A Further Explanation

I recently wrote a post that attempted to demonstrate the awesome scope of the brokenness of our current system. Long story short, I said that, in spite of historic electoral gains at every level of government, if conservatives don’t control the presidency, and therefore the supreme court, then conservatism is doomed. A friend of mine then asked, “Hey genius, if More …

Wherein I Renounce Conservatism

People don’t vote for ideologies. Regular people, I mean. Voting for something just because it’s the most accurate reflection of some “-ism” is something you’d expect from either a college sophomore or some dead-ender who has political newsletters instead of friends and always ends up in line behind me at Starbucks. Normal people vote based on what works for them. Ideologies are More …

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 …

A Clarification of Our Current Predicament

There are more than a few smart, respectable, level-headed conservatives saying that we have to vote for Trump because that’s the only way to keep the Supreme Court out of Hillary’s hands. It’s an inversion of the “devil you know” argument: the devil we know is the most horrible thing imaginable, so anything else must be better. It’s a compelling argument, for More …

Trump VP Suggestions

As I mentioned before, since I don’t have anyone to vote for, I’m only following the 2016 presidential election for it’s entertainment value. With that in mind, I’d like to see Trump pick the most entertaining vice presidential running mate possible. Here are my suggestions, along with their equivalent entertainment value. 1. Bernie Sanders Would this not be hilarious? The More …

Welp, We’re Truly Screwed Now: A Very Early Pre-Post-Mortem

After Donald Trump’s big win in Indiana the head of the Republican party says that he is now the party’s presumptive nominee for president, and I have never felt more like I am taking crazy pills. So, it’s time to start accepting some unpleasant facts. The most likely outcome of all this is that Hillary Clinton will be the next More …

An Attempt to Explain the Current Madness

As I mentioned previously, I’m trying to stay away from politics for the sake of my mental and intestinal health. I’m having limited success, because it’s not like trying to keep from rubbernecking at a car crash; it’s like trying to keep from rubbernecking as the Hindenburg plows into a football stadium full of Elvis impersonators driving monster trucks through live electrical More …

Ok, I (Sort of) Give Up

I read a lot about news and politics, probably way too much. Because there are diminishing returns that go along with being aware of problems that you can’t do anything about. It’s good to know that problems exist, in general, because it helps you to grasp what kind of world you’re living in. It helps you to understand reality. And when repercussions More …

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 …