They Really Do Hate the Suburbs After All

And have a plan to do something about them too: The most obvious new element of the president’s regionalist policy initiative is the July 19 publication of a Department of Housing and Urban Development regulation broadening the obligation of recipients of federal aid to “affirmatively further fair housing.” The apparent purpose of this rule change …

Paul Krugman's Moronic Take on Sprawl and Upward Social Mobility

The Gnome of Princeton is at it again: So what’s the matter with Atlanta? A new study suggests that the city may just be too spread out, so that job opportunities are literally out of reach for people stranded in the wrong neighborhoods. Sprawl may be killing Horatio Alger. Let's start with the key observation: …

Iron Women and Wooden Ships, A Winning Combination

The tyranny of GPS and synthetic materials is broken on the Pacific: It took a thousand or so miles of sailing with the long, powerful waves of the Pacific Ocean for Hannah Jenner, a rising star in ocean racing, to get comfortable in this year’s Transpacific Yacht Race. Jenner, a 31-year-old from Britain, is used …

The American Middle Class: Broke, Busted and Disgusted

Well, it's not quite down to my pastor's favourite mantra, but it's close: We are number 1 right? USA! USA! No one can beat our wealth creation machine, our economic dynamism, our level playing field and our bastions of higher education. We have a middle class that is the envy of the world, right? Well, …

Forty Years Out, Watergate Still Matters–and Gets Repeated

Forty years ago this past summer, this country was riveted by the hearings of the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Presidential Campaign Activities, better known as the Watergate Hearings.  Although they did not directly lead to Richard Nixon's exit from office, they were an important step in that process. I've discussed Watergate many times on …

Barack Obama's Strange Visit to Chattanooga

Yes, he's coming to the epicentre of the bitter people with their Bibles and guns after all: President Obama plans a visit to Chattanooga next week. White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said he will visit the Amazon fulfilment centre at the Enterprise South Industrial Park on Tuesday. He said President Obama will give the …

The Most Sensible Response of the Churches to Same-Sex Civil Marriage

It is to pitch officiating civil marriages altogether, as the Sikhs in the UK are being advised: Sikh temples have been advised to halt all civil marriage ceremonies on their premises to protect them from possible legal challenges for refusing to conduct same-sex weddings. It is the first example of a religious group altering its …

High Church is One Thing, but Trashing the Nautilus is a Mistake

It would make sense that a Reformed person such as Steven Wedgeworth would pan an article on the revival of "high church".  After all, who else to trash "high church" but the people who pitched the liturgy to start with? It would move the debate forward if a definition of "high church" would be agreed …

The Southern Joy Quartet: The Lighthouse

Mark Five SJ-4272 Although I am not positive, I think this is their first album as Southern Joy, having been known before as the Cavaliers Quartet.  From Greenville, SC, this album (probably from the early 1970's) is a solid Southern Gospel album, probably no worse (and in some cases better) than more widely known groups …

For Once, Jimmy Carter is Right

About time: Former president Jimmy Carter condemned the effect U.S. intelligence programs had on U.S. moral authority in the wake of NSA revelations brought to light by leaker Edward Snowden, Der Spiegel reports. “America has no functioning democracy,” Carter said  at a meeting of The Atlantic Bridge in Atlanta, Georgia on Tuesday. I've never been …

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