Sea of Blue

Nationwide, “hands up” and “I can’t breathe” protesters have been demonstrating against police brutality.  But now police are staging demonstrations of their own. protesting the politicians and the citizens who do not appreciate the danger police officers face and who make it worse with their anti-police rhetoric.  Cities nationwide are seeing “sea of blue” demonstrations, featuring thousands of police officers in their blue uniforms. [Read more...]

What about New Year’s Resolutions?

A time-honored custom is to make New Year’s resolutions, decisions to use the new beginning offered by the new year to improve one’s life in some way.  Reportedly, 50% of people make such resolutions, but 89% fail to keep them.

This can be seen as evidence for the theological teaching about the bondage of the will.  But though moral self-improvement is largely fruitless, apart from the Gospel, are there are other kinds of resolutions (exercise, eat better, or keep a tidier desk [my goal year after futile year] that are worth making and might be realized?  (Though such non-moral resolutions fail too:  I’m told that new gym memberships soar at the first of the year, but that attendance plummets after just a few weeks.)

Have any of you actually kept a New Year’s resolution for the whole year or longer?  How did you manage that?  After the jump, some advice for doing so. [Read more...]

Obamacare employer mandate goes into effect

Now that it’s 2015, the next phase of Obamacare kicks in:  Employers of more than 100 people must give them insurance benefits.   This provision of the Affordable Care Act had been delayed by executive decree, but now it goes into effect.

Most employers in this range already provide health insurance to their employees, though the law does change things for the companies.  For example, those who work as many as 30 hours must now get insurance, even though they are not full time.

This time next year, the mandate will apply to smaller businesses those of 50 or more workers.  Businesses that hire fewer than 50 are not covered in the law and will not have to insure their employees. [Read more...]

Two cops murdered as protest

The protests against the killings of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO, and Eric Garner in New York City have led to what a New Jersey police union official  describes as a “fever pitch of anti-police sentiment.”  Across the country, routine police actions have become fraught with tension and the rhetoric of the protesters is sometimes advocating violence against the police.  Now two New York City police officers have been assassinated as retaliation. [Read more...]

The faults of No-Fault divorce

Re-building the institution of marriage requires changing the no-fault divorce laws, argue Thomas Farr and Hilary Towers.  Another product of the 1960s, these laws have had unintended social consequences, to the point that “the only contract that is utterly unenforceable in law is marriage.” [Read more...]

Marijuana is going the way of Big Tobacco

Now that marijuana is being legalized, the nascent industry is following the pattern of Big Tobacco in making the product more potent, lobbying, and commercializing the product.  So says Yale med school professor Samuel T. Wilkinson. [Read more...]


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