Artur Davis: My Favorite Former Alabama Congressman

When he was elected, I had the backhanded-complimentary opinion of Artur Davis that at least he seemed a step up from the time-serving lump Earl Hilliard. But now I see that I sold him short, because my man has been showing quite a lot of backbone in his post-political career, as with this statement on the Democrats’ Cory Booker fiasco: More …

Do We Know God Exists Because We Believe in Him?

It’s the old “50 million Elvis fans can’t be wrong” argument: lots and lots of people believe in God; therefore, God must exist. The Prosblogion takes a look at this argument: The proposition that the mere popularity of a belief might constitute evidence for its truth may strike us as odd. Mill, for instance, argued that common opinion might be More …

Property Rights are Good for the Environment

People tend to take better care of things that they own. This simple truth is apparently beyond environmental activists, whose prescription for saving the environment always involves bigger government and more restrictions on private property rights. But Jonathan Adler writes that in many cases, private property rights might be just the thing: At the same time there is increasing evidence More …

Contrarianism! Football Edition!

Hey, I’ve been saying this for years: If you want to reduce concussions in the NFL, ban helmets: The easy answer, if the goal is substantially less in the way of concussions, is to ban helmets altogether. If so, players will be far more careful about how they hit and tackle, and they’ll do both with much less force. Of More …

Should Christians be Apolitical?

David French writes an open letter to young evangelicals who think that being truly Christian means being the opposite of those obnoxious, uptight, right-wingers: In other words, Christians are overwhelmingly focused with their money and their time on the poor, not on culture war issues.  Then why are Christians portrayed differently?  Because the media is obsessed with the sexual revolution More …

Medicalizing Normalcy

If it seems like every little human quirk and tic is a psychological disorder nowadays, that’s because it is. Psychiatrists and psychologists dash pell-mell, Oklahoma Sooner-like, to expand the territory of their authority. Apparently it’s just going to get pell-meller with the upcoming fifth edition of the D.S.M.: Indeed, the D.S.M. is the victim of its own success and is accorded More …

Weird Facts About "Die Hard"

It’s quite possibly the greatest action movie of all time, but Die Hard and its competent but less-awesome sequels have some pretty unusual backstories. Including the almost-involvement of the Chairman of the Board: When it was first optioned, Nothing Lasts Forever [the novel on which the original Die Hard was based – j] was going to be made as a vehicle More …

Mitt Romney: The Candidate with Experience

I noticed this while watching National Treasure: Book of Secrets (c’mon, it was a respectable follow-up; it was the dang Maltese Falcon compared to most of the stuff Nick Cage has done lately) the other night. Mitt Romney should make a campaign issue of his resemblance to actor Bruce Greenwood, who plays the president in that movie. Check it: Greenwood, More …

Who Wants to Learn All About Mormonism?

Well, it doesn’t matter whether you want to or not; the mainstream media is going to spend the rest of the election cycle bombarding us with Mormon tidbits like jewelry store junk mail before Valentine’s Day. Ann Althouse highlights one big, fat entry in the NY Times, and asks some pertinent questions: But what I’d like to know is what More …

Same-Sex Marriage Makes a Lot of Sense

The White Horse Inn blog points out that, yes, in a man-centered universe, same-sex marriage makes a whole lot of sense: Same-sex marriage makes sense if you assume that the individual is the center of the universe, that God—if he exists—is there to make us happy, and that our choices are not grounded in a nature created by God but More …

How Obama Reads the Bible

It’s not necessarily the same as how other people read the Bible. Denny Burk of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary breaks down the President’s scriptural justification for same-sex marriage: … neither Matthew nor Jesus intended the Golden Rule to be a permission slip for debauchery. “Doing unto others as you would have them do unto you” does not nullify the Bible’s clear More …

The Lovitz Curve

It’s the same idea (kinda) as the Laffer Curve, but it’s the Lovitz Curve: a graph that shows how much class warfare rhetoric Hollywood liberals will tolerate before they start to revolt: Just as in a Laffer Curve, Revenue and Support from Hollywood (RASH) is at a minimum for any politician who (like President Reagan, for example) doesn’t engage in More …

Hope and Change Means I Hope I Can Change My Address

People who are planning to make a lot of money are starting to look at opportunities for doing it elsewhere. For instance, Eduardo Saverin, co-founder of Facebook, is getting out of Dodge before the company goes public: Eduardo Saverin, the billionaire co- founder of Facebook Inc. (FB), renounced his U.S. citizenship before an initial public offering that values the social network More …

How Stupid is the Stupid Party?

We’re about to find out, as the GOP (a.k.a., “the stupid party”) has just been handed what is perhaps the greatest opportunity to win over a chunk of the Democratic base since Jimmy Carter held down Menachem Begin and farted in his face on national television. (Wait, that didn’t happen? Forgive me. I’m working from memory and I was very More …

What Does NFL Class Action Mean for the Future of… Lawsuits?

Collars must be getting mighty tight in the NFL legal department. Class action lawsuits keep piling up from former players suffering the long-term effects of injuries sustained in the League, and ugly incidents like the suicide of Junior Seau keep the issue prominent in the public consciousness. Most of the analysis I’m hearing about this is pretty dire for the NFL. They’ve More …

Don’t Be a Music Snob

Of the categories of people I want to punch in the face (yes, I’m still working on my deprangry; thanks for asking), near the top of the list are people who leave shopping carts rolling around the parking lot, people who try to use Jesus to win political arguments, and people who are music snobs. There’s something that’s just inherently More …

Arguing About the Existence of God with Smart People

The smarties over at the The Prosblogion take a look at a potential argument against the benevolence and/or existence of God, in a way that makes me wish I read at a higher grade level: Fleshing out this Thomistic line of thought, Ross says that God is at a higher level of reality than natural objects, and the cosmos is metaphysically More …

Mariano Rivera Made It Slightly Harder to Hate the Yankees

New York Yankees relief pitcher Mariano Rivera tore his ACL shagging fly balls before a game today, and ESPN is talking about him with the past tense sad face, like he was torn apart by wild dogs on live television. They may be jumping to conclusions, but it’s hard to blame them. Rivera is 42–one of those blessed few professional More …

Where America Stands Now: Chinese Human Rights Edition

So, it’s come to this: Chinese human rights activist (and in China, human rights activism is serious business, unlike America, where human rights activism means you camp out in the lobby of the state capitol until the government agrees to pay for laser hair removal as part of the state employee union health plan) Chen Guangcheng escapes from house arrest to the More …

Tim Tebow: Cultural Barometer

Team Speed Kills has an interesting post on the recent past and near-future prospects of one Mr. Tim Tebow: Simply by being who he was — a home-schooled evangelical Christian from one of the more truly Southern cities in Florida — he was going to be a lightning rod as soon as he became a regular player in the NFL. More …