The Democrats' Contradictory Wish List

And they certainly have one: “He's got to continue to concentrate on jobs,” Rep. Bill Pascrell said last week as the House was leaving town for a long, pre-election recess. “I'm hoping he'll do immigration reform,” said Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-Texas). “We should get back to an energy policy – one that acknowledges that climate …

Sons Unto Glory: The Harvest is Ripe

(DSG-1) 1976 Coming from Aiken, SC (the state that produced Ark and Southern Joy), this is another one of those albums that pushed 1970's Christian music in a more "rock" direction, a direction many wanted to avoid but none could.  And they do it in a magnificent, fun, Southern rock style that's deeply evangelistic to …

Prolonged Detention, and the Way of All Revolutions

Of all people, Rachel Maddow, on of all networks, MSNBC, calls this one-speech volte-face by Barack Obama for what it is: This country is, in many ways, in the course of a long revolution that started with the 1960's.  (For a country always in a hurry, we can't even get a revolution resolved in 40-50 …

Small Business: To Tell the Truth, I Wouldn't Start One

And neither would most people who are already there: Fifty-five percent of small business owners and manufacturers would not have started their businesses in today’s economy, according to a new poll that also reports 69 percent say President Obama’s regulatory policies have hurt their businesses. Much of the blame is heaped on Barack Obama, but …

Public vs. Private Colleges and Salaries: Of Course You Can't be President, But…

At last, someone compares the investment to the salary received, and... With help from PayScale, a Seattle-based compensation-data company that maintains 35 million salary profiles, we collected median pay figures for two pools of each school’s alums: recent grads (out of school for an average of three years) and midcareer types (an average of 15 …

Leonhard Euler on the Creator and Mathematics

Quoted in S. Timoshenko's History of Strength of Materials: Since the fabric of the universe is most perfect, and is the work of a most wise Creator, nothing whatsoever takes place in the universe in which some relation of maximum and minimum does not appear.  Wherefore there is absolutely no doubt that every effect in …

What the Britons Thought of Pelagius and Grace

To be called a "Pelagian" is about the worst insult that a Calvinist can hurl at you.  So who was Pelagius?  And how did his contemporaries react to it?  Specifically, Pelagius was from Roman Britain; what did they think of it? Let's start with this, from Peter Salway's Roman Britain: One incident, in which the …

What Are the Theological Differences Between the 1928 and 1979 Book of Common Prayer?

Recently received the following in the "electronic mailbag": Is there an essay, site, or book that describes the theological differences between the 1928 and 1979 prayer books? I have found one reference, "How Episcopalians Were Deceived," but not much else. I was raised (and remain) a Methodist. I developed an interest in the history of …

Preserving God's Reputation With the Heathen

This, from Peter Freuchen's Book of the Seven Seas: Hans Egede, that holy man who became the apostle of Greenland after some very immoral earlier adventures, tells how his prayers stilled a storm which took him to the faraway island in 1721.  The wind was so fierce and the waves so strong that the crew …

Now He Tells Us: Mike Oxley "Fesses Up" on Sarbox

It's not easy to get a legislator to admit that he or she made a mistake, but former Ohio Rep. Mike Oxley finally gets around to it: "No law is perfect." True words. But not exactly what I expected to hear from Mike Oxley, the former Republican congressman who penned the Sarbanes-Oxley legislation with former …

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