Daily Archive: July 9, 2013

Marlinspike Seamanship for Beginners

We’re offering free Marlinspike Seamanship for Beginners workshops on the deck of Mon Tiki every Tuesday at 10:30AM, the beginning of making good on a promise I made to myself here.

Unassailability: Meta Analysis

Did Rush Limbaugh really tell his caller, “Tony from Tampa,” to not watch FOX? No, he told his caller not to watch a particular panel of “liberals” on FOX Business Channel. As Mr. Limbaugh...

The Development of Sex, Marriage, and Nature in Christian Thought

“To have intercourse without intending children is to violate nature, which we must take as our teacher.”  – Clement of Alexandria Throughout many traditions of Christian thought, theologians have taken nature, by which they’ve...

Rand Paul, the Confederacy, and Liberty

Here’s a thing I didn’t know until this morning: A close aide to Sen. Rand Paul (R., Ky.) who co-wrote the senator’s 2011 book spent years working as a pro-secessionist radio pundit and neo-Confederate...

Thank You Mr. Snowden, Also You Are a Coward and a Scoundrel

Conor Friedersdorf is calling out a particular kind of illogic in his recent post on “Privacy Moderates.” Specifically, he cites those who think both that the current surveillance regime needs to be altered and...

Human life is not too controversial

The rhetorical case for protecting the unborn has succeeded. The debate is over.  It would be, that is, had the Supreme Court not issued – in Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s own words – a “difficult to justify,” “heavy-handed judicial intervention” in Roe v. Wade 40 years ago.  Today, nearly two-thirds of Americans support making abortion generally illegal after the first three months of pregnancy.  A staggering four-fifths support bans in the last three months.  So if the pro-choice movement is […]

Charging Against a Tide

Indiana legislature makes it a felony to apply for a marriage license if you’re not a heterosexual couple. Beginning July 1, 2014, a same-sex couple applying for a marriage license in the state of...