Morality and Free Markets

On the Corner, Kevin D. Williamson lays out some principles of free markets and some arguments against smothering them under a welfare state: For instance, one may believe that drugs should be legal, and that people should not use them. One may believe that pornography should be legal, and that it is morally repugnant. Likewise, one may believe that there More …

Why Aren’t Christian Movies More Popular?

Well, because they’re terrible, first of all. Via Meadia has some further thoughts: What accounts for the failure, aside from outliers like The Passion, of religious-themed movies to hit it big at the box office? Part of the answer is of course quality. A good Christian movie has to be first and foremost a good movie, and making good movies isn’t easy. More …

If You’re a Parent and You Need Something Else to Worry About, Here You Go

Erick Erickson writes of his greatest fear for his kids: I fear my kids might decide to go along to get along. The Bible says, and history bears it out, that the world hates those of God because the world hates God. I fear my children, though, may decide they love the world more than God because it is easier More …

Look at This!

Who has two thumbs and was today coming in at #10 on Amazon’s list of Kindle best-sellers in the “Humor Essay” category? (Points thumbs at self) This guy! Behold the screen-capture evidence below! That’s right, baby! I’m just three places behind Jim Gaffigan and one place AHEAD of White Oprah herself, Ellen DeGeneres. Top of the charts, y’all! Seriously, though, More …

You Think Obamacare is Bad at Computer Science, Just Wait Til You See It in Economics

If you think the website is the only thing wrong with Obamacare, you got another think coming. There’s no “tech surge” that can beat the laws of economics. Points and Figures outlines Obamacare’s violation of those laws in excruciating detail:  While it is true that health care costs are sky-rocketing, millions of Americans are uninsured and many go bankrupt paying More …

Who Would Jesus Shoot?

It’s a compelling question, ably addressed over on The Captain’s Journal: If you believe that it is your Christian duty to allow your children to be harmed by evil-doers (and you actually allow it to happen) because you think Christ was a pacifist, you are no better than a child abuser or pedophile. Who would Jesus shoot? He would shoot More …

Mark Cuban Acquitted of Made-Up Crime

It’s long been my position that there’s no such thing as “insider trading.” (I could go on and on about why I hold that position, but I’ll spare you right now. Suffice it to say that another word for “insider information” is “information”; the only thing that makes it “insider” is where you’re standing when you hear it.) It’s a More …

Interview with Bill Watterson

One of this blog’s four regular readers passes along a cool link: the magazine mental_floss snagged an interview with the seriously publicity-shy Bill Watterson, and they’ve posted an excerpt on their website. Here’s an excerpt from the excerpt: [mental_floss:] Your fight over protecting Calvin and Hobbes from licensing deals, and your battle to increase the real estate for your Sunday page comic, More …

Eddie Romero Is One Ballsy Preacher

Think you’re bold for Jesus? Well, have you ever snuck into Iran to protest for the release of Iranian Christians who had been imprisoned for their faith? Eddie Romero has: Pastor Romero protested in front of Iran’s notorious Evin prison on Monday, chanting “Let my people go.” Prison officials detained Romero and it is unclear where he is located. According More …

The Life of Molly Anne Dutton

Molly Anne Dutton is homecoming queen at Auburn University today because twenty-two years ago her mom decided that the hard choice was the right one: Courtesy of Via Meadia, which comments: If both sides shifted some time and energy from quarreling about the politics of abortion to making it easier for pregnant women in difficult circumstances to choose life for More …

Mariano Rivera: Not Zen

Mariano Rivera is arguably the greatest relief pitcher who ever lived, and he is inarguably a deeply devout Christian. In a profile on the occasion of his recent retirement, though, The New York Times absolutely twists itself into knots to avoid using the word “Christian.” GetReligion takes note: [From the NYT story:] In the high-stress vocation of ninth-inning pitching dominated by More …

The Problem with the “Let Obamacare Collapse” Arguement

Well, the government shutdown is over, and you can just hear the joy ring out all across the land. And the happiest of all have got to be the GOP congressional leadership, who were committed to the budget showdown the way that six-year-old me was committed to a trip to the pediatrician. Rather than getting into a straight-up fight, the More …

Government Not Shut Down Nearly Enough

Instapundit pens a USA Today column on the horrors of the ongoing government shutdown. Just kidding. He’s pointing out how we could stand to shut down a lot more: The big lesson of the shutdown is that — in a time when so-called “draconian cuts” usually refer to mere decreases in the rate of growth of spending on programs — More …

I Will Defend to the Death Your Right to Not Care What I’m Fighting For

Kind of related to my previous post about cynicism in politics, I’ve been hearing a lot lately about political ignorance. A lot of the stories about Obamacare have focused on the extent to which people — even people who enthusiastically supported it — had no idea what was in the law. Full grown adults, who apparently haven’t spent a lot More …

Cynicism and Politics

As someone who has the Twitter handle @CynicChristian, this is a story that appeals to me: People talk about cynicism like it’s a negative trait, but James Taranto writes that cynicism is the only appropriate response to politics today. Cynicism is often, as we’ve noted, a product of disappointed idealism–of naiveté being crushed by reality. If Obama’s supporters have been More …

Live Like a Narnian

Plant a lamppost in a random spot in the woods behind your house and load up on Turkish delight, Joe Rigney leads a breakout session on how you, too, can apply lessons from C.S. Lewis’ books to your Christian walk and live like a Narnian:

So What is this “Zero-Budget Christmas” Anyway?

As I’ve mentioned previously (repeatedly and loudly), I wrote a little book called Zero-Budget Christmas: The Almost Entirely True Story of Our Quest to Do Our Christmas Shopping Without Spending Any Money. Recently, I’ve been asked more than a few times, “Hey, what’s that book thing all about?” While I tried to cover it in that ridiculously long title, the More …

Inequality and Perspective

From Veronique de Rugy on the Corner, a little perspective on the prosperity we enjoy here in the US as compared to the rest of the world. Even our have-nots are haves: “…even the poorest 5 percent of Americans are among the richest people in the world — richer than nearly 68 percent of the world’s population.” Plus a video!

My Lunch with Two HR Professionals Will Shock and Horrify You

I sometimes worry that I’m exaggerating how close we are to the end of civilization. Maybe I overreact to bad news and depressing social trends, I think, and America isn’t really on an express elevator straight to hell like my fevered imagination says it is. And then sometimes I think the situation is a hundred thousand times worse than that. More …

Gratitude and Happiness

Via Creative Minority Report: