February Archive

February 1, 2008

Politics

Doing the Math

by Clay Staggs

A follow up to my last post. Survey USA has new poll numbers out for Alabama. You can find them here. The summary:

McCain 40 Huckabee 31 Romney 21 Paul 5

Again, assuming for the sake of argument that the conservative Huckabee voters would go for the more conservative Romney …

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Posted by Clay Staggs at 1:33 p.m.
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February 1, 2008

Culture Wars

You and the Internet

by Jimmy Hopper

A new book, Against the Machine, by Lee Siegel, attempts to describe the effect of the internet on American culture. The New Your Times review can be found here.

Suffice it to say that Siegel doesn’t care for the Internet, and he warns you that if you sit in …

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Posted by Jimmy Hopper at 4:24 p.m.
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February 4, 2008

Miscellaneous

Living Up To The Stereotype

by Clay Staggs

If there’s anything I wear on my sleeve more than my Republicanism, it’s my love of all things Apple. I am a serious fan of the Mac, iPod, etc. Being such, I am, predictably, disinclined toward Microsoft, and have been known to speak of them in less than …

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Posted by Clay Staggs at 11:55 a.m.
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February 4, 2008

Humor

My Vote for President

by Jimmy Hopper

I guess I can quit worrying about who to vote for for president. Chuck Norris called the house today and said to vote for Mike Huckabee and now I’m too afraid to consider anyone else.

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Posted by Jimmy Hopper at 8:12 p.m.
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February 5, 2008

Christian Chaff

Carbon Fasting

by Clay Staggs

Sometimes, you read something in the news that is so stupid, so insipid, so completely and utterly ridiculous, that you wonder whether you’ve stumbled onto the Onion, or some such. Although, when I tell you that this story involves the intersection of the Church of England, Global Warming, and …

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Posted by Clay Staggs at 10:24 a.m.
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February 6, 2008

Christian Chaff

Jay-walking, British style

by Jeff Miller

Last night, Jimmy Hopper and I were having some post-book group discussion. Having been focused on Dostoevsky for the previous 90 minutes, our conversation turned rather Anglophilic and we talked a bit about Churchill. I got home a few minutes later and Dana told me about this article.

Apparently, there …

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Posted by Jeff Miller at 6:18 a.m.
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February 6, 2008

Politics

Super Tuesday Post-Mortem

by Clay Staggs

Since it’s all over but the exact computation of the delegates, I’ll opine on the state of the race post 2/5.

On the Democrat side, what a contest! The dems have this requirement that delegates be absolutely proportionally allocated. So, since HRC won a few big states …

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Posted by Clay Staggs at 4 p.m.
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February 7, 2008

General Theology

Worth a Thousand Words

by Jimmy Hopper

Most of you have seen the “Motivational” posters that have “inspirational” pictures with an ironic meassage below them. For example, one I saw recently with a baton being passed in a race had the title BLAME, and the message, “Success is usually knowing who to blame.” The company that makes …

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Posted by Jimmy Hopper at 10:45 a.m.
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February 8, 2008

Global Christianity

Archbishop Endorses Sharia Law

by Tim Lien

Dr. Rowan Williams has recently proposed that British Muslims be allowed to practice Sharia Law to resolve marital and financial disputes. Williams is the Archbishop of Canterbury— the highest position in the Anglican Church. You can read about it here.

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Posted by Tim Lien at 4:45 p.m.
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February 8, 2008

Global Christianity

Frankly, I’m Shocked

by Tim Lien

The Archbishop is ‘shocked’ by the public outcry of his statements: Read it here.

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Posted by Tim Lien at 6:40 p.m.
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February 9, 2008

Faith and Science

Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed

by Tim Lien

Ben Stein is releasing a documentary this month about how scientists are summarily dismissed and blackballed if they question Darwinism. Trailer below:

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Posted by Tim Lien at 11:29 a.m.
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February 12, 2008

Global Christianity

Lent: Ramadan for Christians

by Clay Staggs

Apparently that’s what a group of Catholics in the Netherlands is saying. They figure that the average Dutchman is more familiar with the islamic fasting period, Ramadan, than they are with Lent, so it’s just smarter branding to let folks know what this whole Lent thing is all …

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Posted by Clay Staggs at 2:07 p.m.
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February 17, 2008

Culture Wars

The Age of Unreason”

by Jimmy Hopper

The title of this blog entry is also the title of a new book just out by Susan Jacoby that speaks to the prevalence of anti-intellctualism in America today. Or maybe I should just say “In the Western World,” given Jeff Miller’s post on the London Mail survey below …

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Posted by Jimmy Hopper at 4:15 p.m.
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February 17, 2008

Movies

Movie Night at Riverwood - Babette’s Feast

by Jimmy Hopper

Babetteâ??s Feast is literally a feast of theological and human insight played out in this beautiful movie. The overriding theme is that the totality and immensity of Godâ??s grace and mercy allows us to live in joy and with grace and alone gives us the ability to forgive …

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Posted by Jimmy Hopper at 5:18 p.m.
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February 19, 2008

Movies

Good Queen Bess, an(d) Analysis

by Jimmy Hopper

Apart from a veritable army of psychologists, psychiarists, and counselors; many thoughtful people believe that America has unfortunately become a nation of victims. This all began when the concept of sin went out of favor and “I’m O.K., You’re O.K.” became the mantra of, well, the …

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Posted by Jimmy Hopper at 1:15 p.m.
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February 20, 2008

Movies

Darth Vader Becomes A Presbyterian

by Tim Lien

Finally embracing the concept of total depravity, Darth Vader has suddenly become one of us. Or maybe the whole Presbyterian denomination has migrated unwittingly to the Dark Side. Confused? This will clear things up, here.

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Posted by Tim Lien at 10:14 a.m.
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February 26, 2008

Movies

The Academy Awards

by Jimmy Hopper

I keep confessing to “guilty pleasures” on this Blog so here comes another one: I enjoy watching the yearly Academy Awards presentation. It’s not easy to get past the narcissism, the obnoxious self importance, and the sense of entitlement that the AA presentations literally reek of, but I usually …

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Posted by Jimmy Hopper at 12:23 p.m.
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February 28, 2008

Movies

William F Buckley (1925-2008)

by Jeff Miller

Friends are where you find them. About 15 or so years ago, I gained a dear friend named Buckley. I began reading a tome of his called Up From Liberalism. The book hit me squarely between the intellectual/political eyes and I have not recovered. I went on to read …

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Posted by Jeff Miller at 8:19 a.m.
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