COVID-19: Masks and the Hypoxia Question

Thanks to a tip from my sister Andrea, I will receive in the next couple of days a stack of refereed journal articles that purport to shed some light on the answer to these questions: To what extent, if at all, does wearing a mask that is thought to intercept infectious particles effectively cause bloodContinue reading “COVID-19: Masks and the Hypoxia Question”

Privileges vs. Rights

It’s time to let the air out of another *sigh* liberal balloon, folks.  It’s getting monotonous, but it’s work that’s gotta be done. —– Chris Redfern, who is the Chairman of Ohio’s Democrat Party, is only the latest in a long line of liberals who weigh “health care” between the supposed poles of “privilege” andContinue reading “Privileges vs. Rights”

The Ground Zero Mosque: qb’s Take

There’s not a lot more to be said on the merits.  But we should clarify a few things so that the debate is constructive:  most importantly, what is and is not actually being said on each side. First, the facts on the ground.  If it is true that, as is reported by the NY Post,Continue reading “The Ground Zero Mosque: qb’s Take”

Juxtaposition, Political Correctness, and Fear

Sometimes the drama playing out before us is just too delicious.  Here we have two stories about school administrators making flat-footed, ham-handed decisions that defy any sensible interpretation of “equal protection under the law.”  In the Michigan case, I thought we had decided that “separate but equal” was inherently unequal, but apparently not when itContinue reading “Juxtaposition, Political Correctness, and Fear”

Some Sanity, Please

Liberals accuse conservatives of terribly overwrought rhetoric.  But as is his wont, George Will exposes the left’s own overheated posturing and its neglect of plain facts, among which is this:  since 1952, aliens have been required by federal law to carry identification on their persons.  From the nave to the White House, liberals are tryingContinue reading “Some Sanity, Please”

It’s the Procedure AND the Substance, Stupid!

From the exclusive with Bret Baier today: Obama said the the debate over the deals “ends up being a little frustrating is because the focus entirely is on Washington process.” With all due respect – and that’s not much, incidentally – the focus is on both process and substance.  The only reason the anticonstitutionalist leadershipContinue reading “It’s the Procedure AND the Substance, Stupid!”

A Jubilee Society

Brueggemann got me thinking over lunch today. Is it possible to conceive of a society in which dramatic, decisive acts of forgiveness – think of Jubilee, for example – do NOT invite the cynical mentality of contempt and the destructive habits of entitlement on the part of those forgiven? (Consider e. g. Romans 6:1ff.) AmongContinue reading “A Jubilee Society”

Krugman Doesn’t Get It

Nobel economics laureate Paul Krugman has a new column in which he lays out a defense of European social democracy. His central piont appears to be this: the empirical macroeconomic data do not support the contention that social democratic policies – the modern welfare state, essentially, with its punitive tax rates and generous (with others’Continue reading “Krugman Doesn’t Get It”

Whirling Disease

It will take three more years to pick the bones clean.  It will take eleven months just to subdue the beast.  Declaring victory is obscenely premature, to say nothing of any smug triumphalism.  But there are signs of hope that the liberal Leviathan conceived in 2006 and hatched in 2008 is floundering vulnerably under theContinue reading “Whirling Disease”

Constitutionalism is Obsolete?

A great article by Hillsdale College’s current president, Dr. Larry Arnn.  He is more charitable to Mr. Obama than qb would have been in writing it.  Mr. Obama’s long and never-repudiated associations with Alinsky, Wright, and Ayers, together with his public ruminations on “single-payer” and “redistributionism,” do not permit qb to suspend disbelief as readilyContinue reading “Constitutionalism is Obsolete?”