My Quest to Get in the Babylon Bee, Part 2

Week 2: What is a joke, anyway? I continue to hammer away at the Babylon Bee headline forum, trying to come up with four quality posts a day. As someone who tries to be funny, I’m often fascinated by what other people think is funny. The Bee’s forum is a good laboratory for finding that…

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My Quest to Get in The Babylon Bee

Every time I see a headline from The Babylon Bee I have two reactions: 1) “That’s pretty funny,” and 2) “I wish I had created something like The Babylon Bee.” I admire that anybody is doing aggressive, biting satire from a right-leaning, pro-Christian standpoint, and the consistent quality of their work makes me admire it…

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Crazy People with a Lever

I hope nobody is still hanging onto the idea that we can have “return to normalcy” after Trump leaves office. If last week’s Democratic debates proved anything, it’s that the freak dam has been breached, and there’s no going back. When the 2016 election delivered unto us the “punch-in-the-nuts” vs. “kick-in-the-nuts” choice of Trump vs….

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A Quick Chat with Momus, the God of Irony, about Hank Haney and the U.S. Women’s Open

After his amazing performance last week in the U.S. Women’s Open, we decided to catch up with Momus, the Greek god of irony, about one of his biggest achievements since getting Somalia on the UN Human Rights Council. Jason: You have lots of opportunities in the current socio-political environment. What drew you to this one…

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Some Reasons to Root Against Tiger Woods

After Tiger Woods’ win in the Masters recently, there were many reactions and comments, as reactions and comments are now the #1 cash crop in the United States, barely edging out photographs of food. The vast majority of them were positive and supportive of Woods. But there were a few people who were disappointed, who…

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It’s Not Too Much to Ask that Trump be Judged Against Realistic Alternatives

I respect National Review‘s David French as a person. He seems like a genuinely committed Christian and an honorable man. But in the Trump era, he has become the pearl-clutching Margaret Dumont of conservative pundits. French takes the occasion of the release of the Muller report to say, yet again, that heavens to Betsy, that…

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The Painfully Obvious Symbolism of the Notre Dame Fire

If a novelist wrote this as a plot point in a piece of fiction, his editor would say it was too on-the-nose. A Christian cathedral that has stood for a millennium at the center of a city known as the “City of Light” is devastated by fire during Holy Week. Also, the country where this…

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Initial Reactions of an Alabama Fan to the Auburn-Virginia Final Four Game

I’m not here to troll. That game was just so bonkers I had to jot down some thoughts. Did Auburn get screwed? Short answer: Yes. Longer answer below. I would not have said yes if it was just about the foul on the three-point shot. Ninety-nine times out of a hundred the ref will eat…

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What in the World is Going on in American Politics Right Now?

Why is American politics so crazy right now? Short answer: Because it’s always been crazy. In a great historical review in The American Interest, Frank J. DiStefano shows that the rise and fall of political parties and periodic realignment are just par for the course: In reality, American parties are temporary coalitions forged as tools…

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The Tale of Jobless January (and Most of February)

So, how did you kick off your 2019? I started mine by getting laid off after my employer was bought out by a competitor. No biggie; it’s just business, after all. And it’s not like I haven’t been in this position before. Once, over dinner with friends, we were going around the table tallying up…

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2019 – The Year of Scary Books

As proud as I am that I read fifty (fifty!) books in 2018, I don’t think it’s necessarily the best thing to set all your reading goals based purely on numbers. Trying to hit my goal, I rushed through some books I wish I had lingered on a bit more; I avoided some challenging books…

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Books! Books! Books! – Best Beach Read of 2018

You may say, “Hey, we’re an awful long way from beach weather to be talking about beach reads, aren’t we?” To which I reply, People in the Southern Hemisphere need books too! These are the most enjoyable, page-turney books of the year. If you want something light and enjoyable, whether you’re at the beach or…

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Books! Books! Books! – Best Audiobook of 2018

I read fifty (fifty!) books this year, and I am not what you would call a speed reader. I never would have been able to read that many if not for the eight or nine of them that were audio books. I’m not a huge audio book fan, because I like to marinate in good…

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Books! Books! Books! – Best Nonfiction of 2018

I read too many good books this year to have one “best” of the year, so I’m breaking all the top books out into categories. This time it’s nonfiction! Again, to clarify, saying a book is best of the year doesn’t necessarily mean it was written in 2018; just that I read it in 2018….

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Books! Books! Books! – Best of 2018 Edition

2018 has been a booktacular year! (Sorry.) I’ve read even more books this year than I did during last year’s book-reading competition with my wife. And I’ve read better books too, since I didn’t feel the pressure to grab whatever book was closest so I could just keep reading and prevent her from building an…

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At Least They’re Consistent

Democrats spent most of the decade of the Nineties trying to tell us that character doesn’t matter. Now they’re taking the opportunity of the New Jersey Senate race to try to reinforce that lesson: NJ.com is certainly no fan of Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ). Three years ago, the news outlet’s editorial board called on Menendez…

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As Seen in The Federalist

Hey, I got a piece published in The Federalist today. Swing over and check it out: The Left Isn’t Deranged About Trump, They’re Power Addicts Crazy For Another Hit

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Watch Kavanaugh on the Court to See if the Establishment Can be Cured

Cured from being the establishment, that is. People used to say that a conservative was a liberal who’d been mugged. If that’s the case, I wonder what happens to a member of the establishment who’s been ripped to shreds and publicly humiliated by the establishment. When Kavanaugh was first tapped for the Supreme Court, a…

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Nike Gives a Marketing Strategy Seminar

In an amphitheater classroom in a Portland community college, some of the world’s best known brands have gathered to hear the wisdom of all-time brand superstar Nike. The atmosphere is heady with anticipation of the wisdom that will spill forth as the world leader in swoosh-branded things begins to speak.  Nike: I’d like to thank…

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Fake News Controversies from 1764

I’m reading Walter Isaacson’s biography of Benjamin Franklin right now. I was interested in it because I enjoyed Isaacson’s biography of Steve Jobs so much. And while this book isn’t as compelling as the Jobs book (not least because Franklin wasn’t as big of an a-hole as Jobs), I have learned that Franklin bathed more…

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