Author Archives: Jack's Pipe

Oh no, it’s unregulated!

A fitness article recently instructed readers to be careful because the fitness industry is largely unregulated. I reacted the way I often do when reading this common sentiment: Oh no! What are we going to do? I feel so unmoored … Continue reading

Posted in General | Comments Off on Oh no, it’s unregulated!

The least Christlike person of all

Almost every time someone comments that a certain Christian or Christian group isn’t being Christ-like, it’s when they actually are being Christ-like by calling sin – usually sodomy – “sin.” If those who make this glib comment actually understood the … Continue reading

Posted in General | Comments Off on The least Christlike person of all

A&E’s magnanimity

Reading A&E’s reasoning for reinstating Phil Robertson reminded me of an old Joe Sobran quote: Liberalism wants us to ‘set aside our differences,’ as if our differences don’t really matter as much as the things on which we can all … Continue reading

Posted in General | Comments Off on A&E’s magnanimity

The real argument against government health care

I heard a radio host say that most people support a “right” to health care. However, support vanishes once people realize that coverage will go down and costs will go up. All true. But arguing from the vantage point of … Continue reading

Posted in General | Comments Off on The real argument against government health care

The shutdown

I support the government shutdown, especially if they quit teasing me and make it permanent. Of course, only a small part of the government is shut down. And as has been said here many times, any politician who talks about … Continue reading

Posted in General | Comments Off on The shutdown

A slight compliment

Well, if I can issue a slight compliment to Barack Obama, the abortionist’s friend, he does seem a bit more reluctant than your average Republican to play bombs away in other countries. Of course, lots of killing continues in Afghanistan, … Continue reading

Posted in General | Comments Off on A slight compliment

The end of the buzz

I highly commend the series of Riddleblog articles on “the buzz” in Orange County in the second half of the 20th century. Start at the beginning or with its terrific conclusion. The series explores the cool factor of many SoCal … Continue reading

Posted in General | Comments Off on The end of the buzz

A time for peace

Be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves. -Matt 10:16 I get the sense that I didn’t learn the lesson “Fruitvale Station” intended. It’s a movie about the last day in the life of a black man named … Continue reading

Posted in General | Comments Off on A time for peace

A one-way dialogue

One thing I’ve noticed over the last 30 years is that when liberals go on about our need for “dialogue” and “conversation,” what they really want is a monologue. We talk, you listen. We: bench. You: dock. “Dialogue” now means … Continue reading

Posted in General | Comments Off on A one-way dialogue

The world’s unforgiveable sin

Nothing ruins a career faster than the use of the “N” word. You may have used it 20 years ago, but no matter. From here forward, the world has been served notice: you are an unreliable element. You have hate … Continue reading

Posted in General | Comments Off on The world’s unforgiveable sin

When you wish upon a star…

Wish hard enough fathers, and this can be you. Possibilities. I mean, who woulda thunk it? OK, wealth, fame, and power cover a multitude of sins, but anyhoo… Think of all the young women out there who’ve benefited from this … Continue reading

Posted in General | Comments Off on When you wish upon a star…

Howard Phillips, RIP

Howard Phillips died a few days ago, and I trust he went to be with the Lord. He ran for president several times on the Constitution Party ticket. He was a principled conservative who was a founder of the Moral … Continue reading

Posted in General | Comments Off on Howard Phillips, RIP

Past and future alike

History always has its progressives and collectivists who push for a better world through authoritarian measures. Violence– forcing people to do what they don’t want to do — is an inseparable part of all collectivism. The symbols of progressivism are … Continue reading

Posted in General | Comments Off on Past and future alike

The brave new world of marriage

The Westminster Confession states that marriage is between a man and woman, “ordained for the mutual help of husband and wife; for the increase of mankind with a legitimate issue, and of the Church with an holy seed; and for … Continue reading

Posted in General | Comments Off on The brave new world of marriage

Less freedom, not more

Douglas Wilson has his eye on the ball on this gay marriage situation: The same sex marriage crusade has nothing whatever to do with what people can do sexually in private, and it has everything to do with what you … Continue reading

Posted in General | Comments Off on Less freedom, not more

Cresting the hill

This “gay marriage” movement is like one long, tiresome political propaganda campaign. Come on everybody, get on board or get left behind! The Supreme Court, from what I can tell, fills two roles. First and foremost, it puts the seal … Continue reading

Posted in General | Comments Off on Cresting the hill

She who pays the piper…

How great, therefore, the wickedness of human nature is! How many girls there are who prevent conception and kill and expel tender fetuses, although procreation is the work of God. -Martin Luther Tim Bayly wrote today about something I mentioned … Continue reading

Posted in General | Comments Off on She who pays the piper…

No king but Caesar

Pilate said to them, “Shall I crucify your King?” The chief priests answered, “We have no king but Caesar.” -John 19:15 One thing I notice in Facebook posts, articles, and TV snippets here and there is the unvarying faith of … Continue reading

Posted in General | Comments Off on No king but Caesar

Ah, bygone youth

Sometimes I am teleported back to my days growing up in liberal protestantism. With certain people– Hillary Clinton comes to mind– you just get that stilted joylessness of one who quaffed from its poisoned wells of unbelief. “I feel it … Continue reading

Posted in General | Comments Off on Ah, bygone youth

Tyranny in the nursery

Whenever is found what is called a paternal government, there is found state education. It has been discovered that the best way to ensure implicit obedience is to commence tyranny in the nursery. – Benjamin Disraeli, 1874

Posted in General | Comments Off on Tyranny in the nursery

Whipped up about nothing (2012 election, part 2)

When it comes to trusting the integrity and insight of a statement on a 1 to 10 scale, you might put words from your pastor or a “Slippery When Wet” sign in the hallway near 10, and email spam near … Continue reading

Posted in General | Comments Off on Whipped up about nothing (2012 election, part 2)

More than Abortion (2012 election, part 1)

I’m not voting for Mitt Romney, mainly because he is no different than his opponent (I’ll expand on this in a follow-up post). The dominant response I’ve received to that declaration isn’t a defense of Romney. Instead it comes back … Continue reading

Posted in General | Comments Off on More than Abortion (2012 election, part 1)

Homeschooling: opting out of the state

Here’s an excellent article by Gary North. He’s right that, far more than the Ron Paul movement, the one great and successful effort to “opt out of the state” is the homeschooling movement. Public schools are a colossal waste of … Continue reading

Posted in General | Comments Off on Homeschooling: opting out of the state

Clinton the Statesman

Course I’m respectable. I’m old. Politicians, ugly buildings, and whores all get respectable if they last long enough. -Noah Cross in Chinatown During his presidency, Bill Clinton was seen largely as a punch line. He was the self-absorbed, knavish, shameless … Continue reading

Posted in General | Comments Off on Clinton the Statesman

Moderates do the real damage

I am coming more and more to agree with Lew Rockwell that voting is a waste of time, but what about the argument that we should vote for the man who will do less damage? Why not vote for the … Continue reading

Posted in General | Comments Off on Moderates do the real damage