What’s Going On

If you’re looking around at world events and starting to think that maybe you’re the crazy one, here’s something to make you feel a little less insane: this article from The Federalist by Stella Morabito is the clearest explanation I’ve yet seen for what’s currently happening to American politics and culture. If you don’t have time to read it, I can sum More …

Let’s Learn About Evolution!

Looks like from now through the 2016 elections, the default question for idiot reporters who want to want to play “Gotcha!” with Republican candidates is going to be something like, “Blah blah blah EVOLUTION! Huh?! What do you say about that, huh?!?!” Never mind that most reporters couldn’t define the word “evolution” if you put a gun to their heads. Those who 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 …

What Saturday Night Live Would Look Like in an Alternate Universe

Holy cow, a Saturday Night Live sketch where they kind of sort of criticize President Obama. How did this make the show? I’m sure heads will roll.

When All You Have Is a Hammer

Justin Taylor points to an article about professional atheist and charter member of the “People You Least Want to Go On a Cross-Country Car Ride With” Hall of Fame, Richard Dawkins: Dawkins has been arrogant for years, a man so convinced of his intellectual superiority that he believes the one domain in which he happens to be an expert, science, More …

Investigate This!

Everybody’s calling for investigations nowadays, but not a lot is getting investigated. When was the last time anything good came from calling for investigations? Have you, like me, decided that “calling for investigations” is just political-speak for “looking busy until the public forgets about it”? Benghazi, the VA, the IRS, and now the shoot-down of flight MH17 — all cases that More …

Tom Cruise Explains the Mississippi Republican Primary

Remember when we found out that Tom Cruise was crazy? For those who don’t, here’s a refresher: Note that he didn’t go crazy here. In actuality, he had been crazy the whole time. We just discovered that he was crazy after he fired his longtime publicist — a Hollywood pro who was good at keeping a lid on the eccentricities of her clients  — More …

A Quick Thought on the Phil Mickelson Insider Trading Case

I like Phil (he’s left-handed, I’m left-handed; we have so much in common!) so I hope he hasn’t been up to anything shady. But even if I wasn’t a fan I’d be inclined to defend him, because insider trading is an arbitrary crime used by prosecutors in an arbitrary way. As I’ve said in the past: It’s long been my position that More …

Stand Up for Apathy! Or Don’t. Whatever.

At long last, we have reached the day for primary elections in the state of Alabama. Finally, we can put an end to the relentless bombardment of creepily deceptive and/or creepily vainglorious campaign commercials that made me long for more wholesome, straightforward TV ads from ambulance-chasing lawyers and herbal Viagra knock-offs. At least until the general election commercials start up next week. More …

I Demand an Apology for This Post!

What’s up with demanding that people apologize for things they say? I mean, why is that play #1 in the moral outrage playbook? Here in Alabama, we recently had a mini-scandal when, during debate over a bill restricting abortion, a black pro-abortion legislator said that the white legislators supporting the bill would make their daughters have an abortion if they More …

On Pulling Back From Politics

Recently, I’ve seen a few posts on National Review that have to do with the engagement of evangelical Christians in politics, and, specifically, whether said Christians should pull back from that engagement. To me, this is akin to asking if the mailman should pull back from his engagement with an irritable German Shepherd. Conservative Christians have to engage — politically, More …

The Nuclear Option Explained

I’ve heard a lot of opinions about the Senate Democrats’ exercise last week of the “nuclear option” — the elimination of the filibuster for basically all presidential nominations other than those for the Supreme Court. Most people are asking both “Why?” and “Why now?” Some say that it’s a sign that Democrats think they’re going to lose the Senate in More …

Starring Sarah Palin as Emmanuel Goldstein

From Jim Geraghty’s Morning Jolt newsletter (It’s good! You should try it!), a good stab at explaining why Sarah Palin makes liberals go completely outhouse-rat crazy: There’s something amazing about the overwhelming demonization of her from the fall of 2008; she really was turned into this Emmanuel Goldstein/scapegoat figure to the Left, an all-purpose bogeywoman to be sneered at and metaphorically More …

If You Control the Language, You Control the Argument

On Forbes.com, Peter Schwartz looks at how public opinion is subtly influenced by language: “Extremism” represents a far broader package-deal, designed to undercut the system of capitalism per se. This sham concept gained currency during the 1964 presidential campaign, when it was used to tar Barry Goldwater and his supporters. It is an attempt to package together antithetical ideologies 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 …

The Obamacare Strategy

If you think Republicans are pushing too hard in trying to derail Obamacare, if you think they’re making too big a deal about making a stand against the law now, read this: This, then, is the reality: Democrats have been so upset at GOP calls to delay the Obamacare’s exchanges and its individual mandate because they realize its best chance More …

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 …