Out of the Darkness, A Teeny Ray of Sunshine

Birmingham’s mayor Larry Langford was convicted on 60 counts of bribery and money laundering this week. It’s never a good thing when someone has to go to jail, especially an elected official.  It means the life of someone who most likely went into public service with the best of intentions has run off the tracks, … Read more

Evengelical Atheists

An atheist ad campaign hits New York. Man, I hope they don’t use the same ad agency as the Mormons, ’cause those people are good: The United Coalition of Reason says the New York ad campaign is intended to reach out to nontheists and let them know that they are not alone. At the same … Read more

Because As We All Know, Communism Is Just Better

In an early entry in what I’m sure will be a rapidly growing genre of “journalism”–history-revising communist apologetics–Newsweek tries to make the case that Russia was better off under communism.  You know, because everybody had free government health care, and no one was bothered by troublesome things like opposing political parties and dissenting opinions. Reason.com … Read more

Now, Where Was I?

After a long, internetless week, I’m finally back online (barring future complications).  And what better way to celebrate than by blowing an anvil 200 feet in the air and watching it plummet back to earth? They’re awfully casual about getting clear of the blast zone.  If I was doing this, there would probably be more … Read more

Why Baseball Isn’t Boring

A lot of people say they don’t like baseball because it’s so slow and boring.  But once you know how the game works and what to look for when you’re watching it, it’s hard to believe that so much is going on during every pitch.  As exhibit A, I give you this video of the … Read more

"Utterly Ridiculous"

I Am Second is a web site where people (some you’ve heard of, some you haven’t) share their testimonies about the impact that Jesus has had in their lives. It’s just people, sitting alone, talking directly into a camera about God, which, actually, makes for some pretty compelling viewing. It even includes Stevie B., and … Read more

End Income Tax Withholding

If I was king for a day and could make only one change to make America better, it would be this: Fold payroll taxes into the personal tax code, adjusting the rules so that everyone still pays the same total, but the tax bill shows up on the 1040. Doing so will tell everyone the … Read more

"It’s good to know that at the most fundamental level, they have no idea what they’re talking about."

Jonah Goldberg on the defenders of Polanski: It all boils down to the fact that Polanski is famous and talented and an Olympian artist, living above the world of mortals. Indeed, if he didn’t rape that girl — and he did — Polanski would still be considered a pig in most normal communities…. His defenders … Read more

Equal, but Not Precious

By now, everybody’s seen the videos of school children singing praise songs to America’s Cool Black Friend. To all but the most sold-out hopeychange supporter, this has got to seem more than a little bit creepy. Whenever America borrows primary education ideas from North Korea, it gives one pause. But something about this video bothered … Read more