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Month: July, 2013

More Feb blogbait. Blog contents listed two entries below this.

To Amazon answering a post on a book (“The Misunderstood Jew”) about the Jewishness of Jesus

You can’t keep Him dead more than three days.
Observation, or presupposition?
The murder of Jews is murder, and no Jew in 1800 years has had any more of Jesus’ blood on his hands than you or I, but as to the death of Jesus back when:
If Jesus (the Jew) was big enough to be remembered today, and to rock the Roman boat (the only superpower du jour), can He not have rocked some Jewish boats also?

To David Cook’s col of 27 Feb:


You apologize to Newt: he balanced the budget and worked across the aisle on welfare reform, while the economy did OK. Our current President would do well to fire Biden, appoint Newt veep, and resign.

Sell water in small chunks to the highest bidders, rather than ration it to whoever has connections. Al Gore will buy many more chunks than I, but after awhile the next chunk will be worth as much to me as to him. Let prices rise so they tell the truth: use less! Produce more! instead of telling political lies about them and filling the swimming pools of the powerful without letting the poor buy enough to wash diapers.

Saudi Arabia is part of the fertile crescent?

Grain for gas? That feeds Archer-Daniels-Midland while starving the 3rd world. Methanol might excel ethanol. Let prices decide.

To Yahoo:

Forcing healthy people to pay sick people to be sick? “Sick”–that is, stupid and evil.

They oughtta let insurers (and alternative insurance arrangements) charge whatever rates they want as long as they’re clear about it, so that rates reflect risks and tell the truth, instead of telling us the lie that differences in risky behavior make no difference in health. Satan, the devil, is the father of lies. No gender difference; so I have to pay the same rates as if I might become pregnant? They call Obama a genius for this?

To Times ( ed 31 Jan A.D. 2013

You fear “to distort” a ‘market’ in which everyone pays for one competitor, whether or not they choose its services, and its services are offered at no fee as if they didn’t cost close to $10,000 per year per student, while no one not using other competitors has to pay for them? Some market. Letting people who opt out of public schools take at least some of their money with them would reduce distortion, just as my money leaves McDonald’s if I go to Burger King.

Paying students who leave public schools half of what they save the system by leaving it would leave more money per student in the system; would increase diversity in education by helping students go to all kinds of schools; would increase accountability since schools that don’t satisfy their ‘customers’ would lose money; would increase parental involvement, and reward parents who care, by giving parents real power. You oppose this diversity, accountability, parental involvement, and incentive to improve?

Vouchers, you say, would take the best students out of schools full of poor students. “Ye fools and blind” (Mt 23), are the students for the schools, or the schools for the students?

The students are poor (in more ways than one). What one thing would help the most? Probably intact families would help the most (in more ways than one). So put a moderate sin tax on fornication when it happens to be caught, to increase the number of two-parent households and so improve education, health, and wealth and reduce the corresponding social pathologies. What, Harry, your girlfriends (or boyfriends as the case may be) wouldn’t like this? Wasn’t Dan Quayle right? Wasn’t St Paul–“run away from fornication”–right?

To Clay Bennett cartoon TFP 9 Feb ’13

We all are. If we’re glad our parents gave us a chance, should we let other babies be murdered for the convenience of their parents?

As for the compassion of pro-lifers, give ’em a call! The very name “Choices Women’s Resource Center,” 423-855-8300, points to compassion not limited to inside the womb. The Chattanooga abortuary used to charge $20 for a pregnancy test Choices (formerly AAA Women’s Services) would give for no charge. Which would you go to for that? I’ve known a respectable middle-class churchgoing family to let an unmarried pregnant woman live with them for several months, until her baby was born. Does Planned Parenthood (Parenthood?!?) arrange such things? Has such a person, or other stranger needing a roof, ever had such a stay with the Bennett family?

Conservatives tend to give of our own, as Jesus gave His own life. Liberals tend to give at the expense of other people, e.g. solve pregnancy problems by murdering the baby, or Messiah problems by murdering the Messiah.

(Did Clay model his beggar’s face on his own? 🙂

To Times ed, 9 Feb:
Voting could be easier, but those problems don’t strike me as too serious: someone who really wants to vote these days can, unlike, say, southern blacks 60 years ago. I don’t notice this editorial referring to any news about actual particular people unable to vote.

But voter fraud is still a genuine problem the article should not brush off, according to a fairly recent book (within a year?) mentioned in National Review Online. Some Democrat running for Congress in Maryland? got into hot water for it. The video showing a white man letting the poll workers think he was Eric Holder and getting an invitation to vote without ID shows possibilities. World magazine staffers in the A.D. 2000 election had several opportunities to cast unlawful ballots. Everyone now admits Lyndon Johnson stole his senate seat. Vote difficulties may be worth fixing (ID is a reasonable requirement, as it is for other things), but vote fraud hits near the root of democracy, and needs to be fixed. Whatever we think of those elected or of those who elected them, honest voting gives some chance of fixing such mistakes. Fraud may tempt a turn from ballots to bullets. Huey Long couldn’t be voted out. He was shot.

To Paul Krugman NYTimes 11 Feb:

Turn Medicare into vouchers is bad why? I’m healthy; Medical Savings Account, high-deductible catastrophic coverage, and pay for services would work well for me. I’ m white, and my dad is almost 90; blacks with shorter average lifespans may need something different. (Is Social Security racist because whites collect from it for longer than blacks, and classist because white collars collect from it for longer than blue?) My wife has 4 bad disks; she wouldn’t be putting much into an MSA. People differ; vouchers would be a lot more flexible than bureaucracies. A less costly voucher might be worth more than a more costly bureaucracy and program. The same applies to schools, of course, and likely to other tax-paid systems.

As for ignorance, opposing tax-paid subsidies for this or that research differs from opposing research itself, just as opposing tax subsidies for Sesame Street differs from opposing SS itself.

Some comment blamed Christians for ignorance. Hey, Christendom invented science, and the first atheist regime, the USSR, grossly perverted and abused science: Lysenkoism, science of history, curing dissidents in madhouses, central planning. Knowing that dead men stay dead, we claim that the resurrection of Jesus from the dead proves He knew something most men don’t, and something worth knowing. Look into it, on pain of Hell fire. Laughing? Enjoy this life, and we’ll see who laughs last and longest. Do look into it.

To Robin Smith 11 Feb TFP:

So far so good. How can a small voucher excel a more expensive system education? Because with the voucher the family can pursue the education they want, whether the system offers it or not. Because s small voucher will leave more money per student left in the system, if the laws are written that way. If 5,000 students save the system $2000 each by leaving at a cost of $6000 each instead of staying at a cost of $8000 each, then the system has an extra $10 per student for each of the million students staying in the system: a win all around, if the laws are written that way.

Of course, letting any student leave for $5000 instead of staying for $8000 or $10,000 would offer such savings to every district and school, not just to the worst schools in our state, and I think letting parents choose such savings a great idea. Let them spend the money on home, private, other public school, college, education savings account, or plain retirement account–drop out of school, study real life, park the money in a retirement account, and retire a millionaire. Diversity, parental involvement, accountability, flexibility, voluntary savings rather than “cuts,” more money per student in the system–yes! (Rather than bureaucratic oversight, just require voucher users to take any standardized test they choose that 10,000 other students take, and require 4 Tennessee taxpayers to sign off on approving whatever the voucher user is doing. Maybe election offices can, for a small fee, verify these 4 signatures, since they’re used to verifying signatures.

You who represent me, do this: these are my instructions and I pay you to work out the details.

To Paul Krugman, NYTimes, 15 Feb:

Dr Krugman writes: The classic zombie idea in U.S. political discourse is the notion that tax cuts for the wealthy pay for themselves… Has the capital gains tax brought in more tax dollars when the rate was lowered, and fewer when it was raised? Or the income tax? If so, then some tax rate cuts bring in more revenue, and even increase the share paid by the rich. Did revenue increase after the Bush tax cuts?

Dr Krugman’s pet zombie (it has one wing, on the left) ate his footnotes, but Dr Thomas Sowell has written this (rates down, revenues and % paid by rich up) of Andrew Mellon’s A.D. 1920s tax cuts , to name one source. (Since Dr Sowell is black, is Dr Krugman racist for disagreeing with him? 🙂

Are taxes too complicated? Yes, when the booklet for form 1040EZ has 30+ pages, and the whole tax code brings on my Tax Day Song: Amazing grace, an easy tax / count ten and give God one / the IRS’s laws of tax / ten thousand pages run. Actually, what, 70,000+ pages, not 10,000? (I do propose a complication–add a form on which taxpayers can vote to shut down or trim government programs and give ourselves some of the money–but this form would be voluntary.)

Did the government try to get mortgages to people who cannot, by traditional standards, afford them? Did it try? Dr Krugman assures us that such efforts, if any, did nothing to inflate the housing bubble. I suppose his zombie ate the paragraph in which Dr Krugman admitted this government program failed.

P.S. not sent to Times (it didn’t occur to me then, and I was out of space): the trouble with mortgages and banks included that the taxpayers insure them. If they make a profit, they get rich. If they go broke, the taxpayers take the hit. Heads they win, tails we lose. Cut back on tax-backed guarantees of big business, cut back on crony capitalism, and they’ll have to be more careful, since the skin in the game will be theirs and not (so much) ours.

To Clay Bennett 17 Feb:

“More Guns Less Crime” answers nucanuck’s question, judging by its reviews (I haven’t read it). Marietta is safer than Chicago.

But if Clay’s point is that groups which want to ban guns should be allowed to, I agree with him. (?!!) So does the Free Press editor, as I recall. Since almost all US gun massacres have taken place in gun-free zones–the Aurora joker drove past bigger and closer movie theaters to shoot up one that banned guns–antigun groupings are running risks. Don’t pretend they’re not. Of course guns carry risks too. So do cars: how many Chicago cheerleaders have died in cars lately?

But a free country is one that lets people and groups of people do what many others consider less than the best. A government that tries to make sure we have, or can get, accurate info about risks may be serving us. A government that chooses risks for us–Senator Kennedy, drive Volkswagons: they float!–shows contempt for us as it babysits us.

Y’all remember to bring your loaded assault rifles to the Church of St Oliver Cromwell the Great this morning.

I might add: I’m not keen on big civil penalties either way the laws go, but ideally let gun-free groups police themselves–boss can fire worker for bringing gun to work, or for failing to do so, or lesser internal penalties–and if the civil penalties are against gun-free wannabees that hassle gunholders, I hope the fines or whatever aren’t bad. Marietta requires guns but doesn’t crack down much.

To Times ed 17 Feb:

If he doesn’t tell us what he wants to do he has no mandate to do it if elected. Littlefield had no mandate for a tax increase, sewer fee increase, and annexation. Corker had none for two-way. Kinsey had none for siezing the water company.

We trust a mayor for lots of little routine decisions, but stuff like that he can consult we the people (“mere mortals”) about. Do Burke and the Times want to make sure government of the mayor, by the mayor and for the mayor shall not perish?

Satterfield for mayor.

To NY Times, Paul Krugman, 18 Feb:

$9 is OK but $20 would be too much. Quite a range. What’d be best?

Worker productivity has doubled. In minimum-wage jobs, or jobs overall? Do the guys at McDonalds flip twice as many burgers as they used to?

I’m looking for work right now. I got by on $8.50/hour. I’d prefer $7.25 to nothing. I’d like the option to offer to work for less if that’s what it takes. If Dr Krugman wants to share his Nobel windfall with me my family can use the money, but maybe he’s greedy and selfish, or personally, shares his own wealth with the poor of New Jersey?

One idea for a law for sub-minimum wage workers: require that each of them be given 5 minutes a week with a manager who has real authority to raise their wages to the minimum, and will tell them what to do to earn the minimum.

My friend Melvin Freeman can do some work, but I don’t know that he could earn $7.25/hour. He might do well in a monastery or a workhouse, getting discipline he himself lacks right now. A reasonable accommodation to his disabilities might be a lower wage. I myself am not exactly disabled, but I’d not all that fast physically, and I’m rather nit-picky by temperament, so I could use such a reasonable accommodation myself. Set the ADA on a collision course with the minimum wage, or tell non-helpless people not to work?

Get rid of crony capitalism. $500 million for Solyndra would pay for $2/hour more for 250,000 work hours; 6,000 work weeks; 100 work years.

(Later) uh oh, 250,000,000 works hours, 6 million weeks, 100,000 work years.

To mess with a true price is to lie.

To blog Ponderings of a Pilgrim Pastor” on paedocommunion, with a couple typos corrected

Clear to you, but the opposite is clear to me. Can I go to the heart first, and liturgy rules (your post topic) next? We “show forth the Lord’s death;” he died for our children; so the showing must include them. What was the sin in Corinth? Failure to include at table all who should be included. So, examine yourselves to make sure you’re loving your neighbors, especially the least of them, by including them. PCs do this. Anti-PCs examine themselves for every sin except the one they’re in the act of committing, the very one Paul tells us to check for!

My blog ,, requires a lot of scrolling down; the section “Feed God’s Babies” is on paedocommunion, answering all the PCA’s official objections and 20+ others, and giving 19 or so reasons for PC, and 5 or so that non-PC is sin. (Or find a web archive and find “Feed God’s Babies” on, which is no longer online.)

To by faith online:

A couple of the denominations at let congregations decide for or against paedocommunion, so maybe the PCA could too.
Dr Pipa’s 1st point seems to take professing faith more seriously than baptism re admission to communion (and to covenanting?)
Re his 2nd, God commanded physical eating and drinking for a reason. Including children in showing Christ’s death shows he died for them; excluding shows the reverse. Which is true?
FWIW, I answer 30+ objections to paedocommunion at “Feed God’s Babies” at (scroll down a lot); also find a web archive and my old site


To Chattanooga Time 31 Jan ’13; next is list of blog’s contents

To Times ( ed 31 Jan A.D. 2013

You fear “to distort” a ‘market’ in which everyone pays for one competitor, whether or not they choose its services, and its services are offered at no fee as if they didn’t cost close to $10,000 per year per student, while no one not using other competitors has to pay for them? Some market. Letting people who opt out of public schools take at least some of their money with them would reduce distortion, just as my money leaves McDonald’s if I go to Burger King.

Paying students who leave public schools half of what they save the system by leaving it would leave more money per student in the system; would increase diversity in education by helping students go to all kinds of schools; would increase accountability since schools that don’t satisfy their ‘customers’ would lose money; would increase parental involvement, and reward parents who care, by giving parents real power. You oppose this diversity, accountability, parental involvement, and incentive to improve?

Vouchers, you say, would take the best students out of schools full of poor students. “Ye fools and blind” (Mt 23), are the students for the schools, or the schools for the students?

The students are poor (in more ways than one). What one thing would help the most? Probably intact families would help the most (in more ways than one). So put a moderate sin tax on fornication when it happens to be caught, to increase the number of two-parent households and so improve education, health, and wealth and reduce the corresponding social pathologies. What, Harry, your girlfriends (or boyfriends as the case may be) wouldn’t like this? Wasn’t Dan Quayle right? Wasn’t St Paul–“run away from fornication”–right? (“Harry” = then editor Harry Austin)

What’s on this blog as of 15 July A.D. 2013

Contents of blog 15 July A.D. 2013

Posted 15 July: Psalm singing: new resources. Some new, and revised old, Psalm versions I’ve done, mostly accordion/voice videos.

blogbait of 31 March ’13 ff, from front computer. Assorted comments.

Posted 4 July: cessationism answered. (The Holy Ghost did NOT disappear with the apostles.)

blogbait 13 March ff (rear computer)

Open letter to Lindsay Lohan

Open letter to Newt Gingrich

Blogbait 27 June and earlier

Blogbait 28 March and earlier

Posted 1 July: blogbait of 1 Apr

Posted 9 March: Feb/Mar blogbait

Posted 28 Feb: my notions of tutoring; TUTORING ADVERTISEMENT! Tutoring Advertisement. TUTORING ADVERTISEMENT!

Posted 26 Feb: letter on evolutionism and creationism

Posted 23 Feb: links to a National Review article on which I posted several comments

Some blogbait from Feb ’13

More of the same (reply to one Bennett cartoon)

Posted 13 Feb: note that my youtube handle is “alohrm3s”, and I post on Yahoo as “Andrew in Tennessee”

Posted 11 Feb: article: who is President: Messiah Jesus or Barack Obama?

Posted 7 Feb A.D. 2013: (copied here from there)

What’s on this blog as of 6 Feb. I’d like a list of titles down the side, but until I learn to do that I’ll post this as a guide to what’s here.

6 Feb A.D. 2013 HOW to cut federal spending: a way that might WORK. / Send this to your congresspeople if you like my method. Article.

1 Feb “bachelor soup” recipe, and how to keep rice from boiling over.

1-2 How to improve churches, countries, and computers. /From my former website,, which you can find on at least one web archive, but not on the web itself. Mostly churches–”45 theses”–but also 3 Libertarian tracts: “Why all Christians, Democrats, Republicans, reds, greens, and enemies of crime should vote Libertarian,” “Abolish slavery,” and “How I, Andrew Lohr, joined the LP.” This post may have a table of its own contents at the top of the post.

1-2 Praising God: singing Psalms, some new hymns of mine, chords for “The Book of Psalms for Singing,” why sing Psalms? (love God love God’s lyrics), how to swap tunes. May have contents atop post. Note: I’ve youtubed and yahood some Psalms and paraphrases from an A.D. 1927 Psalter and some of my own; they won’t be in this post or blog. Also here is “Take hold: an epistle of Andrew (Lohr).”

1-2 Infant communion: feed God’s babies. If we’re showing Christ’s death, and he died for them, the showing must include them, eh? I think so, I think it matters, and I think I have something to say about it. This post has a table of contents atop the post, and startrs with 3 1-page intros to the topic. About 40 pages worth of material here. “Debates” in that I list and answer more than 30 objections to “paedocommunion,” and also offer answers to anti-paeodocommunionists Reymond, Sisemore, Lee, and Gentry (spelling?)–Lee and Gentry partially so far. Response to Gentry at the foot of this entry, and not listed at the top.

1-2 New gospel tracts. Contents atop post. 14 tracts. Use freely. (Indeed everyone may freely use everything of mine on this blog.)

1-2 Link to a file? on the Chattanooga Times-Free Press website which seems to contain all the comments I’ve posted there over the years.

31 Jan A.D. 2013 Baptism liturgy for my daughter Sophie Lohr, including explanations of details of the ritual (2 doses of oil and so on).

31-1 “blogbait” Apr-Oct A.D. 2012–some stuff I posted as comments on various websites during that time. Not complete.

31-1 blogbait Nov ’12 to Jan ’13

29 Apr ’12 Comment posted to Washington Post website

29-4-12 “Newt and his little enemy”–one comment

27 apr ’12 older blogbait

27-4-12 Letter of taxpayer: how to give ourselves a better country. (Article, i.e. composed, not just a quick response to something).

27-4-12 “Pocchop liturgy”–plan for a church’s services.

27-4-12 Hello World! automatic first post on wordress blog.
Thank you for checking (some of) this out. May it serve you and glorify God.

Psalm-singing: new resources

Grace mercy and peace from Him. All the best in getting Psalms sung, brother. Love God, love God’s lyrics. My wife-darling got me to a Blue Man Group concert; triune Jehovah, yet more dear, got me to…Psalms, eh?

Here are some Psalm singing resources everyone is free to use; I’m not the musician to sell them, but I think I’m enough of a musician to show their potential to a real musician who’s interested. So everyone use freely (even to make money on your own versions of these.)–part of Psalm 103 to part of Mozart’s “Eine Kleine Nachtmusik” –A version of Psalm 2 to the tune of Scott Joplin’s “The Entertainer.” (CCM James Ward thought this might do for children.) — Psalm 120 to the
Wagner tune “Fanget An!’ from opera “The Mastersingers of Nuremburg.”

Most, not all, of my youtube channel is me singing pieces I like from an A.D. 1927 Psalter whose copyright does not keep me up at night. (Two emails to what I think the publisher’s heir-via-church-mergers went unanswered):…366.1454.0.2952.…0.0…

Amazon review of “The Book of Psalms for Singing”
My website,, might be findable in a web archive, but I’ve dropped it from the live web. My blog,, includes some material from the website (including on Psalm singing) if you scroll down a LOT. (It includes trial-and-order accordion chords for everything in “The Book of Psalms for Singing.”)

FWIW and may His praise be glorious.

Yours in Christ Jesus, from
Andrew Lohr

blogbait 31 mar, front computer

Sent to Jamie Arpin-Ricci, to whom Doug Wilson referred 17 June or so

A doctor who tells all his patients “you’re healthy” when some of them need drastic, painful treatment is (1) loving or (2) a murderer? A doctor whose bedside manner makes it hard to heed his accurate diagnosis and triply hard to swallow his prescription is (1) better or (2) worse than the first doctor? May God bless us with doctors better than either, doctors with both the bedside manner and the surgical skill of the President of presidents and Judge of judges.

Was Jesus loving when (like all the prophets and apostles) His message could be summed up in the one word “Repent!”? Was Peter loving at Pentecost when he proclaimed “You murdered the Messiah!”? If such details are how Christian love works, let us, as nicely as may be, do likewise, eh?

I have posted more than once elsewhere that fornication, divorce and adultery are more popular among “evangelicals” than homosexuality is, and may qualify as beams we should remove before tackling “gay” twigs. (Cases and callings differ in details). But you’ve been asked, and whatever your “focus” the question is relevant, would you, as a pastor, go through Mt 18 with a sexual sinner/s–of whatever kind–and, if they won’t heed the church, “hand them over to Satan for the destruction of the flesh that the spirit may be saved in the day of Christ Jesus” as per I Cor? Or do you draw no sexual lines at all? (Not that sexual lines are the only lines to draw–you posted that yourself–but do you draw any? If so, briefly where?)

To Clay Bennett, 19 June

Let’s take “not” out the Ten Commandments and insert it into the Creed–is a joke 300 years old or so. Yet the Creed and the Commandments are still around.

How dare this religious fanatic Jesus stick his nose into politics? Caesar is king, we don’t need another. Let’s crucify him to separate church and state. That goes back almost 2000 years. They thought Jesus was toast; but now Caesar is pizza. (Make mine pineapple with Italian sausage).

Jesus touched lepers and healed them. Dr Sabelius, call your office: the Christians have an appeal above your death panel! Jim Rutz in “Magashift” report miraculous healings of AIDS sufferers. In Africa. I hope San Francisco isn’t racist.

To Clay Bennett, 11 June

Susan B. Anthony was a Republican. Susan B. Anthony Patriot Foundation tax exemption, 77% chance of being stonewalled?

She wanted to vote. Ya gotta say this for women voters, their first President was Warren G. Harding, who inherited a bum economy from Woodrow Wilson and quickly turned it into the roaring ’20s. Too bad Hoover, FDR, LBJ, and Obama–and several others–didn’t channel Harding for their economic policies. (When I ranked Presidents––Harding topped those four, judging by results.)

God created Adam, said Not good, and created Eve. Eve’s no clone of Adam; division of labor is a creation ordinance. Obviously it’s been overdone and abused, as the division between bureaucrats and their fellow humans is abused, but it’s real, and it can be underdone, which also abuses people. I hope Clay likes buying pregnancy insurance for himself.

To Doug Wilson, What Plato’s cousin knew, response to responder


Yeah, saving faith is active faith: Jesus, and Paul and James, did things. An infant can’t do much (John the Baptist jumped for joy in his mom’s womb). My sub-3-years Sophie has said “Jesus loves me best,” and she sometimes offers someone something she thinks they want. I pray she (and I) mature in showing faith, but maybe she’s started.

Above I wanted to offer Mr Bull a quick reason, on his own terms, to change his view of infant baptism. (The rest of what he says is rather interesting.) I think the Bible’s doctrine of infant capacity is rather higher than what humans tend to assume infants can do (“did this man sin…so that he was born blind”?!?!?) Logic offers 3 possibilities, or perhaps more: (1) infants are lost, (2) infants are saved other than by faith, or (3) infants are saved by faith however limited their ability to show their faith. From Bible, and also logic, I draw (3); I think there’s experiential evidence for it, but I don’t claim to have come up with it by observing infants. Some big name theologians, including Augustine and Calvin, have ascribed faith (or its seed) to infants–“Infant Salvation” by one Firey, c. 1901, has a chapter on Infant Faith. (I glanced at a copy in the Covenant College library, and cited it in “Feed God’s Babies” somewhere in my blog, if you love scrolling, and in my dead web-archived? website

FWIW. Yours in Christ Jesus, from Andrew

To Chattanooga Times opinion 6 June:

Much of what Mr Killian said I agree with, especially in isolation, but do you or he care about Christians persecuted in Muslim countries? You may rightly focus on Tennessee, but do you care at all, or know? In 12 years there’ve been 50+ federal persecutions for “hate crimes” against Muslims; and it may be that all or most of the defendants were guilty; and, yes, this is at least somewhat serious, though stories of students suspended for using the word “gun” or chewing a piece of bread into a gunlike shape make us suspicious of U.S. Justice. Did the 50+ include any murders?

Worldwide, Muslims murder thousands (>100,000?) of Christians a year. Does this bother you at all? Even in your editorial (and thank you for your courage in signing your name to it), a sentence or two noting such facts might’ve provided balance and given your remarks more, not less, force; dittos for Mr Killian’s remarks. 9-11 and Benghazi show us that quite a few Muslims are not Mother Theresa. Comparing Christendom with Muslim countries suggests that Jesus Christ makes for better government than Mohammed. (Older Pakistanis would tell my dad: The further we get from British influence the more corrupt we get.)

Of course we Christians must love Muslims, and many of the behaviors Mr Killian opposed we should oppose. Is he against them when Muslims commit them, however rarely this comes within his day job? If he became the new ambassador to Libya, or were called to help set up the new Libyan justice department, would he find himself giving such speeches to Muslims? (Unlike Tennessee, would he fear for his life?) How many US Muslims denounce Saudi Arabia, which outlaws church buildings, as a bigoted government?

We can well love Muslims by pointing out that their religion leads to bad government–“by their fruits ye shall know them”–and by pointing out that Jesus said of Himself, “I am the way, the truth and the life. No man comes to the Father except by Me” (John 14:6)–and by pointing out that Jesus excels Mohammed in His birth (to a virgin), his life (miracles), his death (for our sins–what love!), his resurrection (what power!), his clear fulfillment of multiple prophecies, his positive influence on government (He’s rather libertarian)–and urging them to forsake Mohammed and become followers of Jesus.
To Clay Bennett cartoon 6 June:

AndrewLohr said…

Funniest ever? How about Henry Payne’s from the ’80s “The dashing new Soviet jockey, Gorbachev, and his sleek thoroughbred?”–the “thoroughbred” being a stationary dinosaur, looking puzzled and thinking “Vroom vroom?”

Bigot? “A person who is obstinately or intolerantly devoted to his or her own opinions and prejudices”–Webster online. How’s the view from the sewer, Mr Bennett? nooga? alprova? What would it take to convince you that liberalism is wrong, or even that some liberals have been seriously wrong about some important things? (Some Muslims, even?) The Bible does not whitewash its heroes.

To Charles M. Blow, NY Times, 22 May (reply to one of his posters)

So when liberals accuse conservatives of being racists, are the liberals projecting?

When liberals accuse conservatives of being not true blacks, are the liberals projecting?

When liberals accuse conservatives of keeping scads of people from voting, are the liberals projecting?

When liberals accuse conservatives of pandering to big business, are liberals projecting?

When liberals accuse conservatives of opposing education because we favor diversity and parental involvement via homeschooling and vouchers, are liberals projecting!

I dream of a country where people are judged not by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. I have a dream today! I dream of a country which overwhelmingly worships a personally generous libertarian named Jesus (of Nazareth). I have a dream today!

To Clay Bennettt cartoon 15 May:. ml

The Tea Party has hijacked how many airplanes to murder thousands of innocent people? Zero, flat absolute zero.

Obviously most Muslims have also not attempted murder, but a few have:

Facing facts and racism are two different things. (By the way, is “Just Busted” racist–and sexist–if it puts pretty white girls on its cover out of proportion to their number in the total busted population?) Few Muslims are terrorists, but most terrorists are Muslim, so a bit of a focus on Muslims makes perfect sense.

Comparing Mohammed to Jesus Christ shows why Tea-ites are safer than Sheites. Mohammed, to rob a caravan, started a war during a month in which Arabian pagan neighbors kept the peace. He fought other wars, some of them defensive. He ordered executions (racist against Jews?) When he died, he simply died, and stayed dead.

Jesus rose from the dead, showing God’s power at work in him; he (pardon the theology, but it’s true) “died for our sins,” showing God’s love for God’s enemies turning them into God’s friends; He is God in human flesh; he ordered not just “mercy” but love for enemies and forgiveness of sins; he was conceived in Mary’s womb by a miracle of the Holy Ghost without a man’s help, again showing God’s power…and he didn’t order any executions, murders, or wars while He was here, so that some Christians are pacifists, and those of us who think executions and just wars can be OK Christian behavior like to insist on justice in such cases. (C. S. Lewis has an obscure little essay on Pacifism and Chivalry, anti-militarism and strict self-control.)

No Christian is as good as he, but He influences even cultures, not just actual individual Christians. Would you rather live in Christendom or in a mostly Muslim country? Would anyone here move to Saudi Arabia if the Tea Party wins the next two elections? Clay?

There may be better ways than the TSA uses. I don’t think El Al, the Israeli airline, has suffered a hijacking since A.D. 1968.

To Yahoo sports 7 May re Tim Tebow:

Yeah, he’s given more proof he can do the job in the right situation than most QBs, and almost all backup QBs, have given. And yeah, he’s the guy you’d want courting your sister, or taking your crippled brother to a game. The difficulty, I think, is he plays differently from most NFL QBs–different strengths and weaknesses–so he’s not just a guy you can plug into your offense. You’d have to change the offense to use what he can do and work around what he has trouble with. Denver did this, and got more out of him than most people expected. Jets hardly tried. So he’s a bigger investment than his salary. And teams so bad they have nothing to lose (Raiders?) may not have the tools he’d need to get the job done? Teams so strong they have room for a different quarterback may not think they need one? If I were running an NFL team looking at him as a backup, I’d want at least the offensive staff and offensive players to be ready with work with the Tebow alternative to NFL routine–defense and special teams should also bear him in mind. (And if looking at him as an RB/TE/kick returner, ya gotta bear in mind he just might have to step in at QB.) At least some great coaches work their personnel, not just their system, so he might well be worth a try. I like what I read of him, but I can’t blame teams for facing up to what it’d probably cost to use what he offers.

To Bennett 7 May

So, alprova, if the jury convicts Gosnell and asks for the death penalty, will that be your opinion? If not, were you really waiting for the jury?

And what about O.J. Simpson? A criminal jury found him not guilty of murdering his wife, and a civil jury found that he had indeed killed her. (The civil jury was correct.) Your opinion, o jury of one? (Comedian Mark Russell on the John Hinkley verdict: “This just in: all 12 jurors in the John Hinckley case have just pleaded insanity.”)

While we’re ignoring the cartoon, I’m for juries, for a chance to be judged not just by the establishment but by my peers, but two problems to fix. (1) The problem of relevant evidence being suppressed, which amounts to telling lies to juries. [Were the policemen who went to O.J.’s house really just making a courtesy call to tell him his wife was dead, or did they suspect he’d killed her? Yet couldn’t they, these days, have gotten a search warrant from a night judge via phone and fax?] If worthwhile evidence was dubiously obtained, this should not deny justice to the victims of a crime, and does not deny it to the actually guilty person convicted on such evidence, who may have a right to a lesser sentence or even some compensation. An innocent person more likely deserves compensation–e.g. for damages from a search that found nothing–and people who plant evidence or lie (or fail to reveal major evidence?) while seeking a conviction should be punished as if they themselves had committed the crime of which they accuse another. Al Sharpton and Tawana Brawley should be treated as rapists.

(2) A defendant should have free speech to tell the jury anything he wants, and the prosecution to rebut. Did Bernard Goetz get the chance to tell his jury New York gun controls were unconstitutional and he obviously needed his illegal gun against four men with sharpened screwdrivers? Will people this fall be allowed to ask juries to let them go on the grounds that O’Romneycare is unconstitutional, for the Constitution does not let Congress make laws about health/health care/health insurance, and that forcing healthy people to pay sick people to be sick is stupid policy? (Make the jury listen for an hour, then ask if they want more. A man who starts reading the whole Encyclopedia Britannica to the jury deserves what’s coming to him.)

2nd post to same:

Back to the cartoon, even though not everyone makes ignoring cartoons as easy as artist Bennett does. (His wife, I gather, is a capable artiste.) Asay and Henry Payne and even Bruce Plante draw better and use better logic in their cartoons, to name just three.

Any Bible reader knows abstinence has its difficulties, and fornication its attractions. The trouble with the morning-after pill is not just that its use is a human choice to kill babies, bad enough as that is.

The trouble with the morning-after pill is the afternoon before. Sex can be so much fun that the impulse for it easily gets out of hand. (Or not. After one rape in the Bible, the rapist wanted to marry his victim. Her brothers killed him anyway. After another rape, the rapist “hated her exceedingly, so that the hatred with which he hated her was greater than the love wherewith he had loved her.” One of her brothers had him killed too.) So why give the sex impulse a license which we deny to such impulses as to murder Mr Bennett or to steal his car? Surely it needs control; surely Mr Bennett has had to steer himself in the direction of abstinence a time or two.

So remember that if someone who wants sex with you does not want to first make arrangements to take care of you and receive your care as long as you both shall live, s/he is offering you less than you are worth, and asking less than you have to give. Be a promise, not a biology experiment.

And, yeah, remember that fornication is sin, forgiveable if sinners repent like any other sin, but something God sees and dislikes: He made Adam a wife, not a floozie.

And remember your parents gave you a chance: you owe a baby a chance. “Dan Quayle was right:” babies inside marriage tend to do better than those that used to called, as a technical term, “bastards.” A shaky chance is better than none–Jesus and Beethoven would’ve been prime abortion-after candidates–so if someone wants the chance to risk making babies with you, make them take precautions first: get married.

(And marriage is more than a sex license for two. Before you get married, glance through the book “Date or Soul Mate?” with your love interest and see if you’re heading for trouble you’d want to avoid. Better stay out of the canoe if Niagara Falls is half a mile downstream; better to break up as friends who draw a line than as enemies who used to be friends but now have things to fight over.)

Love in Christ Jesus, from Andrew

To Paul Krugman 6 May

When Newt Gingrich was in power, deficit became balanced budget. When Nancy Pelosi was in, both deficit and unemployment exploded. (Keynes is in Hell.) No Demo Congress has balanced a budget in 40 years. Since the Tea Party came in, the deficit has been inching down and the economy inching up. FDR’s stimulus totally failed: the depression went on and on. Warren Harding ignored a depression and it went away. Harry Truman cut federal spending by about half at the end of WWII with little ill effect. Correcting the redline ratio paper shows that debt above 90% of GDP slows growth from 3% to 2% per year, a 30% reduction in growth (look it up to make the numbers more precise; that’s about right); not as bad as the first draft, but still terrible. Could Reagan get spending cuts, or Bush Jr get limits on Freddie & Fanny, through the Democrats in Congress?

Yeah, the GOP is about as guilty of crony “capitalism” as the Democrats, but I was glad to hear Justin Amash and Mike Lee at the D.C. Tea Party rally April 15 denounce this. Rep Amash said big corporations ask for regulations that’ll make business harder for their smaller competitors. Anything against that, Dr Krugman? The Institute for Justice strikes down such regulations. Have you given IJ a donation lately?

To cut spending, subject it to some kind of market: let taxpayers choose, on a new form, whether to keep their money or let D. C. spend it. I bet Big Bird gets the ax if we get to keep even 5% of the dough.

To Pam Sohn 5 May

Since you have no tolerance for racism or classism, and blacks and poor people live shorter lives on average than whites and white collars, tomorrow you will denounce Social Security as racist and classist, since its one-size-fits all nature gives richer whites longer better-paid retirements. Right? Public education faces similar criticism: so use vouchers to give poor people, as well as rich people, choice of education for their children, and choice of retirement.

Observe that the business sector fills many niches: Ford people, GM people, Toyota people, VW people, and even the radical Hyundai extremists, can get what they want at the same time. But the tax-paid sector makes for winners and losers. So shrink the tax sector and enlarge the business sector. The business sector also offers instant accountability: if I don’t like McDonalds, I go with my money to Burger King the next day, not the next election.

Welcome. May you do better than expected.

To David Cook col 1 May

Accountable? Simply divide ALL the education money among all the students for whatever schooling they choose: home, private, public, college, out-of-state…even park the money in an education/retirement/MSA fund and go get a job. Then if parents decide a school isn’t getting the job done, they move their child and their money somewhere else. Instant accountability.

It keeps restaurants improving, because they have to keep their customers happy. Public schools aren’t on that short a leash, so they keep costing more without doing better.

Maybe let parents do whatever testing they want? Send home a catalog of tests at the beginning of the year, and let parents do whatever testing and whatever reporting of results they want. With 900,000 students in Tennessee, the market will demand and supply tests for this purpose.

To Bennett cartoon 2 May

Justice requires (1) that people who didn’t do it get a chance to say so and prove so, or at least claim the evidence fails to prove they did it.

Justice requires spending $250,000 or more to build a soccer field for the detainees. No it doesn’t, tho we did.

Justice requires (2) that people who had a legal right to do it get a chance to say so and prove it. George Zimmerman can claim, perhaps, that a football player was beating his head on the ground and he shot in self-defense.

Justice requires that guys we got with some help from waterboarding be turned loose because the evidence is tainted. No it doesn’t. Can our President raise bin Laden from the dead, or is that above Mr Obama’s pay grade? If a guy is guilty, let the waterboarding reduce his sentence. (We’ll execute him as humanely as possible–make him breathe pure nitrogen?) If innocent, let him waterboard his waterboarders or accept compensation from them, or perhaps even forgive them–there are Christian precedents.

Justice requires (3) that people who did it without an exact legal right can claim it was the right thing to do under the circumstances, and try to prove that.

Justice requires that people who did it get off if they blame someone else. No it doesn’t. Joblessness and deficits both increased under President Obama, but this is President Bush’s fault? No, Obama should have seen they were bad enough already.

Justice requires (4) that defendants who have something to say for themselves get a chance to say it, and the prosecution a chance to rebut. Maybe some terrorist becomes a Christian and, by way of repenting from murderous sins, gives useful information that saves lives or convicts other murderers. Adjust his sentence accordingly.

So set up tribunals to process these guys at Gitmo, or at least take a clear look at each case and say what they deserve and what prevention of murder requires. (We’ll turn you loose–with permanent implanted webcam?) Some might be innocent, some might be safe in looser confinement, some may need to stay locked up (and why not at Gitmo?), some may need to be executed (see if hanging with pork stuffed in their mouths would deter Muslims? Some say it worked for Pershing against Muslim terrorists in the Philippines a century ago).

Analog Science Fiction suggested execution by nitrogen inhalation. Dr Roberta Binkley’s Ancient Rhetoric class at UTC listed the 1-4 justice requires (I may misremember 4).

To Clay Bennett cartoon,, 1 May:

How much have you personally given to victims of the sequester?

Was your gift accepted? President Obama wouldn’t let Sean Hannity pay for White House tours.

Private-sector GDP and government spending move in the opposite direction about 70% of the time, so to grow the economy, shrink the government, says

Similar point made here (I found in the comments to this article):

To Washington Post, Gerson, 30 April

Solutions here. (1) Gasoline and washcloth prices are up 50% under Obama, the current face of leftism. To block inflation, legalize using gold, silver, and foreign currencies as easily as dollars in all transactions. Competition will keep the Fed honest with its paper money.
(2) To keep Social Security from going broke, raise the retirement age by 1 month every three months until as much money is coming in as is going out.
(3) Health, health care, and health insurance are three different things. When insurance pays for bad health choices, care costs rise as healthy people pay sick people for choosing what causes sickness. Let insurance charge according to risk and offer varied coverages. Let people keep some of what they save: medical savings accounts, big deductibles…I think my sister got paid something for having babies at home instead of in hospital. Good.
(4) In education, offer spending-cut scholarships: pay students who leave public schools half of what they save the systems (e.g. $5000 if school costs $10,000), and let the school they leave keep the rest of the money. Other big programs might also offer such vouchers (SS, Medicaid…) A smaller voucher I can spend myself may be worth more to me than a big program.
(5) Get rid of, or rein in, regulations that keep the poor from earning more as producers and spending less as consumers. Endorse the Institute for Justice agenda: unleash shoshiners, hairdressers, taxi drivers…I hear tell D.C. wants to require tour guides to get licenses, despite free speech. Instead, require that board to go get real jobs.
Jesus Christ is libertarian, I like to say.

To Paul Krugman 29 Apr, NY Times

“the depression we’re in”? Not a recession that ended four years ago when the stimulus kicked in, the stimulus that–talk about predictions–was supposed to keep unemployment below 8% rather than kick it above 8% as actually happened? I notice your column says nothing at all about any good the stimulus did. Jobs at $400,000 each, guaranteed eternal like Solyndra?

Recoveries this slow are “rare;” Pelosi/Obama is rivalling Hoover/FDR.

Will you specify some spending cuts and when they begin? I hear tell we have about 10 years before aging demographics overwhelm Social Security and Medicare; 10 years to put our fiscal house in order. You want us not to use the 1st of those ten years; to waste 10% of those ten years. Hint: smaller vouchers we can spend as we please may be worth more to us, and cost less, than bigger programs for retirement, health, and education. The Aussies’ Department of Aborigines used to cost $1600+ per abo’, of which the average abo’ got $97.

Greece (well, Macedon) used to be the only superpower.

Gasoline and washcloths have gone up 50% in 5 years; I’m less sure than you there’s no inflation. (Technical economic arguments can also be made). Block inflation by making dollars compete with gold, silver, and foreign currencies on a level playing field. I don’t drive a Fiat; make Bernanke share the road.

What D.C. taxes, the taxees cannot spend; what it borrows, others cannot, Moving money from one pocket to another cannot enrich us.

To Bennett cartoon 28 Apr

And there’s a memorial for the 50,000,000+ US babies murdered for the convenience of grownups.

In rating Presidents, I rated President George W. Bush a “near failure” at

But for an article comparing Presidents Bush and Obama and making clear that there’s something to be said for Mr Bush in this regard, hit

Unlike hate-filled narrow-minded liberals, we conservatives and fundamentalists know the people we disagree with are fellow humans mostly not devoid of good qualities, mostly able to notice points worth noticing, almost all able, by God’s grace, to repent rather than perish. (Calvinism adds levels of understanding but this level is true for what it is.) “I beseech you in the bowels of Christ, think it possible that you may be mistaken”–Saint Oliver Cromwell the Great.

To Chatt Times, 25 Apr

Does the Times collect and remit sales taxes from subscriptions outside Tennessee? Do you look forward to doing so? Or maybe for internet sales thereof, but not snail-mail sales??

Keep it simple. Let a business pay sales tax to its own state for all sales: one tax, not 50 or so plus local complications. When I buy in Georgia, I pay GA sales tax, and the merchant doesn’t have to collect or remit Tennessee sales tax. Amazon wants to discourage competition; US Rep Justin Amash said big businesses deliberately ask Congress for such regulations. Down with such crony “capitalism,” govt in bed with big biz.

To Bennett cartoon, 25 Apr:

And why does Mr Bennett hate people who like production and balanced budgets? Wake up and drink your tea!

I’ve lived in Pakistan before A.D. 1979. They make good tea (chai.) They declared Ahmaddiyyas a non-Muslim minority, showing less than love toward a non-threat (hatred of the less powerful, not just the more powerful). They routinely and perfunctorily showed less than love toward Israel, at a distance, and toward India, a more powerful neighbor. Their attitude toward the US had ups and downs.

Why? Contrast Mohammed with Jesus. Mohammed had his nice moments–they say he cut off his sleeve on which a cat was sleeping so he could go to prayers without disturbing the cat–but he did make wars and order executions, and Muslims don’t ascribe miracles of healing to him. Jesus did heal people, showing compassion and power in ways Mohammed did not. Jesus Christ taught radical love, and showed it at His own expense “in that while we were still sinners Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8). So following Jesus brings love and compassion to the fore in a way lacking to Islam and atheism. Even if (as I believe) executions and just wars and politics can fall within the scope and approval of Jesus the King of kings, they weren’t on His to-do list the way they were on Mohammed’s; they’re not what He was about, just as health rather than surgery is the aim of medicine yet surgery has its place. Also, since Mohammed stayed dead but Jesus rose up alive, trusting God rather than reacting to situations can be more part of Christianity. So follow Jesus, the Prince of peace.

To Charles Blow, NY TImes, 11 Apr:

Granted that some GOP politicians have not just freed the slaves, which they did, and gotten civil rights through, which they did along with civil rights Democrats, but also played racial games for political games, aren’t you also playing political games at the expense of serious consideration of some issues?

Surely Rand Paul deserves some credit for loving his enemies, reaching out to a group 95% of which didn’t vote for his own group. Does that 95% show openmindedness? Does it even put pressure on Democrats to do what such a solid bloc wants?

Whatever the exact details and whatever the politics, didn’t Newt Gingrich have a point about a real problem? For awhile between slaver and the welfare state, black two-parent working familes dominated the scene. Not now.

Has our President, ah, kept his word about no new taxes for those making under $250,000 a year? About keeping existing health insurance plans if we like them? About the stimulus bill keeping joblessness under 8%, and down to 6% by now? Does he fly his corporate jet to golf outings?

Is crime, and especially black-on-black crime, a problem?

Did Louisiana respond to Katrina by electing a GOP governor?

Is it racist to criticize Ben Carson, Herman Cain and Clarence Thomas? I see one of your commenters, a white man, calls Justice Thomas a “glorified caddy.”

Doug Wilson said getting beyond race requires getting around the table, saying your piece (however hurtful), listening to others, and not leaving.

To FP opinions, 11 Apr:

Crime may be low but terrorizing evildoers is the government’s business (Romans 13), so try to get it lower. Fast sure sentences for minor offenses works in New York (Ecclesiastes 8:11).

One way the city can lead the country with an innovation would be let city taxpayers keep their share of what’s being spent on things the city need not do. Add a page to the property tax bill listing things we might rather keep our money than pay for (and can give more for if we wish.)Take public art, across the page, for example:

$265,000 a year for 160,000 people. say $1.65 apiece. My city tax bill was around $300. My wife and I have two kids plus four half-kids (custody shared), count as two more for us and two for the other parent, total six people in this household. We’ll take our $1.65 x 6 = 9.90, please. Seriously, lots of things the city does could be put on an optional basis this way–golf courses, hotels…so newcanuck can chip in his extra bit, if he wants, and those of us who’d rather spend our art money on used books and 39-cent videotapes at America’s Thrift Store can do that.

To Robin Smith, TFP, 8 Apr

easy, if Jesus Christ rose from the dead, he knew something Einstein didn’t. (And vice versa, if you wish.) Christian miracles do happen; my wife and her mother have experienced them. (Flimflam also happens, or do you doubt the Bible where it says “all have sinned”? A COGIC preacher’s daughter told me her dad roared with laughter watching Steve Martins’s “Leap of Faith,” knowing men who use those tricks.)

The marriage penalty is monogaphobic bigotry, right?

So: is there a God whom Jesus reveals? Yes. Should we consult His views of right and wrong? Yes. Did He create Steve to deal with Adam’s loneliness? No. Did He create a floozie? No, a wife. Does He love sinners? “God show His love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Does He tolerate sins? “Go and sin no more.” “God now orders all men everywhere to repent.” Have the churches preached repentance as Jesus ordered them to (Luke 24)? No, they’ve emphasized the forgiveness of sins without making clear what sins are and how important it is to repent from them; so the good news that Hell is optional has been watered down into vapidity.

To Kathy Lopez, Nationl Review, 3 Apr

Probably two thirds of Americans use birth control, and most of those who don’t are children who don’t pay taxes, and old people who don’t pay much. Maybe 20 million??? avoid them on conscience. (All those figures are guesses.) If contraceptives cost $9/month, taxes on those 20 million can bring that down by $1/month or so? Are the HHS rules worth it for that?

(I, Wendy’s husband Andrew, am an adjective catholic [not trademark Catholic], and we use birth control–badly, two babies in five years:) –but this loathsome paternalistic tyranny breaches the contract of America, which is to preserve the blessings of liberty. Pray for tyrants: Psalm 58 [“Do you indeed speak righteousness…?”])

To Jennifer Rubin, Wash Post, 3 Apr (or so)

Romney’s GOP opposition was lackluster and divided, but because of O’Romneycare (which has increased the wait to see a doctor in Mass from 33 to 55 days), his signature political accomplishment, Romney had trouble closing the GOP deal–never did with me and many–and couldn’t run as a governor, not that he was more than mediocre there anyway. He didn’t make his tent big enough for Gingrich and Santorum supporters annoyed by his friends’ distortions about them, nor for Ron Paul supporters annoyed by bullying and stealing at the convention. With that support he might have won in November. It may be hard to show that conservatism benefits 51% of voters in the short run and 99% in the long run, but that’s the way to go. Ted Cruz, maybe? Those who depend on government (on taxpayers) need something sustainable and sufficient, and the party of Jefferson Davis is defending the problem against any kind of solution. Those who want to produce need simple taxes and regulations, so replace loopholes with lower flat levels, like Social Security taxes. Endorse the Institute for Justice agenda. Empower people by letting them opt out of big programs and take smaller, but self-controlled, vouchers: education, health insurance, retirement…Empower people by letting us vote ourselves tax rebates paid for by spending cuts which we vote for on a new tax form: cut foreign aid by $12 billion and give every American $4 (10% of the savings).

To TFP Bennett cartoon 31 Mar ’13 (I trimmed this version a bit for the paper’s website)

“Roe” herself has joined the pro-lifers. Join her with us. If facing a problem pregnancy, call “Choices” at 267-7943, and see if the pro-lifers will listen and try to help.

“Roe” had lied about having been raped. Her female lawyers, instead of getting themselves pregnant and suing for the right to kill their babies at will, shoved “Roe” forward for a test case. The pro-abortion movement claimed thousands of U.S. women were dying annually from coathanger-quality abortions; that claim is false. They claim modern abortuaries offer high quality treatment, yet throw dismembered babies in dumpsters. The Chattanooga abortuary killed at least one of its customers, and prolifers claim abortion deaths are underreported. And do feminists applaud the “choice” that has killed tens of millions of baby girls for being girls rather than boys, especially in China and India?

But facts such as the above tie in with, or are thrown out by, theories. Today we celebrate the resurrection from the dead of an abortion candidate whose parents were poor and unwed (they offered the Jewish sacrifice prescribed for poor people), who described himself as homeless (birds have nests but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head), and who was executed by the only superpower of that time, whose syringes must have been out of drugs that day–they nailed him to a cross, where it took him a few hours to die. Ouch. As you hold a well-deserved pity party for yourself, consider what he endured because he loves us–that’s the Christian theory, whatever varieties of it different saints hold. (What different varieties notice tends to be worth noticing. When we get so satisfied with what WE notice that we ignore or deny what others have noticed, our pride hobbles us.)

And he didn’t stay dead; check out the evidence. (I suppose “The Resurrection of the Son of God” by N. T. Wright is the most thorough treatment, if you can read 800-page books). Let Easter remind you that Jesus’ power as well as his love are unique claims. Did atheists Marx or Rand die for our sins and rise up alive on the third day? Did Mohammed or Buddha or Joseph Smith love us that much or show God’s power at work that way? Nobody even says so. But we Christians rest on Jesus, on Jesus as described by these claims, and since this is true about Jesus it is safe to ignore Marx, Mohammed, Buddha & co, but dangerous to ignore Jesus who said “No man comes to [God] the Father except by Me.” Whoever denies the Son, the same has not the Father. I’ve mentioned the four main options–Jesus, Islam, Atheism, and Buddhism/Hinduism. There’s no way to avoid believing something, no way to avoid placing all your chips on one bet. Choose with care.

And since the only superpower de jour executed Jesus but God raised Him from the dead, God outranks the only superpower, and followers of God had better consider whether God favors everything currently fashionable. Fornication? Killing babies? Boasting of kindness for giving away other peoples’ money? I have my doubts.

Cessationism answered

My wife’s cat was raised from the dead; therefore atheism and cessationism are false as total worldviews, however accurate in many instances. One single positive refutes a universal negative. Scripture is complete: the Bible distinguishes canonical prophecy from prophecy outside the canon. Similarly, there were apostolic miracles and non-apostolic, e.g. at Corinth, the clearest picture we have. (Does the NT silence about the Lord’s Supper outside the gospels and I Cor prove anything?) How can Benny Hinn blow smoke, and why would Mt 7 warn against such smoke, if there were to be no fire?
(We) Preterists note that Jesus and the NT gave clear warning that the Temple/sacrifice/priesthood business was to cease. If charismatic gifts were to cease, would not something similarly clear be in order?
Charismatics don’t ask cessationist questions because they have miracles and don’t need to. When a miracle is needed and does not happen, there’s a demand for an explanation. This demand arises from living by sight (I saw no miracle), not by faith (the God of miracles is my God.) When John Wimber came to believe in miracles, and to preach them, without seeing any for six months, he was living by faith.
(Andrew Lohr, husband of Wendy)

Blogbait from 13 March

To David Cook 13 Mar Times-Free PRess:
Under one-way it was still lively, at least Saturday nights. Two-way was a waste of 2 million bucks: not the disaster I feared, but a waste. (My traffic engineer brother also opposed it.) A waste, imposed against the popular will–Mayor Corker ducked a vote–and supported by one lie I clearly remember, the claim that one-way kept little cross streets busy: they were dead as a doornail. It’s still a street: use it as one, though maybe turn some unused buildings into parking lots.

To Washington Post, E. J. Dionne on new pope, 13 Mar:
Francis (as he now is) left a palace for an apartment, and God’s Son left Heaven for earth: so far so good. Libertarians can be personally generous. Jesus touched lepers, and Francis has touched AIDS sufferers. In an Argentine financial crisis, Francis insisted that crony capitalist welfare for the rich not crowd out welfare for the poor. OK.

Here in the US where the “poor” own cars, TVs, houses, and thousands of jacuzzis–by Jesus’ standard most of us would be rich–replacing 90% of food stamps with a few tax-paid staples (leave 10% for condiments to make them taste better?)–might cut cost there by two thirds without starving anyone. (I’d miss my hazelnut creamer, but baked potatoes aren’t bad.) Replacing bureaucratic programs with less costly vouchers under our own control could cut costs and empower the poor: schools, insurance…Is it “social justice” when our President sends his own daughters to private school but tries to deny that choice to poor D.C. parents? Is it “social justice” when someone wants to offer tours of D.C. and D.C. wants to make him get a license? The Institute for Justice has a vision of social justice and empowering the poor that puts liberals, who sound a trumpet before themselves about how much of other peoples’ money they’re giving away, to shame. I hope our new pope (if trademark Catholics will allow us adjective catholics the “our”) and his friends pick up on the IJ kind of justice. You too, Mr Dionne. You too, Mr President.

To Washington Post 13 Mar re article about President Obama eating with GOP guys:
Most of the comments show hatred, ignorant of those with whom the commenters disagree, that the column suggests an improvement on. Jesus would talk with anyone, and sometimes demand drastic changes in their life.
Most mass murders take place in gun-free zones. The Joker chose a gun-free theater over bigger and closer theaters.
What if someone’s religion is true? If Jesus rose from the dead, he deserves some kind of special attention. A priori rejection of facts is no excuse. Suspicion, maybe, but not rejection. And I think he lived a rather libertarian life: generous himself, but not blowing the trumpet in the synagogues and streets about how much of other people’s money he’d given away.

Open Letter to Lindsay Lohan

An Open Letter to Lindsay Lohan

“Freaky Friday” exceeded my expectations. “Mine too,” said Brent Benedict, “but my expectations weren’t very high.” Other than that, I haven’t seen any work of yours, though I recall a review which said you manage to give the impression something is going on behind your eyes.

Your life, from the news, may give the opposite impression. How hard, if at all, have you thought about, yes, Jesus Christ? I stopped lusting to smoke when I became a Christian, declared a lady I used to go to church with. But I know Christians who smoke. God doesn’t give us all the same help, but He can and sometimes does. “TYap!”–Thank You (God), answered prayer!

The way alcohol or drugs hit some people, reading hits me. I’ve never drunk too much, but I have stayed up late reading and gotten into a car wreck the next day. So should I stop reading? No, God gave us a book; I need to control reading and not let it control me. “Keep alert, and pray.” Stop drinking? God’s Son turned water into wine, and shared wine saying “This cup is the new covenant in My blood.” Drink that cup, lady, and pray.

What’s in your heart? C. S. Lewis imagined two cowardly soldiers, both getting cured. Good, says one, now I can do my duty without my panic stopping me. Good, says the other, now I can take care of myself without my panic getting me shot for desertion. Their hearts were different. (I forget where Lewis wrote that, and my quote is not exact.)

How is your heart in the direction towards God? Have you thanked Him for making you an attractive and capable lady, well provided for materially? Have you considered that His glory transcends yours and can both offer you more and rightly demand more from you? God the Son, in human flesh like yours and mine, went to a stable and to a cross and to, and from, a grave.

Yes, from: examine the evidence. The first followers of Jesus knew death better than we do, for they lived closer to more of it. Their meat didn’t come from meat factories in Nebraska; it was butchered in the butcher shop a couple blocks away. (I’ve lived in Pakistan; I’ve seen carcasses hanging in those butcher shops.) They knew dead men stay dead. They knew resurrection showed God at work. Cecil DeMille is dead, but Jesus is alive. You can well work for the likes of one, but you’d better live for the other. (If DeMille stops hiring you, remember Jesus was a carpenter; nothing wrong with other lines of work.)

I imagine you have brains and time to pursue this where you are. The news I’ve seen about you hasn’t given me a clue about your interests or life in this direction, but everyone, Christian or not, needs to grow towards God as seen in Jesus Christ. You may have heard of Voltaire’s test for would-be religious leaders: Get yourself crucified and rise on the 3rd day. Only Jesus passes that test, so seek him. You can’t shock him, and you can’t get beneath him–“If I make my bed in Hell, behold, Thou are there.”

As a drunk might know about wines, I’ll venture some advice about reading. The Bible is God’s book, and deals with people of every sort. It became livelier to me by the 3rd or 4th time I read it. Read it all, but especially “the gospels,” the parts that tell about Jesus on earth.

Need thoughtful persuasion to follow Jesus? “The Reasons for God,” by Tim Keller, current pastor of a big, thoughtful, artsy church in New York City. “Mere Christianity,” by C. S. Lewis. “The Challenge of Jesus,” by N.T. Wright, a modern scholar (maybe skip the first chapter.) “Evidence that Demands a Verdict,” by Josh McDowell.

Need reports that God does miracles today? (My wife was cured of headaches, and her cat was once raised from the dead.) “The Cross and the Switchblade” by Dave WIlkerson: some drug addicts went cold turkey without pain, but not all. “Megashift” by Jim Rutz, if you can find a copy. “Surprised by the Power of the Spirit,” by Jack Deere. “Pentecostals” may blow a lot of smoke, alas, and some of them, Jesus said, will go to Hell (Matthew 7), but with the smoke is some real fire.

Maybe you know some of these people, and maybe some of them can help you where you are: . And there can be some sparkle in Christians: “How to look 30% prettier” (an estimate from comparing church to mall.)

Andrew Lohr (with Wendy and two and four-half children)

Open Letter to Newt GIngrich

An open letter to Newt Gingrich
Bill Clinton dumping Hillary and shacking up with you after the ’94 elections was the secret of his presidential success, Mr Speaker, so why aren’t you President? You as Speaker were 3rd in presidential succession, you balanced the budget, and you worked with Democrats, so against a partisan wastrel and a middling governor, why aren’t you President? Could you still serve our country in larger ways than you now are?
I think so, and I’d like you to try. You’re not President because you didn’t run as the big man, a successful #3 versus a mediocre governor whose political signature was O’Romneycare and whom you might put in charge of some department to shut it down, and because you ran on scattershot details of the day such as gas at $2.50/gallon instead of mainly running against the failed President Obama even in the primaries.
You may feel too tired or busy to run, so start soon, take it easy, and don’t worry about winning. I think you can have fun and serve the country win or lose, but obviously you need to be ready to lose, as is likely enough. You can still compete on your record as a successful #3 versus the promises and hopes of smaller Republicans, and you can still run against President Obama as he is still running against Bush.
Gov Romney lost because he made his tent too small. Peddling distortions about you and Sen Santorum, stealing delegates from and bullying Ron Paul’s people, cost him support that could’ve put him over the edge. (Conversely, running to the right we do need to reach out to RINOs.) And the GOP, you and others, does need to reach out to poor people and young people in ways he failed at.
The GOP can offer the poor the Institute for Justice agenda: opportunities to try new small businesses to earn a bit more money, and choice of schooling (home, private, public, college, or other) instead of bureaucratic uniformity. Call it “The New Empowerment”: power to the people (“people power”) instead of to the bureaucrats. Let the poor help themselves: paint “taxi” on their cars and sell rides, paint “barber” on their porches and sell haircuts, and so on.
O’Romneycare cannot repeal the law of supply and demand. A GOP alternative must increase supply: let nurses, pharmacists, and others compete with doctors, let new drugs be tried if they seem safe, let us buy cheap Canadian drugs. And it can reduce demand, not via “death panels,” but by letting us keep what we save by being healthy: medical savings accounts, different insurance rates for different risks. Increase competition in insurance and insurance alternatives–let anyone who wants to try something, try it. Trim malpractice. Individualize insurance: take insurance tax breaks away from big companies and divide them among the people (people power again, as with school choice, replacing bureaucratic power and Wall St power.)
How can you and the GOP run against the fornication agenda? Try saying: if you’re worth having sex with you’re worth marrying. Be a promise, not an experiment. You’re more than a crotch, you’re a human being, even if, like me, you’ve sinned and must repent. (I have repented, however hard it may be for my exes to forgive me.) Abstinence and monogamy may be hard work, but they do prevent pregnancy and venereal disease when used. We’re not going to send the police chasing after people having sex, but we’re also not going to send them after people and groups which have standards about sex. Hugh Hefner can pay more for STD insurance than Mother Teresa.
Are you too old? Disclose all your medical records, hammer liberals who fail to disclose all of theirs, and let the people decide. Start thinking now about Veeps (Ted Cruz?)
Are you too proud? Most politicians are very successful people who think highly of themselves. In fact, they consider themselves fit to run other people’s lives for them. The GOP was founded to correct this mistake: to let people be free, even if the master class thinks they can run the slaves’ lives better than the slaves themselves can. The party of Jefferson Davis continues this mistake, redistributing power from the people to the bureaucrats to the benefit of Wall Street. If you doubt that Obama’s bureaucracy is good for Wall St, compare the stock market to the job market! If you truly respect we the people, you won’t be too proud.
Can you win? You face steep odds, but not hopeless ones. Liberalism, bureaucratism, attacks reality: it can buy votes but cannot change human nature. Freedom lets us all use our brains, and this unleashes more brainpower than central control.

Blogbait 27 June and earlier

So when a couple from Westboro Baptist “Church” wants to get married, and they ask Robert Mapplethorpe to do the photography and his sister Michelle to make the cake, and the Mapplethorpes refuse, do the Mapplethorpes get arrested and fined and sent to sensitivity training?

(Fact check: Robert, famous “gay” photographer, died A.D. 1989, and I have no idea of his sisters’ names or occupations or predilections.)

Freedom means (in part) letting other people do things of which one disapproves. Does it have to mean applauding or subsidizing it, or allowing it within zones that prefer it not?

Alprova, since “gays” can’t breed–breeding involves the opposite sex–Darwin might disapprove of it without reference to the Holy Holy Holy One. Retract your claim that the only opposition is religious. (If science develops artificial wombs and/or artificial sperm, that’s artificial opposite sex; still not “gay” breeding.)

If Muslim Sharia law executes “gays,” and our President subsidizes Sharia regimes, is our President forcing U.S. taxpayers to subsidize the execution of “gays”? Since “gay” behavior spreads the AIDS virus (formerly “GRID,” gay related immune deficiency; and of course other fornication also spreads it), are “gays” murdering each other? (Points from Douglas Wilson.)

God now orders all sinners–not just the “gay” minority–to repent: Acts 17. Jesus Christ died for our sins and rose up alive on the third day. Mr Mapplethorpe simply died (from sins, not for them), and stayed dead, awaiting the Judgment Day.

To Bennett 20 June:

What evidence would impress you? Not what I offer, which I’m sure you know, but what would?

On Solyndra, the conservative tale is that the company was asked to keep quiet about layoffs until after the A.D. 2010 election. Maybe not illegal, but politics with tax dollars?

On the IRS, we hear Bush met with his IRS boss once, Obama 157 times. And we’re to believe Obama had nothing to do with what went on there?

(A National Review Online article by an inspector general who was fired at one hours’ notice for insisting on investigating an Obama donor who had apparently misspent a grant suggested that the threat of this kind of pressure is keeping IGs from doing their jobs.)

On Benghazi, we hear the regime blamed a Jewish filmmaker and put him in jail. (One of these days I oughtta watch the film.) They revised their memo a dozen times, and substantively. They made no military effort. The most transparent administration in history has not told us how the commander-in-chief used the time between when he heard of the attack and when he heard it had succeeded.

(I can understand Obama knowing it’d take a couple days to put together a military plan and diplomatic agreement, and that he didn’t have a couple days, and if he got into a Black Hawk down situation the GOP would pester him for that. But hey. The President is C-in-C so he can react fast in an emergency, and now we have phones. Call Joe Wilson and Michelle Bachman and ask them to go on record backing his effort and promising not to unduly second guess. Send in the F-18s, or whatever could reach Benghazi in time, and tell Hillary to earn her pay soothing ruffled feathers afterward. President Jackson, call your office.)

Fast and furious: sending guns to criminals is a good idea? Why is Holder still holding office?

The problem isn’t just with the details, but with the system. The tax laws (and other laws) are too complicated. Crony capitalism sucks: let people risk their own money. The border is porous. (Send them alligators instead of guns; if gators can live in Florida we can probably build them some swamps along the Rio Grande 🙂 The State Department is too big: Washington had Thomas Jefferson and 7 clerks with quill pens, Lincoln had Seward and 33 clerks. Shrink D.C. and shrink the problems. Turn Christian and solve them.

To the Nt Wright facebook page of his publishers (Harper & Row?)

A few days ago pastor Doug Wilson blogged about something Dr Wright had said, and Dr Wright posted a brief comment among (now) 72 comments:
Later Wilson responded (12 June, Wed, 12:24pm “But What About Chauncey…?)
Briefly, my version, Wright had said American Christians tend to be more right-wing than Europeans. Wilson invited Wright to consider that true, wise Christian compassion calls for a much smaller government even than the US has.
May I urge Dr/Bishop Wright to take up the invitation? As a point of contact, the U.S. Coast Guard, which saves lives in U.S. oceans, is a government agency, but I’ve read the British equivalent is a private charity. Good for the Brits! Do I accuse them of lacking love for those in trouble in the deep? Far from it! (Read “The Theory of Market Failure,” edited by Tyler Cowen.)
Wilson fully agrees with Wright that Jesus is President of presidents and (pidgin Greek) archon tase basileis tase gase, but Wilson thinks (my version) Jesus is rather libertarian: generous Himself rather than with money taken from other people, truly generous rather than bogus-ly, a small-government Man because good sense and true love favor this. How would the advice your God would give a constitutional convention compare with triune Jehovah’s advice in I Sam 8? Hw would your God’s lists of jobs for government to do compare with the lists in Romans 13 and I Tim 2?

To Clay Bennett cartoon, TFP 15 June: possibly not posted, or deleted

Problem? Lack of Christianity. Afghanistan was a mess because led by devout Muslims, the Taliban. Lots of Muslims don’t make the trouble the Taliban makes, but few Muslims would deny the Taliban are devout Muslims. Iraq’s Hussein was a practicing atheist in a turban, so to speak; same with Libya’s Quadaffi and Egypt’s Mubarak; same with Syria’s Assad. Replacing Q&A with Al-Quaeda and Hezbollah may not improve. (I notice our friendly neighborhood democratic Party apparatchik did not draw Libya and Egypt as loads on the man’s back.)

Solution? Compare Christendom with Atheistic and Islamic countries, the US, badly short of Jesus as we fall, with North Korea and Saudi Arabia. Obviously we need something Jesus, the President of presidents, gives, something leaders who die with their own sins instead of dying for ours, and who stay dead for more than three days, cannot give. What love, to die for His enemies! What power, to rise up alive from the dead! Atheists who investigate the resurrection of King Jesus with an open mind tend to become known as Christians, e.g. Frank Morrison, Viggo Olson…

So as a condition for helping Syrian or other rebels, we should insist that they establish religious freedom, so that Muslims and others who choose to reject Islam and become Christians are free to do so and free to group with others for worship and good works. In Afghanistan, Iraq, Egypt, and Libya we failed to do this, and my brothers and sisters in Christ Jesus are suffering as a result, especially in Iraq and Egypt. (I send a little help through; go thou and do likewise.)

To National Review online, Jonah Goldberg on libertarianism as a new idea:

Looking around the world, the countries of Christendom tend to offer more freedom than Islamic or atheistic or Hindu/Buddhist countries. “Proclaim liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof” comes from Moses, who (under God) freed the Jews from the only superpower du jour 3500 years ago. “Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ (King Messiah) has made us free” comes from a Jewish Christian named Paul. The Bible’s advice to a constitutional convention (I Samuel 8) and its very short lists of jobs for government to do (Romans 13, I Timothy 2) sound relatively libertarian, at least in pointing to smaller governments than are popular today, if not dotting every i and crossing every t of some philosophical definition. In France, England, and Scotland, who opposed royal absolutism in the A.D. 1500s and 1600s? Us Calvinists of all people; and this has been traced down to the American Revolution as a revolt of the Presbyterian “black regiment” against the prospect of an Anglican hierarchy. Messiah Jesus, President of presidents, deserves more credit than He often gets.

To pingback on Doug Wilson’s NTWright rides a pale horse

When Christians say “capitalism” or “libertarianism” we may not agree with everything that goes by those names (how can we?), or with every jot and tittle of some system using those names; we may agree with the drift–government should be a lot smaller–and be willing to qualify details as needed. When Pastor Wilson mentioned N. T. Wright and then slammed Keynes, I suspect Wilson meant that Wright favors liberal (big government) politics, not that Wright agrees with every jot and tittle of Keynesianism; and I suspect Professor Wright may have taken this more personally than it was meant, instead of accepting Wilson’s invitation to reconsider whether God favors big-government-ism or disfavors it.

Since God is practical–the Word became flesh–God favors what is really logical and what really works; so the [overstated] von Mises logical approach and an empirical approach should, and I think do, tend to confirm the wisdom of the economics that are Biblical; and I am trying, as in my post on Wilson’s blog, to say this nicely for the most part. (There are times to hit hard.)

Have you considered government’s ability to be the problem? Do you support the Institute for Justice? Many US poor people have cars. Many US cities limit the number of taxis. This makes it hard for poor people to earn money as taxi drivers. It enables taxi owners to oppress the drivers who work for them. It makes it hard to get rides: easy to drive past a black customer and choose a white one. It raises the price of rides.

Keynesianism started in A.D. 1953?? In the US? Eisenhower? Not Hoover/FDR? The A.D. 1853-1953 century had seen the Civil War and two world wars, and the great depression, which may’ve slowed the economy; and libertarians have noted government interventions–in the margin of a liberal book entitled The Robber Barons (by Josephy??) I noted dozens of government interventions that enriched some at the expense of others, or government failures to stop sheer fraud–that messed things up. And Keynesianism worked? Carter’s stagflation? Obama’s stimulus? (Empirically, Bush’s deficits had not prevented the great recession, so Obama should’ve known the porculus wouldn’t work; logically, the porculus money came from taxes, depressing spending at one point in order to stimulate another with no net gain, or from borrowing, so D.C. borrows and Main Street can’t, or printing, reducing the value of dollars–so logically, as well as empirically, it was worthless. Greedily, Solyndra was a half billion dollar photo op, and Solyndra was asked to hold layoffs until after the election; that’s how govt “invests” our money.)

You take the parable of the talents as describing the judgment the Jews expected, so how come Jesus didn’t set it in that context: “You expect…”? He had compared himself/God to a thief in the night/unjust judge, so your nobleman is within His range. That He said nothing about the generosity of the master or the productive servants does not mean He did not expect, want, or presume any. You gotta earn, or inherit, or receive, what you give away! Business at its best–which it is often not at (Rob’t Graves)–serves in love, enriching both parties. Taking is basic to government; sharing, offering people what they want, is basic to business.

The Christians selling Jerusalem real estate had been warned by Jesus that in a generation it would be worthless; selling it was a sharp warning to buyers to turn to the Messiah, an enacted parable, in contrast to the opposite action of Jeremiah.. Not quite insider trading, since I’m sure they shared Jesus’s warning. And of course it enabled them to be generous on that occasion. We should all be generous, but perhaps it’s not a coincidence that that particular form of generosity is recorded only on that occasion?

So shrink the government.
(Andrew, husband of Wendy–easier than signing out/in).

To Wash Post column on legalizing pot, 8 June:

Legalize, says this fundamentalist and rather libertarian Christian. Drunkenness is sin (so Ted Kennedy is probably in Hell, and for adultery also), but Jesus Christ used wine; He even made some, without registering for taxes. Hemp is a fiber and pot, I gather, no stronger than wine. I’ve never used it, and am not interested (unless medically useful at some point), but the police have better thaings to do than go after pot users, or even hard drug users who control themsleves.

On the other hand, anyone who does have standards against drug use should be allowed the enforce those standards within their sphere. I’m sure Walmart won’t make all its customers give urine samples, but it might require this of its workers or would-be workers. Insurance companies may want to charge different rates based on different risks arising from use versus abstinence. A bed-and-breakfast or someone seeking a roommate may want to keep the stuff out. The police have better things to enforce than new laws banning discrimination against pot or drug users. Legalize both use and non-use. When prohibition ended, states could still be dry if they so chose.

To Clay Bennett cartoon 8 June:

The cartoon shows Mr Bennett can actually put out something with a different look than his usual–perhaps not better, but at least different–and can actually sort of hint that maybe liberals can do something wrong. Will wonders never cease!

Maybe he’ll go farther and take some art lessons from his wife, who does some very nice still lifes–look ’em up on Facebook–and maybe he’ll consider that liberalism (big-government-ism of both old parties) has bad problems built into it, including:
(1) It gives some men power over others’ lives, as the cartoon hints, and this to a needless extent. Letting some live by the sweat of others’ brow is slavery. Making some jump through arbitrary hoops, and forcing some to follow orders instead of using their own heads, are at least akin to slavery. All this invites corrupt and power-hungry people to go into government instead of making them earn a living.
(2) Liberalism does dumb things such as forcing healthy people to pay sick people to be sick. That’s what O’Romneycare is; that’s what its ‘three pillars’ listed by Paul Krugman yesterday amount to.
(3) Liberalism claims to make people more equal; but enforcing this puts non-equal power in the hands of the Equalizer, thus making inequality worse instead of better. It’s easier to get a bit more more money than a bit more power. Aristocracy is therefore worse than plutocracy, and egalitarianism contradicts itself, so abandon it. There are plenty of artificial differences that can be struck down, as the artificial differences between black and white people were struck down; but when affirmative action requires half the NBA’s players to be white (or female), enforcing this artificial version of sameness means not everyone has the same power.
(4) And in other cases, even when liberalism perceives a real problem, its efforts at solution make the problem worse instead of better, subsidizing the problem instead of letting people do what they can to shrink it.
(5) Liberalism has promised more than it can afford to deliver; it’s running low on other peoples’ money. Deficits are unpatriotic, said Senator Obama–so deficits are a problem his golf games haven’t hidden from him.
(6) Liberalism is unconstitutional; it claims powers not granted to the D.C. government. It’s a breach of contract. The contract can be amended if need be.
(7) Liberalism is unBiblical; Jesus solved problems Himself, not by crucifying the taxpayers, and He sets the standard. When FDR and LBJ die for my sins, I’ll believe they love me; when they rise up alive on the 3rd day, I’ll worship them. Until then, Jesus is good enough.

To Paul Krugman 7 June:

“The Spite Club” sounded as if Mr Krugman was writing about himself; as usual, he oozes hatred.

Most of O’Romneycare “will go fully into effect at the beginning of next year.” Uh, what percentage of us are opting out by not buying coverage? 75%? (It’s a factual question. I could be wrong. Answer it.)

And how many Americans will remain uninsured under full effect? 30 million?

Massachusetts has had this for 7 years. How do MA health costs compare to the rest of the country? Highest? (Factual question.)

O’Romneycare’s 3 pillars–“same coverage,” forced purchase, and subsidies–all, in plain English, force healthy people to pay sick people to be sick. Will subsidizing illness improve health?

Since O’Romneycare increases demand without increasing the supply of doctors, won’t it make emergency rooms more crowded rather then less?

Since prices and variety convey information, what’s the difference between “same coverage” and telling lies? Are Mr and Mrs Krugman equally able to become pregnant? (She, perhaps unlikely; he, impossible.)

The Constitution is the fundamental contract of America. If Federalist #45 paragraph 9 be true, is Obamacare, however wise, a breach of contract, requiring an amendment?

Let Mr Krugman worship Jesus of Nazareth, a generous, rather libertarian Jew who in requiring repantance always showed love. Replace “The Spite Club” with the good news, the Gospels.

To Chatt Times 6 June:

klifnotes, does your own chosen nickname tell us you don’t do your own research? Libyan Christians have been persecuting Muslims for decades? Huh? How many Tea Party rallies or meetings have you attended? If you (and dd and im) had read my 1st post, you might have noted that I expressed agreement with some of what Mr Killian and Editor Sohn said. If you think getting rid of Christianity improves government, have you heard of Stalin, Mao, Pol Pot, and North Korea? He was OK in person at a libertarian meeting, but do the cartoons of the Times’s cartoonist not express “hate, rage and bigotry” against those whose politics differ from his? Obviously the Rwanda genocide and US slavery/Jim Crow racism were terrible sins by people who call themselves Christians, and it’s standard Christian doctrine that all Christians “fall short of the glory of God,” but what in the Bible or in the conduct of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ had what part in bringing about the Rwanda genocide? Do they credit the very devout Christian William Wilberforce for ending the slave trade and slavery in the British empire, and that without civil war? Evangelicals had some part in ending slavery and Jim Crow here too (and atheists not much; nominal Christians and other theists some). Liberal bigots, repent or perish. (Conservative bigots ditto).

To Clay Bennett cartoon, TFP 5 June:

Obamacare (O’Romneycare) forces healthy young people to buy insurance for less healthy older people. So, Ted Cruz for President.

Why did Martyn Lloyd-Jones switch from medical doctoring to preaching? Because his mentor had diagnosed King Edward VII with nicotine poisoning–too many cigars–and kept noting that sick people ate too much, drank too much, and smoked too much. Often, not always, the problem didn’t come from the disease; it came from doing stupid things such as fornicating. On a policy level, why subsidize stupidity, especially when stupidity is fun? On a personal level, repentance–change–is what we need, which Jesus Christ brings and insists on. (I rejoice that Lloyd-Jones’s sermons can now be heard free at My 3rd grader says his accent remind her of Gollum in Lord of the Rings.)

To Paul Krugman, NY Times, 3 June:

So the news isn’t terrible. Neither is it good. D.C. is spending more than it collects, and in ten years the gap will get worse. Social Security has promised more than it can afford to pay. So has Medicare. Both are “broke”–perhaps not as badly as Solyndra, but in the same kind of pickle. And Professor Krugman, like our President, is defending the problem against any urgent current efforts at solution.

Even in the name of compassion, isn’t an affordable safety net better than a broke one? Isn’t an uncomfortable, or very plain, net better than a lazy hammock? Isn’t a very flat tax rate, paid by “the 47%” as well as “the rich,” better than one that kicks in just as people are starting to climb the ladder, so that to earn what welfare offers one needs to earn $70,000 a year or whatever?

And if you want to ask whether these programs are Constitutional as regulation of private warships is COnstitutional, or whether they’re Biblical…think on these things. Jesus submitted to crucifixion, which was very generous of Him, rather than crucify the taxpayers.

To yahoo article on Mayweather-Alvarez fight arranged:

Frank Lotierzo at The Sweet Science has written that Mayweather may be wanting to fight Alvarez now, before Alvarez gets a little more tough experience and Mayweather gets a little older. Yeah, it’s a step up for Mayweather. Yeah, Alvarez may be his best competition below 154 pounds. So far so good. But Sugar Ray Robinson took on the light-heavyweight champ (and was winning until he became exhausted.) Good as he is, and careful as he is, does Mayweather want to raise his stature enough to take that kind of risk?

To Doug Wilson, 31 May:

Feminism isn’t just an error; it’s an error sometimes encouraged (provoked) by some conduct of some men. (Not Doug as far as I know–he’s having good sound fun here–and of course some women provoke some men–but even a blind sow may find an acorn now and then, eh? It’s wrong to condemn an elder on one witness, but it might be OK to advise him to follow the Billy Graham rule against being alone with a woman, and to read I Cor 13 a couple times, as opposed to doing nothing?)

To NY Times, Paul Krugman, 31 May:

Wife, 6 kids, no job: we get food stamps. Thank you, taxpayers. To keep us from starving, though, you could pay for mostly a few staples: potatoes instead of hazelnut coffee creamer, for instance. Bill Buckley wrote this would cut costs by 3/4. (Leave, say, 10% flexible to put spread and bacon bits on the potatoes.)

Net spending stagnates when tax dollars taken from point A are spent at point B; A cannot spend them. (McConnell’s 8th edition, page 245-6 or so, had a sentence from which it can be deduced that GDP would double if D.C. took every dollar and gave it back. Obvious hogwash. Jesus is libertarian; He’s a sensible guy. Follow Him.)

$1 SNAP raises GDP $1.70? Only because the SNAP $1 is counted as raising GDP, right? And even here in TN, less than 10 cents per dollar spent comes back as sales tax–and none from SNAP, spent tax free.

Help families and children? Encourage marriage: stop the vile monogaphobic bigotry that subsidizes fornication. “Dan Quayle was right.”

Why do farmers want SNAP cut? Public spirit, perhaps? It seems against their interest.

Time to be angry? We Tea Party hobbits wonder when old orc Krugman is ever not angry. Can he even say “Cheese” for the NYTimes camera?

To Chatt Times 31 May:

Tell us how outsourcing sewer bills to Hemet, CA helps Chattanoogans?

Tell us why Ann from Credit Card Services isn’t in jail for making “Do not call” calls?

Make Patten Towers pay its bills? Yeah. Subsidize golf courses,
Tivoli, and Memorial Auditorium? Why should taxpayers do that? Jesus is libertarian: generous with Himself, not with other people’s money. Jesus or Hell.


Your regular fans may know, but on my first visit (from a comment on Doug Wilson’s blog) your undefined use of ‘oriental’ confused me. Pastor Wilson used North Korea and Zen as negative analogies; both are Oriental and so are you; is that what bothered you, or does ‘oriental’ have an established meaning here? Albania 40 years ago was what North Korea is now, and the confusion of deconstructionism might rival that of Zen, so if Wilson is perceived as racist here I see the perception as false, and the false perception bothers me more than what triggered it. All I see is a couple casual analogies, not anti-orientlism. Are we anti-ostrich if, knowing better, we use the analogy of ostriches with heads in the sand? You might ask Wilson to draw more of his negative analogies from the West, tho Rachel Held Evans and apostate churches are Western negative concerns. (My GUESS is Wilson holds the average Chinese evangelical church in higher overall esteem than the average American.) Your article struck me as isogetical, pouring a lot of stuff you have in mind into a couple casual references, only incidentally Asian, in Wilson.

That feminism and whatnot do at least partly react against actual evils I agree, and since these evils have been experienced they are deeply felt. (Re infant communion, since I was denied God’s Table as a child I have had a similar experience and feeling.) But reaction does not guarantee correctness: was the Third Reich a proper reaction to the evils of the Gulag empire and communism, however evil and in need of correction the Gulag was? Is fornication a proper response to sexual deprivation? (C.S. Lewis: widespread drunkenness is the mother of prohibition and prohibition of widespread drunkenness.) It is (usually) the duty of those who oppose an evil not just to react against it, but to find the truth. (Dig up “Feed God’s babies” on my web-archived old website,, or scroll down my blog to find it, and see how I do with infant communion, trying to be forceful, balanced, and loving.) So yeah, Wilson and co. would do well to heed what feminism & co. are saying and to deal with evils it opposes. But feminism etc may still be basically wrong. (“The cults are the unpaid bills of the church.”)

And was it you or Wilson contrasting grace with law and discipline? Why would anyone do that? It’s gracious of God, and His messengers, to tell us what He wants. It’s gracious of Him, and his gracious agents, to rap our knuckles to bring us to repentance. (He will use ungracious agents at times.) I try to correct my kids in love, not to hurt them for hurting’s sake. Love and grace include instruction and correction.

27 May ’13 Times-Free Press (Free Press, Drew’s Views)–article was from 19 Apr, and this may not have posted.

So, Hunter, do you oppose O’Romneycare, since it imposes insurance on those who haven’t asked to buy it? And since it is unjust to force healthy people to pay sick people to be sick; it destroys domestic Tranquility when we have our hands in each others’ pockets; it promotes not the general Welfare but only the welfare of particular groups; and it reduces Liberty by 2700 pages of laws and 13,000 pages of regulations?

Perhaps Mr Bennett will next receive the Nobel prizes for literature and peace?

Not sure if posted on, Dead Theologians

I am–so one can–be for infant communion as Biblical without being for FV (I’m unsure on FV), without insisting on intinction (wait until weaning is OK), and without water regeneration (one might say Spirit baptism–in a reformed, not pentecostal, sense–saves or at least accompanies salvation.) We’re showing Christ’s death; he died (we suppose) for covenant infants; so how can the showing exclude them? Examine yourself specifically to see if you’re including everyone you should (read the context!) And if infants are saved, are they saved without faith? If so, where’s sola fide? (Hint: my pretalking infant trusts me, and hears the gospel. My 3- infant says “Jesus loves me best.”) For 30-40 pages on paedocommunion starting with 1-page summaries, try; be ready to scroll.

To David Cook, 3 or 4 may, TFP:

A doctor who very nicely tells all his patients “You’re healthy” is killing people, and a moralist who tells all his sinners “you’re righteous” is sending people to Hell. Warning fornicators (of all stripes, please, not just one strange minority) to repent lest they perish is an act of love, just as a doctor telling a patient he needs rigorous treatment is an act of love. Let it be done as nicely as may be. Let no undue nastiness accompany it. But let it be done. The gospel in a word can be “repent!”–and this is indeed very good news compared to “You’re as good as you’ll ever be.”
(Speaking of gospel, the recorded sermons of Martyn Lloyd-Jones are now available for free download.)

To Paul Krugman, NY Times, 3 May

Inflation (rising prices) hurts those with money, since their money can buy less, and hurts those on fixed incomes. Falling prices would help. But why let the Fed cause inflation and enrich speculators rather than producers? Just legalize the use of gold, silver, and foreign currencies on a level playing field with dollars so people who want to evade inflation can easily do so. Competition will either keep the Fed honest or make it irrelevant. Would people buy more wine if all wine were watered down?

And how can “stimulus” spending do any good whatsoever? When D.C. stimulates Solyndra with a dollar taxed from Main Street, Main Street cannot spend the dollar, and Solyndra wasted it: the net effect is destructive, not productive. When D.C. borrows the dollar, someone else does not borrow it. When D.C. creates the dollar, it either causes inflation, or, as your column may suggest, simply does no good at all. (Is it storing up inflation for later?)

Force people to “serve one another in love” (Galatians) rather than pick each other’s pockets. The more transactions are freely entered into so that both parties gain something they prefer, and the fewer ‘transactions’ are forced at the point of an IRS or regulatory gun, the richer we all get.

To Human Events Dennis Prager/ response to Harvey Ardman comment on sex.

Not bad: God created it. Earned? I didn’t earn Wendy, but I did arrange and commit to honor her gift, and to reciprocate. Procreative? Yeah, but not always. Puritan? Saint Oliver Cromwell the Great, pray for us–a faithful husband who enjoyed a good time. People are sinful but can repent, and many pleasures need not be sins.

I hate and fear my impulse to smack you–should we indulge all our impulses?–but I will mirror your view of motives. Our President forcing people to pay for contraceptives sees sex as anti-procreative, something which must be subsidized (sex needs subsidies?), a good greater than religious freedom, a profoundly diabolical point of view based on the notion that human beings should be evil and must not be allowed “pleasures forevermore” at God’s right hand.

Andrew, husband of Wendy

Link to a defense of President George W. Bush’s record:

To Bennett cartoon, TFP, 23 Apr; the ??? refers to the first three comments


Two perfectly legal immigrants, one of whom in hindsight offered warning signs, murder three people, and Mr Bennett worries that illegal immigrants aren’t being sufficiently welcomed? If they enter his house without invitation, would he worry about that? (It wasn’t martial law that caught the younger murderer. It was a guy with a $50,000 boat.)

Maybe Mr Bennett should worry about the assault rifles our Attorney General shipped to Mexico, or the faux Eric Holder who was invited to vote without ID. Oh, well. Standards are things liberal hypocrites, on their road to Hell, want to impose on Republicans. Jesus (is libertarian) didn’t like hypocrisy, and He warned about Hell. Repent, guys. This means you, Mr Bennett.

To Chatt Times editorial 23 Apr

Call him Mayor Bowater because he’s so foggy, with an agenda behind the outer fog?

“Family development” ought to mean encouraging to parents to be married before they become parents, to get good advice before they get married and avoid getting into a canoe half a mile above Niagara Falls, and to work out difficulties and stay married afterwards. I see the hate-filed monogaphobe bigots in D.C. set some tax line at $400,000 for single people and $450,000 instead of $800,000 for married people. Maybe the city attorney and the ACLU could sue to stop this discrimination against the monogamous lifestyle, which is no doubt genetic, and thus improve society.

To Wash Post 22 Apr

“Stimulus” didn’t work, and can’t, because the stimulus dollars spent on Solyndra come from Main Street, producing a negative stimulus (cost) that balances any positive stimulus (spending), so the stimulus is and is bound to be completely worthless overall, though it may buy some votes. Borrowing, same thing: Pennsylvania Avenue borrows on behalf of Sesame Street and Main Street pays the bill and connot borrow Big Bird’s nest egg. New money, same thing: it reduces the value of the dollars in Main Street’s pockets, so that I can only buy 20 washcloths today for the price of 30 under Bush jr, and 2 gallons for the price of 3.

So do what? Jesus is libertarian. Legalize gold and make Ben Bernanke’s paper compete with gold, silver, platinum and foreign currencies on a level playing field, since his record shows we can’t trust Ben with the dollar or with the economy. Put D.C.’s spending on a new tax form on which taxpayers can vote to cut spending and give ourselves 1% of whatever we cut, limited to 5% cuts per year (about $250,000,000,000 per year) so as not to be too disruptive. Limit the effect of most regulations to 1 hr/day and 2% of spending total, so regs can’t overwhelm small businesses; with stupidity of the regulation a lawful defense in court. (Justin Amash said big biz asks for regulations to stifle small.)

To Human Events article, G. Will on Justin Amash, 22 Apr (George Will, Wash. Post 19 Apr)

AT the April 15 Tea Party rally in D. C. Amash and Mike Lee spoke. Both warned against crony capitalism, against big businesses using regulations to stifle competition. Amash said big biz asks him for regulations for this purpose. (He also remarked that not everyone in Congress is a crook, but there are a fair number.)

To Paul Krugman, NY Times, 22 Apr ’13

Don’t say we “can’t” be Greece. USA is the only superpower du jour, succeeding Assyria, Babylon, Persia, Macedon, Rome, Byzantium, Spain…We can, and probably will. Are we heading that way?

As for joblessness, when our government spends money it takes from us, whoever it was taken from can’t spend it, so whatever jobs are created at Solyndra are lost on Main Street: no net stimulus. When it spends borrowed money, Main Street cannot borrow the money: no net stimulus. When it spends new money, the value of old money is reduced: under young Bush, gasoline, whose price drives most other prices, cost less than $2 per gallon, not more than $3.

So how can D.C. create new jobs? Approve the Keystone pipeline. How does building Keystone across the sensitive Rockies to put oil into wreckable tankers for the polluting Chinese guard the environment? Approve the Institute for Justice agenda: cut crony capitalist regulations that keep jobs from being created, or that tell workers to stop working. Trim the “safety net” so it’s more affordable and less comfortable: make my family eat more potatoes on food stamps and cut out hazelnut coffee creamer. (Bill Buckley, 40 years ago, wrote that the cost of food stamps could be cut by three quarters by distributing a few staples instead of stamps.) Didn’t some study say firing bureaucrats results in job creation, and another that spending cuts best be six to one over tax hikes to balance a budget?

Worship Jesus the libertarian.