Hooray for Bill & Hillary Clinton! So says Kevin DeYoung over on Gospel Coalition

I have to agree with him; Mr. & Mrs. Clinton have both spoken eloquently in defending the importance of faith and marriage between one man and one woman.  Unfortunately my previous sentence was written in past tense.  Is this not the ultimate flip-flop, finger in the wind approach to leadership?  Mr. DeYoung’s summary point of several quotes is this: So to summarize from the speeches made by Senator Clinton and President Clinton: Marriage is a sacred bond between a man… Continue Reading ››

It’s Earth Day!

Everyone, it is Earth Day.  I remember painting garbage cans and lids with peace signs as a Sophomore in high school in the early 1970s to celebrate this hallowed day–at least for the radical environmentalists.  Look, I support clean air and water–though not the eradication of CO2, which I breath out and trees and plants take in.  But it certainly looks like the religionist environmentalists have co-opted the environmental issue and populate the upper reaches of governmental agencies dealing with… Continue Reading ››

Overcriminalization before the Supreme Court

Overcriminalization is in the Supreme Court news this week, according to Jonathan Keim, writing in the National Review Online in the April 19 issue.  Keim tells us that five cases to be heard by the Court thus week concern the issue of overcriminalization statutory law.  This issue is one I have followed since it came on the scene a few years back.  I consider it but one among several major scandals in lawmaking and court decision-making.  It has several manifestations. … Continue Reading ››

Book Review: Christian Postmodern Critique of Markets

Critics of capitalism or markets are not too difficult to find.  They come mainly from the ideological Left, but some also come from what appears to be a non-Leftist position of postmodernism.  I actually believe most postmoderns lean Left, some violently, but for now I will let that go.  Finally I have found a fairly good representative work that criticizes markets combining Christianity with postmodern thought.  It is worth it for the Bereans readers to know the anti-market arguments and… Continue Reading ››

Why is Hillary Clinton taken seriously by any serious person?

So asks Don Boudreaux over on Cafe Hayek.  And with very good reason.  You should read all of his post, the logic is impeccable if perhaps graphic. I share his post because it is a lament I had the other night while out walking the dog with my wife.  I wasn’t thinking of Mr. Boudreaux’s highlighted falsehood, but rather further back to the cattle futures incident, where Mrs. Clinton parleyed $1000 into $100,000, by, as she claimed at the time,… Continue Reading ››

Former Fed Vice Chair encourages patience on rate hikes. Beyond the bad economics, have we thought through the morality of zero interest rates?

Former Vice Chairman of the Federal Reserve board joined the chorus of Wall Street cheerleaders saying the Fed can afford to be patient with raising interest rates earlier this week.  His rationale? Inflation as measured by the consumer price index or the Fed’s favored measure is very low: The so-called hawks, who have been calling for rate hikes since 2009, have constantly warned of high inflation lurking just down the road. It must be a long road. The Fed’s favorite… Continue Reading ››

Rubio Rides to the Republican Rescue?

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) declared his candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination. What was a few weeks ago an empty field has now grown to three contenders, all first-term Senators. Of these, I think Rubio is the strongest. Let’s compare them quickly. Ted Cruz Elected to the U.S. Senate in 2012, and has Cuban lineage through his father, who fled the Castro regime Was Solicitor General for Texas and argued nine cases before the U.S. Supreme Court Strengths: Raw… Continue Reading ››

And Then There Were Two: Rand Paul Makes it Official

Republican Senator Rand Paul, from Kentucky, yesterday announced he is running for the GOP’s presidential nomination. Paul’s declaration, all at once, surprised no one, inspired supporters, and sprouted doubters. Unlike the other lightly experienced Senators–Ted Cruz, who announced recently, and Marco Rubio, who will announce soon–Paul is both weighted down and buoyed by association. His father, Ron Paul, the perennial presidential candidate, brought a hard-edged libertarianism into the GOP, generally against the party’s will. That philosophical core defines Rand Paul… Continue Reading ››

Book Review on the Industrial Revolution

It has been a long time since I have written anything on books I am reading.  I think I have a winner in a relatively new book by Joel Mokyr entitled The Enlightened Economy: Britain and the Industrial Revolution, 1700-1850, published by Penguin Books and Yale University in 2011 and 2009.  Now I know the title must make it sound as if the book is dry as dust.  Surprisingly, for a book of 564 pages, it is pretty lively.  But… Continue Reading ››

A Different/Similar Take on the Indiana Law

This blog serves as somewhat of a response to Mark Smith’s blog.  It is different however in that it deals primarily with legal and broader theological issues.   By now most know something about the stir in Indiana—I can feel the reverberations from across the border—concerning the recently passed state law protecting those with religious scruples from being prosecuted due to their refusal to serve individuals with whom they, based on conscience, fundamentally differ on religious grounds.  The law is… Continue Reading ››

Quote of the Week!

“Psychologically, faith is our own act, but the theological truth about it is that it is God’s work in us.”–J.I. Packer