Category Archives: Media & Politics

What is Going On in the Surveillance World?

What a morass we have now with regard to the allegations, refutations, and counter-allegations concerning the possibility of intelligence community “wiretapping” of Donald Trump or his associates before the election and after it.  At this point, we have an allegation by President Trump that Obama wiretapped the Trump Tower.  Now before people go off on Trump prematurely, let me say that the word “wiretapping” is the commonly used popular term for any kind of “spying” or surveillance.  Trump was not… Continue Reading ››

Non-Fake Update on Fake News

This is getting a bit confusing.  Now we see fake news writers excoriating what they call fake news.  Moreover, we now have a battle of alleged fake news going.  In the past few days the allegation that Russia was hacking the Democratic National Committee website has been a major theme of the Left in DC.  Interesting that the original hacking had to do with John Podesta, not the DNC.  Now it is the DNC.  The Left claims support from the… Continue Reading ››

Fake News: Hint, this blog is not fake news

Well, it appears that at least some people have now found a new pet peeve, so-called “fake news,” to be useful in attacking news stories they don’t like.  The term of course is new, but the fact is not new at all.  Various media throughout the centuries have engaged in propagandistic writing in various forms, from pamphlets and broadsides to today’s social media.  And to be completely fair, a lot of what we might call news is factually unverified and… Continue Reading ››

The Alt-Right: What is it and does it exist?

The latest term to be coined by political pundits and liberals as well as conservatives of various stripes is “alt-right.”  I have had a short back-and-forth conversation with some of my Bereans colleagues and read a few articles on this phenomenon.  Well, guess what, I can’t find agreement on it.  Is it a “real” phenomenon (I will explain “real” below)?  Is it “right”?  Is it a coherent set of ideas?  If it does exist as some sort of coherent movement… Continue Reading ››

To Vote, or Not to Vote

Evangelicals Disagree President Franklin D. Roosevelt is reported to have said, “Nobody will ever deprive the American people of the right to vote except the American people themselves and the only way they could do this is by not voting.”  I agree.  I also agree that the upcoming presidential election presents one of the most difficult choices for American voters in history.  With that understanding, I have seen many Christians struggling with what to do on November 8th.  Even on this… Continue Reading ››

The Log in Their Eyes

Charlotte Allen had a very thought-provoking article in the latest First Things, entitled “Punching Down” (see it here http://www.firstthings.com/article/2016/06/punching-down).  The article begins with the saga of the all but forgotten Kim Davis, the hapless county clerk in Rowan County, Kentucky who refused to sign homosexual marriage licenses and also forbad her assistant from doing so.  Well, even many on my side of the political spectrum ridiculed her for that brazen display of conscience run amok.  And I fully understand the… Continue Reading ››

Some News of the Day/Week

The following is just a little briefing that focuses our attention on some important recent issues (or at least what I think is interesting): Full disclosure: I am not a prolific user of social media, and I sometimes look down (secretly) on those who are—maybe I am really just jealous and I certainly am technologically challenged.  But I do on occasion use Facebook—but I do not tweet, as that seems like I should be chirping.  Still, I read with some… Continue Reading ››

Ben Carson’s Sharia “Slip”

I have just a short comment on Ben Carson’s recent flap over his statement that in essence a Muslim should not occupy the White House.  To begin, his comment was ripped out of context.  He had argued that a Muslim who supported Sharia Law would not be fir for president.  But in addition, he attempted to clarify his remarks on Monday: “If someone has a Muslim background and they’re willing to reject those tenets and to accept the way of… Continue Reading ››

Ben Carson: World Renowned Surgeon or Ignorant Rube?

Dr. Ben Carson is not your typical presidential candidate.   The fact that Donald Trump and Carson are well ahead of the pack in the Republican primary battle suggests that American are pining for a non-traditional candidate to support.  Carson is a retired pediatric neurosurgeon who, in 1987, became the first doctor to successfully separate Siamese twins conjoined at the head.  He has been awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, some 38 honorary doctorates, numerous national merit citations, and was elected… Continue Reading ››

Why did he do it? The media say we may never know why Mohammad Youssuf Abdulazeez killed four marines

And its true; we may never know.  But this is not hard, and we can be reasonably confident what the motive was–at least what the most likely motive was.  It’s the same motive that drives many people, on many different issues.  This includes most young people that currently support same-sex marriage, as well as Christian youth at CU:  we all want to be part of a cause that is bigger than ourselves. This can be a tremendously healthy thing; young… Continue Reading ››