The Position of the GOP Establishment

In conservative circles, anger abounds against the “GOP establishment” for its allegedly adversarial relationship with the conservative base. Conservative leaders and rank-and-file members frequently complain that the Republican base is betrayed … [Read more...]

The Politics of the Middle Finger

Many of my more politically inclined friends are mystified at the presence of a bombastic celebrity leading the Republican primary polls. How on earth is Donald Trump, a wealthy draft dodger who ran casinos and rubbed elbows with elites for … [Read more...]

After Obergefell

I have already said a good deal on the topic of same-sex marriage; longtime readers are no doubt aware of the many long posts about it on this blog. I predicted the coming of this day over two years ago, and wrote a post outlining what will … [Read more...]

On Criticizing Popes

The Pope should be listened to with respect. He is the Vicar of Christ on earth, and on matters of faith and morals, his words are infallible when spoken ex cathedra. Even when he is not speaking infallibly, the Pope still deserves a respectful … [Read more...]

The Libertarian Temptation

I despise both major political parties, and am wary of the metastasizing power of modern governments. One might easily conclude that I am sympathetic to libertarian political philosophy. Far from it. Oh, I would support the rollback of a host of … [Read more...]

A Diminished Life

Anyone who knows me well knows that my dietary habits are... notoriously awful. I tend to rely on fast food in lieu of actual healthy meals. Many of my friends are foodies who would be horrified at my dietary habits if they ever learned their … [Read more...]

Hypocrisy, Politics, and Belief

Josh Duggar, a member of the TV-famous Duggar family, confessed to fondling several girls, including members of his own family. There is little I have to say about the actual abuse itself. Suffice it to say that sexual abuse leaves a scar that … [Read more...]

The Poisoned Light

The Poisoned Light There stood a town, a pleasant place, atop a lofty hill, A place where man and child had their freedom and their fill, They labored long and hard, and in each field and on each tree The fruit of years of labor stood as far … [Read more...]

When Life Becomes a Weight

"Consider, Watson, that the material, the sensual, the worldly would all prolong their worthless lives. The spiritual would not avoid the call to something higher. It would be the survival of the least fit. What sort of cesspool may not our poor … [Read more...]

The Wake-Up Call

Editor's Note: This is the final story of a trilogy. For background on this story, please read Power Spike and Dark Rainbow, the first and second stories of this series, respectively. It was three in the morning, and Grant Mitchell was sleeping … [Read more...]