Don’t Give Up on Us, Baby

This election, if it hasn’t brought out the worst in us, has brought out the worst in our opinions of other people. Suspicion of the government — an American tradition and, I believe, a prime indicator of a healthy society — has devolved into suspicion of and contempt for our fellow citizens — a prime indicator that you’re in the next-to-the-last More …

Here, I’ll Make it Easier for You

Above is a scene from the (great) movie Searching for Bobby Fischer, where the demanding chess tutor is teaching the chess prodigy wunderkind how to see the board. The actual, concrete position of the pieces keeps the boy from engaging his creative vision to see where they could be. He needs the pieces to be more abstract, more conceptual, so the teacher More …

And Then It Was Independence Day…

Everything I’ve read on the internet in the last few days can be summarized in one of five ways: 1) From the most loving, accepting, tolerant people ever in the history of ever: “HA! HA! #LoveWins! In your face, everyone who has different morals from me! Plus, you’re idiots to think that this is some slippery-slope moment that will lead to the complete More …

Thoughts on Tourture

With the release of the CIA torture report, I thought I would write a little about my thoughts on torture, but then I remembered that I already did. Below is the entirety of a post from 2009, another time when a lot of people were thinking about the moral implications of “enhanced interrogation”: There’s been a lot of talk about More …

Burger King and Bailing on America

When people stop coming to a restaurant, you suspect there’s something wrong with the food. When people stop watching a TV show, you assume there’s something wrong with the story. But when businesses start going through all the trouble of pulling up stakes in America and moving to other countries, our ruling class don’t think there’s anything wrong with the More …

The Responsibilities of Good Guys

Looking at the news, there seem to be a lot of bad guys running around lately, pretty much doing as they please. Why is that? Aren’t there at least as many good guys as bad? Well, that depends on what you mean by, “good guys.” Good guys aren’t the same as “good people” or “decent people.” There are plenty of More …

The Annotated Declaration of Independence

It’s a little late for the 4th of July, but it’s something that’s good to have in your pocket anytime: Law professor Randy Barnett explains the significance of the Declaration of Independence line-by-line, starting with: “When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and More …

The Sexual Revoluiton and the End of Christianity in America

I very rarely call an article on the Internet “important,” but this post by Rod Dreher definitely qualifies. It’s a splash of cold water in the face for people who don’t realize that the sexual revolution in general, and the ascendance of gay marriage in particular, is pushing American Christianity into a very precarious position. An important article deserves a More …

Economic Hypothermia

I subscribe to a survivalist/prepper blog called ITS Tactical (because I’m planning on becoming an unstoppable special forces commando as soon as I finish this bag of Doritos). They recently published a post on surviving cold weather conditions. As the post described symptoms associated with the onset of hypothermia, it struck me that the descriptions are a pretty accurate parallel More …

Why Hobby Lobby Matters

If you’re a Christian who thinks that the Hobby Lobby case against Obamacare doesn’t have anything to do with you — that it’s just an esoteric argument over legal minutiae — you’re mistaken. It matters a lot. Justin Taylor points to an LA Times op-ed that explains why this Supreme Court case is about more than just one part of More …

“Everything Has Cheese In It”

We Americans live in a pretty amazing country, but being here all the time make it easy to take for granted. So it’s nice sometimes to hear a perspective on America from people who weren’t raised on multiplex popcorn and outlet malls. Via Instapundit, here are some of those people on things they couldn’t believe about America until they moved More …

6 Terrifying Things We’ve Learned Since Canceling our Satellite TV

It’s now been about five months since my household cancelled our satellite TV and started getting broadcasts with a good, old-fashioned, over-the-air digital antenna, just like our pioneer forefathers. The good news is that we’re all still relatively sane; I haven’t started talking to imaginary house guests or buried an ax in Scatman Crothers’ chest. However, going from a satellite More …

Can a Conservative be an Atheist?

Andrew Klavan and Bill Whittle discuss whether or not a conservative can be an atheist. The answer is a pointed, “Yes, but…” An entirely different, but equally interesting, question would be, “Can an atheist be a conservative?”

D-Day

It was 69 years ago today. Points and Figures pays tribute to D-Day veteran and Medal of Honor recipient Walt Ehlers: On this day 69 years ago, he went ashore in the “back half of the first wave” at Normandy’s Omaha Beach. The 12 men under his care survived that day. But, Walt’s brother, Roland, passed away just up the beach.  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 …

For a Better America, Break Out the Barry White and Massage Oil

Ross Douthat says that if you want to help America, commence with the baby-making: Today’s babies are tomorrow’s taxpayers and workers and entrepreneurs, and relatively youthful populations speed economic growth and keep spending commitments affordable. Thanks to our relative demographic dynamism, the America of 50 years hence may not only have more workers per retiree than countries like Japan and More …

Pictures from America’s Obituary

Conservatives–especially the extreme, radical kind of conservatives like me and the people I meet at our regular “Gun-Fondling, Bible-Thumping, and Fried Chicken” festivals–tend to be on the pessimistic side. America, in their view, is forever on a slippery slope to tyranny, just one election away from losing our rights, under the creeping shadow of totalitarianism, yada, yada, yada. I have More …

Who Really Gives in America?

The Chronicle of Philanthropy (oddly enough, they make you pay for a subscription) looks at patterns of giving in America. Spoiler alert: there are absolutely no surprises in their findings: Red states are more generous than blue states. The eight states where residents gave the highest share of income to charity went for John McCain in 2008. The seven-lowest ranking More …

Un-American? At Least.

Reason magazine asks, “Are Obama’s ideas un-American?” Um, is a bean green? Obama has it all backward. It is the charity of a prosperous free society that allows people to become community organizers or attain “free” health care. Washington rarely helps the free market prosper, but a prosperous private sector is what allows Washington to throw billions of dollars into More …

Why Do We Need to Call Ourselves Racist?

Ok, let’s do a quick check. This guy is president of the United States, right? That guy, right there? I’m pretty sure he is. And, as I’m given to understand, he’s black, right? Let’s check again. Yep, given the visual evidence and the corroborating reports (Morgan Freeman’s opinion notwithstanding), I feel pretty safe in saying that, yes, he is black. More …