To the Hobbit and Back

Still recovering from that early morning showing of the Hobbit. Two observations:

1) Thank God Elijah Wood had only a glorified cameo appearance in this one.

2) If Andy Serkis doesn’t win an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for Gollum, the voting was rigged.

Two Computers, $1,000 and a Trip to DC Later…

… I am back, only a little worse for the wear.

Strange Unbedfellows

In my election day piece for Splice Today, “Pot: Why Not?” I look at the hurdles that would-be advocates of marijuana decriminalization face, including a refusal to cooperate by parties that might agree on this issue. To wit:

Given their general pro-market politics, Republicans ought overwhelmingly to favor decriminalization, and more. The conservative National Review famously came out in favor of complete legalization well over a decade ago with the cover headline “The War on Drugs Is Lost.” That principled argument has yet to filter down the Republican ranks [more...]

An Angel Walks into a Bar

Thomas Nelson’s Joel Miller has a new book out about angels, which I blurbed. We ran a promotional piece by Miller in Real Clear Religion yesterday. In the process of giving Hollywood some ideas about how to do angels right, Miller took a few fun digs:

Hollywood usually blows it when it comes to angels. Clarence from It’s a Wonderful Life may be endearing, but he’s nothing like the angels we find in the pages of scripture.

Ditto for Christopher Lloyd in Angels in the Outfield or Denzel Washington in The Preacher’s Wife. And if John Travolta had played Gabriel instead of Michael, Mary would have called off the Annunciation.

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Mountain Goats Are Back!

Great news! The Mountain Goats have a new album “Transcendental Youth,” official release date October 2. You can preview pretty much the whole album right here. While I struggle to pick out a favorite, here’s one of the singles, “Cry for Judas”:

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Speak to the Chair!

In case you ever feel the overwhelming urge to argue with me.

Objectivism Shrugged?

“I think you’re on to an interesting story. The whole John Allison-Cato thing has the makings of an epic disaster.”

So begins the response of my source, Deep Galt, on the eminent appointment of the Ayn Rand Institute-affiliated Allison to head the Cato Institute.

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