Pot Thoughts and Pot Shots

From First Thoughts

Pot thoughts might refer to David Brooks’ getting all “making men moral” when thinking about legalizing marijuana.  Or he is getting all proudly Epicurean?  My big thoughts  on David and weed here, which aren’t anything you haven’t heard . . . . Continue Reading »

American Hustles?

From First Thoughts

So Pseudoplotinus (aka not THAT Michael Davis) deftly sums up the long and intricately detailed film American Hustle:  “Just saw American Hustle. Great, entertaining movie but ultimately not serious about the ethical realities of its story. In the end we’re supposed to sympathize . . . . Continue Reading »

The Challenge of Pope Francis

From First Thoughts

So I did everything I could to make our pope’s teaching a challenge to BIG THINK readers.  It goes without saying that what I said goes without saying he should have said too.  The church should function as a relational, personal counterweight to both individualism and . . . . Continue Reading »

White Trash and Christmas

From First Thoughts

So I was pretty moved by Ross Douthat’s observation that the first meaning of Christmas is something like the holiness of ordinary lives.  It would bizarrely anachronistic to say Jesus was born into a “white trash” family.  But the meaning of being born in a . . . . Continue Reading »

Duck. But No Cover

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So I commented on Duck Dynasty below in a feverish fog and apparently in inexcusable ignorance.  Mr. Robertson’s comments included not only his views on homosexuality and sexual ethics but what seem to be incredibly stereotypically unenlightened white Southern views on the Civil . . . . Continue Reading »