Thoughts on The Hunger Games

    My 12 year old daughter has been caught up in The Hunger Games craze. She went to see the movie with a dozen or so of her friends. So I haven’t seen the movie. But I am reading the books as an exercise in due diligence. I’m not going to review the books as that has been done by much more talented writers than myself, | Read More »

    Holy Saturday

    Image: Andrea di Bonaiuto (1346-1379), Descent of Christ to Limbo [He] suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried; he descended into hell;

    Does Obama Know How the Supreme Court Voted?

    The storm that erupted yesterday when Barack Obama woke up and discovered the Supreme Court of the United States was not only not elected but it could overturn “duly passed” laws, even those passed in the dead of the night by the barest of purchased majorities, has been more than adequately covered on these pages and others by actual lawyers and those who think they | Read More »

    Mitt Romney For President

    This has been an extraordinarily difficult primary season for many conservatives, me among them. Against what is probably the weakest incumbent president since Herbert Hoover, we have managed to field an array of candidates worse than those we had in 2008 and perhaps worse than those competing for the nomination at our low point of 1996. Our best candidate, Texas Governor Rick Perry, was torpedoed | Read More »

    The Obama Administration Outlaws New Coal-Fired Powerplants

    Yesterday the Obama Administration effectively outlawed coal as a fuel source and it underscores the importance of Congress severely circumscribing the authority of regulatory agencies. The Environmental Protection Agency will issue the first limits on greenhouse gas emissions from new power plants as early as Tuesday, according to several people briefed on the proposal. The move could end the construction of conventional coal-fired facilities in | Read More »

    Washington Post’s Lisa Miller Is An Idiot. Part 2.

    Earlier this month I posted on the attack by Lisa Miller, the Washington Post’s egregiously stupid religion correspondent, on Rick Santorum and Mitt Romney because they had large families. Miller found large families to be vaguely threatening to her self esteem and indicative of a “smug fecundity” and not valuing women for anything other than their ability to reproduce. Today Miller doubles down and accuses | Read More »

    Fairness Is For Suckers

    Every once in a while, despite our political differences, people of good faith can come together in agreement on major issues. Exhibit A is this New York Times op-ed by the unfortunately named Stanley Fish whom Wikipedia assures me is someone of some import though for what reason I really can’t tell. From Professor Fish: If we think about the Rush Limbaugh dust-up from the | Read More »

    The Obama Administration’s Assault on Religious Freedom

    Has the Obama Administration declared war upon religious freedom in the United States? This is not as extreme a question as it appears at first blush. What initially appeared to be a series of unrelated act is now taking on the color of a conscious strategy to eliminate the ability of religious groups to control any aspect of their lives outside the barest of liturgical | Read More »

    Milblogger Neptunus Lex Killed In Plane Crash

    One of the amazing things about the Internet is the way people you barely know can affect your life. One of those guys was Captain (ret.) Carroll LeFon who blogged at the eponymous Neptunus Lex. Back in 2004, when the Iraq war was running hot and I was new to the idea of having actual people read what I’d written, Lex lent his help, good | Read More »

    Washington Post’s Lisa Miller: Romney and Santorum Families Hurt Women

    In his homily of January 22, Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput said the following: As the historian Gertrude Himmelfarb observed more than a decade ago, “What was once stigmatized as deviant behavior is now tolerated and even sanctioned; what was once regarded as abnormal has been normalized.” But even more importantly, she added, “As deviancy is normalized, so what was once normal becomes deviant. The kind | Read More »