Costs & benefits of Obamacare insurance

The states are starting to set up their insurance exchanges, so we are getting some idea of how much the required policies will cost and what their benefits will be.  There will be four levels of coverage:  platinum, gold, silver, and bronze.  In California, the “silver plan,” which is the level that federal subsidies for lower income folks will be based on, will cost $321 per month, but have a $2,000 deductible, requiring $45 co-pays.  Details after the jump. [Read more…]

Thumbs up for “Man of Steel”

Critics are torn over Man of Steel, the new Superman movie, though the general public likes it a lot, enough to set a record for a June opening.  This time I agree with the general public.  The movie is pro-life, anti-Nietzschean, pro-Kansas, pro-church (Superman goes to a church and talks to a pastor when he needs guidance), takes a shot at evolution, and it’s filled with blatant Christian allusions and symbolism.  That’s not enough to make it a good movie, of course, but there were other elements I appreciated. [Read more…]

U.S. will intervene in Syria

President Obama said that since Syria’s ruler, Bashar al-Assad, used chemical weapons against those rebelling against his regime, the United States will send weapons to help the rebels.  Though sending ground-troops is not being considered, officials are reportedly considering implementing a no-fly zone, using American aircraft. [Read more…]

A moderate wins the presidency of Iran

In a rare bit of good news for American foreign policy, a moderate was elected to the presidency of Iran, replacing the radical Islamist Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who was term limited out of office. [Read more…]

Best Father’s Day cartoon

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Comics – The Washington Post.

Fathers

I was doing an interview on KFUO with my daughter on our book Family Vocation: God’s Calling in Marriage, Parenting, and Childhood on the subject of Father’s Day.  As I was talking about how our Heavenly Father works through earthly fathers, it hit me that this will be the first Father’s Day I will have known without my father, who died just a few weeks ago.

I kind of broke (as my father would have said) in the middle of the interview.  Then again, I am a father too, and I felt that fatherly joy in one’s children as my daughter was giving such good answers on the show, thinking how well she turned out.  So it was a bittersweet, yet satisfying, moment. [Read more…]