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In my dying time

Monday, September 21st, 2015 Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments »

So I'll just begin with an admission that I know it's crazy and macabre and most certainly narcissistic. What I've been doing in my essays lately, however, is forgetting, for just a little while, that someone might read them. Just ...

On concession

Wednesday, August 7th, 2013 Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on On concession

Some of you may like my latest essay on the Image "Good Letters" channel at Patheos. Others of you may hate it with a fiery burning hatred. Here's an excerpt: It was an offering. I understand why you are afraid of men ...

Gays, Boy Scouts, and dogma

Monday, February 4th, 2013 Posted in Uncategorized | 19 Comments »

The Boy Scouts of America is considering an end to its prohibition against homosexual troop leaders, deferring that decision to local councils. Sexual molestation! cry opponents, and so into the breach rushes the conscientious journalist, whose moral obligation is to ...

Literally small-minded

Wednesday, January 30th, 2013 Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Literally small-minded

Granted, playwright turned conservative-screed artist David Mamet lately comes across like that kid in philosophy class who just got hold of Atlas Shrugged and believes everyone should read it immediately. Still, he's not an idiot. Which is what makes Ta-Nehisi Coates's ...

Problem-rushers

Tuesday, December 4th, 2012 Posted in Uncategorized | 5 Comments »

We're trying to find an office manager, and so I've had to articulate what makes for a good employee. This is a treacherous and particularized endeavor, because the people who appear to be good employees for other bosses would likely ...

Voting is its own revenge

Tuesday, November 6th, 2012 Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment »

On Election Day, it helps to keep in mind who is to blame for the mess we're in. Which reminds me to share with you an excerpt from my most recent essay at Image's Patheos channel: "Sports talk is well suited ...

Conflict of Visions

Monday, September 17th, 2012 Posted in Uncategorized | 7 Comments »

I suppose the Constitution has seen better times. Time Magazine asked last year if it's still relevant, a former Speaker of the House scoffed at the notion that a radical expansion of federal power might be forbidden by it, and ...

Why Journalists Fail

Thursday, September 13th, 2012 Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments »

Let me run a theory about men and women by you. Your job is to tell me if you think the New York Times would print it: The reason that women economically outperform men—women in their 20s outearn their male counterparts, ...

The cowardice of the Chronicle

Wednesday, May 9th, 2012 Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments »

So The Chronicle of Higher Education has seen fit to fire Naomi Schaefer Riley for criticizing the state of what passes for "Black Studies" in American universities. There's no need to break that down here, Jonathan Last has a telling ...

On the virtues of snake-killing

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012 Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment »

Some of you know about my long-running battles with snakes. You'll understand, therefore, why I so appreciate Jonah Goldberg's jeremiad against snake-enabling military-industrial complexes, and beyond that, his bloody-minded willingness to harness good old American entrepreneurial violence in order to ...

Expert Offense

Friday, January 27th, 2012 Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Expert Offense

Some of you may like my latest Image post, even though (or maybe because) it ranges from E.O. Wilson to homosexuality to Michael Polanyi to engineers to literature to the Dewey Decimal System to sparking revolution with bedtime stories. Here's ...

About what comes next

Thursday, January 26th, 2012 Posted in Uncategorized | 15 Comments »

Sometimes I care about a political battle or news event or Item of Great National Debate enough to write about it, but then I stop, because I think someone has already said this better, or said its opposite more persuasively, ...

Dreaming God

Thursday, August 18th, 2011 Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Dreaming God

Some of you might like my most recent essay at the Image Good Letters blog, "Dreaming God." Here's an excerpt: ". . . my experience is that nothing enrages the rational, scientific atheist more than when you get rational and scientific with ...

Put me in a box

Thursday, October 21st, 2010 Posted in Uncategorized | 14 Comments »

An organization of which I've been a big fan for years is the Institute for Justice, a team of Davids repeatedly taking on Goliaths who use the powers of government to keep small businesspeople from competing with them. IJ's defense ...

Another reason not to get medical advice online

Friday, October 15th, 2010 Posted in Uncategorized | 4 Comments »

Several people in the office have come down with the pinkeye. I always thought it came from poopy hands, which makes me think less of everyone afflicted. When I mentioned this to Wife, she said I was wrong, that pinkeye ...

On the virtue of a good beating

Wednesday, October 6th, 2010 Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments »

Jonah Goldberg, on how the despicable Fred Phelps and his entourage might have been dealt with in an earlier, more "hands-on" era: "If this country worked more properly, if you saw a whole bunch of battered, bruised and bloodied people in ...

Two toddlers walk into a bar…

Saturday, October 2nd, 2010 Posted in Uncategorized | 5 Comments »

I'm not overly prudish. I can appreciate a form-fitting skirt, a cool glass of whiskey, Everclear turned up good and loud. I've even been known to drop an expletive or two. But one thing I cannot abide is this trend, ...

All’s fair

Friday, September 10th, 2010 Posted in Uncategorized | 6 Comments »

Speaking of Woodlief vacations, you might enjoy my latest piece in The Wall Street Journal, "Our Love Affair With the Fairs."

Good intentions

Tuesday, August 10th, 2010 Posted in Uncategorized | 4 Comments »

The University of Virginia has adopted a tough new policy that requires student criminals to self-report arrests. In other news, local fraternities are being nicely asked to send flower bouquets to every co-ed who finds herself taken advantage of on ...

Refine this

Monday, August 9th, 2010 Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment »

Terry Nichols, the terrorist whose twisted little mind told him to fight government oppression by blowing up babies and postal clerks, is suing officials at the federal prison where he resides, apparently not counting it so much a blessing that ...

Sample size matters

Friday, August 6th, 2010 Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Sample size matters

Spokesman for British retailer Tesco: "We do not think this skirt is inappropriate and neither do the parents we've talked to." Except, of course, the many parents who are so troubled by the hem-hiked mini-skirts you're marketing to nine year-olds that ...

The Genoveses battle oxymorons

Monday, March 29th, 2010 Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on The Genoveses battle oxymorons

"They began to find themselves defending Cahtolic orthodoxy in debate with 'Christian Marxists' who knew little about Christianity or Marxism." (David Paul Deavel, about Eugene Genovese and his late wife Elizabeth, in the Jan/Feb issue of Touchstone)

Mr. Orwell, please call your office

Saturday, March 13th, 2010 Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Mr. Orwell, please call your office

Chinese Minister of Industry and Information Technology, in response to Google's refusal to assist China's thugocracy in stifling free speech and oppressing it's citizenry: "You are unfriendly and irresponsible..."

Finding a home for schooling

Monday, March 1st, 2010 Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Finding a home for schooling

The German home-schooling family which fled the government in their country has been granted asylum by a federal immigration judge in Memphis, on the grounds that they face persecution for both their religious beliefs and their social group. The U.S. ...

How wise is the SitG crowd?

Sunday, February 28th, 2010 Posted in Uncategorized | 30 Comments »

I've been working for days on a spreadsheet for my publisher, listing not only my media contacts and influential acquaintances -- all of whom will receive advance copies of my book in hopes that they will read it and subsequently ...

Scouting the handbook

Friday, February 26th, 2010 Posted in Uncategorized | 15 Comments »

In Friday's Wall Street Journal I assess the state of the Boy Scout Handbook after 100 years of revisions: Scouts founders hoped the BSA could remain above politics and address character. They couldn't anticipate the day when a future honorary Scout ...

It’s called a knife and fork

Monday, February 22nd, 2010 Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments »

The most interesting part of this article, to me, is not the safety guy calling for a choke-proof hot dog, but the fact that there is a National Hot Dog & Sausage Council. I envision a bunch of guys who ...

“We don’t have to give you that”

Monday, February 15th, 2010 Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on “We don’t have to give you that”

It looks an awful lot like L.A. County's Department of Children and Family Services is covering up details of child abuse deaths less out of concern for legal procedure than from fear of tarnishing their already deplorable record.

Haiti Orphanage Update

Friday, January 15th, 2010 Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment »

This is the place where help for the orphanage is being coordinated. They've got a law firm working on expediting the adoption issues, and they've announced it's now legal for every one of the children to enter the U.S., though ...

Be doers

Thursday, January 14th, 2010 Posted in Uncategorized | 15 Comments »

Okay people, I don't ask you for much, but I'm asking all of you to do two things. You've seen on your televisions the horror in Haiti. I have a friend who has been working for a long time to ...