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Jon Rowe here. A little while ago I refuted this article by Bryan Fischer that claimed America’s Founders as evangelical Christians. I’m not sure if he’s replying to me in this article (rather he replies to some unnamed secularist whom he insults); but he doubles down on an error all too commonly made by Christian…

Later

I see Ed is back so my services are no longer needed. Many thanks to him and you for the opportunity to reach a wider audience. Check out my regular blogging at the League of Ordinary Gentlemen and American Creation. If I can get one last plug in. I was going reboot this post on…

Newsweek commissioned retired Justice Sandra Day O’Connor to interview recently retired Justice John Paul Stevens. While the whole relatively short interview is interesting, as an ex-Republican it made my gut twinge to confront one more example of how the recent domination of the Republican party by conservatives cannibalizes the party’s best legacies, from President’s Lincoln’s…

Part 1 reviewed our slowly declining economic growth rate while Part 2 revealed the long-term stability of federal tax receipts coupled to a recent decline to the point we’re paying less in federal taxes relative to the size of the economy than we have in sixty years, in spite of the creation of Medicare. We…

As Ed blogged soon after last November’s election, climate denialist Rep. Shimkus* was a leading contender for Chairman of the Committee on Energy and Commerce who ultimately crafts energy and climate policy for the House of Representatives. I reported here Tuesday that Mr. Shimkus* lost his bid for that role to Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI).…

Chris Matthews recently introduced a new segment to his MSNBC show titled, “Let Me Finish”. It’s a 2:30 minute editorial. Last evening’s segment was on the increasing propensity of Republican politicians to advocate for nullification and bandy the notion of secessionism. Typically these engagements are debated on conservative terms, their advocacy for states rights and…

Two days ago we considered GDP growth rates in the post-WWII era. Here’s what federal receipts relative to their respective year’s GDP look like while also considering growth rates. (You can click on all my graphs to move from these displayed thumbnails to the actual size.)

Yesterday I posted on how Ted Nugent sells out his diminishing credibility as a hunting advocate to suck-up to Sarah Palin. The second delusional position by Ted Nugent that also reeks of hypocrisy is his position on anthropogenic global warming. Mr. Nugent has become one of the few credible conservationalists who can reach conservatives on…

Will “History” Ever End?

Writing in TNR, Mark Lilla informs that intellectuals in China seem genuinely interested in the theories of Carl Schmitt and Leo Strauss. I know more about Strauss than Schmitt. My admiration for the Straussians must be strange. I don’t agree with the Straussian neo-conservatism that wants war abroad and religious conservatism at home. Yet, I…

“John Ehrlichman & Bob Haldeman May 13, 1971 498-005 Oval Office” Apparently this was the first episode he saw and didn’t know the name of the show. He thinks Meathead/Rob Reiner’s character “goes both ways.” Like many things Nixon, oddly fascinating. Update: Here is a clip from the episode: