Jul 012014

That’s about what you’d think, given the spittle-flecked outrage.

Hobby Lobby is blocking access to nothing. Hobby Lobby employees have 16 contraceptive options in their health plans. Fact. Fact.

Hobby Lobby does not want to be forced to pay for four drugs its owners consider abortifacients.

That’s it.

This should be a market decision in the first place. Hobby Lobby should be free to offer whatever it wants in a health plan, just as its competitors should. Do corporations not compete for employees?

The real tragedy of yesterday is not a fake assault on women’s rights. It’s how readily this massive and suffocating statism is settling into the narrative.

 Posted by at 10:35 am
Jun 222014

“Those who in their life have gone along the evil ways, as in the case of the mafia, they are not with God, they are excommunicated.” – Pope Francis

Well, that’s certainly a thing.

This seemed to me like a strange thing to do when I first read about it this morning, and as I’ve ruminated it’s only gotten more so.

For one thing, the proclamation seems of rather limited persuasive value. Mostly, you leave the mob when you die, whether you want that to be the case or not. And are there a great many people considering association with organized crime who will now stop and say “wait a minute, do I want to be excommunicated?”

More importantly, though, this will make some dangerous people unhappy. These businesses are conducted with extensive codes of honor. Further, however warped it may look from the outside, many of these people seem to have resolved their lines of work as consistent with their faith. Whether it’s genuinely settled or not, they’ve settled it with themselves, and they are likely to value said settlement highly.

Where is the upside of stoking potentially significant dissonance in people with guns who are capable of this rationalization?

I like Pope Francis. I hope he stays safe.

 Posted by at 2:58 pm
Jun 062014

Xenu was, according to Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard, the dictator of the “Galactic Confederacy” who 75 million years ago brought billions of his people to Earth (then known as “Teegeeack”) in a DC-8-like spacecraft, stacked them around volcanoes and killed them using hydrogen bombs. You’ll find that leading off the Xenu page on Wikipedia. [...]

 Posted by at 9:59 am
Jun 022014

Did our esteemed president just release five senior Taliban leaders in exchange for one soldier (who almost certainly deserted) and the promise that the released Taliban will behave themselves? Did he do so unilaterally, ignoring a law requiring him to give Congress 30 days’ notice before releasing anyone from Guantanamo? Is the released POW’s father [...]

 Posted by at 7:48 pm

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