Stephen Colbert, God, and suffering

Stephen Colbert, who took over for David Letterman on The Late Show last week, is an iconoclastic comedian.  But he is also a devout Catholic.  When he was 10 years old, he lost his father and two brothers in a plane crash.  He talks about his faith and how he handled that tragedy–also J. R. R. Tolkien and how gratitude points to God– in an interview with GQ Magazine, excerpted after the jump. [Read more…]

Why Democrats hate you and Republicans are lousy politicians

Conservative satirist P. J. O’Rourke has written a devastating take-down of Democrats, though Republicans do not emerge unscathed.  You have got to read it.  Sample:

Democrats are in favor of abortion and against the death penalty. How could anyone possibly arrive at that pair of moral judgments? Republicans can, sometimes, understand the majesty of death—abortion as a matter of private conscience and evil paying the ultimate price. Republicans can, sometimes, understand the sacredness of life—each fetus as a being and how we must not take what we cannot give from any person, however bad. But no Republican understands the virtue of killing a baby too innocent to be born while sheltering and feeding a murderer until he gets fed up and tunnels out of Dannemora.

Read the whole thing, linked after the jump. [Read more…]

All of the state flags need to be changed?

States whose flags incorporate the Confederate Battle flag are probably going to be re-designing their banners.  But Alexandra Petri says that all of the states should get rid of their state flags and just start over.  She then launches into humorous critiques of all 50. After the jump, a link to her article and samples of what she considers the really bad ones. [Read more…]

“We Don’t Deserve Alexander Hamilton On Our Currency”

You’ve got to read Mollie Hemingway’s piece in the Federalist:  We Don’t Deserve Alexander Hamilton On Our Currency.  It defies excerpting.  It covers far more than just the woman-on-the-$10-bill issue.  I can’t explain it.  Just read it.  You’ll be glad you did.  Most of you.  Quite a few of you.

New York Times exposes Marco Rubio

The New York Times has published a series of articles (linked at the source, after the jump) uncovering scandalous details about Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio:  He has had 4 traffic tickets over 17 years!  He has a boat!  He has oversized windows in his house!  He has a nice car–OK, he just leases it, but still!  How could anyone vote for a man like that?

This kind of stretching shows that liberals are indeed afraid of Rubio.  It also shows the extreme-to-the-point-of-comical political bias of the New York Times.  Satirist Jon Stewart tends to be on the liberal side, but this coverage is so outlandish that it makes the Times a juicy target.  See the clip of what he does to the nation’s so-called paper of record, as well as an article about it, after the jump. [Read more…]

Imaginary Yelp reviews from famous theologians

What might Martin Luther, John Calvin, John Wesley, Charles Spurgeon, Charles Finney, Billy Graham, John Chrysostom, Tim Keller, and the Apostle Paul say about Joel Osteen’s church, with its Prosperity Gospel and Power of Positive Thinking?

Anthony Sacramone has the spiritual gift of being able to give spot-on madcap imitations of famous preachers and theologians.  See what he does in imagining Yelp reviews of Rev. Osteen’s church from those distinguished figures. [Read more…]