Political scientist James Q. Wilson has died.  Among his many contributions was an article on “Broken Windows”–observing that if a broken window in a building doesn’t get fixed, soon all the windows will be broken, an example of how social order must be established in small things so as to create social order in big things–a theory that led to new methods of police work that, famously, caused the crime rate in New York City to drop dramatically. George Will… Read more

Today is Super Tuesday, when 10 states hold their presidential primaries and caucuses all on the same day, delivering over 400 delegates (nearly 18% of them all). The states and their number of delegates are as follows:  Georgia (76), Idaho (32), Massachusetts (41), North Dakota (28), Ohio (66), Oklahoma (43), Tennessee (58), Vermont (17), and Virginia (49), and Alaska (27). We will learn at the end of the day whether the Republican contenders will keep slugging it out or if… Read more

Radio talker Rush Limbaugh has his schtick, but when he targeted a college student who had been agitating for free contraception–calling her a “slut” and a prostitute and telling her to post her sex videos on the internet–he surely crossed a line.  Nine sponsors have cancelled advertising on his show.  Conservative candidates and politicians are distancing themselves from him.  He has since apologized, but the fallout remains. I’ve heard it said that Rush’s obnoxious behavior towards women may drive them… Read more

The saga of Issues, Etc., after much drama, is moving to a happy resolution.  The confessional Lutheran radio show  was booted from the LCMS-owned radio station KFUO for its uncompromising theological stands, sparking an uproar that, arguably, contributed to the election of new, more conservative leadership in the church body.  After being killed off, Issues, Etc., hosted by Todd Wilkens and produced by Jeff Schwarz, rose from the dead on the Internet, raising their own money and purchasing some time… Read more

The state where I now live, Virginia, has its presidential primary on Tuesday, joining nine other states in a delegate extravaganza that constitutes Super Tuesday.   As I’ve complained earlier, the only candidates to get their act together so as to come up with enough names on petitions to get on the ballot here in the state that has provided more presidents than any other are Mitt Romney and Ron Paul. Now I wasn’t going to vote at all, since, as… Read more

Last Thursday the Washington Post had a big feature article–on the front page, no less–about Washington, Oklahoma, which is just down the road from where my wife’s father and brother live.  The article was focusing on Oklahoma as a Super Tuesday state and as one of the most consistently Republican states in the union, voting for George W. Bush at a rate of 65.6% and for John McCain at the exact same rate of 65.6%.   The little town of Washington,… Read more

You will need this:  Lutheran Insulter. HT:  Mockingbird Read more

Please indulge me in another post about our book Family Vocation:  God’s Calling in Marriage, Parenting, and Childhood.  (And, hey, thanks for bringing us into the top 2,000 on Amazon!) When a book is on the verge of being released, the publisher sends out copies of the proofs to various dignitaries in an effort to get endorsements and blurbs.  They ask the authors to do the same if they have any appropriate contacts. I’ve gone through that process quite a… Read more

David Swindle, a self-described “agnostic theist” describes six different kinds of agnosticism.  Click here for explanations of each one: 1. Agnostic-Atheist-Materialist-Scientist: “God probably doesn’t exist but I won’t say so absolutely because that would reveal that deep down I’m just as dogmatic as the Jesus Freaks I live to mock and that I’m just using science as a rhetorical device to dupe people into respecting my materialist theology.” 2. Agnostic-Atheist-Postmodern-Contrarian Jerk: “I don’t know if God exists and I’m not… Read more

The beer fast does not mean giving up beer.  It means giving up everything except beer.  While this may sound Lutheran, it was actually the practice of the monks of Neudeck, who developed Doppelbock for this very purpose.  Last year the beer connoisseur J. Wilson took on this Lenten discipline.  From his account of the 46 days: According to legend, the 17th century monks of Neudeck ob der Au outside Munich, Germany, developed the rich-and-malty beer to sustain them during… Read more

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