Curtis Dahlgren column
Curtis Dahlgren is semi-retired in southern Wisconsin, 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.]

The end of America? Or the renewal of America? (It's up to you)
Curtis Dahlgren
March 29, 2020

"Accentuate the positive, eliminate the negative, and don't mess with Mr. In Between." – a song from the 'Olden Days' "Stop shooting each other; we . . .

America's original Twin Towers, still standing (for now)
Curtis Dahlgren
March 28, 2020

"America is God's crucible, the great Melting-Pot where all races of Europe are melting and re-forming." – Israel Zangwill (The Melting Pot Act of 1908)  . . .

Economix for Dummiez 101: Paul Bunyan's circular river and money
Curtis Dahlgren
March 10, 2020

[WARNING: This is not a children's chicken soup story] "The Paul Bunyan character originated in the oral tradition of North American loggers, and was later . . .

Academania and prevailing opinion: a Doozie of a problem
Curtis Dahlgren
March 6, 2020

"I like to think of him as America's lifeguard. As a teenager, Ronald Reagan saved many lives as a lifeguard on the Rock River . . The day he was inaugurated in . . .

The Beltway vs. the Bible Belt: Stop the politically correct madness!
Curtis Dahlgren
February 26, 2020

"These are farmers, the Common Clay of the Old West – you know – MORONS!" – Gene Wilder in "Blazing Saddles" HOW DO WE STEREOTYPE PEOPLE? . . .

Illiteracy + political correctness = mistreatment of the Founding Families
Curtis Dahlgren
February 17, 2020

"I prefer that you not refer to the founders as Founding Fathers. My reason is that they aren't my daddy." – Supervisor to American Government professor . . .

A fistful of words by some dead white people
Curtis Dahlgren
February 10, 2020

"All intelligent thoughts have already been thought; what is necessary is only to think them again." – Goethe (1749-1834) "THE MOST BRILLIANT THOUGHTS . . .

It's Groundhog Day all over again
Curtis Dahlgren
February 2, 2020

"Bill Murray's character got a little better every day. During the "impeachment," the House managers got worse every day." – someone said I'm not . . .

Moses passes the bar; denied seat on the bench
Curtis Dahlgren
January 27, 2020

MOSES AND HIS STAFF passed a bar in DC on January 22nd. He turned around and went into the bar. The name of the bar was Cheers. A sign on the bar said "Welcome . . .

On "Saving the Planet"; some things that "just came to me" this week
Curtis Dahlgren
January 21, 2020

"The modern allergy to judgments and standards is deeply problematic, for a defining mark of a good republic is precisely the willingness of its citizens to . . .

The year the Braves went back to Boston
Curtis Dahlgren
January 17, 2020

"All the sportswriters were mad at me that night because they wanted to get to Hank after the game and I closed the clubhouse to everyone but the team and . . .

Good news: We made progress in race relations, until (?)
Curtis Dahlgren
January 10, 2020

Around every bend he confronted bigotry – and he did so with amazing grace, endearing dignity, and old-school wisdom." – Douglas Brinkley, on "I Had . . .

A funny thing happened on the road to Damascus (a best-of)
Curtis Dahlgren
December 31, 2019

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 a while a . . .

"Ronald Reagan, the Notes"; Proverbs set in order, part 2
Curtis Dahlgren
December 23, 2019

His horse went dead and his mule went lame, And he lost 6 cows in a poker game. Then a hurricane came on a summer's day And blew the house where he lived . . .

On the impeachment still in search of a reason; "rambling thoughts"
Curtis Dahlgren
December 19, 2019

[Some thoughts I posted on Facebook on the "historic" day] When the chaplain found out what was going on, he probably prayed for the country, not Congress  . . .

"Proverbs set in order"; the cream of Reagan's crop
Curtis Dahlgren
December 17, 2019

"I have no light to illuminate the pathway of the future save that which falls over my shoulder from the past." – Patrick Henry "JUST AN ACTOR." That's . . .

A quick seminar on "turning back the clock"
Curtis Dahlgren
December 10, 2019

"Few in their after years have occasion to revise their college opinions." – Thomas Jefferson TWO ANALOGIES THAT DESCRIBE TODAY'S YOUNG PEOPLE: (A) . . .

The Founders, part III: The two views of Columbus
Curtis Dahlgren
December 3, 2019

"Christopher Columbus was no saint, but to affix blame to consequences he could not have foreseen and to attitudes he could not have envisioned adopting seems . . .

Four diplomats walk into a bar (the Thanksgiving classic)
Curtis Dahlgren
November 24, 2019

SOMEWHERE IN THE FUTURE: Grandpa, tell us again about the bad old days. Well, Ismail, the 21st century started out really, really sad, but . . .  . . .

The Legacy of the Founding Families, Part II: Our first Thanksgiving after 1776
Curtis Dahlgren
November 17, 2019

"The Light and the Glory; Did God have a plan for America?" by Peter Marshall and David Manuel – book on my Top 5 list MANIFEST DESTINY. I committed a . . .

The Founding Families' legacy: let's throw some light on the subject
Curtis Dahlgren
November 11, 2019

"Look down as well as up; no roots, no branches." – old Indian chief ACADEMANIA IS TRYING TO DESTROY AMERICA'S ROOTS. There are some sentences that . . .

"Greatest quotations" by the greatest liberals (of all time?)
Curtis Dahlgren
November 3, 2019

"Sometimes I think the world is going crazy. The rest of the time I KNOW it." – BT magazine CHOOSING THE BEST NIHILIST QUOTATIONS OF ALL TIME ISN'T . . .

Can the lefty house top the Casey Stengel hearings??
Curtis Dahlgren
October 26, 2019

"Under the Progressives, laws had become meddlesome, oppressive, tyrannical and destructive of freedom . . . burdensome, subversive of the true mission of law, . . .

The joy of a great book
Curtis Dahlgren
October 18, 2019

FOUR MORE GOOD BOOKS. And these were free. There IS a God! The other day I went to an out of town library to do my Internet thing. It happened to be the day . . .

YOM KIPPUR; celebrating the harvest by not eating
Curtis Dahlgren
October 9, 2019

IT WAS APRIL OF 1623, time to get the year's corn planted. But as the Pilgrims went into the fields to till the ground and put in the seed, there was a . . .

Presidential HARRASSMENT: Can you say another boomerang, boys & girls?
Curtis Dahlgren
September 25, 2019

[This is an adaptation of my 6/29/12 column.] THIS MORNING I WAS WALKING ALONG THE SHORE, looking at the footprints in the sand. And I said "WHY Lord?"  . . .

The 'green movement' – climate change included – is an ancient pagan cult
Curtis Dahlgren
September 12, 2019

(Quoted by the Britannica from Grant Showerman's 'The Great Mother of Gods' [Bulletin of the University of WISCONSIN, No. 43, Madison, 1901].) Here are some . . .

Nuking the nuclear family and pagan Green religions won't "Save the planet"
Curtis Dahlgren
September 10, 2019

"The reason there's pollution in the world is because the Bible said 'Subdue the earth.'" – UW-Madison landscaping professor on the first day of class in  . . .

GENDER WARS: It's time to push back on the "True Believers" on the lunatic Left
Curtis Dahlgren
August 30, 2019

"Heterosexuality just isn't working." - NBC news "THE ASSAULT ON THE SEXES" by Jim and Andrea Fordham was published in 1977 and I'm just getting around to . . .

The Ides of August, part 2 (college orientation week)
Curtis Dahlgren
August 21, 2019

"To strip our past of glory is no great loss, but to deny it honor is devastating." – Daniel Patrick Moynihan "Education is a weapon whose effects . . .

The Ides of August again (college "orientation" time)
Curtis Dahlgren
August 16, 2019

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

Academania vs. the little red schoolhouse I went to in the 40s
Curtis Dahlgren
August 5, 2019

"The first thing I want to say is that you are NOT the most highly evolved generation in history. You are the first generation to be missing one-third of your . . .

Do gentiles ever tell jokes? (Part 2 on "sorrow" and laughter)
Curtis Dahlgren
July 26, 2019

"Laughter is better than complaining." – paraphrasing a paraphrase of "Anger is better than laughter," which in the King James Version is "Sorrow is . . .

Re Trump: A quick seminar on anger, sorrow, and laughter
Curtis Dahlgren
July 19, 2019

"Anger is better than laughter." – Ecclesiastes 7:3, paraphrased in olde English (one of my first 2003 columns, adapted) SHOULD TRUMP "TONE IT DOWN"? . . .

The pundits pundit pitiful punditry (professors, prophets, and other liars)
Curtis Dahlgren
July 8, 2019

"A horrible and wonderful (astonishing) thing is done in the land; the pundits [and some pastors] preach falsely – and our people love to have it so. They . . .

A charitable foundation folds!
Curtis Dahlgren
June 29, 2019

Have you wondered why the Clinton Foundation folded so suddenly after Hillary was no longer in a position of influence? Perhaps this summary will provide some . . .

AMERICA: Founded only by slave owners, and all Indian haters like Columbus
Curtis Dahlgren
June 28, 2019

"It is better to debate a question without settling it than to settle a question without debating it." – Joseph Joubert (1774-1824) SO OPENS  . . .

Shocking! These quotations will shock you (short and sweet)!
Curtis Dahlgren
June 24, 2019

"I HOLD (without appeal to revelation) that when we take a view of the Universe, in its parts general or particular, it is impossible for the human mind not to . . .

"FANTASTIC:" Ten ways they ruined your public school, little Johnny
Curtis Dahlgren
June 17, 2019

"Man is a creature that lives, not upon bread alone but, chiefly upon catch-words." – Robert Louis Stevenson JOURNALISTS SAY WE'RE NOT JOURNALISTS, . . .

For millennials only: JUNE PRIDE ("ME GREAT; AMERICA STINKS")
Curtis Dahlgren
June 12, 2019

"Every family has two lives – the life the public knows and the life of plot and counter-plot beneath the surface. . there is a seething struggle between . . .

From forbidden fruits to verboten topics: D-Day for religion?
Curtis Dahlgren
June 6, 2019

"Dogma lives loudly in you." – Senator Dianne Feinstein, to a (Christian) judicial candidate EVEN PEOPLE IN LALA LAND CAN SEE that it's gone loony. . . .

'W.D. Hoard: A Man For His Time'
Curtis Dahlgren
May 29, 2019

W.D. Hoard: A Man For His Time, by Loren Osman (1985, Hoard & Co.), contains some light hearted anecdotes from the past. When Ft. Atkinson's W.D. Hoard was . . .

The "Hand of History" writes: Add stupidity to arrogance, and Empires rise and fall
Curtis Dahlgren
May 20, 2019

"The Christian blood you shed is the seed you sow; it springs from the earth again and fructifies the more." -Tertullian (155-222 AD) "Coming events cast . . .

Massey-Harris 101: Growing up country without helicopter parents
Curtis Dahlgren
May 14, 2019

THIS IS THE COUNTRY; I WORK HERE. My partner and I worked the day shift. Long days. My partner was my dad. Crime? What crime? The kids were kept so busy it was . . .

"GAMES PEOPLE PLAY" and why the English capitalized the word "I"
Curtis Dahlgren
May 6, 2019

"I AM, said I, to no one there." – Neil Diamond "I AM THAT I AM." – God (to Moses, 1491 B.C.) "God forgives; man sometimes forgives; nature . . .

Grampa, tell us about those bad old days (the semi-annual classic)
Curtis Dahlgren
April 25, 2019

Grampa, tell us again about the bad old days. Well, Ismail, the 21st century started out really, really sad, but . . . Did people really get run over by . . .

"Separation" of church & state? Or castigation of religion? To the point:
Curtis Dahlgren
April 13, 2019

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

PC 2019: Must I sit or must I stand? If it's a Monday, am I still a man?
Curtis Dahlgren
April 8, 2019

"Thank the Lord for small favors." – my dad's favorite saying THANK HEAVEN for North Carolina and Wisconsin. At least two states kicking back against . . .

Beware the drama queens in politics and the press, 12/13/14 (a rerun)
Curtis Dahlgren
March 29, 2019

"Journalism is a kind of profession, or craft, or racket, for people who never wanted to grow up and go out into the real world." – Harry Reasoner  . . .

Journalism malpractice; how about a class-action lawsuit?
Curtis Dahlgren
March 22, 2019

"When there's a Republican in the White House, reporters see themselves as self-appointed prosecutors. But I'll bet not too many reporters are going to see . . .

George Washington walks into a bar (this ought to go viral)
Curtis Dahlgren
March 13, 2019

AFTER A HARD DAY'S WRITING, I stopped at the C-store for a cup of coffee. "Do you have gas?" the clerk asked. "No, just a little heart burn and writer's . . .

Did God have a plan for America? (A "top 5 American book" review)
Curtis Dahlgren
March 4, 2019

"America, America – until about fifteen years ago, the name by itself would evoke a feeling of warmth. Whether it was pride or gratitude or hope, the . . .

Extreme Self-esteem U: 'Kwitcherwhinin,' you over-educated snowflakes!
Curtis Dahlgren
February 25, 2019

"It's typical for kids [these days] to wear tee-shirts that say things like YOU CAN'T SPELL 'AWESOME' WITHOUT 'ME'!" – Deborah Skolink (Parentsmagazine, 3 . . .

Snowflake U; The Academaniac and the lady on the MTA
Curtis Dahlgren
February 16, 2019

DID SHE EVER COME BACK? DID SHE EVER GET OFF? Two women got on the metro transit at different stops but ended up sitting side by side. One was a . . .

Speaking of speeches, sports, and lawlessness (the flaw in the slaw)
Curtis Dahlgren
February 11, 2019

"I have never accepted what many people have kindly said – namely, that I inspired the nation . . It was the nation and the race dwelling all round the . . .

God and abortion: The Winter of His Discontent
Curtis Dahlgren
January 31, 2019

"The day is coming when you will see what Daniel the prophet spoke about . . There shall be greater anguish than at any time since the world began . . Pray that . . .

Common Sense can be a Paine: The life of Gov. W.D. Hoard
Curtis Dahlgren
January 22, 2019

"Common sense is in spite of, not as the result of, education." – Victor Hugo "Wisdom is the power to see behind a tree." – old Indian chief  . . .

Memo to the media: We need a President now more than ever!
Curtis Dahlgren
January 13, 2019

"We need a President." – Richard Nixon, 1960 (conceding to JFK despite voter fraud in Chicago and elsewhere) "People who travel the high road of . . .

Random thoughts: The year 2018; someday we'll probably laugh about this!
Curtis Dahlgren
January 5, 2019

"There is a challenge, in that we are obliged to strive for a degree of seriousness to which we are no longer accustomed. We have come to rely in our . . .

A Chicago black mother's cry for help: "We're living amongst killers."
Curtis Dahlgren
December 26, 2018

"WE'RE LIVING AMONGST KILLERS" (page one headline in the Chicago Tribune, Christmas Eve) Debra West lost her son on August 5th; he was one of 75 people shot . . .

Whom the gods wish to con, they first make illiterate
Curtis Dahlgren
December 10, 2018

There are some sentences that should never be completed: "America has been good to us, but..." "Thanks for the history lesson, but..." "Public education . . .

WE HAVE TO TALK: a few words now to the "grand old party" of Lincoln
Curtis Dahlgren
November 29, 2018

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 . . .

The classic "Grampa, tell us again about those bad old days"
Curtis Dahlgren
November 20, 2018

Grandpa, tell us again about the bad old days. Well, Ismail, the 21st century started out really, really sad, but . . . Did people really get run over by . . .

CALIFORNIA DREAMIN'? (Wasted tears and wasted lives?)
Curtis Dahlgren
November 14, 2018

"Never look back." – Satchel Paige "Unless there's a runner on second base." – Curtis Dahlgren MY 1/02/04 COLUMN STARTED LIKE THIS: When . . .

A funny thing happened on the way to NO-topia
Curtis Dahlgren
November 7, 2018

"I wasn't born yesterday; while you're messing with the opposition, lying, it won't be a blessing when it all comes to fruition." – C.D. (I should've been . . .

"My name is Saul," he said (a Classic on citizenship)
Curtis Dahlgren
October 31, 2018

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 . . .

Groupthink and doublespeak: Who are the biggest hypocrites?
Curtis Dahlgren
October 25, 2018

"Doublespeak means the power of holding two contradictory beliefs in one's mind simultaneously, and accepting both of them." – George Orwell NEVER MIND . . .

The truth and the facts and the Reality: LOST IN SPACE?
Curtis Dahlgren
October 15, 2018

"People may be interested in avoiding reality or rearranging it, or obfuscating it, but it's there in the wings." – Errol Morris, film maker THE WATERS . . .

Modesty? Humility? Civility? Can you say "JADED," boys and girls?
Curtis Dahlgren
October 8, 2018

"I've gone to considerable efforts to try to distinguish myself from postmodernism's truth-as-subjective [proponents]. . It's an interest that I developed in . . .

TORAH, TORAH, TORAH: From days of thunder to days of wonder!
Curtis Dahlgren
September 30, 2018

"She will lie as fast as a dogge wil licke a dishe." – John Heywood (1546) "An egg is not so full of meat as she is full of lies." – John Stuar . . .

"TALON TRUTH" to power: How does this grab you, media?
Curtis Dahlgren
September 21, 2018

"Lack of principle is power. Truth and honesty set a limit to our efforts, which impudence and hypocrisy easily overlap." – William Hazlitt, 1823 IT'S . . .

Lessons (and laughs) from the Six Day War (and Yom Kippur)
Curtis Dahlgren
September 9, 2018

"The fist is quicker than the mouth." – Moshe Dayan ON THE OTHER HAND, to coin a phrase, there is another hand – and a God – which even . . .

"Make a liberal laugh someday month" - Week 9 (PG-13 rating)
Curtis Dahlgren
September 1, 2018

"Gang-bangers are not 'animals'; just men are (white men, that is)." – typical Left-wing logic IF YOU ARE DATING a feminist college professor, you have . . .

A (gold-silver-copper) mine is a terrible thing to waste
Curtis Dahlgren
August 23, 2018

"Environmental alarms have been screeching so long that people see them as a nuisance, like dualing car alarms on a big city street." – author unknown  . . .

The Ides of August: College orientation week (scary)
Curtis Dahlgren
August 15, 2018

"To strip our past of glory is no great loss, but to deny it honor is devastating." – Daniel Patrick Moynihan "Education is a weapon whose effects . . .

Got a minute? (just heard something alarming)
Curtis Dahlgren
August 5, 2018

Subject: Alarm! PCHETA bill just passed the House Dear friends, Please, please read this! Please pray to the Holy Spirit! And please read Ione . . .

The origin of the specious (they will hate this one)
Curtis Dahlgren
August 1, 2018

"Specious, adj.; seemingly fair, apparently acceptable, especially at first glance" – Webster "Man is a creature who lives not upon bread alone, but . . .

Sowell food: A tribute to Dr. ("Uncle Tom"?) Sowell
Curtis Dahlgren
July 26, 2018

"Climate change is the biggest challenge we are facing." – the outgoing "pop culture cool" President "I gave up dairy products because cows are the . . .

"Make a Liberal Laugh Someday Month" continues, sort of
Curtis Dahlgren
July 19, 2018

TRUE STORY: Four frat boys from Harvard decided to take a spin through the back country of western Massachusetts and have a few yuks at the expense of the . . .

July proclaimed "Make a Liberal Laugh Someday" month!
Curtis Dahlgren
July 9, 2018

Somewhere in this favored land the sun is shining bright; The band is playing somewhere, and somewhere children shout; And somewhere men are laughing, and . . .

Stop continental drift and group-think, please!
Curtis Dahlgren
June 27, 2018

"Souls are not saved in bundles . . . Simple and terrible laws . . pervade and govern every atom in Nature . . . This is he men miscall Fate, treading dark ways . . .

Curtis Dahlgren
June 17, 2018

"Hear us, Father, for all sorts and conditions of men. Make wars throughout the world to cease, and bring this poor little sin-cursed planet back into Thy bosom . . .

Commencement addresses – the good, the bad, and the Lefty
Curtis Dahlgren
June 6, 2018

"Common sense is a flower that doesn't grow in every garden." – GRADUATES, OUTWARD BOUND, AND SNOWFLAKES: I come not to praise you. I come to . . .

The year the tree trimmer gave the commencement address at Yale University
Curtis Dahlgren
May 24, 2018

AND THE BRAVES WENT BACK TO BOSTON: I suppose y'all wonder why I gathered y'all here today, eh? Just kidding – y'all are wondering what I'M doing here, . . .

What if the Apostle Peter, or the president of Yale, gave your commencement address?
Curtis Dahlgren
May 18, 2018

"Let me solemnly warn you that if you intend to accomplish anything you must take your side. There can be no halting between two opinions." – Timothy . . .

How stands "liberty of thought and discussion" tonight, boys and girls?
Curtis Dahlgren
May 9, 2018

". . 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 . . .

Re: Reagan, Noonan, and do Pink people have to be Democrats
Curtis Dahlgren
April 30, 2018

"Black people don't have to be Democracts [sic]." – Chance (rapper) The winter's passed, The summer's here. For this we thank Our party dear! - . . .

On Jefferson's birthday, America's birthday, and being too young to die(?)
Curtis Dahlgren
April 18, 2018

"The comparisons of our governments with those of Europe are like comparisons of heaven and hell." – Tom Jefferson (quoted in "The Jefferson Lies" by . . .

HEY JUDE (the real one) and the sermon notes of Enoch, seventh from Adam
Curtis Dahlgren
April 9, 2018

"According to the Oxford English Dictionary's first definition, a 'skeptic' is 'one who holds that there are no adequate grounds for certainty as to the truth . . .

On the spirit of the Age: Books, baseball, and humor
Curtis Dahlgren
March 22, 2018

"I was so skinny that until I was 23, I never cast a shadow." – Lefty Gomez, Yankee pitcher (1908-1989) I CAN TELL THERE'S A GOD by the way He keeps . . .

George Washington walks into a bar, in da U.P.
Curtis Dahlgren
March 20, 2018

[This is an annual classic, re-posted for new readers (assuming one or two of them).] AFTER A HARD DAY'S WRITING, I stopped at the local pub and grub to grab . . .

Rages of the Sages of the Ages against liars & P.R. spin
Curtis Dahlgren
March 12, 2018

IN THE AGE OF THE "SMART" PHONE, the saving of proverbs is becoming a lost art. "Shakespeare who?" That is so five centuries ago. It's hard to Tweet a proverb . . .

The Ayatollahs of atheism versus the next generation of evangelists?
Curtis Dahlgren
March 3, 2018

"At some point, there's going to be enough pressure that it is just going to be too embarrassing to believe in God." – Samuel Harris ("Letter to a . . .

Javelins of the wise; the power of the pen over anger, etc.
Curtis Dahlgren
February 22, 2018

CHANGING THE DIAPER is the first job of a parent; the very next job is to introduce an attitude adjustment to any child prone to temper tantrums. After gaining . . .

Free love" isn't FREE; it is costly to society and you (here's proof)
Curtis Dahlgren
February 10, 2018

"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 . . .

Lawyer, lawyer, pants on fire! (Many witnesses, part 1)
Curtis Dahlgren
January 30, 2018

"A good lawyer must be a great liar." – Edward Ward (1703) Why does a hearse horse snicker When hauling a lawyer away? - Carl Sandburg ("The . . .

On the faux outrage, which is itself a lie (many proverbs)
Curtis Dahlgren
January 28, 2018

"Better to speak truth rudely, than lie covertly." – Herbert (1640) "Christ Himself . . scruples not to name the dunghill." – Milton (1642)  . . .

Curtis Dahlgren
January 20, 2018

NELLIE was her name, but she called me Bella. She was a little old lady from Pasadena who only drove me once a week to church. She bought me brand new for her 9 . . .

America's original Twin Towers, still standing (for now)
Curtis Dahlgren
January 13, 2018

"America is God's crucible, the great Melting-Pot where all races of Europe are melting and re-forming." – Israel Zangwill (The Melting Pot Act of 1908)  . . .

When gossip becomes "the only news that's fit to print," you know it's FAKE
Curtis Dahlgren
January 6, 2018

"We have rediscovered the preciousness of freedom, its importance to the cause of peace and to restoring to humanity the dignity to which it is entitled . . . . .

The sages of the ages regarding the relevance of religion (a future classic)
Curtis Dahlgren
December 22, 2017

The Ghost of the Gipper goes into a bar again
Curtis Dahlgren
December 14, 2017

"Do you have gas?" the cashier asked. "No, just writer's block and a headache," I said as I handed her my debit card for the diet Cokes. She didn't get the joke . . .

How long go ye limping between two opinions?
Curtis Dahlgren
December 6, 2017

"God isn't running a half-way house." – Billy Sunday RIDDLE: What did the mama squirrel say to the baby squirrel? A: "Make sure you run both ways when . . .

Trickle-down-the-leg Political Correctness (I forget the word for it)
Curtis Dahlgren
November 29, 2017

"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 . . .

Foresight 2020s?: The year the Lord put his foot down
Curtis Dahlgren
November 19, 2017

" . . and His feet shall stand on the Mount of Olives . . " – prophecy MANY YEARS FROM NOW, to coin a phrase, people will still be talking about these . . .

ZEITGEIST 2017: The times of great hatred ("perilous" times)
Curtis Dahlgren
November 10, 2017

"Above all things I hope the education of the common people will be attended to, convinced that on their good sense we may rely with the most security for the . . .

THOSE "SIXTIES" HIPPIES (in 1860s Russia): An eye-opener for you and me today!
Curtis Dahlgren
October 28, 2017

THEY CALL THEMSELVES "PROGRESSIVES." THEY CALL THEMSELVES SECULAR. They don't like to be called liberals. So let's just call them what they ARE: "over-the-hill . . .

"Pulled from the fire": There were no "minor prophets"
Curtis Dahlgren
October 22, 2017

"You were like an ember raked from the fire, but you have not returned unto me, saith the Lord . . . but let good judgment run down as waters, and righteousness . . .

Some dumb questions: Have we hit rock bottom yet?
Curtis Dahlgren
October 14, 2017

"Dogma lives loudly in you." – Dianne Feinstein, to a judicial candidate (that's bad?) WHAT'S YOUR PROBLEM, AMERICA? Do you have blinders on, or what? . . .

The Monday morning after: What would Jackie Robinson do?
Curtis Dahlgren
October 3, 2017

"Massacre in Las Vegas" – news item WILL NFL PLAYERS SIT NOW? For Monday night football? Thursday? Next weekend? You think you have problems? What good . . .

Memo to MSM: We need a President now more than ever, FYI
Curtis Dahlgren
September 25, 2017

"We need a President." – Richard Nixon, 1960; conceding to JFK despite Chicago vote fraud "Will you accept the election results?" – Hillary, . . .

Thomas Paine and "The Day After, 8.1" (continued)
Curtis Dahlgren
September 16, 2017

"RenewAmerica is a fringe right website that promotes Christian fundamentalism and makes look sane in comparison (though some of their pundits also . . .

The Day After, 8.1; "after the fire, a still small voice"
Curtis Dahlgren
September 10, 2017

"There shall be signs in the sun and in the moon, and in the stars, and upon earth perplexity of nations, the sea and waves roaring . . . " – Matthew, 1st . . .

The Day After: Weep with those who weep; laugh with those who laugh
Curtis Dahlgren
September 3, 2017

"Weep not for the dead, but weep sorely for the living." – Jeremiah NOW CAN WE GET SOME REAL NEWS? Robert E. Lee made some serious mistakes, but he . . .

Thoughts on "the day after"
Curtis Dahlgren
August 24, 2017

"The President should call . . not an ordinary Day of Prayer as we have had in the past . . [but] all places of recreation and amusement should be asked to shut . . .

You'll have to "excuse" the snowflakes you know
Curtis Dahlgren
August 17, 2017

Impassioned with the certainty of youth . . What got you off track in your search for Truth? - poem excerpt from last week's column "A liberal . . .

CONFESSION: I believe in a (future, avoidable) "Global Warming"
Curtis Dahlgren
August 8, 2017

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

Reviewing the Ultimate Book in 300 words (rerun from 2014)
Curtis Dahlgren
July 30, 2017

"If there were nothing else in my life to prove the existence of an Almighty and Merciful God, the events of the next 24 hours did it." – Dwight D. . . .

County fairs: Surviving 8 years of "Hoping to Change America"
Curtis Dahlgren
July 19, 2017

"Baseball is ninety percent mental and the other half is physical." – Yogi Berra "A nation's future is ninety percent hard work. And the other half is . . .

"The Most Brilliant Thoughts of All Time" - a summer rerun
Curtis Dahlgren
July 7, 2017

"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 . . .

Musings on modern education ("behavioral disorders teachers," etc)?
Curtis Dahlgren
June 26, 2017

"If you don't know history, you don't know anything." – [Letter to a local newspaper] USUALLY I skip over the reports on school board meetings, but I . . .

"Shots fired": It's getting downright demoniacal out dere
Curtis Dahlgren
June 17, 2017

NEITHER RHYME NOR REASON. "WRITTEN WITH A PEN OF IRON, WITH THE POINT OF A DIAMOND . . . A wonderful and horrible thing is committed in the land; the pundits . . .

LOOK! A short course in civility, by Jackie Robinson #42
Curtis Dahlgren
June 5, 2017

"Beef if you want to, but don't wave your arms." – Umpire Jocko Conlon to Jackie WHERE'S THE BEEF? THE DONALD WON 307 ELECTORAL VOTES. And those weren . . .

The Power of the Pen over "the poison in the pot" (part 2)
Curtis Dahlgren
May 26, 2017

"Proclaim liberty throughout the Land . . [but] When a pundit makes a prediction, and it doesn't come to pass, the prophet has spoken presumptuously. So don't . . .

PC Jumps the Shark: the commencement address you should have heard
Curtis Dahlgren
May 18, 2017

"Common sense is a flower that doesn't grow in every garden." – GRADUATES, OUTWARD BOUND, AND SNOWFLAKES: I come not to praise you. I come to . . .

Rhyme or Reason; The sages of the ages on religion and free speech
Curtis Dahlgren
May 10, 2017

"A just man walks in his integrity and his children are blessed after him." – Solomon (1,000 BC) "Come now and let us reason together." – Isaiah  . . .

The Third World War is being waged in your kid's school (no joke)
Curtis Dahlgren
May 4, 2017

"If you don't know history, you don't know anything. You are a leaf that doesn't know it's part of a tree." – Brian Crane ("Pickles" comic strip) "An . . .

"WE THE PEOPLE": A patriotic play in a public school!
Curtis Dahlgren
April 26, 2017

"Only one in four can actually name one fundamental freedom protected by the First Amendment, and just 1 in 1000 can name all five freedoms protected by it."  . . .

A tale of two worldviews (and a prayer for academe)
Curtis Dahlgren
April 19, 2017

"I beseech you in the [name] of Christ, think it possible you may be mistaken." – Oliver Cromwell "Some are weather-wise, some are otherwise." – . . .

APRIL 13th: Guess whose birthday? America too young to die?
Curtis Dahlgren
April 13, 2017

"The comparisons of our governments with those of Europe are like comparisons of heaven and hell." – Tom Jefferson (quoted in "The Jefferson Lies" by . . .

If truth were "dead," how would you know that for sure?
Curtis Dahlgren
April 6, 2017

"Jesus spoke of Truth as an existing Reality, and when Pontius Pilate said, 'What is Truth?' – as William Cowper said – 'He didn't wait for an . . .

About TIME: Ted Koppel's J-school degree revoked, etc (Whassup?)
Curtis Dahlgren
March 30, 2017

"You [talk radio] are bad for America because you're good at what you do." – Ted Koppel, to Sean Hannity "GOD must have given common sense by the acre. . . .

#LGBTQQXYZ#? (liberals, do not read this!)
Curtis Dahlgren
March 22, 2017

"Do illiterate people get the full benefit of alphabet soup?" – ALPHABET SOUP: Public school "grads" may not get it, but they know everything . . .

The Ides of March: George Washington walks into a bar
Curtis Dahlgren
March 16, 2017

[This is an annual classic, reposted for new readers (assuming one or two of them).] AFTER A HARD DAY'S WRITING, I stopped at the local pub and grub to grab . . .

ONE-ON-ONE WITH CBS: "Abraham Lincoln walks into a barn"
Curtis Dahlgren
March 8, 2017

"Your young men shall see visions and your old men shall dream dreams." – President Reagan's farewell address to the United Nations (1989) THROUGH A . . .

Art of the Deal or dart of the eel*; a book review
Curtis Dahlgren
March 1, 2017

"Trump makes one believe for a moment in the American dream again." – New York Times THIRTY YEARS AGO, that kudo was on the cover of Donald's "Art of . . .

Presidents Month: For those who missed it the first time (don't)
Curtis Dahlgren
February 22, 2017

"Christianity is always out of fashion because it is always sane; and all fashions are mild insanities . . . Once abolish the God, and the government becomes . . .

They "shame" us with talking points; we "bully" them with the FACTS(?)
Curtis Dahlgren
February 13, 2017

"This is a blue collar state. When you look at the coast of Boston and the fishing industry and you look at the towns and the cities, this is a blue collar . . .

"Atlanta, we have a problem"; Brady wins one for the geezers (channeling Jim Murray)
Curtis Dahlgren
February 6, 2017

"Effort only releases its reward after a person refuses to quit." – Napoleon Hill "Sometimes by losing a battle you find a new way to win the war."  . . .

POPULAR MECHANICS, 1957: "What's happening to the weather?"
Curtis Dahlgren
February 1, 2017

"Science has been seized upon by politicians and ideologues, and used to forward their own agendas. This started long ago, as far back as the 18th century, when . . .

SOWELL FOOD (part 2)
Curtis Dahlgren
January 23, 2017

"It's amazing how much panic one honest man can spread among a multitude of hypocrites." – Thomas Sowell WAS he talking about Donald Trump, or Sowell . . .

SOWELL FOOD: A tribute to Dr. ("uncle Tom"?) Sowell
Curtis Dahlgren
January 12, 2017

"Climate change is the biggest challenge we are facing." – the outgoing "pop culture cool" President "I gave up dairy products because cows are the . . .

The year the lions lay down with the lamb, a vision
Curtis Dahlgren
January 6, 2017

[MANY YEARS FROM NOW, to coin a phrase, people will still be talking about these awful times – not so much awful for the weather (acts of God) but for . . .

This land is God's land; on a summit or a precipice?
Curtis Dahlgren
December 29, 2016

JANUARY: The month with the two faces, one looking back and one looking forward to future history! If there were no reason to study history other than . . .

A funny thing happened on the road from Damascus (a Classic)
Curtis Dahlgren
December 26, 2016

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 . . .

An anti-antidisestablishmentarianist goes into a bar
Curtis Dahlgren
December 18, 2016

"The world is a comedy to those who think, a tragedy to those that feel." – Earl of Orford (1776) [for those who missed it, this is adapted from my July 1 . . .

Like a Pendulum Do, America Swings (a future 'best of'?)
Curtis Dahlgren
December 8, 2016

"Many college grads are merely drugged with small doses of intellectual laudanum [opium] and until such time as its influence wears off, they are unable to . . .

Tack sa mycket* for the memories, anti-Trumpsters
Curtis Dahlgren
December 3, 2016

"We are not going to allow any redefining of words here. You are a bigot. That is not a media narrative or a fairy tale. That is an absolute truth." – . . .

How many light bulbs does it take to change the sea level (or the hearts of men)?
Curtis Dahlgren
November 24, 2016

"Moscow added 12,000 to the toll of death in the German ranks. North of Stalingrad another four thousand died." – November 23, 1942 ("News Review of 1942, . . .

"These boots were made for walking" (all over us)(?)
Curtis Dahlgren
November 21, 2016

"Is it for this that you propose to fling away the ancient heritage bequeathed to us by the architects of our magnitude and renown?" – Winston Churchill  . . .

Do pollsters, pundits, and experts get paid for that stuff?
Curtis Dahlgren
November 12, 2016

"Give thy king your justice, and may he judge the people with righteousness. Let the mountains bear prosperity, and the hills. In his days may blessed . . .

Now is the time for all good parties to come to the aid of mankind!
Curtis Dahlgren
November 7, 2016

"It is never untimely to yank the rope on freedom's bell." – Frank Capra (1897-1991), on "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington" AN IMMIGRANT FROM ITALY – . . .

Pantyhose on fire: To those who say "What difference does it make?"
Curtis Dahlgren
November 2, 2016

"The lie in the Soul is a true lie." – Benjamin Jowett (1817-1893) This life's five windows of the soul Distorts the Heavens from pole to pole, And . . .

How many speeches does it take to change a light bulb?
Curtis Dahlgren
October 28, 2016

"The rooster is crowing 24/7, but the hens have stopped laying." – CD [a 12/08/13 column] ART BUCHWALD where are you, now that we need you? He was such . . .

A column for the ages ("powerful women"?)
Curtis Dahlgren
October 22, 2016

"Never underestimate the power of stupid people in large numbers." – unknown I KNEW THE VIRGIN MARY. The virgin Mary was a friend of mine. You're no . . .

Feast to famine: Canadian Thanksgiving to Yom Kippur, etc.
Curtis Dahlgren
October 11, 2016

"All who heard of my project rejected it with laughter, ridiculing me . . . For the execution of the journey I did not make use of intelligence, mathematics, or . . .

Do I sit or do I stand? If it's Monday, am I a womyn or a man?
Curtis Dahlgren
October 3, 2016

"Thank heaven for little Carolinas." – Maurice Chevalier (paraphrased) THANK HEAVEN for North Carolina. At least one state kicking back against the . . .

The Law of Euripides, and Charlotte's Web (of lies)
Curtis Dahlgren
September 25, 2016

"There seems to be a playbook in the library of hell where this strategy gets taught to demons: 'Destroy the traditional family in order to create the perfect . . .

YOU want "change"? Then change your own dumb self!
Curtis Dahlgren
September 14, 2016

"The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails." – William Arthur Ward "What we change . . .

31 genders and becoming Venezuela: Signs of decline (by design)
Curtis Dahlgren
August 24, 2016

"Get control of all means of publicity. Get peoples' minds off government and divide people into hostile groups by constantly harping on matters of no . . .

The ides of August: An honest version of "college orientation week"
Curtis Dahlgren
August 10, 2016

"To strip our past of glory is no great loss, but to deny it honor is devastating." – Daniel Patrick Moynihan A MAILMAN knocks on an apartment door . . .

DNC: Pity Party becomes the Party of the Constitution(?)
Curtis Dahlgren
August 2, 2016

"Who told you to flee from the wrath to come?" – John the Baptist, to Pharisees coming late to church I'M OUT IN THE MIDDLE OF NOWHERE this week, . . .

GEE HAW! America, the comeback country?
Curtis Dahlgren
July 24, 2016

"It is easier to fool people than to convince them that they have been fooled." – Mark Twain "A lie goes around the world before Truth gets its boots . . .

A "Suit" for the Ages: Common Sense v. the best & the brightest
Curtis Dahlgren
July 14, 2016

"Sword of Common Sense! Our surest gift." – George Meredith (1828-1909), "To the Comic Spirit" "Foremost captain of his time; rich in saving common . . .

The Rule of Law RULES (except when it doesn't?)
Curtis Dahlgren
July 8, 2016


Common sense is a Paine sometimes: William Dempster Hoard (part 2)
Curtis Dahlgren
July 4, 2016

"I can inform ten men easier than I can reform one." – Governor W.D. Hoard (Wisconsin, 1888) "ANCESTRY SHOULD STAND AS AN INSPIRATION, NOT AS AN ALIBI, . . .

"Don't jump to conclusions about the shooters' motives"? WHY NOT?
Curtis Dahlgren
June 29, 2016

"Et tu, Brute? But for what?" – Julius Caesar, 44 BC (paraphrased) "President Lincoln assassinated; feds investigate John Wilkes Booth's motive" &ndash . . .

COMMON SENSE: In spite of, not the result of, "education"
Curtis Dahlgren
June 25, 2016

"Common sense is in spite of, not as the result of, education." – Victor Hugo "Such as have reason, understanding, or common sense, will, and ought to . . .

The thinker and the firefly; Freedom was their flight plan
Curtis Dahlgren
June 18, 2016

"He discounted the thin veneer of scholastic training that is sometimes mistaken for culture. He held that many college graduates are merely drugged with small . . .

The commencement address that should have been given: "PC jumps the shark"
Curtis Dahlgren
June 5, 2016

"Common sense is a flower that doesn't grow in every garden." – GRADUATES, OUTWARD BOUND, AND SNOWFLAKES: I come not to praise you. I come to . . .

DOG TAILS: Inspiration, en-courage-ment, and en-"thus"-iasm
Curtis Dahlgren
May 17, 2016

"If you have an ounce of common sense and one friend, you have no need of an analyst." – J.C. and J.C. (actress Joan Collins, directly, and Jesus Christ . . .

"Jefferson's 1st Inaugural Address vs. a future Inaugural" [see P.S. also]
Curtis Dahlgren
May 14, 2016

TRY TO IMAGINE THE INAUGURATION OF A MAN ACCEPTABLE TO HOLLYWOOD – sort of a cross between Rocky Balboa and a "Rock star"; by using the outline of . . .

Part 3 of my Jefferson series for new readers (re same 'ol mainstream media)
Curtis Dahlgren
May 5, 2016

"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 . . .

My conversation with Tom Jefferson at Monticello (revised standard version)
Curtis Dahlgren
April 29, 2016

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. . . .

History "revision": Everything you always wanted to know about TJ & JC
Curtis Dahlgren
April 20, 2016

"Jefferson was a writing man with a mind that ranged over all human experience . . He cannot be filed neatly into a pattern of description . . . He was a mobile . . .

From P.J. punditry to Car Talk to Misc. (for geezers only)
Curtis Dahlgren
April 7, 2016

"Time spent laughing is time spent with the gods." – Japanese proverb "He was a practiced orator and could make a very small amount of information go a . . .

"The next President of the United States": April Fool!
Curtis Dahlgren
April 1, 2016

"Who's April? Who's May? Who's June?" – Rodney Dangerfield's wife (looking at his day planner) GOD WILL HAVE A HAND IN THE 2016 ELECTION, but He may be . . .

From "Hope and change" to Spring Break in Cuba (LOL)
Curtis Dahlgren
March 25, 2016

"Changer ensemble maintenant – Real change NOW." – Justin Trudeau "Change we can believe in." – Bernie Sanders "People must be so . . .

If you miss this column, you'll have to mess up on your own!
Curtis Dahlgren
March 17, 2016

"Any revolutionary change must be preceded by a passive, affirmative, non-challenging attitude toward change among the mass of our people. They must be [made to . . .

The Ides of March: The day George Washington walked into the bar
Curtis Dahlgren
March 14, 2016

AFTER A HARD DAY'S WRITING, I stopped at the local pub and grub to grab a bite to eat. A March Madness game was on TV. I'd just taken a stool at the bar when . . .

Rejected by the School of Hard Knocks and Trump University
Curtis Dahlgren
March 5, 2016

"TWO SIDES TO EVERY COIN" GENERAL PATTON used to say that "if everybody is thinking alike, someone isn't thinking." This is the Age of Enforced Conformity. . . .

Two Corinthians go into a bar and fight over "What is a lie?"
Curtis Dahlgren
February 26, 2016

"The Holy Spirit makes intercession for us with sighs that cannot be uttered." – Paul Never mind, for the moment, why my opinions are so "opinionated," . . .

A memo to the contemporary Choir from the 7th from Adam!
Curtis Dahlgren
February 20, 2016

Friends: I WAS WRITING YOU ABOUT YOUR SALVATION – which is yours no less than ours – when it became urgently necessary to appeal to you to join . . .

Presidents' Month or Black History Month? Who says so?
Curtis Dahlgren
February 11, 2016

"The moment the idea is admitted into society that property is not as sacred as the laws of God; and there is not a force of law and public justice to protect . . .

Odds and Ends (very odd); Words Without Comment, part II
Curtis Dahlgren
February 5, 2016

"Dare to be true: nothing can need a lie; a fault, which needs it most, grows two thereby." – George Herbert (1593-1633) P.R. "EXPERTS" IN POLITICS, . . .

Merry Ol' England, regime change, & Iowa; Eyes like a Hawk?
Curtis Dahlgren
January 28, 2016

"True hope is swift, and flies with swallow's wings; Kings it makes gods, and meaner creatures Kings." -William Shakespeare A doubtful throne is ice on . . .

Words without comment, worlds without end, Part I
Curtis Dahlgren
January 24, 2016

All glory, laud, and honour To Thee, Redeemer, King, To whom the lips of [58 million] unborn children Made sweet Hosannas ring. - James Neale (1818-1866, . . .

Whispered Words of Wisdom, a few more (funny)
Curtis Dahlgren
January 15, 2016

"I always had a repulsive sort of need to be something more than human." – David Bowie "I have a sixth sense, not the other five. If I wasn't making . . .

2016 "Back 40" Tales; the year Olde School became cool again?
Curtis Dahlgren
January 10, 2016

YEAR IN REVIEW AND PREVIEW: The Al Gore countdown clock is ticking at the Limbaugh site (his "10-years-to-the Deluge" prediction). Advice from the Judeo . . .

"Born to Raise Hay: Back 40 tales and lessons" (chapter 1)
Curtis Dahlgren
December 30, 2015

[IN LIEU OF a year-end brag letter, I decided to back up a few years. There are many good writers at Renew America, but how many of us do you know? Don't want . . .

My first annual solstice-letter: Have a nice whatever!
Curtis Dahlgren
December 21, 2015

"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 . . .

Our subconscious self-esteem problem: Too many "BUTS"
Curtis Dahlgren
December 8, 2015

"I had always been taught, and experience had fortified the teachings, that an active faith in God and a rigid adherence to Christian principles are the most . . .

The year the lions lay down with the lamb, a vision
Curtis Dahlgren
November 30, 2015

[MANY YEARS FROM NOW, to coin a phrase, people will still be talking about these awful times – not so much awful for the weather (acts of God) but for the . . .

The year the lions lay down with the lamb, and the WOLVES were silenced!
Curtis Dahlgren
November 22, 2015

Daddy, Daddy – did bad men really used to shoot people in theaters and church and hotels? Yes Son. But that was a long time ago. It never happens . . .

Crossing the Rubicon to WWIII? A Tale of "Two Brothers"
Curtis Dahlgren
November 18, 2015

"A wolf and a lamb met at a river while drinking one day. The wolf for some reason wanted to pick a fight and accused the lamb of muddying his water. The lamb . . .

The Future must not belong to those who slander the Prophets of old (and won't!)
Curtis Dahlgren
November 13, 2015

"People love new things like Snap-chat and computerized eyeglasses. But they want to know that some things will remain exactly the way they were when they were . . .

Democracy of the Dead; Chicago vs. Traditional style ("time flies")
Curtis Dahlgren
November 7, 2015

"Bedfellows make strange politics." – Wall Street Journal "Somebody who reads only newspapers or at best the books of contemporary authors . . is . . .

The Lord must have to laugh when He sees what's happening
Curtis Dahlgren
October 28, 2015

"Divide people into hostile groups by constantly harping on controversial matters of no importance . . Cause a breakdown of the old moral virtues; honesty, . . .

Defactualization, microaggressions, spinning badly, and a Time to Push Back
Curtis Dahlgren
October 24, 2015

"Stuff happens." – Hillary Clinton, regarding Benghazi (roughly paraphrased) "CLINTON CAN SLEEP EASIER AS SHE RIDES A CAMPAIGN HOT STREAK." HUH? The . . .

B.S. - Packaging and marketing the War on God (on dissent and believers)
Curtis Dahlgren
October 17, 2015

"Constant talk builds the impression that public opinion is at least divided on the subject, and that a sizable segment accepts or even practices [XXX]." &ndash . . .

After the storm, a small voice still (don't like the news?...we do have a CHOICE y'know!)
Curtis Dahlgren
October 7, 2015

"I suggest we step back from the headlines and look into our own Book . . As someone said, 'Weak men believe inluck; strong men believe in cause-and-effect.'"  . . .

I'm not arguing; I'm just explaining it better: "the 7 days that were"
Curtis Dahlgren
September 26, 2015

"Obama Touts Religious Liberty to Pope While Litigating to Force 15 Dioceses to Cooperate in Abortion." – CNSNews (9-24-15) YOUR PRESIDENT says that . . .

Coincidence and consequence: Congress, cons, and "CONVENTIONAL WISDOM"
Curtis Dahlgren
September 19, 2015

"We cultivate the mind without loss of manliness." – Thucydides (471 BC) "The real enemy of clear thinking is the script. We think the world is . . .

Not a Trump supporter, BUT, thank you Donald!
Curtis Dahlgren
September 10, 2015

"One thing the control freaks in power hate is dissenters – especially dissenters with passion." – CD (June 2009) THE GOP ESTABLISHMENT ought to . . .

Bracing for College Orientation Week, part II (another best of)
Curtis Dahlgren
September 4, 2015

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

A farmer's State of the Union (and state of California); a best of
Curtis Dahlgren
August 21, 2015

"This year alone, drought cost California agriculture $2.7 billion." – USA TODAY, 8-20-15 "There's a little rain off to our west, but not enough to . . .

The Ides of August again: the "College orientation week" classic
Curtis Dahlgren
August 15, 2015

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

New Age paganism, embryo farming, carbon forestry & other issues ("defactualization")+
Curtis Dahlgren
August 10, 2015

IT WAS INTERESTING, BUT (there's always a big butt), I fell asleep before it was over. I mean, you call that a debate? The Donald's first marriage should have . . .

Civics for dummies: A view of the State of Everything - from flyover country
Curtis Dahlgren
August 1, 2015

"This is, I say, the time for all good men not to go to the aid of their party, but to come to the aid of their country." – Eugene McCarthy PLAIN . . .

It's hard to look cool when you're sitting on a manure spreader * (pls fwd)
Curtis Dahlgren
July 22, 2015

"Upon this battle depends the future of Christian civilization." – Churchill POLITICS! The juxtaposition of opposites. Defying description, sanity, and . . .

An anti-antidisestablishmentarian goes into a bar - -
Curtis Dahlgren
July 17, 2015

IT'S FUNNY BUT you seldom see a man of the cloth go into a saloon. I wonder why? He could probably fellowship with some of his parishioners and wine-bibbers. . . .

THE NEW TOTALITARIANS: this ain't your granddaddy's Democrat party
Curtis Dahlgren
July 11, 2015

"The lesson of the Inquisition . . The fanged dogs of war, once turned loose upon the man who dared to think, have left as sole successor only a fat and . . .

"Whispered words of wisdom" (let a few more BE)
Curtis Dahlgren
July 3, 2015

"Of all tyrannies, a tyranny exercised for the good of its victims may be the worst." – C.S. Lewis "We have legalized confiscation, consecrated . . .

America's nervous breakdown: Deviltry gets a smack-down
Curtis Dahlgren
June 24, 2015

"We're going insane, folks. We're literally being swept up by the insane and being told we have to join them in their insanity . . When there are no objective . . .

The triumph of Evil & the fool in fashion? Or Evil's last gasp?
Curtis Dahlgren
June 15, 2015

"The true test of civilization is, not the census, nor the size of cities, nor the crops, – no, but the kind of man the country turns out . . " – . . .

Can you say "JADED," boys and girls? (a "best of")
Curtis Dahlgren
June 3, 2015

"Anthony Flew, 81, has concluded that some sort of intelligence or first cause must have created the universe." – my column, 1/01/05 "EVER SINCE THE . . .

Forty-three kings and then came disaster!
Curtis Dahlgren
May 23, 2015

"We wrestle against wicked spirits in high places." – Saul of Tarsus MEMORIAL DAY is a time to remember those who went before us. My subject today is . . .

Baltimore: "inspired" by actual events (part 3)
Curtis Dahlgren
May 15, 2015

"I WAS A BAD KID. I say that without pride but with a feeling that it is better to say it . . Looking back on my early boyhood, I honestly don't remember being . . .

In Topsy-turveydom, the trip "From Here to Humility" (not 'equality')
Curtis Dahlgren
May 10, 2015

"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." – King Solomon "Learning, n. . . .

"Inspired by actual events" (part 2): Baltimore
Curtis Dahlgren
May 2, 2015

"[W]hile it is rioting in rapine and insolence, this country will be the most miserable habitation in the world because we have no government armed with power . . .

"Equality," Freedom, and the Pope (he said WHAT?)
Curtis Dahlgren
April 24, 2015

"Whenever a film's credits contain the words 'Inspired by Actual Events' you can rest assured that what you are about to see is a baldfaced lie . . But 2014 was . . .

HOME AGAIN: The original twin towers, still standing!
Curtis Dahlgren
April 15, 2015

"Reach down as well as up. No roots, no branches." – "Things Trees Know" (Douglas Wood, Adventure publishing) THERE THEY WERE. One was made of field . . .

"On Wisconsin" or ON AMERICA? (some perspectives, please)
Curtis Dahlgren
April 9, 2015

A morning-after in Detroit and Hotlanta, And you can smile in Green Bay if you wanta, But a funny thing happened on the way to Utopia. - my column (October 1 . . .

THAT was the week that was??
Curtis Dahlgren
March 29, 2015

"Reputation does not have the last word, for [King] Richard or for any of us." – Bishop of Leicester, at re-burial service for Richard III (?-1485).  . . .

THE ANNUAL CLASSIC: George Washington goes into a bar - -
Curtis Dahlgren
March 21, 2015

[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. . . .

THE WAR ON DISSENT; the Ides of March are here again ("but not past")
Curtis Dahlgren
March 14, 2015

"In what sense do we reject ethics, reject morality? In the sense given by the bourgeois, who based ethics on God's commandments." – Vladimir Lenin (1870- . . .

THE WAR ON DISSENT: Bibi & 'Bama; Purim & the Ayatollah of Persia
Curtis Dahlgren
March 6, 2015

"Pravda nyet izvestia; izvestia nyet pravda" (News isn't truth; truth isn't news). – common joke in the USSR A LONG-TIME READER of this column, age 84, . . .

The War on Dissent: Fibs, spin, statistics, and pure fiction
Curtis Dahlgren
February 28, 2015

"What need has a god of a star ship?" – Hollywood "What need has 'settled science' of a Public Relations firm?" – C. Dahlgren WAR ON DISSENT: . . .

"The wicked man will always find an excuse for evil-doing" [500 BC]
Curtis Dahlgren
February 19, 2015

"It is an heretic that makes the fire – not she which burns in it." – Shakespeare[1623] HERE'S A GENERAL "CONSENSUS" FOR YOU: 'Tis strange,- . . .

Evolution: The Thalidomide of social silver bullets
Curtis Dahlgren
February 11, 2015

"The dirty lttle (secret) factoid about "Origin" by Darwin was that it was 100% about 'change' and zero percent about ORIGIN. The rest is all supposition, . . .

Close Encounters: the shortest yard and a pass too far; Seahawks go green
Curtis Dahlgren
February 7, 2015

"The absurdity of reality is worse than fiction because it doesn't have to hold to the limits of plausibility . . . If we accept that miracles sometimes happen . . .

The Trouble with Tolerance: Myopia on the way to Utopia (the whole 9 yards)
Curtis Dahlgren
January 29, 2015

"The absurdity of reality is worse than fiction because it doesn't have to stick to the limits of plausibility." – author unknown WHERE DOES ONE START? . . .

Fiction vs. Non-fiction: "Life isn't all beer and skittles"!
Curtis Dahlgren
January 21, 2015

"Be content with your lot; one cannot be first in everything," quoth Aesop (500 BC?). AESOP MUST HAVE BEEN A SPORTS FAN. A few words about the playoffs: The . . .

Swing LEFT, Sweet Chariot: Delusions of the alpha-offended (part 2)
Curtis Dahlgren
January 17, 2015

"It would be nice if more people could at least stop acting like wusses." – USA Today, 12-26-14 ("Land of the free, home of the wuss?" THE ISSUE IS . . .

The alpha-victim/super-offended to the rest of us: "The debates are all over!"
Curtis Dahlgren
January 9, 2015

"Even more disturbing than its holding is the tone of the court's opinion. It bristles with hostility to all things religious in public life." – Chief . . .

Seasonal-affected greetings; in lieu of a year-end brag letter
Curtis Dahlgren
December 28, 2014

"There is [definitely] no God." – Freedom From Religion Foundation TIS SEEMINGLY the season for gift-giving and I recently received a fund-raising . . .

Beware the drama queens in politics and the press, 12/13/14!
Curtis Dahlgren
December 13, 2014

"Anyone who doubts the pervasiveness of political correctness at UW-Madison need look no further than the two campus newspapers. Both carried items in the past . . .

"The winter of our despair?" (re Death, Taxes, and "Finality")
Curtis Dahlgren
December 4, 2014

NO WARMTH, no ease, No butterflies, no bees; No birds, November . . . God moves in a mysterious way His wonders to perform; He plants His footsteps in . . .

You can be too big for God to use (but not too SMALL)!
Curtis Dahlgren
November 26, 2014

"I speak the password primeval . . I give the sign of democracy . . Stand up for the stupid and crazy . . Hate tyrants. . Re-examine all you have been told at . . .

"FEDS GO FROM REGS TO RICHES": the EPA and other COLD stories
Curtis Dahlgren
November 17, 2014

"IF THE VERY OLD WILL REMEMBER, THE VERY YOUNG WILL LISTEN." – Native American proverb PEGGY NOONAN MUST BE VERY OLD; her words keep sounding wiser to . . .

Redskins, Brownshirts, and pundits; the ides of November are here
Curtis Dahlgren
November 13, 2014

"They have set up kings, but not by Me." – Hosea THIS COLUMN ISN'T ABOUT THE PRESIDENT (no "change" there), or about the weather (to say the least, . . .

What's so hard to understand? There still is a God!
Curtis Dahlgren
November 7, 2014

"Government IS the problem." – Ronald Reagan THE DEATH OF COMMON SENSE may have been exaggerated, but don't you just hate it when people miss the point . . .

A day in the life of the Wall Street Journal (and us)
Curtis Dahlgren
October 27, 2014

"People still believe government is more often the problem than the solution." – President Clinton, after 1994 mid-terms "The Ebola Anti-Hysteria . . .

"The words of the wise are like cattle prods"!
Curtis Dahlgren
October 18, 2014

"You know, congressmen lose elections all the time. It's very rare, though, that congressmen have the privilege of losing an election in defense of the . . .

Another Monday morning in the autumn; true colors
Curtis Dahlgren
October 14, 2014

America conquered polio, And "beat" butter with oleo. We vanquished TB, But then came TV - With the stuff that's worse than the plague. While protesters . . .

Morning after in America: Putting higher education in context, part 6
Curtis Dahlgren
October 4, 2014

" . . the great state university of Wisconsin should ever encourage that continual and fearless sifting and winnowing by which alone the truth can be found." - . . .

BACK TO SCHOOL FOR ACADEME; a retrospective (a classic)
Curtis Dahlgren
September 23, 2014

"Man without God is a beast, and never more beastly than when he is most intelligent about his beastliness." – Whittaker Chambers DAHLGREN "was one of . . .

College Orientation 2014: "Bak 2 skul," (part 4)
Curtis Dahlgren
September 17, 2014

"Can you look an honest man or a pure woman straight in the eye?" – college professor (years ago) THE ROLLING STONE isn't about the Resurrection, but I . . .

Anniversary special: College Orientation, part 3
Curtis Dahlgren
September 10, 2014

"To strip our past of glory is no great loss, but to deny it honor is devastating." – Daniel Patrick Moynihan SEPTEMBER NINTH is the anniversary of my . . .

BACK TO SCHOOL: "Beware education deluxe" (Part 2)
Curtis Dahlgren
August 31, 2014

"An attack on your ROOTS is an attack on you." – C. Dahlgren BENJAMIN FRANKLIN said, "At twenty years of age, the will reigns; at thirty, the wit; and . . .

The Ides of August are here again; "Beware education deluxe"!
Curtis Dahlgren
August 14, 2014

"Have we reached the stomach-turning point yet?" – Jenkin Lloyd-Jones FROM ST. LOUIS TO THE SINJAR PLAINS there was no news fit to print this week, but . . .

Public education getting dumber? No kidding!
Curtis Dahlgren
August 7, 2014

"The mouth of those who speak lies shall be stopped." – God WHY WOULD BIG BROTHER WANT ORWELL OUT OF THE SCHOOLS? Isn't the answer obvious? I reported . . .

Has the banning and burning of books (and the Bible) begun?
Curtis Dahlgren
July 27, 2014

"You are capable of both something grand and something small; it would be a shame if you do nothing at all." – John Donne (quoted in UP magazine) THAT . . .

Reviewing the Ultimate Book in 300 words, more or less
Curtis Dahlgren
July 16, 2014

"If there were nothing else in my life to prove the existence of an Almighty and Merciful God, the events of the next 24 hours did it." – Dwight D. . . .

THIS is "what happens when wars end"? Run up the white flags?
Curtis Dahlgren
July 7, 2014

"What is past is prologue." – Shakespeare (engraved on the National Archives building) WELL, WELL, WELL. When the deal releasing five top terrorist . . .

Journalistic malpractice while national security "evolves" (decline happens?)
Curtis Dahlgren
June 25, 2014

"When there's a Republican in the White House, reporters see themselves as self-appointed prosecutors. But I'll bet not too many reporters are going to see . . .

From hope to "change" to "It's almost too late"?
Curtis Dahlgren
June 16, 2014

"The world sinks into ruin; all things are perishing except our sins; these alone flourish." – St. Jerome, 340-420 A.D. (from my 5/27/14 column) WE CAN . . .

Dumbest trade since Bosox traded Babe Ruth for a candy bar
Curtis Dahlgren
June 8, 2014

"Shall we sell our birthright for a mess of potash?" – Artemus Ward "MISTAKE" (?) – that word hardly does "justice" to it; this was the worst . . .

Journalistic malpractice? What difference does it make?
Curtis Dahlgren
May 31, 2014

"Hollywood is where if you don't have happiness, you send out for it." – Rex Reed "I can get a better grasp of what is going on in the world from one . . .

The "Hand of History" writes its own reply to arrogance & stupidity!
Curtis Dahlgren
May 21, 2014

"The Christian blood you shed is the seed you sow; it springs from the earth again and fructifies the more." -Tertullian (155-222 AD) "Coming events cast . . .

JUNK SCIENCE: Who are the real "BULLIES" and the real "abusers"?
Curtis Dahlgren
May 8, 2014

"Too many modern liberal fetishes are predicated on the medieval notion of exemption, and should not be taken as anything much other than useful pretensions or . . .

"You can't DO that. You can't SAY that!" [BUT WHO SAYS SO?]
Curtis Dahlgren
May 1, 2014

"Diplomacy, like politics, is the art of the possible; and if we use our leverage toward an unachievable end, we will create a mess." – George Ball  . . .

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 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 . . .

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 . . .

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, 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. "'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 "" (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
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
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
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 (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) ]  . . .

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 . . .

View archive

The views expressed by RenewAmerica columnists are their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of RenewAmerica or its affiliates.