Some housekeeping

I thought I was done with the “Gay-Hatin’ Gospel” series, but it seems not quite. First there are some questions and criticisms I’ll need to address, and then there are a host of other factors and considerations that I hadn’t thought of which arose in the comment threads. In particular, Brel raised an excellent point [Read More...]

Go read hilzoy

Please go read hilzoy on waterboarding: That we are even having a debate about this question, and that it is not a foregone conclusion that someone who claims not to know whether waterboarding is torture cannot possibly be confirmed as Attorney General, is a testament to the moral degradation of our country, and of our [Read More...]

Deferred maintenance

In just a few short hours Daylight Savings Time will end for real. Half the clocks in my apartment automatically “fell back” last weekend, which was annoying, but a useful excuse all week for showing up late. – – – – – – – – – A bit of perspective: Thousands of people, including 170 [Read More...]

Thursday open thread

All heresy is innovation, but not all innovation is heresy. [Read more...]

A remonstrance

The signers of the Declaration of Independence were “brave people, most of whom, by the way, were clergymen.” – Gov. Mike Huckabee Few years back I got a call from a friend who was putting on a community theater production of 1776, the musical about the signing of the Declaration of Independence. It’s an audience-pleaser, [Read More...]

Break down

National Public Radio’s “Morning Edition” yesterday discussed the image problem facing American automakers: According to global marketing information firm J.D. Power and Associates, 42 percent of all car buyers … won’t even look at a vehicle built by a U.S. company. Dave Sargent, J.D. Power’s vice president of auto research, said [that is] a mistake. [Read More...]

Finical rogues

The whole DUI thread that evolved in comments to the previous post reminds me of a conversation I once had with Dick Cheney in an undisclosed location. He wasn’t too impressed with the new, lower blood-alcohol standards either. “You call that ‘impaired’?” he said. “In my day a DUI used to mean something. I wasn’t [Read More...]

Oral Roberts is going down

“Scandal brewing at Oral Roberts U.” is the AP headline, but that seems like an understatement. “Scandals” — plural — is more like it. You’ve got your basic nonprofit-violating-its-tax-free-status scandal: Three former professors … sued ORU and [its president, Richard] Roberts, alleging they were wrongfully dismissed after reporting the school’s involvement in a local political [Read More...]


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