Rising Stars

From First Thoughts

My friend, former NLT blogger, Julie Ponzi, notes ” Tomorrow’s Democrat— Who Could Run in 2016 ” in National Journal .  Is it interesting that this is already a topic, a matter of concern already?  Hillary’s there, but at the end of the list, because no . . . . Continue Reading »

What’s it all about, Romney?

From First Thoughts

All right, I do begin to wonder at the direction of our Republicans.  Sadly, my conversion was not through the good points made by my colleagues on the deficiencies of the Republican convention, neither those fierce ones of Mr. Piss and Vinegar, nor the lengthy argument I had with Pete.   . . . . Continue Reading »

Convention

From First Thoughts

I only hear the speeches and worse, hear them on NPR.  There, commentators tell you after a speech what deprecatory things you should have thought in case you didn’t think them. We tuned in last evening just as Clint Eastwood began speaking.  We didn’t know then what is . . . . Continue Reading »

Mean Christianity

From First Thoughts

Last week, Kimberly Hyatt of Patheos asked why Christians are mean in “Look at the Christians: See How Mean They Are” . “Perhaps it is past time for us to stop focusing on what others are doing or trying to do and start taking responsibility for our own actions and their . . . . Continue Reading »

Killing Innocence

From First Thoughts

The New York Times, maybe not unsurprisingly, recruits subscribers through college emails with the offer of limited free access.   Today’s offering, from the cover of Sunday’s Book Review brought the headline, Sex and God at Yale , by Nathan Harden, from a review titled, . . . . Continue Reading »

Murder Most Foul

From First Thoughts

I might have mentioned that I live in Chardon, Ohio.  The other day, the boy who shot six of his classmates, killing three and wounding three others in differing degrees of severity, was up for arraignment.  His defense attorney was able to gain a delay for the trial as they prepare an . . . . Continue Reading »

Ryan and the Young Voter

From First Thoughts

I have to agree with Peter Lawler about the resentment younger generations might rightly feel towards Baby Boomers.  However, I ask if Baby Boomers weren’t equally screwed by the Greatest Generation?  Through Social Security and Medicare, that generation got back far more than it . . . . Continue Reading »

Exit, Stage Left?

From First Thoughts

Sorry that I have had so little to say about anything in the last few days. This morning’s Drudge Report headline grabbed me, though it comes from the Weekly Standard.   Today, a meeting at the White House between the president, Hillary Clinton and the vice president.  What is . . . . Continue Reading »

It’s Ryan!

From First Thoughts

Of course, I am happy about it and hope that Pete’s warnings are not spot-on for a change, or else that whatever Paul Ryan’s flaws are, they are outweighed by his positive aspects.  Stephen Hayes of the Weekly Standard had a nice laudatory article about him recently , but we will . . . . Continue Reading »