Saving Democracy with a Government Shutdown

Via Instapundit, James Poulos makes the case for the vital role of a good budget crisis every once in a while in a healthy democracy: Analogies are always risky, but: this is tantamount to a move to defund the war in Iraq. Either you think the budgeted legislation is horrible or you don’t. And if you think it is horrible More …

Book! Book! Book! Book! Book! Book! Book! Book!

From all the changes to the blog and the sparse posting lately, you may have suspected that something was up. And you you would be right! I’ve written a book called Zero-Budget Christmas: The Almost Entirely True Story of Our Quest to Do Our Christmas Shopping Without Spending Any Money and self-published it on Amazon’s Kindle ebook store. If you didn’t More …

“I Have No Problems”

It’s been a few years since Conan O’Brien was booted off The Tonight Show. But recently my lovely wife ran across this video that reminded us of the incredibly classy way that he signed off. I hope that we can all look at every opportunity, and every lost opportunity, in our lives like this:

Don’t Be Surprised…

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Yet Another Thing I Have in Common with Bono: Tax Policy

John Fund covers my soul brother on The Corner: The British Observer newspaper interviewed the singer while on a trip to West Africa last week and grilled him on his tax decisions: “Was it not hypocrisy for you to try to hold the Irish government to account for its spending while going through fairly exhaustive efforts to avoid paying in More …

"God is a Storyteller"

Via Justin Taylor, here’s a dramatic recreation of an apparently actual conversation between C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien, in which they work out the value of myth and the meaning of truth. Heavy. When I take a walk in the woods, I’m normally just keeping an eye out for concealed places to pee.

Conservatives and Their Problems, in Bullet List Form

In his “Morning Jolt” newsletter, National Review’s Jim Geraghty gives a great, succinct description of what conservatives believe, and why their beliefs present particular challenges to, you know, getting elected: If you’re an able-bodied adult, we want you to go out and find a job for yourself, and work for a living. We’re increasingly convinced that government job-training programs are More …

The Fallacy of "Giving Back to the Comminity"

I’ve written before about the silliness of the liberal cliche that businesses should “give back” to the community. Over on Forbes.com, Harry Binswanger (who changed his name from the much more awkward “Harry Wangsbinder) backs me up with gusto: Each particular individual in the community who contributed to a man’s rise to wealth was paid at the time–either materially or, More …

The Economic Ripples of Obamacare

We have not yet begun to see how Obamacare is going to turn the nation and its economy on its ear. Jeff Carter highlights the creeping loss of Amarica’s risk-taking culture: Headline employment numbers improve, but it’s not due to economic activity.  Government policy, and Federal Reserve policy have put a stranglehold on business expansion.  We are transitioning from an More …

The Theology of "Breaking Bad"

Art is a creative work that leaves itself open to interpretation. I’ve never seen the show Breaking Bad, but I’m curious about it (c’mon Amazon Prime, get with the program; I don’t have cable!), because apparently it fits that description. Fare Forward takes a look at Breaking Bad and its moral underpinnings, with guest appearances from C.S. Lewis and Kierkegaard: More …

Gene Simmons Thinks Tim Tebow is Cool

America’s greatest fire-breathing bass player speaks out in support of Tim Tebow: “He’s got a religious passion, as well he should, we’re in America,” the KISS frontman told Radio.com earlier this week. ”He’s proud to be a Christian, what’s wrong with that? And yet, with sports media and pop culture media, they make fun of his religion. Really? In America? More …

Richard Dawkins: Not the Guy You Want Setting Moral Standards

Hey, you know how one of the arguments of atheists, when you say that goodness and morality come from God, is that people can be good people without being religious? Well, this: “I am very conscious that you can’t condemn people of an earlier era by the standards of ours. Just as we don’t look back at the 18th and More …

Hail to the Redskins

The NFL as we know it is doomed. From Andrew Johnson at the Corner: National Football League commissioner Roger Goodell is willing to listen to objections to the Washington Redskins name, he says, though the decision to change its name isn’t ultimately his.  “If one person is offended, we have to listen,” Goodell said on a D.C.-area radio station on More …

Unless You Have a Mouthful of Cereal Right Now, Click This Link

Amazon has posted a collection of the funniest customer reviews of products, and, outside of the transcript of an Obama foreign policy speech, it is some of the most hilarious stuff you will see on the internet. Go there now.

Billy Corgan to Christian Artists: "Suck Less"

That’s not exactly what he said, but it’s the gist of his point in an interview with CNN. R.J. Moeller comments: In response to the question, “What advice do you have for Christian rockers?” Corgan replied, “Make better music.”  And there it is. Make better music. It seems so simple and obvious to most, but given the lackluster quality of More …

Why Liberals Hate Tim Tebow

For the first time in a while, we’re playing a football season that has no Tim Tebow in it. Looks like the end of the road for his playing career, and for the life of me I will never understand why arguably the greatest college player of all time, and one of the most popular football players of the last More …

"Tree Hugger" – It’s Not Just a Pejorative

It’s a real thing. I’m pretty sure this isn’t a joke. I like how in the “related videos” section they have videos about the best way to cut trees down. It’s kind of like the S&M version of tree love.