second seminar on the political 'games' (for batter or worse)
Curtis Dahlgren
November 9, 2012

"A nation that expects to be ignorant and free is a nation that never was and never will be." — T. Jefferson A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO . . .


Has anyone ever told you NOT to vote?
Curtis Dahlgren
November 6, 2012

"The difference between the men and the boys in politics is, and always has been, that the boys want to be something, while the men want to do something."  . . .


THE FIRST FAMILY (and everything you ever wondered about it)
Curtis Dahlgren
October 31, 2012

[THIS OUGHT TO GO VIRAL]- THE FIRST LADY'S NAME WAS SHELLEY; the second lady's was Lady Gaga; the third one was Kardashian; and the fourth lady was Whoopi . . .


The "Losing your Virginia" ad (and some other serious stuff)
Curtis Dahlgren
October 26, 2012

"The price of peace is to be a strong nation, not only physically but also morally and spiritually." — Anne Morrow Lindbergh "Against stupidity the . . .


A Funny Thing Happened On the Way to Utopia (part one)
Curtis Dahlgren
October 20, 2012

"I had a better year than the President." — Babe Ruth (to justify his salary) "I pledge allegiance to the effete liberal snobs of Cambridge-Brookline, . . .


D'Souza: "Obama's America; Unmaking the American Dream" by 2016?
Curtis Dahlgren
October 13, 2012

"Theoretically there is nothing that could stop the government from taxing 100 percent of income so long as the people get benefits commensurate with their . . .


Just another day in paradise (Detroit)?
Curtis Dahlgren
October 11, 2012

"Eat all the apples you like but stay away from the tree of idiocy." — God (Non Sequitur version of Genesis, by Wiley Miller) CHICAGO: DID YOU KNOW . . .


George Washington goes into a bar and sits down beside me (an oldie)
Curtis Dahlgren
October 5, 2012

"HOWDY," said George. Yes, I'm sure it was him. I've been to Mt. Rushmore you know. Several times, in fact. I knew it was him, but I tried to act real casual . . .


Another rendezvous with Destiny (for better or for worse)!
Curtis Dahlgren
September 25, 2012

"Finally, Americans are coming to realize that the Left's goal is now, as it has always been, 'equality,' not prosperity." - Dennis Prager "Little else is . . .


Journalists, economics, and the politics of economics and journalism
Curtis Dahlgren
September 22, 2012

"Build a better mousetrap and 16,000 IRS agents will beat a path to your door in the middle of the night, saying 'You didn't build that. But hand over your . . .


From heavy thinkers to Lite drinkers, to Convention speakers
Curtis Dahlgren
September 11, 2012

"The worth of a State, in the long run, is the worth of the individuals composing it . . . A State that dwarfs its men, in order that they may be more docile . . .


The rain dance of the elites (God and man at Charlotte's Web)
Curtis Dahlgren
September 7, 2012

"You will hear more good things on the outside of a stage from London to Oxford than if you were to pass a twelve-month with the undergraduates, or heads of . . .


The Annual Classic, part 2: "College Orientation Week"
Curtis Dahlgren
August 31, 2012

"We OWN this country; not you [lawyer-politicians]." — Clint Eastwood "Send me men to match my mountains." — capitol complex, Sacramento THOSE . . .


The Annual Classic: "College Orientation Week" (gown vs. town)
Curtis Dahlgren
August 22, 2012

"Education is a weapon whose effects depend on who holds it and at whom it is aimed." — Josef Stalin "Orientation is intended to disorient you. By the . . .


The leftist Empire strikes back? Another week, another shooting
Curtis Dahlgren
August 18, 2012

"When Ann Coulter wrote a book entitled 'Demonic,' she wasn't just using a 'figure of speech'!" — C.Dahlgren (8-10) HUMAN LIFE IS NO LONGER SACRED, . . .


WHO IS "BULLYING" WHOM? [Chick fil-A - etc, etc, etc.]
Curtis Dahlgren
August 10, 2012

"In those countries where a man cannot call his tongue his own, he can scarcely call anything else his own. Whoever would overthrow the liberty of a nation, . . .


What the heck just happened? (part 2)
Curtis Dahlgren
August 2, 2012

"They say the world has become too complex for simple answers; they are wrong." — Ronald Reagan TOO MUCH MATERIAL. That's why I've been . . .


What the heck just happened? Some odds and ends (very odd)
Curtis Dahlgren
July 15, 2012

"Think things can't get any worse? Think again, if the parasites win and we get a one-party government." — Curtis Dahlgren www.renewamerica.com/columns . . .


Man I love the U.P.! It's really cool, part 3
Curtis Dahlgren
July 5, 2012

"Why would anyone live in the Upper Peninsula?" — friend from Wisconsin ORIGINALLY I WAS GOING TO RETIRE OUT WEST. I really liked Wyoming and had . . .


We are the USSR; There goes "INDEPENDENCE" DAY, eh?
Curtis Dahlgren
June 29, 2012

THIS MORNING I WAS WALKING ALONG THE SHORE, looking at the footprints in the sand. And I said "WHY Lord?" And the Lord says, "Why whut?" And I said: "You . . .


YOUR ENGLISH HERITAGE (whether you like it or not)
Curtis Dahlgren
June 20, 2012

"In no country perhaps in the world is the law so general a study . . . This study renders men acute, inquisitive, dexterous, prompt in attack, ready in defence . . .


re "NATURAL" resources: An open letter on mining (part 1)
Curtis Dahlgren
June 13, 2012

DEAR AMERICAN: After centuries of mining in America, mining is becoming "controversial" in northern Wisconsin and the U.P. of Michigan. However, mining . . .


WALKER, TAXES RANGER, new marshall in Madison [a classic "best of"]
Curtis Dahlgren
June 10, 2012

"Whose idea was it to recall Walker? Name me the name!" — Mayor Tom Barrett HE DIDN'T ACTUALLY SAY THAT, BUT HE WAS THINKING IT (shortly before getting . . .


How is Lady Gaga playing in Indonesia? [plus some other dumb questions]
Curtis Dahlgren
May 27, 2012

"The fact that so many successful politicans are such shameless liars is not only a reflection on them, it is also a reflection on us. When the people want the . . .


More on scamming God's green earth; an open letter on the hoax
Curtis Dahlgren
May 19, 2012

Dear Editor, Michigan Outdoor News: ET TU, BRUTUS? I never thought I'd ever have to complain to an "outdoor" publication, but the Michigan Outdoor News  . . .


From the ridiculous (Monday) to the sublime (Tues) to the ridiculous (Wed.)
Curtis Dahlgren
May 13, 2012

"Du sublime au Ridicule il n'y a qu'un pas." ["There is only one step from the sublime to the ridiculous."] — Napoleon (upon retreat from Moscow in 1812)  . . .


Why would ANYONE live in the U.P.?; a change of pace (part 2)
Curtis Dahlgren
May 1, 2012

"If they had built it closer to Chicago, more people could see it." — visitor to the locks at Sault Ste. Marie AMERICA'S BEST KEPT SECRET. That's the . . .


Freedom's tipping points (a must-read); thoughts on the GSA, the NBA, and the BSA, too
Curtis Dahlgren
April 26, 2012

"Zeitgeist, n. German, the general trend of thought and feeling of an era" [rationales plus emotions (literally "Age-spirit")] GLOBAL WARMING? BAH HUMBUG! I . . .


Bad "social science" (fiction) = MAD "political science fiction" (consequences)
Curtis Dahlgren
April 13, 2012

"Despite all the evidence against it, the modern liberal mind believes his agenda is good social science. It is, in fact, bad science fiction." — Dr. Lyle . . .


"SEASONAL" greetings (plus more amazing energy facts, part IV)
Curtis Dahlgren
April 8, 2012

A FEW TOPICS SUGGESTED BY THE READER'S DIGEST: - "The prospects for solar power" - "Do European women make better wives?" - "The spread of grass-roots . . .


There you go again, Barry -- hoping half the population is stupid! [part 3]
Curtis Dahlgren
March 31, 2012

"This institution will be based on the illimitable freedom of the human mind. For here we are not afraid to follow the truth wherever it may lead, nor to . . .


WHO RAISED THE PRICE OF GASOLINE? (fantastic facts, part 2)
Curtis Dahlgren
March 24, 2012

"If you missed my column last week, shame, shame." — CD "WHO RAISED THE PRICE OF FOOD?" [not me, said the little red hen] "WHO RAISED THE PRICE OF . . .


A Tale of Two Trips; some fantastic gasoline facts!
Curtis Dahlgren
March 16, 2012

"It was so cold in Europe this winter that one environmentalist was seen with his hands in his own pockets." — anon. "To save gas, plan your next trip . . .


The Nanny State can't even keep her stories straight!
Curtis Dahlgren
March 10, 2012

"dictatorship, n, 1. The form of government in which absolute power is exercised by a dictator; 2. absolute, imperious, or overbearing power or CONTROL."  . . .


Thomas Jefferson rolls out the "red carpet" for me at Monticello!
Curtis Dahlgren
March 3, 2012

I THOUGHT I WAS IMAGINING THINGS. On a visit to Monticello the other day, I was the first tourist to arrive, and was greeted at the front door by ol' T.J. . . .


In George Orwell's mind, in real life, Big Brother was WHOM??
Curtis Dahlgren
February 18, 2012

"The civil rights of none shall be abridged on account of religious belief or worship, nor shall any national religion be established, nor shall the full and . . .


GOWN VS. TOWN: Has science ever been totally apolitical?
Curtis Dahlgren
February 12, 2012

[This is an open letter to my Alumni Assn.] TO: John Allen, Senior Editor, "ON WISCONSIN" Wisconsin Alumni Association Madison, Wisconsin First, I . . .


"BACK TO THE SEVENTIES AGAIN": Quotations, "priceless!"
Curtis Dahlgren
February 4, 2012

"Retirement at sixty-five is ridiculous. When I was sixty-five I still had pimples." — George Burns "When you're green, you're growing. When you're . . .


February is "American President's Month" (really!)
Curtis Dahlgren
January 31, 2012

"Life is not a spectator sport. If you're going to spend your whole life in the grandstand just watching what goes on, in my opinion you're wasting your life."  . . .


POLITICS: Too cute by half and too "heavy" by twice (another classic)
Curtis Dahlgren
January 22, 2012

"The report speaks for itself. It's a very good report. It's a very long report. I haven't read the report yet." - UK Member of Parliament "In my opinion . . .


"HERE WE GO, 2012": Be it resolved - - - [a classic]
Curtis Dahlgren
January 11, 2012

"I shouldn't say I'm a vegetarian because I love sweets." — LaToya Jackson (the "365 Stupidest Things Ever Said" calendar (January 10, 2007) RESOLVING . . .


"GOT GOD?"; part 2: The Year of the Gipper runs out the clock
Curtis Dahlgren
December 31, 2011

"What raised us to the present happy state? How did we accomplish the Revolution? . . . The Government has been in the hands of the people . . . Had the people . . .


GOT GOD YET? And, how hard have you been looking??
Curtis Dahlgren
December 29, 2011

"Great Danes are just, like, so great, aren't they? They're just, like, big dogs! I know! Yeah, yeah. Great Danes are great. OMG, they just so are!" —  . . .


The President's "tax cut": This is the 'GREAT Society'? Or Grinch City?
Curtis Dahlgren
December 23, 2011

The President's "tax cut": This is the 'GREAT Society'? Or Grinch City? "As I see it, everyone's troubles began because of the tax cut the President . . .


A FEW WORDS MORE from those Dweebs and DWASPS (and others)
Curtis Dahlgren
December 22, 2011

"It neither picks my pocket nor breaks my leg if a man says there is no God or 20 gods." — Thomas Jefferson "The diversity crowd doesn't really . . .


THE WEEKEND THAT WAS: Huxley, Rooney, Tebow, and "Luck"
Curtis Dahlgren
December 15, 2011

"Whether it's the best of times or the worst of times, it's the only time we've got. . . . You can't make anything up anymore. The world itself is a satire. All . . .


Election 2012: What would Buchwald, Rooney, or Jim Murray say?
Curtis Dahlgren
December 10, 2011

MURRAY and Art Buchwald were boyhood heroes of mine, and I once wrote an imaginary interview between Abe Lincoln and Andy Rooney (the latter interviewing the . . .


The Origin of the Specious: Not dressed for "church"; part 2
Curtis Dahlgren
December 4, 2011

"Whatever may be the limitations which trammel inquiry elsewhere, we believe that the great state University of Wisconsin should ever encourage that continued . . .


Top Ten '11 Headlines: Regarding reaching new heights of absurdity!
Curtis Dahlgren
November 26, 2011

"We were always subject to pressure from the cause people . . from women, or militants, or college groups. If I had it to do all over again, I'd learn to tell . . .


Four words of wisdom from Mt. Rushmore -- for the O.W.S. Nihilists
Curtis Dahlgren
November 19, 2011

"[T]here is no truth more thoroughly established than that there exists in the economy and course of nature an indissoluble union between virtue and happiness; . . .


Chicago already WAS "occupied" by mobs and thugs
Curtis Dahlgren
November 10, 2011

"Herman Cain has spent his life living and working all over the country . . but never in Chicago. So it's curious that all the sexual harassment allegations . . .


"OCCUPY CHICAGO": A higher class of hippies than in 1968?
Curtis Dahlgren
November 5, 2011

"Economics is about 5 percent money and 95 percent psuychology." — C. Dahlgren, www.renewamerica.com/columns/dahlgren/110908 THAT WAS A TYPO, BUT  . . .


SEX: The consequences of college "hipsters, hoopsters, and hooksters"
Curtis Dahlgren
October 27, 2011

"In the youth of a state arms do flourish; in the middle age of a state, learning; and then both of them for a time; in the declining age of a state, mechanical . . .


Whom the gods wish to con, they first make illiterate
Curtis Dahlgren
October 21, 2011

"How can this man know letters, having never learned? . . . Can anything good come out of Samaria?" — The Bible There are some sentences that should . . .


TWO AMERICAS?: "Can two walk together except they be agreed?"
Curtis Dahlgren
October 14, 2011

"Every rod and staff of empire is truly crooked at the top." — Bacon "THE WORDS OF AMOS, who was among the herdsmen of Tekoa, which he saw concerning . . .


The Upper Peninsula, part 2: Finding True North without an Interstate sign
Curtis Dahlgren
September 30, 2011

"You can fool all the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time, but you can not fool all the people all of the time." — Abraham . . .


Why would anyone live in the U.P. of Michigan? [a change of "pace"]
Curtis Dahlgren
September 20, 2011

"From Lake Superior's southern shore to the Door County peninsula, the vast pinestral forests of the north woods give off an exhilarating scent that spells  . . .


COLLEGE ORIENTATION 101, Week 4; "ammo for the soul"
Curtis Dahlgren
September 15, 2011

"Finding good quotations isn't hard, but setting them in a certain order is something else." — Ecclesiastes 12 (paraphrased) "Man exploits man. Under . . .


Chicago Bear fan trumped by Saints and Packers?
Curtis Dahlgren
September 8, 2011

EVERY HEAD IN THE ESTABLISHMENT TURNED, when the tall dark stranger came in the door. Because it was a Friday night, every stool at the bar was occupied except . . .


Orientation for College 101; part III (a Classic!)
Curtis Dahlgren
September 3, 2011

"Had I . . . lived the life of a Collegiate Professor, shut up in the narrow walls of a library, I consider that I should have had my knowledge of mankind so . . .


ANNUAL CLASSICS, part 2; College orientation week 101
Curtis Dahlgren
August 26, 2011

"Send me men to match my mountains." — inscription on State Capitol complex in Sacramento THOSE KINDS OF MEN SEEM TO BE MISSING IN AMERICA THESE DAYS, . . .


MY ANNUAL CLASSIC: "College Orientation Week 101"
Curtis Dahlgren
August 18, 2011

"Many men are like unto sausages: Whatever you stuff them with, that they will bear in them." — Alex Tolstoy (1817-1875) "There is nothing so ignorant . . .


"RENEWING" AMERICA (the young and the old of it)!
Curtis Dahlgren
August 12, 2011

Shoot if you must, this old gray head, But spare your country's flag, she said. - John Greenleaf Whittier (1863), on a 90-year-old Maryland woman who stared . . .


Some reasons to "still" be hopeful (maybe)
Curtis Dahlgren
August 6, 2011

"This is a sit-com of the insane. I don't think God's writing this anymore, becaise God is not cruel, and this is getting beyond insanity." — Rush . . .


This ain't your daddy's Democrat Party anymore
Curtis Dahlgren
July 31, 2011

"I have often thought and written that if the United States were ever to have a Caesar, a true subverter of the state, 1) he would attract to himself all the . . .


A COLUMN FOR THE "AGES" (and some historical context)
Curtis Dahlgren
July 23, 2011

"To my mind the power possessed and exercised by the bureaucrats in Washington represents the most dangerous situation in America . If the wrong man should come . . .


There are no Mulligans or free throws in the Law of Nature (and no Santa Claus)
Curtis Dahlgren
July 16, 2011

"The clueless media, in pursuit of the scare du jour, so us a nasty disservice by focusing on the wrong things. Because of the constant parade of frightening . . .


They think we're stupid on Economics 101, too!
Curtis Dahlgren
July 10, 2011

"There are real problems in the world. The media ought to focus on them." — John Stossel ("Myths, Lies, and Downright Stupidity") "Cast the net on the . . .


Yes, they really DO think you're stupid on the economy!
Curtis Dahlgren
July 3, 2011

"The gap between Americans who want to govern themselves and politicians who want to rule over them may be as big today as the gap between the colonies and . . .


"Demonic," Part 2; Is Uncle Sam too big to fail?
Curtis Dahlgren
June 26, 2011

"Student radicals behaved like feral beasts not only because of the group dynamic of a crowd, but because they had no criticism." — Ann Coulter, re 1960s  . . .


"DEMONIC: How the Liberal Mob is Endangering America": Coulter's new book
Curtis Dahlgren
June 19, 2011

"Among the antiquated institutions which had to be abolished as obstuctions to real progress were, religion, family life, private property [etc[ . . Religion . . .


The good news, the bad news, and the really UGLY news!
Curtis Dahlgren
June 9, 2011

"If something cannot go on forever, it will stop." — Herb Stein, economist RADICALS IN MADISON ARE PARTYING LIKE THERE'S S'NO TOMORROW (and the way the . . .


From Victoria Day to Memorial Day; a conservative chronicle
Curtis Dahlgren
May 28, 2011

The splendour falls on castle walls And snowy summits old in story: The long light shakes across the lakes And the wild cataract leaps in glory. Blow, bugle . . .


The Saul Alinsky/George Soros "Rules for Radicals"; not funny anymore!
Curtis Dahlgren
May 18, 2011

"Despite what some in the press may say, we who are proud to call ourselves 'conservative' are not a minority of a minority party; we are part of the great . . .


Gold, black gold, and "green economics"; a few words more
Curtis Dahlgren
May 10, 2011

"During Bush's term, gas prices went down 9 percent, adjusted for inflation. Yet, preposterously, he was excoriated for allegedly colluding with 'big oil' to . . .


"Pravda nyet izvestia": Applying some logic to gasoline prices
Curtis Dahlgren
April 29, 2011

"Pravda nyet izvestia; izvestia neyt pravda" ['News isn't truth; truth isn't news': popular saying in the old USSR] BRACE YOURSELF. A huge disinformation . . .


The good news, bad news, and the really UGLY news!
Curtis Dahlgren
April 22, 2011

"I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it." — Voltaire (1694-1778) THAT IS "SO 18TH CENTURY," EH? So trite. . . .


A Few Words More: "The good, the bad, and the Beautiful"
Curtis Dahlgren
April 13, 2011

"Much of the social history of the Western world over the past three decades has involved replacing what worked with what sounded good." — Thomas Sowell  . . .


Winners, Losers, and SORE Losers (Wisconsin updates)
Curtis Dahlgren
April 8, 2011

"Democrats can recover from the disappointments of [the 2010] election and set the stage for success in 2012. But to do so we must learn from Tuesday's results  . . .


Letter from Japan ("time out" from the socio-political stuff)
Curtis Dahlgren
April 2, 2011

"Then those who feared the Lord spoke often one to another, and the Lord hearkened and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before Him [for/of] those . . .


Trickle-down-the-leg Political Correctness (re "national security")
Curtis Dahlgren
March 30, 2011

". . . O brave new world, That has such people in it." — William Shakespeare "Do you think the laws of God will be suspended in favor of England . . .


Trickle-down-the-leg Political Correctness (#2)
Curtis Dahlgren
March 25, 2011

"This institution will be based on the illimitable freedom of the human mind. For here we are not afraid follow the truth wherever it may lead, nor to tolerate . . .


Eat, drink, and be WARY (and pray!)
Curtis Dahlgren
March 18, 2011

"More things are wrought by prayer than this world dreams of . . . Knowledge comes, but wisdom lingers." — Lord Tennyson "PRAY" IS A 4-LETTER WORD TO . . .


"Beware the Ides of March" (and union bullies)
Curtis Dahlgren
March 16, 2011

"This is a Pearl Harbor moment for Wisconsin." — Democrat state senator (re Walker reforms) The East bowed down before the blast, In patient, deep . . .


"Why does God allow such things to happen?" (a best-of)
Curtis Dahlgren
March 13, 2011

"If there is no God, what makes the next Kleenex pop out?" — anonymous "If God allows such things to happen, He must be cruel." — anonymous  . . .


TRUE COLORS: Beginning of the end of "representative" government? (Wisconsin update)
Curtis Dahlgren
March 10, 2011

"I sit on a man's back, choking him and making him carry me, and yet assure myself and others that I am very sorry for him and wish to ease his lot by all means . . .


When your legislature goes South, escape to Escanaba in da U.P.
Curtis Dahlgren
March 6, 2011

"The cost of electricity will necessarily skyrocket." — B. Oboma (2008) "I DON'T RECOGNIZE THE U.P.," wrote a pen pal of mine. I laughed and said that . . .


WALKER, TAXES RANGER: new marshall in town v. Lilliputians
Curtis Dahlgren
March 1, 2011

"YOU'RE FLIPPING DEAD."- Wisconsin legislator (D, Oshkosh) to fellow legislator (R, Oshkosh) upon Assembly passage of the Budget Repair bill [paraphrased, of . . .


The Union Line: When slop runs out, just squeal like S.W.I.N.E.!
Curtis Dahlgren
February 23, 2011

"A nation can survive its fools and even the ambitious, but it cannot survive treason from within . . . the traitor moves amongst those rustling through the . . .


ANWAR, "glo-BULL WAR-ming," Battleground states, and "civility"
Curtis Dahlgren
February 15, 2011

"Ronald Reagan would have a hard time getting elected as a Republican today." — Sen. Lindsay Graham TAKE THE BLM, THE LBM, AND MLB, PLEASE. Major . . .


Speaking of "climate change," Green Bay is hot (a classic)
Curtis Dahlgren
February 9, 2011

"My father, Walter, who now resides in heaven, always imparted to me, 'Greatness lies in your ability to overcome.'" — Michael Irvin THIS IS A GOOD . . .


Win one for the Gipper (and think like an [honest] Egyptian; a book review)
Curtis Dahlgren
February 6, 2011

"I don't like them fellas that drive in two runs and let in three." — Casey Stengel I am the Captain of the Pinafore, And a right good Captain too! .  . . .


Groundhog Day: Good news and bad news (or, "suffering fools gladly?")
Curtis Dahlgren
February 1, 2011

Once more the Heavenly Power Makes all things new, And domes the red-plowed hills With loving blue; The black birds have their wills . . [etc] — . . .


Channeling our inner Chicago (when yo hot, yo hot - and when yo not, well . . . )
Curtis Dahlgren
January 25, 2011

"Moral considerations make up three quarters of the game: the relative balance of manpower accounts for only for the remaining quarter." — Napoleon I (176 . . .


Reagan, on the Strapping of the Union
Curtis Dahlgren
January 21, 2011

"Our time is now." — President Reagan [In view of the weather and other distractions, I am reposting a column from last October.] EVERY HEAD IN THE . . .


A tale of four massacres; comparing apples and agent orange, etc.
Curtis Dahlgren
January 11, 2011

"In those countries where a man cannot call his tongue his own, he can scarcely call anything else his own. Whoever would overthrow the liberty of a nation, . . .


The Year of the Gipper (and goodbye to a decade)
Curtis Dahlgren
January 5, 2011

"It is one thing to show a man that he is in error, and another to put him in possession of the truth." — John Locke (1632-1664) "Christianity is . . .


Culture war: From 'don't ask, don't tell' to DOO TELL!
Curtis Dahlgren
December 24, 2010

"New opinions are always suspected, and usually opposed without any other reason but because they are not already common . . . [but] "All men are liable to . . .


NO, Virginia; there is no Santa Claus, "secret stash," or Global Warming
Curtis Dahlgren
December 21, 2010

"Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys." - P.J O'Rourke TIS THE SEASON OF GIVING, SO — I'm going to . . .


Dreams or nightmares? Cancun, record cold, and other scary news
Curtis Dahlgren
December 14, 2010

God is dead, the professors said, At least the God of Judgment. But an atheist's laugh is a poor exchange For a Deity offended [and Consequences . . .


From "rainbows in the North" to folly on the Potomac: Random thoughts for Washington
Curtis Dahlgren
December 5, 2010

O the games people play now, Every night and every day now! — Joe South MR. PRESIDENT, PLS LISTEN TO YOUR PEOPLE, NOT YOUR "MARXIST PROFESSORS"! As . . .


The implications of monotheism (or, does God bless ungrateful nations?)
Curtis Dahlgren
November 27, 2010

[According to the Rasmussen poll, only 54 percent of today's Americans agree that "Thanksgiving is one of our most important holidays." Groundhog Day probably . . .


SPIN: a 4-letter word for "sophistical contrivances" (you lie, you lose)
Curtis Dahlgren
November 21, 2010

"It cannot in the opinion of His Majesty's Government be classified as slavery in the extreme acceptance of the word without some risk of terminological . . .


Very scary lefty quotations -- a few words more
Curtis Dahlgren
November 14, 2010

"IF THE VERY OLD WILL REMEMBER, THE VERY YOUNG WILL LISTEN." — Native American saying (Chief Dan George) I'm very old. I can remember the 1960s, sorry . . .


"A knock on the door in the middle of the night"
Curtis Dahlgren
November 7, 2010

"If the very old will remember, the very young will listen." — Native American saying MAYBE IT WAS AN OUT-OF-BODY EXPERIENCE. It was a stormy night and . . .


Historic headlines: "CUBS WIN!"; "Man bytes dog," etc.
Curtis Dahlgren
November 2, 2010

STRANGE HEADLINES AND HAPPENINGS (PAST, PRESENT, AND FUTURE): Detroit (ESPN)- "Lions beat Washington on eve of elections." Washington (AP)- "GOP defies . . .


Looking for something "scary"?; Great liberal quotations, part 2
Curtis Dahlgren
October 31, 2010

"If the very old will remember, the very young will listen." — Chief Dan George HALLOWEEN ON SUNDAY AND ELECTION DAY ON TUESDAY? Two out of three ain't . . .


The greatest quotations by the greatest liberals (dedicated to NPR)
Curtis Dahlgren
October 26, 2010

CHOOSING THE BEST LIBERAL QUOTATIONS OF ALL TIME ISN'T EASY, but here goes nothing: "The era of big government is over." — Wm. Jefferson Blythe . . .


Polemicism in a free nation ("consensus"? -- what consensus?)
Curtis Dahlgren
October 19, 2010

"Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your government when it deserves it." — Hamilton Fish (American statesman) "It is unfortunate, . . .


The Green TEA Movement goes to town; getting under the radar and under their skin
Curtis Dahlgren
October 12, 2010

"Do not take Freedom for granted. It can be taken in a minute." — Michael Savage (author of best-seller "Trickle Up Poverty") "I thought there was . . .


The ghost of the Gipper goes into a bar (part 1)
Curtis Dahlgren
October 2, 2010

"Our time is now." — President Reagan EVERY HEAD IN THE ESTABLISHMENT TURNED, when the tall dark stranger came in the door. Because it was a Friday . . .


Forrest Gump meets his Maker, and a corset maker (2 "best of"s)
Curtis Dahlgren
September 27, 2010

"These are the times that try men's souls." — T. Paine [Note: I'm taking the week off with a gathering of friends in Wisconsin Dells. I'm giving the . . .


50 YEARS; a semi-serious account of a "Happy Days" class reunion
Curtis Dahlgren
September 17, 2010

"I have found a great hunger in America for a spiritual revival; for a belief that law must be based on a Higher Law; for a return to traditions and values that . . .


Hard times at Jefferson High (curiouser and seriouser times): a classic
Curtis Dahlgren
September 10, 2010

"The border is as secure as it's ever been." — Janet Reno-Napolitano "If you can't give me your word of honor, will you give me your promise?" — Sam Goldwyn  . . .


"The Most Brilliant Thoughts of All Time," part V
Curtis Dahlgren
September 2, 2010

"We have it in our power to begin the world over again." — Thomas Paine, c. 1774 IT'S NO SECRET THAT OUR PRESIDENT WANTS TO "REMAKE" AMERICA (in a less . . .


THOSE SIXTIES HIPPIES (1860s Russia); "When Rascals Rule," continued
Curtis Dahlgren
August 26, 2010

"With the impulsiveness of youth and the recklessness of inexperience, the students went in this direction [revolution] much farther than their elders, and . . .


THOSE SIXTIES HIPPIES (1860s Russia, 1960s USA): When rascals rule
Curtis Dahlgren
August 18, 2010

"As fiercely as ever he had arraigned the royal tyrant in the past, Patrick Henry denounced the presidential tyrant of the future, who would take the field at . . .


ANNUAL CLASSICS, part 2; "College orientation week 101"
Curtis Dahlgren
August 14, 2010

"Send me men to match my mountains." — inscription on State Capitol complex in Sacramento THOSE KINDS OF MEN SEEM TO BE FLEEING CALIFORNIA THESE DAYS. As a  . . .


MY ANNUAL CLASSIC: College Orientation Week 101
Curtis Dahlgren
August 7, 2010

"Many men are like unto sausages: Whatever you stuff them with, that they will bear in them." — Alexi Tolstoy (1817-1875) "There is nothing so ignorant as . . .


A few more gems from some old dead guys (and gals); part IV
Curtis Dahlgren
July 31, 2010

"The thing that was done shall be done again; there's nothing new under the sun." — Solomon (977 BC) "All intelligent thoughts have already been thought; . . .


"The Most Brilliant Thoughts of All Time" (honest God's Truth); part 3
Curtis Dahlgren
July 28, 2010

"New estimates from the White House on Friday predict that the budget deficit will reach a record $1.47 trillion this year. The government is borrowing 41 cents . . .


"The Greatest Thoughts of All Time"; a few words more
Curtis Dahlgren
July 25, 2010

"One of the misfortunes of our time is that in getting rid of false shame, we have killed off so much real shame as well." — Louis Kronenberger (1904-80) A . . .


"The Most Brilliant Thoughts of All Time" - and then some!
Curtis Dahlgren
July 18, 2010

"Man exploits man. Under Communism, it's just the opposite." — Russian saying THAT HISTORY REPEATS ITSELF IS NOT JUST A CLICHE. For students of history, it's . . .


True Colors: From the sublime to the macabre (at warp speed)
Curtis Dahlgren
July 8, 2010

"We are again engaged in a great civil war, a cultural war that's about to hijack your birthright to think and say what resides in your heart . . I serve as a . . .


A report card on Public Education (nothing to write home about)
Curtis Dahlgren
June 30, 2010

"What's this country coming to?" — Senator Robert Byrd SOME KIDS BORN IN 1980 ARE ALREADY "GRAND" PARENTS. A school board in Massachusetts evidently thinks . . .


Shrewing the Thames; biting the 'and that fuels us; or, The Duck Stops Here
Curtis Dahlgren
June 19, 2010

"We have to offer up scary scenarios, make simplified, dramatic statements, and . . . Each of us has to decide what the right balance is between being effective . . .


Elections 2010: Kudos to America's conservative momma grizzlies (a "best of")
Curtis Dahlgren
June 14, 2010

"Reaganism and masculinity go together. In this course we will examine the relationships between popular conceptions of masculinity and [take a breath] . . .


Love Boat/Hate Boats; Beyond Petroleum, beyond Reagan, beyond Religion, beyond Hope?
Curtis Dahlgren
June 5, 2010

"I am not influenced by the expectation of promotion or pecuniary reward. I wish to be useful, and every kind of service necessary for the public good, become . . .


The commencement address you didn't get to hear this year -- YET
Curtis Dahlgren
May 29, 2010

"Welcome to the real world." — someone once said EVER SINCE THE FIRST DAY YOU ENTERED 4-YEAR-OLD KINDERGARTEN, you have been given the impression that you . . .


Mainstream manipulation, 24/7: Whose information is "confusing" whom?
Curtis Dahlgren
May 22, 2010

"The real enemy of clear thinking is the script. We think the world is supposed to go by a familiar plot. And when the facts conflict with the script, we edit . . .


Don't worry, be happy; a morning-after pill is coming (eventually)
Curtis Dahlgren
May 15, 2010

"To educate a [person] in mind and not in morals is to educate a menace to society." — Theodore Roosevelt MORALITY INCLUDES HONESTY IN ECONOMICS AND OTHER . . .


"Hard Times at Jefferson High" (seriouser and curiouser times)
Curtis Dahlgren
May 6, 2010

"The border is as secure as it's ever been." — Janet Reno-Napolitano "If you can't give me your word of honor, will you give me your promise?" — Sam Goldwyn  . . .


"Take-your-Earth-to-work-day" (or, your teachers to Springfield), Dear Vladimir)
Curtis Dahlgren
April 25, 2010

"Strive to be the greatest man in your country, and you may be disappointed. Strive to be the best and you may succeed: he may well win the race who runs by . . .


The chain reaction we REALLY fear: Liberal policies and their consequences
Curtis Dahlgren
April 16, 2010

"We cannot continue to rely only on our military . . we've got to have a civilian security force just as powerful, just as strong, just as well-funded. We . . .


When winners win, that's Freedom; when losers win, that's Utopia ("No Place")
Curtis Dahlgren
April 12, 2010

"I can live with the robber barons, but how do you live with these pathological radicals?" — Daniel Patrick Moynihan "Our traditional two party system has . . .


A column to be "Much Remembered": A saga of freedom
Curtis Dahlgren
April 5, 2010

"It is impossible for the man of pious reflection not to perceive in [the Constitution] a finger of that Almighty hand which has been so frequently and . . .


You can't tell the professor much if he thinks he's funny (part 2)
Curtis Dahlgren
March 27, 2010

"It's not that our liberal friends are ignorant; it's just that they know so much that isn't so." — Ronald Reagan MEMO TO THE PROFESSOR-IN-CHIEF, IF I . . .


You can always "tell" a professor, but not very much; part 1
Curtis Dahlgren
March 25, 2010

"The two enemies of the people are criminals and government, so let us tie the second down with the chains of the Constitution so the second will not become the . . .


"Historic" blunder: From here to insanity, it's the stupidity, Stupid
Curtis Dahlgren
March 22, 2010

JUST DON'T CELEBRATE TOO HARD JUST YET; America had already told you "no," and now, like yer momma, she's gonna say that "No" means "NOOOO!" The President says . . .


George Washington goes into a bar and sits down beside me (a classic)
Curtis Dahlgren
March 17, 2010

"HOWDY," said George, with a smile. Yes, I'm sure it was him. I've been to Mt. Rushmore you know. Several times, in fact. I knew it was him, but I tried to . . .


They lied about Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, and the Tooth Fairy, too: A Redneck's Lament
Curtis Dahlgren
March 13, 2010

"When you can't make them see the light, make them feel the heat." — R. Reagan "Put a knife to your throat if you are given to appetite; don't desire the . . .


CBS News' Tom Fenton on "All the news that fits the fantasies"
Curtis Dahlgren
March 7, 2010

" . . . And the prophets shall become wind, and the word is not in them." — Jeremiah Tom Fenton was one of the most experienced correspondents in the history . . .


Letters from kids that the president doesn't want you to read
Curtis Dahlgren
March 2, 2010

"At twenty years of age, the will reigns; at thirty, the wit; and at forty, the judgment." — Ben Franklin (1706-1790) THE COMING CULTURE WAR WILL BE BETWEEN . . .


PRESIDENTS' DAY III: "A few words now to Republicans"
Curtis Dahlgren
February 24, 2010

"What I do say is, that if we would supplant the opinions and policy of our fathers in any case, we should do so upon evidence so conclusive, and argument so . . .


Presidents Day II: Lessons for the Party of Lincoln from Lincoln
Curtis Dahlgren
February 22, 2010

"I'm so tired of hearing how smart the Founding Fathers were!" — Fred Kessler (Wisconsin state legislator) EVERY GENERATION SUPPOSES THAT IT IS MORE . . .


Presidents Day, part 1; "God's footprints in the snow"
Curtis Dahlgren
February 15, 2010

"Let us be diverted by none of those sophistical contrivances wherewith we are so industriously plied and belabored — contrivances such as groping for some . . .


Groundhog Day, part 2: Here's the P1C1 vaccine for you (my best shot)
Curtis Dahlgren
February 10, 2010

"We all want progress, but if you're on the wrong road, progress means doing an about-face and walking back to the right road; in that case, the man who turns . . .


History is like Groundhog Day (over and over and over again)
Curtis Dahlgren
February 2, 2010

"Even Napoleon had his Watergate." — Yogi Berra YOU CAN'T FOOL ALL THE PEOPLE ALL THE TIME. But they certainly CAN HOPE, can't they? Babe Ruth was once asked . . .


Rip Van Winkle, please phone home: good news & bad news
Curtis Dahlgren
January 28, 2010

"Do you suffer from toenail fungus?" — radio commercial I DON'T KNOW WHERE TO START. The last two weeks have been byond parody. We were supposed to be in the . . .


"HOME ALONE; Summer Vacation on Martha's Vineyard": the sequel
Curtis Dahlgren
January 24, 2010

"For the first time [in my lifetime], I'm proud of Massachusetts." — Rush Limbaugh Dad: Kids, listen up; your mother and I have been talking, and guess . . .


"In Walden Pond"?; "Dances With Werewolves"?: Speaking of Books
Curtis Dahlgren
January 18, 2010

"I have a dream that America will rise to greatness, again. But before that dream is realized, we've got to recall what freedom means. We've got to understand . . .


On Odds and ENDS and QBs; upon further review (this is a doozy)
Curtis Dahlgren
January 12, 2010

"All of us in the Senate live in an iron lung — the iron lung of politics — and it is no easy task to emerge from that rarified atmosphere in order to breathe . . .


Big Brother's Bedside Manner: "Healthcare" by the numbers; climate forecasting w/o them
Curtis Dahlgren
January 6, 2010

"The Left claims the Right is anti-intellectual.. Thomas Sowell shows there's a good reason for being so — without being anti-intelligence, anti-facts, or anti . . .


A few words from Lewis and Cross to Joe Wilson; "Eat, drink, and be wary!"
Curtis Dahlgren
December 29, 2009

"Environmental alarms have been screeching for so long that, like car alarms, they are now just irritating background noise." — N.Y. Times (3/12/05) www . . .


We're not stuck on "No," stupid; we're just counter-contradistinguishmentarians
Curtis Dahlgren
December 22, 2009

"Possessing a chosen country . . acknowledging and adoring an overruling Providence, which by all its dispensation proves that It delights in the happiness of . . .


2 Major mistakes: Killing the golden goose, and gilding the 'green' Lilly
Curtis Dahlgren
December 17, 2009

"I can't be responsible for every under-capitalized company in America." — Hillary Clinton (on HillaryCare) "There is a 75 percent chance that the Arctic ice . . .


UN GLOBAL WARMING CONFERENCE CONCLUDES; "Snow-blanketed U.S. battles freezing winds and ice"
Curtis Dahlgren
December 11, 2009

"Never think that you've seen the last of anything." — Eudora Welty, UW '29 ("The Optimist's Daughter"; 1969) "A nation that is morally dead will soon be . . .


Speaking of falling flakes, are you serious, Mr. Gore??
Curtis Dahlgren
December 10, 2009

Is health care "reform" making you sick to your stomach? Is the Climategate fraud driving you to drink? Are the Liberals giving you irritable bowel . . .


My State Fair Lady; Lemons to lemonaid, malaise to marmalade: Sarah
Curtis Dahlgren
December 2, 2009

"The great enemy of clear language is insincerity. When there is a gap between one's real and one's declared aims, one turns, as it were, instinctively to long . . .


Up a creek without a parachute: Modern sophists (part 2)
Curtis Dahlgren
November 25, 2009

"Beware the fury of a patient man." — John Dryden (1631-1700) " . . when men set themselves to cultivate skill in disputation, regarding the matter discussed . . .


"Our choices": sophistry, populism, or intelligent independence (you decide)
Curtis Dahlgren
November 20, 2009

"SNOB originally meant a 'shoemaker.' Cambridge University students of the late 18th century took it as a slang term for a 'townsman, not a member of the . . .


Green Bay fires janitor; Packers win unexpectedly (and other "unexpected" headlines)
Curtis Dahlgren
November 16, 2009

"GM reports $1.2 Billion loss; consumer 'sentiment' declines 'unexpectedly'"? — news headline AS IF THINGS WEREN'T BAD ENOUGH ALREADY, another headline this . . .


Of micely men and civil serpents: Forgotten words from our forgotten Past
Curtis Dahlgren
November 13, 2009

". . that eternal want of pence, which vexes public men . . " This is truth the poet sings, That a sorrow's crown of sorrow is remembering happier . . .


WHO SAID "we shall now proceed to the Socialist Order" Nov. 8th?
Curtis Dahlgren
November 10, 2009

"Power is not a means, it is an end. One does not establish the dictatorship to safeguard a revolution; one makes the revolution in order to establish the . . .


SPIN: a 4-letter word for 'sophistical contrivance' (you lie, you lose)
Curtis Dahlgren
November 6, 2009

"It cannot in the opinion of His Majesty's Government be classified as slavery in the extreme acceptance of the word without some risk of terminological . . .


On reversing continental drift, climate change, galloping socialism, and moral decline (a best of)
Curtis Dahlgren
November 1, 2009

"The diversity crowd doesn't really believe in diversity. In fact, what they're really aiming for is conformity of opinion." — Linda Chavez (06/05/09) www . . .


What does 'REMAKE' AMERICA mean? (Honey, you shrunk the dollar)
Curtis Dahlgren
October 28, 2009

"THIS know also . . perilous times shall come, for men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous . . ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge . . .


Ivy League environmentalists, pagan religions, and the rest of us: at loggerheads
Curtis Dahlgren
October 23, 2009

"Over-specialized elites often can't tell the difference between a wave and a RIP tide." — C.D. http://www.renewamerica.com/columns/dahlgren/090325 "'There . . .


Do you want the Ivy League in charge of your "health"?
Curtis Dahlgren
October 18, 2009

"When you come to a fork in the road [to the left, DON'T] take it." — Yogi Berra [paraphrased] CANDIDATE OBAMA PROMISED THE MOST TRANSPARENT ADMINISTRATION . . .


Peace prize proves need to pray "'4" the president
Curtis Dahlgren
October 12, 2009

"The left believes in 'experts.' The liberal is bowled over by the title 'Nobel laureate.' The conservative is more likely to wonder why a Nobel laureate in . . .


TRUE COLORS ON PARADE: selective cognizance by (red) news media
Curtis Dahlgren
October 6, 2009

"Hugo Chavez is trying to do for all of Latin America, you know, they've been trying to do it for years . . to eliminate poverty." — Barbara Walters, 3/16/07  . . .


TRUE COLORS, part I: "Watermelon" is for environmentalism
Curtis Dahlgren
September 26, 2009

"The bulk of the intellectual community almost automatically favors any expansion of government power so long as it is advertised as a way to protect . . .


ABORTING ACORN (and corn) and other headlines of the week
Curtis Dahlgren
September 19, 2009

"Just report the news; don't encourage it." — 1960s complaint about the media "Don't encourage the news, but at least report it, PLEASE!" — 2009 complaint  . . .


"The cult of death - the warning signs" (a "best of")
Curtis Dahlgren
September 9, 2009

"Cherish, therefore, the spirit of our people, and keep alive their attention. Do not be too severe upon their errors, but reclaim them b y enlightening them. . . .


The Cult of Death and the "Heroic measures" issue: The ultimate differentiation
Curtis Dahlgren
September 5, 2009

"To the Law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them; and they [shall be] hungry, and it shall . . .


College Orientation Week II (and the first frost of August)
Curtis Dahlgren
September 2, 2009

"If our government is not going to hold our taxpayer-supported academic institutions accountable, then we must." — Chuck Norris ("Black Belt Patriotism")  . . .


MY ANNUAL CLASSIC: College Orientation Week 101
Curtis Dahlgren
August 24, 2009

"There is nothing so ignorant as the educated man if you get him off the thing he was educated in." — Will Rogers WHEN I WAS ADMITTED TO THE UNIVERSITY OF . . .


What IS the matter with Washington? [free cheese is for rat traps]
Curtis Dahlgren
August 16, 2009

"There must be something wrong with the universal education [that] has made men the victims of charlatans in every field of human activity." — Dr. Arthur Voobus . . .


A "best of" -- Free Love was invented by Russian hippies in the 1860s!
Curtis Dahlgren
August 8, 2009

"Broadcast television characters are almost three times as likely to have sex with a child, an animal or a corpse than with a spouse, a study released Tuesday . . .


Re "EducationFromHell.com/HELLthCareFromHell" (part 3)
Curtis Dahlgren
August 5, 2009

"Are we doing a good enough job teaching our children what America is and what she represents in the long history of the world? Younger parents aren't sure that . . .


Just shut up and vote? (re HELLthCareFromHell.com/undecideds)
Curtis Dahlgren
August 1, 2009

"When Obama calls it 'end-of-life care,' what he really means is 'end of care' . . . Tony Soprano has taken over the government, and the private sector is an . . .


A memo to true "independents" from HELLthCareFromHell.com
Curtis Dahlgren
July 25, 2009

"There is more of the fool in human nature than of the wise . . . It is a strange desire to seek power and to lose liberty . . . There is a superstition in . . .


One Giant Leap of "faith": Another memo from EducationFromHell.com
Curtis Dahlgren
July 20, 2009

"We know we spend a huge amount of money that last year of life. More and more people are gonna say, I don't want people poking tubes, and, you know, uh, doing . . .


A LETTER TO "INDEPENDENTS" from EducationFromHell.com (re Palin, etc.)
Curtis Dahlgren
July 14, 2009

"Charles de Gaulle not only memorized the answers he gave at press conferences, but required questioners to memorize the questions he gave them to ask him." — . . .


California v. the U.P. of Michigan on the 4th of July
Curtis Dahlgren
July 6, 2009

"The state cannot pay its bills, poorly educates its young, and its taxation punishes whatever success that its suffocating regulatory regime does not prevent." . . .


"Got change"? Surviving "post-partisan" America
Curtis Dahlgren
July 1, 2009

"He may live without hope, — what is hope but deceiving?" — Owen Meredith (Earl of Lytton; 1831-1891) "Genius does what it must, and talent does what it can  . . .


Orwell's "1984" turns 60, and WE come to a "fork" in the road!
Curtis Dahlgren
June 24, 2009

"You've got to be very careful if you don't know where you are going, because you might not get there." — Yogi Berra I SAW A BUMPER STICKER THAT SAID, "I . . .


"Chastity Bono to become a man" (and the President, all things to all people)?
Curtis Dahlgren
June 20, 2009

"I never liked anyone who didn't have a temper. If you don't have any temper, you don't have any passion." — Michael Bloomberg (2002) TODAY IS JUNE 20TH, THE . . .


"What's the Matter With Chicago" (and comedians and Contessa Brewer)?
Curtis Dahlgren
June 12, 2009

"One does not establish a dictatorship in order to safeguard a revolution; one makes a revolution in order to establish a dictatorship." — George Orwell WE . . .


Can we really reverse Global Cooling, continental drift, moral decline, and Galloping Socialism?
Curtis Dahlgren
June 8, 2009

"The diversity crowd doesn't really believe in diversity. In fact, what they're really aiming for is conformity of opinion." — Linda Chavez (06/05/09) LINDA . . .


Groundhog Day, plus 4 months, in Michigan's Upper Peninsula
Curtis Dahlgren
June 2, 2009

"Based solely on a far-Left agenda that includes a plan to control worldwide energy production, the climate change hysteria movement has jumped the shark." — . . .


Back to school: Both horror and hope at the U. of Wisconsin
Curtis Dahlgren
May 26, 2009

"Global warming may not be such a new thing — or, at least, that's what some UW climatologists suspect. A study by Stephen Vavrus, John Kutzbach, and Gwenaelle . . .


Why are the hyenas laughing (while babies are dying)?
Curtis Dahlgren
May 19, 2009

"What it looks like is going to happen is that Libby and . . Rove are going to be executed . . . I don't know how I feel about it because I'm basically against . . .


On old QBs and Minnesota ("Land of 9,999 lakes and 1 U.S. Senator")
Curtis Dahlgren
May 10, 2009

"Nothing doth more hurt in a state than when the cunning men pass for wise . . . Hope is a good breakfast, but it is a bad supper." — Francis Bacon (1561-1626)  . . .


Misconceptions, miscarriages (of justice), and more "dumb" questions
Curtis Dahlgren
May 3, 2009

"If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear." — George Orwell IT'S THE SECOND DAY OF MAY, AND OUR . . .


Cotton candy-in-the-Sky: Promises from Bubba to Dubya to BO
Curtis Dahlgren
April 25, 2009

"I owe these unions . . When they call me, I try to call them right back. I don't mind feeling obligated." — Barack Obama ("Audacity of Hope") THAT ONE . . .


The Top Ten Books We Can't Buy (and more crazy headlines)
Curtis Dahlgren
April 20, 2009

". . you may decide that I've been right about what I've been saying in this column for the last six years. And why I often feel like an alien in a strange land . . .


"A Trillion Dollars here and a Trillion Dollars there, and another Trillion or so later"
Curtis Dahlgren
April 16, 2009

"An unlimited power to tax involves, necessarily, a power to destroy, because there is a limit beyond which no institution and no property can bear taxation."  . . .


An attack on your ROOTS is an attack on YOU: 40 years from Woodstock
Curtis Dahlgren
April 11, 2009

". . I have seen such selfishness and littleness even in New England, that I sometimes tremble to think that, although we are engaged in the best cause that . . .


"Great Leaping Lizards!": Post-turtles, boiling frogs, and flying hogs!
Curtis Dahlgren
April 4, 2009

"It is peculiarly fit for us to recognize the hand of God in this terrible visitation, and in sorrowful remembrance of our own faults and crimes as a nation and . . .


From "carbon forestry" to embryo farming: Connecting the dot.coms
Curtis Dahlgren
April 1, 2009

"The people who were first in line to promote the sexual 'revolution' of the 60s and 70s ['stay out of our bedroom'] are the same people who are now acting like . . .


One farmer debates the entire Ivy League ("THIS WON'T TAKE LONG")
Curtis Dahlgren
March 25, 2009

"There is no shortage of lawyers in Washington, DC. In fact, there may be more lawyers than people." - Sandra Day O'Connor THE COUNTY I GREW UP IN HAD MORE . . .


Staying ahead of the "Television, teleprompter, tell-a-tubby Blitzkrieg" (part 3)
Curtis Dahlgren
March 20, 2009

"Paradoxically, the people who like say that public servants are "all alike," and "they're all crooks," are the very same people who now want politicians to . . .


"3/16"; When you ignore Chapter 1, you may end up in Chapter 11 (a best of)
Curtis Dahlgren
March 16, 2009

"For years we have been shushed like children, and told that there are no simple answers." — President Reagan IT'S TIME FOR CHRISTIANS TO STOP GOING TO THE . . .


Staying one step ahead of the Blitzkrieg, part 2: "Obama meets his match -- US"
Curtis Dahlgren
March 13, 2009

"We will bury you." — Nikita Khrushchev (September 17, 1959) "Behold, the people are one, and they have one language, and this they begin to do; and now . . .


Can you stay one step ahead of the crowd (and the social Blitzkrieg)?
Curtis Dahlgren
March 10, 2009

"The loss of lives that might have otherwise been creatively lived scars the mind of the civilized world." — General Dwight D. Eisenhower (on WW2 "casualties")  . . .


Are you a DRONE, a CLONE, or can you stand ALONE?
Curtis Dahlgren
March 5, 2009

"I would venture to say that the students at [Monica] Goodling's law school at Regent University are far more impressive than those at the Cornell agriculture . . .


The "Jury is Hung" (while Washington weeps over warnings ignored)
Curtis Dahlgren
March 1, 2009

"A system of morality which is based on relative emotional values is a mere illusion, a thoroughly vulgar conception which has nothing sound in it and nothing . . .


The question really is: Where's our FREE BEER? (Bar-stool Econ 101)
Curtis Dahlgren
February 24, 2009

"It is now life, and not art, that requires the willing suspension of disbelief." — Lionel Trilling WE YOOPERS WEREN'T BORN YESTERDAY. We know that there's . . .


How stands "Liberty of Thought and Discussion" today, boys and girls?
Curtis Dahlgren
February 17, 2009

". . the peculiar evil of silencing the expression of an opinion is, that it is robbing the human race; posterity as well as the existing generation; those who . . .


The Origin of the SPECIOUS: Gore + Obama + Darwin = "G-O-D"?
Curtis Dahlgren
February 12, 2009

"If any man at this day sincerely believes that proper division of local from Federal authority, or any part of the Constitution, forbids the Federal Government . . .


Reining in the "pale horse" of the theocratic fundamentalist Greenies
Curtis Dahlgren
February 9, 2009

"The threat of a new ice age must now stand alongside nuclear war as a likely source of wholesale death and misery for mankind." — Nigel Calder, International . . .


"HOW COLD" is it? (we don't even want to know, it's so abominably cold)
Curtis Dahlgren
February 4, 2009

"HOW COLD DO YOU WANT IT?" — Jim Ott (Wisconsin legislator, retired weatherman) IT'S SO COLD IN SOUTH DAKOTA, Tom Daschle can't afford to pay his income . . .


Obama-mania: "CAPTURING A NATION" (without firing a SHOT)
Curtis Dahlgren
January 31, 2009

"Chatham heart-sick of his country's shame." — William Cowper (1731-1800) "Necessity [desperation] is the plea [excuse] for every infringement of human . . .


SanFran Nancy: "a TITHE for ADULTERY" (seriously folks)
Curtis Dahlgren
January 27, 2009

"Reality is just a crutch for people who can't deal with drugs." — Lily Tomlin "Hollywood is where if you don't have happiness, you send out for it." — Rex . . .


"Even the questions have been changed," says the Prez (very articulately)
Curtis Dahlgren
January 24, 2009

"History affords us many instances of the ruin of states, by the prosecution of measures ill suited to the temper and genius of their people. The ordaining of . . .


How would you like to be Rick Warren's 'ghost writer' today?
Curtis Dahlgren
January 20, 2009

"I say unto you, that Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. If then God so clothes the grass, which today is in the field and tomorrow . . .


CONSENSUS? What "con-sensus"? MANDATE? What "man-date"?
Curtis Dahlgren
January 16, 2009

"The spark from heaven falls. Who picks it up? The crowd? Never. The individual? Always . . . "It is unfortunate, considering that enthusiasm moves the world . . .


Palin vs. the Pagans: Please forward this column to your friends!
Curtis Dahlgren
January 11, 2009

"For all we have and are, For all our children's fate, Stand up and take the war. The Hun is at the gate! . . . "It's North you may run to the rime-ringed . . .


In lieu of a year-end brag letter: "GOT PEACE"?
Curtis Dahlgren
January 3, 2009

"Do good, O Lord, unto those who be good, and to those who are upright in their hearts." — King David "Liberals seen to have hit upon a reverse Christ story . . .


Global warming? What "globe" are they talking about anyway?
Curtis Dahlgren
December 22, 2008

'I'm already sick of winter, and we have nine days to go before it officially begins.' — resident of Portland, Maine (12/12/08) FROM PORTLAND, OREGON TO . . .


The "non-judgmental generation" is totally shocked by Chicago-nomics (WHY?)
Curtis Dahlgren
December 11, 2008

"Politicians will never have a fear of the Constitution in a nation where the people never have a fear of their Creator." — author unknown THIS MAY BE MY . . .


If you don't like this column, sue me! (another "best of")
Curtis Dahlgren
December 9, 2008

[This is an excerpt from "Unapologetic elitists and other kleptomaniacs" (with some flavoring added) http://www.renewamerica.com/columns/dahlgren/081124 ]  . . .


Signs of the Times: Is dissent and "polarization" a thing of the past?
Curtis Dahlgren
December 5, 2008

"The function of liberal Republicans is to shoot the wounded after battle." — Senator Eugene McCarthy BARRY GOLDWATER RECOMMENDED SAWING OFF THE EASTERN . . .


The implications of monotheism: Does God bless ungrateful nations? (a 'best of')
Curtis Dahlgren
November 27, 2008

"A society needs only one generation to abandon . . its culture, for that culture to become an alien, lifeless irrelevance . . [and] the cultural . . .


"A BEST EVER": Unapologetic elitists and other kleptomaniacs (part 2)
Curtis Dahlgren
November 24, 2008

THE OTHER NIGHT, from cares exempt, I slept — and what do you think I dreamt? I dreamt that somehow I had come To dwell in Topsy-Turveydom! - Where vice is . . .


Re: Pirates, merry men, "predatory politicians," and other Kleptomaniacs
Curtis Dahlgren
November 20, 2008

"Do not become a beggar by banqueting on borrowing." — Ecclesiasticas (Apocrypha) "Magna est veritas et praevalet" ("Great is truth and it prevails.") — . . .


It's time to get on bended knee before God (like Paulsen before Congress)
Curtis Dahlgren
November 15, 2008

For all sad words of tongue or pen, The saddest are these: "It might have been!" — John Greenleaf Whittier (1807-1892) "Patriotism is as much a virtue as . . .


A "BEST OF": Sorry, libs and mods, Mrs. Palin's not going away!
Curtis Dahlgren
November 7, 2008

"I don't care if the cat is black or white — as long as it's a good mouser." — author unknown PRESIDENT BUSH'S DOG BIT A REPORTER, RIGHT AFTER THE ELECTION. . . .


"Things can't get any worse": THINK AGAIN, if we get a 'one-party regime'
Curtis Dahlgren
November 3, 2008

'It is only when the people become ignorant and corrupt, when they degenerate into a populace . . [that] Usurpation is then an easy attainment, and an usurper . . .


Top 10 dumb questions about Dems; Top 10 reasons they could lose
Curtis Dahlgren
October 29, 2008

"A gripping story of character and courage: character passed down from generation to generation by sterling examples of family bonds and devotion to duty; . . .


Standing on the precipice: Promising "hope" or opening Pandora's box?
Curtis Dahlgren
October 25, 2008

"The most important human endeavor is striving for morality in our actions. Morality is what gives beauty and dignity to life. Following our animal instincts is . . .


FannieMae/SallyMae-type "change" vs. Sarah Palin-type "change"
Curtis Dahlgren
October 11, 2008

"The only ones who make things change are fanatics." — Cesar Chavez "If you lie with dogs, you will rise with fleas." — Abraham Lincoln FIRST, A FEW WORDS . . .


Headlines from 2012: THINK of the "possibilities'!
Curtis Dahlgren
October 8, 2008

"When you come to a fork in the road, take it." — Yogi Berra COMING EVENTS ALWAYS CAST THEIR SHADOWS BEFORE. Most Americans know that we are on the brink of . . .


'A trillion here, a trillion there -- after a while, it all adds up!'
Curtis Dahlgren
October 4, 2008

"We have beaten the business cycle." — President Clinton (199?) SARAH PALIN DID A NICE JOB (MAYBE TOO "NICE"?). So much for being McCain's "attack dog." But . . .


There is no free lunch or free beer, nor is medical care ever "free"
Curtis Dahlgren
September 23, 2008

"In theory there is no difference between theory and practice, but in practice there is." — Yogi Berra IT'S CALLED "UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES." How many times . . .


Barney Fife journalists: "We've got to nip her in the bud!"
Curtis Dahlgren
September 17, 2008

"O Sleep, why dost thou leave me? Why thy visionary joys remove?" — William Congreve (1670-1729) "Alas-ka? ALAS-ka?! Where's the reality in Alas-ka?" — . . .


Liberals keep shooting themselves in the balls of their feet
Curtis Dahlgren
September 12, 2008

OUR "PROGRESSIVE" LIBERALS AND MODERATES KEEP SHOOTING THEMSELVES IN THE FOOT. Their pundits and apologists keep piling on Sarah Palin precipitously, to their . . .


The RUSH is on, north to Alaska (for "dirt," not oil)
Curtis Dahlgren
September 10, 2008

"Our opponents keep saying that drilling will not solve all of America's energy problems — as if we didn't already know that." — Sarah Palin STRANGEST . . .


Raising horizons or harassing Gramma? [the vetting of Sarah]
Curtis Dahlgren
September 3, 2008

"Hope is a good breakfast, but it is a bad supper." — Francis Bacon (1561-1626) "The trouble with our age is all signpost and no destination." — Louis . . .


Recreate 68: "Passing the torch" -- or just torching the past?
Curtis Dahlgren
August 31, 2008

"Evil is powerless if the good are unafraid." - Ronald Reagan TO AN AUDIENCE OF 40 MILLIONS, Barack Obama said, "We must pledge once more to march into the . . .


The annual must-read "Back-to-school" classic
Curtis Dahlgren
August 22, 2008

"Send me men to match my mountains." — inscription of one of the buildings at the State Capitol complex in Sacramento, California THOSE KINDS OF MEN SEEM TO . . .


The "$cholarly" war on religion: an old story
Curtis Dahlgren
August 14, 2008

"It is HE that sitteth upon the circle of the earth, and the inhabitants thereof are like grasshoppers." — Isaiah TO HEAR THEM TELL THE STORY, the  . . .


Cultural avant-garde? There's nothing new under the sun!
Curtis Dahlgren
July 31, 2008

"You wondered whether . . the worst enemies of civilization might not prove to be its petted intellectuals who attack it at its weakest moments — attacked it in . . .


Dysfunctional families (where the big bucks are)
Curtis Dahlgren
July 19, 2008

"Depression is simply anger without enthusiasm." — author unknown TO COMPLETELY SUPPRESS ANGER IS TO SUPPRESS GRIEF (and everyone knows that's not a good . . .


My annual classic: It's time for college orientation 2008
Curtis Dahlgren
July 4, 2008

"Too often, character assassination has replaced debate in principle in Washington DC. Destroy someone's reputation and you don't have to talk about what he . . .


On the anniversary of the banning of school prayer
Curtis Dahlgren
June 25, 2008

TWENTY-SIX YEARS AGO, THE SCOTUS RULED that a non-denominational prayer used in public schools in New York state was "unconstitutional." On such an occasion as . . .


How about a "cousins' marriage" Pride Week?
Curtis Dahlgren
June 17, 2008

[copy of letter to the San Francisco Chronicle] Dear Editor: Talk about bullying and "discrimination": Hillbillies who marry cousins have been taunted and . . .


The week that was: "Extreme Spiritual Makeover" needed NOW!
Curtis Dahlgren
June 12, 2008

"Evil is powerless if the good are unafraid." - Ronald Reagan (quoted by Monica Crowley on the Laura Ingraham Show) I KNEW MY PREVIOUS COLUMN WAS A BIT . . .


The "TV REALITY SHOW" America really needs: Extreme Spiritual Makeover!
Curtis Dahlgren
May 28, 2008

"The prophets prophecy falsely, and my people love to have it so; what will you do in the end thereof? . . . When I had fed them to the full, they committed . . .


A Day of Prayer for our mothers, our nation, and two Border Patrol agents
Curtis Dahlgren
May 11, 2008

"A wise son makes a glad father; but a foolish man despises his mother. Folly is a joy to him who is destitute of wisdom." — Solomon (Proverbs 15:20-21) WHEN . . .


Ann Coulter does the Upper Peninsula (plus the 3 pt. shot heard 'round the world)
Curtis Dahlgren
April 29, 2008

"How can people who are so stupid be so dominant?" — Rush Limbaugh OUR PUBLIC EDUC-RATS ARE GOOD AT ONE THING: PRODUCING ROBOTS. Actually, the "graduates" of . . .


"Massey-Harris 101": A letter to Generation X, Y, and Z (part 2)
Curtis Dahlgren
March 31, 2008

[This column is an excerpt from the Prologue to my new book, the title of which is a take-off on Sam Harris' "Letter to a Christian Nation."] This book is . . .


America, bless God: Finding true north without an interstate highway sign
Curtis Dahlgren
March 8, 2008

"You can fool all the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time, but you can not fool all the people all of the time." — Abraham Lincoln  . . .


John McClinton, part 2; a must-read, don't-miss column
Curtis Dahlgren
February 20, 2008

"The legitimate powers of government extend to such acts only as are injurious to others. But it does me no injury for my neighbour to say there are twenty gods . . .


General Winfield Scott (1852) v. John McClinton (2008): Some stunning parallels
Curtis Dahlgren
February 8, 2008

"The past is never dead. It's not even past." — William Faulkner "What is past is prologue." — William Shakespeare "WE HALF CREATE WHAT WE HALF PERCEIVE," . . .


Lessons for Super Tuesday from Super Sunday
Curtis Dahlgren
February 5, 2008

"Anyone who will tear down sports will tear down America. Sports and religion have made America what it is today." — Woody Hayes GOD SAVE THE UNDERDOG. LONG . . .


The "forbidden" news topics: so much for freedom of speech
Curtis Dahlgren
January 29, 2008

[This column is actually an excerpt from my new book.] "The press is a little like the blackbirds in the fall — one flies off the telephone wire, the others . . .


Life-lessons from sports, part 2; Let your feet do the talking
Curtis Dahlgren
January 23, 2008

"I would hold McClellan's horse if that would bring us victories." — Abraham Lincoln THREE LIFE LESSONS THAT SPORTS CAN TEACH YOU: 1) You can be defeated . . .


Washington weeps; winners, losers, and whiners
Curtis Dahlgren
January 13, 2008

"Winning isn't everything; it's the only thing." — Vince Lombardi CHALK UP A W FOR THE OLD MAN AND THE KIDS. The youngest team in the NFL with one of the . . .


Introduction to my new book, part 2
Curtis Dahlgren
January 3, 2008

[This is the second draft of my Introduction to "Academia, Please Look Up, the case for Traditional Values."] Father in Heaven, who lovest all, Oh, help thy . . .


Thinking outside the boxer shorts; a no-bull analysis of academia
Curtis Dahlgren
December 22, 2007

[I plan on publishing my second book soon, and this is the rough draft of its Introduction.] - "I seek to trace the novel features under which despotism may . . .


"End-of-semester letter" to the alumni (some dissembling required)
Curtis Dahlgren
December 18, 2007

"Above this race of [lay]men stands an immense and tutelary power, which takes upon itself alone to secure their gratifications, and to watch over their fate. . . .


Emancipation, emasculation, and embalming; three reasons to read this column first
Curtis Dahlgren
December 11, 2007

"The results were not what the prophets of liberation had envisioned . . Instead of being freed from the oppressive bonds of the past, [man] found himself alone . . .


More 16th century wit & wisdom (if you missed last week's)
Curtis Dahlgren
December 5, 2007

"There is a superstition in avoiding superstition." — Francis Bacon "ONLY WHEN RELIGIOUS EXTREMISTS SUCH AS YOU ARE WIPED FROM THE FACE OF THE EARTH will . . .


How to write a column without saying a word (part I)
Curtis Dahlgren
November 30, 2007

"Books will speak plain when counselors blanche." THERE BE [SOME WHO] CAN PACK THE CARDS AND YET CANNOT PLAY WELL; so there are some that are good in . . .


The implications of monotheism (i.e., does God bless ungrateful nations?)
Curtis Dahlgren
November 21, 2007

"A society needs only one generation to abandon . . its culture, for that culture to become an alien, lifeless irrelevance . . [and] the cultural . . .


The social engineers: Brilliant people or just "primordial pond scum"?
Curtis Dahlgren
November 14, 2007

"You wondered whether . . the worst enemies of civilization might not prove to be its petted intellectuals who attack it at its weakest moments — attacked it in . . .


"Gown vs. town" and "Frock vs. flock" (or, "Lincoln's solution to our long national nightmare")
Curtis Dahlgren
November 6, 2007

"Your adversary is your friend. Look to your own family for your first lawsuit." — Harvard law professor HAVING TROUBLE SLEEPING? THIS COLUMN IS A TRANSITION . . .


Back to school, part X; Even the seminaries are being run into the ground
Curtis Dahlgren
October 29, 2007

"So much of left-wing thought is a kind of playing with fire by people who don't even know that fire is hot." — George Orwell I CAN NOW SAY THAT I'VE BEEN TO . . .


Back to school, part IX; Liberals, please "phone home"! [a best of]
Curtis Dahlgren
October 16, 2007

COMMON SENSE IS NOT THEIR BAG. RATIONALITY IS NOT THEIR FORTE. I'm talking about the lefties who dominate "higher" education. They've never had a day's worth of . . .


Back to School, part VIII; Academia, please "phone home"!
Curtis Dahlgren
October 6, 2007

By education most have been misled; So they believe, because they so were bred. - John Dryden (1631-1700) THE ANCIENT GREEKS SPENT THEIR TIME SEEKING  . . .


Back to school, part VII; Toivo and Eino for Congress, etc.
Curtis Dahlgren
September 21, 2007

"A child of 5 could understand this. Someone go fetch a child of five." — Groucho P.S. DON'T YOU JUST HATE POST SCRIPTS AT THE END OF OPINION PIECES? That's . . .


Of tight ends and dead ends; back to school, part VI
Curtis Dahlgren
September 11, 2007

"If San Francisco values produce the policy and cultural norms for this country, it probably would take a fascist government to overcome the slide, so it's to . . .


If you missed last week's column, shame on you, but -- [Part 5]
Curtis Dahlgren
August 24, 2007

Nihilism, n.; 1) total rejection of value statements or moral judgments, 2) absolute destructiveness toward the world at large and oneself [nothingness]. IF . . .


Freshman orientation week, part 4; with words by George Orwell
Curtis Dahlgren
August 16, 2007

"Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools." — Saul of Tarsus THE WORD-FOR-THE-DAY, boys and girls, is nihilism. Webster says, "1. total rejection . . .


Back to school, part 3: The Classic for "orientation" week!
Curtis Dahlgren
August 9, 2007

"Too often, character assassination has replaced debate in principle in Washington DC. Destroy someone's reputation and you don't have to talk about what he . . .


Back to school, part 2; Armor-up your kid for the "Poison-ivy League"
Curtis Dahlgren
August 3, 2007

"Man without God is a beast, and never more beastly than when he is most intelligent about his beastliness." — Whittaker Chambers EDWARD GIBBON (1737-94) . . .


Back to school: When "political science fiction 101" meets the freshman class
Curtis Dahlgren
July 27, 2007

"Wear your learning, like your watch, in a private pocket: and do not merely pull it out and strike it; merely to show that you have one." — Earl of . . .


Communism, Christianity, and post-Liberal "liberalism": when the "avant-garde" becomes the caboose!
Curtis Dahlgren
July 18, 2007

"Without God, there is no virtue, because there's no prompting of the conscience . . . America needs God more than God needs America. If we ever forget that we . . .


Gray-matter-envy; Several versions of "Little Red Riding Hood," past and present
Curtis Dahlgren
July 10, 2007

"Where are your checks in this [pre-Bill of Rights] Government? Your strong holds will be in the hands of your [political] enemies: it is on a supposition that . . .


Intellectual dyslexia; "junk social science" silences critics and threatens freedom
Curtis Dahlgren
July 3, 2007

THE SOVIET GULAG WAS "A COUNTRY WITHIN A COUNTRY," says Anne Applebaum, "almost a separate civilization." ["GULAG, A HISTORY] America has its own version of  . . .


THOSE "SIXTIES" HIPPIES (in 1860s Russia): An eye-opener for you and me today!
Curtis Dahlgren
June 22, 2007

THEY CALL THEMSELVES "PROGRESSIVES." THEY CALL THEMSELVES SECULAR. They don't like to be called "social liberals" or even "economic Liberals. They don't like it . . .


Lefty male role models: Cognitive dissonance and true colors on parade
Curtis Dahlgren
June 17, 2007

"The personality of [Fidel Castro] is overpowering. It was easy to see that his men adored him . . . " — Herbert Matthews, New York Times (1957) "By the way, . . .


When the wolf pulls the wool over his own eyes: The greatest lies ever told
Curtis Dahlgren
June 9, 2007

"For so is the will of God, that with well-doing you may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men, not using your freedom as an excuse for maliciousness, but . . .


The GOP's Missouri Compromise of 2007 ("Show me" the fence)
Curtis Dahlgren
June 1, 2007

"The much-vaunted Senate 'compromise' on immigration is a compromise alright: a compromise of our laws, a compromise of our sovereignty, and a compromise of the . . .


The "greatest lies on earth" (perhaps the Top Ten of all time)
Curtis Dahlgren
May 25, 2007

"I was burned once in 1986 when I voted for amnesty believing that it would solve our problems. Now, we have a 12 million illegal immigrant problem. I'm not . . .


Sodden thoughts on migrant labor, etc. (like, didn't St. Algore say he hoed tobacco?)
Curtis Dahlgren
May 22, 2007

"History repeats itself — first as tragedy and then as farce." — Karl Marx RUSSIA WAS THE TRAGEDY; CUBA WAS THE FARCE; NOW WE HAVE MEXICAMICA. A riddle:  . . .


On those who "went" before us; a month of eulogies
Curtis Dahlgren
May 19, 2007

"This morning my thoughts go to her who gave me many things in life, but her most important gift was the happiness and solace to be gained in prayer." — Ronald . . .


What liberals never learn: Going against the grain
Curtis Dahlgren
May 10, 2007

"This country is a blessed nation." — Tony Blair "The more ingrates we acquire, the less blessed we become." — CD THE CHOSEN "COLUMN-OF-THE-WEEK" COMES . . .


Congress v. the people of the USA; those old "aristocratic colours" on Cinco de Mayo
Curtis Dahlgren
May 5, 2007

"The surface of American society is covered with a layer of democratic paint, but from time to time one can see the old aristocratic colours breaking through."  . . .


Divide, distract, and conquer; revisiting the "dominoes"
Curtis Dahlgren
April 27, 2007

"HO HO HO, HO CHI MINH; DARE TO FIGHT AND DARE TO WIN!" — 1960s hippies EVEN IF AN ACT OF CONGRESS COULD SAVE US, THIS AIN'T IT. I'm talking about the Pelosi . . .


Sleepless in America, but "Thank God for the rich people"
Curtis Dahlgren
April 19, 2007

"Thank God for the rich people because the poor people don't have any money." — Otto Nathaniel Dahlgren [my grandpa] THE VIRGINIA SHOOTER'S DEMON DIDN'T CARE . . .


Imus X Rutgers team = Nifong X Duke team [will Nifong be fired?]
Curtis Dahlgren
April 13, 2007

"Because half a dozen grasshoppers under a fern make the field ring with their importunate chink, whilst thousands of great cattle, reposed beneath the shadow . . .


April 5, 1964: the end of an era
Curtis Dahlgren
April 5, 2007

"I am concerned for the security of our great nation; not so much because of any threat from without, but because of the insidious forces working from within."  . . .


"If you want to 'SAVE' something, save your SELF"; who said that?
Curtis Dahlgren
March 30, 2007

"America united with a handful of troops, or without a single soldier, exhibits a more forbidding posture to foreign ambition than America disunited, with a . . .


ON "GOING SOUTH" for spring break or just in general [a "best of"]
Curtis Dahlgren
March 24, 2007

"Doomsday is near; die all, die merrily." — Shakespeare PRUDE, n; A FINE THING OF A WOMAN [Dictionary of Word Origins, John Ayto] I like Olde English, . . .


Blarney words 101; The Lefty Lexicon, part 2 (the C-words)
Curtis Dahlgren
March 17, 2007

"Democracy means simply the bludgeoning of the people by the people for the people." — Oscar Wilde (1856-1900) "The function of socialism is to raise . . .


The Lefty Lexicon, A to C (you can stop questioning "authority" now)
Curtis Dahlgren
March 10, 2007

"We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars." — Oscar Wilde (1856-1900) MAN IS A CREATURE WHO LIVES NOT UPON BREAD ALONE, BUT . . .


Back to the future: Headlines from 2008 and beyond
Curtis Dahlgren
March 1, 2007

"Socialism only works in heaven, where they don't need it, and in hell where they already have it." — Ronald Reagan LITTLE JOHNNY, A SECOND GRADER, ACED HIS . . .


Odds & Ends; like "What did the jockstrap say to the Jock?"
Curtis Dahlgren
February 23, 2007

"How long before they start blaming global warming for the decomposition of Anna Nicole's body?" — Charlie Sykes (www.620wtmj.com) 2/22/07 THAT'S NOT THE . . .


From Purple Rain to 12' of snow, but "only if they say so"
Curtis Dahlgren
February 17, 2007

"When put like this, the concept of using brain-damaged humans for HIV research makes sense." — Katrina Fox (reporter interviewing Peter Singer) IF A TREE . . .


Yahoo news, Yazoo news, and BS politics (Bait & Switch)
Curtis Dahlgren
February 10, 2007

"The philosophy of the classroom today is the philosophy of government tomorrow." — attrib. to Abraham Lincoln "Houston, we have a problem." — Apollo 13  . . .


Big-box universities, cookie-cutter theories, Yahoo headlines
Curtis Dahlgren
February 2, 2007

"opiate, n., anything that soothes or dulls the mind." — Webster "Socialism is the opiate of the People; it kills brain cells." — (I just made that up)  . . .


The Top Ten "most politically incorrect Scriptures"
Curtis Dahlgren
January 27, 2007

"Fear makes the wolf appear larger than he is." — old German proverb STILL FEARING THE ANTIQUE PRINT AND BROADCAST MEDIA, many politicians boast of being  . . .


Cookie-cutter cookies (PC theories) vs. thinking outside the Boxer shorts
Curtis Dahlgren
January 20, 2007

"The sky is falling." — Chicken Little FROM WINNEMUCCA TO RUNAMOKA DC, 2007 HAS STARTED AUSPICIOUSLY. As Art Buchwald might have said, what is that funny . . .


When the President speaks, the news media listen (sort of, but . . . )
Curtis Dahlgren
January 12, 2007

"Apparently there are limits to 'oral history.' For example, most people would prefer to be descendants of a former president, rather than, say, descendants of . . .


Jefferson's first inaugural address, RMV (Revised Modern Version)
Curtis Dahlgren
January 6, 2007

TRY TO IMAGINE THE INAUGURATION OF A MAN ACCEPTABLE TO HOLLYWOOD — sort of a cross between Rocky Balboa and a "Rock star" — using the outline of Jefferson's . . .


Jefferson's (shocking) words to a new Congress, 1801
Curtis Dahlgren
January 4, 2007

"possessing a chosen country . . . acknowledging and adoring an overruling Providence . . . " — Thomas Jefferson on America (first inaugural address) Friends . . .


Another year shot: Time flies, but do we just wing it?
Curtis Dahlgren
December 28, 2006

"It is a great mistake to learn from history. There is nothing to learn from history." — Shimon Peres (May 23, 1996) "The Most High ruleth in the kingdom of . . .


My first annual solstice-letter: Have a nice whatever!
Curtis Dahlgren
December 21, 2006

"Are we doing a good enough job teaching our children what America is and what she represents in the long history of the world? Younger parents aren't sure that . . .


Post-election commentary from de Tocqueville -- for the new Congress
Curtis Dahlgren
December 16, 2006

"It will take an Act of God to save us." — Michael Savage I'VE BEEN FIGHTING THE COLD-FROM-HELL THIS WEEK, so in an effort to conserve energy, I'm turning my . . .


Butcher, Baker: United we stand (oops is a 4-letter word)
Curtis Dahlgren
December 8, 2006

"A consensus is when we agree to say in public what none of us would say in private." — Abba Eben IF WE GIVE AWAY THE FARM IN JERUSALEM, FORGET ABOUT IT!  . . .


"Dreams interrupted": Critical thinking about Academia (this is a doozy)
Curtis Dahlgren
November 30, 2006

"As for my people, children are their oppressors, and women rule over them." — Isaiah NO OFFENSE TO SAN FRAN NAN, BUT HAVE YOU BEEN SLEEPING WELL LATELY? I . . .


Think-giving Day, 2006: "thank" WHOM? (a best of)
Curtis Dahlgren
November 22, 2006

"Americans will always do the right thing . . after they've exhausted all the alternatives." — unknown (from UP magazine) THE WORD-FOR-THE-DAY, BOYS AND . . .


The politics of religious "intellectualism": a few words more
Curtis Dahlgren
November 14, 2006

"A hallmark of modern liberal theology is that the search for truth is more important than the truth itself. 'Searching for truth' is an existential delight, . . .


"Interesting times": Regurgitating the election analyses
Curtis Dahlgren
November 9, 2006

"Once the public coffers of the federal government are opened to the public, there will be no shutting them again." — President Grover Cleveland IT TOOK ME . . .


November 7, 2006: What have we done today?
Curtis Dahlgren
November 5, 2006

"Of the four wars in my lifetime, none came about because America was too strong." — President Ronald Reagan IN THE INSPIRED WORDS OF THE APOSTLE PETER: "For . . .


The "top ten" reasons that liberals should "get serious"
Curtis Dahlgren
November 2, 2006

"The Founding Fathers believed that faith in God was key to our becoming a great nation." — President Reagan IN OBSERVATION OF THE SECOND ANNIVERSARY OF THE  . . .


Faith vs. religious "intellectualism" (a new "best of")
Curtis Dahlgren
October 27, 2006

"What do I know?" — Michel de Montaigne "Faith is not believing that God can. It is knowing that God will." — Ben Stein I WOULD LOVE TO BE A FLY-ON-THE . . .


In THIS election, it's the stupidity, Stupid!
Curtis Dahlgren
October 21, 2006

THE COLUMN OF THE WEEK WAS BY TONY BLANKLEY ("Conservatives Will Regret Putting Dems in Power"). www.realclearpolitics.com With "Halloween" approaching, the . . .


Day of Atonement, 2006 A.D.
Curtis Dahlgren
October 2, 2006

"The ultimate determinant in the struggle now going on for the world will not be bombs and rockets but a test of wills and ideas — a trial of spiritual resolve. . . .


That genocidal "comedy club" on the East River
Curtis Dahlgren
September 23, 2006

"The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Eternal and against His anointed . . . " — Psalm 2 DON'T TRY THIS . . .


The road from Damascus to Green Bay to Tucson, via Liberal, Missouri
Curtis Dahlgren
September 17, 2006

"If we're going to win the pennant, we're going to have to start thinking we're not as good as we think we are." — Casey Stengel THE GOOD NEWS IS, THERE IS . . .


Back-to-school column, part 2 (a "best of the best")
Curtis Dahlgren
September 8, 2006

"Wear your learning, like your watch, in a private pocket: and do not merely pull it out and strike it; merely to show that you have one." — Earl of . . .


Got dark humor? Try Garrison Keillor!
Curtis Dahlgren
September 4, 2006

"I believe in looking reality straight in the eye and denying it." — Garrison Keillor LAST WEEK'S COLUMN BY YOURS TRULY WAS A BIT DARK — in the attempt to . . .


Ashkelon in the moonlight: Humor from the extremist-terrorist world
Curtis Dahlgren
August 30, 2006

I KNOW WHERE BABIES COME FROM, but from whence do columns arise? Some weeks it's a great mystery. I woke up a bit groggy this morning, and while pouring my . . .


Amazing Grace: Charlie Darwin nominated for a "Darwin Award"
Curtis Dahlgren
August 27, 2006

"O Lord, grant us a faith that keeps us, not a faith we have to keep." — author unknown THE "PASTOR" who wrote that prayer must have gone to the Karl Marx . . .


Evolution: The Thalidomide of social silver bullets (a "best of")
Curtis Dahlgren
August 20, 2006

"Secularism n.; ethical doctrine which advocates a moral code independent of all religious considerations or practices." — Webster OUR SEXAGENARIAN HIPPIES . . .


Tom Paine: Corset maker, bartender, and king breaker
Curtis Dahlgren
August 9, 2006

"These are the times that try men's souls." —T. Paine "KING GEORGE III of England eventually went mad. You'd probably go mad too if your mighty army had been . . .


Thinking outside the boxcar: the annual back-to-school column
Curtis Dahlgren
August 4, 2006

"When parents send their children off to college, mom and dad [a no-no term in California textbooks] hope they'll return more cultivated, knowledgeable, and . . .


Confessions of a recovering 'heavy thinker'
Curtis Dahlgren
July 28, 2006

"The Lord shall laugh, for He shall see that His DAY is coming." — Psalms 37:13 IT STARTED OUT INNOCENTLY ENOUGH. I began to 'think' at cocktail parties now . . .


How do you say "dung" in Academese?
Curtis Dahlgren
July 23, 2006

"Those who love sausage and respect the law should never watch either one being made." — Reader's Digest IT WAS JUST ANOTHER HO-HUM WEEK. Tiger Woods won the . . .


The justices' new robes (a "best of")
Curtis Dahlgren
July 18, 2006

Unborn baby: "Mommy, Mommy — what does abortion have to do with the 'Right to Privacy'?" Mommy: "Shut up and leave me and your father ALONE!" Baby (a few . . .


Baseball, apple pie, and the NY Times
Curtis Dahlgren
July 7, 2006

"Oh isn't it strange? Oh isn't it -----?" — old song running through my head THIS MORNING'S HEADLINES ARE A MIXED BAG. Reuters is optimistic: "Bin Laden . . .


Top ten things to pray for in 2006 (a "best of")
Curtis Dahlgren
June 30, 2006

"The ultimate determinant in the struggle now going on for the world will not be bombs and rockets but a test of wills and ideas — a trial of spiritual resolve. . . .


Univ. of Wisconsin on Darwinism: "Most Americans not convinced"
Curtis Dahlgren
June 25, 2006

"The left believes in 'experts.' The liberal is bowled over by the title 'Nobel laureate.' The conservative is more likely to wonder why a Nobel laureate in . . .


Academia, please phone home: a note to the Poison-ivy League
Curtis Dahlgren
June 18, 2006

"Man without God is a beast, and never more beastly than when he is most intelligent about his beastliness." — Whittaker Chambers EDWARD GIBBON (1737-94) . . .


NEWS SHOCKER: Conservative "anger" is not a disease!
Curtis Dahlgren
June 7, 2006

"We are aged children, or sprightly oldsters. Our Founders are close by, and they cast long shadows." — Richard Brookhiser ("What Would the Founders Do?") IF . . .


Ivy League gowns vs. America's small towns -- a female perspective
Curtis Dahlgren
June 2, 2006

"Honey, I've never taken up with a congressman in my life. I'm such a snob, I've never gone below the Senate." — Barbara Howar WYOMING WAS THE FIRST STATE TO . . .


Can you say "JADED," boys and girls? (a "best of")
Curtis Dahlgren
May 28, 2006

"To innovate is not to reform." — Edmund Burke "EVER SINCE THE FIRST DAY YOU ENTERED 4-YEAR-OLD KINDERGARTEN, you have been given the impression that you are . . .


About those jobs "soap-op'ra and Opra-watchers" won't do . . .
Curtis Dahlgren
May 19, 2006

"Given their track record, we have no reason to trust the administration or the political elites of either party when it comes to border security. Their first . . .


"Justice" is blind-drunk with raw judicial power
Curtis Dahlgren
May 13, 2006

"If the policy of the government upon vital questions affecting the whole people is to be irrevocably fixed by decisions of the Supreme Court . . the people . . .


A best of: "We had such HIGH HOPES . . . "
Curtis Dahlgren
May 7, 2006

"I have a dream." — Martin Luther King, Jr. [Two years ago today, I posted the epilogue for my book. The message is more on target than ever. The following is . . .


"A few words now to Republicans . . ." -- A. Lincoln
Curtis Dahlgren
April 28, 2006

Jeremiad, n. A tale of woe, grief or despair; a lament over wickedness or degeneracy; often used sarcastically. — Funk & Wagnalls, 1938 IT IS NOT A CLOSELY . . .


So what's new?
Curtis Dahlgren
April 21, 2006

"The superior man knows what is right. The inferior man knows what sells. Now if we could only figure out how to do both." — old Chinese proverb (paraphrased)  . . .


Aliens everywhere, and not a drop to drink (a "best of")
Curtis Dahlgren
April 13, 2006

"By night an atheist half believes a God." "A fool at forty is a fool indeed." "A God all mercy, is a God unjust." — Edward Young (1683-1765) ILLEGAL  . . .


Gown v. town: Examples of "post-colonial education"
Curtis Dahlgren
April 6, 2006

"Successful candidates [for professorships] must take all the right prerequisites, such as 'post-colonial literature' . . . " — CD [3/24/06] "WHAT IN THE . . .


PR or BS? (I want a second opinion)
Curtis Dahlgren
March 31, 2006

"Sleeping Pill Competition May Spur Ad War" — AP headline YOU KNOW IT'S BEEN A ROUGH MONTH WHEN the chemical companies launch a blitzkrieg on insomnia. One . . .


'On' Wisconsin: university=diversity=perversity=adversity
Curtis Dahlgren
March 24, 2006

"FIRE leaders say universities often can't defend in public the policies they adopt in the shadowed, ivory halls of academia." — Dave Eberhart (Newsmax magazine . . .


Beware the "drama queens" in politics and the press
Curtis Dahlgren
March 16, 2006

"Remember March, the ides of March remember." — Shakespeare (1564-1616) MARCH IS NAMED AFTER THE GOD OF WAR, MARS. Many wars have begun in March, and even . . .


Ivy league castroti, ports-for-peace, trickle-down insanity (part 2)
Curtis Dahlgren
March 10, 2006

"Colleges keep complaining that students are coming to them unprepared. Instead of raising admissions standards, however, they keep accepting mediocre students . . .


Ivy League castroti, ports-for-peace, and trickle-down insanity
Curtis Dahlgren
March 3, 2006

"Wear your learning, like your watch, in a private pocket: and do not merely pull it out and strike it; merely to show that you have one." — Earl of . . .


Let the games begin: Snow job on the Potomac
Curtis Dahlgren
February 24, 2006

"Sometimes a man must rise above principle." — Senator Everett Dierksen DIERKSEN WAS BEING FACETIOUS, I THINK, but was President Bush being serious when he . . .


Bush-Clinton, Bush-Clinton; or, goodbai port world?
Curtis Dahlgren
February 18, 2006

"To the twelve tribes which are scattered abroad . . . " —James "They have provoked me to anger with their vanities, and I will . . provoke them to anger . . .


Gown v town; Smocks v schmucks: Calling all conservative women!
Curtis Dahlgren
February 10, 2006

"Reaganism and masculinity go together. In this course we will examine the relationships between popular conceptions of masculinity and [take a breath] . . .


Gown v. town; Frock v. flock; "Christians" v. Christians
Curtis Dahlgren
February 5, 2006

Dear Father, Lord of sea and land, We know that Thou art wise; Oh, make the nations understand That only by Thy guiding hand Can splendid peace arise. — John . . .


Da neuter da better?; Where is Ward Cleaver, now that we really really need him?
Curtis Dahlgren
January 29, 2006

"Western civilization would not be the first to reshape others in its own image, only to discover that it had lost the identity, confidence, and will to survive . . .


The REAL "state of the Union": Justice, "equality," or anarchy?
Curtis Dahlgren
January 23, 2006

"The world doesn't owe you a living. It was here first." — Mark Twain IDEALLY, BOTH JUSTICE AND EQUALITY SHOULD BE BLIND — regardless of the 64 colors in the . . .


Gown vs. Town, part 7; or, "Frock vs. Flock," part 1
Curtis Dahlgren
January 17, 2006

"Be kinder than necessary, for everyone you meet is fighting some kind of a battle." — author unknown "Your adversary is your friend. Look to your own family . . .


Gown vs. town, part 6: Another fistful of words
Curtis Dahlgren
January 12, 2006

"Before I refuse to take your questions, I have an opening statement." — President Reagan I LIKED JUDGE "ALIOTO'S" OPENING STATEMENT, BUT PERSONALLY I wish he . . .


Gown vs. town, part 5: Just a few words more
Curtis Dahlgren
January 7, 2006

"Tears are often the telescopes through which men see far into heaven." — Henry Ward Beecher (1813-1887) "Read the best books first, or you may not have a . . .


Gown vs. town, part 4: They think we're SOOO stupid!
Curtis Dahlgren
January 3, 2006

By the waters of Babylon, there we wept and there sat down; They required of us there the Eternal's songs, but how could we sing, by the waters of Babylon? — . . .


Top Ten things to pray for in 2006
Curtis Dahlgren
December 29, 2005

"The ultimate determinant in the struggle now going on for the world will not be bombs and rockets but a test of wills and ideas — a trial of spiritual resolve. . . .


Academic history, part III: "OOPS is a 4-letter word"
Curtis Dahlgren
December 25, 2005

"I've never let schooling interfere with my education." — Mark Twain ANIMALS DON'T HAVE INTELLECTUALS, SO THEY SELDOM EAT THEIR YOUNG (and they never . . .


History of academia: "Gown vs. town" (part 2)
Curtis Dahlgren
December 15, 2005

"No man who worships education has got the best out of education . . . Without a gentle contempt for education no man's education is complete." — G.K. . . .


History of academia: "Gown versus town" 101
Curtis Dahlgren
December 8, 2005

"Many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased." — Daniel TO HEAR THEM TELL THE STORY, the intellectuals rode into town on a white charger and . . .


COLUMN #101: An introduction to economics 101
Curtis Dahlgren
November 27, 2005

"Never trust anyone over the age of 90." — new slogan of the 60-year-old hippies "Life isn't 'dog eat dog'; it's 'dog eat dog food.'" — the owner of Marmaduke, . . .


60-second seminar #100 (a "best of")
Curtis Dahlgren
November 19, 2005

"Behold 'tis the mild idealists who plan our Social Revolutions And the brutal realists who turn them into executions; And the first ones on their lists are the . . .


Massey-Harris 101 (part 2): On those "two Americas"
Curtis Dahlgren
November 10, 2005

"What's the Matter With Kansas?" — book title IF YOU THINK THAT RAP MUSIC IS "AWESOME," but you've never heard the corn grow, sorry about that. If you think . . .


From de Tocqueville to Hammarskjold -- "random" thoughts on What trumps what
Curtis Dahlgren
November 4, 2005

"We have all heard that a million monkeys banging on a million [keyboards] would eventually reproduce the entire works of Shakespeare. Now, thanks to the . . .


HELLO? Is anyone listening out there?
Curtis Dahlgren
October 28, 2005

The Court [has said], it is your constitutional right . . . When I say the decision was made in a sort of way, I mean it was made in a divided Court, by a bare . . .


DUH: Freedom from free speech isn't FREEDOM
Curtis Dahlgren
October 14, 2005

"The idea was to create an impression that a mass movement was afoot — that everywhere Congress looked, . . . everywhere, people were talking about  . . .


Desperately seeking a runaway truck ramp, or, the perfect squelch for the ACLU
Curtis Dahlgren
October 8, 2005

"Indeed, all of what we observe in the mirror of recent history about political leadership recalls day-flies warming themselves in the autumnal sunshine without . . .


From FDR to "FFR": let the drumbeat begin
Curtis Dahlgren
September 29, 2005

"This program has performed an illegal operation and will be shut down." — my computer, a few minutes ago I GOT UP AT 3 A.M. TO WRITE THIS COLUMN, because it's . . .


Calvin vs. Hobbes: Billy Graham's final 'decision'?
Curtis Dahlgren
September 21, 2005

"The longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truth: 'that God governs in the affairs of men.'" --Benjamin Franklin "May we think of freedom, . . .


The third "Gulf War": a "war" of talking points -- or a "war of great spirits"?
Curtis Dahlgren
September 12, 2005

"God had sifted three kingdoms to find the wheat for this planting." — Henry Wadsworth Longfellow ("The Courtship of Miles Standish") IT'S A MONDAY MORNING. A . . .


"My city was gone," but at least we got . . .
Curtis Dahlgren
September 3, 2005

NEW ORLEANS IS GONE, BUT AT LEAST WE GOT THOSE 10 COMMANDMENTS OUT OF EVERY COURTHOUSE IN THE LAND. Now we can focus on getting "Under God" out of the Pledge of . . .


Education and the Court: It's the Constitution, stupid
Curtis Dahlgren
August 27, 2005

"I don't know what sort of president he'd make. He talks and talks and talks. He'd make a helluva wife." — Groucho Marx, on Hubert Humphrey SENATORS NEVER SEEM . . .


The A-mentia of A-cademia; college orientation week, 2005
Curtis Dahlgren
August 19, 2005

"If a madman were to come into this room with a stick in his hand, no doubt we should pity the state of his mind; but our primary consideration would be to take . . .


Cafta and the Courts: A few good quotes
Curtis Dahlgren
August 13, 2005

"Cowardice asks the question — is it safe? Vanity asks the question — is it popular? . . But Conscience asks the question — is it right? There comes a time when . . .


Massey-Harris 101
Curtis Dahlgren
August 6, 2005

"They are without excuse." — Saul of Tarsus SIXTY YEARS AGO TODAY, WWII unofficially came to an end. My dad obtained one of the last "Massey-Harris 101 Jr.'s" . . .


Alice does Vunderland, part II
Curtis Dahlgren
July 31, 2005

"I believe that God in shedding His grace on this country has always in this divine scheme of things kept an eye on our land and guided it as a promised land."  . . .


To change a nation
Curtis Dahlgren
July 25, 2005

"We meant to change a nation, and instead, we changed a world." — Ronald Reagan (farewell to the nation) IF CHANGING A NATION CAN CHANGE A WORLD, CANNOT . . .


Hey, Your Honor: "Since when" does Darwin trump Moses and Madison?
Curtis Dahlgren
July 16, 2005

"The civil rights of none shall be abridged on account of religious belief or worship, nor shall any national religion be established, nor shall the full and . . .


Multiculturalism strikes again; or, "Why are the hyenas laughing?"
Curtis Dahlgren
July 9, 2005

"Evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse." — Timothy "There is a homely old adage which runs: 'Speak softly and carry a big stick; you will go far.' If . . .


Alice in Blunderland, 2005; or, What does "America" mean?
Curtis Dahlgren
July 3, 2005

"Some trust in chariots, and some in [war]horses, but we will remember the name of the Lord our God." — a Psalm of David WE MUST HAVE FALLEN THROUGH A BUNNY . . .


AMERICA, bless God!
Curtis Dahlgren
June 15, 2005

"Behold 'tis the mild idealists who plan our Social Revolutions And the brutal realists who turn them into executions; And the first ones on their lists are the . . .


Are you a "middle-of-the-road" Christian?
Curtis Dahlgren
June 3, 2005

"Only God can save us." — Michael Savage (6/4/05), www.620wtmj.com JOHN BOLTON FOR PRESIDENT. I have a shag rug under my living room computer desk. It's not a . . .


The graduation speech you're not likely to hear this year
Curtis Dahlgren
May 27, 2005

"Welcome to the real world." — someone once said EVER SINCE THE FIRST DAY YOU ENTERED 4-YEAR-OLD KINDERGARTEN, you have been given the impression that you are . . .


A few words more: part IV (or, "On the matter of judicial appointments")
Curtis Dahlgren
May 18, 2005

"There is only one step from the sublime to the ridiculous." — Napoleon I (1812, after the retreat from Moscow) "The sublime and the ridiculous are often so . . .


A fistful of words (part III)
Curtis Dahlgren
May 11, 2005

"We half create what we half perceive." — William Wordsworth (1770-1850) OUR NATIONAL ANTHEM ENDS WITH A QUESTION MARK — FOR A REASON. In a paradoxical way, . . .


A few good words (part II)
Curtis Dahlgren
May 2, 2005

"To innovate is not to reform." — Edmund Burke "I INHERITED A GREAT COUNTRY; you worry whether we'll leave it that way." So said Rush Limbaugh while Terri . . .


A few good words: A short course on Edmund Burke
Curtis Dahlgren
April 27, 2005

"People will not look forward to posterity, who never look backward to their ancestors." — Edmund Burke (1729-1797) BURKE IS ONE OF THOSE "ANCESTORS" WE NEED . . .


Leftist rhetoric: That's all the "news" they see "fit" to print
Curtis Dahlgren
April 14, 2005

"Accuracy is to a newspaper what virtue is to a lady, but a newspaper can always print a retraction." — Adlai Stevenson "WHAT IS THIS WORLD BECOMING TO?" my . . .


The feminist steroid scandal in academia: Time to pull the feeding tube
Curtis Dahlgren
April 7, 2005

"When he started talking about innate differences in aptitude between men and women, I just couldn't breathe." — Nancy Hopkins (MIT biology professor) "We live . . .


March goes out like a lion (and so does Terri Schindler)
Curtis Dahlgren
April 2, 2005

"If someone is one step ahead of everyone else, he's a leader. If someone is two steps ahead of everyone else, he's a 'crackpot.'" — Michael Savage NO MORE . . .



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Terry, Terry! Oh Terri
Curtis Dahlgren
March 21, 2005

Judge not the Lord by feeble sense, But trust him for his grace, Behind a frowning providence He hides a smiling face . . . — William Cowper THE OTHER DAY I . . .


Paradoxes of 'societal evolution' (or is that 'decay'?)
Curtis Dahlgren
March 9, 2005

"Sometimes you don't know if you're Caesar about to cross the Rubicon or Captain Queeg cutting your own tow line." — Justice Anthony Kennedy (1992) THE HIGH . . .


Totally gonzo (part 2): A tale of two writers
Curtis Dahlgren
March 5, 2005

Oh, laugh or mourn with me the rueful jest, A cassock'd huntsman and a fiddling priest . . . Himself a wand'rer from the narrow way, [Their] silly sheep, what . . .


Trickle-down corruption: the problem isn't just "secularism" or "pop culture"
Curtis Dahlgren
February 28, 2005

"A man cannot be too careful in the choice of his enemies." —Oscar Wilde "MIGHT AS WELL CAST A LITTLE LIGHT ON THE SUBJECT," my dad used to say, when he turned . . .


Like, totally, gonzo
Curtis Dahlgren
February 23, 2005

FAR BE IT FROM ME TO GUESS HIS REASONS, but one of the leaders of the Rolling Stone generation has decided to "move"! Hunter Thompson. In the Wizard of Id (2/1 . . .


"Anti-stereotypical" stereotyping: some points to ponder and pass along . . .
Curtis Dahlgren
February 19, 2005

"Come now, and let us reason together . . . " — President L.B. Johnson's favorite scripture I WAS GOING TO TITLE THIS "RAMBLING THOUGHTS," but points to . . .


Profiles in mercy: lessons from Lincoln for would-be presidents
Curtis Dahlgren
February 12, 2005

"The trouble with your President is, that he is so afraid of doing something wrong." — citizen to Lincoln's aides, upon being turned down for a favor THE LAST . . .


When did the president know it
Curtis Dahlgren
February 10, 2005

IT HAS BEEN SAID THAT President Clinton knew that he was going to be reelected the moment he heard that the Federal Building in Oklahoma City had been blown up  . . .


Reagan and Lincoln: just a couple of flat-landers, from Illinois
Curtis Dahlgren
February 6, 2005

DID YOU KNOW THAT ABRAHAM LINCOLN WAS KILLED BY AN INDIAN? Did you know that the Lincoln family came over on the Mayflower? Did you know that Lincoln's mother . . .


Did our soldiers die in vain (in Vietnam)?
Curtis Dahlgren
February 1, 2005

"A commander must learn to live with frustration, interference, irritation, disappointment, and criticism, as long as he can be sure they do not contribute to . . .


War of the (academic) worlds: Mega-U State v. Normally Normal
Curtis Dahlgren
January 28, 2005

"Posterity — you will never know how much it has cost my generation to preserve your freedom. I hope you will make good use of it." — John Quincy Adams ONCE . . .


The second inaugural address: "Can you hear me now?"
Curtis Dahlgren
January 23, 2005

"The past is never dead. It's not even past." — William Faulkner (1951) "America's vital interests and our deepest beliefs are now one. From the day of our . . .


History for dummies: "winnowing and sifting the truth"
Curtis Dahlgren
January 17, 2005

"The trouble with our liberal friends is not that they are ignorant. It's just that they know so much that isn't so." — Ronald Reagan THE UNIVERSITY OF . . .


Why do the English-speaking peoples capitalize the word "I"?
Curtis Dahlgren
January 12, 2005

"God forgives; man sometimes forgives; nature never forgives." — author unknown "I remember when our whole island was shaken with an earthquake some years ago, . . .


A 60-second seminar on "Why do such things have to happen?"
Curtis Dahlgren
January 1, 2005

"If there is no God, what makes the next Kleenex pop out?" — anonymous "If God allows such things to happen, He must be cruel." — anonymous "non sequitur, n;  . . .


Don't blame the Innkeeper
Curtis Dahlgren
December 24, 2004

I'll stand beside the keeper of the inn, Challenging those who charge him with the sin That let the Child be born within his stable. He did the best, I say, . . .


BACK TO SCHOOL for Academia (part III): "academic freedom" vs. "indoctrination"
Curtis Dahlgren
December 23, 2004

"To instruct in a doctrine or ideology, especially a partisan or sectarian dogma; to imbue with religious or political dogmas." — Webster's definition of . . .


BACK TO SCHOOL for Academia (part II): redefining "values"
Curtis Dahlgren
December 19, 2004

"They mean whatever I want them to mean." — the Queen of Hearts (on words) "But Faith, fanatic Faith, once wedded fast To some dear falsehood, hugs it to the . . .


"BACK TO SCHOOL" for Academia (part I): "metro" vs. "retro"
Curtis Dahlgren
December 13, 2004

"Man without God is a beast, and never more beastly than when he is most intelligent about his beastliness." — Whittaker Chambers I'M BEING A BIT RETROSPECTIVE . . .


Government of the judges, by the judges, and for the judges: 2 Americas, part V
Curtis Dahlgren
December 4, 2004

"Politics is a choice of comrades . . . My personal odyssey has given me much less respect for intellectuals. I respect street smarts." — David Horowitz "Yet . . .


"THANK WHOM?" - The 'two Americas,' part IV
Curtis Dahlgren
November 25, 2004

"The Boy Genius, as W. calls him . . . is happy to crush the liberal elites inspired by Kennedy's New Frontier under the steamroller of 19th-century family . . .


That was the week that was: the 2 Americas, part III
Curtis Dahlgren
November 22, 2004

MARK TWAIN WOULD PROBABLY SAY, "Although the domestic news sounded bad last week, it was NOT exaggerated!" The late Jim Murray would have said, probably: "THE . . .


The purr-fect in-your-face-Monday-night: the 2 Americas, part II
Curtis Dahlgren
November 18, 2004

"All love scenes started on the set are continued in the dressing room." — Alfred Hitchcock [and some are started in the locker room of the Eagles] THE DAY . . .


Thanksgiving Day and the "two Americas"
Curtis Dahlgren
November 15, 2004

"What's WRONG with you people?" — Wisconsin State Journal cartoon (an anonymous voice in Madison, shouting toward 16 "red" states across the Mississippi) FROM . . .


The week after: they still don't get it
Curtis Dahlgren
November 8, 2004

"Congratulations. Tomas de Torquemada, the Spanish Inquisition's inquisitor-general, would be proud. We live in a country where the winning coalition is made up . . .


100,000 reasons to stand up and be counted
Curtis Dahlgren
October 30, 2004

"There isn't much 'difference' between BAZAAR and BIZARRE, but it pays to know what it is." — CD MANY PEOPLE SAY, "THEY'RE ALL ALIKE (politicians), so "it . . .


Reality is a movie
Curtis Dahlgren
October 26, 2004

"Hollywood's a place where they'll pay you a thousand dollars for a kiss, and fifty cents for your soul." — Marilyn Monroe ABBIE HOFFMAN IS THE ONE WHO SAID  . . .


No matter what happens election day - "DARWIN LOVES YOU!"
Curtis Dahlgren
October 25, 2004

"With campaign promises dropping like autumn leaves, I can't refrain any longer." — Ronald Reagan, 1993 Op Ed on Clinton in the New York Times HISTORY REPEATS . . .


From Demagogism to post-election greeting cards
Curtis Dahlgren
October 18, 2004

"It seems to me a mistake to generalize people. They've been generalized so much — 'the middle class,' 'the kids' — that a very odd thing has happened: they . . .


What's the deal with TV newsmen (something in the water)?
Curtis Dahlgren
October 14, 2004

"I can get a better grasp of what is going on in the world from one good Washington dinner party than from all the background information NBC piles on my desk." . . .


Poor Dan (perhaps he was born with a silver boot in his mouth?)
Curtis Dahlgren
September 27, 2004

"The day when the network commentators and even the gentlemen of the New York Times enjoyed a form of diplomatic immunity . . . is over." — Spiro T. Agnew  . . .


WATERBOYGATE: When the 'fourth estate' becomes a 5th column
Curtis Dahlgren
September 20, 2004

"For many years now, you and I have been shushed like children and told that there are no simple answers." — Ronald Reagan AN ANALOGY IS WORTH 100,000 WORDS. . . .


Puny men
Curtis Dahlgren
September 11, 2004

"Imagine." —the Beatles TO CELEBRATE ONE YEAR OF WRITING COLUMNS, I'm writing the shortest one in the world today: Imagine Michael Moore in the Lincoln . . .


NYC '04 Reunion of the "Class" of 1968: a few actual quotes
Curtis Dahlgren
August 27, 2004

"I can live with the robber barons, but how do you live with these pathological radicals?" — Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan "Revolution is the festival of the . . .


Politically limited, "sensitive" battle plans + media sabotage = Disaster
Curtis Dahlgren
August 18, 2004

"What is past is prologue." — Shakespeare (engraved on the National Archives building) IF OUR NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISER WERE CAUGHT RED-HANDED stuffing her bra . . .


Recalling President Reagan, part III
Curtis Dahlgren
August 11, 2004

"And most of all, let us remember that being an American means remembering another loyalty, a loyalty as, the hymn puts it, 'to another country I have heard of, . . .


Wretchedness, wantonness, and wackos
Curtis Dahlgren
July 26, 2004

"NOW, THEREFORE, I, Ronald Reagan, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the . . .


When men were men, women were women, and the opposition was loyal
Curtis Dahlgren
July 23, 2004

I AM WRITING THIS COLUMN "INADVERTENTLY." Pardon me in advance, but if anyone were to be "offended" by this, I will just call it an "honest mistake" or  . . .


Remembering Ronald Reagan, part II
Curtis Dahlgren
July 7, 2004

"After the Nazi Holocaust, it was charged that those who knew what was happening (great men among them) failed to halt the slaughter . . . Nothing in . . .


Some forgotten recollections of Reagan
Curtis Dahlgren
June 26, 2004

"You and I have a rendezvous with destiny. We will preserve this, the last best hope of man on earth, or we will sentence them to take the first steps into a . . .


Sin without consequences is just a "CON"
Curtis Dahlgren
June 2, 2004

"Above this race of [lay]men stands an immense and tutelary power, which takes upon itself alone to secure their gratifications, and to watch over their fate. . . .


ADDENDUM: It's mourning in America
Curtis Dahlgren
May 22, 2004

"It would be like the authority of a parent, if, like that authority, its object was to prepare men for manhood; but it seeks on the contrary to keep them in . . .


Epilogue: We had such HIGH HOPES, but . . .
Curtis Dahlgren
May 7, 2004

"I have a dream." — Martin Luther King, Jr. OUR FOUNDING FATHERS HAD A DREAM, TOO. But how much "life" is left in their dream? The acronym for "I have a dream" . . .


Oh -- I'm very sorry, but just "one more thing . . . "
Curtis Dahlgren
May 5, 2004

"I have somewhat to say unto thee." —Jesus SOMETIMES THE "CHOIR" NEEDS SOME PREACHIN', TOO. One thing I'm sure the Almighty could say to most of us is: "What . . .


Oh -- sorry, but just one more question . . .
Curtis Dahlgren
May 1, 2004

"Regular people helped to build this country too, you know." —Curtis (the comic strip, 4/30/04) GIVEN THE LUXURY of being able to conclude this book whenever I . . .


A Post-script for the Post-modern era
Curtis Dahlgren
April 13, 2004

"Happy birthday, Thomas Jefferson." —CD FROM THE DARK AGES to the "Enlightenment" and "Romanticism" to Existentialism and beyond, this old world keeps  . . .


Trials: Castor oil for the soul (or, is man nothing but pond scum?)
Curtis Dahlgren
March 30, 2004

"Let there be light." —God I CAN'T WAIT for the general Resurrection. I have 100,000 questions for Charles Darwin. Did the means of sexual reproduction  . . .


No more bull
Curtis Dahlgren
March 19, 2004

"Blessed be the name of God for ever and ever; for wisdom and might are His; He changes the times and the seasons: He removes kings and sets up kings." —Daniel  . . .


Timing is everything
Curtis Dahlgren
February 29, 2004

"The time is right . . Eat leaden death, Imperialistic reactionary business administration majors." —"SDS," Vol. 1, no. 2 (Students for a Democratic Society, 19 . . .


America's nervous breakdown: Another legacy of the 60s
Curtis Dahlgren
February 21, 2004

"An elective despotism is not the government we fought for." —Thomas Jefferson "What is truth?" —Pontius Pilate "What is IS?" —President Clinton "Whatever!"  . . .


From "mystical memories" to high-tech trash: America, please phone home!
Curtis Dahlgren
February 11, 2004

". . . appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions . . . " —John Hancock, et al IT'S A "MYSTERY" TO HER, says Senator . . .


Abraham, Justin, and John . . .
Curtis Dahlgren
February 3, 2004

"Right or wrong, God judge me not man. For be my motive good or bad, of one thing I am sure . . . lasting condemnation." —John Wilkes Booth (letter to President . . .


Will the real Thomas Jefferson please STAND UP?
Curtis Dahlgren
January 28, 2004

"History is more or less bunk." — Henry Ford Let's play "What's My Line?" Contestant #1 says, "My name is Tom Jefferson and I was a Deist." Contestant #2 says . . .


Shades of Cincinnatus: a "farmer's" State of the Union message
Curtis Dahlgren
January 20, 2004

"Just because you do not take an interest in politics doesn't mean that politics won't take an interest in you." —Pericles, 430 B.C. JUST ASK THE "CITIZENS" OF . . .


Give us this day our daily "spin"?
Curtis Dahlgren
January 16, 2004

"Man is a creature who lives, not upon bread alone, but principally by catchwords." — Robert Louis Stevenson SOME OF MY BEST FRIENDS are probably offended by . . .


Why not "zero tolerance" for illiteracy?
Curtis Dahlgren
January 10, 2004

"If I say, I will speak thus and such, behold, I should 'offend' the generation of thy children." — King David YOU GET THE PICTURE: so-called "political . . .


The latest diet: Desserts can save your life!
Curtis Dahlgren
January 2, 2004

"Never look back." —Satchel Paige "Unless there's a runner on second base." —Curtis Dahlgren When the clock struck 12 on new year's eve, where was your mind . . .


Column of the year: Grading 2003 A.D., on the curve
Curtis Dahlgren
December 26, 2003

"Despotism may govern without faith, but liberty cannot." — Alexis de Tocqueville IN "THE END OF HISTORY," an OpEd, Lynn Cheney said, "Imagine an outline for . . .


The justices' new robes: gold-threaded or cold-blooded?
Curtis Dahlgren
December 11, 2003

Unborn baby: "Mommy, Mommy — what does abortion have to do with the 'Right to Privacy'?" Mommy: "Shut up and leave me and your father ALONE!" Baby (a few . . .


Truth or CONSEQUENCES: on chopping down a redwood tree
Curtis Dahlgren
December 3, 2003

We live in the age of "safe sin" in which anything and everything is tolerated except "intolerance" and anger. I once had the pleasure of attending an "anger . . .


THINK-giving Day and what really made America great
Curtis Dahlgren
November 20, 2003

"From the heart come evil thanks." — Old English translation of Matthew 15:19 Nothing throws new light on a subject like discovering the ancient origins of a . . .


From LaLa Land to Ogallala: The paradoxes of optimism & pessimism
Curtis Dahlgren
November 14, 2003

I tried to e-mail my last column to the Los Angeles Times and their computer sent it back as pornographic. By the way, in the column before that, I said that . . .


Morphing the world: Can you say "JADED," boys and girls?
Curtis Dahlgren
November 4, 2003

"May we, like the Great Burden Bearer, tactfully enter into and share the needs of others. . . . May we remember that kind words can never die."— A.E. . . .


Dedicated to Dutch: The reasons they hate Reagan
Curtis Dahlgren
October 27, 2003

"These are farmers, the Common Clay of the Old West — you know, MORONS!"— Mel Brooks in BLAZING SADDLES In 1963, a couple dropped off their kids at church and . . .


Evolution: The Thalidomide of social silver bullets
Curtis Dahlgren
October 20, 2003

When people say, “It’s not about [such and such],” often that’s the very thing it’s ALL ABOUT. Believers in Darwinism often say that evolution isn’t about . . .


60-second seminar on "turning back the clock"
Curtis Dahlgren
October 9, 2003

Two analogies that describe today’s teenagers: (A) Scientists have discovered a tiny creature that lives in the lips of a North Atlantic lobster; it is unique . . .


A 60-second seminar on anger
Curtis Dahlgren
October 3, 2003

"Anger is better than laughter." — Ecclesiastes 7:3 IF VINCE LOMBARDI were coaching in this day and age, he would probably be ordered to attend "anger . . .


Abortion is killing us
Curtis Dahlgren
September 28, 2003

"We are not sure that words always save, but we know, and are sure, that silence kills." —Doctors Without Borders According to a poll published May 11, 1999  . . .


Whom the gods wish to con, they first make illiterate
Curtis Dahlgren
September 21, 2003

There are some sentences that should never be completed: "America has been good to us, but . . . " "Thanks for the history lesson, but . .  . . .


The 60-second seminar "...a few words now to Republicans"
Curtis Dahlgren
September 15, 2003

Jeremiad, n. A tale of woe, grief or despair; a lament over wickedness or degeneracy; often used sarcastically. — Funk & Wagnalls, 1938 It is not a closely . . .


Is it kosher to be a realist?
Curtis Dahlgren
September 9, 2003

Never mind, for the moment, why my opinions are so "opinionated," or whether I have my own 'skeletons.' "The world is full of fools," someone once said, "and he . . .


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