Amateur theologians

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The debate over the which Syrian refugees (if any) and how many of them to bring to the United States has brought out a cadre of amateur theologians—many of whom darken the doorway of a house of worship only for weddings and funerals—quick to tell us exactly WWJD when it comes to public policy. The […]

The Syrian Refugees

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In the wake of last week’s terrorist attacks in Paris that left more than 100 dead, President Obama has decided that it is a good time to reemphasize his plan to bring 200,000 Syrian refugees to America over the next two years. This despite the fact that at least one of the Paris terrorists entered […]

The Hacks at Politifact

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The self-proclaimed fact-checkers at Politifact have really had a banner day today, publishing two flawed fact-checks that betray their partisan leanings. The hacks at Politifact aren’t even trying anymore. First, reporter Emma Hinchliffe and her editor Matt Schwartz go out of their way to find a way to cast doubt on the statement by Texas […]

Crazies and the Media

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My local paper, the San Luis Obispo Tribune, published a letter this morning from a mentally unhinged man, Jim Long of Shell Beach. Personally, I oppose the death penalty for even the most heinous crimes. However I would support the public hanging of the so-called Freedom Caucus of Republicans, which I consider guilty of high treason […]

The War on Drugs has Failed

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Let’s face it: The War on Drugs has Failed. For decades the government has spent untold billions or trillions of dollars on law enforcement and mass incarceration of people who are only destroying their own lives. Don’t get me wrong. I don’t think people should be using PCP, cocaine, marijuana, ecstasy or any other currently […]

Twitter ignorance

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Perhaps the best thing about journalism’s embrace of the Twitter platform hasn’t been near-instantaneous breaking news reporting or the ability for the hoi polloi to interact directly on occasion with reporters, but to reveal the sometimes astounding levels of ignorance that the media “elite” have about everyday items. During the Ferguson protests, a Huffington Post […]

Liberals and guns

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The mass-murder last week by a Christian-hating nutjob at Umpqua Community College is tragic. The liberal response, however, is predictable. President Obama came out before the bodies had a chance to cool and called for more gun regulations. As it so often turns out none of the standard boilerplate “commonsense” solutions from the left would […]

Fact Checking Frauds

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Those who read this site regularly (when I actually do post) will note that my disdain for self-proclaimed media “fact checkers” runs wide and deep—with good reason. Fact Checking Frauds Last week the Washington Post “fact checker” Michelle Ye Hee Lee decided to exercise her liberal hack muscles and look into GOP presidential candidate Carly Fiorina’s […]

Conflicts of Interest

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Conflicts of interest are not uncommon occurrences. In most professional settings, when these sorts of things occur they’re taken care of without much of a kerfuffle. If a football referee has a son playing on a football team, he doesn’t referee that particular game. Sometimes, in the interest of making things as aboveboard as possible, […]

Heinlein’s advice

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Back in the 2008 primary season I wrote a short post featuring sci-fi author Robert Heinlein’s advice on how to vote without needing to do extensive research on a candidate’s political positions, history, etc. If you are part of a society that votes, then do so. There may be no candidates and no measures you […]