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The Lincoln-Douglas Debates Recreated By David Strathairn and Richard Dreyfuss

Friday, July 31, 2015  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

The Lincoln-Douglas Debates

As Hillsdale College President Larry Arnn and I have focused on the Lincoln-Douglas debates we have used clips from this magnificent 21 hour recreation of those seven epic debates, featuring David Strathairn as Abraham Lincoln and Richard Dreyfuss as Judge Stephen Douglas as the two contended against each other ion the 1858 Illinois United States Senate election.

You owe it to yourself, and teachers to their students, to buy and listen to this magnificent production for for more than two or three minutes here and there.  It is a genuinely inspiring work of drama and history combined, and perfect for teaching the controversies preceding to the Civil War and why, as Lincoln put it in his Second Inaugural:

Both parties deprecated war, but one of them would make war rather than let the nation survive, and the other would accept war rather than let it perish, and the war came.

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Friday, July 31, 2015  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

The New York Times’ Jackie Calmes joined me today to discuss her lengthy report down while a fellow at Harvard’s Shorenstein Center.




A Lion’s Share of Misplaced Outrage

Friday, July 31, 2015  |  posted by Garrett Fahy

By Brian Fahy & Garrett Fahy

Cecil the Lion is killed by an American dentist on safari and much of America – including Jimmy Kimmel and others whose thinking goes no deeper than a Facebook post – is up in arms (no pun intended) about it.

Meanwhile, Kate Steinle is murdered in San Francisco as a result of an immoral, unlawful immigration policy, and undercover videos reveal that Planned Parenthood, the nation’s leading abortion provider, is likely trafficking in the remains of aborted babies, and unlawfully changing its abortion procedures to obtain the best possible “specimens” for resale on the tissue/organ market. The same people outraged over Cecil are silent about the death of Kate and the unborn. Continue Reading

Outrage, Cecil the Lion, and Rampant Narcissism

Friday, July 31, 2015  |  posted by John Schroeder

Vacation prevented me from anything other than knowing there was a dead lion meme, but I am back now and I find the Cecil the Lion story amazing.  Apparently a gentleman from the US paid a great deal of money to hunt and kill a lion.  He ended up killing Cecil, a male lion that is a star in a national park in Africa.  Accounts vary but apparently it was poaching, an illegal act; however, regardless of the actual events the internet outrage has been so over the top as to be stunning.

The New York Time today reports that the American Psychological Association is changing its code of ethics such that it is unethical for a psychologist to participate in an interrogation that is part of an official government terror investigation, regardless of whether so-called “enhanced techniques” are used or not.

“Overreaction” is the word that these two stories have in common.  Apparently there is no longer a category of “shameful,” or “bad idea, or simply “wrong.”  Apparently we now go straight from “that’s OK” to “OUTRAGE!”  What in the world is going on here? Continue Reading

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