Category Archives: Culture

1984’s arrival

Angelo Codevilla recently noted something alarmingly simple: claiming that you can determine your own gender is worse than the Orwellian notion of 2+2=5. Think about that for a minute. It’s true. This inanity is being pushed by a power elite … Continue reading

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Atheists are a drag

Someone who can be so foolish… so numb to their own nature, so diminishing not only of God’s glory but of their own humanity… I find it so demeaning to my own spirituality, to my own enjoyment of God’s creation, … Continue reading

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Grab a gun, young lady

Conscription is a form of enslavement and I’m thankful that national opinion currently opposes a military draft. I’m also thankful there isn’t the type of mandatory “national service” to Caesar that is in place elsewhere. However, a national emergency is … Continue reading

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Another mediocre Star Wars film

The last, and only, good Star Wars film came out in 1977. Before George Lucas got cute, that film was simply called “Star Wars.” It generated deserved excitement at the theater. It was audacious, it was original, and yet it … Continue reading

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A Gang Member’s Story

This is one of those articles that makes you think.

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Experiencing history in New York

My wife and I enjoyed a fine anniversary weekend in New York City. Always interested in the reality of something versus how it’s reported in the media, I wandered down (wife in tow) to observe the Occupy Wall Street (OWS) … Continue reading

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American “exceptionalism” and Scripture

Of all the themes espoused by conservative pundits like Rush Limbaugh, perhaps the most damaging is this idea of American “exceptionalism.” How can it possibly be squared with the Scripture? It can’t. When the Bible says that all men have … Continue reading

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Doctors and pastors

Does anyone else bristle at the idea of calling all PhD’s “doctors?” It reeks of pretentious puffery. For me, a doctor is a medical doctor. I’ll call Ron Paul “Dr. Paul” because he is a an obstetrician. I can’t call … Continue reading

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The death of an evil man

Last night was a festive atmosphere at the White House, as people celebrated Bin Laden’s death. I even saw girls standing on shoulders, falling into arms as a cheerleader would at a college football game. For some reason it reminded … Continue reading

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Unions and state governments

Some random thoughts as we watch the battles play out between public unions and government officials… Why do so many people look upon policemen, firemen, and public school teachers as sacrosanct? To use the latter example, public schools are an … Continue reading

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Demotivational speaking

Few things are as demotivating as motivational speakers. Today in Columbus, we had this event. Among all the shining luminaries — Laura Bush! Terry Bradshaw! Lola Heatherton and Dr. Tongue! — guess who was the keynote speaker? Yes, the same … Continue reading

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Joe Sobran, RIP

The great columnist, Joe Sobran, has died at the age of 64. Sobran wrote for the National Review back when it was interesting, largely because of him. He’s in that handful of my greatest influences. His syndicated column was popular … Continue reading

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Yoga goes mainstream

Of all the workouts I do, if I had to keep one it’d be the yoga. I’ve found nothing better to improve strength, flexibility, posture, and especially balance. It’s not fun to do, but you feel great afterward. It’s good … Continue reading

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Thinking about racism

For my entire lifetime, I have been hearing the word “racism.” For 25 years, phrases like “Dr. King’s dream” have been cues to either change the channel or prepare for a tiresome torrent of cliches. There has always been something … Continue reading

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RIP, Ronnie James Dio

Ronnie James Dio, the man on the silver mountain, died earlier this week. His lyrics were sometimes loathsome, but I always admired his incredible pipes. One of rock’s oddities is the 1980 collaboration between Dio and Kerry Livgren, the blonde … Continue reading

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Rock-solid Christians

The Blind Side offers a kind of liberal Hollywood version of conservative values: all rock-solid valor, all the time. -Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly. I haven’t seen the movie, but that’s a very perceptive comment. We often see Hollywood portraying Christians … Continue reading

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Doubting our civil religion

There are those who still think they are holding the pass against a revolution that may be coming up the road. But they are gazing in the wrong direction. The revolution is behind them. It went by in the Night … Continue reading

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Thinking about Tiger

It’s pretty clear that Tiger Woods, like Bill Clinton, has a frightful habit. This man with a carefully cultivated image has been embarrassed nationally. Assuming he possesses more self-awareness and less shamelessness than Clinton (which describes 99% of the population), … Continue reading

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The decline of secular Christmas music

My wife tells me that most of the music played on the radio stations doing 24/7 Christmas music is pretty insufferable. Bad jazzy renditions. Edgy nonsense. Sheryl Crow. There’s a reason for this. Consider this list of of classics that … Continue reading

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Animal rights and the binding of weak consciences

Eat whatever is sold in the meat market without raising any question on the ground of conscience. -1 Cor 10:25 In The Weight of Glory, C.S. Lewis talked of us peopling the earth with nymphs and elves to express a … Continue reading

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The church will never perish

Two stories hit recently: the coming end of don’t ask, don’t tell and the extension of “hate crimes” protection to homosexuals. Expect the latter to be used eventually against a recalcitrant (i.e. faithful) church. This came to mind again while … Continue reading

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The other side of the “choice” coin

This article hits it on the head. Hollywood always treats abortion with plenty of dishonesty and euphemism. Usually the woman is raped or abused, or at worst she’s a teen who commits a youthful “indiscretion.” She earnestly ponders her situation, … Continue reading

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Don’t sweat the media; be the media

We’ve reached a cultural milestone in the past few weeks with the stories about Van Jones and ACORN. The government has made major decisions based on reporting done by enterprising, internet-based reporters. Mainstream media outlets have almost completely ignored these … Continue reading

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Given all, but wanting more

You broke the bonds and You Loosed the chains Carried the cross Of my shame Of my shame You know I believe it But I still haven’t found what I’m looking for -U2, I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking … Continue reading

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The intellectual side of 1960s indulgence

I caught about 5 minutes of a cable show about the 60s counterculture. In it, the actor Danny Glover informs us: [Haight Ashbury of 1967] was about taking mescaline and [having sex]. It was about smoking weed and [having sex]. … Continue reading

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