It’s Not Just Christian Music That’s Terrible

After my recent post on why I don’t like Christian music, I don’t want to seem like I’m just picking on Christian music. Because you know what else is stale and boring? Secular pop music. But is it boring for the same reasons? Well, yeah, partly. Rick Beato, who knows more about music than any…

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A Further Explanation for People Who Think I’m Going to Hell Because I Don’t Like Church Music

Whenever I tell people that I don’t like praise & worship music, they usually take it as a sign I have a dark, empty void where my soul should be, like a vampire or a zombie or a Facebook employee, and so I’m most likely doomed to hellfire and damnation. I try to explain that…

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We Need a Federalist Society for American Businesses

After a wave of progressive jurisprudence in the 1960’s and ’70’s led to an America that made the “Death Wish” and “Dirty Harry” movies seen like feel-good romps, conservative legal minds decided that something had to be done to counteract the influence of liberal activism in American courts. That something was the Federalist Society, an…

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How to Celebrate Your 50th Birthday: A Multi-Part Adventure

The last time I wanted to make a big to-do about my birthday, Showbiz Pizza was still a thing, with its janky simulations of jugband critters and state-of-the-art flashy blinky machines. Now at age 50, I myself have become a janky critter simulation, and I don’t do nearly as much flashing and blinking as I used to.

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Stuff the Bee Turned Down

I am blessed and honored to be able to contribute content to The Babylon Bee on occasion. The way it works is: I pitch them ideas for headlines, and if they like my pitch, they either take it and write the article, or they give me the chance to write the article myself.

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Bringing Home Laine, Part 9: Happy Now

Now, at least, we were headed home. And in spite of our worst fears, Laine did pretty great, especially when you consider it from her point of view as a 15-month-old locked up in a loud metal tube with a bunch of strangers for half a day.

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Bringing Home Laine, Part 8: Paperwork

One more hoop jumped through: Today we visited the US Consulate to apply for Laine’s exit visa so we can all finally get the bleep outta here and come home.

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Bringing Home Laine, Part 7: Halfway Home

Guangzhou! And probably the nicest hotel I will ever stay in. We spent day one getting Laine cleared by the health authorities to leave the country. She’d been running a fever so we were a little tense about it, but of course she passed because, y’know, God.

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Anybody Remember That One Guy Who Said “Don’t Freak Out”?

I want everybody to remember that there were voices from the beginning saying “don’t freak out,” and those voices were silenced and ridiculed. And they were right.

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Obvious Things

These are not necessarily facts; they’re just things that seem obvious to me. But I feel like I still need to point them out, because obvious things just aren’t getting the attention they deserve.

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Bringing Home Laine, Part 6: China is Amazing

Since we had to be in the country for two weeks, our adoption agency planned some fun, touristy excursions so we could soak up the culture and not go stark raving mad cooped up in a hotel room with a screaming baby.

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Bringing Home Laine, Part 5: The Finding Place

We got in a cab and drove into the outskirts of Kunming to a place our guide Susan called “Yilu Village.” I say “the outskirts,” but we were still in the shadow of about half a dozen high-rise apartment buildings.

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Bringing Home Laine, Part 4: The Orphanage Visit

Previously: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 The next day we drove across town (did I mention Kunming was about the size of New York City?) to visit the orphanage where Laine had lived since she was two months old. Many times we had been told by people in the know that the Kunming orphanage…

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Bringing Home Laine, Part 3: Official

Previously: Part 1, Part 2 Turns out that “Gotcha Day” is really just an extended test drive. Apparently — and amazingly — some people will reach this point in the process and decide to back out. The Chinese child welfare authorities go to great lengths to prevent episodes of buyer’s remorse — where parents, after…

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Bringing Home Laine, Part 2: Kunming and Gotcha Day

I skipped over one important development in my previous summary of our travel to China: a phone call that changed the complexion of the whole trip.

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Here’s What Happened to Jeff Sessions: A Lesson for Early Adopters

Jeff Sessions — former Alabama Attorney General, former U.S. Senator, former U.S. Attorney General, a man who is as plugged in to Alabama politics as it is possible to be — recently got curb-stomped in a Republican primary run-off by a former football coach who is not even from Alabama. What happened? Analysts looking at…

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2020 2.0

Twenty Twenty Two Point Oh You ever have the feeling that you just want to reboot 2020? Just unplug it, wait ten seconds, and then plug it back in? Well, at the Anderson household, that’s exactly what we’re doing. At the halfway point of the year, we’re declaring this 2020 2.0 and making a fresh…

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Bringing Home Laine, Part 1

When we traveled to China to bring home our adopted daughter, we kept a running diary on a private Facebook group. I want to reproduce that diary here so that more people can know about the challenges, wonders, and joys that go along with a journey like this. And also because I don’t want to…

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What Do You Do When You’re Trapped In Your House By the Plague? Celebrate Passover!

We were going to celebrate Passover anyway, but events have transpired to make it a particularly appropriate holiday this year. As usual, this great idea originated with my wife (aka, The Research Department). She wanted us to have a proper Passover Seder — at least as proper as you can have in a houseful of…

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Coronavirus Overreaction: A Continuing Series

John P.A. Ioannidis points out that data is important, and we don’t have enough of it yet to justify making the world-altering decisions we’re currently making: Reported case fatality rates, like the official 3.4% rate from the World Health Organization, cause horror — and are meaningless. Patients who have been tested for SARS-CoV-2 are disproportionately…

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