The Jonestowning of America

When the Democrats claim to care about black lives, they take them in horrifying numbers. . . . Dave Patrick Underwood, an African-American Federal Protective Service officer, was shot and killed at the Ronald V. Dellums Building during the radical riots in Oakland, California. A building named after Congressman Dellums is burdened with its own … Read more The Jonestowning of America

Life Lessons: Four Pillars, Three Little Pigs

Here’s a simple fact: Life is brief. We have limited time in the world. So how should we use it? Before answering, consider that word should. Should is a modest, single syllable with immodestly thick implications. It suggests that different paths forward in life exist. Some are right, and some are wrong. Thus our choices … Read more Life Lessons: Four Pillars, Three Little Pigs

15 Tips to Combat Mosquitoes in Your Yard

How to Keep Mosquitoes Away: Treat Pools of Water Treat pools of water you can’t drain to kill mosquito larvae. Sometimes it’s nearly impossible to get rid of standing water. And sometimes, like when you have a small pond, you just don’t want to. And we certainly love adding water features to the backyard. Pour … Read more 15 Tips to Combat Mosquitoes in Your Yard

UC Berkeley History Professor’s Open Letter Against BLM, Police Brutality and Cultural Orthodoxy

I am increasingly alarmed by the absence of diversity of opinion on the topic of the recent protests and our community response to them. In the extended links and resources you provided, I could not find a single instance of substantial counter-argument or alternative narrative to explain the under-representation of black individuals in academia or … Read more UC Berkeley History Professor’s Open Letter Against BLM, Police Brutality and Cultural Orthodoxy

Add Cloves In Lemons And Limes To Keep Bees, Mosquitoes, Wasps And Flies Away

Cloves are powerful fly repellents, as flies detest their scent. Most insects don’t like herbs with a strong aroma, so it would be useful to keep a pot of mint close to the doorway as well! Cloves essential oil effectively keeps mosquitoes at bay too. You can mix it with olive oil, rubbing alcohol, or … Read more Add Cloves In Lemons And Limes To Keep Bees, Mosquitoes, Wasps And Flies Away

Sex Differences in Personality are Large and Important

Men and women are different. A seemingly obvious fact to most of humanity but a long-time subject of controversy within psychology. New large-scale results using better empirical methods are resolving the debate, however, in favor of the person in the street. The basic story is that at the broadest level (OCEAN) differences are relatively small … Read more Sex Differences in Personality are Large and Important

Social Media is Not Promoting a Diversity of Ideas: Just Look at Our College Students

Despite statements by Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg that he was changing the mission of his company to “bring the world closer together,” data from the recent AEI survey on Community and Society make it abundantly clear that social media is not having a transformative effect in promoting a real diversity of ideas as … Read more Social Media is Not Promoting a Diversity of Ideas: Just Look at Our College Students

The Cost of America’s Cultural Revolution

Social-justice crusaders are stripping the future of everything that gives human life meaning: beauty, sublimity, and wit. Social-justice ideology is turning higher education into an engine of progressive political advocacy, according to a new report by the National Association of Scholars. Left-wing activists, masquerading as professors, are infiltrating traditional academic departments or creating new ones—departments … Read more The Cost of America’s Cultural Revolution

3 Harmful Ideas That Are Weakening My Generation

On the path of bettering my mental health and trying to help others, my journey has led me to seek explanations on why things have gotten so bad, and I found a compelling hypothesis in the work of social psychologist Jonathan Haidt and legal scholar Greg Lukianoff. In their co-authored book, The Coddling of the … Read more 3 Harmful Ideas That Are Weakening My Generation

You Didn’t Build That

“Detroit did not need a Thomas Jefferson or a Mohandas Gandhi or another great political philosopher with a world-changing idea — it needed someone to fix the potholes, balance the books, keep order on the streets, see to the schools, and keep the city agencies orderly and honest and effective. Without that, all of Detroit’s … Read more You Didn’t Build That

Love God and Your Neighbor

“He said to him, ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the greatest and first commandment. And a second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments hang all the law and the … Read more Love God and Your Neighbor

Handwrite your class notes

Handwriting your class notes adds another “sense” to your memory – see, hear, write. And then review and annotate. Our study of whether academic performance in two required doctrinal law school courses was linked to note-taking mode found that, when controlling separately for LSAT, handwriters had a higher combined GPA in those courses than laptop … Read more Handwrite your class notes

“Put not your faith in princes”

Paul is in that passage echoing Exodus: “I will dwell among the children of Israel and will be their God. And they shall know that I am the Lord their God, that brought them forth out of the land of Egypt.” Why did God bring the Israelites out of Egypt? The Israelites were comfortable in … Read more “Put not your faith in princes”

Global Neo-Paganism

One of the takeaways from the Amazonian Synod was the materialization of a new religious identity in the world. When I say this is a “new religious identity” I do not mean to suggest that it is a new invention. It is, in fact, a religion that is as old and wide and powerful as … Read more Global Neo-Paganism

The Four Crowned Martyrs

According to tradition the Four Crowned Martyrs (d. 305 A.D.) were renowned sculptors living in what is today Austria-Hungary. They were commissioned by Roman Emperor Diocletian to make several sculptures; however, when he requested a sculpture of the pagan god Aesculapius for a heathen temple, they refused to carve it. Their refusal exposed them as … Read more The Four Crowned Martyrs

Adult Child Living with Parents

Welcoming an adult child home after college graduation is a shift more middle-age Americans will face as their kids, pressured by student loan debt and rising living costs, return to their childhood homes. More than 15% of 25-to-35-year-olds lived at home in 2016, according to The Pew Research Center, 5 percentage points higher than the … Read more Adult Child Living with Parents

The Surging Passions of Politics

A danger to which man is ever susceptible is “to forget first principles and instead to be guided by the surging passions of politics, one of the worst forms of enthusiasm that can afflict mankind.” Anthony Esolen Related PostsWickard v. Filburn: The Supreme Court Case That Gave the Federal Government Nearly Unlimited Power An Old … Read more The Surging Passions of Politics

Dead Theologians Society

The group thought the name “Dead Theologians Society” was apt not only because of the film, but because “we’re learning about people who are only dead by the world’s definition of dead, but they’re fully alive in Christ,” Cotter said. “Dead to sin but alive in Christ” became the motto of the newly-formed group, and … Read more Dead Theologians Society

Infinite Ideology

Why progressivism can never stop . . . Warren is emblematic (not alone but in the forefront) of the left wing of the Democratic party’s revelatory shift in self-description: Onetime liberals are now progressives. Liberals believe in the capacity of government to do good. Progressives believe that government’s job is to push society forward toward … Read more Infinite Ideology

Red-light cameras undermine rule of law

Speed and red-light cameras are the bane of many motorists. A modern idea made possible by technology, they have been installed in at least 24 states. Although these cameras are a revenue boon for governments across the nation, their intrusion into daily life is disturbing, and their constitutionality is dubious. Specifically, use of these cameras … Read more Red-light cameras undermine rule of law