Dick Trickle

I haven’t thought about Dick Trickle in a long time. Not since Dan Patrick and Keith Olbermann used to anchor SportsCenter, and when they read highlights for a NASCAR race, they’d always mention Dick Trickle, no matter where he finished, just so they could say “Dick Trickle.” Earlier this month, 71-year-old Dick Trickle killed himself in North Carolina. And now, More …

Fighting for Religious Freedom

Kathryn Jean Lopez on the details of the Catholic church’s fight against Obamacare, and the fights to come: We need to wake up, the brother bishops emphasize, at a time when they have demonstrated an unprecedented unanimity about the critical importance of opposition the federal government’s encroachment on religious liberty. The HHS mandate is, indeed, unprecedented. It’s a culmination and More …

IRS Visits White House More Than Kramer Visits Jerry

Draw your own conclusions: The Washington Examiner reported on Monday that Mark Everson, Commissioner of Internal Revenue from 2003 to 2007, during the Bush administration, visited the White House exactly once while in office. Indeed he felt like he’d “moved to Siberia” so out of the ordinary political loop was he. But Douglas Shulman, Commissioner from 2008 to 2012, during More …

The "S" Word

P.J. O’Rourke saying what needs to be said: In 2001 Congress passed the Authorization for the Use of Military Force, a declaration of war on terrorists and nations that harbor them. In his speech the president said, “I look forward to engaging . . . in efforts to refine and ultimately repeal the AUMF’s mandate.”  I like the president’s use More …

Permanent Government

Over on GetReligion, in an aside on a story about the IRS, we get this: I wrote a story in 2003 about how federal data indicated that not a single employee at Labor, Health and Human Services, Housing and Urban Development, Transportation, Energy, Education, Veterans Affairs and State had been fired in the previous five years, despite all of the More …

An Atheist’s Story of Conversion

From the Catholic Herald UK: I started by reading Pope Benedict’s Regensburg address, aware that it had generated controversy at the time and was some sort of attempt –futile, of course – to reconcile faith and reason. I also read the shortest book of his I could find, On Conscience. I expected – and wanted – to find bigotry and More …

So Long, Boy Scouts

The Boy Scouts have voted to open their membership to avowed homosexuals. From Breitbart.com: Separately confusing is why openly homosexual adults are being excluded. Some BSA leaders are saying homosexual adults must be excluded because they are not suitable role models for boys. But if homosexuality is consistent with Scouting values and principles, why are homosexuals not good role models? More …

In Spite of Everything, Optimism

We started off the week on kind of a bad note, so let’s try to finish on a good one. Paula Bolyard makes a herculean effort to pull together some things to be optimistic about, and by golly, I want to applaud her for the effort before I stick my head back in the oven. From her list of five More …

‘Gate-O-Rama: A Quick Scandal Roundup

You may not have been keeping up with the recent spate of Obama administration scandals, perhaps because you have an interesting, fulfilling life; or your internet soup business isn’t panning out like you thought so you couldn’t pay your cable bill; or you’re a conservative and you’ve just given up on following the news, because to be a well-informed conservative More …

Song Infection of the Day

Song Infection of the Day

God’s Sovereignty in the Face of Tragedy

After catastrophic events like the Oklahoma City tornado, people understandably ask the same questions–questions along the lines of, “Why would a good God allow this to happen?” Coincidentally-named Oklahoma City pastor Sam Storms has obviously heard those questions many times before, and he writes on the struggle to answer them: I’m inclined to think the best way to respond to More …

Song Infection of the Day

It starts with this: Which leads to this: Which of course winds up leading to this:

Happy Monday! Christianity Doomed in Britain!

The London Telegraph reports on changing demographics in our mother country: A new analysis of the 2011 census shows that a decade of mass immigration helped mask the scale of decline in Christian affiliation among the British-born population – while driving a dramatic increase in Islam, particularly among the young.  It suggests that only a minority of people will describe More …

Song Infection of the Day

Need to Worship

Sarah Hoyt is trying to figure out why the press et al refuse to believe (or at least acknowledge) anything bad about their progressive heroes, despite ample evidence. People want to believe figures of authority are right.  Constitutional monarchies give the people a figure head to believe in, while they can jump on and kick the actual government five ways More …

Song Infection of the Day

Wide Awake

As the White House struggles with all these scandals, a lot of conservatives are thinking, “Finally, maybe this will make [insert name of presumably slumbering group here] wake up and things will start to change!” I don’t want to depress anybody, but I don’t want you to set yourselves up for disappointment either. At least consider the possibility that all More …

Song Infection of the Day

The original Rod Stewart version was the one in my head, but that video is so cheesy and terrible it looks like it was made by people who couldn’t cut it in ’70s porn. So I went looking for an alternate version, and I don’t think I could’ve found a better one.

And the Winner for Best Simpsons Reference of the Day Goes To…

… The Anchoress, whom I can’t thank enough for coming up with a reason to use this clip: