Via RedState, actor Jon Voight has entered that phase of life where you say what you want and don’t give a rip what anybody thinks: And I love it.
Via the Corner, Hillsdale College is offering a Constitution 201 course, and the full course title is a grabber: “The Progressive Rejection of the Founding and the Rise of Bureaucratic Despotism” is a 10-week online course presented by Hillsdale College. Huh, I wonder how they got the idea for that?
In honor of back-to-school season, Engadget posts an ode to the legendary Trapper Keeper: It’s just the original nerd gadget of the ’80s. It’s just the greatest pre-tablet gadget ever. It’s just a thing that made high school bearable for those of us who would have rather been copying the programs out of the back … Read more
My feelings about Artur Davis are quickly moving from respect to moon-eyed schoolgirl crush. Here’s his Republican Convention speech: “This sweet, blessed, God-inspired place called America…” Just soak that in for a minute. How nice it is to see a politician say something like that out in public.
Via Justin Taylor, a series of videos from Michael Horton discussing Christianity and Islam. Here’s the first:
Courtesy of Daniel Foster on the Corner, a debate between Michael Brendan Dougherty of The American Conservative and Zack Beauchamp of ThinkProgress on the moral status of the unborn. It’s pitched as a “civil” debate, and looks to be largely so, in spite of the fact that everything I see out of ThinkProgress is crazier than … Read more
I wish all the success in the world to Dinesh D’Souza and his movie 2016: Obama’s America. It’s good when anybody does the work of looking into Obama’s background that the press has refused to do. But, really, what is there to know about him that we don’t already know? A documentary can fill in … Read more
The Family Research Council is still hard at work on their research–shaking off armed attacks like they was 50 Cent, yo. They’ve just released a report on patterns of hostility to Christians in America, chronicling “more than 600 examples illustrating what it characterized as religious animosity shown by judges, government bureaucrats, schools and secular groups.” … Read more
(Or, rather, the “success” of feminism.) An article in The Atlantic examines how good the hookup culture has been for women. No, seriously, that’s what it says: But this analysis downplays the unbelievable gains women have lately made, and, more important, it forgets how much those gains depend on sexual liberation. Single young women in … Read more
Christians debate over the requirements for a “just war“–the circumstances that would have to exist to justify a nation’s use of violence. But what are the requirements for a just abandonment of war? I mean, let’s say you’ve decided to engage in a war for reasons that you’ve determined are just. Under what circumstances, short … Read more
At the White Horse Inn blog, James Gilmore shares his “Joel Osteen scorecard,” a list of Joel Osteen’s favorite catch phrases vs. what it says in the actual Bible. [You mean what Joel Osteen says is not the same as what’s in the Bible?! I feel like my whole world has been turned upside-down!] And … Read more
Mark Steyn highlights two stories that demonstrate two different views on being your brother’s keeper. This one, about Obama and his actual brother: In a TV infomercial a few days before his election, Obama declared that his “fundamental belief” was that “I am my brother’s keeper”. Hmm. Back in Kenya, his brother lives in a … Read more
When Todd Akin made his infamous “legitimate rape” comment, it was in response to a question from journalist Charles Jaco. It turns out that Charles Jaco is not just any old minor league workaday reporter; he’s an excellent example of the state of modern journalism. The folks at Get Religion found this email that Jaco … Read more
Get Religion takes an interesting look at the unrelenting bias of media coverage of the abortion debate: If roughly the same percentage of Americans hold the view that all abortion should be legal (whether the abortion takes place moments before birth or simply because the child is female or has Down syndrome) as hold the … Read more
There’s a certain cohort of people who think it’s a terrible indictment to say that Mitt Romney didn’t pay some maximum possible amount of taxes. Any kind of tax shelter he’s used is called a “scheme” and described in the shadiest terms possible. When they print stories like this, my only question is, Who in … Read more
I think the recent hubbub about Obama replacing Biden on the ticket has been seriously misguided. In fact, I think that Joe has been receiving a pretty stead stream of Employee of the Month awards in the old Executive Office Building, and the administration would no sooner replace him as vice president than Edgar Bergen … Read more
Historian Niall (pronounced “Neal” because, you know, he’s British) Ferguson is the latest to make a very lengthy, very detailed argument against the continuation of the Obama presidency: Welcome to Obama’s America: nearly half the population is not represented on a taxable return—almost exactly the same proportion that lives in a household where at least … Read more
Politicians are politicians, whichever party they’re in, so you have to watch them every minute or they’ll steal the money out of your wallet to build a new wing onto your neighbor’s house and name it after themselves. But to those who say that Democrats and Republicans are just the same, take a look at … Read more
New York City police are probing the use of bacon in a hate crime: Police are investigating an unusual bias crime on Staten Island. Muslims who gathered for prayer to celebrate the end of Ramadan in a city park found bacon scattered on the ground, CBS 2’s John Slattery reported Monday. With Ramadan ending this … Read more
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 … Read more