Great Minds Think Alike: Economic Jealousy Edition

No sooner do I mention the connection between American tax policy and jealousy than Victor Davis Hanson delivers us this: For some, especially those who are well-educated and well-spoken, a sort of irrational furor at “the system” governs their political make-up. Why don’t degrees and vocabulary always translate into big money? Why does sophisticated pontification at Starbucks earn less than More …

Chick-Fil-A Appreciation Day, Part II: 7 Days and 16 Seconds

Take 16 seconds out of your day and consider this: (Via KJL)

Economics and Jealousy

Theodore Dalrymple writes on the last group that you can still feel good about hating: the rich: Of the rich it is permissible, and in some circles de rigueur, to speak disparagingly or hatefully. This, I imagine, is because it is widely supposed that if you hate the rich you must love the poor, and love of the poor, at More …

Chick-Fil-A Appreciation Day, Part II: 8 Days

Stanley Kurtz lays out what’s at stake: Obama isn’t just going for a win. He’s shooting for a “realignment.” Obama is trying to shape a new kind of electorate, creating a long-term Democratic majority that would allow him and his successors to stop catering to the center and finally govern decisively from the left.  …  Obama’s strategy, says Heileman, is More …

10 Questions Pro-Abortion Candidates are Never Asked

Pro-life candidates for public office always get the full Spanish Inquisition, but Trevin Wax posts 10 questions that our supposedly unbiased media never ask pro-abortion candidates, including: 2. In 2010, The Economist featured a cover story on “the war on girls” and the growth of “gendercide” in the world – abortion based solely on the sex of the baby. Does More …

Sexy Uber Alles

That stupid… Wait, it’s so stupid I’m going to spell it with two “o’s”… That stoopid campaign commercial that tries to equate a vote for Obama with sex (and I’m sure the people who think this is a smart move are exactly the kind of people we should look to for sex advice) has been kicking up a bit of More …

Two More Takes on Richard Mourdock

(Yes, I’m getting sucked into talking about it too. I am but a lonely piece of driftwood upon the currents of the news cycle.) First, from James Taranto at the Wall Street Journal: As an analytical matter, however, Mourdock’s statement is entirely defensible, whereas Akin’s is sophistry. And it turns out that Mourdock’s Democratic opponent, in seeking to capitalize on More …

Chick-Fil-A Appreciation Day, Part II: 12 Days

We now pause in our countdown to Chick-Fil-A Appreciation Day, Part II to appreciate the subject of Chick-Fil-A Appreciation Day, Part I: Intense national media and social media attention — much of it negative — was heaped on the chain three months ago, after President Dan Cathy told a religious publication that his company was “guilty as charged” in supporting More …

Hey Politicians, Here’s a Logical Argument Against Abortion

Via Justin Taylor, here’s Peter Kreeft with a very thorough, very well-reasoned, and very long argument against abortion. It’s way smarter than anything you’ve heard any politician say on the subject for the last, oh, let’s say fifty years. A taste: 7. Moral Arguments Presuppose Metaphysical Principles  The main reason people deny that morality must (or even can) be based More …

Prager on the Death Penalty

Dennis Prager has perhaps the strongest pro-death penalty position I have ever heard from anyone. Here he explains the reasoning behind it:

If It’s Wednesday, It Must Be Time for Rape and Abortion!

For crying out loud, are we talking about this again? Mitt Romney is distancing himself from Richard Mourdock after the Republican U.S. Senate hopeful said in a debate Tuesday night that all pregnancies are “something that God intended to happen” – even in cases of rape.  “I’ve struggled with it myself for a long time, but I came to realize More …

Chick-Fil-A Appreciation Day, Part II: 13 Days

Courtesy of John Piper’s Twitter feed, here’s Billy Graham’s statement on the upcoming election:

Stooping Leaux

From Dr. Saturday comes this story of LSU airbrushing crosses out of a picture of students at a football game. Pause, and now read that again. Yes, that’s right–airbrushing out crosses. Here’s the original: And here’s the retouched, administration-approved version: From the story: In reproducing the photo for a campuswide email, LSU made the decision to airbrush out the crosses on More …

Chick-Fil-A Appreciation Day, Part II: 14 Days

Thank goodness that’s over. The last debate was tonight, and based on the commentary I read on Twitter (I can’t bear to watch political jibber-jabber anymore; you always know exactly what each candidate is going to say, yet they always manage to say it in a much more irritating way than you can imagine), it sounds like both candidates were More …

Chick-Fil-A Appreciation Day, Part II: 15 Days and Counting

So it’s come to this: What the country needs more than anything is an election day that’s just like a day when the normally silent throngs of hard-working, God-fearing people who make America tick all decided to go out and buy fried chicken together. If the lines look like this outside the polling places, election day should be a breeze. More …

Brit Hume Talks About Christianity

In an interview on CBN, Brit Hume talks about his Christianity and what it meant after the death of his son: I considered myself a Christian. If someone had asked me if you’re a Christian, I would have said, ‘Of course I’m a Christian.’ But I think I was what you would call a nominal Christian. I went through my More …

Blackadder Supports Free Speech and Cunning Plans

Funnyman Rowan Atkinson is calling for the repeal of a British law that makes insults illegal: He criticised the “new intolerance” as he called for part of it the Public Order Act to be repealed, saying it was having a “chilling effect on free expression and free protest”.  Mr Atkinson said: “The clear problem of the outlawing of insult is More …

Free-Market Apologetics of C.S. Lewis

I never thought of C.S. Lewis as a free-market advocate–or as an economic thinker of any kind, really. But given his affinity for clear-headed rationality and disdain for pseudo-intellectual gobbledygook, he could never have supported any other kind of economic system. Lewis was in complete sympathy with their desire to alleviate human misery, but he understood that the execution of More …

More on "Giving Back"

At Classical Values, a post about “giving back” (with extra sarcasm on the “scare quotes”): Meaning what, exactly? Give back what? And to whom? Did someone steal something from someone? If so, they should definitely give it back. Anyone taking something that did not belong to him has an obligation to give it back. But if what someone has is More …

Jesus Loves Capitalism

RJ Moeller offered a non-Christian an opportunity to make the case that no true Christian could support capitalism. It opens the door for an interesting debate, if the guy’s case wasn’t a weirdly disjointed mess of non sequiturs and rhetorical base-stealing. Unfortunately, that’s exactly what it is. His case seems to be built on the belief that every person who earns More …