Two more planets in our Solar System?

Pluto has been demoted from its planet status, though some dispute that.  But astronomers have found evidence that there may be two actual planets beyond Pluto.

If they are definitively discovered, what should we call them?  The names should be classical to fit with the others.  I say name one Athena, after the goddess of wisdom, since wisdom is also elusive and hard to detect.  And let’s  name the other one Pluto, so that we’ll once again have a planet named Pluto. [Read more...]

Responding to satire with satire

Anthony Sacramone, no mean satirist himself, shows how a religion that is being attacked by satire should respond:  with satire.  And he gives the example of one of the great apologists of the Early Church:   Tertullian. [Read more...]

Letting kids walk home as child neglect

A 10-year old-boy and his 6-year-old sister were walking home from a park in an affluent Maryland suburb.  The police stopped them and are now investigating their parents for child neglect.

The parents are said to be part of the “free-range” parenting movement.  But I walked seven blocks to and from school from the time I was in the first grade, aged six.  And once I could ride a bike, the whole town was my playground.   My parents, who were not part of any movement, certainly weren’t neglecting me!  Are the times that much more dangerous today?  Evidence would suggest not, and yet letting a six-year-old walk to school like that probably seems unthinkable to most parents.  (It’s unthinkable to me, thinking of my grandchildren!) [Read more...]

Tonight’s State of the Union address

Tonight, President Obama will give the annual State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress beginning at 9:00 p.m. EST.  The previews suggest that the president will put forward a number of liberal fantasies–raise taxes, offer free community college–that have absolutely no chance of passing in the Republican-controlled House of Representatives and the Republican-controlled Senate.

But let’s see what he has to say.  Feel free to live-blog the speech here by commenting on it as it unfolds. [Read more...]

A narrowed religious liberty vs. erotic liberty

Religious liberty, Al Mohler observes, is being restricted to private, unexpressed inner feelings and to what happens within the walls of a church.  Whereas traditionally, religions liberty extended to convictions that apply to external behavior and views about society.  But today religious views about how a person lives his or her life in the world are  increasingly are being outlawed and punished.  Dr. Mohler also gives a name to the specific conflict we are seeing today:  religious liberty vs. erotic liberty. [Read more...]

Most public school kids are poor

Over half of the students in America’s public schools–51% overall, but in many states the number is much higher–are from families below the poverty line.

Some will say that this is because the middle class has abandoned public education, what with homeschooling, parochial and other Christian schools, and other private institutions.  But why are so many middle class families not sending their children to public schools anymore?  What could public schools do to bring them back? [Read more...]


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