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South Dakota vs. Wayfair: Taxation without Representation

One of the complaints that fueled the American revolution was that the colonialists were enduring ‘taxation without representation.’  The British king was levying taxes on people who were subject to the king, but did not have the same rights to advocate for themselves that others who were subject to the king had.

Let us propose a scenario:  I, an author and a publisher, sell a digital download to someone living in, say, France.  Should I be collecting tax on that sale and sending the tax to France?  Since I am not a citizen of France, there is no sense in … continue reading...

Reflecting on Bitter Sufferings and Death

I’m pulling thoughts together on a pro-life presentation I’ll be giving next week and have settled on ‘suffering’ as my topic, as it is an underlying rationale to much that we call the ‘culture of death,’ but is not usually targeted directly.  By the time this little essay is done, you’ll see how ‘suffering’ and the ‘culture of death’ tend to go hand in hand, but to summarize:  when suffering is the greatest (nay, virtually the sole) unequivocal evil in one’s worldview, then one often concludes its better to die–or to kill–than to live.  This is why arguments for abortions, … continue reading...

Did I Give Trump the Idea to put Citizen Bloggers in the White House Press Room?

Listening to the media spin more silliness a few months ago, I vented to then President-elect Donald Trump in a Tweet:

Since then, I saw this news article which included this bit:

Talk radio hosts and bloggers could be given greater access to official White House press briefings once the Trump administration takes office, under a highly irregular proposal being floated that may also remove briefings from the West Wing.

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Why We Shouldn’t Try to Stop Donald Trump

Yesterday’s post created interesting conversations and was the fruit of interesting conversations, but it raised some questions for people that I thought I’d answer here.

First, some analysis.

1., Obviously, the only way that Trump is not going to be the nominee is if Kasich and Carson get out, and Cruz and Rubio consolidate into a single ticket.  Cruz with Rubio as VP.  This is not going to happen.  Trump is going to be the nominee.

2.  There is much gossip about finding ways to work the system so that even if Trump is the selected nominee, someone else will … continue reading...

An Unexpected Reason Why Apologetics Fails

I have been involved in Christian apologetics for a little over 20 years, with about 7 years of ‘professional’ church work under my belt. I’ve had many, many conversations with unbelievers, online and off.  Many, if not most, were not raised as atheists, but were former Christians.   We tended to focus on argument and evidence (ie, the merits or demerits of Christianity), but in many cases, it was clear this had very little to do with their falling away.  It usually had to do with some unloving thing some Christians, or perhaps their whole church, did to them, or those … continue reading...

How Julian the Apostate Defeated the Church in America

HJTADTCIA-cover-1-smallI have penned a lengthy essay which is now available on Kindle and other digital outlets called “How Julian the Apostate Defeated the Church in America.”  I consider it one of the more important things that I have written, especially in light of my experiences as a Christian apologist, and also as a pro-life advocate.  Surveys and polls continue to show that the American Church (especially the mainlines) is in decline, and that the ‘religious nones’ are on the increase.

In the course of my various activities, it has become clear to me that Church itself is facilitating … continue reading...

Black Lives Matter, Abortion, Propaganda, Humanitarian Punishment, and Self-Rule

C.S. Lewis makes a fine point in his essay against a ‘Humanitarian theory of Punishment.’  He argues that unless punishment is tied directly to the objective nature of the crime, extreme abuses are near at hand.  For example, by viewing the crime as a symptom of some kind of disease, the perpetrator is subjected to ‘treatment,’ which can go on forever.  Not too long ago I read of a man released from an institution who had been there for decades, when the penalty for the crime would have entailed just a year or two of incarceration.  Lewis also takes aim … continue reading...

Choose President based on Principles, not Expertise: In Defense of Scott Walker

I did not watch the CPAC proceedings, but heard on the radio that Scott Walker was ‘rough around the edges.’  The contrast was made between the patently clear ‘gotcha’ game that was played by the media, asking Walker questions about evolution and Obama’s religion, and fact that this was an entirely sympathetic audience.  Conservatives have now weighed in, advising Walker to get himself up to speed ASAP if he wants to remain credible.

There is a premise underlying this kind of talk here that we should not accept.  Indeed, we should reject it. In fact, we should consider ourselves at … continue reading...

If Jeb Bush is the Republican Candidate for President, I’m Out

If Jeb Bush is the Republican candidate for president, I’m out.

And I don’t think I’ll be the only one.  According to reports, and assuming it was a fair election, some 4,000,000 conservatives simply refused to vote for Romney.  Between this and Obama’s use of the IRS to target Tea Party groups (more than one way to steal an election!), Romney had a slim chance of victory in the 2012 election.  For myself, I sucked it up and voted for him, but not because of anything all that redeeming in him, but because the alternative was an unspeakable … continue reading...

Eric Garner Protests Will Certainly Miss the Real Issue: Our Impending Enslavement

Has anyone else noticed that between the Garner case and the Ferguson case, the Ferguson case is the one that has generated the most ongoing outrage?  The reason for this, I think, is that the Ferguson case was not caught on video, which allowed race hustlers like Sharpton and Holder to give credibility to the most wildest accusations:  Wilson shot a man with his hands up… Wilson shot a man in the back… Wilson stood over Brown and executed him.  We knew within a week or two the salient facts.  The DA also knew the salient facts, but rather than … continue reading...

Jonathan Gruber: The Other White Meat

So everyone is piling on Jonathan Gruber right now.  A third video has now been released where Gruber basically says what conservatives have been saying for a LONG time:  corporations don’t pay taxes; the corporations pass the tax to the consumer.  (I made this point at length, here.) In this way, you can SAY that you’ve stuck it to the big, bad, corporation and that you’ve stood up for the little guy, but, well, actually, you stuck it to the little guy.   (You actually need to look at more of the context than the CNN article alludes to… as … continue reading...

A Case in Point of Alinsky-Style Politics and Governing: Gruber, Transparency, Taxes, and the Mandate

I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the latest video making the rounds of a certain Dr. Jonathan Gruber, a man who was involved in crafting and passing Obamacare.  I have mentioned Gruber in the past, when he made remarks that had that distinctive eugenic smell about them.

Transcript (He talked fast in some parts, verify if you excerpt from this):

It’s just, you can’t do it, politically,  You just literally can not do it.  OK, transparent financing, unless that transparent financing–also transparent spending–I mean, this bill was written in a tortured way to make sure CBO [Congressional

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Frieden and Obama’s “prior ideological commitment”: Utilitarianism.

Jonathan Last at the Weekly Standard puts his finger on it in an article titled “6 Reasons to Panic.”

Frieden’s entire argument is so strange—and so at odds with what other epidemiologists prescribe—that it can only be explained by one of two causes: catastrophic incompetence or a prior ideological commitment. The latter, in this case, might well be the larger issue of immigration.

Frieden’s argument prompted me to assert that we are effectively on our own.  I also called attention to the obvious casualty of a travel ban:  the question naturally surfaces… “What about the tens of … continue reading...

Frog Cries out, “Hmmm, maybe this water is a TAD hot!” — Gays, Houston Sermons, HERO, and the Death of Marriage

You’ve heard the proverbial story of the frog being slowly boiled to death.  Yesterday, I saw a bit of news that seems to give one more example.  Scanning Google News for more information, it is clear that the Christian media has noticed.   This is like the frog finally noticing the predicament it is in.

Now, there are countless angles to approach this.  There is, of course, the immediate problem.  For the Christians in Houston, there are particular practical implications.  I think that most readers, however, know that this is only a symptom.  Now, for the pro-homosexual readers, it is a … continue reading...