Good books

Summertime, and the living is easy.  A perfect time for reading.  It’s about time for me to reload my Kindle.  I have Lars Walker’s new novel, Hailstone Mountain, which  I’m looking forward to reading, but that won’t get me through the summer.   What books would you recommend?  (Feel free to recommend whatever you want–some one reading this blog is likely to appreciate it–but I myself will be looking not so much for scholarly tomes, of which I get enough during the school year, but lighter fare that is just fun to read.  The only limitation, Lit professor that I am, is that it needs to be well-written.)

Abortion and the Left

I’ve always wondered what is particularly “liberal” or even “left wing” about abortion, given that liberals and leftists generally present themselves as champions of the weak and the marginalized.  No one is as weak and marginalized as an unborn child.  Dale O’Leary, at the Catholic website Aleteia, explains the connection between radical feminism, leftist ideology, and the sexual revolution. [Read more…]

The factions in our proxy war in Syria

It isn’t just that we are intervening on behalf of the rebels in Syria by providing weapons.  We are intervening on behalf of a specific faction of rebels, with various Arab states supporting the other faction.  Since you can’t tell the players without a program, after the jump we have a guide to who’s fighting who in this complicated proxy war we’ve gotten ourselves into. [Read more…]

“The child who is born to you shall die”

The sermon last Sunday was about Nathan’s preaching to King David about his sin with Bathsheba in 2 Samuel 12.  Some striking insights about the role of the “sword” never departing from his house in keeping David (and us) faithful and about David’s other child, likewise descended from this sinful relationship (through Bathsheba’s child Solomon), who had to die. [Read more…]

Babies change the male brain

At least in deer mice.  Scientists have known that motherhood makes the female rodents smarter, better foragers, braver, and more level-headed.  A researcher has found the same effect in father mice.  In fact, something similar happens when male mice are exposed to baby mice, even when they aren’t the biological father.  All of this has been traced to specific changes in the mice brains.  This has not been proven, of course, for human beings, but many men can probably relate to this.

Details after the jump.  Have any of you been changed by fatherhood?  Or exposure to children? [Read more…]

Taxes as a means of control

The Constitution limits the federal government’s power, but it does give Congress the power to levy taxes.  So Congress has historically used its taxing authority to pre-empt state laws and to exercise control over its citizens’ behavior.  George Will discusses an essay by David B. Kopel and Trevor Burrus entitled “Sex, Drugs, Alcohol, Gambling and Guns: The Synergistic Constitutional Effects.” [Read more…]