Anthony Weiner and Cheap Grace

I’m going to refrain from writing too much about the Anthony Weiner Debacle 2.0, because we’ve already reach the point where just the act of making a joke about him is kind of a joke in itself, and that’s way too meta for me. I’ll just recommend this post by David French: We’re all susceptible to cheap grace. Perhaps that’s More …

Pathological Altruism

College professor Barbara Oakley has written a paper that gives a solid, academic form to an idea that I think a lot of people had but never verbalized. She describes what she calls “pathological altruism.” James Taranto sums it up on WSJ.com: Oakley defines pathological altruism as “altruism in which attempts to promote the welfare of others instead result in More …

Mark Sanford and Why Character Doesn’t Matter Anymore

Mark Sanford won his way back into Congress, marking the culmination of the strangest–and quickest–redemptions of a public figure since Marv Albert put on women’s underwear and went on a biting spree. Some commentators are drawing from this the conclusion that society has deteriorated to the point where we just don’t care about the morals of our leaders any more. Sez More …

But Don’t Argue with Science!

Instapundit, the source of all things, links to a Times article on the “alarming increase” in scientific misconduct found in retracted science papers. And those are just the ones that got caught. Note the reasoning: While the fraudulent papers may be relatively few, he went on, their rapid increase is a sign of a winner-take-all culture in which getting a More …

In Other News: Ethicists’ Babies are Surprisingly Well-Behaved

To the surprise of exactly no one, after decades of normalizing abortion, “ethicists” have decided that, hey, it’s ok to kill a baby after it’s born too: Parents should be allowed to have their newborn babies killed because they are “morally irrelevant” and ending their lives is no different to abortion, a group of medical ethicists linked to Oxford University More …

Things Get Complicated

For as long as he coached–and that was a long time–the book on Joe Paterno was simple. He was a simple man with simple needs, living in a small house near the football stadium, his number publicly listed in the phone book, taking a surprisingly small salary for a big-time college coach. He coached a team that wore simple uniforms More …

Mainline Protestants Not Protesting Very Much Anymore

As Jesus said, “Take up your cross and follow me, unless it’s uncomfortable or inconvenient, in which case just do whatever, dude“: On May 10, Presbyterians in Minneapolis became the needed 87th local presbytery to vote for deleting the denomination’s expectation for ministers and elders of “fidelity within the covenant of marriage between a man and a woman, or chastity More …

Anthony Weiner and the Importance of Shame

At last, the first act of the Anthony Weiner saga has drawn to a close. (I say “first act” because, if you don’t think this clown is coming back at some point, well, go look up Marv Albert on Wikipedia and come back when you’re done. I’ll still be here.) The whole thing was silly and stupid (and don’t forget More …

Our Betters Aren’t Better Anymore

At The American Interest, Walter Russel Mead takes an extended look at why our leaders–cultural, financial, and political–suck so bad. Naturally, this part caught my eye: The religion gap between the elite and the rest of the country is a big part of the problem — and in more ways than one.  I can’t help but notice that the abandonment More …

Mainline Protestants Not Protesting Very Much Anymore

As Jesus said, “Take up your cross and follow me, unless it’s uncomfortable or inconvenient, in which case just do whatever, dude“: On May 10, Presbyterians in Minneapolis became the needed 87th local presbytery to vote for deleting the denomination’s expectation for ministers and elders of “fidelity within the covenant of marriage between a man and a woman, or chastity More …

A Christian Response to the Killing of Osama bin Laden. Or, How Long Is It Appropriate to Chant “USA! USA!”

You wanna quote scripture? I can quote scripture: Let those who love the LORD hate evil, for he guards the lives of his faithful ones and delivers them from the hand of the wicked.Psalm 97:10 Christians have an obligation to view human life as God does (a much more complicated proposition than some would have you believe; more on that More …

Abortion’s Selma

When I first got a whiff of the story about the Philadelphia abortionist’s slaughterhouse, I thought the few details that I heard sounded gruesome.  But there have always been gruesome details about the abortion business.  America by now seemed pretty thoroughly desensitized to the whole thing. But the story keeps sticking around.  And the details keep coming: This case is More …

Magnetic Wristbands Are Worthless? Oh No, My World Is Collapsing!

A manufacturer of those magnetic wristbands that you see everybody wearing—the ones that claim to improve your health, strength, and balance—was forced by the Australian government to admit that its marketing claims are a bunch of hooey. In our advertising we stated that Power Balance wristbands improved your strength, balance and flexibility. We admit that there is no credible scientific More …

How Harsh Should You Be When a Bad Person Dies?

Robert Byrd, seen here on his way to steal the Building & Loan right out from under George Bailey Dead people are always good people, it seems.  No matter how loutish or abrasive a person was in his lifetime, even his enemies feel compelled to praise him when he passes. We want to try to find the good in everybody, More …

I Intend to Protest This Post by Buying a Lot of Beer and Lottery Tickets

Bless Rod Dreher’s heart: he’s said something that’s bound to be misinterpreted and condemned, but something that had to be said anyway: “Shame on those stupid, selfish poor people.“ I spend a lot of time talking about stupid, selfish rich people, usually in high finance, and the price innocent people pay for the foolish, immoral acts of the well-off and More …

Why You Shouldn’t Feel Bad About "File Sharing"

If you ever downloaded music for free in that (ahem) legal gray area know as “file sharing,” record company shills said you should be ashamed for stealing food out of the mouths of poor, struggling artists.  What you were really doing, though, was denying record companies the chance to steal food out of the mouths of poor, struggling artists.  Here’s More …

Climate Comeuppance

I thought the recent “Climategate” (or “Climaquiddick” or whatever you want to call it) story was just as funny as the next guy.  Not just because I don’t like the prospect of paying $17 a gallon for gas or having a government functionary assigned to stand in my hallway and watch the setting on my home thermostat (“We’re expecting a More …

The Left’s War on Science

Baseball Crank, in a comprehensive series of posts, catalogs the abuse, misuse, and fraud that is thick on the ground whenever the political left comes in close contact with science.  He touches on a wide variety of subjects, but of course he also mentions everybody’s favorite scientific scandal du jour, Climategate: …Climategate iswhat happens when scientists think nobody is looking, More …

The Torture Question

There’s been a lot of talk about torture lately, and in every discussion, the implicit assumption is that torture is something that no civilized society would ever, ever do under any circumstances. Even people on the “pro” side of the debate aren’t really torture supporters. They still say torture is horrible, they just argue either a) whatever was done, it More …