On Partisan Criticism and Excuses

When President Obama was elected in 2008, I commented to Jody that I would now have to listen to over-the-top complaints from a completely different group of friends than I had over the previous eight years.

I’m no apologist for George W. Bush. I just don’t think he was as bad as so many of [...]

Jesus Is Not on Your Side

I’ve been watching the responses to Bill O’Reilly’s book Killing Jesus. Note that I said I was following the responses. I haven’t read the book and don’t intend to. I can’t stand listening to its author and I don’t feel any obligation to subject myself to reading his words. My attitude parallels Allan Bevere’s.

I [...]

Syria: To Intervene or Not

Religion News Service provides us with some comments by the experts on the ethics of intervening in Syria (HT: UM-Insight). Now I am neither a theologian nor an ethicist, so I wouldn’t claim to be able to parse all the issues in deciding whether an intervention is just.

In fact, I find many of the [...]

Robert Reich on Immigration

Robert Reich exposes some myths about immigration. I’d have a couple of quibbles (I wish “myth” weren’t used in this way, for one thing), but they wouldn’t change the overall result. This is why I don’t worry about immigration. In fact, our paranoia about immigration costs more than immigration, in my view. I favor treating [...]

Colbert Discovers the Real Strategy Behind Data Mining

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Confirmation Bias?

Allan Bevere writes about the way we tend to see much more corruption in the opposing party than in our own.

The Other Party

Too many people complain when the other party abuses power, few when their own does. Ed Brayton smacks both down. Good job!

The Federal Government Could Save Some Money

… by not doing this. Maybe some of those states’ rights advocates could apply some states’ rights to the issue.

Link: Why Anti-Authoritarians Are Diagnosed as Mentally Ill

I think this article is great, and quite accurate, from my non-expert perspective: Why Anti-Authoritarians Are Diagnosed as Mentally Ill

Energion Political Debate

Two authors for my company Energion Publications are conducting a year-long political debate. I ask a question each month, they each answer (posted on the third Thursday of the month), and then continue to respond to each other’s positions until we post the next question. Currently the topic is the role of government.

The current [...]